New Free ebooks at the Antique Pattern Library

Ribbon craft coverThis is heads up to let my readers know that the Antique Pattern Library has added some more books to their site.

The first book I pounced on is “The Ribbon Art Book, Vol I ~ No. III- How to make Hundreds of Dainty and Practical things of Ribbons

If you do silk ribbon embroidery, ribbon crafts of any sort, or crazy quilting I am sure this 1923 publication will delight you. I will be reading it avidly as I can see some new (to me) ribbon techniques in there.

Ribbon craft screenshotA Tip to Note With the Antique Pattern Library if you get a message saying your PDF corrupted or asking for password make sure you have the most recent Adobe reader and save the PDF to your computer and open the file from there.

Here are two screen shots from The Ribbon Art Book to tempt you.

Ribbon craft screenshotCheck out the detail page before downloading the PDF file

free flapper designs coverThe second publication is a collection of a collection of 20′s flapper embroidery designs from the French magazine series Les Patrons Favoris.

Broderies pour Robes is about beaded embroidery, on dresses, blouses and jackets. The publisher, includes the embroidery patterns which can be beaded or you can stitch them in a regular manner.

Some of these designs are just wonderful and I can see them applied not only to clothing but cushions, bags and and other small gift items

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Once again check out the detail page before downloading the PDF file
free flapper embroidery designs If you want to take some time out over the weekend and browse the full library, here is a link to the catalogue for the Antique Pattern Library

I hope you enjoy my two finds Let me know in the comments if you like them!

Details 653 on my Freeform Embroidery Sampler

Freeform needlework Sampler detailThe photo below is a detail on section 49 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler.

section 49 of needlework samplerI have turned the photo on its side as these bands run vertically down the sampler. These details are on the bottom right hand side of the sampler created to celebrate the year of the Tiger.

Stitches Used:

From the top of the photo downwards, first  I worked a line of chain stitch and laced it with a reddish orange hand dyed silk thread.

Next is running stitch whipped with the same hand dyed silk thread.

I then added a line of beads before working a fine line of herringbone in a cotton thread.

Once again I used the old gold silk thread and laid it down in long stitches and then secured using a red orange cotton perle # 5. Technically this is a form of couching.

The last line of stitches is also couching using crossed stitches  worked in  yellow cotton perle # 5 to secure the foundation thread.

Fabric:

The foundation fabric is a hand dyed 18cnt Aida

Date:

This section of the sampler was worked February 2010.

Size:

This area on my  Love of Stitching Band Sampler which is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and currently measures 96 feet 5 inches (2,938.78 centimetres), or  32.138 yards which is 29.3878 meters. It is still growing…

Sampler FAQ
If you want to know more about this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page or you can work back through the series of articles by reading them in the the Love of Stitching Band Sampler category.

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I just know I am going to get side tracked with this …

Yes this is a definite derailing moment. Look what arrived in the post the other day.

colour streams packageHere is the back story. I was asked to review some of the Colourstreams products and agreed, thinking I work a little a sample, review their threads and move on. It is not going to work out like that.

As soon as I saw what tumbled out of the packet my mind started to race as the colours of the fabrics are inspirational. I like to stay on track and I have a a large project (the lace quilt) nearly finished so I was trying to be disciplined and not start a new project. Then when I dug deep into the pack these little cupped sequins were hiding and I was done for. They are cupped flower shaped sequins – ideal for any crazy quilt project. Take a look at their store and you will see what I mean.

colour streams sequinsI have been itching to take a break from my quilt blocks and I am in the mood to work in brighter colours and the colour streams silk threads look wonderful. So I have decided to work a project using these products and I will share what I am doing in a series of posts. It means it will be a longer review rather than quick little sample stitched and written up, but it will be more fun to make something.

I received in my packet some silk rayon velvet which is to die for (no pun intended) , Hand dyed crinkle silk chiffon, hand dyed habotai silk and some silk organza. I will add to these fabrics to make a crazy quilt project I have been thinking about a long time.

So far, I am impressed as obviously the colours are inspiring. The quality both fabric and threads looks top notch and I have no hesitation in investing time in this.

For this project I am currently designing a cross between a modern sewing organiser and a traditional hussif. I have been wanting to make this for a while and hoarding little sewing related charms for a while and have decided to combine them with what has been sent.

Apart from the free samples I do not gain financially from this review or the ones I will write over the next few weeks. In other words I am not paid to write them. I am not affiliated in any way with Colourstreams.

Well I am off to have fun and to piece myself a sewing organiser and start stitching with these lovely threads.

Mmmm… now lets see I need a scissor keep, a needlecase, a pocket for my stencils, and something to hold treads… thinks to self  …do a I need a bag to keep this hussif in? This project is going to be fun! Watch it grow… Oh I could have a little extra pouch for goodies to go in …. NO! please people dont let it grow…  well maybe a little bit

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Work in Progress Wednesday Block 42 started

Block 42 startedThis is the last block in this quilt. I am so looking forward to doing something else once these blocks are done! I am sure everyone feels like this at the end of a large project such as quilt. Anyway here it the block and hopefully next week I will be able share what I have stitched on it.  It is the same colour scheme as my last block so should be fun to work.

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