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Stitches October - November 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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it was with great

sadness that I read Nancy Zieman's goodbye letter to the sewing and quilting world recently. I am sure almost everyone who has been involved with sewing and quilting for a while will know who Nancy is because she not only inspired future generations of sewers with her inspiration videos, books and classes but was on a personal level a woman who overcame many difficulties to build the Nancy Zieman empire. A true pioneer in video teaching and bringing out a range of sewing notions as well as being an author and a designer for The McCall Pattern Company and Clover Needlecraft. Please read the touching letter that she posted on her blog: www.nancyzieman.com/blog - "Time to Say Goodbye".Well this is our yarn issue! And in this issue we have lots…

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alta knitted cowl

RequirementsYARN• Rowan Breezed - 2 x 50 g (photographed in Riviera 006).NEEDLES• 1 pair 4½ mm needles OR 4½ mm circular needle no more than 50 cm long.TENSION• 19 sts and 26 rows or rounds to 10 cm measured over patt using 4½ mm needles.FINISHED SIZECompleted cowl measures 63 cm all round and is 21 cm deep.ABBREVIATIONSpsso = pass slipped stitch overyfwd = yarn forwardRep = repeatK2tog = Knit two togetherPatternVERSION KNITTED ON 2 NEEDLES Using 4½ mm needles cast on 121 sts.Row 1 (RS): *K2tog, yfwd, rep from * to last st, K1.Row 2: Knit.Row 3: K1, *K3, yfwd, sl 1, K1, psso, K3, rep from * to end.Row 4: Purl. Now work in patt as follows:Row 1 (RS): K1, *K4, yfwd, sl 1, K1, psso, K2, rep from…

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summer top

Requirements• SIRDAR AMALFI DK (75% cotton, 25% viscose) 50 gr balls X 6(7, 7, 8)• 4,00 mm crochet hookMeasurements:To fit 81- 86 (91-97, 101-107, 110-117) cm bustGarment measure: 90(1100, 110, 120) cmLength from top: 75 cmTension:16 treble to 10 cm using 4,00 mm crochet hookAbbreviations: tr = treble st(s) = stitch(es) cont = continue tog = together ch = chain ch.sp = chain space sl.st = slip stitch rep = repeat tch = turning chain ttr = triple treble dtr = double treble dc = double crochet r(w)s = right(wrong)sidePatternPATTERN STITCH Multiple of 6 +1 1st row: (RS) 2 tr into 3rd ch from hook * 4ch,miss 5ch, 5tr into next ch, rep * working only 3tr at the end of last repeat. Turn.2nd row: 2ch(counts as 1tr) miss first…

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felted landscape

Requirements• 1 Piece of light coloured wool felt measuring 12½" x 6¼ "• A4 sheet of white tissue paper• Ballpoint pen / pencil• Wool roving: colours for the sky, mountains and pastures as well as black and white• Yarn can also be successfully felted into your piece - you will need a dark colour for the mountains and tree and a green for the pasture. You choose the type of yarn• Dark brown or dark purple sewing thread• Felting pad and felting tool (5-pronged one) and extra needles.Optional: If you have an embellisher (felting machine) then you don't need the hand items• Sewing machine with a free motion foot and the usual sewing requirements• Rotary cutter, ruler and mat Finished size: ± 10" x 6" Front side of first layerHow…

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children's pullover

RequirementsMATERIALS:• 6(6,7) 50g balls African Expressions JOY: Colour A (1077), 1 ball each Colour B (1001) and C (1057)• 3.5 mm Knitting needles• 4 mm Knitting needles• 2 Stitch holdersTENSION:22 sts x 28 rows = 10 cm over stocking stitch using 4 mm needles.ABBREVIATIONS:alt = alternate, beg = begin(ning), col = colour, cont = continue, dec = decrease, foll = follow(ing), inc = increase, k - knit, n(s) = needle(s), patt(s) = pattern(s), p = purl, rem = remain(ing), rep = repeat, rev = reverse, R(W)S = right(wrong)side, R(W)SF = right(wrong) side facing, R(W)SR = right(wrong) side row, RW = ribwise, sl = slip, st(s) = stitch(es), st st = stocking stitch, tog = togetherSTITCHES USED:Stocking stitch = 1st row: RSF, k. 2nd row: WSF, p. Rep these 2 rows.PatternBACK:…

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little village down south part 3: the railway station

opperman.dje@gmail.comRequirementsBefore you begin:• Consult the diagram to determine the finished size of each block• The pattern is broken up into smaller sections. Each section is then stitched together to form a whole• The sashing between the blocks is 1¼" wideYou will need:• Assortment of fabrics (see main photo for ideas)• 50 cm sashing fabric• 1 m background fabric• 75 cm border fabric• 110 cm square of batting and backing fabric• Ruler and fine liner• Add-a-Quarter ruler• Assorted embroidery threads for embellishing blocks• Neutral coloured sewing thread for piecing• Rotary cutter, ruler and mat• Sewing machine and usual sewing requirementsFinished size: 37" x 32" Seam allowance: ¼”This series of village houses wall hanging is foundation pieced and not at all difficult to stitch. Use your choice of fabrics to make them,…