Handwork Happiness

Handwork Happiness

Handwork Happiness

Handwork Happiness is a 116-page bookazine including 20+ projects, with a focus on the health benefits of doing handwork and its role in mindful meditation and self-care through crafting. Projects are divided into chapters for wool appliqué, hand piecing and quilting, English paper piecing, and embroidery and cross-stitch, with sew-on-the-go ideas and tips, and advice on the best tool for the job. “Relax and Recharge” suggestions and “Peaceful Prompts” are sprinkled throughout for quick stress-relieving and calming practices. Projects by designers Sue Spargo, Jo Morton, Cindy Blackberg, Heidi Staples, and others vary in level of difficulty from beginner to intermediate and include pincushions, eyeglass case, needle case, journal cover, table toppers, wall hangings, pillows, hoop art, accessories, quilts, and more.

United States
Meredith Corporation


finding your inner piece

Self-care. Wellness. Mindfulness. Theses are twenty-first century buzzwords that have gained importance as our amount of screen time, work hours, and speed of life increases. We live in a rushed society—everyone is in a hurry to get somewhere or move on to the next thing. We are expected to multitask, to always be available via our electronic devices. They are an integral, and important, part of our lives, but the pressure of being constantly connected to them can be harmful to our well-being. The result is often added stress and anxiety, fatigue, and exhaustion. In a 2019 Harris Poll survey, 50% of women said they often don’t feel present in their daily interactions with people. And 60% acknowledged that the less time they spend on their own well-being, the less they…

embroidery stitches

BACKSTITCH To backstitch, pull needle up at A, insert it back into fabric at B, and bring it up at C. Continue in same manner. BLANKET STITCH To blanket-stitch, pull needle up at A, form a reverse L shape with thread, and hold angle of L shape in place with your thumb. Push needle down at B, and come up at C to secure stitch. Continue in same manner. BUTTONHOLE WHEEL STITCH To make a buttonhole wheel stitch, bring needle up at A along traced circle. Push it down at B (center dot), and bring it up at C to secure stitch. Continue in same manner around traced circle. CROSS-STITCH To cross-stitch, pull needle up at A. Insert it back into fabric at B, and bring it up at C; then push needle down again at D. FISHBONE…

basting paper templates

THREAD BASTING Pros: Easy to remove papers; don’t need special tools Cons: Time-consuming 1. Pin a paper template to wrong side of a fabric piece. Cut the fabric to match the shape, adding a ⅜" seam allowance to all edges. 2. Fold seam allowance over one template edge. Hand-stitch fabric in place using a long stitch, but do not stitch through paper. Finger-press. 3. Fold next seam allowance over template, take a stitch to tack down corner, and then continue folding and basting remaining edges to make a basted shape. Remove pin; do not remove paper. GLUE BASTING Pros: Fast—a time saver! Cons: May leave residue; glue can dry out 1. Center a paper template on the wrong side of the fabric piece. Trim the fabric to match the shape, adding a ⅜" seam allowance to all edges. Place…

chocolate stars

FINISHED QUILT: 20" square FINISHED BLOCK: 4¼" square Materials Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width. □ ½ yard total assorted dark prints in brown and burgundy (blocks)□ ½ yard total assorted medium prints in tan and pink (blocks)□ ⅝ yard total assorted light prints in cream and beige (blocks)□ ⅓ yard brown print (sashing squares, outer border)□ ½ yard gold-and-brown print (sashing rectangles, binding) Designer Jo Morton prefers a single-fold binding on small quilts. For single-fold binding, you will need only ⅓ yard.□ ⅛ yard gold floral (inner border)□ ¾ yard backing fabric□ 26"-square batting□ Heat-resistant template plastic CHOOSE PIECING METHOD Piecing the blocks by hand is recommended because of the many set-in seams. Hand stitching also means that seam allowances aren’t sewn down, allowing you to choose the direction…

hex marks the spot

FINISHED TABLE MAT: 18¾" at widest point Materials Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width. Fabrics are from the Mémoire à Paris collection for Lecien (lecienfabrics.com). □ 9×21" piece (fat eighth) tan linen (embroidery foundation)□ 16 precut 5" squares or ½ yard total assorted florals (hexagons)□ 24"-square backing fabric□ 24"-square batting□ 9×21" piece lightweight fusible interfacing□ Water-soluble marking pen□ Embroidery hoop□ Embroidery needle□ Variegated embroidery floss: green, pink, yellow, lavender, blue□ Sturdy paper EMBROIDER MOTIFS Full-Size Embroidery Patterns are on Pattern Sheet 1. Refer to photos, above and page 8, for color placement. Refer to “Embroidery Stitches” on page 94 for stitch instructions. Use three strands of embroidery floss for all stitches. 1 Following manufacturer’s instructions, center and press interfacing 9×21" rectangle, fusible side down, on wrong side of tan linen 9×21"…

warm regards

Supplies 1 / WOOL SNIPS Use a good-quality scissors with a 4"- or 6"-long cutting edge. A serrated blade makes a clean cut by grabbing the wool. 2 / MARKING PEN Mark your pattern outlines using a fine-point permanent marking pen on the wrong side of the wool or freezer paper. 3 / PERLE COTTON NO. 5 100% cotton, mercerized, twisted 2-ply floss. 4 / FREEZER PAPER Trace templates onto the dull side and iron the coated side onto the wool before cutting out shapes. 5 / NEEDLES Chenille needles in sizes 22 to 26 have a larger eye for thicker threads and work well with wool. 6 / THIMBLE A thimble protects the tip of your finger as you push the needle through the wool layers. 7 / PERLE COTTON NO. 12 A larger number denotes a finer thread. Available in a variety…