Give-Away: Joyful Stitching Book

songbirddetailHand embroidery on wool is so easy on the hands. Thread glides through the cloth with each stitch and knots hide in the bulky fabric. In the Rare Songbird project from my new book, Joyful Stitching, I use a hand-dyed wool for the background.

The Songbird is stitched on a beautiful blue wool dyed by Tracy Trevethan. The Wooly Ladies also carry wool suitable for hand work as do many of your local quilt shops.

wool3Another option is to dismantle that old wool coat you have in the closet and use it for stitchery. You’ll want to wash it and felt it before stitching. Here’s how to felt the wool:

  • Place the fabric in the washing machine with really hot water.
  • Set the machine to the fastest agitation setting.
  • Wash the wool with a little bit of detergent and a cold water rinse.
  • Throw it in the dryer or air dry the fabric.

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And now the the Give-Away part!

Leave a comment on my blog today and you may be the lucky winner of my new book, Joyful Stitching. The winner will be announced next Thursday.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.

Needle Weaving and Give-Away Winner

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Tasty Bite of Apple (detail) from Joyful Stitching by Laura Wasilowski

Want to build texture and hide the background fabric with embroidery stitches at the same time? Try Needle Weaving. This stitch is a combination of embroidery and weaving (without the loom). Here you see heavy patches of Needle Weaving using a Size 8 Asters pearl cotton thread . The variegated Asters thread gives lots of festive color to the humble tabby weave. Isn’t it cute?

needleweaving4To complete your Needle Weaving you may need a long stretch of time. I suggest a good movie or engrossing book on tape. What ever you do, don’t needle weave in the car! (Ask me how I know.) Here are directions for Needle Weaving.

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And the lucky winners of our wool and thread give-away for the Tasty Bite of Apple project from my new book, Joyful Stitching are Judith M. and Denise W. I’ll contact you soon.Congratulations!

Give Away: Purple Wool and Thread

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Tasty Bite of Apple from Joyful Stitching by Laura Wasilowski

There is a poem that begins “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple”. Well, being a young filly, I’ve changed it to “When I am a young filly I shall stitch on purple”.

The wool fabric for the Tasty Bite of Apple project in Joyful Stitching, was picked for the stunning way it shows off the threads. Purple is a perfect backdrop for colorful threads. It really lets the hand embroidery stitches shine.

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And now the the Give-Away part. Leave a comment on my blog today and you may be the lucky winner of this gorgeous purple wool fabric. It comes with Asters Size 8 thread and a thread ring. I’ll announce the winner next Thursday.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.

Satin and Cross and Give-Away Winner

joyfulstitchingembroiderydiThere are 21 embroidery stitches illustrated in my new book, Joyful Stitching. I’ve found these to be the most useful stitches for free-form embroidery projects. Most are simple, easy stitches but I’ve added a few zingers to liven things up. With detailed step-by-step written directions and images showing how to make the stitches, you can’t go wrong.

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Rare Songbird (detail) by Laura Wasilowski from Joyful Stitching

Lets say you are making a bird with very attractive legs. Then the Satin Stitch and the Cross-Stitch are a perfect combination. Put together, they make a lovely striped pattern that any bird would envy. Heck, I’d like to have striped legs like that! Here’s how to make the Satin Stitches and Cross-Stitches for your next bird leg adventure.

giveaway1And the lucky winners (I couldn’t resist giving away 2 sets of the blue wool and orange thread) for the Rare Songbird project are Janet of dragonflyquilts and Lesley G.   Congratulations! May your bird legs always be attractive.

What You Can Stitch in 3 Hours

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Student work from Sisters, OR

Will you be at Quilt Expo in Madison WI this September? I hope so! I’m teaching 2 half-day classes of Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool. Here you see what my students created in that same class in a few hours in Sister, OR.

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More student work from Daytona.

Join me and you’ll learn how to transfer your own design to wool, about needles and threads for your project, and how to combine stitches to built texture and pattern. It’s a fun, relaxing class.

woolclassYou’ll get a kit packed with wool swatches, threads, needles, and a book with stitch directions. All you need is a pair of scissors and a thimble. Hope to see you there!