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New Home - A Stitchy Make by Barbara McNaughton

Itching to take on a stitchy project after visiting the amazing Festival of Quilts show recently, I was delighted when my daughter asked me to make a card for a friend who is moving house, as this presented the perfect opportunity.  
This new home card combines sewing and cardmaking skills, but could just as easily be adapted to make a small cushion, bag panel or quilt block instead. 

What I used: ·A4 sheet of plain paper ·Pencil ·Ruler ·Bondaweb ·Iron and ironing board ·Scissors ·Fabric scraps ·Embroidery thread ·Hand sewing needle ·Assorted colours of cardstock for layering ·8x8 card blank
1. To start – measure out and draw a square the size that you would like your finished project to be. I chose a square 6 inches by 6 inches. 
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How To Give Used Candle Jars A New Lease Of Life

Hello again everyone, I have a completely different post for you this time!


I keep buying all this ‘stuff’ and it’s so nice I can’t bring myself to use it … but it’s starting to get out of control and taking over my home!!
So I’m challenging myself on 2 levels – 1) use up my stuff; and 2) try something new.

Well I had some empty candle jars so I thought this would be a good way to use up some stuff and try something new at the same time and this is what I came up with.

I am over the moon with the results as it’s the first time I’ve tried anything like this.

What I used: ·Empty candle jar ·Decoart white gesso ·Starlight paints ·Decoart metallic paints ·Imagination Crafts rice papers ·Imagination Crafts fabric glue ·Twine ·Raffia ·Hessian ·Ribbon ·Paper flowers and embellishments from craft box
Here’s what I did:
Firstly, I applied a coat of white gesso to the jar and allowed it to dry. I then chose a selection of paints that go together and randomly sponged all over the jar until it was covered. T…

A Festival of Quilts Review

The Festival of Quilts is Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting event and this year I had the privilege of attending with Hochanda. Attracting more than 25,000 visitors from all over the world, honestly there were bus loads rolling in daily from Australia, it was truly an international event.
Prior to the show, I was unsure what to expect but to put it mildly I was blown away by the entire experience, from the organisation and layout of the three halls down to the incredible talent on show. Celebrating quilting in all forms, there were over 300 exhibitors providing endless stalls to purchase all your quilting essentials, incredible galleries displaying what I can only describe as the most ore-inspiring quilts I have ever seen.



One that stands out for me was The Women’s Quilt. It was made up of 598 patches, a patch to commemorate 598 women killed as a result of domestic violence between 2009 and 2015. The quilt is an emotive and evocative quilt that commemorates the lives of these …

Saying A Special Thank You by Barbara McNaughton

Hello Crafters,
This week we received an amazing gift from a family member and I set about making an appropriate card to say thank you. This needed to be something very special and what better way to say a special thank you than to use the gorgeous Sue Wilson dies for a card in the style of the wonderful Phill Martin.













Despite looking rather elaborate, this 8x8 card is easy to achieve and uses relatively few supplies (as above).

The first step in making this card is to get all of the die cutting out of the way. I find this much more time efficient than stopping to cut out the bits you need at each stage.

Using the Sue Wilson Ornate Pierced Squares from the Noble Collection, cut out the ornate focal point for the centre of the card in cream cardstock. Then roughly cut a spare piece of cream card, which will sit behind this feature when the card is constructed.

You will also need to cut the largest and the second smallest of the squares from the Noble Collection Double Pierced Squares. Th…

Needle Felted Goldfish by Lore Green

Hi Crafters,

I thought I’d share with you one of my favourite crafts – needle felting! Needle felting is very tactile and has loads of cross-crafting potential.
Needle felting is created by taking wool roving (pre-spun wool) and matting that wool together by repeatedly ‘pricking’ the wool fibres with a special type of needle or needles. To help matt the fibres together the needles have barbs, the barbs look like little thorns that catch the fibres as the needle is pushed back-and-forth repeatedly through the fibres. The more you needle the roving – the denser the felt will be. You can use one needle at a time or for larger areas, or speediness – a multi-needle tool. As the wool is felted it can be sculpted to make many creative items … figurines, decorations, embellishments for cards and clothing.
The goldfish that I made is a simple introduction to needle felting as it uses a polystyrene egg to form the body of the fish and cookie/clay cutters as templates.
For this goldfish, I used ora…