|Photo by Jerry Khiev of Island Batik|
Saturday, 29 April 2023
Cut Glass Pickle Dish Workshop
Friday, 21 April 2023
Aurifil Thread Labs
This monthly education subscription program runs from July to December 2023. If you were a member of the Colour Builder program, it will operate in a similar manner. Over the course of the six months, you will receive and learn how to use all Aurifil thread weights and will also learn some techniques from Aurifil designers. Each box will include a thread assortment and instructions including a QR code which can be scanned to gain access to the educational materials and projects. Subscription cost is $125.00/month, billed monthly when the threads are ready to ship. 100% of the cost is for product included in the box; the education portion of the box is complimentary and can only be accessed by purchasing the boxes. Your enrollment in the program must be confirmed by May 10, 2023, and you will receive your first box in July. Please email to sign up.
As many of you know, I am not just a retailer for Aurifil, I am also a dedicated user, and have years of personal experience with all of these threads. I will be working through the program with you, and am always available to answer any questions you may have, via phone or email.
We are happy to ship across Canada, however there will be a small charge for shipping. The amount will be determined shortly when I receive the weight and dimensions of the boxes, but just know that it will be a subsidized rate, and as fair as it can be for both of us. As always, you can add any extra threads to each order with no additional shipping cost– it will be a flat rate regardless of what is shipped.
Deadline for registration is May 10/23 and orders need to be in then, so if you are interested, kindly let me know before then so you don’t miss out. I am really looking forward to learning more tips and techniques to take my thread journey to new heights! Email me sewkaren at eastlink.ca
Wednesday, 15 March 2023
Space is Limited
Well...imagine my surprise to learn that my blog is at capacity, and I either need to stop writing so much, or delete some old posts to continue. I am opting for the latter, so please be patient while I work away at getting my house in order! In the meantime, please visit me on Facebook (@sewkarenlycreated) and Instagram (@sewkarenly). Hope to see you back here soon! :) ~Karen
Tuesday, 22 November 2022
Poinsettia Stitchery Kits
With snow on the ground and the neighbourhood decorations going up, it's starting to feel like it's time we get serious with our gift lists. If you are like me, you want to include something hand made... or hand-makeable. These small stitcheries work up very quickly, by hand or machine. (Mine are all done on the sewing machine).
A simple poinsettia shape is outline stitched in 12 weight Aurifil thread. You trace the design onto your fabric and layer with batting and backing as you would a quilt.
Set your regular sewing machine up as for free motion quilting, and use either 40 or 50 weight thread in your bobbin. For the needle, choose a size 100/16 TOPSTITCH needle, and thread your machine with the 12 weight thread. It's always good to do a tension test before beginning; you may need to lower your top tension just a smidge to accommodate the thicker thread. Then just colour on the lines with your thread. It's that simple!
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Thursday, 29 September 2022
Quilter's World: Poinsettia Centrepiece
Sometimes life circles back on itself...
When I started designing quilts professionally, my first submission (back in...cough...1989) was to Quick & Easy Quilting magazine. The pattern was for a set of placemats using Seminole piecing. Then editor Sandra Hatch accepted the design for publication and contacted me again to ask would I be interested in doing a regular column on that technique? Writing that column (pre-internet, and on my typewriter with hand-drawn piecing diagrams) spanned the next 12 years, and was a wonderful, wonderful learning experience. Eventually, three sister publications merged into a new and revised format, called Quilter's World. One of my designs appeared in the very first issue of Quilter's World, and made the cover for the second issue of the magazine, in Feb 2003.
"Merry Quilted Christmas".
Monday, 26 September 2022
Monday, 29 August 2022
Carol's Endangered Species
Saturday, 6 August 2022
For the final day of this year's Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival I've filled the line with socks!There is nothing that feels better on your feet than a pair of homemade wool socks! Here are some beauties made mostly by others, but some by me (I've given away most of the ones I've made!). On the left, these fancy colourful socks were knitted by Beth Munroe of Mrs Pugsley's Emporium Inc, a woman of many talents! The next two pairs were made by Lou Harrington, who is seldom without a pair of needles in her hands. The red ones with the tulip embroidered on the heels are the best socks I've ever worn, and sadly they are showing how much I've enjoyed them. Next to Lou's teal pair are a trio made for hubby by family members. His sister Fay did the variegated spiral socks, and his Mom made him (and everyone!) a pair of fine wool cable socks every Christmas. If you zoom in you can see where he has darned the heels and toes on one pair. (Imagine: a man who darns his own socks!!) The next 4 pairs were knitted by my Mom, the smaller ones for the boys and the red toed ones for me. When she finally had to hang up her needles, I knit her the natural coloured ones to wear in bed to keep her feet warm. The final 3 pairs on the right are also made by me, the heavy wool socks for hubby's curling shoes. And yes...there are needles sticking out of the pair on the right as they are NOT QUITE finished yet! (Second sock syndrome is real.)
Friday, 5 August 2022
It was fun to hang out these miniature quilts as part of the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival "Hang Out" days.
L-R, a mini heart log cabin, and a daffodil stitched as a test block for a larger quilt. Third from the left is a miniature version of Maritime Beauty, the class I am teaching today. I think the blocks are 2". The colourful one is made from silk shirts purchased at Frenchy's, and the red and white is a mini version of X and O. The Amish nine-patch is from my early days, as it's hand quilted. The beauty on the right is an exquisite piece made by my exchange partner Terry McCloskey in 2018. We took part in an International Miniature Quilt Exchange organized by The Quilt Show. Terry's quilt is all hand-pieced and quilted with tiny stitches, and features the most perfect mitred corners I've seen. I admire Terry's workmanship a great deal.
Thursday, 4 August 2022
I love how makers share their special talents and there's always a story connected to each piece.
Wednesday, 3 August 2022
I Hung Out My Aprons For The Festival!
My clothesline today features hand made aprons...which you can see are all well loved and well used!From left to right in the top picture is one given to me by Diane Shink .It was made in Ghana, and is lined with a flour sack.
The blue and pink aprons were both gifted to me on my first Christmas as a married woman (the blue one was made by Mom, who preferred a half-apron, and the pink over-the-head one by my mother-in-law Myrna. I guess both of them figured (correctly, as it turns out) that I would be a messy cook.) The next two were made by my sons in their Grade 7 Home Economics classes. Peter's features a Sponge Bob Square Pants print, and Patrick's plain green one has his name written boldly with marker across the pocket. I don't know how either of them passed this class!
The white apron on the far right is a real treasure which my Mom entrusted to me. It was made by my great-grandmother (Mrs Davie (Christina) Patterson) in her church sewing circle and the fine threads and fabric mean it was her "dress" apron.The apron was passed to my Gram, and I remember Gram showing it to me when I was little, along with the picture of the Ladies Aid. She said that her mother was wearing the apron at the time of the picture, but the photographer made the women in the front row remove their aprons. You can see some in the back row still wearing theirs.
As much as I would have loved her to be wearing the apron in this photo, at least it gives the date of 1912 so I know it's at least that old.