Roses are Red

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Preparing kits for shows is often the time that my mind wanders to new projects. I have been designing some more traditional cross stitch charts for magazines recently and it occurred to me that greetings cards featuring cross stitch charts could work well.

I am increasingly working in just one or two colours, possibly an influence of all the Japanese embroidery I have been looking at in books and on Pinterest. It really forces you to think about shape and composition. ‘Roses are Red’ is my first offering and the greetings cards have been printed, just in time for the Knitting and Stitching Show.

I have quite a few more designs in mind, all scribbled on scraps of paper dotted about the house, but they will have to wait for the end of March. I am also wondering whether a kit or materials pack would be a good offering alongside the greeting card?

Let me know what you think and whether there are any themes you would like to see.

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NEC Sewing for Pleasure Winners

NEC tickets 2018 winners

Thank you for your fantastic response to the NEC Sewing for Pleasure tickets. We have picked two lucky winners from the hat this morning. Many congratulations Linda and Christine. Please let me know which minkit, woodpecker or chunky cross stitch kit you would like and I will pop everything in the post. Have a fantastic day out xx

Win!!! Tickets to Sewing for Pleasure NEC Birmingham

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March is going to be a very busy month. We have the Knitting and Stitching Show in London followed almost immediately by Sewing for Pleasure at the NEC Birmingham. We have not done this show before but visited last year and it was packed with inspirational exhibits as well as a great selection of fabrics and haberdashery.

If you would like a chance to win a pair of tickets as well as a mini beadwork kit and frame, a new chunky cross stitch or a beaded woodpecker kit, simply comment here or drop me a line via the contact page on the website or by email
epavier@annsorchard.co.uk

These tickets are valid on all days of the show 15th to 18th March 2018.

All entries need to be in by midnight Saturday 10th February and two lucky winners will be drawn on Sunday 11th February 2018 – Good Luck and if you are coming along give us a wave on C21 x

Olympia Knitting and Stitching Winners

Horrah, we have some winners for the Knitting and Stitching Show tickets, many congratulations to Trudy, Linda and Susanna. Please contact me to ket me know which minibeadwork, chunky cross stitch or new woodpecker kit you would like and I will pop everything in the post. Have a fantastic day out and please give us a wave at A42.

In the meantime, please keep an eye open for the Sewing for Please at NEC tickets I will be giving away in the coming week. It is a new show for me so I am excited at the thought of seeing both familiar faces as well as meeting a whole new audience.

Winners Olympia tickets 2018

Win!!! Tickets to the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, Olympia

Olympia Tickets 2018

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it must have been playing on my mind as I started scribbling and then stitching roses this week. The design is quite traditional and entirely in cross stitch, not a bead to be seen!!! Fingers crossed it should be ready to bring along to the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, Olympia, 1st to 4th March 2018.

I really like this show. It is smaller than the autumn offering at Alexandra Palace but there is still the same inspirational work in the textile galleries and it is a great opportunity to stock up on lovely fabrics, yarns and haberdashery for the coming year.

If you would like a chance to win a pair of tickets as well as a mini beadwork kit and frame, a new chunky cross stitch or a beaded woodpecker kit, simply comment here or drop me a line via the contact page on the website or by email
epavier@annsorchard.co.uk

These tickets are valid on Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd and Sunday 4th March.

All entries need to be in by midnight Friday 2nd February and three lucky winners will be drawn on Saturday 3rd February 2018 – Good Luck and if you are coming along give us a wave on A42 x

Printing Love Bears

Bear Screen Print

It is almost a year since I stitched a little hoop embroidery bear as a Valentine’s gift for my husband. This little bear has received a lot of love on social media and at the textile shows so by popular demand I have finally started to create a hoop embroidery kit.

One aspect of a new kit is new packaging and I really wanted to create a bag that would be both appealing and prove useful once the hoop embroidery was finished. I found some soft, white cotton, drawstring bags and plumped for screen printing the design on the front. I am the proud owner of a screen printing jig, emulsions and frames but I have to admit I have not yet plucked up the courage to use them! And I have chickened out yet again, choosing the option of a custom made Thermofax screen. These screens are made using 3M’s photocopying technology from the 1950s. A pure black and white image is exposed to Riso film, a heat sensitive plastic on a polyester mesh, to rapidly create a ‘silkscreen’ without the need for the photosensitive chemicals. The only possible downside is that the technology is not suitable for creating large solid print areas. However, with some clever use of hatching and textured lines it is possible to create areas of light and shade within an image.

Once I had drawn my bear on the computer I simply sent the image as a JPEG file to http://www.thermofaxscreens.co.uk and within 24 hours, and at very reasonable cost, I had my screen. I have to admit it took another day to finally test the screen but what a revelation, with some beautifully coloured textile paints from http://www.pickprettypaints.com I managed to get a perfect image first on paper and then on the cotton bags. It was quite interesting that the image was stronger on paper, possibly because it absorbed the paint more efficiently but two passes with the squeegee seemed to transfer well to the cotton.

Now to create a second screen with a less detailed bear to print on the linen for stitching, write some instructions and fingers crossed this little bear will be able to make his first outing at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, Olympia, 1st to 4th March 2018.

Crochet Christmas Pudding Bauble

Crochet Pudding

It is almost the end of another year during which I have been so grateful for all your support and encouragement.

This year, as a very small thank you, I have designed a crochet Christmas pudding bauble. It is made using DMC natura cotton and you should be able to get three or four from a single ball of yarn. However, feel free to raid your stash, use some chunky yarn for a full size pudding, add some beads to give the impression of dried fruit or make lots to create a garland. At only 2.5″ in diameter you should be able to squeeze a few in before Christmas – this year!

For full instructions and pattern please click on the link to the PDF file.

You are very welcome to share this pattern with family and friends.

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Crochet Christmas Pudding