This was first designed for my lovely student Iris Primrose's 70th birthday, which her sewing group made for her. She exhibited at our local show and the response was so good I knew I needed to share it . So here we are.....
Step one : The fabric I use is linen or linen/cotton mix , Calico and Osnaburg, as these are all are lovely to sew with.
Step two: Transfer the design onto your fabric, I always choose a fabric I can see through so I can trace it with a pencil, but if your fabric is not see through, try a light box. If that's no good I love to use an iron on transfer pencil. sharpen the pencil to get a fine point and then trace over the paper design, place the paper face down onto the fabric and iron it in place. It is permanent so be careful, it will not wash out.
Step three: Once the design has been transferred, place the iron on interfacing to the wrong side to stabilise the fabric and to hide any threads showing from the front.
Step four: I am in love with DMC coton a broder, it has only one strand, I also use a chenille needle number 24 to embroider with, it's short sharp with a large eye.
Step five: Finally the stitch, I use a small black stitch for most of the design with the occasional French knot.
The block will be cut to size at a later date.
Next months design will be posted on the web second week of March.
Don't forget if you need supplies I have it all on my website www.dandeliondesigns.co.uk
Quilts on the Farm
Thankyou to all of you who came and supported this wonderful event, we had such a lovely time and raised over £2,700 pounds for our local hospice St Wilfrids.
As you can see our tea and cakes were memorable as were my students quilts
I am holding Quilts on the Farm again this weekend in aid of St Wildrids Hospice. We have a lovely collection of my students quilts plus some old favourites. Dandelion designs , The patchwork dog and basket, Debbie the long arm quilter, Sew sisters, Pete the jeweller, Booksy, Quilters jumble, plus others are pitching up to entertain you. We can feed you vintage tea and cakes or you can bring a picnic. Children, husbands and dogs on a lead are welcome and can be entertained with glorious gardens, woods, alpacas, goats, horses and chickens.
It would be great to see you allxxxxxxx
Can it really be a year since I was here in this most magical textile heaven, Cowslip workshop Cornwall. I have bought my family with me and am staying in accommodation close by. The venue on a farm surrounded by old farm building , gardens, animals and views to die for and an amazing organic cafe brought tears to my daughters eyes as they did mine when I first came, Jo the owners is just the biggest added bonus ever!
The workshop is divine where i have twelve students beavering away fed and watered with amazing food throughout the day . Even though I am teaching and this is called work its like being on a creative holiday. Today we made wine glass lampshades, robins, shaggy wreaths. My students have been sent home with work and tomorrow we will be decorating our garland with hearts, reindeer -and snowman .
This coming weekend there will be a massive Xmas fair here with wonderful stalls, antiques, textiles and gifts if you are around do come by.
Cowslip Workshops. Another one of my favorites. Settled in the heart of Cornish country farmlands near Launceston. Drop you family off in the cafe and spend hours in the shop and savour the delights of Jo the owner. Work a visit into your holiday plans.