Friday Flashback – Gone Fishing – New Free Design Offer

Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.

This week I am bringing you the Gone Fishing collection.

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I began this collection at Christmas 2008. I was up at Mum and Dad’s in Sydney, and I was bored (having to be at home by myself with the kids for a few hours each day whilst they had naps etc).  I had been searching on the internet, and fell in love with the artwork based around fishermen.

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I have always felt that there are not many great men embroidery designs around, and certainly not for older men. This collection spoke to me, as Dad is a keen fisherman, and up until 2 years ago, would spend a month away, at one end of Australia or another with his friends and cousins, all fishing.

Whilst the designs for this collection are relatively simple, there is a lot of detail involved, and most of these designs have around the 16K stitch count.

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I believe these designs look like somebody has gone about with a sketchbook, and created the designs, and from this, I coined the term “Sketch Stitch”. From a digitising point of view, the skill is in the layering of the designs, to avoid thread trimming and jump stitches, certain colours are worked first, with then more detail colours building up on the design as it progresses.

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Whilst it looks simple, each of these designs took approximately 20 hours to digitise, ensuring that the top threads covered the bottom threads correctly, and I am incredibly proud of the way I have managed to minimise the jump stitches in these designs.

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Once I had created the designs, the next step was to create some projects! Over the same Christmas break at Mum & Dad’s, I found a fabric sale (mum knows all the best places), and on their Christmas fabric sale rack, they had a mustard and red fabric, each with a string of green and blue running through them.  I immediately picked up the fabric, and added in a dusky blue, taupe and green to create a masculine look.

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I was so impressed with how the quilt came together, that as well as making the single bed quilt, I made a lap rug, and a wallhanging as well.

A few months later, when mum and dad came down to visit (on dad’s way to his fishing holiday), I pulled the quilt out to show dad, and told him how he inspired it. There was a little mis-communication, and Dad thought I was giving him the quilt to take fishing – I wasn’t!

Probably my favourite design/project from this collection however is the “Old Fisherman” wallhanging. I have made these over and over again as gifts for friends of my parents, and it is always well received.

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Initially we gave away a fish on a hook design HERE as a freebie with the Gone Fishing designs. As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering a second design – a great image of a fish coming out of the water – as a free download.  Simply click HERE to collect your copy.

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Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.

Free Project – Bearing Love Pyjama Bag

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Weather you use them for pyjamas, or for storing something special, this bag/hanger is great for storage, and looks so special.  When my children were young, I had one of these hung next to the change table, with their pyjamas in it, so that I always knew where the pyjamas were.  I also thought this would be a great storage space for nappies etc near the change table.

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Instructions

  1. Take the homespun, and fold in half lengthwise. Cut so that you have two separate pieces, 20 x 22”
  2. Place the coat hanger onto the fabric, and trace around the top of the coat hanger.
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  3. Extend the arc of the coat hanger across the width of the fabric.
  4. Adding a 1cm (5/8”) seam allowance, cut around the arc.
  5. Put aside one piece of the pyjama bag (this will become the back)
  6. Using the other pyjama bag piece, measure 4” down from the bottom of the curve, and cut across.
  7. Embroider the Heart design on the top curved piece of homespun.
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  8. Once embroidery is complete, remove the stabiliser and press.
  9. Fold up the bottom hem ¼” twice and stitch to encase the raw edge.
  10. Take the bottom piece of fabric, and embroider the bear with hearts design in the centre of the fabric.
  11. Once the embroidery is complete, remove the stabiliser and press.
  12. Fold down the top hem ¼” twice and stitch to encase the raw edge.
  13. Take the 10 scraps of fabric and join together to form one long strip 4 ½” tall.
  14. Join the strip to the bottom of the embroidered piece. Press
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  15. Take the back of the pyjama bag, and lay down with right side facing up.
  16. Place the curved piece face down on top of the back and pin.
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  17. Take the bottom embroidered piece and place face down to match up the bottom (there will be some overhang of these two pieces). Pin and stitch all around the bag, leaving a 1cm opening at the top of the curve for the coat hanger to slide through.
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  18. Turn the pyjama bag through to the right side, and press with a hot iron.
  19. Insert the coat hanger to complete.

I hope you have enjoyed this project, and I look forward to seeing the projects you create with these great designs.

 

Friday Flashback – Bearing Love – Includes New Freebie Design

Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.

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This week I am bringing you the Bearing Love collection.

I am loving looking back at different designs, and being able to see as I learnt new techniques in digitising. I am also finding that as I am taking an in-depth look back, I am re-visiting some of these techniques for new collections.  For the Bearing Love collection, it was all about the furry jagged outline, giving the impression of real fur.  I also love the delicacy of the stitching on the hearts and wings of the bears.  It really does give an impression of sweetness, whilst still adding colour.

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As always, this collection started off with falling in love with a set of artwork, and these chubby bears were just the thing.

I wanted to create a collection that was perfect for a baby’s bedroom, and that was quick to stitch out. I am still so happy with this result.

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There are 18 different designs in the Bearing Love collection (22 designs, however a few merge together to create 1 actual design). I found once I began, I could not stop.  And the exact same thing happened once I began creating projects for this collection.

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I started with the quilt. Initially I had simply planned to make a wall-hanging quilt for a child’s room, however as the quilt took shape, I felt that I just had to continue.  I then added an upper and lower panel, which would have made it a lap rug size, and then finally added the last two panels making it single bed size.

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The quilt came together for me in a single weekend. I can remember sitting at the sewing machine on a Sunday afternoon, and asking the wonderful Edward to put dinner on so that I could do some of the quilting to finish the quilt off.

Once the quilt was complete, I was on a roll, and found myself creating a pillowcase (the kids still use this one), a library bag, wallhanging, tissue box, towel, photo album, table runner and pyjama bag. So many of these samples are still in my sample boxes, and I really love looking at them throughout the years.

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At the time of creating this collection, I hadn’t heard of a product called Iridescent Embroidery Film, or Mylar. However this is one of those collections that easily lends itself to the medium.  The Iridescent Embroidery Film would so easily work under the wings and hearts, adding to the overall look of the designs.

Initially we gave away a double heart design (available HERE) as a freebie with the Bearing Love designs.  As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering a second Bearing Love design, one of these amazing teddies, as a free download.  Simply click HERE to collect your copy.

Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.

Free Project – Crewel Embroidery Makeup Bag

I love this makeup case.  It is large bright and cheerful, and yet has a real retro feel to it.  I have used the crewel intentions designs around the edge of mine.  The zipper is easy to put in, and every person you gift one of these bags to will love it!

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Requirements

  • 90cm fabric (I suggest an even weave, stable fabric, such as homespun, cotton, or silk if you want a more luxurious look)
  • 9”x35” piece of iron on pellum.
  • 28”/70cm continuous zipper (available from most habby outlets) – pick a colour that co-ordinates with your fabric
  • Sewing thread to match the colour of the fabric you have chosen.
  • 15cm piece of bias binding to match the fabric colour
  • 1 sheet of cardboard
  • Spray adhesive
  • Hot glue gun
  • Crewel Intentions by Julie Hall Designs
  • Embroidery threads (I have used Mettler Threads Pink – 2300, Green – 9932, Purple – 2900, Yellow – 0520, Orange – 0800)

 

  1. Download the pattern from the free section of Julie Hall Designs.  Using the pattern, cut out each pattern piece 1 x front 1 x lining 1 x pellum 4 x top/base 2 x cardboard.
  2. Working on the front/main pattern piece, taking note of where the embroidery should go, embroider down the length of the fabric.
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  3. Take the iron-on pellum and iron onto the wrong side of the embroidery.
  4. Take the lining, and with right sides together, lay the lining on top of the embroidery.
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  5. Referring to the pattern, and using a chalk pen, transfer the line from the pattern to the fabric.
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  6. Using the chalk line as a guide and centre point, stitch down 5mm on either side, turning at the end to create a rectangle. (I have used a contrast thread here to show the stitching).
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  7. Using a pair of sharp scissors, slit through the chalk line to open out the rectangle.
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  8. Pull the lining through to the wrong side, and press.
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  9. Attach the zipper to the back of the lining, stitching through all layers.
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  10. Trim the rectangle back to being 30” long
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  11. With right sides together, stitch the sides of the rectangle together.
  12. Stitch the bias binding along the seam line to hide the exposed seam.
  13. Take the cardboard template and cut out two bases.
  14. Using the fabric base and top pattern piece, cut 4 bases out of fabric.
  15. Use the spray adhesive to spray the cardboard templates – press onto two of the fabric pieces, and glue the edges under.
  16. Create the handle for the case by cutting out the handle pattern, and folding the fabric in half. Stitch down the side, and pull through so that right sides are showing.
  17. Fold the raw edges of the handles inside the handle, and pin and stitch onto the case lid, pulling up slightly so that a stand up handle look is achieved.
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  18. Take the vanity case top (one with the handle), and marking up the quarter points, pin right sides together.
  19. Stitch top of the case onto the sides, and then repeat with the bottom.
  20. Give the entire bag a good press, focusing on the top and bottom joins.
  21. Using the hot glue gun, glue the cardboard panels into the top and bottom.
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Friday Flashback – Crewel Intentions – New Freebie Added

Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.

This week I am bringing you the Crewel Intentions collection.

I love this collection, and the bright and joyous look that you can achieve with these designs. I initially began looking at a crewel embroidery collection a few months before I began these designs, after I found a book of classic embroidery designs and stitches at mums place.  I borrowed the book, and had been attempting to re-create some of the beautiful stitches , and was finally happy with what I was creating.

The Crewel Intentions collection consists of 11 different crewel work designs, all based around a floral theme. In creating these designs, I have attempted to emulate some of the bost basic of embroidery stitches.  For example, in one design, I have a version of a lazy daisy stitch, whilst in another there is a simulated weave thread.

I really loved the texture that these designs created. With the different levels of stitch density, the designs manage to be quick to stitch, whilst still having a luxe look.  I also love the way that you can use very bright modern colours, and still have a design with a traditional look.  I am a huge fan of bright colours, and these designs look so amazing on a black background.

Once I had created the designs, there was naturally the question of how I was going to use the designs to best highlight them.

A friend of mine – Sue Templeton, was also a huge fan of these designs, and she and her then teenage granddaughter used them to create a gorgeous quilt. I always loved the colours for the fabrics that were chosen for this quilt, and how even using a traditional style design, you can create a very modern looking quilt.

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For another project, I decided to create a makeup bag. These designs lent themselves very well for creating a continuous design, and I used these designs for creating a continuous look of design, around the side of a traditional looking makeup bag.

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Another project that I created with these designs was a simple bag. I upped the luxury value of the bag by creating it in silks, and at the time I used colours to go with an outfit for a wedding (at this stage I still needed a reasonably large bag even when going out without the kids).

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I really love the flexibility of these designs, having used them on quilts, bags, cushions, and t-shirts over the years, I can certainly say they are one of my most used design collections. Simply change out the colours to suit whatever you are co-ordinating with, and you will have designs that work perfectly.

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crewel butterfly – free design

 

Initially we gave away a Crewelwork Butterfly HERE as a freebie with the Crewel Intentions designs. As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering a second Crewel Intentions design as a free download.  Simply click HERE to collect your copy.

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free design available for the next two weeks on juliehalldesigns.com

 

Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.

Free Embroidery Project – Deco Candlewicking Table Centrepiece

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We all love new toys, and one of my recent purchases has been the double mitre ruler from The Sewing Revolution. So when I was creating a great new set of art deco candlewicking designs, I really wanted to create an elegant  shaped table centrepiece.  If you don’t have (or don’t want) a double mitre ruler, you can still easily create a magnificent table centrepiece and bind it like a quilt.  I hope you enjoy these lovely new designs.

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Instructions

  1. Load your embroidery design into your machine.
  2. Print out template for the centrepiece, and pierce holes in the centre points.
  3. Take the 19” squares of linen and pellum, and lay the linen on top of the pellum. Take the template and mark up the hooping positions with a lead or disappearing pencil.
  4. One at a time, hoop the linen, pellum and stabiliser, and embroider the 6 designs onto the linen.
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  5. Once the embroidery is complete, remove any excess stabiliser, and press with a hot iron.
  6. Cut fabric down to a octagon (8 sides), with an across width of 17”
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  7. Take the 24” square of linen, press with an ironing aid, and trim down to an octagon with a 22½” across width.
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  8. Use the sewing revolution tool to correctly measure in the sides of the octagon.
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  9. Stitch, press, and place the embroidered piece inside.
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  10. Hand stitch, or use a decorative machine stitch to complete.

 

Friday Flashback – Deco Candlewicking – New Freebie – and how Victor/Victoria inspired this collection

Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.

This week I am bringing you the Deco Candlewicking collection.

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Art Deco has always been a huge influence on me. The wonderful Edward (husband) jokes that I would love him more if he was 100 years old.  Most of my furniture is from this period, with the jewels in our furniture crown being the sideboard from my grandmother, and a beautiful 1920’s table that we picked up on ebay for $50.

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When I saw this artwork up for sale, I immediately jumped on it. As per usual, I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but I “needed” it.

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It was a good couple of months later that I came up with the idea. We were on holidays up in Queensland, and one of the kid’s wasn’t able to sleep, so I was up in the lounge room of the unit we were staying in, with Emma on my lap, scrolling through the TV channels.  As I was scrolling, I found the movie Victor Victoria, and the beautiful sets that were used in the movie had me hooked (this movie has been a favourite since I was about 12, and I still watch it about once a year).

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if you look in the background of this picture, you can see the amazing curve of the wall, the gorgeous rounded table, and the screen.  All examples of beautiful art deco furniture and styling.

 

I love the lusciousness of the 1920’s, and this is what I have attempted to re-create. As well as the shapes included in this collection being classic Deco, the dense satin stitches have a lustre, adding depth and richness to the designs, without overpowering.  The candlewick elements give texture, and added interest.

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As soon as I finished these designs, I wanted to play. Over the years I have used these designs over and over again.  I have made many handbags over the years, with the Deco Candlewick designs as the feature.  Working with the cream on cream theme, I have created a beautiful table centrepiece.

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Probably my favourite piece of all of the creations I have made with these designs would be the quilt top. I had taught a class on these designs, and one participant had suggested that candlewick HAD to be tone on tone, and that tone should be cream.  Now I am a contrary person, and naturally this challenged me.  I immediately then chose to create a quilt in black with the candlewick designs.  To make it more fun, I found the brightest colours that I could find.  I love this quilt, and regularly receive compliments on the colours used.

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Initially we gave away a Deco Candlewicking Heart HERE as a freebie with the Deco Candlewicking designs. As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering a second Deco Candlewicking design as a free download.  Simply click HERE to collect your copy.

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current free design available on our website

 

Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.