Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui 33: how to make a heart pincushion

I am currently stitching the Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui as a stitchalong project.  This week, I will explain how to make a heart pincushion to go in the heart etui (the embroidery itself was shown in a previous post). See the end of this post for all the information you’ll need to join in!

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I’ve been looking forward to constructing this little pincushion, as I really enjoyed doing the embroidery for it. The padding is made from four layers of quilting wadding, tacked into a heap.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre pincushion

The embroidered top looks like this, and is cut out, along with the back, with a 3/8 inch seam allowance (not 1/4 inch as the instructions suggest, as that’s too fiddly). Iron Vilene to the reverse of both the front and back pieces, to slightly stiffen them.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre pincushion

Work two needlewoven bars on the back of the back piece with one strand of Anchor 267 green (substitute) – these will be used later to attach the pincushion to the heart panel.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre pincushion

Reinforce the V on both pieces with sewing cotton that matches your fabric. Clip the curves along the seam allowance, then turn to the back and tack in place on both pieces. Mitre the points to keep them sharp and neat.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre pincushion

Using an eight inch length of centimetre wide grosgrain ribbon, fold under 1cm at one end and, starting at the centre V at the top, attach it to the BACK piece using glove stitch. When you reach the starting point, trim the excess ribbon to 1cm and slipstitch it under the folded edge to make a neat join. The instructions don’t show you how to do glove stitch in the magazine, but I found a good diagram here. It’s like a machine zigzag stitch but done by hand, and it’s very strong.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre pincushion

This is what it looks like once the ribbon has been attached to the back piece all round.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre pincushion

Then do the same again with the front piece, inserting the padding when you are half way round, and finally remove the tacking stitches.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre pincushion

Ta-dah! One completed pincushion!

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre pincushion

Isn’t that lovely?! My favourite ‘small’ so far!

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~~~INFORMATION~~~

The Strawberry Fayre design, plus the complete list of materials, appears in Inspirations magazine number 95The publishers do sell a full materials pack  (not including the mother of pearl ruler though!), but it’s rather expensive, so if you can use your stash, and just fill in with bits and pieces, then so much the better! The magazine is published in Australia – if you live in the UK, as I do, it is cheaper to buy a back copy from Manor House Magazines, and save a lot on the shipping. 

EDIT: The materials pack from Inspirations, and the magazine from Manor House in the UK are not available any more as at March 2018 – I don’t know if any more stocks will be available now, unfortunately. The publishers may bring out a digital pattern pack later, which they sometimes do with popular projects from their magazines, but we’ll have to wait and see…..

To read about this project stitchalong from the beginning, start here. The post about which FABRIC to use is here. The post about the THREAD SUBSTITUTIONS that I made, plus WHERE TO BUY the threads and beads, etc., is here.

To look up all the posts in this series in the sidebar, see under the CATEGORIES list, under: Embroidery / Full size (others’ designs) / Strawberry Fayre heart etui, or use the SEARCH BOX at the top of the blog, and search for ‘Strawberry Fayre’ to get a list of all the posts (but it’s in reverse order, sorry!).

I’d be interested to see images of how your project is progressing – please email large, clear, well-focused images to mail@janetgranger.co.uk  Please bear in mind that any images sent may be used in this blog and/or social media such as Facebook or Pinterest.

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New! Needle minders that make great gifts!

For years, I have been meaning to bring out a series of needle minders that make great gifts for stitchers. After all, when you love your hobby, you can never have too many embroidery tools and accessories, can you?! I love needle minders myself, and my collection is far larger than I actually need (i.e. I suppose I only need ONE!), but I thought it might be a cute idea to start offering some in my online shop that are designed using images of my own dollhouse needlepoint stitching.

Here’s the first selection of needle minder designs launched this week!

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There are six altogether, and the designs are all taken from dollhouse scale sampler kits that are also available on my website. Would you like to make a 1:12 scale dollhouse sampler featuring a similar design to the needle minder? The two items together would make a fantastic gift for someone special.

Cross stitch needle minders, pin keeper, needle magnet, cat sampler

WHAT IS A NEEDLE MINDER? A needle minder is a clever sewing accessory that you just can’t do without – it will keep track of your needle for you when you are in the middle of stitching and need to stop for a while. Have you ever put your needle down and forgotten where you put it? You never need lose your needle again when you have one of these – simply place it on the magnetic needle minder, and the strong rare earth (neodymium) magnet inside the minder will mean that your needle will ‘stick’ to the needle minder, keeping it safe.

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HOW DOES A NEEDLE MINDER WORK? The needle minder comes in two parts – there is a top piece which has a rare earth magnet inside, and a second rare earth magnet on its own. Simply put the top piece on your fabric and place the second magnet underneath your fabric to hold the top piece in place.

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The magnets are very strong – they should even hold a small pair of embroidery scissors, or other small metal sewing equipment, such as a laying tool or stitch ripper.

Cross stitch needle minders, pin keeper, needle magnet

The needle minders come neatly packaged, mounted on card, and sealed in a polypropylene bag, so they are suitable for giving as a gift.

Needle minders, cross stitch gift, pin keeper, needle magnet

Each needle minder measures 38mm diameter (1 1/2 inches).

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This needle minder is my favourite – it’s called ‘Home Sweet Home’, and features a little house, and traditional sampler motifs around the edges, as well as the phrase in tiny letters across the centre.

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These little needle minders make such great gifts for birthdays, Christmas, or just to say that you’re thinking of someone special – any friend who loves their stitching will really appreciate this thoughtful gift. Or maybe you’d just like to treat yourself to a little stitching goodie?

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Once you start using needle minders with your stitching, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without them – I used to lose my needles down the side of the sofa all the time till I started using these little things  🙂

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Priced at £4.95 each, these needle minders are available now from my website and my Etsy shop.

 

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui 32: how to assemble the rectangular pockets

I am currently stitching the Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui as a stitchalong project. I am up to the part where I explain how to assemble the rectangular pockets to keep the sewing tools in. See the end of this post for all the information you’ll need to join in!

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There are three rectangular pockets to be made for the heart etui – one for a thread winder, one for the elusive mother of pearl ruler that was almost impossible to obtain, and one for a tape measure (but I’m going to keep a bodkin in mine). They are all different sizes, so make sure you keep the fronts and linings in pairs.

As with the heart shaped pockets, with these you first trim the muslin lining back to the tacked line on each shape, to reduce bulk. Reinforce the top of the V with small stitches in cream sewing thread. Iron on a piece of Vilene to stiffen each piece a little. Cut them out 3/8 of an inch from the tacked line (not 1/4, as the instructions suggest, as that’s too fiddly!).

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre construction of smalls

Clip the curved parts of the top edges, then fold the seam allowance to the back on each piece and tack in place.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre construction of smalls

With wrong sides together, tack a pocket front to a pocket back with sewing cotton that matches your fabric, all the way round.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre construction of smalls

On mine, my reinforcing stitches always seem to show a bit, which is annoying….

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre construction of smalls

…but once the Knotted Pearl Stitch in Perle 8 green with hex beads in between is done, it more or less hides it, fortunately!

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre construction of smalls

As with the heart shaped pockets, leave the thread hanging, to make it easier to attach them to the panels later without starting a new thread. I started each pocket with five feet of Perle 8.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre construction of smalls

These were easier to construct than the heart shaped pockets, simply because I’m getting used to doing them now, and there are fewer curves.

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~~~INFORMATION~~~

The Strawberry Fayre design, plus the complete list of materials, appears in Inspirations magazine number 95The publishers do sell a full materials pack  (not including the mother of pearl ruler though!), but it’s rather expensive, so if you can use your stash, and just fill in with bits and pieces, then so much the better! The magazine is published in Australia – if you live in the UK, as I do, it is cheaper to buy a back copy from Manor House Magazines, and save a lot on the shipping. 

EDIT: The materials pack from Inspirations, and the magazine from Manor House in the UK are not available any more as at March 2018 – I don’t know if any more stocks will be available now, unfortunately. The publishers may bring out a digital pattern pack later, which they sometimes do with popular projects from their magazines, but we’ll have to wait and see…..

To read about this project stitchalong from the beginning, start here. The post about which FABRIC to use is here. The post about the THREAD SUBSTITUTIONS that I made, plus WHERE TO BUY the threads and beads, etc., is here.

To look up all the posts in this series in the sidebar, see under the CATEGORIES list, under: Embroidery / Full size (others’ designs) / Strawberry Fayre heart etui, or use the SEARCH BOX at the top of the blog, and search for ‘Strawberry Fayre’ to get a list of all the posts (but it’s in reverse order, sorry!).

I’d be interested to see images of how your project is progressing – please email large, clear, well-focused images to mail@janetgranger.co.uk  Please bear in mind that any images sent may be used in this blog and/or social media such as Facebook or Pinterest.

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Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui 31: how to assemble the heart shaped pockets

I am currently stitching the Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui as a stitchalong project. This week, I am covering how to assemble the heart shaped pockets on the inside panels of the etui. See the end of this post for all the information you’ll need to join in!

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Here are all the pockets and smalls pieces that I’ve embroidered so far, when they were cut out and ready to be assembled, with the muslin backing already trimmed back to the tacked line on all embroidered pieces:

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre etui

And here’s an image of them with all their respective wadding a acetate lining pieces:

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre etui

For making the pockets (both heart shaped and rectangular ones), they all need to have iron-on Vilene ironed to both the reverse of the embroidered pieces, and the lining pieces, to stiffen them slightly.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre etui

There are two heart shaped pockets – one for scissors, and one for a bodkin.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre scissor pockets

As these are both sharp tools, the tips of the pockets are lined with Ultrasuede, to protect the fabric a bit more, so they have triangles of Ultrasuede oversewn to the shorter lining pieces, to make them the same shape as the fronts, but made up of two fabrics. The inside of the pockets on the heart shaped panel itself will have another Ultrasuede piece sewn on later as a lining.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre scissor pockets

Reinforce the V at the top of each heart front and back as you did for the front and back main panels, with sewing thread. Then trim the seam allowance to 3/8 of an inch (not 1/4, as the instructions suggested, as that’s too difficult!), and turn to the back and tack in place. Clip the curves first, to make turning neater round the top edges. Mitre the tips with a couple of stitches to keep them sharp points.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre scissor pockets

Take one front and one lining heart shape, and over sew them together (wrong sides facing) using strong sewing cotton, in a shade that matches the fabric. Now remove all tacking stitches.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre scissor pockets

With Perle 8 green, work Knotted Pearl Stitch with the green hex beads in between for four centimetres out from each side of the V (mark with a pin first, and start at one side). The instructions said to ‘leave the thread hanging’ when you’ve completed the 8 centimetres, so that you’ve got some thread ready to attach the pocket later, without having to start a new length, but they don’t say how much to leave – I started the Knotted Pearl Stitch with beads with five feet of Perle 8, and it was enough to attach the pocket as well.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre scissor pockets

It’s coming on….I’m pleased with these. They look a lot neater now that they’ve had their tops beaded. Now to do the rectangular pockets!

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~~~INFORMATION~~~

The Strawberry Fayre design, plus the complete list of materials, appears in Inspirations magazine number 95The publishers do sell a full materials pack  (not including the mother of pearl ruler though!), but it’s rather expensive, so if you can use your stash, and just fill in with bits and pieces, then so much the better! The magazine is published in Australia – if you live in the UK, as I do, it is cheaper to buy a back copy from Manor House Magazines, and save a lot on the shipping. 

EDIT: The materials pack from Inspirations, and the magazine from Manor House in the UK are not available any more as at March 2018 – I don’t know if any more stocks will be available now, unfortunately. The publishers may bring out a digital pattern pack later, which they sometimes do with popular projects from their magazines, but we’ll have to wait and see…..

To read about this project stitchalong from the beginning, start here. The post about which FABRIC to use is here. The post about the THREAD SUBSTITUTIONS that I made, plus WHERE TO BUY the threads and beads, etc., is here.

To look up all the posts in this series in the sidebar, see under the CATEGORIES list, under: Embroidery / Full size (others’ designs) / Strawberry Fayre heart etui, or use the SEARCH BOX at the top of the blog, and search for ‘Strawberry Fayre’ to get a list of all the posts (but it’s in reverse order, sorry!).

I’d be interested to see images of how your project is progressing – please email large, clear, well-focused images to mail@janetgranger.co.uk  Please bear in mind that any images sent may be used in this blog and/or social media such as Facebook or Pinterest.

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