Thursday, January 20, 2022

Blue Jar Medley Mystery Stitch-Along

We are happy to announce the  Blue Jar Medley Mystery Stitch-A-Long.  

Mark your calendars and tell your friends about this FREE event: you don’t want to miss it! Beginning January 31, 2022, and each Monday following, one participating designer will  feature their “Blue Jar” with a FREE downloadable pattern available during each designer's  spotlight week! After each spotlight week, digital patterns will be $5.00 for the remainder of the program. Complete the project with a Finishing Pattern available FREE, April 25th-May 2nd 2022. Fabric kits, threads, printed patterns, and more will be available to help make a beautiful quilt! Kits will include wool, fabric, and embellishments. Follow the schedule below and visit each individual designer's website/social media to order or download the free pattern...for a limited time!

Preorders are being accepted now! 

  • Jan 31 - Feb 4 Calico Patch
  • Feb 7- 11 The Woolen Needle
  • Feb 14 - 18 Red Button Quilt Company
  • Feb 21 - 25 Linen Closet Designs
  • Feb 28 - Mar 4 My Red Door Designs
  • Mar 7- 11 Blueberry Backroads
  • Mar 14-18 Sew Cherished
  • Mar 21 - 25 The Cottage Rose
  • Mar 28 - Apr 1 Traditional Primitives
  • Apr 4 - 8 Yellow Creek
  • Apr 11 - 15 Through the Needle's Eye
  • Apr 18 - 22 Rusty Crow
  • April 25-May 2 Calico Patch: Finishing
Remember that it will be a tad different this round: the digital pattern will be free for the designer's spotlight week only, and then revert to the low price of $5, and all printed patterns will be only $6 for the duration of the stitch-along. So follow along, and tell your friends about it, so you call all join in from the beginning. This will be a fun one, for sure!

For more information and links to each designer's website, click HERE. And if you haven't yet joined our Woolie Friends Facebook page, hop on over and join us!

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Be Mine, Valentine

We are back after our holiday break and have started the new year off with a brand new pattern—Be Mine,  Valentine.

This heart-shaped box of chocolates stitches up rather quickly and would be a great way to add a little Valentine's Day decor to your home, or maybe give it to someone you love. The stitching and embellishments really bring this project to life, so we thought we would show you a few tips and tricks that you can use as you create this box of confections.

You can use your favorite method of cutting out your wool pieces, but the assembly is a little bit different because of the organza ribbon bow. Before you fuse your hearts, you need to mark the places on the pink heart where the bow band will go using pins.

Once you have placed your pins, you can fuse your hearts, carefully 
avoiding the pinned spots, and stitch down the red heart.

Pin your ribbon in place and then tuck the edges underneath the pink heart.

Stitch down the pink heart making sure to stitch the ribbon as well.

Now it is time to do a little embroidery! The chocolates and chocolate-covered strawberry are embellished with simple stitches—even the Pekinese stitch is not difficult.

A chain stitch in #8 pearl for the strawberry
The Pekinese using #8 pearl for the backstitch,
and 3 strands of floss for the weaving.

Small Xs for the left chocolate, and a
small heart button for the right.
Half-wagon wheels around the red heart
and a stem stitch for the bottom chocolate.

French knots with beads and a backstitched spiral
complete your box of sweets.

The words "Be Mine" are embroidered using our favorite Press and Seal™️ embroidery technique. We used a #12 pearl cotton by Valdani and created the words with one stem stitch for both words, and then went back and added another row where the lettering was thicker.

Press and Seal in place.

All stitched up!

The final stitching was to do a stem stitch with two strands of darker pink floss around the box and a stem stitched line to define the corner. Add the bow and your project is complete!

We turned this block into a little wallhanging with a simple red, striped border. The quilting was done with a #12 Valdani pearl around the box and then with quilted hearts scattered in the background. This was what we did, but you could finish it in whatever way you choose. While we still have kits available, this will be a limited edition kit so when the kits are gone, we won't be kitting it again. The digital pattern is available till January 16th for only $5. You can find it all on our website HERE

We hope you enjoy stitching up this box of chocolates almost as much as a real chocolate box!

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Happy Holidays!

From our homes to yours, 
we wish you the happiest of holiday seasons!

Fun Fact: Did you know that the very center of the poinsettia is the actual flower,
 which is surrounded by red and green leaves? 

We will be taking a short blog break for our family celebrations, but we look forward to stitching with you in the new year! 

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Let it Snow...With a Free Pattern


It is hard to believe that Christmas is almost a week away! For me (Kara), once Thanksgiving is over, the time begins to go by at warp speed. In the state of Maryland and other places across the country, we have been experiencing very mild temperatures, so snow seems a bit far off. That being said, we thought it would be fun to re-post a free pattern that we originally offered five years ago. This project can be displayed not just for Christmas, but all through the winter. 

We hope you enjoy stitching this little symbol of winter.

Technically, all "real" snowflakes are free, and sometimes we even have to pay someone to get rid of too many of those free snowflakes. However, today's free snowflake is a pattern! We wanted to give a little holiday gift to our readers, and given the season, we thought a snowflake was appropriate.

This lovely piece of silk, herringbone fabric has been sitting on my (Kara's) shelf waiting for the perfect project, and the creamy wool was a perfect complement to the neutral silk. Throw in some silk ribbon, bugle beads, Weeks hand-dyed pearl cotton, and some vintage buttons, and the project was ready to go. The seam binding was the right shade, but in the end, I decided not to use it.

First, I printed two copies of the pattern; one to look at and trace, and one to cut. Then I cut out the star portion of the pattern, sprayed a little temporary spray adhesive (505) on the back, and then traced my star onto the wool using a grey gel pen. This is the first time I had used spray adhesive on a pattern for a wool project, and I loved how it worked. Once it was traced, I cut out the wool star with some very pointy and sharp scissors to get the little star cutouts. The point of the scissors went right through the wool, making it very easy to get a clean cut.

Next, I stitched the star to the background using one strand of embroidery floss. 
Press and Seal plastic wrap is one of my favorite tools for transferring a design onto wool. I placed a piece of Press and Seal over the uncut pattern, and using my white, roller-ball gel pen, I traced the snowflake portion of the design. Since the embroidery is mostly straight lines, you could probably eyeball it easily enough.
Using the pearl cotton, I stem-stitched the six, straight, snowflake arms that were on the wool. The bugle beads were used for the little, straight, lines off those arms. After that, I used the 4mm, cream silk ribbon to make fly stitches and straight stitches that completed the arms. The final touch was two buttons—one mother of pearl and the other a metal one that I scavenged off of a thrift store sweater.
The completed snowflake
As I was looking for threads and background for this project, I found another piece of silk in light blue that would give a "cooler" tone to my snowflake. I was looking for some sparkle, when I came across this glittery, variegated, thread in tones of blue.

Because the background was thin, I backed the fabric with a piece of flannel before I began to stitch. This also allowed me to stitch without using a hoop.

There were a few little puckers after the embroidery was done, but those went away with a little bit of steam from the iron on the back of the project.

I didn't have any buttons that would work but I did have quite a few Swarovski crystals left over from my Irish dance, dressmaking days. Voila! A sparkly, snowflake with a totally different look than the one in the neutral palette.

An icier snowflake
Bring on the bling!

 An 8" frame with a 5.5" opening was the perfect size to highlight both snowflakes.

To get the free pattern please click HERE.

Ornament using the free pattern: Let It Snow...(One Flake More)!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our readers!