Carolyn pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui 3: some more goodies have arrived!

I’m gradually getting all the materials together to start this gorgeous Strawberry Fayre heart etui project, by Carolyn Pearce. The design appears in Inspirations magazine number 95.

In my last blog post, I talked about how most of the materials were substituted from my stash, to keep the cost down for this project, although there is a materials pack available from Inspirations, if you prefer to go that route (but it’s a bit on the pricey side!).

Here are the latest bits and pieces that have arrived over the past few days:

I ordered some lovely metallic thread, a ball of DMC perle 8 (shade 469) in a mossy green, and some Mill Hill beads (42012 Royal Plum), from Sew and So. The metallic thread is wonderful – really fine, with a copper and black twist – very similar to the Au Ver a Soie 223 Black copper antique metallic thread that Carolyn suggests in her list, but I couldn’t get that. This substitute is supposed to be for machine embroidery, so is fine, but very strong, and I’m really looking forward to using it. It’s Madeira Metallic 20, shade 428 Copper. It was rather expensive at £7.52 plus VAT, but it’s a beautiful shade.

I managed to find this lovely grassy green grosgrain 6mm ribbon on the Beautiful Ribbon website – it took me ages online to find a green that wasn’t really bright, but this one is a lovely shade, and it’s a soft ribbon to hold, too. I bought two metres, which should be plenty.

I ordered these beads shown below from Spellbound Beads of Lichfield. From the top left, they are:

DB 0243 Miyuki Delica Lined crystal/medium blue lustre delica size 11 ( ‘X’ on the materials list – exact match).

0353 Cobalt lined Sapphire AB size 15 (this was a substitute by the shop, as what I ordered wasn’t available, so it’s really similar to the colour of the beads in the next packet, and I’m not sure if the colour difference is too close to work). This is for ‘Z’ on the list.

SB0063 Lined blue violet AB delica size 11. ‘W’ on the materials list – exact match.

1606 Dyed semi-frost transparent rose, size 15. A substitute for ‘Y’ on the materials list.

HEX 589 Silver lined teal size 11 hex  beads. Substitute for ‘U’ on the list.

The ones substituted are because it has proved to be impossible to get Matsuno beads in the UK in the shades I need, but I think these beads will work really well instead.

In case you were wondering what the ‘rather pricey’ materials pack that Inspirations magazine sell looks like, Jo from Australia sent me some pictures of the pack that she bought! It’s really interesting to see. She’s even got one of the elusive mother of pearl rulers in her pack (although they are supplying them for a slightly cheaper price without the ruler, as the rulers are unavailable worldwide, now). It’s interesting to see the bits and pieces all together. The copper metallic thread at the bottom is very similar in colour to the one I have just bought, which is good!

Here’s the ‘fabrics’ part of the pack that Jo bought. Lots of different fabrics, wadding, acetate, etc., all cut to the sizes listed on the pull-out sheet.

So, I’m getting closer to being ready to start this project, now. But I still need to get the cotton/linen blend fabric, and a long thin thread winder for one of the pockets. I hope that doesn’t end up being as difficult as the ruler, which is still proving impossible to get, although I’m on to a couple of leads on that front…..

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9 thoughts on “Carolyn pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui 3: some more goodies have arrived!”

  1. Here is an archive of the comments on this post, that were submitted before 19.10.17, when an error caused them to be deleted:

    14 thoughts on “Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui 3: some more goodies have arrived!”

    Beth P
    October 12, 2017 at 5:14 pm
    Instead of the mother of pearl ruler that I am unable to find anywhere as well, have substituted a 2″ metal ruler used for tatting.

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    Janet Granger Post author
    October 12, 2017 at 5:31 pm
    That is a REALLY good idea!

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    chillyhollowneedlepointadventure
    October 12, 2017 at 6:11 pm
    You might find something amazing via Carolyn’s antique needlework tools site. Expensive but worth every penny! http://elegantarts.com/index.php

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    Janet Granger Post author
    October 12, 2017 at 6:52 pm
    They’re lovely too, but I couldn’t use real ivory, even antique. Lovely designs, though.

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    chillyhollowneedlepointadventure
    October 12, 2017 at 6:15 pm
    eBay is another source of amazing mother of pearl antique needlework tools. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Palais-Royal-Mother-of-Pearl-Sewing-Stiletto-MLV02461-/372086655497?hash=item56a217ca09:g:icMAAOSwhfhZyQbF

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    Janet Granger Post author
    October 12, 2017 at 6:50 pm
    Well, yes, that’s really pretty, but £55 !!! Woooo!!!

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    CK
    October 12, 2017 at 6:43 pm
    I’m so glad to see that you and others are doing “Strawberry Fayre”!
    I too am in process of gathering supplies. I will be using Robert Kaufman “Essex” cotton/linen fabric in natural, available online from Fabric.com. It is a lovely fabric that I am using for my yet unfinished “Home Sweet Home” project.
    I have managed to find sources for most of the threads and beads here in the US, and will gladly share those sources with anyone who needs them.
    Carolyn Pearce’s “Home Sweet Home” is my favorite embroidery project so far, and I am really excited about starting “Strawberry Fayre”!

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    Janet Granger Post author
    October 12, 2017 at 6:58 pm
    Thanks very much for the fabric suggestion – that’s available in the UK too, which is really unusual these days! Does it have a soft ‘hand’?

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    cynthia hardesty
    October 16, 2017 at 1:51 pm
    Yes, the essex linen has a soft hand and a nice weight; a great surface to embroider on. I love it for my “Home Sweet Home” set!

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    Janet Granger Post author
    October 16, 2017 at 1:59 pm
    I think getting a good fabric for a project you’re going to spend a lot of time on is really important, so it’s a good idea to use the essex linen again.

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    Dragonflies Studio
    October 16, 2017 at 9:36 pm
    I would love to have other sources in the US. It is such a chore for me since I stress over what wadding is and the beads for the House were very difficult for me. That said I should have just purchased the kit! Lol

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    Janet Granger Post author
    October 16, 2017 at 10:07 pm
    Yes, the kit would have solved most of the sourcing problems – except for the elusive mother of pearl ruler, which isn’t included!

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    Dragonflies Studio
    October 16, 2017 at 3:16 am
    I was wondering why the instructions are for a linen cotton blend fabric. For the house, I used 100% linen because I was not able to find a blend other than polyester. Thanks in advance.

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    Janet Granger Post author
    October 16, 2017 at 8:53 am
    I’m not absolutely sure, but I suspect it’s because a cotton/linen blend fabric would have a slightly softer ‘hand’. Some linen can be a bit ‘crispy’!

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  2. Here is a list of materials and sources that may help some of you who are having a tough time locating them in the USA:
    *fabric.com
    Kaufman Essex Linen blend in Natural
    Velveteen twill back in Scarlet (an 8×8 sample is
    available for $3.00 plus postage.)
    Ivory wool flannel
    *ebay (overtheriverfelt)
    Red wool felt
    *fieldsfabrics.com
    Cream synthetic suede (aka Ultrasuede)
    *fusionbeads.com
    (U) 11DH0024 size 11 delica hex
    (V) SB5934 Toho size 11 gal. Gold seed
    (W) 11DB0063. Size 11 rainbow delica
    (X) 11DB0243 size 11 opaque blue delica
    (Y) SB6043 Toho size 15 cobalt seed
    (Z) SB3313 size 15 purple lined sapphire seed
    (AA) SB6128 Toho size 15 gal. Gold seed
    (AB) SB6056 size 15 pink seed
    *123stitch.com
    All of the DMC products
    *ebay (jewel_junebug)
    (AC) 42012 Mill Hill glass beads
    (C) Dinky Dyes 114
    (I) Gloriana 139
    (S) Madeira silk 228
    (T) YLI 11
    *redrockthreads.com
    (M) Gutermann silk 0247
    (N) Gutermann silk 0321
    (Q) Gutermann Sulky 40 wt 1177
    *www.sews.com
    (O) Gutermann Sulky 30 wt 1109
    (P) Gutermann Sulky 30 wt 1176
    *theneedlebug.com
    (J) Gumnut Stars 606
    (K) Gumnut Stars 607
    (L) Gumnut Stars 744
    I have also made the following substitutions:
    (A) Bijoux Metallic G427 or Kreinik Metallic 215C
    (B) Threadworx 01006 (edited correction 20.10.17)
    (R) I have not been able to find Madeira Decora 1571, but will use a dark gold silk floss.
    Also note:
    Wadding is what we in the USA refer to as quilt batting.
    Template plastic, also called Mylar, can be found in stores that sell quilting tools and materials.
    I hope you find this helpful. Good luck in your hunt! Cynthia

  3. Has anybody else who purchased the digital copy of Inspirations issue 95 noticed that there seems to be missing pages in the pattern pages for Strawberry Fayre? Page 7, section 14, ends mid sentence in the directions for the inner lid of the thimble holder, and proceeds to the embroidery designs on page 8…
    Is the hard copy of the magazine the same?
    I have emailed Inspirations to ask about it.
    Cynthia

    1. I’m not quite sure which part you mean, as the paper magazine doesn’t have the pages and sections titled in the same way, but the thimble holder instructions don’t end mid-sentence in my paper copy. The final sentence is ‘Attach a bead W at each marked position and work four detached chain leaves around each bead using A.’

      EDIT: Cynthia received a reply from Inspirations magazine, and the digital copy of the pattern was indeed missing a full page between pages 7 and 8. The corrected copy can now be downloaded.

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