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Vintage childhood memories

Issue Twenty Two

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Vintage childhood memories

Issue Twenty Two 2015

Welcome Recently, over a cup of freshly brewed coffee, we both began reminiscing about our childhood. As we allowed our minds to drift back to days gone by, we fondly remembered handmade toys, dainty crocheted tea cosies, baking with our mums, and colourful, vintage style fabrics. We recalled a time when children played together in the neighbourhood and beautifully illustrated books were read of an evening as we snuggled up in bed. It was the sharing of these special memories of our childhood that inspired our Vintage Childhood Memories issue. As you ponder over the vintage inspired projects and collection of goodies we have prepared for you, we hope that you too can reflect fondly on days gone by and that you can make something wonderful to contribute to the memories of a child today.

Warmly Lenna & Janice

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Feature Photo


Designer Profile


Designer Project It’s For You


Let’s Create


Feature Photo


Jack in the Box Wall Quilt


Etsy Find


Feature Photo


French Knit Flower Tea Cosy


Let’s Get Crafty


Video Demonstration


Inspiration Page 23 Mini Project Scottie Dog Hot Mitt 24 Let’s Decorate


Blogger Find


Children at Play Cot Quilt


Book Review Fabric Find Ellie Elephant Feature Photo

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Children see magic because they look for it. ~ Christopher Moore

Taetia Welcome to my passion for embroidery: one-off originals designed and hand embroidered by me ‌ all of them take hours and hours of patient devotion.

Designer Profile Embroidery … you know it's a passion when you can stay up until 3am stitching! I find the meditative therapy, the joy of creating beautiful things and the artistry so fulfilling.

Taetia McEwen of Taetia ~ for the passion of embroidery

If I could, I'd spend all my time embroidering. I've tried other crafts, such as patchwork, smocking, painting and photography, but embroidery remains my darling! I like baking, mainly because I like to eat cakes and biscuits … and I bake for something fun to do with my little boy. He is three years old, so my day consists of helping him stay active and busy.

We live on four acres of bushland, so we go for lots of "adventures" and I enjoy sharing my love of flowers, plants, gumnuts, birds, lizards and butterflies. The kangaroos on our property have gotten used to us; if we move slowly, they will not bound off. I knew I had succeeded in passing on my love of flora and fauna when one day, my son screamed at the top of his lungs "MUM! Come quickly!" I rushed over, expecting an emergency, to be told "Look Mum, a red-browed finch!"

“We grew up with pet turtles, frogs, mice, cats and dogs...without a doubt, my childhood lives on in my designs.” I really do relax with my needle and thread, and a bit of birdsong happening outside. My favourite moment in a project (besides the completion) is when I have the design right, and I've chosen my initial threads and I'm about to start stitching, and I have a nice cup of tea there next to me!

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I'm not sure where my inspiration comes from. Ideas pop into my head faster than I can stitch them. I have folders and folders of ideas I've collected, quick sketches and written thoughts. If I do ever have a moment of quiet in my head, I simply open a folder and out the ideas come tumbling. My mother tried so many different crafts when we young. She didn't stick to any of them, but on the way, she picked up a needle for a short time. I picked one up with her and I never put mine down. I fumbled along from the age of about twelve until I had my first daughter. My mother-in-law was a dressmaker, she sewed dresses and taught me how to make bullion roses, the rest is history! I grew up surrounded by beautiful books, such as Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, Beatrix Potter, and Ivy Wallace, as well as reference books about spiders, birds and insects. We also grew up with pet turtles, frogs, mice, cats and dogs...without a doubt, my childhood lives on in my designs.

Requirements List DMC stranded embroidery cotton: #224 (pink), #353 (peach), #433 (brown), #951 (warm beige), #3053 (mid green), black, white Mettler’s Metrosene colour number 618 (or similar darkest brown machine cotton) 10” (25cm) square white cotton fabric, such as homespun or similar (and another one the same size for backing the hoop, if this is your chosen presentation method) No 5 and No 9 milliner’s (straw) needles 7” (17cm) hoop for presentation (if desired) 9” (22cm) hoop for working

It’s for You Hand Embroidery Designed by Taetia McEwen Approximate Size 7” (17cm) This delightful hand embroidered hedgehog by Taetia has found a flower just right for his new friend! An easy to stitch embroidery which features the application of soft colour to create an added uniqueness. An ideal project to frame or to incorporate into a project of your choice.

Fine lead pencil (I like to use a Pacer, as they give a very fine, and always sharp, line) Colouring pencils in the same

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Step 1 ~ Using a lightbox or well lit window, transfer the design from the pattern sheet onto the centre of the white fabric, using a fine, sharp lead pencil. Place the fabric into the hoop then stretch and tighten in the hoop. Handy Hints from Taetia ~ Whilst keeping your Back stitches even in length, don’t worry if they aren’t perfectly even, as this will give it a handmade look: always preferable to “perfect” machine stitching! If you intend to present the work in a hoop, using a larger hoop for the stitching means you don’t need to remove the work from the hoop in between sessions. Do not carry the thread behind the work as it will show through. Use the larger needle for all embroidery worked with two strands, and use the smaller needle for all embroidery worked with one strand of thread.

Requirements List Nine fat eighths 11” x 18” (28cm x 46cm) of solid cotton quilting fabric 6½” (16.5cm) square centre panel feature fabric or 8” (20cm) square of background fabric for embroidery pattern Vanishing marking pen 27” (68cm) square of backing fabric 27” (68cm) square of cotton batting 6” (15cm) length of binding fabric Hand quilting cotton and quilting needle in matching colours to blocks 3 yards (3 metres) cotton Ric Rac (optional) Rotary cutter, mat and ruler Walking foot General sewing supplies

Jack in the Box Wall Quilt Designed by Janice Kellaway Approximate Size 24” (61cm) square NB a ¼” seam allowance has been used throughout this pattern Length indicates fabric 44” (112cm) wide

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Do you remember having a Jack in the Box as a child? What fun and anticipation waiting for the clown to pop out of the box! This colourful wall quilt is made up of solid colours in squares and half square triangles, around a feature centre panel. Use a vintage style panel from you fabric collection, or use the embroidery design provided, to create this project for a child’s bedroom or play area. Step 1 ~ Select eight solid fabrics for the blocks, with one fabric choice matching your centre panel background. The centre panel measures 6½” square. Select a picture panel this size, or alternatively trace (using a water soluble marking pen) the embroidery design onto a 8” square of fabric using a light box or well lit window. Work your embroidery using a Back stitch and your choice of colours. Trim back to 6½” when completed.


Requirements List One 50g ball of 12 ply wool (I used Patons Jet) Pink and green wool, 8ply small amount only, from left over project 4.00mm (6 American, 8 British) knitting needles 5.5mm (9 American, 5 British) knitting needles French Knitting spool Darning needle Scissors Pins

French Knit Flower Tea Cosy

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Designed by Janice Kellaway Approximate Size ~ to fit a 4 cup teapot. Tension: 16½ stitches to 4” (10cm) over stocking stitch As a child I remember the decorative tea cosies that adorned my grandmother’s teapot. Afternoon tea is believed to have been established in 1867 by the Duchess of Bedford, who also brought the popularity of the tea cosy to the fore. With the chatter of news and gossip, the teapot would get cold, and so the tea cosy was born. Tea cosies grew in popularity during the late 19th century, where many household across Britain where inspired to decorate and embellishment the tea pot characteristic of the Victorian Era. The tea cosy was also embraced by women in North America in the same period, usually made of linen and sometimes hand embroidered.

Step 1 ~ Using 4.00mm needles, cast on 36 stitches and knit 4 rows. 5th row—K4, *inc in the next stitch, K3, rep from * to end—44 stitches. Change to 5.5mm needles.


Let’s Get Crafty Requirements List One wooden cotton reel 1¼” x 1¼” (3.5 cm x 3.5 cm) minimum size 4 small nails ½” - ¾” (1.5cm—2cm) Hammer Wool Scissors Short knitting needle

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Make your own French Knitting Spool Made by Janice Kellaway Approximate Size 1¼” x 1¼” (3.5cm x 3.5cm) Do you remember French knitting when you were a child? I loved making long French knitted braids. The knitted tubes can be turned into embellishments, bracelets and necklaces; let you imagination be your guide. Crafting a knitting spool is quick and easy. Children will enjoy this simple, fun and creative craft.


Step 1 ~ Choose a wooden cotton reel. Mark with a pencil four points around the centre hole, ½” between each point.

Step 2 ~ Hammer a nail into each point. Tap down leaving a ½” of the nail exposed. Make sure that your nails are straight. Now you are ready to starting knitting.

Mini Project Requirements List 9” (23cm) square plain background fabric 2” (5cm) length border fabric 9” (23cm) backing fabric 9” x 20” (23cm x 50cm) wool or cotton batting 2” (5cm) length binding and tab fabric Red DMC embroidery thread No 9-10 Crewel needle Embroidery hoop Water soluble marker Rotary cutter, mat and ruler Walking foot for sewing machine

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Scottie Dog Hot Mitt Designed by Lenna Green Approximate Size 8” (20cm) square A ¼” seam allowance has been used throughout this pattern

Length is based on fabric 44” (112cm) wide


Baking with my mother is one of my treasured childhood memories. Smelling the wonderful aroma of freshly baked biscuits and cakes would permeate throughout our home. I hope this Redwork hot mitt finds its way into your own kitchen. A delightful and practical project for any cook.

Step 1 ~ Press your background fabric. Trace the embroidery design onto the centre using the pattern provided. Use a water soluble marker and a lightbox or well lit window.

Requirements List Fat quarter of feature fabric fussy cut for block centres 8” (20cm) border one fabric 13” (33cm) border two fabric and cornerstones 13” (35cm) border three fabric 14” (36cm) border four fabric 20” (50cm) sashing fabric 13” (35cm) binding fabric 44” x 52” (112cm x 132cm) backing fabric 44” x 52” (112cm x 132cm) cotton or wool batting Walking foot 6” (15cm) square freezer paper

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With a butterfly kiss, and a ladybug hug ... Sleep tight little one, Like a bug in a rug.

Children at Play Cot Quilt Designed by Lenna Green Approximate Size 34” x 47” (87cm x 120cm) A ¼” seam has been used throughout this project Length is based on fabric 44” (112cm) wide Sew this sweet vintage style cot quilt in just one weekend using a quick and easy technique for making the Log Cabin blocks. Step 1 ~ Draw a ½” line around the 6” freezer paper square so that it forms an inner square. Use a Stanley knife to cut out this inner square on the drawn line. Use this template as a placement guide for fussy cutting your feature fabric. Iron your feature fabric, then use the guide to cut out six 6” squares for the centre of each block. Iron the freezer paper to the fabric, cut around the outer edge, remove the freezer paper square and repeat.


Requirements List 9” (25cm) main fabric Small off cuts of white and black felt Black and white DMC embroidery thread Wool roving or fibrefill stuffing No 9 crewel needle Freezer paper

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Helpful Tips for Making Toys for Children

Ellie Elephant Designed by Lenna Green Approximate Size 8” x 9” (20cm x 25cm) A ¼” seam has been used throughout this project Length of fabric is based on 44” (112cm) width Some of my favourite toys as a child were those handmade by my grandmother. Birthdays were always an exciting time as a present from my grandmother usually meant another of her toy creations to add to my collection. I still have some of her lovingly made toys today, and treasure them dearly. Hope you have lots of fun making Ellie Elephant for a special child in your life. Step 1 ~ Cut out each of the template shapes supplies. The templates for the body and gusset include a ¼" seam allowance. The templates for the ears and tail are actual size. Fold the main fabric in half so that it is doubled over, right side facing in. Pin the body and gusset templates onto the main fabric and cut out so that you have two shapes of each.

It is important to remember toy safety when you are sewing for a child. Avoid using buttons that may become a potential choking hazard. Instead, applique features securely in place. Always use quality fabrics and stuffing. If dressing a toy, belts, neck ties, shoe laces and ribbons must be anchored to the toy and they cannot be long enough to present a strangulation hazard.

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