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French Inspired

Issue Twenty Nine

Be inspired to make and create for your home

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French Inspired

Welcome There is a certain refinement and flavour that French Country styling exudes. Rustic earthy colours, rolling country fields filled with the scent of lavender and bright sunshine. These, and the blue, white and red are synonymous with French traditions. Exquisite and interesting fabrics ranging from textural printed linens, to the quintessential toiles, checks and stripes, together with bold and beautiful florals, all reflect a feeling of tradition and functionality. With needle, thread and fibre, we have combined some of these elements to bring together a stunning collection of projects so that you too can create a French Inspired home.

Warmly Lenna & Janice

La maison est le meilleur sanctuaire de l'amour et du bonheur. There is no sanctuary of love and joy like home.

Il vaut mieux faire que dire. Translates as: "Doing is better than saying." from Pierre et Camille by Alfred de Musset.

Scandinavian design stands for simplicity and function with a minimalistic undertone—“this captures how we like our designs to feel for the crafter who takes on any of our kits” Anette Eriksson

Designer Profile

Anette Eriksson of

Anette Eriksson Design

Born in Sweden, I moved to Melbourne, Australia in 1992 where I stayed for twenty years. My husband and I moved back to Sweden and lived there for five years. Now we are back in Melbourne, spending half a year in Melbourne and half the year in Borås, a small town in the south of Sweden. Borås is famous for its Textile and Fashion Centres. Growing up, homemade was a way of life. Taking an early interest in craft, I mainly knitted and crocheted, did a little painting and textile dip dye. During my teens I sewed, creating my

own clothes as I wanted to become a fashion designer. I have mainly worked as a design manager for various textile and fashion companies and following that was a Group Buying Manager of a Swedish textile chain store company called Hemtex. I love everything about craft and DIY, but my passion is for stitching, particularly cross stitch, needlepoint and embroidery. Seeing the design/ graph slowly transforming from paper to textile is so rewarding.

“My job is my passion as I get to design and stitch everyday”. As I am focussing on Scandinavian design and my maiden name is Eriksson, it was natural for me to use my name, Anette Eriksson for my business name. My branded product sells globally, mainly through distributors, with my biggest customer being John Lewis in the United Kingdom. I also have an online shop and an Etsy store. Recently I signed up with a new distributor for Australia and New Zealand. My goal is to become a global brand for needlecraft. At present I am working on my new collection for ‘Dip Dye’ and some new pieces for my ‘Scandinavian Christmas Collection’.

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Stitching home décor items, such as decorative pillows and textile art, are my favourites. My colour preference is working with black and white on hessian and linen fabrics. They are classic yet contemporary. A second colour preference would be working with shades of blue. The ‘French Collection’ are my favourite designs - mainly stitched in simple black and white on hessian, together with my ‘Scandinavian Collection’ mainly stitched with simple Back stitch embroidery on calico cotton. I prefer stitching half cross stich on hessian with a 4—5 ply yarn. Our home is decorated with some of my hand stitched designs. They focus more on lifestyle aspects rather than trends. My job is my passion as I get to design and stitch every day. However, there is never enough time to do al the designs that continually pop into my mind!

cd Requirements 13 count natural hessian or 14 count Aida cloth French Lily 8” x 8” (20cm x 20cm) Paris 9½” x 9½” (25cm x 25cm) Eiffel Tower 9½” x 9½ (25cm x 25cm) 3 hoops DMC Embroidery threads Blue #820—2 skeins White—2 skeins Red #304—2 skeins Size 22 Tapestry needle General sewing supplies

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French Trio Designed by Anette Eriksson of Anette Eriksson Design Sizes: French Lily 50 x 50 stitches—finished size 4” x 4” (10cmx 10cm) Paris 64 x 55 stitches—finished size 5” x 4½” (13cm x 11cm) Eiffel Tower 40 x 70 stitches– finished size 3¼” x 5½” (8cm x 14cm)

Decorate your home with this delightful trio of half cross stitch designs work in traditional French colours. Mounted into hoop frames and embellished with ribbon, they will add the perfect touch to your home decorating.

mn Requirements 8” x 12” (20cm x 30cm) plain background fabric 6” (15cm) length neutral fabric for borders and backing No 10 Crewel needle DMC embroidery thread #3768 4” (10cm) embroidery hoop Striped ribbon (optional) Fine water soluble marker Fibrefill stuffing Dried lavender Rotary cutter, mat and ruler General sewing supplies

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Little Lavender Pillows


Designed by Lenna Green Approximate Size 3½” x 4½” (9cm x 11cm) A ¼” seam has been used throughout this pattern Length is based on fabric 44” (112cm) wide

Keep your wardrobe, drawers or fabric stash smelling fresh with these stylish lavender pillows. Embellished with hand embroidery and personalised with monogrammed initials, they would be ideal to give as gifts.

Step 1 ~ Iron your background fabric, then trace the embroidery designs onto the right side of your fabric. Use the fine water soluble marker and space each design 1” apart. Draw the outer finished size line, or dot the corners to help with trimming back later. Choose from the monogrammed alphabet letters.

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mn Requirements 2 yards (1.8 metres) toile fabric 1½ yards (1.3 metres) red plain fabric 3½ yards (3.2 metres) backing fabric and cotton batting 15” (38cm) length binding fabric Rotary cutter, mat and ruler 6½” quilters square Matching thread Walking foot General sewing supplies

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French Inspired Toile Quilt n m Designed by Janice Kellaway Approximate Size 47” x 58” (120cm x 148cm) NB a ¼” seam allowance has been used throughout this pattern Length is based on fabric 44” (112cm) wide

Make this stunning quilt for your home. Toile de Jouy is a decorative fabric that originated in France in the late 18th century. It means ‘canvas’ or ‘linen cloth’. Usually depicting complex scenes from rural or pastoral setting, it has a repeat pattern throughout the cloth. This quilt is made up of two blocks that have been repeated alternatively throughout the quilt. The finished size of each block is 9”. The two blocks are a snowball version and an album block. Instructions to make each block are given using plain red fabric and the feature toile. The toile fabric has been fussy cut for the centre of the snowball block. A 6½” quilters square is an advantage when fussy cutting your fabric, as you can see through the square and line up the selected pattern to be cut. You will need to make 15 of each block to complete the quilt top.

mn Requirements 2 cotton or linen striped tea towels Ball 6 ply neutral cotton yarn No 3.5mm (US E) crochet hook No 9 sewing needle Cotton sewing thread to match yarn colour Pins

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French Country Tea Towels Designed by Lenna Green Approximate size will vary depending on tea towel size

Crochet Terms British vs American British double crochet (dc) = American single crochet (sc) British treble (tr) = American double crochet (dc)

British crochet terms have been used throughout this pattern. Abbreviations: Chain (ch), Slip Stitch (ss), Double Crochet (dc), Treble (tr)

Decorate your kitchen with some French Country flare. Embellish good quality, striped cotton tea towels with an exquisite crocheted edge. Hang them from a rustic hook or drape them for all to admire. Both crocheted edgings are worked to the width of the tea towel then sewn onto the edge after completion. When the tea towel becomes soiled or worn, remove the edging and sew to a fresh new one.

Edging One ~ Row 1 Work a row of ch to match the width of your tea towel.

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La vie est une fleur dont l’a mour est le miel. Life is a flower of which love

Mini Project Requirements French inspired tea towel of your choice Size 16 cushion insert 1 yard (1 m) of lace trim Matching sewing thread No 9 Sharps needle 10” (25cm) Velcro Water soluble marker General sewing supplies

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Cushion Charm Designed by Lenna Green Approximate Size 12” x 19” (30cm x 48cm)

Handy Hint

Sew this charming cushion in less than an hour using some exquisite lace trim and a French inspired tea towel. So quick and easy that you will be able to make a collection of coordinating cushions for your home in an afternoon.

Handy Hint ~ This project is very quick and easy to make because there is no cutting or hemming of raw edges required. Choose a good quality cotton tea towel, an inferior product may not be a true rectangle in size and will make sewing more difficult.

mn Requirements 1 yard (1 metre) text printed fabric for outer bag, lining and bag handle tabs 1 pair of decorative bag handles 6” (15cm) square of black wool felt 6” (15cm) square of Heat bond fusible paper DMC Embroidery thread #310 Black Sharp scissors Rotary cutter, mat and ruler Vanishing marking pen General sewing supplies

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Fleur de Lis Tote

Designed by Janice Kellaway Approximate Size 12” x 16” (30cm x 41cm) (not including handles) A ¼” seam has been used throughout this pattern unless otherwise indicated

Make your own stylish tote bag to take on those fun shopping outings. Featuring a French text linen fabric, a Fleur de Lis embellishment and stylish handles, this tote is sure to be admired by all who see it.

Step 1 ~ From you text print fabric cut four rectangles 17” wide by 16” in length. Make sure the text is straight. From the pattern template, trace the Fleur de Lis onto the smooth side of double sized fusible paper. Use a lightbox or well lit window. Cut out the shape roughly and iron onto the black wool felt, using a warm, dry iron. Cut out the shape on the line. When cool peel off the backing paper and press to the centre of one of the text fabric panels. Applique in place using a Whip stitch and one strand #310 Black embroidery thread.


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Kindred Stitches Magazine French Inspired (preview only)  

Amazing value at just $4.65US (single issue) or $3.65 (monthly subscription). Inside this issue 7 unique projects with full size templates a...

Kindred Stitches Magazine French Inspired (preview only)  

Amazing value at just $4.65US (single issue) or $3.65 (monthly subscription). Inside this issue 7 unique projects with full size templates a...