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Feature Designer Project ~ Home is Where You Hang Your Heart
Little Cottage Dilly Bag
Home Hoop Art
On Sale Grab a Bargain
Patchwork and Prairie Points
Crocheted Key Fob
Relax with a Book
Home is Where the Heart is
Pussy Cat in a Basket
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Home represents so much more than the physical structure of a house, the place we live. When you ask a variety of people what home means to them, they all say something different. These definitions include everything from a place you can feel comfortable cooking breakfast in your pajamas, to a place of love and comfort that always welcomes you with open arms, a gathering place of family and friends. Many associate home with their sense of smell, recalling their mother's perfume, a freshly cooked batch of biscuits or the lemon scent of a newly cleaned lounge room. For others the mention of home conjured the warmth of a husband's embrace, the boundless joy of a pet and the infectious sound of laughter. A place that evokes a sigh of relief as you walk in the door. Home isn’t a place; it’s a feeling.
Our meaning of home will be unique, it is connected to our experiences and embedded within our heart. Some people move throughout their lives allowing home to be rediscovered over and over again, while others feel tied to one place and choose never to leave the location they call home. Houses get bought and sold; a home stays with us always. Whatever home means to you, we hope that you can reflect on your own ‘Home Sweet’ as you ponder over this issue. Inspired by heart felt sayings, cute little cottages and much loved pets, we are sure you will find a special something to add to your own home, or to the home of another.
Warmly Lenna & Janice
Annie Beez Folk Art
Annie is an American folk artist with a passion for cross stitch, handmade dolls and all things made with a needle. She has been the sole owner/operator of her famed business Annie Beez Folk Art since 2001. Her work has appeared in galleries and shops across the United States.
Requirements 12” x 14” (30cm x 35m) 32 count Country French Linen by Winchester in the colour Cafe Mocha DMC embroidery threads as listed on pattern sheet Size 26 Tapestry needle 8” (20cm) Embroidery hoop Small embroidery scissors 9” x 18” (23cm x 46cm) lightweight fusible interfacing 8” X 9”(21cm X 23cm) cotton fabric for backing 1-2 cups crushed walnut shells and fibrefill stuffing Matching thread and No 9-10 Sharps needle General sewing supplies
Home Is Where You Hang Your Heart Pinkeep Designed by Annie Belcher Approximate Size 8” X 9” (21cm X 23cm)
This delightful cross stitched Pinkeep is just the project to add a homely touch to your sewing nook. Sit back and relax as you stitch your cares away! Handy Hints from Annie: The Cross stitch for this project is worked with 2 strands of cotton DMC embroidery thread (floss) over 2 linen threads. Back stitch using 2 strands of DMC 221 for heart string, and 939 for the window panes on the door.
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Requirements 10” x 30” (25cm x 75cm) main bag fabric 4” x 21” (10cm x 55cm) appliqued background fabric 12” x 30” (30cm x 75cm) lining fabric 13” x 30” (35cm x 75cm) medium weight fusible batting or pellon 4” x 22” (10cm x 55cm) keeper fabric Offcuts of fabric for applique Double sided fusible paper DMC embroidery thread to match each fabric for applique and for quilting stitch No 9-10 crewel needle 53” (135cm) thick cord Two wooden beads Elastic thread Walking foot for your sewing machine Rotary cutter, mat and ruler General sewing supplies
Little Cottage Dilly Bag
Pattern Designed by Lenna Green Approximate Size 6” x 10” (15cm x 25cm)
This handy drawstring dilly bag is embellished with a cute little appliqued cottage. It would be ideal for storing sewing accessories or a project in the making. It would also make a perfect travel companion; lots of possibilities!
Step 1 ~ Applique ~ Print pattern sheets supplied, then trace all applique shapes onto the smooth side of the fusible paper. Include the areas to be overlapped when tracing. Cut out each shape roughly, then iron onto the back of your chosen fabrics using a dry iron. When cool, cut out each shape on the drawn line.
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Requirements 12” (30cm) square white cotton fabric 12” (30cm) white cotton voile backing fabric (optional) DMC embroidery thread #304 medium red, #317 pewter grey, #744 pale yellow, #3761 light sky blue, blanc (winter white) Crewel needles No 7 and 9 Milliners needle No 8 4” (10cm) embroidery hoop 8” (20cm) embroidery hoop for framing (optional) Fine tipped water soluble marker
Home Hoop Art
Designed by Kelly Fletcher Approximate Size 8” (20cm) round This stunning stitchery says it all. The power of the word ‘home’ reaches out to our hearts and thoughts, and to the place where we feel safe, warm and loved. Designed by Kelly Fletcher of Kelly Fletcher Designs, this hoop stitchery will be the perfect addition to your private sanctuary.
Needle guide ~ Embroidery crewel #7 (for three to four strands of thread). Embroidery crewel #9 (for two strands of thread). Milliner #8 (for French knots).
Prepare your project ~ Cut a 12” (30cm) square of white cotton fabric and another the same size from the cotton voile if you plan to back your ground fabric. Centre the design on the right side of the ground fabric and transfer it using your preferred transfer method. Use a water soluble marker or sharp lead pencil and a lightbox or well lit window.
Tack or overlock the voile to the back of your ground fabric if using. Embroidery stitches used ~ Chain stitch, Detached Chain stitch, French Knots, Raised Stem stitch, Satin stitch, Stem stitch, Straight stitch and Twisted Chain stitch. Handy Hint: Pay particular attention when embroidering the outline of each letter as this will determine the finished shape.
Mini Project Requirements Forty nine 2½” (7cm) squares 6” (15cm) length fabric for Prairie points 14” (35cm) backing fabric 16” (40cm) wool or cotton batting Rotary cutter, mat and ruler Matching machine cotton DMC crochet cotton or hand quilting thread No 9 Sharps needle Water soluble or vanishing marker pen Walking foot for your machine Basting spray (optional) General sewing supplies
Patchwork & Prairie Points Designed by Lenna Green Approximate Size 15” (38cm) square A ¼” seam allowance has been used throughout this pattern Length is based on fabric 44” (112cm) wide
Sew this quick and easy patchwork project to decorate your table, or use as a tray cloth. It will add just the right touch of ‘homely handmade’ to any area.
Step 1 ~ This project is ideal for using up fabric off cuts from other projects. Choose a variety of cotton print fabrics that coordinate well together. I chose a red and blue colour theme, although a scrappy version would look equally effective. Let your imagination be your guide.
Home is where you brew your coffee and sip your tea.
Mini Project Requirements Small quantities of DK (category 3) organic cotton yarn such as Rico Design Essentials Cotton DK in cream, red, blue and brown. A small amount of fibrefill stuffing 3.5mm (4/E US, 9 UK) crochet hook Blunt yarn needle Scissors
Cottage Key Fob Designed by Clare Trowbridge of Little Conkers Approximate Size 2â€? (5cm) wide
Clare has created this sweet little cottage key fob with a few offcuts of left over yarn. Make a collection of fobs in different colours to identify different sets of keys. A fun and easy project to make. Handy Hints ~ This pattern uses UK crochet terminology.
Crochet Terms British vs American British double crochet (dc) = American single crochet (sc)
British treble (tr) = American double crochet (dc)
The pattern contains the following stitches and their standard abbreviations: st(s) ch dc htr htr2tog
stitch(es) chain double crochet half-treble crochet half-treble decrease
The cottage pieces are worked back-and-forth in rows. The turning chain is not counted as a stitch. Unless otherwise stated, always work into both loops of any stitch.
Requirements 5” (13cm) length of fabrics—background, house, roof, border, applique fabric 9” (23cm) square backing fabric and batting 2” x 34” (5cm x 86cm) length binding fabric 6” x 12” (15cm x 30cm) hanging tab fabric Foundation paper Curved blade scissors Double sided fusible paper Water soluble marking pen Rotary cutter, mat and ruler Matching sewing threads General sewing supplies
Home Is Where the Heart Is Designed by Janice Kellaway Approximate Size 7½” (19cm) square A ¼” seam allowance has been used throughout this pattern Length is based on fabric 44” (112cm) wide
What a charming way to welcome friends and family into your home with this sweet, mini wall quilt. This project is foundation paper pieced and machine appliqued, which means it can be completed in just one afternoon.
Step 1 ~ Print the pattern of the house onto foundation paper. Note that there are four separate units to be foundation pieced as well as the following pieces to complete the house block. Cut a rectangle from the main house fabric 1¾” x 2¼” and the door fabric 2¼” square. Cut a strip of green fabric for the grass 1” x 7¼”. Set these units aside until you are ready to sew the foundation pieces together.
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Crochet and snuggle up with this house cushion, PDF downloadable pattern.
Crochet blanket pattern using chain, single crochet and popcorn stitch. PDF pattern.
Shop at DW Crochet Patterns on Etsy
TEA COSY This colourful Fair Isle inspired tea cosy pattern features little houses and panels of hearts. Shop at Hand Knitted Things on Craftsy
Shop at Colour & Shape Design on Craftsy
WOOL APPLIQUE Uniquely shaped table runner embellished with a striking applique design. Pattern available. Shop at Fiddlestix Design on Etsy
â€œOne small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming homeâ€? Pam Brown
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Published on Feb 1, 2017
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