Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui 35: how to make the side inner hearts for the etui

I am currently stitching the Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui as a stitchalong project. This week, I’ll explain how to make the side inner hearts for the etui. See the end of this post for all the information you’ll need to join in!

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I kind of ran out of time last week when I was explaining how to construct these inner hearts – getting this last bit right is crucial to the success of your etui, so it’s worth spending some time on this bit!

This is the point that I’m up to – these are the side inner hearts with their linings, that don’t need to be stiffened with template plastic. The pockets and needle pages have already been attached to the embroidered panels. The muslin has been trimmed back to the tacked line, and iron on Vilene has been ironed onto the reverse of all four pieces, but that’s as much stiffening as these need. The V at the top of each piece has been reinforced with small stitches done in matching sewing cotton.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui inner heart construction

The seam allowance is 3/8 of an inch on these. Clip the curves, and tack the seam allowance to the back on all four pieces, mitring the point.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui inner heart construction

Place an embroidered panel wrong sides together with a plain panel, pin and then tack them together.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui inner heart construction

Slipstitch around the edge of the heart shape with matching sewing cotton. Tack along the centre line.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui inner heart construction

Then machine stitch along the centre line, starting at the tip. You’ll be stitching through several layers, so make your stitch length reasonably long. You’ll have to lift the presser foot a bit as you go over the corner of the rectangular pocket if, like mine, the pocket extends very close to the centre line, otherwise, it might ‘push out’ the presser foot from the centre line and cause a wave in your stitching (this is the voice of experience here!). Then remove any tacking.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui inner heart construction

The two side inner panels can now each be folded in half, embroidery to the outside, and carefully ironed along the fold. Don’t iron over the embroidery.

The next bit is adding the beading to the top of the heart panels, which is something I’ve been looking forward to for weeks!

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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 34: stitching the smalls onto the inner panels

I am currently stitching the Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui as a stitchalong project. This week, I am stitching the smalls and pockets to keep the tools in, onto the inner heart panels. See the end of this post for all the information you’ll need to join in!

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There are four inner heart panels. Firstly  I’m working on the inner panels that will be attached to the front and back panels. Each one needs to be cut out with a one inch seam allowance, and iron on Vilene attached to the reverse of the stitched side, up to the tacked line. The muslin backing is also cut back to the tacked line, to reduce bulk.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre etui smalls

Identify each panel, and which pockets and smalls go on it (as all four inner panels have the same embroidery on them it helps to just label them at this point). The heart shaped pockets go on the reverse of the front panel, and the pincushion and tape measure rectangular pocket goes on the reverse of the back panel.

For the panel with the pincushion, determine where the pincushion will go BUT DON’T STITCH IT ON YET!! Determine the position for the rectangular pocket (make sure it’s the correct sized one of the three), and pin then tack the pocket in place, then work Knotted Pearl Stitch (without beads in between) around the edge of the pocket,working through all layers of fabric to attach the pocket to the panel.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre etui smalls

For the panel with the heart pockets, determine where the pockets will go first.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre etui smalls

Then slipstitch the Ultrasuede reinforcing triangular pieces into place on the panel fabric itself.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre etui smalls

Tack the pocket pieces into position over the triangles.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre etui smalls

Then work Knotted Pearl Stitch around the edges, as you did with the rectangular pocket. If you are going to keep a long bodkin in the heart pocket on the right, then leave a gap at the very tip of the pocket, but continue to do the knotted pearl Stitch on the pocket itself as you go around the point of the pocket. As I’m not going to keep a bodkin in that pocket, I attached both pockets in the same way, stitching it to the fabric all round the tip on each one.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre etui smalls

This is what Knotted Pearl Stitch looks like, sideways on – it’s a really good decorative stitch to use to attach the pockets.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre etui smalls

Now reinforce the top V on each heart panel with small stitches done in sewing cotton that matches your fabric, for about half an inch out on each side of the V.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre etui smalls

Run a gathering thread in the seam allowance and pull up to gather the fabric over the sides of the template plastic and two layers of thin wadding, as you did previously with the front and back panels. Lace across the back as before, taking care not to make the panels buckle. Lastly, remove any tacking stitches.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre etui smalls

With the two side inner heart panels, they have iron on Vilene ironed to the backs, but they don’t have any template plastic used to stiffen them, as these panels need to be foldable. Iron Vilene to the remaining two plain fabric heart shaped pieces, too. These will be the backings for the folding inner heart panels.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre etui smalls

Attach the mother of pearl thread rings to the right hand side of one of the side inner panels, and a pocket to the other side. Make sure that this pocket doesn’t extend over the centre line of the heart, as this heart needs to fold in half later!

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre etui smalls

Tack the pocket into position, and attach it using Knotted Pearl Stitch without beads.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre etui smalls

With the final side inner heart panel, attach the flannel needle pages on the right hand side with a small button, and attach the smallest pocket on the left hand side as before with Knotted Pearl Stitch (again, making sure it doesn’t extend beyond the centre line of the panel).

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre etui smalls

The front and back (stiffened) panels with the inner (stiffened) panels can now be stitched together all the way round, wrong sides together, with strong sewing cotton in a shade to match your fabric.  The unstiffened inner side panels will be finished next week – this post has gone on for ages, sorry!

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre etui smalls

 

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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 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!

Cross stitch needle minders, pin keeper, needle magnet

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.

Needle minder, pin keeper, magnetic needle holder, pin keep

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.

Cross stitch needle minders, pin keeper, needle magnet, neodymium magnet

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).

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

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.

Cross stitch needle minders, pin keeper, needle magnet, Home sweet home

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?

Needle minder, pin keeper, cross stitch gift, seamstress gift

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  🙂

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

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