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ditor's letter

My sewing machine is my best friend.

Together, we spend countless hours creating, and making all my sewing dreams come true. I know its quirks and hum and I'm quick to forgive when it acts up. When I don't get a chance to sew, well, I miss it like I miss the sun on a cloudy day. For me, buying a sewing machine is like buying a car. It's an important investment since we're going to be best friends. When shopping for my new sewing machine I read about as many sewing machines as I was able to stand; doing this a little at a time helped, as there's a lot of information at our fingertips today. I read up on all the models and their features to narrow down the selection to the features I was most interested in. Then, it was even more important to test drive the selected ones for a good comparison. A sewing machine needs to feel right, like a favourite coat, so I can let the 'sewing fun' be the highlight of our time together. For this to happen, there's a familiarity that will come as I get to know it‌ And then there's the manual. I know, not my favourite part, right? I mean who wants to read?! "I want to sew!" Yet, it's a very important tool - know the manual, know the sewing machine, without tears.

Today's sewing machines are so very 'ultra', they have the capabilities to do so many things that 10, 20 years ago we never would have imagined was possible. By the same token, perhaps all you wish is a simpler sewing machine to finish off your embroidery project, hem the odd pair of pants, dabble in making Halloween costumes once a year. Whatever your need, sewing machines are an important investment, in terms of budget and more importantly for what you're going to use it. Your sewing machine dealer is a vital part of you owning a sewing machine. They'll be the ones at your rescue when your sewing machine needs a tune up or repair after all that sewing you've been doing‌choose wisely.

Life goes better with needlework!

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Here's the winter, already at my door, a chance to hybernate so to speak and sew as much as I can, to which I say, "Let it snow!" Cheerfully,











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machine embroidery A Calm Winter, A Body Pillow Cover

18 Brampton Sew N Serge Doreen G. Teasdale quilting Après Ski Banner

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22 Jackie White

quilting Bonfire After Skiing Quilt

26 Rosalie I. Tennison quilting Making a Quillow

quilting Quilted Zentangle Self Portrait

The latest in needlework books

33 The Heart of the Art Letters to the editor

30 The Quilt Store

Jacqueline Grice

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

61 Knitting


Standard Abbreviations & Terms


34 Donna Housley & Cathy McLean

98 Business Directory

special features

quilting Quilted Hand Muff

36 Cynthia MacDougall knit together Keeping it Cozy

10 A Year in Review

38 Cecilia Doyle Smith Reid knitting Tiny Tot Toques

58 In the Loop

Woodstock Fleece Festival

40 Denise Powell

knitting Snowflakes & Evergreens Cardigan

88 Beading with domes & gears


Beaded Snowflake Brooches Maria Rypan

44 Jacqueline Grice

knitting Berner Oberland Cabled Pullover

46 Brenda Franklin

Artist Review 93 Karen Miller

bead knitting Glitter in the Snow Winter Accessories

50 Red Heart, Cathy Payson

Beyond Swallowtail 83 Monika Kinner-Whalen A View from Shelby's Garden 94 Rebecca Sham Chinese New Year

knitting My Little Girl's Fair Isle Tunic

54 Ruth I. Forbes

crochet Blooms A-Popping Cardigan


62 Joanne Gatenby cross stitch …Late for Work

68 Maria Gollek

cross stitch Winter in my Heart

72 Kim Beamish

Hardanger Blissful Triad Bookmark

76 Judith Marquis

smocking Winter Snowdrifts Cushion

80 Christine Allan

Swedish weaving Cobblestone Way Cushion Cover

84 Christine Baker

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To list your event in this space please call 1.866.969.2678. Creativ Festival West! The Creative Stitches & Crafting Alive! Shows are Western Canada’s #1 Sewing and Crafting events showcasing, Sewing, Scrapbooking, Quilting, Knitting, Needlework, Fibre Arts, Beading and Paper Crafting, with Hands On Classes, Educational Seminars & Free Stage Shows!! Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm. Details at Victoria, BC: March 10-11, 2017 Pearkes Recreation Centre Abbotsford, BC: March 24-25, 2017 TRADEX April 1-2, 2017 Celebration of Colour Presented by Region of York Quilters Guild Newmarket Community Centre, 200 Doug Duncan Dr, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 3Y9 Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 10am-4pm. Featuring an exhibit of quilts, a charity raffle quilt, vendors, and tea room. Admission $7.00. For more information visit April 8-9, 2017 Reflections of Georgian Bay Quilt Show Presented by Georgian Bay Quilters’ Guild Tiny Township Community Centre, 91 Concession Road 8 East, Tiny, Ontario L0L 2J0 Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 10am - 4pm. Admission is $5 and men are our guests. Quilted exhibits, vendors, tea room, door prizes, demonstrations. Plenty of free parking, handicap access. The location will be well signed. For more information email us at or online at or on Facebook.

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April 28-29, 2017 Creativ Festival International Centre 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON L4V 1E8 Two-day interactive experience, where shopping, inspiration & creativity flourish! Get in-theknow and stay on top of what's hot, new and next in the world of sewing, knitting, quilting, beading, needlework, paper crafts, embellishing and other creative art forms. Design it! Create it! Embellish it! Make it YOU! For more info: or call 1.855.723.1156. April 28 - 30, 2017 Ontario Hooking Craft Guild (OHCG) 51st Annual Conference, Workshop & Rug Show: "Images of Canada" (Traditional and primitive rug-hooking) Best Western Cobourg & Cobourg Community Centre The OHCG celebrates the traditional art and craft of rughooking with wool fabric & yarn, while embracing new and creative ways to hook rugs. The OHCG Annual Conference & Rug Show celebrates Canada's 150th in picturesque Cobourg. See hundreds of wonderful rugs on public display Sunday April 30th. Admission $10. For more information visit May 25 - June 3, 2017 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. 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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Yarnitecture Jillian Moreno

Liza Adams

Needle Felting from Basics to Bears

Tatting Jewellery

Create your dream yarn! Discover the pleasures of designing and building custom-made yarn by spinning it yourself, choosing everything from color to feel and gauge. Jillian Moreno leads you through every step of yarn construction, with detailed instructions and step-by-step photos showing you how to select the fiber you want (wool, cotton, silk, synthetic), establish a foundation, and spin a beautiful yarn with the structure, texture, and color pattern that you want. Moreno also offers 12 delicious original patterns from prominent designers, each one showcasing hand-spun yarns.

Make the cutest little creatures from wool! Needle felting is all the rage, and this book shows you how to create tiny bears, rabbits, dogs, cats, fairies, dolls, cupcakes, and more. • Basic instructions and step-by-step photos show you what you will need and how to begin, plus advanced options for once you've mastered the basics • Learn to make joints so that the arms and legs can really move • Instructions on how to make unique details such as pointed ears, long tails, and different noses and muzzles

Here is a new title on the intricate skill of tatting; one of the oldest forms of lace making still in use today. This practical and informative book showcases the use of this accessible and thriving craft, ideal for creating fantastic necklaces, bracelets, pendants and earrings. Lyn Morton’s wide-ranging collection of charming and innovative patterns will inspire tatters of all levels, from the relative beginner to the experienced and dedicated tatter seeking to create their own unique accessories.

240 Pages, ISBN 978-1-61212-521-3 Upper Canada Quilt Works Publishing Storey Publishing

Cool Chunky Knits

DIY Woven Art

Tabetha Hedrick

Get your knit on with this stylish and quick-knitting collection of patterns designed for today's super popular chunked-up yarns and fashions! Knitters from beginner to intermediate levels will enjoy exploring the simple but engaging stitch patterns– easy lace, subtle textures, and fun cables. • Includes patterns for the fashions knitters want: cowls, infinity scarves, shawlettes, slouchy hats, fingerless gloves, headbands, and more • All designs are knit with bulky, super bulky, or chunky yarns • Many patterns require only one or two skeins of yarn 112 pages, ISBN 978-0-8117-1648-2 Globe Pequot Press / Stackpole Books www.



130 Pages, ISBN 978-0-8117-1662-8 Stackpole Books


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Inspiration and Instructions for Handmade Wall Hangings, Rugs, Pillows, and more! Rachel Denbow Featured in this comprehensive weaving guide are 15 fresh and funky fiber art projects–from texture-rich wall hangings to retro rugs and even a chic purse. Each will add a pop to your surroundings and your style. And no need to invest in a pricey loom. Author Rachel Denbow steps you through how-to's for 3 simple, portable looms. DIY Woven Art jump-starts creativity with beginnerfriendly instructions. 122 pages, ISBN 978-1-63250-431-9 Interweave

Lyn Morton

112 pages, ISBN 978-1-86108-676-1 Guild of Master Craftsman

Crochet to Calm

Stitch and De-Stress with 18 Simple Crochet Patterns By the Editors at Interweave Discover the most rewarding way to de-stress at the end of a hectic day—crochet! The soothing, repetitive motion of this classic craft can clear your mind while providing a creative outlet. Best yet? You'll create gorgeous projects you can proudly wear and display! Crochet to Calm features 18 rewarding projects, from home accents to cozy. The projects are quick to make, so you'll have plenty of time to try them all! Featuring a foreword by Mandy O'Sullivan, the founder of CraftsasTherapy, Crochet to Calm will help you relax, one stitch at a time. 112 pages, ISBN 978-1-63250-495-1 Interweave

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When Bad Things Happen to Good Crocheters

Survival Guide for Every Crocheting Emergency Beth Wolfensberger Singer

Whether you call her the crochet guru, call her your own personal crochet fairy godmother, or just call her for crochet emergency help, author Beth Wolfensberger Singer is here to save the day. From uneven edges to wonky corners to too-tight stitches to dealing with yarn ends or a forgotten increase, Beth offers level-headed advice on what to fix, how to fix it, and when you can just fudge it. Also included are 6 original crochet designs--so readers can test drive their new-found crocheting expertise. 124 Pages, ISBN 978-1-62710-394-7 Taunton Press

The ABCs of Quiltmaking

Piecing, Appliqué, Quilting & More Janet Lundholm McWorkman Quilting school is now in session, and it’s never been so fun to hit the books! Take the challenge to move beyond basic patchwork with 12 skill-building lessons, including paper piecing, strip piecing, bargello, set-in seams, appliqué, crazy quilting, and more. Learn the tools, terms, and techniques that are the bedrocks of quiltmaking. Use your new skills to finish a gorgeous final exam, an ABC-themed sampler quilt, plus a handful of quick-finish projects. It’s a complete quilting course in one book. 80 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-222-2 C&T Publishing

Walking Foot Quilting Designs

By the Bundle

Melissa Marginet

Emma Jean Jansen

A brilliant quilter, Melissa Marginet has compiled in this golden nugget of a book, step by step diagrams and pictures to help you quilt your quilt. The designs shown can be made as simple or complex as described in clear and comprehensive diagrams. Walking Foot Quilting Designs will become for you a reference book you’ll keep by your sewing machine and quilt with confidence using its creative guidance.

Quilters love collecting these precut bundles, but often don't know what to do with them. Because they are a specific cut of fabric (18” x 22" instead of a ¼ yd cut from fabric that measures 9” x 44" and is much less usable) the instructions for a project need to be specifically written to accommodate these fat quarter cuts. All of Emma's patterns are written with this in mind in addition to providing irresistible new quilt designs to finally put these collections to use in her widely appealing designs. Emma's patterns cross over beautifully between the modern and the new traditional quilt maker alike.

100 Pages, ISBN 978-0-9952741-0-5 Self-published

128 pages, ISBN 978-1-940655-17-8 Lucky Spool

Piecing Makeover

Addicted to Scraps

Simple Tricks to Fine-Tune Your Patchwork • A Guide to Diagnosing & Solving Common Problems Patty Murphy

12 Vibrant Quilt Projects Bonnie K. Hunter Scrap it up!

Do your quilt blocks tend to misbehave? Perfect your patchwork with a visual, step-by-step guide to 21 popular quilt blocks. Piecing expert Patty Murphy shows you how with fail-proof techniques that can be used in all types of quilt designs, from traditional to modern. Say goodbye to patchwork problems like mismatched seams, blunt points, and too-small blocks, and learn to avoid common mistakes in sashings, borders, and bindings. Though mistakes happen to all of us, these easy techniques will help beginning and intermediate quilters achieve quiltmaking success every time.

Don’t crumble under the weight of your scraps– embrace them with best-selling author, Quiltmaker columnist, and esteemed teacher Bonnie K. Hunter. Piece 12 unique, multicolored scrap quilts in Bonnie’s signature style. Turn leftover strips into usable fabric that’s readily available for projects with the easy-touse Scrap User’s System. This complete guide to scrap quilting includes full-size templates, 2 paper-piecing patterns, and a full chapter on quiltmaking basics.

144 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-257-4 C&T Publishing

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A Calm Winter

a body pillow wrap

An adventure in stenciling & machine embroidery 12



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Après Ski


Looking out from the ski chalet




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Making a Quillow

A quillow is a small quilt that folds up and tucks into a pocket to create a pillow. These versatile quilt/pillows are favourites with children and come in handy for picnics or as an emergency blanket for a car. If your feet are cold, you can tuck them in the pocket while you read your latest issue of ANPT. The most difficult part of making a quillow is attaching the pillow top to the quilt. Any small quilt top that’s less than 40" wide and approximately 50" long can be turned into a quillow. All that’s needed is a 12" matching quilt block for the pillow front with roughly 4" borders. With these and some sewing magic, you can make a quillow! For this project, we’ll make a simple 9-patch block and alternate it with solid blocks for the quilt top and use a combination of smaller 4-patches for the pillow top.




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Quilted Zentangle Self Portrait

Anything is possible one stroke at a time




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Snowflakes & evergreens cardigan

The Snowflakes and Evergreens Cardigan is a Fair Isle cardigan with winter elements which will quickly become a favourite during the cold winter months. The large shawl collar can be turned up against a windy day and the sleeves are generously sized to allow for layering. This design is knitted circularly whenever possible, using steeks (bridge stitches) to form a cylinder that is cut open for the cardigan front opening. Steeks are also used for the sleeve openings and even the neckline, all to keep you knitting with the right side facing you. The only purl stitches are in the ribbing, top section of the sleeves, bands, and collar.




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Glit ter

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Winter Accessories




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My Little Girl’s Fair Isle and Intarsia Tunic A fairly quick knit, considering there's Fair Isle and Intarsia techniques to create this sweet tunic. Perfect for winter weather, it has bright contrast for that extra burst of colour.





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Tested and Approved! Give moms one less thing to worry about.

With the new Baby Hugs yarns, all the little things you make for those precious little ones contain nothing but love. That’s because only Red Heart offers baby yarns that have been tested according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100. This means that Baby Hugs yarns have been tested and certified as free from harmful levels of over 300 substances. Learn more at:

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MarNic Designs

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BlissfulTriad Bookmark

This bookmark is all white but you can mix and match fabric and colours to coordinate with any colour scheme. Experiment and have fun! 72





Mary’s Home Solutions • Creative Projects • Yarn • Needlework Latch Hook • Quilting • Gifts • Puzzles • Beads • Colouring Books!

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Making Beautiful Easy: in Our NEW Mary Maxim Simply Casual Yarn! Call for a complimentary catalogue When requesting catalogue, please quote CODE 121 75


Cushion Cover


Winter is my favourite season, mostly because I like to play in the snow. More so when I was younger, but I still love to bundle up and head out for a nice winter walk. Usually the sidewalks are uneven and hard to walk on. They always remind me of the old cobblestone roads in Europe. They were hard to walk on any time of year, more so in heals. So in the winter when the sidewalks are all uneven and icy, it brings me back to Europe and the old sections of town with their cobblestone roads.

Cookies and Cocoa Cushion Cover After a busy day of winter activities, what is more inviting than a warm cup of hot chocolate and some homemade chocolate chip cookies?? Get that ‘inviting feeling’ all season long with this cute cushion featuring felted wool, buttons and punchneedle embroidery.




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Beaded Snowflake Brooches When you fan crystal-tipped bugle points around a filigree dome, you get a dramatic snowflake. This is an adaptation of my famous Fanwheel Snowflakes which start off with a circle of beads. Here, we explore overlapping points around a metal dome-shaped filigree cap. For fun and instant gratification, you can add bugle points around any gear to make really trendy snowflakes as ornaments or brooches. I will show you the basic technique for attaching your bugle points around any gear shape. Feel free to let your creativity go wild as you embellish the gear center. See photos for ideas.


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Big Quilt Bee

June 14 - 17

The International Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Enter Canada’s 2017

National Juried Show!

Challenge yourself! Enter quilts into Canada’s premier quilting show! Deadline to enter is February 1, 2017 •

Cash prizes worth over $30,000! Join us in Toronto in June...

• Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday! • Participate in the Big Quilt Bee! • Workshops • Lectures • Merchant Mall • Daily Demos • Fantastic Evening Entertainment • Over 400 Quilts on Display including the National Juried Show!

2016 National Juried Show: Best of Show Helen Fujiki, Election Night Euphoria

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Brenda Franklin 519.638.9958

Rypan Designs 416.247.1993 NEW! Downloadable Patterns!

Brenda Franklin designs more than just realistic cross stitch. Also available are beaded knits, bead stitch, intarsia and needle felting. Check out for the complete line of books, patterns and kits.

Harebrained Happenings 416.282.9949 or 416.284.7924 Harebrained Happenings is the brain-child of two talented ladies who have come together with their love of crafts, and folk art. Our company incorporates the love we have for our pets with design patterns for quilting, tote bags, and wall hangings. Crochet Designs by NanaRuth 416-754-0998 NEW! Downloadable Book! Main focus is traditional designs in crochet and knit for children. All garments are designed and/ or handmade with discerning attention to comfort and finishing. Baptismal sets, dresses, suits, blankets and shams, cardigans, hats and other items.

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Maria Rypan is an international designer, researcher & instruction book publisher recognized for her ‘Gerdany’ beadwork and projects for many publications. Since 1995 Maria teaches, produces a kit line and presents on beading & global folk arts.

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Use this unique tool to find the size of your seed beads. Put 10 beads on a needle, slide along the scale, read size at right. Easy to use credit card size plastic card Phone: 519-956-9632

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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. 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! 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. 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.




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. 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. 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. 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. 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! 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.

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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. Stitch-It Central 189 Thames Street S, Ingersoll, ON N5C 2T6  519.303.1563    Stitch-It Central is a store to satisfy all your cross stitching needs. We have everything such as notions, books & magazines, project kits, charts, gift collections & certificates, papers & accessories, fabrics and linens, and so much more. 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.

Get your game on! Bring your quilting and crafting to a whole new level. Create your own unique quilts, wall hangings, games, placemats and so much more with Brother’s Q-Series sewing and quilting machines, and ScanNCut home and hobby cutting machine. Brother’s ScanNCut comes fully loaded with an exciting collection of quilt block patterns so you can design your own one-of-a-kind creations with the push of a button! Now, cut your favourite material into any shape — no matter how intricate — without ever touching bulky design cartridges or even a pair of scissors. Brother’s ScanNCut and Q-Series sewing and quilting machines — the only thing limiting your creativity is your imagination.

Create your own magnetic, quilted tic-tac-toe board like the one featured here. See how at Visit to find your closet authorized Brother dealer. CM650W ScanNCut2 - cut incredible appliqué, fabric pieces and quilt blocks with ease

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A Needle Pulling Thread Winter 2016/17 Sampler  

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