Designer Edge with Ulla-Stina Wikander

So you can’t afford a Van Gogh! So what? You can always stitch one in tapestry form. And if you are Ulla-Stina Wikander, you can then cut up your finished masterpiece and use the oddments to cover your vacuum cleaner. Or telephone, or typewriter, or pram. Or…. by Susan Hurley That might sound like stitching […]

Designer Profile: Nicole Vos van Avezathe

Designer Profile: Nicole Vos van Avezathe

Getting to know … NICOLE VOS VAN AVEZATHE Being European, do you love cosy days inside in winter or do you dream of swaying palm trees and golden beaches in the tropics? I’m definitely more a fall/winter person. The idea of snuggling under a quilt with a book is more appealing to me than lying […]


28 Best-in-the-west Textile Ranges Patterns

By Janai Velez Yippee ki-yay! We’ve saddled up and headed straight to cowboy country to corral best-in-the-west textile ranges. They will spur you into creative action! Left to right: 1. Windham Fabrics ‘Ranch Hands’ 42579-1, designed by Whistler Studios. Distributed by Leutenegger. 2. Windham Fabrics ‘Ranch Hands’ 42582-4, designed by Whistler Studios. Distributed by Leutenegger. 3. Moda […]

Secret treasures of the Poos Collection

Secret treasures of the Poos Collection

By Kay and Lori Lee Triplett Check out our sewing patterns! One of the largest privately held quilt and textile collections in the world, The Poos Collection, was named to honour our grandmother, Martha Poos. She was an avid quiltmaker who taught both of us to quilt, however most of the quilts in the collection were not […]

Shape Cut Plus by June Tailor

Shape Cut Plus by June Tailor

Driven by Michelle Marvig The Shape Cut Plus is just one in a series of rulers in this style by June Tailor. The rulers are made of a heavy plastic that is firm, but not rigid like your normal rulers. They have a succession of slots along their length, into which you place your rotary […]


Left-Handed Crafting Guide

Between 10 and 15 per cent of the population is left-handed, and most tools, utensils and other industrial and household items are designed to suit right-handed users. We can’t help with kettles and power drills, but read on to find out how to embroider, sew, knit, crochet, cut and iron as a left-handed crafting guru. […]


30 Delft Design Fabrics

Taking cues from classic Delft design, these beautiful fabrics soothe the eye, calm the spirit and speak of the incomparable charms of mixed blues and white. Compiled by Janai Velez Jennifer Murray’s appliqué quilt pattern combines simplicity and symmetry Top L – R Clockwise: Northcott ‘Porcelain Blue’ 20694-10, designed by Deborah Edwards Northcott Studio. Distributed by Lloyd Curzon […]

6 Steps To Embroidery Watchmaking Project

6 Steps To Embroidery Watchmaking Project

Here’s a timeless example of embroidery meets watchmaking. Frenchwoman Sylvie Deschamps is an acclaimed embroiderer who has collaborated with luxury jewellery brand Piaget with ultra-creative results. Reinterpreting the Yves Piaget rose motif on the dial of the Piaget Altiplano watch, she used needle and thread and the micro-pointillism technique to create the effect she was […]


Designer Edge: Liz Cooksey And Her Embroidery Artwork

We look at Liz Cooksey’s embroidery artworks which free birds from behind bars but retain the beauty of feather-soft fabrics and yarns juxtaposed against rigid wirework. By Janai Velez Her tiny winged creatures clearly like the idea as much as we do, sticking around to perch on the metal framework, rather than taking flight. Katrina […]


Designer Profile On Michelle Holmes and her Betty Embroidery Series

Let it be said that all of Michelle Holmes creative work is inspiring and unique, as is her stables studio.By Susan Hurley But in the interest of conserving text space here, we’re going to concentrate on Michelle Holmes charming Betty series of embroideries, which completely win your heart. They’re the fusion of yesterday’s storybooks and […]