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Some believe that red is a lucky colour to have around at the end of the year and into the new one, so what with that in mind I have created a ‘Lucky Red’ 20% shopping discount valid from now through until mid-January on my Etsy page. And if you can’t find what you like in the set of available listings, you can pick any red item in my store and let me know so that I can create a special discounted listing for you. How’s that for lucky?!
Follow the link to visit the ‘red zone’… LUCKY RED

Lucky Red discount


Some believe that red is a lucky colour to have around at the end of the year and into the new one, so what with that in mind I have created a ‘Lucky Red’ 20% shopping discount valid from now through until mid-January on my Etsy page. And if you can’t find what you like in the set of available listings, you can pick any red item in my store and let me know so that I can create a special discounted listing for you. How’s that for lucky?!
Follow the link to visit the ‘red zone’… LUCKY RED

Wonky work

In contemporary weaving where there may be various types of yarn and textiles used in a project, it will be very difficult to keep the sides of your woven piece ‘straight’. Inevitably chunky yarn and woving, for instance, will have a different volume and behave differently to finer yarn, fancy trimmings and so on. It is possible to disguise the ‘wonky’ sides of the work with the addition of embellishments such as decorative tassels for instance.

Joining strips of fabric

Weaving is one of the few crafts where I have found it necessary — or desirable is maybe a better word — to join strips of fabric together for continuity. Providing the strips are of a similar texture and width — not too narrow and not too bulky or flimsy — this method for joining strips together is very efficient. In the Blue & Moon project, the fabric used for weaving is recycled silk — about 1,50 cm wide and quite resilient. The joined ends should finish up, out of view, at the back of the work

Blue & Moon weaving kit

Links to all instructions for Blue Moon weaving kit:

NB. Many of these links will require the password supplied with the kit at the time of purchase. Don’t forget to turn your sound on!
  1. Blue Moon kit contents
  2. Preparing your table-top frame
  3. Warping up your frame
  4. Twining (or twisted header)
  5. Transferring your design
  6. Make your moon
  7. Insert the shed stick
  8. Shuttle or needle?
  9. Interlacing colours
  10. Knocking down
  11. Shaping hack
  12. Making knots
  13. Making tassels
  14. Adding tassels
  15. Using fancy yarns, ribbons etc.
  16. Joining strips of fabric
  17. Is your work wonky?
  18. Finishing touches

Cross-stitch patterns & charts

Downloadable patterns & charts for all levels of ability

Cross-stitch patterns created from my own designs & photographs — each pattern is supplied with a detailed colour chart for thread picking and suggestions for canvas type. The default chart uses DMC thread colourways as standard, but you can of course substitute with the brand of your choice. For the accomplished knitter, it is possible to use these charts as knitting patterns.
When you purchase one of these patterns through my Etsy store, as soon as payment goes through, you will receive a mail with the pattern download link attached.

Purple iris — for accomplished stitchers

Downloadable PDF cross-stitch pattern & colour chart

Description:
An advanced cross-stitch pattern for capable stitchers, this downloadable PDF file includes a chart with colour key to produce the single iris flower which is a rendition of the accompanying colour photograph in the listing.

The chart includes a DMC thread colour chart, but of course you can use any brand of embroidery floss, perhaps already available in your own stash at home. You might prefer to use a cream coloured canvas in order to avoid stitching all the background in yellow, but that is of course down to personal choice.

Once you have completed your work, you can use it in various ways — perhaps as a wall hanging, or a cushion cover.

Have fun!

Folk style houses cross-stitch pattern

Folk houses — for medium level stitchers

Downloadable PDF cross-stitch pattern & colour chart

Description:
A simple cross-stitch pattern suitable for novices and youngsters, (for the latter, preferably with some help from an adult or capable stitcher), this downloadable PDF file includes a simple chart with colour key to create a single design or border strip of folk style houses in yellow, red and green.

The chart includes a DMC colour chart, but of course you can use any brand of embroidery floss, perhaps already available in your own stash at home.

Once you have completed your work, you can use it in various ways — as a wall hanging, as a border for tea-towels or bath linen, table runners or for items of clothing. Please note that you can lengthen the pattern or just use single units of it according to your sewing project. This is a continuous pattern for extended lengths of braid if you wish.

Have fun!

Follow this link to my Etsy store to purchase the Folk Houses chart

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Made by Hand

When you buy something from an artist, you are buying more than an object. You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experiments. You are buying days, weeks and months of frustration and moments of pure joy. You are not only buying a thing, but a piece of heart, a part of the soul, a moment in the life of someone.

by Giacomo Cinque
'La Sartoria Antica'

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