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Stitches June - July 2017

More than just another quilting mag! Every issue contains quilting, knitting, crochet, embroidery, stitchcraft and sewing projects. If you use a needle to create it, you will find it between the pages of Stitches. Suitable for needlecraft enthusiasts of all skill levels, with projects for yourself, your home or to use for gifts. Five issues per year.

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yum yum

I like Winter. Not so much the cold but because I have an excuse to have as much soup as I like! Most of my family are unfortunately not great soup eaters as they want to know if they are going to get "proper" food for dinner! Me - I can have it every day, all day - whatever flavour is available. So for those of you who are also soup lovers I am looking for the ultimate bean soup recipe. If you have one that you have had in the family for years - do send it to me to try. With Winter here we have a lot of creating that you can do indoors, knitting and crocheting next to the fireplace, sewing and quilting and of course sipping soup!…

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lets go sailing!

Requirements Fabric: • 1.50 m white • 1 m dark blue/purple • 50 cm bright green • A FQ each of bright red, and two different oranges: a dark and a medium • 40" x 50" batting and backing fabric • Appliqué paper • Neutral thread for piecing • Rotary cutter, mat and ruler • Sewing machine and usual sewing requirements Finished size: 37" x 46" Finished block size: 9½" Seam allowance: ¼" (when joining finished blocks. Use a scant ¼" when joining the individual pieces to make up the blocks - this will give you that little extra that allows you to trim the block back to the correct size.) How to Double Cross block: We will be making 8 of these blocks. 1. From both the green and blue/purple fabrics cut 3¼" strips across the width of fabric (WOF): (1) from the blue and (3)…

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who, what, when, where

DEADLINE: (Issue 56) must reach us before 15 June 2017 Who, What, When and Where entries are free for guilds and non-profit organisations etc. If you earn an income from shows, classes etc., please contact Lauren@tucats.co.za for advertising costs. 9ANNUAL WAKKERSTROOM NATURAL FIBRE HANDCRAFT FAIR All crafters who work with a natural plant or animal fibre will be selling good quality handmade products. From quilters to embroiderers and spinners to weavers. Fibres and product for sale, made from silk, alpaca, cotton, angora rabbit, bamboo and kapok to name a few. No man-made fibres are permitted. Starter kits on sale to get you going! SAVE and buy a NATURAL unique product that should last for 20 years or more. When: Saturday 20th May 2017 Where: NG Kerk Halls, Van Riebeek St, Wakkerstroom. Hours: 8.30 am –…

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easy wear cardigan

STITCHES USED: Stocking Stitch: RSF: K. WSF: P. Double Rib: RSF: k2, p2. WSF: p2, k2. Mock Cable Rib: 1st – 3rd Rows: Double rib. 4th Row: (RSF), k2, (p2, skpo, yrn) to last 4sts - p2, k2. 5th Row and all WSF rows: Work sts as set. 6th Row: K2 (p2, leave yarn at front of work, k2tog) to last 4 sts – p2 k2. 8th Row: Rep 4th row. Rep 1st - 8th row once more. Work 2 rows in double rib. Cast off loosely in rib. Requirements • 13(15,15) Balls African Expressions HARMONY 50g Colour - 2538 • 4.5 mm knitting needles • 5.5 mm knitting needles • 4.5 cm circular knitting needle Measurements: To fit bust: 81-86(91-97, 97-102) cm Original garment: 81 – 86 cm. Tension: 18sts x 24 rows = 10 cm stocking stitch using 5.5 mm knitting…

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tag blanket

Tag blankets are soft and cuddly baby blankets with looped pieces of ribbon, cloth and other tabs sewn along the borders that provide not only comfort but entertainment too! They are a fun, portable way for babies to explore textures, colours and feeling with their hands, stimulating their senses, developing their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination and giving their cognitive development a jumpstart. They should be completely washable and small enough to take along everywhere. When choosing your tags and fabric, look for different textures and bear in mind that babies put everything in their mouths, so make sure that nothing poses a safety risk. Requirements • ColourSpun pure cotton flannel: 1 FQ in colour of your choice (blanket backing) • 1 FQ of soft felt or thin cotton batting • Assorted fabrics (ColourSpun pure…

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Requirements • Rowan fine silk yarn: 8 x 25 gm (photographed in Blue Grey 103) • 2.50 mm crochet hook TENSION Basic motif measures 16 cm from straight side to straight side, 19 cm from point to point, using 2.50 mm crochet hook. FINISHED SIZE Completed wrap is 48 cm wide and ± 131 cm long. CROCHET ABBREVIATIONS ch = chain dc = double crochet sp(s) = space(s) Ss = slip stitch tr = treble Pattern BASIC MOTIF Using 2.50 mm crochet hook make 10ch and join with a ss to form a ring. Round 1 (RS): 3ch (counts as 1tr), 23tr into ring, ss to top of 3ch at beg of round. 24sts. Round 2: 6ch (counts as 1tr and 3ch), miss tr at base of 6ch and next tr, *1tr into next tr, 3ch, miss 1tr, rep from * to end, ss to 3rd of…