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A walk in the garden Issue One

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A walk in the garden

Issue One 2013

Welcome A walk in the garden is one of our favourite things, so it seemed the perfect theme for this our very first release of Kindred Stitches. There's something magical about a beautiful garden that engages the senses and lets you forget about the hustle and bustle of life for a while. It’s our intent that browsing through Kindred Stitches is like a refreshing stroll in the garden. That it stirs your imagination and inspires you to make and create beautiful things for your home. A passion for craft and home has always been an important aspect of our lives and it was this common thread that brought us together many years ago. We can often be found with needle and thread in hand, or gathering produce or flowers from our own gardens. This sharing of a common passion is a strong bond which can unite people from all walks of life, and in this amazing world of technology it can now unite people from around the world. It was this very notion that inspired the two of us to bring you Kindred Stitches. Exclusively designed for today's digital market, Kindred Stitches offers you an exciting and brand new way to enjoy your passion. We personally invite you to come on a journey with us, to revive your senses and to be inspired. We are thrilled that you are along for the ride, so let the fun begin!

Warmly Lenna & Janice

Inside this issue: App Instructions




Feature Photo


Designer Profile


Cottage Garden Purse


French knot video


Finding Inspiration


Fabric Brooch


Etsy Find


Book Review


Bird in the Garden


Let’s Decorate


Sweet Little Hanger


Let’s Create


Feature Fabric


Crocheted Flower Hair Slides


Pinterest Favourite Finds


Embroidery Stitch Guide


Crochet Stitch Guide




We Need your Help


Dear Readers




I cannot count my day complete ‘til needle, thread and fabric meet!

COTTAGE GARDEN PURSE DESIGNED BY LENNA GREEN Step into my garden. Step in and you'll see A measure of peace. And tranquility. It's the scent of the blossoms. The buzz of the bees. The sweet song of birds. As they sing in the trees. Author Unknown

Designer Profile There’s a tremendous amount of enjoyment and relaxation that can be gained from sewing and craft, particularly during the evenings when the household is winding down from the day’s activities. It has always been an important part of my life.

Lenna Green of Little Green Cottage

I’m very much in love with the process of creating something new and I’m often busy sketching an idea that has popped into my head. My hands like to be busy and I rarely watch TV without working on something.

I love creating so much that it seemed natural to make it my full time job. This allows me to stitch and sew whenever I please. My grandmother was very artistic and crafty and thankfully she lived around the corner from me during my childhood. This meant that I could visit her often. She was always making or painting something and she loved to set me up by her side with paintbrush, crocheting hook or needle in hand. I still have the very first doll’s apron I made with her.

“Life should be about following your dreams and what’s in your heart.” Tap here to view Photo Gallery It was from these visits that my love for making things grew. My mother is also a very keen knitter and encouraged my creating from a very early age, despite the mess and half finished projects everywhere! I started my own website business Stitching Cow after coming to the realization that life should be about following your dreams and what’s in your heart. A challenge is something that I have always enjoyed and I had a burning desire to build a business from scratch. Following my passion and creative streak seemed to be the logical choice for the business. It’s thrilling to see an idea become a reality and to watch my business grow. Each day I learn something new, it makes life very interesting. I also love working from home because it allows me to work around family activities and suits my lifestyle. Concentrating my efforts on mastering new technology has enabled me to connect and provide a service to people from all over the world. The Internet has definitely made the world a smaller place and each day I am reminded how wonderful this is. I get a real buzz from meeting like minded people who are passionate about sewing. It’s a wonderful feeling when I can inspire a fellow sewer with a new design or teach them a new skill. It gives me a sense of achievement to know that I have inspired them or helped them learn something that could benefit them with their craft for years to come. It’s all about sharing and helping people, that’s what is really important.

Cottage Garden Purse Designed by Lenna Green of Little Green Cottage Approximate Size 4 ½” x 8” (11cm x 20cm)

Requirements List 10" x 12" (25cm x 30cm) main fabric 2" x 12" (5cm x 30cm) feature floral Two 2" x 7" (5cm x 17cm) patchwork fabric 10" square lining fabric 10" square medium weight batting 8" (20cm) metal zipper 4" (10cm) freezer paper Off cuts of felt for applique Five small buttons DMC embroidery threads #3369 Pine green #580 Moss green #927 Light gray/blue #841 Beige brown #3859 Rosewood pink DMC embroidery thread to match each felt colour chosen 8" (20cm) length cord Three decorative beads Small embroidery hoop (optional) Water soluble marker Quick vanishing marker No 9 crewel needle Rotary cutter, mat and ruler General sewing supplies

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For help with the stitches used in this project refer to the embroidery stitch guide and the video demonstration. NB a ¼” seam allowance has been used throughout this project.

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Step 1 ~ Cut a 5" x 7" rectangle from your main fabric. Trace the cottage and garden design onto the right side of the fabric using a water soluble marker. Include the outer border line.


Step 2 ~ Trace the applique shapes onto the dull side of the freezer paper. Cut out on the drawn line. Iron each shape onto the right side of your felt pieces. Cut out each shape with a small pair of scissors. Step 3 ~ Position the felt shapes in place and applique one at a time using a small Whip stitch and corresponding DMC thread colour. Begin with the chimney, then the main building, roof, windows and door.

Handy Hint Trace your shapes using a sharp tipped pencil and cut out on the line, this will ensure your templates remain the correct size.

Whip Stitch

STEP 2 Step 4 ~ Work the main flower stems using Back stitch (2 strands, 3369). Work the smaller stems using Straight stitch (2 strands, 580). Work the small flowers using French knots ( 2 strands, 3 wraps, 927). Work the smoke trail using Running stitch (3 strands, 841).

Step 5 ~ Trim back the embroidered panel to 3 ½" x 5 ¾". Cut two strips measuring 1 ¼" x 5 ¾" from the patchwork fabrics. Cut one strip measuring 1 ¼" x 9 ½" from main fabric and one measuring 1 ½" x 9 ½". Cut one rectangle 5" x 5 ¾" from main fabric. Cut one 2" x 9 ½" from the feature floral fabric. Piece the shapes together pressing seams as you work.



Step 6 ~ Cut a 9" square from the medium weight batting, attach this to the wrong side of the pieced panel using spray adhesive, note that the batting should be positioned ¼" from the top and bottom raw edge.

Step 7 ~ Use the quick vanishing marker to draw quilting lines ¼" from the seam lines of the main fabrics as shown. Quilt along each line using a Running stitch (3 strands, 3859). Sew the small buttons in place for the flowers.

Step 8 ~ Fold under the ¼" allowance on the top and bottom edge and press. Pin each folded edge along the zip, matching seam lines. Open the zip and then secure ⅛" from the fold using a Running stitch (3 strands, 3859) passing through all layers. Turn through so the wrong side is showing. Pin sides and sew.

Handy Hint Baste, pin or use fusible batting as an alternative to the spray adhesive.


Step 9 ~ Form base by measuring 1" from each corner, mark with a drawn line then sew along this line, tie thread ends. Trim back each corner to a ¼" seam.

Step 10 ~ Cut a 9" x 9 ½" rectangle from the lining fabric, fold in half, pin then sew down each side. NB the fold line should measure 9”. Form the base as instructed in Step nine.



Step 11 ~ Place the purse and lining wrong sides together. Fold under the raw edge and pin well, attach to the zip using a small invisible Slip stitch.

Handy Hint Match your thread colour to the lining fabric and use a fine needle when Slip stitching. This will help to make your stitches less visible.

Slip Stitch

STEP 11 Step 12 ~ Turn the purse through to the right side. Fold the cord in half and pass the loop through the zipper hole, pass the ends through the loop to secure.

Thread the decorative beads onto each end and secure with a large knot. Your purse is now complete.



Video Demonstration How to work a perfect French knot.

One of the hand embroidery stitches used in the Cottage Garden Purse is a French knot. Once mastered this versatile stitch can be used for a variety of different affects. In the featured project this stitch is worked in a cluster of three to form a spray of dainty flowers. Watch over my shoulder as I demonstrate how to work a perfect French knot.

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Handy Hint If your need to tug the needle through the fabric when working a French knot, this indicates that your needle size is too small in relation to your thread thickness.

Finding Inspiration The garden has long been a rich source of inspiration for those who love to create. For centuries all kinds of gardens and flowers have been depicted from the exquisite to the more humble. Whether your passion is hand embroidery, crochet, knitting or sewing, you will find a design that is reminiscent of the garden. Designer Judy Newman once wrote “Gardening and embroidery seem to go together; they both require an investment in time and patience, but the rewards are great and include the pleasure of watching something beautiful grow�. When next you take a stroll in the garden, let your imagination stir. Enjoy all that nature has to offer and let it guide you in your own creative pursuits.

Requirements List Two 5” (13cm) squares of fabric, one dark, one light Marking pen Matching thread for sewing machine Matching thread for hand sewing Small bead or button for centre Small brooch back or small metal hair clip General sewing accessories

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Folded Fabric Brooch Designed by Janice Kellaway Approximate Size 2” square (5cm) NB a ¼” seam allowance has been used throughout this project . This little folded fabric brooch will look so pretty on your favourite jumper or vest, or if you wish, you can simply attach a hair clip and it becomes a great little accessory for your hair.

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Step 1 ~ Use the template provided and cut a 4½” circle from the two fabrics you have selected. Be sure to choose a dark and light fabric which will give your brooch a contrast.


With the right sides together, sew around the two fabrics leaving a small opening to turn through. Trim to a scant ⅛” seam allowance. Turn through to the right side, and use a blunt tool (a chopstick works well) to push out the seams. Iron, then fold in the seam allowance and use a small invisible stitch to close the opening. Step 2 ~ Mark the circle, first the centre, then quarter mark on the edge. Step 3 ~ Starting in the centre, bring a matching thread up through the centre from the back and pick up a few threads of fabric. Sew back down into the centre then up to the front again. Pass the needle between the fabric layers out to one of the edge marks. Work three stitches to catch the fabric then fold and catch the edge to the centre and secure. Continue in this manner catching all edge markings. Turn the pleats to reveal the fabric inside. You may have to adjust these so they are all sitting the same. With your thread still connected at the centre, sew a small feature button or bead to complete the front. Turn the brooch over to attach a pin and your brooch is complete. As an alternative you can attach a folded metal hair clip, or centre a hair tie to the back.


Book Review Scandinavian Needlecraft Clare Youngs Five chapters of beautifully presently needlecraft projects, includes projects for bags, gifts and decorations, the kitchen, clothes and accessories and soft furnishings. Step by step instructions and stitch guides for each project, with all the information required to complete these classic and contemporary projects.

Share with coffee ‌ Natural fibres are one of my favourite materials to work with, especially felt, so when I came across Scandinavian Needlecraft I was so excited to find beautiful needlework on felt, wool and linen. The projects are practical, pretty and functional, and make great handmade gifts. I love the wool felt mittens and the felt baby boots—great gifts and so much fun to make and embroider.

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ETSY FIND Meet our Etsy find for this issue‌ Karen Hughes

FrouFrouFelt Karen writes ... A compulsive maker, I have been making objects in a variety of media for many years. Originally, I trained as a potter at Camberwell College of Arts, London. Not having a kiln, I started to make pieces using papier mache, but for the last 8 years, I have been consistently making felt. Surface decoration is my passion and I love the variety of techniques which can be achieved using the simple wool roving.

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Requirements List Feature fabric square 3¾” (10cm) Border one fabric—one strip ¾” x 24” (2cm x 61cm) Two 2¼” squares (6cm square) One 5½” square (14cm square) Border two fabric—one strip ¾” x 26” (2cm x 66cm) Border three fabric—one strip 1” x 28” (2.5cm x 71cm) No 9 crewel needle DMC embroidery thread #321 Red 6” (14 cm) square fusible batting Fibrefill stuffing Rotary cutter/mat and ruler General sewing supplies

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Bird in my Garden Pincushion Designed by Janice Kellaway Approximate size 5” (12cm) square NB a ¼” seam allowance has been used throughout this project

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Pincushions are not only a necessity for someone who sews, but they can be fun to make and collect. A pincushion can be any shape or size, and for me, I love the diversity in style and design for such a simple, practical item. I hope this little pincushion becomes part of your collection.

Step 1 ~ Cut out the pattern template (octagon) then pin to your feature fabric, making sure the feature is centred. Cut out on the line. (Seam allowance has been included). From your first border fabric cut a strip ¾” wide by 24” long. Cut into 8 pieces, each measuring 3” long. Using a ¼” seam, sew each piece to the feature fabric commencing with the four corners, then top and bottom, left and right. Press. Using a ruler and rotary cutter, trim to keep the octagonal shape. Step 2 ~ From your second border fabric cut a strip ¾” wide by 26” long. Cut into 8 pieces, each measuring 3¼” long. Sew to first border, this time start at the top, then bottom, left and right, then the corners. This gives a nice effect around the feature. Press. Trim the excess fabric as before to keep the octagonal shape.



Step 3 ~ From your third border fabric cut a strip 1” wide by 28” long. Cut into eight, 3½” pieces. Sew onto border two in the same manner as border one, (i.e corners first, top and bottom, left and right). Press. Trim excess fabric as for previous borders. Step 4 ~ Cut two squares of fabric 2¼”, (the same fabric as border one fabric), cutting each square diagonally into triangles. Sew to the corners of your octagon to make square. Press and trim to 5½”.

Handy Hint Finely crushed walnut shells can be used as an alternative filling for pincushions.

Step 5 ~ Iron the 5½” (14cm) square of fusible batting to the back of your front panel, quilt around the feature using a small Running stitch (1 strand, 321).

Step 6 ~ Cut a 5½” square from the same fabric as border one and the corners. With right sides facing, sew the two pieces together leaving a small gap to turn and fill. Trim the inside corners to a scant ⅛” to remove the bulk of fabric. Turn to the right side using a blunt tool to push out the corners to give a nice smooth square. Fill with Fibrefill. Whip stitch the opening closed with matching thread. Your beautiful Bird in My Garden Pincushion is complete.


Whip Stitch

Running Stitch




Let’s Decorate



Anna Marie bird indoor/outdoor pillow, with intricate embroidery adding sculptured and soft effect.

Fill these decorative terrariums with potted plants, a collection of natural objects or holiday ornaments.

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These leather gloves are washable and very stylish, with a floral trim.

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Portmeirion Botanic Garden Staffordshire Jug with Cyclamen detail, simply stunning.

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Requirements List Wool felt sizes: 5” x 10” (12cm x 25cm heart 3” square (8cm) bird body 2” square (5cm) bird wing 10” (25cm) length string for hanger ¼” x 15” (5mm x 38cm) length feature ribbon Fibrefill stuffing, small bell DMC embroidery threads: #371 Mustard green #435 #844 #612 #839 Browns #642 Beige gray #822 Cream Water soluble marker Applique pins General sewing supplies

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Sweet Little Heart Hanger


Designed by Lenna Green Approximate Size 3 ½” x 4” (8cm x 10cm) This sweet little hanger combines simple hand embroidery and applique. Hang it from a door handle in your home to add that special home decorating touch. For help with the stitches used in this project refer to the embroidery stitch guide.

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Step 1 ~ Cut out the pattern templates supplied then pin to the wool felt. You will need two heart shapes, one wing and one body shape.


Cut out each shape with a small pair of sharp scissors.

Step 2 ~ Pin the bird body to the centre of one of the hearts. Applique in place using small Blanket stitch (1 strand 844). Pin the wing shape in place and applique in the same manner (1 strand, 642). Work three Straight stitches on the tip of the wing.


Step 3 ~ Use a water soluble marker to free hand draw the branches onto the felt. Draw the bird’s beak as well. Use the pattern supplied as a reference guide. Step 4 ~ Work the branches using a Back stitch (4 strands, 839). Step 5 ~ Work the leaves using a Detached Chain stitch (3 strands, 371).

Handy Hint

Step 6 ~ Work the bird’s eye using a single French Knot (3 strands, 3 wraps, 612) Work the beak outline using two Straight stitches, then fill with Straight stitches (3 strands, 435).

Once your Sweet Heart Hanger is complete, remove any visible markings with a damp cloth.

Step 7 ~ Pin the two heart shapes together, right side showing. Work a small Whip stitch catching both layers together (1 strand, 822) Attach the bell to the bottom of the heart and the looped string to the top as you sew. Leave an opening and fill with fibrefill then continue to Whip stitch the opening closed.


Whip Stitch

Step 8 ~ Tie the feature ribbon in a bow and then sew to the top of the heart.




Let’s Create

EMBROIDERY KIT Add a hand-stitched touch to decorating with this delicately detailed, stamped lap quilt kit.

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FAERIE GARDEN Create your own faerie garden with this kit, everything supplied for the garden.

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EMBELLISHMENTS A must have vintage styled craft tin, full of pretty embellishments. Something for every project.

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ROSES RIBBON This beautiful Berties Bows ribbon features a small rose print, sure to be a crafters delight.

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FABRIC FIND “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful� William Morris Moda Lulu Watercolor Garden Sunshine Fabric. Adore your home with a project made from this gorgeous fabric. 100% cotton.

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Requirements List 1.5mm crochet hook DMC Pearl cotton of your colour choice Small buttons Hair Slides

Glue gun Tapestry needle

Crocheted Flower Hair Slides Designed by Lenna Green

Tap here to shop for requirements These sweet hair slides are so quick and easy to make that it is hard to stop at just one. Refer to the crochet guide for stitches used. Step 1 ~ Work 5 chain and slip stitch into first chain to form a ring. Step 2 ~ 1st round - Work 7 double crochet into the ring, join with a slip stitch.


Step 3 ~ 2nd round - Work 5 chain and slip stitch to join in next double crochet stitch to form the first petal. Continue until you have 8 petals, then slip stitch to join and fasten off keeping thread end long. Step 4 ~ Thread the long end and use the tapestry needle to secure the small button to the flower centre. Sew the flower onto the end of the hair slide, use the glue gun to secure so that the flower does not move around.





Flower Girl Embroidery, free pattern by Stitch Craft Create Blog.

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Crochet this cute little hedgehog, free pattern by One Man Crochet.

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Delightful pumpkins perfect for Halloween decorating, free pattern and tutorial by All Things Simple

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Strawberry pincushion, free pattern by All Free Crochet.

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Gnome Goodness made from felt, free Get sewing and get growing with these garden containers, free pattern pattern by Skip and Scatter. by Country Sampler.

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Back Stitch

French Knot

Running Stitch

Straight Stitch

Lazy Daisy Stitch also known as Detached Chain

Blanket Stitch



A) Wrap the yarn over the hook in an anticlockwise direction. B) Draw the yarn through to form a loop without tightening up the previous one. Make as many chain as required.


Slip Stitch (SL ST) A) Insert the hook into the work as shown, wrap the yarn over the hook, draw the yarn through the work and the loop on the hook in one movement.



Double Crochet (DC) A) Insert the hook into the work, wrap the yarn over the hook and draw the yarn through the work only.


B) Wrap the yarn over again and draw the yarn through both loops on the hook.

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