Category: Finished Pieces

Big Stitch Quilting

Big Stitch Quilting

Thoughts on Big Stitch Quilting from Pepper Cory

Many times I hand sew because I find the rhythm of handling the needle—in, out, back down, in, out while gathering stitches— very therapeutic. The action requires total focus but my hands know more what to do than my brain. After a short while, the work happens without effort. I find myself stitching and my mind wandering. Call it a ‘mental vacation with a needle.’

Big Stitch Quilting

Pepper Cory with her Big Stitch Quilt

This summer I pieced and Big Stitch quilted a small, simple quilt. After five days of work, it was done and I felt a sense of accomplishment and peace. The small quilt is coming with me to the upcoming Houston Quilt Market.  If you’re attending, please stop by and see us—the quilt, me, and all the Colonial Needle family—in booths 1328 and 1329.

The quilt was pieced from 44 different colors (plus white) of the Peppered Cottons line of Shot Cottons from StudioE Fabrics cut into 3″ squares. The threads used to Big Stitch were varying colors of Size 8 Perle cotton by Presencia (found here).  For the hand stitching I used the largest needle from the Big Stitch sampler pack by Colonial Needle (found here). I marked the lines to follow with stitches by using a big fat tapestry needle (their tips are not sharp) and scoring the fabric alongside a ruler.

Line Marking Techniques

Line marking technique used by Pepper on this quilt.

The quilting covers the quilt in a plaid of different colors of stitching—just the thing for those of us who love to quilt but bore easily when the work is too much the same.

Big Stitch Quilt

Pepper’s Finished Big Stitch Quilt

Spring Quilt Market Classes

Pepper Cory’s Spring Quilt Market Class

Apronista!

At the upcoming Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis, Pepper Cory will be talking about taking pride in your work and showing that pride in your store. She chose the common work apron as the canvas for this effort. She’s leading a Take & Teach session for shop owners called “Hand Embroidery for Modern Quilters and Sewists!” that takes place before Quilt Market opens (8-9:30 AM) on Friday May 19.

This apron is a chef’s apron, downloadable free all over the web. It’s super easy to make! This one is lined and features two embroidered pockets. The lower pocket is a sweet little row of flowers stitched in brightly-colored Presencia floss. Click here to see Presencia color options.

Presencia Embroidery

Embroidery in Progress!

The embroidery pattern is a heat-transfer from one of the Colonial Pattern Company’s “Stitcher’s Revolution“ series—#SR24 called ‘Flower Power.’ The upper eyeglass pocket is a single posey from the row. Outline Big Stitch quilting over machine stitching completes the embellishment.

Embroidery Detail

Upper Pocket Embroidery Detail

Embroidery Detail

Lower Pocket Embroidery Detail

While both companies are called Colonial something- that’s just serendipity! We, Colonial Needle, are in White Plains, New York while Colonial Pattern is out of Kansas City, Missouri. A link to their website can be found here. The two companies cooperate nicely as they print the patterns while we have the needles and thread to finish them!

The wind was blowing when the pictures were taken but we hope you can see the details!

Embroidered Apron

Pepper Cory modeling her completed Apron

And just in case you need it, a DMC to Presencia conversion chart can be found here!

Hand Painted Frames

Custom Hand-Painted Frames

Heirloom Designs helps create beautiful custom frames for your needlepoint canvases

Our friends at Heirloom Designs shared these fantastic painted frames, custom made for two of Kelly Clark’s pieces. We love how well the frames compliment the canvases – it’s hard to tell where the canvas ends and the frame starts.

And the best part? They’re self-finishing which means no more sending canvases out to be framed.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

Canvases are available for purchase through your LNS.

And to order a custom frame for your favorite needlepoint canvas, contact Heirloom Designs

KCA39-18 - Country Moonrise

KCA39-18 – Country Moonrise with Custom Painted Frame

KCA26-18 - Sheep-Crow Sampler

KCA26-18 – Sheep-Crow Sampler with Custom Painted Frame

Bonnie Rose Baby Bonnet

Welcoming a New Bundle of Joy this Summer?

You’re in luck!

•Presencia Fincrochet Cotton, size 60, 1 ball of White for the Bonnie Rose Baby Bonnet to Crochet by Laura Ricketts Credit: Photograph by Joe Coca from the May/June 2016 issue of Interweave’s PieceWork magazine. Copyright © F+W Media 2016

Credit: Photograph by Joe Coca from the May/June 2016 issue of Interweave’s PieceWork magazine. Copyright © F+W Media 2016

PieceWork Magazine’s May/June 2016 issue includs a pattern for this adorable baby bonnet by Laura Ricketts. The pattern features our very own Presencia Fincrochet Cotton, size 60, in white and can be found at http://www.needleworktraditions.com/

The Presencia Fincrochet Cotton can be purchased at your favorite specialty store or direct through our website http://colonialneedle.com

 

New Lee’s Silk Bags with Canvas Inserts

Silk Bags are a hit with employees and customers alike

We love the way our new Lee’s silk bags look with a finished canvas!  The monogram was stitched by a CNC team member who couldn’t resist and the Lotus was stitched by Michelle Hufford. These bags are the perfect size for make-up, travel stitching bags, toiletries, etc. and can be ordered through your LNS.

BAG70G with canvas BJ01-B

BAG70G with canvas BJ01-B

BAG70G with canvas BJ42

BAG70G with canvas BJ42

Lee’s Self-Finishing Leather Bags & Needlepoint Canvas

Check Out this Self-Finishing Leather Bag with Stitched Needlepoint Canvas

Sue Wallerstein sent us these great pictures of her beautifully completed Lee’s Self-Finishing leather bag. She used the BAG36 leather bag and the BG26 needlepoint canvas for this project. Sue adjusted a few of the canvas colors to make it her own which we love! Looks great, Sue! Enjoy toting this beauty around town!

Sue Wallerstein

Sue Wallerstein_2

BAG36 with canvas BG25

 

Jacobean Tree

We love when people send us pictures of their finished work!

This comes from our friend, Pat ElBayly

Jacobean Tree stitched by Pat ElBayly

Jacobean Tree stitched by Pat ElBayly

Our “Jacobean Tree” is a counted cross stitch pattern stitched with Presencia floss. Congratulations on completing this, Pat, it looks wonderful!

This piece comes as a kit that includes the 18ct white aida, Mouliné Finca floss, tapestry needle, black & white pattern, and illustrated basic cross stitch instructions. It can be purchased through your LNS.

 

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