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!).
Clip the curved parts of the top edges, then fold the seam allowance to the back on each piece and tack in place.
With wrong sides together, tack a pocket front to a pocket back with sewing cotton that matches your fabric, all the way round.
On mine, my reinforcing stitches always seem to show a bit, which is annoying….
…but once the Knotted Pearl Stitch in Perle 8 green with hex beads in between is done, it more or less hides it, fortunately!
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.
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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The Strawberry Fayre design, plus the complete list of materials, appears in Inspirations magazine number 95. The 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!).
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