Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui 39: how to assemble the pinwheel, and attach the needlelace berry to the etui

I am currently stitching the Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui as a stitchalong project. This week, I’ll explain how to assemble the pinwheel, and how to attach the needlelace berry to the back heart panel. See the end of this post for all the information you’ll need to join in!

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This is the third of the ‘dangleys’ that I am constructing, that hang from the bottom tip of the heart etui.

First, cut out the front and back embroidered pieces, place a circle of felt and a circle of acetate on the reverse of each one, run a line of gathering thread round the edge of the fabric, and pull up to draw the fabric over the shapes, lace across the back, then tie off securely.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre pinwheel

Take an 8 inch piece of grosgrain ribbon (mine was 3/8 inch wide), and attach it to the back piece using beaded Knotted Pearl Stitch, starting at the centre top, and leaving a 3/8 inch overlap of ribbon that goes beyond the centre point.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre pinwheel

As you approach the completion of beading around the circle, trim the ribbon and fold the excess under so that the seam is right at the top. Finish the beading, then slipstitch the join in the ribbon with matching green sewing cotton.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre pinwheel

I am not attaching the cord in the way that the instructions in the magazine suggest – which is to attach the thimble holder at one end of the cord, and the pinwheel at the other end, and then attach the cord part way along it to the bottom tip of the heart etui. Instead, I am making a separate cord for each piece, and I will attach each one on its own. For the pinwheel, I used a cord four inches long from the neat end to the knot in the cord that I attached inside the pinwheel itself.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre pinwheel

I used a bodkin to poke a large hole through two layers of ribbon at the top of the circle (from the inside to the outside), then I threaded on a daisy spacer, a cloisonne bead, then another daisy spacer, then I knotted the cord to hold the three close to the top of the pinwheel, and trimmed the spare cord inside the pinwheel.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre pinwheel

This is all done before attaching the front panel of the pinwheel.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre pinwheel

Then the front panel is attached with beaded Knotted Pearl Stitch. Stuff the shape firmly with a small amount of wadding just before completing the circle of stitching.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre pinwheel

This is the completed pinwheel. It was at this point (i.e finished!), that I realised I had made it too big. Not sure how that happened, but I must have cut it out following the wrong line of tacking, and it just went downhill from there. It should be much smaller in diameter.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre pinwheel

…like this one, from the magazine. Oh well.

The next small job was to attach the needlelace berry to the back panel at the top of the V, with green quilting cotton.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre needlelace berry

When the etui is folded closed, this cord is pulled between the heart shapes across the V, and the cord is then wrapped around the Dorset button to hold the etui closed.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre needlelace berry

 

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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 37: how to join panels with insertion stitch and attach the pincushion

I am currently stitching the Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui as a stitchalong project. In this post I’ll explain how to join panels with insertion stitch on the etui, and attach the pincushion that I previously made. See the end of this post for all the information you’ll need to join in!

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I’m now at a rather crucial part in this project – the four heart panels need to be joined together with insertion stitch, so that they make one whole piece, but not so tightly joined that the etui doesn’t open loosely and lay flat. No pressure, then!

This is what the etui looks like in Inspirations magazine issue 95, to give you an idea of what we’re aiming for (showing both the front and back):

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre how to do insertion stitch

It looks, from this picture, as if the insertion stitch starts off tightly done near the point, and gets wider further out, but that’s not actually the case. The stitch needs to be done to an even size all the way along the join. The stitch kind of ‘relaxes’ when it doesn’t need to stretch, as long as you don’t stitch it too tight in the first place – that’s the trick to doing this stitch.

In the instructions, it says to make a spacer from 1/8 inch thick card, to place between the two panels as you join them with insertion stitch. I reckon that if you only used a piece of card this thick, then the panels would buckle when you tried to close it up later, as the stitching would be too tight to work. Think about it – inside this etui, there are pockets on all heart panels that are lined, and beaded, and a pincushion 3/8 inch thick, and scissors and rulers in the pockets….that’s going to need more than 1/8 inch ‘give’ to work properly. So, I made my card spacer from four layers of mount board taped together, so that mine measured 3/8 inch in total. This worked for me. I used quilting bulldog clips to hold the two panels in place with the card spacer sandwiched in between. Make sure that the spacer is positioned right up to the edges of the two panels, as, if it slips further back, you’ll be stitching across a smaller gap than you intend, which would make the stitching too tight later.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre how to do insertion stitch

You start the insertion stitch at the bottom tip of the heart shape each time, using Perle 8 (I used 4 feet of thread for each join, and it was plenty). Make sure you have secured the end well first. I spaced my stitches a quarter of an inch apart along each side – quite spacious really. If you do your stitches closer together, then start with more thread in your needle, as it is hard to join in new lengths part way along. I used a tapestry 26 needle, but a curved needle would have worked well too.

Insertion stitch is like doing buttonhole stitch, one stitch on each panel at a time, with a knot incorporated after each buttonhole. After doing a few stitches, and feeling like I needed a couple of extra hands to do it successfully, I devised this way of working – wedging the panels between my knees, and stitching away from myself:

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre how to do insertion stitch

After joining the front panel to one side panel, and then the back panel to one side panel, I positioned them like this (below) to join them into one piece. Make sure you keep checking which panel should be joined to the next one, and which way up they should face, as it’s easy to go wrong here:

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre how to do insertion stitch

Once all the insertion stitching had been completed, the etui did lay nice and flat, and relaxed (not tight). I’ve laid the spacer card in front of the etui here to show how much card was needed, and what the stitching looks like after it’s taken out.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre how to do insertion stitch

This shows my etui opened out – you can see that the insertion stitch opens out gradually as it gets further from the centre point. It’s now that you stitch the pincushion into position. If you’d have done it earlier, it would have got in the way of doing the insertion stitch, and the spacer card wouldn’t have fitted properly. Work out exactly where you want the pincushion to be, alongside the tape measure pocket, then securely join a thread length to the panel under where the pincushion will sit, then run the needle behind the two buttonhole bars that you made, to hold the pincushion on. This gets a bit messy, but no-one will see!

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre how to do insertion stitch

This is what it looks like once the pincushion is in position, and the insertion stitch is finished.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre how to do insertion stitch

Not much more to do, now!

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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 36: how to do beaded edging on the etui panels

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

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This is the front panel of my heart etui, ready to have the beaded Knotted Pearl Stitch added to the top curved edge. The instructions in the Inspirations magazine issue 95 have a serious error at this point, and if you followed the instructions to the letter, you could end up trashing the whole thing!!

They say that you need to measure out 4 1/2 inches from the ‘tip of the V, and mark with a pin’ in order to work out where to do the beaded edging stitch. So the text is actually correct – as long as you realise that they mean the bottom tip.

BUT the diagram shows the measurement being taken from the *top* V of the heart, and measured out around the top curved edge, ending part way around the curve. What you really need to do is measure from the bottom tip of the heart along the straight edge for 4 1/2 inches, and mark with a pin there instead. If you actually did what they SHOW in their diagram, you’d end up not doing enough beaded edging, but working insertion stitch too far along the curved edge, so that the etui wouldn’t open flat when you’d finished, which would be a disaster after all this work. I’d like to thank Jeanette from Sydney, Australia, for pointing this out to me before I got to this point in the construction myself 🙂

So, what you actually need to do is to measure it like this:

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre how to do beaded edging

I decided, at this point, that I would do all the remaining beaded Knotted Pearl Stitch with two strands of Anchor 267 instead of the Perle 8 in shade 469. This was because it was tough going to pull the needle through the edges of the heart shapes, and my fingers were wearing out! Using Anchor thread meant that I could use a finer needle (a Betweens 10) which was easier to get through the fabric, and the beads would always fit on the needle. With a tapestry 28, which I was using with the Perle 8 before, I was having to discard about a quarter of the beads, as they wouldn’t go over the needle. The shades are almost the same:

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre how to do beaded edging

The side inner hearts, with their creases pressed in place, also need to be measured like the front and back panels, to have beaded edging done on them too.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre how to do beaded edging

So, I then spent hours doing the beaded Knotted Pearl Stitch, which was really nice to do, and gives a lovely finish to these panels.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre how to do beaded edging

This is one of the side panels with the beading completed. You can see here that the beading needs to come a long way round the curve, until it is definitely along the straight side, for it to work properly (as all the remaining straight edge will have insertion stitch added, to join it to the adjacent heart)

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre how to do beaded edging

After I’d done all the beaded edging on these four panels, there was no more beading to do for this project, so I thought I’d show you how many beads I used. Obviously, I didn’t count them! Even I’m not that obsessive! But I had bought just one tube of hex beads – a fat tube, not a tall thin one – but even so, I had this many left out of one tube (almost half). It would have been helpful if the instructions had given some indication of how many I would need though.

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre how to do beaded edging

So, next time I’ll be doing the insertion stitch to join these hearts together. Nearly there, now….

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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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needle minders, needle holder, pin keep, sampler, cross stitch, magnetic needle holder