Christmas in June

By on 6-07-2010 in Original Pattern, Paper Dolls

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A black work embroidered angel from McCall’s Needlework Magazine, July/August 1982 heralds Christmas morning in style. The stitch instructions are included with the pattern. She would look good as a door ornament or a little Christmas quilt to throw over a rocking chair. A matching tree skirt could round out the set as well.

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Kewpie Dolls…..remembering the little bisque dolls with blue wings

By on 6-07-2010 in Original Pattern, Paper Dolls

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Kewpie dolls are one of my favourite embroidery patterns. When I was a small child Kewpie dolls with their little blue wings were my companions during nap time. These days of the week Kewpie doll embroidery patterns come from McCall’s Needlework and Crafts September 1988 Collector’s Edition. They were first published during the 1930’s. They are so sweet and cuddly. They would make a great conversation piece embroidered onto a cafe curtain in your kitchen.

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This pattern is for Wednesday, a sewing day of course. The full seven days of the week are in a 824kb pdf document ready for download

Kewpie Doll Days of the Week, McCall’s Needlework and Crafts, September 1988 Collector’s Edition

Kit Nicol’s “Painting with Thread…..Embroidered Pictures to Make and Cherish”

By on 6-07-2010 in Original Pattern, Paper Dolls

nullPainting with thread……Embroidered pictures to make and cherish by Kit Nicol.  This book was published in 2000 by Collins & Brown of Great Britain.  Kit Nicol brings her paintings to life through paint and embroidery.  Her tutorials begin with designing your own sketches using colours and paint.  She covers materials required and different techniques using several kinds of thread and stitches including 3-D effects. The stitch tutorials are very clear with lots of photos and illustrations. The book includes 14 sketches from landscapes to human expression including the fountain on the front cover.

Happy Father’s Day from Lori Leopard and Terry Tiger

By on 6-07-2010 in Original Pattern, Paper Dolls

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Two new paper dolls join the others to wish their great daddies a happy day. Both Terry Tiger and Lori Leopard wrapped their presents all by themselves. They are so proud to be able to do that and can hardly wait to give them to their fathers. I wonder if they are going to take their parents out to dinner or make it themselves?

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