This is a quick ‘heads-up’ post to make sure you’re aware that there’s going to be a new Carolyn Pearce project to stitch soon! The latest issue of the wonderful Inspirations magazine (number 95) features a heart-shaped stumpwork etui set by the very talented Carolyn Pearce. She is the designer of the Home Sweet Home etui box that I spent 16 months and 47 blog posts on!
The heart etui is called ‘Strawberry Fayre’. Some of you, if you’re really lucky, may have been able to stitch this in the past if you attended one of Carolyn’s stitching retreats. I think it was also featured as a class project at Beating Around the Bush in Australia a couple of years back.
But for those of us who will never have the chance to attend one of Carolyn’s classes in person, this is the next best thing! Inspirations magazine will be covering this project in their usual detailed way – it takes up 18 pages in the magazine this month!
So, make sure you get a copy while it’s available, as popular issues of this magazine have a nasty habit of selling out rather quickly, and after the magazine has sold out, the publishers produce ‘design packs’ (which means the instruction pages from the magazine – no materials included) instead, which cost more for one design than one whole issue of the magazine 🙂
There is also a materials pack from Stitchology available, which is AUS$ 241 (Carolyn is well-known for using a huge range of different threads and beads, etc., in her work – hence the high cost. But I bet it’s lovely….).
However, if, like me, you have a huge stash and some time to work through the materials list and find substitutes, this project should be possible to complete at a much reduced cost.
Get the magazine direct from Stitchology or, in the UK, order it from Manor House Publications as a single issue for £7.95 inc shipping (they also do a four issue subscription for £30 to UK addresses – far cheaper than getting each issue posted to you from Australia!!).
I am planning to start this etui during the coming winter. I’ve seen it on Pinterest several times, and drooled over it, but could never find anywhere that sold it, as a kit or design pack. I’m going to be using my own choice of threads and fabric.
So, if you fancy another ‘in depth’ kind of stitchalong, similar to the Home Sweet Home workbox, then get your copy of the magazine now, and start planning…..
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