Last year, looking for quick and unique gifts, I stitched up this cute little poinsettia mat using Aurifil 12 weight thread. It was fun to do, and I ended up making several of them.I printed the pattern and instructions, and put together little Aurifil thread kits, perfect for Christmas stitching and gifting. Last year these were the Christmas special at the various pop-up shops and venues where I was vending, but this year being what it is, they are now available from the website.
Friday, 4 December 2020
Thursday, 26 November 2020
It’s not “last call” for the 2021 Aurifil Color Builders program, but it *IS* last call for the early bird pricing. To take advantage of guaranteed 2020 prices, orders must be in no later than 8 am (AT) on November 30th. This fabulous thread-of-the-month program includes 12 curated boxes of 3 large spools of Aurifil 40 weight Mako cotton thread, a foundation piecing pattern, and an embroidery design all to benefit endangered species world wide.
Contactless pickup is available for the threads, or you can have them delivered to your door.
I will be participating in the program, and sewing along each month. If you'd like to join in, please email me for more details. karen at karenneary.ca
Tuesday, 17 November 2020
As you may have read on the Aurifil blog, the Colour Builders program for 2021 has been announced, and sign-ups are now being accepted. The Colour Builders program is a no-fuss monthly subscription service hosted by your favorite Aurifil thread dealer – that's me! – whereby you receive a curated selection of threads each month, paper-piecing and embroidery patterns using the theme and colours, AND help out a worthy cause while building your thread stash. It’s a win all around!
The Colour Builders program is modeled on a BOM concept, except you receive thread and a pattern each month instead of fabric.
You can check out these links on the Aurifil blog to see the threads and read more about the program:
If you are interested, kindly let me know asap so I can add your name to my list. We would love to have you join in!
Friday, 13 November 2020
Christmas gifting is as much about the present-ation as it is the present, and with this quick and easy scrap-busting project, you get both. Who doesn't need a mug rug, especially when they come as sweetly packaged as these?! You can turn your mug rugs into lollipops...
- 2 strips each of 3 colours, each 2" x WOF (a total of 6, 2" strips.) A light, medium, and a dark work well. (If you don't have WOF strips, just seam together enough shorter pieces to measure around 42". The joins don't show in the finished project.)
- neutral 50 weight sewing thread (Aurifil of course!) 2600 Dove Grey is perfect.
- if stitching by machine, a size 16/100 JEANS needle.
- 1 piece of clear cellophane 16" x 18".
- 1 large safety pin.
- 1 small clip (a clothespin works).
- scrap of fabric for ties (or pretty satin ribbon). 20" per tie is a good length.
(The reason you don't join the strips together at the beginning is because it makes it slow and awkward, as the ends get all tangled together as you braid. Using one strip of each colour at a time and joining as needed is actually quicker in the long run.)
Monday, 9 November 2020
Last December, I was asked to make a Remembrance Day parament for First Baptist Church in Amherst. This beautiful church is located downtown right next to the cenotaph and hosts the indoor part of the Remembrance Day service each year, right after the wreath laying.