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The hand knit sweater, particularly if worked up in lacework or cables, and sample stitching, often called on purpose, ‘a sampler’, can be kept as a reference and can cleverly be framed in a sewing room or made into a tea cosy or cushion cover for the simple feeling of admiration. It can sound like all we can do is use it as a ‘cover’ of some kind, particularly for cushions – the easiest of options. But think further, and you might find alternatives you like, as in using it as trimming or accents for clothes, quilts. My favourite thought for a future project is to make lacework swatches


This issue is dedicated to those who hold on to cherished textiles and such items in the hope that one day they will be enlightened on how to repurpose them in a new fashion.


and frame them. This series of knitted lacework will be beautiful against a window pane. I love knitted lacework? It should be on a t-shirt.

Be Happy



I do it, you do it. We all do it. We keep textiles that are precious to us: an old skirt, a jacket, a hand knit sweater, a quilt block for future reference (or did we make a mistake?), sample stitching and the list goes on. Although there’s a fine line between hoarding and saving cherished textiles, the difference is in why we save them. I have a couple of old wool skirts, for example, intended for deconstructing and repurposing into a set of cushion covers and a couple of stylish wool bags sporting wool appliqué; and I’ll stop here as the options are numerous. These items aren't only for repurposing, but they can be used for experimenting sewing and quilting techniques and creative designs.

It is my pleasure to welcome aboard Heather McArthur, former publisher of Quilter’s Connection Magazine, as Quilting Contributor in our new column, The Quilter’s Connection. I'm also happy to welcome Heather's faithful subscribers who will be able to keep the passionate 'connection' with her as she expands the quilting section in ANPTmag. Join the fun! Cheerfully,










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3 6 6 8

10 Cathy McClean sewing Chenille Shawl

14 Clodagh Coker


fiber art Thread and Fiber Art

Editor’s Letter Mark Your Calendars! Advertiser Index Heather McArthur

The Quilter's Connection The Quilter’s Dilemma What to do with an old, worn out quilt

16 Lynn Swanson

52 Cynthia MacDougall

20 Kerrin Brookes

55 Knitting

Knit Together To Stash or Not to Stash

sewing The Suede Tote Bag

26 Elaine Theriault quilting The Wool Bucket

in every issue

Standard Abbreviations & Terms

machine embroidery Second Hand Rose Table Runner

98 Business Directory


30 Colleen McMahon

quilting The Story of Barkcloth Vintage Runner

34 Jean Boyd

quilting Summer Sampler 2019

38 Paul Leger

quilting Reduce – Reuse – Recycle Quilt

40 Chris Curran



sewing An old jersey becomes a new cushion!

Special Features

86 Diamond Petals - fabric manipulation Judith Marquis

56 Lorraine Thompson

knitting Thoughtful Soles Series Wool Stew Socks

90 Pulled Thread Pastries Part 3 Kim Beamish

60 Denise Powell


knitting The Sweater Vest

In the Studio with Ana Buzzalino Part 2 The slow stitching movement Matchstick Quilting, Satin Stitch and Cross Stitch Ana Buzzalino

62 Jacqueline Grice knitting Windswept Wrap


64 Red Heart, Tammy Hildebrand knitting Vintage Stitches Tunic

70 Jo Gatenby

repurposing Paper Tube Bracelet Knit Cuff Bracelet Hat & Mitt Set for Baby

48 Summer Fibrations

46 Become a Quilt Judge!

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum Meredith Filshie, Garrie Bea Joyce and Rita Rottman

Canadian Quilters’ Association/ Association canadienne de la courtepointe Marcy Horswill

in the loop

76 Patty Brake

cross stitch Spring Posy Thrifted Candy Dish Topper


78 Betty Stokoe hardanger Party Favours

80 Iryna Varabei

nizanka Serendipity Colour Play Cushion Cover

82 Christine Allan swedish weaving Starry Sky Bag



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Chenille Shawl Ever wonder what to do with that rayon dress that no longer fits or mom’s special blouse? A recycled Chenille Shawl is the answer! Combining eight different rayon blouses or dresses with a new piece of rayon this shawl will wrap you with warmth and love. Chenille fabric is usually done one sided but for a shawl or a scarf it gives you a much nicer look to make it double sided. When creating chenille fabric, the stitching and the cutting must be done on the bias. For this technique the fabric must be rayon; using cotton will make the shawl too heavy. Quilts, wallhangings, vests or bags are created with 4 to 5 layers of cotton or flannelette. Chenille fabric is created and washed and can then be used in combination with other fabrics or on its own. For these projects you would cut the top (3 or 4) fabrics 1” to 2” smaller than the base fabric, layering the fabrics right side up over the base fabric and leaving a border around the outside. This will give you a seam allowance to insert the chenille into the project, plus it makes it much easier to cut just the top 3 or 4 fabrics avoiding the bottom fabric. – Cathy




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Wool Bucket

Wool fabric is terrific for keeping the shape of this storage bucket. I used an older wool remnant from Eaton’s! It’s always a pity to throw out a good piece of wool fabric. Here’s how I put it to good use. – Elaine

skill level Intermediate finished measurements 8” high x 10” diameter materials fabric • 195⁄8” [0.5m] of wool fabric or other heavy fabric like canvas for outer fabric • 195⁄8” [0.5m] of Northcott Artisan Spirit Shimmer (20255M-42) for lining stabilizers • 8” x 32½” Flex Foam for interlinings • 3” x 32½” fusible fleece for interlinings • 8” [0.2m] fusible webbing for interlinings threads • matching embroidery weight thread • bobbin weight thread other • 10” plastic plate from the dollar store to provide support for the bottom. I found one that is the same blue as my lining fabric! • scissors • a chalk pencil or marking tool • ruler




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prepare the lining 1. If you wish to reinforce the bottom of the lining, you can put some fusible fleece on it before you sew it to the lining tube. I chose to use a plate to provide stability to the bottom of the bucket. 2. Sew the center back seam of the long lining piece. Leave an opening so you can turn the project inside out. 3. Find and mark the quarters of the lining circle and the lining tube as you did for the outer fabric. 4. Match the quarter marks and sew around the bottom of the bucket.

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final assembly 1. Turn the lining so the right side is facing out. Matching up the center back seams, push the lining into the outer bucket fabric. The right side of the lining should be touching the right side of the outer bucket. Sew around the top of the lining and the outer fabric. 2. Turn the bucket inside out through the opening left in the back seam of the lining. Press well along the top edge. 3. Top stitch about ¼” away from the edge of the bucket. 4. Close the opening in the back seam. You can hand stitch this, use a small piece of fusible to fuse the opening closed or overlap the edges and sew it with the sewing machine. 5. Stuff the lining into the outer bucket fabric. 6. Turn the top edge down where the fusible fleece meets the foam, so you have a gorgeous fold over trim on the bucket. 7. Insert the plate into the bottom.

Elaine Theriault




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Summer Sampler 2019

skill level Intermediate finished measurements 44" [112cm] square materials fabric Note: This is a great stash-buster quilt and you have many choices for selecting fabric for a sampler quilt. Here are a few ideas: • Choose a favourite colour scheme and then look through your stash to find fabrics with small, medium and large designs in those colours. The more variety of fabric, the more interesting the design. • Use all solid fabrics in coordinating colours. • Go monochromatic, meaning all fabric in one colour family. • Choose a specific style eg: '30s prints, modern fabrics, batiks. • As a rule, you'll want to have light, medium and dark fabrics in each block. It's usually a good idea to have some solid or tone-ontone fabrics, as well as prints, for whatever style you choose. But it's OK to do your own thing and use your fabric as you wish. Enjoy the process! • 2½ yd [2.3ml in total of fabric for the blocks • 3 yd [2.7ml for backing • 1¼ yd [1.2ml for border and binding threads • regular sewing thread in a neutral color other • 50" x 50" [380 x 380cm] batting • rotary cutter, ruler and cutting board

The Summer Sampler quilt was originally created as part of my Guild's Block of the Month programme. Most of the 6" blocks are nine patch, but a few other styles have been used as well. Special thanks to my friends and fellow Guild Members, Dianne Fyn, Vivien Levermore and Faith Wilson, for helping to design this project. Thanks also to my longarm quilter, Carol Darou, for doing her amazing custom quilting on my quilt. You'll probably find that 6" blocks are quite




addictive! There are hundreds of nine patch blocks in the public domain and it's also easy to create your own original blocks. I discovered that there are many common elements in the blocks: squares, half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, squarein-a-square blocks, strips and flying geese. After choosing my colour scheme, I started out by making several of the shapes listed above. Then I arranged them into blocks that would finish at 6". - Jean

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Reduce - Reuse - Recycle Quilt

Like all quilters, I’ve been told that I should only use good 100% quilting cotton fabrics. Do I always listen to what I’ve been told? Absolutely not. Neither should you. Although I typically use 100% cotton fabrics, I do from time to time use non-traditional fabrics for quilting such as shirts. On average I go through my shirt closet once a year searching for shirts I haven’t worn for eight months or more. My reasoning is that if I haven’t worn them in that period of time, I’ll probably not wear them again and it’s time to repurpose or find them a new home. The inspiration for this quilt came while visiting my friends Tom and Lucien in Lewis, Delaware.

Lucien, a quilter, had a small stack of 4” squares that looked like they were cut from shirt fabric. I did not ask about the origin of the stack, but I also never forgot what I saw. A while after I got home from my vacation, I went looking for the shirts that I sorted to donate or to throw away, depending on their condition. Remembering what I saw at Lucien’s and looking at all the shirts, I came up with a plan. I started by removing all the buttons and stored them in a container. Then I sorted the shirts into two piles: one pile of solid coloured fabrics, the second, with printed patterns.

I was very pleased that on the quilt’s completion the only thing not reused or recycled was the thread.




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Summer Fibrations is an exciting fibre art exhibition at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in the beautiful town of Almonte, Ontario. Members of Out of the Box, a group of fibre artists from the Ottawa area, will exhibit about 200 pieces of their innovative work at the museum from June 22 to July 6, 2019. One can see influences of quilting, knitting, doll making, felting, embroidery, beading, embellishing, crocheting, silk fusion, paper making, book making and mixed media that go beyond the application of traditional techniques to cloth and fibre. Artists often combine techniques in one piece to achieve interesting artworks. A wide variety of surface design processes and the intriguing outcomes of dyeing cloth yield fascinating results.

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Knit Together

To Stash or Not to Stash

what a question!

This article is a cross crafting one. Knitters have stashes, crocheters have stashes, quilters and clothing makers have stashes, and those of us lucky enough to do more than one hobby tend to have more than one

There are pros and cons to stashes, and I hope that by offering a few of both, you can tailor your stash that will serve you in good times and bad.

stash. It’s rare, but I have come across an odd crafter who does not keep any stash at all. I know! What would that even look like? Photo by Soraya Garcia




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Sock 1 Problem Sock 2 Solved! What do you do when your refrigerator is crowded with little dishes of leftovers? Make a hearty stew for supper. What do you do when your yarn basket is overflowing with little balls of leftover wool?


Knit socks. Problem solved!


I knit these socks with a variety of leftovers and I added a generous garnish of buttons. – Lorraine


Background photo by Monika Grabowska




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A Sweater Vest

The Sweater

Sometimes a garment you knitted many years past is no longer useful. Maybe it’s now too big or too small, or a very dated style as in ‘1980s shoulder pads?’. Or, just a little too worn out. For whatever reason, we can be reluctant to let go of something we made and of which we have fond memories. About 35 years ago I knit an all wool Aran pullover. I wore it many times, but gradually put it on less and less frequently. It was a little too tight, I found pullovers a bit too warm, and, frankly, the sleeve cuffs were badly worn. It sat in a drawer, still loved but unworn, for many years.

Finally, I decided that to get more use out of it, I would have to remake it. Since it was pure wool I could have felted it and cut out warm mittens or slippers or even pot holders. I could have simply taken off the sleeves and turned the body into an Aran cushion cover. These ideas were all very tempting until I realized that, although I don’t wear pullovers much, I do wear vests frequently. So, a vest it would become. Obviously, you will not be able to follow this project exactly, but I hope it will inspire you to think of ways of recycling older garments into something you’ll wear again.




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With another 4mm needle pick up the 92 sts at cast on edge. Once you have done that fold that needle upwards with wrong sides facing, with both needle tips facing the same direction. Note: If for whatever reason you don't, just transfer the picked up sts to another needle so needle tips point in the same direction. Knit the sts from both needles like a 3-needle bind off, but you’re not binding off the stitches on the right needle. The stitches on both needles are knit together to end up on one needle. 92 sts on one needle

Hand Dyed Yarns

Work back and forth in garter stitch until you have 130 ribs. At this point there should be about 60g of yarn left to work the next feather and fan pattern. Repeat Rows 1 - 9 and increase 10 sts evenly in Row 9 by kfb of sts. 102 sts on needle, turn and purl one row, turn.

Jacqueline Grice

KnitswissYarns Ravelry: Knitswiss

Repeat feather and fan pattern Rows 11 – 16, for a total of 20 repeats. Work Rows 1 - 8 one more time and then cast off all sts in pattern. Voilà! All knit up, just need to soak and block it lightly or leave as is. Hope you’ll love wearing this big wrap scarf.



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In this repurposing issue, Red Heart looks back at a 1969 vintage crocheted tunic. Inspired by this, Tammy Hildebrand designed the Vintage Stitches Tunic using her approach to vintage stitches and the versatile Red Heart Unforgettable yarn.


skill level Advanced finished measurements 38 (42, 46, 50, 54, 58)" [96.5 (106.5, 117, 127, 137, 147.5) cm] around bust 31¾ (31¾, 33, 33, 34¼, 34¼)" [80.5 (80.5, 84, 84, 87, 87) cm] in length Directions are for size Small. Changes for sizes Medium, Large, Extra Large, 2X Large, and 3X Large are in parentheses. materials yarn • RED HEART® Unforgettable® 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 12) balls 3960 Tidal (4 Medium) Red Heart® Unforgettable®, Art. E793 available in 3½oz [100g], 270yd [247m] balls

hooks Susan Bates® Crochet Hooks • US F-5 [3.75mm] • US G-6 [4mm] other • Susan Bates® split lock stitch markers • yarn needle gauge 1 motif = 2" [5cm] in diameter using smaller hook; 5 [dc2tog, ch 2] and 7 rows or rounds = 4¼" [11cm] using larger hook. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge. Note: Use smaller hook to make motifs only, and larger hook for the remainder of the pattern.

Vintage Stitches Tunic Photos courtesy of Red Heart




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Serendipity Colour Play Cushion Cover

skill level advanced Note: The Turning Rows method is used for this design. It is recommended to try the smaller project done with this method first, as in the Belarusan Nizanka Snowflake ornament published in Issue 48. finished measurements cushion cover 15½” [39.5cm] square design size 164 x 164 stitches 15ct fabric 12” x 12” [30 x 30cm] 18ct fabric 10” x 10” [25 x 25cm] materials fabric • 15 -18 ct fabric (it may not be even woven) for stitching with yarn, the best mesh size ranges between 14 - 18ct. yarn • fingering weight yarns and/or floss of any colours Bamboo and soft cotton yarns are preferable for this kind of stitching. needles • tapestry needles sizes 18-20 depending on thread/yarn used symbols

It happened quite by serendipity. Suddenly, I found myself with a heap of leftover yarn. I also found a forgotten piece of evenweave fabric with an attractive texture to it, shortly after. The cloth is a great backdrop for Nizanka embroidery and if I gave the design some pop of colour, it will be quite the topic of conversation. I thought, cushion cover! All the pieces came together at the right moment. Nizanka is so perfect for stitching with yarn particularly on this forgotten piece of fabric. It isn’t necessary to fix the thread ends, just leave them on the front side and let them create a fringe. And because it’s Nizanka, you don’t have to worry about the back side of your work, as the back of this stitching method is always neat! Gather your leftover yarn, thread them on a needle and stitch. Play with colours. I intentionally omitted the colour key for this design. Use whatever leftover yarn/floss and your imagination. – Iryna 80



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Notes 1. The blue lines are guidelines and are not to be stitched. 2. The blue dot marks the center of the work. 3. The blue diagonal lines are the medial lines. 4. The blue arrows show the direction of the stitching. 5. Each line on the chart equals one fabric thread. 6. The stitching is done row by row. Each new row is stitched with a new thread. 7. The Turning Rows method is used for this design. It means, the stitched row changes the stitching direction by making one diagonal stitch at the Blue Line. 8. Most diagonal stitches are done on the front side of the fabric. Though, there are few diagonal stitches that are done on the back side. These are indicated with the Back-Side Diagonal Running Stitch symbol.

Iryna Varabei

Spirit of Belarus

Monk’s Cloth Crisis Crisis leads to innovation It was a sad day last year when the only importer of Monk’s Cloth in North America had dropped the distribution line. This left all suppliers and crafters wondering who would pick up the line and when? A burning question on everyone’s mind since it’s not an easy task to do. As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to run into difficult situations, particularly with supplies, which calls to quickly come up with plan B. WOW! What will we do without our beloved cloth to weave? Swedish weaving is an addictive craft whose popularity has been growing over the past few years, becoming quickly the craft of choice. It’s a counted needlework and surface embroidery that uses 4-ply worsted weight yarns on a 7ct fabric (Monk’s Cloth) making the process very easy to see, weave and very fun to do! So, what to do about the Monk’s Cloth Crisis? I have thought outside the box and my plan B is using upholstery fabrics! My thought is: if I can get a needle through it, it’s ‘weave-able’. Let the weaving begin! A variety of items can be woven using upholstery fabrics like bags, pillows, runners, blankets and curtains. There are some readymade blankets that are weave-able with the sides already seamed (bonus!), as well as some finished pillows with zippers for easy stuffing. I also have a small carpet that is weave-able as well. With this craft in an upswing we know someone will pick up the distribution line. But in the meantime, upholstery fabrics is where it’s at, well for me anyway, until I can get more Monk’s Cloth. Visit me at to see what I have currently. Choosing your fabric for the Starry Sky shoulder bag in this issue can be tricky, but I have supplies including the fabric and strap ready to be woven.

Starry Sky Bag Photos by Christine Allan




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I first saw Dragon Scales, a technique by Gillian Conahan, while doing research for the articles on The Beauty of Texture series. At that time, I couldn’t see how to work it in nor had I the time to play with what appeared to be a totally different sort of fabric manipulation. It stuck in my mind; running it over and over until I had to try it out, first in paper and then in fabric. Arrowhead smocking has the bottom points of the arrowhead tucked inside the row below. Gillian’s dragon scales had the points on top. I’ve renamed my version of the design Diamond Petals. You’ll see how I made use of leftover fabrics from two other garments to create these petal samples. While attempting to adapt this work to the sewing machine, the fact that all the stitching was off straight-grain resulted in the need for a stabilizer. Many types of stabilizer were tested, from plain tissue to woven iron-on, to tear-away and finally settled on non-woven very light-weight stabilizer/ interfacing. This held the grain and folds accurately but allowed the fabric to be folded with less bulk than other types. The design takes up both in width and length from the original sized piece of fabric. This could be an interesting technique in garments, artwork, craft objects or quilting. It isn’t recommended for children’s wear or items that need to stand up to abrasion or machine washing but you be the judge. - Judith

Narrow striped fabric made into an environmentally friendly pouch

Diamond Petals fabric manipulation




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Sew Fancy Inc. Guelph, ON  519.824.4127    Your Premier Canadian Source for Specialty Sewing Supplies including Smocking, Heirloom Sewing, Goldwork, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Needle Tatting, Swarovski Crystals, Sashiko, Quilting and more. Visit the website for the latest in sewing supplies. Sew Inspired 375 Daniel St S, Arnprior, ON K7S 3K6  613.623.0500    Your Ottawa Valley PFAFF® Authorized Dealer. We have a large supply of quilting & sewing supplies, knitting supplies, as well as in stock PFAFF® sewing machines. We also have a listing of sewing and quilting classes. Sew With Vision 480 Parkland Dr, Halifax, NS B3S 1P9  902.479.2227   Authorized PFAFF, HUSQVARNA VIKING, and SINGER dealer and service provider offering an extensive line of sewing, embroidery and serger machines, as well as long-arm quilting systems.

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This issue is dedicated to those who hold on to cherished textiles in the hope that one day they will be enlightened on how to repurpose the...

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