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I state the obvious when I say this is the red and white issue in honour of Canada's very special birthday. Since A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine is read across North America and in some parts of the world in digital format, needless to say, feel free to change colours. Others will want to make the projects in the same patriotic colours to commemorate Canada's 150 th Birthday. I'm thrilled about the knit and crochet wear in this issue. So perfect for summer and early fall, nothing too complicated but with enough detail to keep your interest. These are knitted and crocheted using light yarns like Red Heart's Soft Touch, Fibra Natura and Flax Lace yarns. How perfect for warm or downright hot weather! There are two features to highlight and both are related to weddings. Janine Zeck's A Prom Dress for Josephine is a feature on how to transform a wedding dress into a prom dress. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to work with what's already available on the wedding dress. The motto is, work with what you have, and change what is easiest to change.

The second feature is by Cynthia MacDougall. You might have seen her yarn review of Universal Yarns' new Flax Lace on KNITmuch published in May 2017. Her review included a swatch knit up in a lace pattern turned into a ring bearer pillow. From that she went on to design a stole perfect for the mother of the bride or bridesmaids. But what's more stunning is the complementing Horseshoe Wedding Stole in this issue which completes the set. There are links to her KNITmuch post if you want to make this full set.


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Lastly, this red and white issue wouldn't be complete without some redwork and cross stitch projects created with a little humour and keeping in mind our patriotic colours. Enjoy a full year of celebration! Cheerfully,



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quilting My Canada! Quilted Runner

14 Cathy McClean

quilting The Landscape Vest

48 3 6 6 8

18 The Quilt Store Clodah Coker

quilting Canada 150 Dreams Quilt

22 Lynn Swanson

quilting Red and White Celebration Quilt

Editor’s Letter Mark Your Calendars! Advertiser Index Hooked on Books

The latest in needlework books

51 Knitting

Standard Abbreviations & Terms

26 Elaine Theriault

98 Business Directory

quilting Flight of Fancy Quilt

28 Margaret Sweete

sewing machine embroidery Celebrate Canada Tuffet


34 Jackie White

special features

quilting The 9 Patch and the Snowball

48 Cynthia MacDougall knit together Joining In

52 Cynthia MacDougall

38 Janine Zeck

knitting Double Horseshoe Wedding Shawl

Prom Dress for Josephine

56 Charles Voth

Artist Review 78 Stasia Ceglarz

knitting Knitting with Universe Yarn

Poppies 80 Julie Plotniko Golden Phoenix

60 Red Heart, Jodi Lewanda knitting Summer Fun Swing Tank

64 Denise Powell

In the Loop

knitting Victorian Camisole

36 Catch the Wave Canadian Quilters' Association

68 Jacqueline Grice

knitting Celebration Tulip Cowl

70 Ruth I. Forbes


crochet Cupid Choice Camisole

74 Joanne Gatenby cross stitch Sarcasm and Wine



82 Maria E. Gollek

cross stitch Redwork for Canada

86 Nancy Devine

redwork Redwork Berries Have Historical Roots

90 Erla Wilson

redwork Simply Redwork

94 Judith Marquis

smocking Bluebird Birth Announcement A NEEDLE PULLING THREAD


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MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Saturday August 26, 2017 Talisman Fibre Arts Studio Yardage Sale! 7 St. Andrew Street, Guelph, Ontario N1H 1N9 Rain or Shine! Rummage through an excellent selection of Fabric, Trim and Notions. Lots to choose from at priced to sell value! Presented by Talisman Fibre Arts Studio Inc. For more information email September 16-17, 2017 Harvest of Quilts Show and Sale Presented by Settler's Village Quilters Bobcaygeon Curling Club, 49 Mansfield St, Bobcaygeon, Ontario K0M 1A0 Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 10am-4pm. Also featured will be a Merchants Mall, Demonstrations, Members Boutique, Quilt Raffle with refreshments available on site. Admission $5. September 29 - October 1, 2017 Haus of Stitches Sewing Retreat St. Peter’s Abbey, Muenster, Saskatchewan The Retreat offers a peaceful relaxing atmosphere with large sewing area with tables and cutting stations for you to work. Product and technique demos will be held through out the weekend. Forms and details at or call 1.800.344.6024. Saturday October 14, 2017, 9am to 5pm Woodstock Fleece Festival The Woodstock Fairgrounds, 875 Nellis St, Woodstock, Ontario N4S 4C6 Our annual event invites fibre artists and others to join together in an atmosphere of appreciation, learning and camaraderie. T​ he show incorporates workshops and demonstrations from top instructors. Exhibition booths sell everything from raw fibre to quality finished goods. It is also a great place to have lunch! We showcase spinning, weaving, rughooking, felting, & knitting with natural fibres. Workshop pre-registration is available on our website. In addition, we offer on-going demonstrations and live fibre animal displays. Admission: Adults: $8; 15 & under Free. For more info visit or contact Catherine Stark at 519.458.8631.

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To list your event in this space please call 1.866.969.2678. Creativ Festival Since 1988, Creativ Festival is Canada’s largest diy consumer show dedicated to the creative arts of sewing, knitting, beading, spinning, weaving, felting, quilting, crocheting, stitching, scrapbooking, crafting & other fibre, textile, needle & paper arts. Offering up-close-and-personal hands-on instruction at conference classes and an exhibit hall bursting with creativity. Whether newbie or seasoned pro, join others who share your creative passions at this exceptional interactive experience like no other where you can discover, learn, try and buy! Edmonton: Sep 8-9, 2017, Millennium Place, Sherwood Park Toronto: Oct 26-28, 2017, The International Centre Calgary: Sep 22-23, 2017, Spruce Meadows Equiplex Abbotsford: Mar 23-24, 2018, TRADEX More info: or 1.855.723.1156. November 9-11, 2017 The Annual Oshawa Fibre Art Show Centennial Albert United Church, 19 Rosehill Blvd (corner of Bond St W), Oshawa, Ontario L1G 5G5 Over 100 original fibre art creations will be on display and most will be available for purchase. The artwork is created by several Ontario fibre artists. Show includes a boutique of gifts and a supply shop for fibre art creators. Musical entertainment. 10am-5pm daily, up to 7pm on November 10th. Admission is $5.00 per person, and students get in free! Refreshments will be for sale throughout the show. For further Information visit Any questions, please email Marilyn Whitbread at May 31 - June 9, 2018 Saskatchewan Stitches Conference St. Peter’s Abbey, Muenster, Saskatchewan The Saskatchewan Stitches Conference offers creative classes with renowned fibre and needle work artists and attracts participants from across Canada who love to sew, knit, quilt and rughook. Forms and details at or call 1.800.344.6024. July 18 - 22, 2018 Embroiderers’ Association of Canada Seminar BRIDGING STITCHES Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Registration begins Sept 1, 2017. 25+ classes, challenges, exhibition, prizes, shopping, banquet & more! Details: Contact: Show Guide Unlimited, the 2016 edition of the Ontario Show Directory is now available! An extensive listing of the years best shows including art and craft (juried and non-juried), needlework, woodworking, festivals and bazaars throughout Ontario; also craft show tips, etiquette and useful planning calendar; available at $24.99 plus $5.00 S&H. For more info or to order online visit, or call 1.800.671.2272.

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The T-Shirt Quilt Book

Stitched Sewing Organizers

Sew Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Turn treasured tees into something brand new–a T-shirt quilt! Capture the memories of a special time, starting with a quick pillow project or a baby quilt made from onesies, and work your way up to bed quilts in multiple sizes. Learn the secrets to choosing shirts, centering and cutting out around a logo, working with shirts that are too small, and interfacing knit fabrics with finesse. You'll practice your skills with 8 projects ranging from simple squares to pieced stars and triangles, plus easy machine-appliquéd motifs. With beginnerfriendly designs and truly unique layouts to entice experienced quilters, this essential guide to T-shirt quilts covers all the bases.

Celebrate and use your sewing skills with wellknown and popular designer Aneela Hoey's 15 stylish yet functional patterns for a wide variety of sewing organizers. Designed to work together, many of the smaller projects fit into larger ones and can be made into a coordinating set. Showcase trendy fat quarters and half-yards or use up odds and ends of your favorite fabric as you make cute containers for yourself, to give to your friends, or to bring to swaps! Even the more challenging patterns can be sewn in less than a day–perfect for when you need a break from those more time-consuming projects.

Pick your project then pick your block: mix and match 8 super-easy projects with 16 adorable paper-pieced blocks just for Christmas. Simply follow Mary’s clearly illustrated instructions to create fun and fresh holiday blocks. Plus, use her time-saving technique for paper piecing with less waste to create custom winter decor ranging from tree skirts and table toppers to gift bags, mug rugs, pot holders, and more. Sew by number and watch your image emerge!

Lindsay Conner and Carla Hegeman Crim

80 Pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-530-8 C&T Publishing

Block Genius

Aneela Hoey

112 Pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-510-0 C&T Publishing

Knitted Animal Nursery

Mary Hertel

56 Pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-528-5 C&T Publishing

Simple Chic Crochet

Sue Voegtlin

Fiona Goble

Susan Ritchie and Karen Miller of Mrs Moon

An amazing new quilting book, truly perfect for quilters of all levels…. With 201 pieced block designs, each in three different sizes (6”, 9” and 12”) with sample settings…an exceptional reference tool.” All the math is done for you!

Everyone loves babies, and everyone loves Fiona Goble’s wonderful knitted animal designs, so what could be more loveable than this collection of animal knits for babies up to three years old? All the animals have terrific personality and charm, and will be loved by children and their parents alike. With simple stitches, full instructions for making up, and clear photographs to illustrate the details that give each animal its character, you will be able to knit something wonderful for the nursery in no time.

Susan Ritchie and Karen Miller are the proprietors of Mrs Moon, an online yarn store, and their mission is to show you how simple it is to create your own modern-casual crochet garments, accessories, and homewares. There are easy-to-hook projects in bulky yarns that will grow so fast you’ll be finished in a day, and larger or more intricate items that will take longer, but are well worth every stitch you hook in to them. There are pieces that are perfect for beginners to crochet–such as a chevron throw, a simple beanie, or a snuggly cowl–and other projects that introduce lacy and textured stitches so you can expand your skills at your own pace, and with the help of the techniques section at the back of the book.

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128 pages, ISBN 978-1-78249-433-1 Cico Books

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Seasons of Wool Appliqué Folk Art

Intuitive Color & Design, Updated 2nd Edition

Charm School – 18 Quilts from 5” Squares

Rebekah L. Smith

Jean Wells

Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

The author of best-selling Wool Appliqué Folk Art presents a treasure trove of 12 seasonal wool appliqué projects, with 3 for each season. Her Americana aesthetic, although very true to early decorative arts, would look great in many homes today. Presented in a lovely antique color palette, these simple and elegant projects include a journal cover, pillow cover, wallhangings, storage boxes, table rug, and more, perfect for your home or to give as gifts. Includes a basics chapter and an updated chapter on the collection, storage, and use of wool.

Jean Wells gives you the assignment of your life: put away your ruler and use your inner vision to design and piece spectacular, free-form quilts you'd never have guessed you could create. In this updated edition of best-selling Intuitive Color & Design, Jean’s workshop assignments get your creative juices flowing, giving you challenges to expand your quilting horizons. Start by learning to see line and color; study the nuts and bolts of design; develop your color work and composition; and when you get stuck, there’s expert advice on problem solving. You will never see quiltmaking in the same way again.

Mind your p’s and q’s... precuts and quilt blocks, that is! Popular designer Vanessa Goertzen puts charm squares to the test with 18 projects using precut 5" x 5" squares. Start with fresh, simple blocks and build your skills to sew versatile snowballs, stars, flying geese, and more. Using precuts from your stash or cutting your own charms from scraps or yardage, you’ll learn tips to take the guesswork out of piecing. Quilters of all types will fall in love with these quick, clever, and clean designs!

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Sewing for Babies and Children

112 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-524-7 C&T Publishing

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Laura Strutt

Linda Zemba Burhance

Big Knit Love

Crochet Animal Hats

With simple sewing techniques, beautiful fabrics, and stunning details, Laura Strutt’s designs are irresistible. For young babies there’s a jersey romper suit, slouchy leggings, and a top-knot hat. There’s a gorgeous Peter Pan collar dress, perfect for parties and special occasions, denim dungarees for playtimes, and adorable kimono-style pyjamas to wrap little ones in for bedtime. Accessories include a hooded towel set to dry your squeaky-clean infant after their bath, handy triangle bibs for teething tots, and a delightful rabbit in a quilted sleeping bag. Whether you’re looking for a gift for a new baby or want to make unique clothes for your own child, Laura’s patterns are guaranteed to stand out from the crowd.

Big knitting is fast and fashionable! Big.Knit.Love. introduces newbies and experienced knitters to knitting with big needles and bulky, super bulky, and jumbo yarns with 20 patterns for gorgeous wearables. Called one of the most important knitting trends by Lion Brand Yarn, knitting with chunky yarns is less structured than knitting with standard-sized needles and yarns, making it perfect for anyone who wants to make simple yet stylish patterns in no time. In addition, this stunning collection includes a comprehensive, photograph-rich section on tools, materials, and step-by-step techniques, ensuring each pattern knits up perfectly.

Choose from a wide variety of wild and wonderful animal hat designs; there are hats to keep little babies cosy, such as the super-cute rabbit and kitten and hats for toddlers and bigger kids such as the cool penguin, fierce (but sweet) shark, and the cuddly polar bear. Most of the hats can be made in a range of sizes so adults who are young at heart won’t feel left out, and can have their very own tiger, fox, or wolf hat. Each hat has easy-to-follow instructions and uses the simplest of stitches, with clear photographs to help with the all-important snouts, ears, eyes, noses, and whiskers! With essential yarn information as well as a helpful techniques section, you’ll be ready to start crocheting fun animal hats in no time.

128 pages, ISBN 978-1-78249-423-2 Cico Books

160 pages, ISBN 978-1-63186-451-3 Taunton Press

Nicki Trench

128 pages, ISBN 978-1-78249-428-7 Cico Books A NEEDLE PULLING THREAD


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3WT TO 100WT


Canada Landscape Vest Create mirrored fabric and then use it to cut out a simple vest. I have done this with as little as two fabrics to a maximum of six, always keeping the sky or the top fabric the same. To celebrate Canada’s 150 years, I used red and white with a hint of black leaves, for friends in the States use red, white and blue fabrics. You can get a very elegant look using black and gold and for a quick serger sweatshirt use this technique with fleece and don’t quilt it.

This is a version of Bargello quilting. It's much easier and quicker as you don't need to worry about lining up perfect points. Working with strips of different widths and less colors you will get the look of a city skyline. A great technique for the first time quilter! 14



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Woodland Haunt • 44” x 64” • By Diane McGregor of Castilleja Cotton

Woodland Haunt by Deborah Edwards gets you in the Halloween spirit with delightful animals dressed in their costumes. The featured panel and border stripe are perfect for this year’s Halloween project. A variety of Colorworks Premium Solids coordinate with the collection.

Autumn Welcome by Deborah Edwards features popular woodland animals in a classic Autumn color palette. The featured border stripe and hexie prints are complemented by coordinates and blenders with linen overtones.

Autumn’s Row • 48” x 60” • By Sara Lister of Ladeebug Design

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Red and White

Celebration Lap Quilt


Flight of Fancy

2 other colorways: Blue Lagoon and Earth

Designed by Deborah Edwards, Flight of Fancy, the latest addition to Artisan Spirit Shimmer is stunning and sophisticated! The collection is offered in three palettes including Autumn, Earth and Lagoon. The featured panel and full width ombre are elegantly depicted and exquisitely detailed. Complementing the panel and ombre are tossed butterflies, dragonflies and feathers. Flight of Fancy was created with the same refinement and style as in the existing Shimmer patterns. All of the existing blenders in Shimmer coordinate seamlessly with Flight of Fancy.

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The 9 Patch and the Snowball

There are many ways to commemorate Canada’s extra special birthday this year. Here’s Jackie’s rendition of a red and white quilt to celebrate the occasion. 34



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Prom Dress for Josephine My daughter and I watched the 2015 version of the Cinderella movie. In this version, Cinderella wore the most magical gown. When we saw the gown, we simultaneously said, “We should make a dress for prom!” We considered making the dress from scratch, then decided that recycling a dress might be a better plan. Not only would it save us on materials and time, but it would give new life to one very lucky dress. We looked for a dress that had an adjustable bodice for size flexibility, a wide skirt that could be removed and replaced easily, and a petticoat with large amounts of crinoline to help puff out the skirt. By recycling a used dress we estimated a savings of at least $500 for such a project, plus many hours of labour. We did not plan on finding a wedding dress, but it was love at first sight! It had so much possibility. We found the wedding dress at a thrift store with tags still on. The original value was $1300, but only cost us $200. Janine and daughter Jojo

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Double Horseshoe

edding Shawl In Great Britain, and some areas of North America, a horseshoe is considered a symbol of good luck. An ornately decorated, fabric horseshoe is often given to a bride to carry down the aisle at her wedding. This symbol inspired me to create the Double Horseshoe Wedding Shawl. It has double the luck, because not only is it knitted in the shape of a horseshoe, the lace pattern in this piece is called the horseshoe pattern. In addition to ‘doubling the luck,’ I bordered the shawl with ‘rice’ in the form of seed stitch. The challenge for this piece was ‘bending’ the lace into a horseshoe shape. I achieved it by doubling number of stitches on a repeat at intervals around the curve. The yarn? Universal Yarns Flax Lace is sumptuous, inasmuch as linen can be sumptuous. This is the second piece I’ve made with this yarn in three months, and I’m loving it! It’s the perfect thing for summer wedding attire, whether you’re a guest, the mother of the bride or the bride herself!




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This photo by Cynthia MacDougall

Cynthia's design for the Double Horseshoe Wedding Shawl started with a swatch for the featured Fibra Natura Flax Lace yarn which then became an elegant design element for a ring bearer pillow. She played with the design, transforming it into an elegant wrap best suited for the bridesmaids or the mother of the bride. Visit to get more tips about knitting with this linen yarn and to get the free instructions for these exquisite complementing accessories.

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Victorian Camisole Canada’s 150th birthday calls for something both Victorian and modern, in red and white, of course. Victorian camisoles were undergarments, but modern ones are outerwear. This camisole has some interior shaping to give it a 'close to the body' fit and a slight peplum effect.




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Redwork berries have historical roots Redwork is pretty popular right now, and it’s a perfect illustration of everything old being new again. Its roots go pretty far back in the “gentle arts”. As the Victorian ladies in Europe searched high and low to decorate their homes, they adopted Turkey Work from the Americans. Turkey Red was one of the few floss colors of the day that was colorfast and readily available on both sides of the pond. You’ll find photos of museum pieces of red stitched samplers, quilt blocks and kitchen linens. Simply put, red work uses red floss to trace simple line drawings. Way back when, it was possible to find abundant collections of iron-on transfers at the local five and dime. Today, there are several websites where you can find copyright free designs, covering a range of era and styles – many have become copyright free because the companies that produced them have long since ceased to exist. Have quick look around the various vintage embroidery sites on the web and you’ll find some charming designs. In a nod to the embroidery designs of the 40s and 50s, I’ve decided a couple of berries to decorate your kitchen and convey your sentiments at the same time. I love the crisp look of red against readily available tea towelling from my local fabric store. Traditionally, red work embroidery uses just one or two types of stitches for the entire piece, making it a perfect introduction to embroidery for young artisans. In this piece, I’ve used split stitch almost exclusively because I find it easier to be neater, but you can also use stem stitch for the outlines, as well as back stitch. French knots are used for the dots and satin stitch fills in some of the smaller areas. 86

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Brenda Franklin Designs 7570 Mapleton SR 18 RR 1, Alma, ON N0B 1A0  519.638.9958    More than 500 charts available for counted needlework, latch hook rugs, beadwork, beaded knits and knitting patterns. Mail/fax order or ask for our products at your local shop. Contact us for custom designs or needle felted sculpture. Brampton Sew & Serge 289 Rutherford Rd S, Unit 7, Brampton, ON L6W 3R9  905.874.1564    Welcome to Your One Stop Sewing Centre! We are authorized dealers of Baby Lock, Husqvarna Viking, and Singer sewing machines and sergers. We also offer a full schedule of sewing classes for everyone. Bytowne Threads - Ottawa, ON  1.888.831.4095    Featuring AURIfil® thread from Italy. Extra-long staple Egyptian cotton threads: 12wt, 28wt, 40wt & 50wt - 252 colours. Bobbin threads, black & white: 60 and 80wt. Polyester threads 240 high-sheen colours. Wool threads 180 colours. Canadian National Fabric - Melancthon, ON   We are an online fabric shoppe offering a wide variety of fabrics, patterns, books and notions for all your sewing needs. Flat rate Canada wide shipping of $5 with FREE SHIPPING for orders over $75. Shop in person available by appointment!

Impressions Embroidery & Engraving #8-449 Mayor Magrath Dr S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 3L8  403.942.3934    Our shop does embroidery and laser engraving. Laser engraving is a beautiful process for fabric, as nothing cuts cleaner and more precisely than a laser. We now carry a nice array of fabric as well to compliment the abilities of the laser. Joyce's Sewing Shop 325 Wortley Rd, London, ON N6C 3R8  519.433.5344   Our mission is to make sewing fun by providing professional training to teach the benefits of sewing, to provide excellent service and quality products to make your sewing easier and to provide friendly customer service to make you a happy sewer. My Sewing Room 148-8228 MacLeod Trl SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2B8  403.252.3711    Canada's Largest Independently Owned Quilting Store with fabric, patterns, kits, notions, sewing machines and more! My Sewing Room boasts over 10,000 bolts of 100% cotton fabric from designers and manufacturers from around the world.

Country Concessions 1 Dufferin St, Cookstown, ON L0L 1L0  705.458.4546 or toll-free 1.888.834.4407   Visit our lovely and unique quilt shop in the quaint village of Cookstown. We have over 7000 bolts of cotton fabrics plus a wide selection of patterns, books & notions. You will be so glad you came for a visit.

Needles & Knits 15040 Yonge St, Aurora, ON L4G 1M4  905.713.2066   Fabulous selection of yarns. Extremely knowledgable and expert help. Cozy and friendly atmosphere. Classes. Guild night every first Tuesday of the month. Tea with Tove, the owner, every Thursday from 6-8pm.

Evelyn's Sewing Centre / The Quilt Store 17817 Leslie St, Unit 40, Newmarket, ON L3Y 8C6  905.853.7001 or toll-free 1.888.853.7001  Evelyn's Sewing Centre in Newmarket is your Quilt Store Destination! The staff here at Evelyn's is always on hand to provide Quilt Wisdom, Quilt Inspiration and most of all we pride ourselves as the place to make... All Your Quilt Dreams Come True!

Pine Ridge Knit & Sew 17477 Hwy 2 PO Box 68, Trenton, ON K8V 5R1  613.392.1422   We have knitting machines by Artisan and Silver Reed, embroidery machines by Husqvarna/Viking & White. Sewing notions and supplies, books and software. Hands-on lessons and classes. Wide variety of yarns, threads, dress and pant zippers.

Gitta's 271 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, ON L5G 1G8  905.274.7198    Gitta's, named after owner Gitta Al-Basi, nestled in the east village of Port Credit, is the place where stitchers meet with their stitching friends, shop for stitching supplies and see the new stitching designs from Europe and the United States.

Rosalie I. Tennison, Quilt Appraiser Certified by American Quilters’ Society 2005 Newmarket, ON  905.953.1441   What if something happens to your treasured quilt? Do you have written proof of its value for your insurance company? Get an appraisal now.

Hardanger House 4708 52 St, PO Box 1223, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0  403.742.2749 or toll-free 1.866.742.2749  Patterns from Canadian, American and European designers, linen and evenweave fabrics from Zweigart, DMC pearl Cottons, Caron Collection threads, and all the related stitching accessories are kept in stock. Many additional items can be special ordered.


Haus of Stitches 626 Main Street, Humboldt, SK  S0K 2A0  306.682.0772 or toll-free 1.800.344.6024  Our one of a kind store offers everything you need for sewing, quilting, knitting, rug hooking and needlework. Authorized dealers for Janome and Elna.



Ruby Pearl Quilts 500 King St W, Suite 8, Oshawa, ON L1J 2K9  905.436.3535    We are your full service source of professional quilting equipment, products, & courses. Led by 44 years of sewing experience & more than 20 years of quilting experience, we have the experience necessary to help you push your hobby to the next level!

summer 2017

Ruti's Needlebed 10 Thomas St, Mississauga, ON L5M 1Y5  905.821.9370   Mississauga's Finest Quilting and Knitting Store!! Come see our huge selection of yarn, fabric, supplies, sewing machines and knitting machines…a local store for all your quilting, sewing, knitting needs! We offer a wide variety of classes. The Yarn Guy 15 Gower St, Toronto, ON M4B 1E3  416.752.1828 or toll-free 1.800.836.6536    See us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter! Knitting machines, sewing machines, repairs, parts for Passap, Studio, Singer, Silver Reed, Superba, White. Sewing notions and supplies, books, ball yarns, coned yarns, TAMM yarns, Paton's yarns, Bernat yarns, Phentex yarns, Bernat kits & crafts. 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. That Sewing Place 16610 Bayview Ave #10, Newmarket, ON L3X 1X3  905.715.7725    jaret& Introducing That Sewing Place as your sewing source and Authorized Dealers for Bernina and Brother machines. Jaret & Liana focus on placing your sewing needs first, providing outstanding support, service, and training. The Stitching Corner #2, 185 First St E, Cochrane, AB T4C 2E9  403.932.3390    Your Needlework Shop in Cochrane. The Stitcher's Muse 99 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5G3  250.591.6873     A divine little shop with supplies for all your hand stitching needs! Friendly, knowledgeable, helpful staff. Cross stitch, canvaswork, needlepoint, embroidery, counted thread, lace making and more. Books, patterns, fabric, threads, tools. Ultimate Sewing Centre 191 Bloor St East, Oshawa, ON L1H 3M3  905.436.9193     For all your sewing needs be sure to call Durham’s largest one stop shop: Janome and Elna Sewing Machines, Sergers, & Embroidery machines, over 3000 bolts of first quality cottons, Floriani Embroidery supplies, the latest notions, books, & patterns, year round classes, and so much more! Upper Canada Quiltworks PO Box 64, Brockville, ON K6V 5T7  613.345.3956 Fax: 613.342.3327  Visit us online for a wide selection quilt patterns and books. Techniques include felted wool, fusible appliqué, punchneedle, rag quilting and printing photos on fabric.

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INSPIRING CREATIVITY FOR GENERATIONS * Disney embroidery designs are built-in the NQ3500D sewing machine model. The Disney embroidery designs are included in select Q-Series sewing machine models. Photos are for illustration purposes only. The NQ3500D shown in this ad has been manufactured by Brother Industries, Ltd., under a licensing agreement with Disney Enterprise Inc., through which Brother has permission to use the Disney images. The embroidery designs built into the embroidery machine are for personal use within the home only and may not be used for business or industrial purposes. Brother and its logo are trademarks of Brother Industries, Lts., Japan. All specifications are subject to change without notice. All registered trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective companies. ©2017 Brother International Corporation (Canada) Ltd. 1, rue Hôtel de Ville, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Québec, H9B 3H6. ©Disney 07/2017 - 95508


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