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.
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.
Place an embroidered panel wrong sides together with a plain panel, pin and then tack them together.
Slipstitch around the edge of the heart shape with matching sewing cotton. Tack along the centre line.
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.
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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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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