September 25, 2011

Thoughts of Quilted Sugar Plums

Posted in Techniques and Materials tagged , , , , , , , , , at 10:46 pm by satinmoon

The leaves are turning
and it’ s time for me to find the
greatest inspirations for your fall quilting and gift making.

My favourite two  newest books  are :
published by  Lark Crafts.
This one is especially terrific for the under 30 crowd …both as inspiration and great gift giving .
The projects are quick, fun and trendy.
The projects  include stitchery,
patchwork, accessories and
and home dec .

Since its debut, the Pretty Little series has been a pretty big success–and this “best of” compilation presents 100 charming and totally easy needlearts projects from the previous eight books. From cozies, mini-quilts, and organic cotton pillows to pincushions, potholders, patchwork, purses and pouches, these stitched items feature the latest trends in fabric, design, and embellishment, Practical, adorable, and perfect to keep or give as a gift, every appealing.

You can try out a free project and see if you enjoy their style!

by Interweave Press is perfect if you love  hand  work.

Bringing together simple techniques and beautiful natural fabrics with elegant but easy-to-work designs, this workbook offers first-time stitchers and experienced embroiderers alike a hands-on guide for injecting garments and accessories with a marvelous palette of color. Simple hand-worked embroidery, exquisite natural fabrics, and several cross-craft techniques combine to create 12 striking projects with 20 elegant and contemporary designs.

The embroidery projects, each presented with step-by-step instructions and color illustrations, include a floral motif on a pair of Mexican-style espadrilles, a bull’s-eye pillow created in multicolored wool appliqu+, a beaded evening bag, a crazy patchwork cover for books and pillows, a heart appliqu+ quilt for a children’s bed, traditional floral motifs for a shirt or pair of jeans, and a flame-stitch canvas pillow.

There are many luscious opportunities to use Valdani , Lecien and Kreinik  embroidery threads, on  Lecien linen and gorgeous  Wooly lady hand felted and hand dyed wools.

I’m already excited about Christmas pleasures!



  1. penny said,

    liking the book. will have to come down and take a closer look.

  2. Kreinikgirl said,

    Beautiful! Please share any photos of projects you have made with Kreinik ( – we would love to see them!

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