Valentine Rose

Valentine Rose By Terry White

Valentine Rose - Terry White

This little Valentine Rose is made from 8 hearts cut from felt. It works up quickly and would be a great project for kids as well as creative grown-ups! It can be made into a pin or attached to a gift or card.

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Materials needed:
10 inch x 3 inch red felt 2 inch x 4 inch green felt 1 inch square of pink felt

8 inch x 3 inch piece of Card Stock for making the heart templates Red sewing thread and hand needle
Fabric glue

Pink and Green markers to trace the shapes onto the felt….these can be any kind of markers like Sharpies, Crayola or Prismacolor….anything that works on the felt which shows up and matches the colors of felt.

Lovely little scissors….I like Havel’s 5 inch curved scissors for cutting out the felt hearts….
….and, I like Havel’s Teflon scissors for cutting the heart templates from card stock.

Begin by tracing the heart shapes onto the card stock and cut out the hearts for templates. Trace the heart shapes onto the felt and cut them out.

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Start with the smallest red heart, put a dab of glue at the base and curl it around on itself.

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Continue by putting a dab of glue at the base of all the red hearts, curl the medium size heart around, then the 3 large hearts.

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Using red sewing thread, tack the hearts together at the base.

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Pinch the green heart shape to make a leaf….tack each leaf to the base of the flower……tada!

I am making these with my grandchildren for valentines…. Enjoy the process,

p.s. Click on the link below to watch my instructional video!

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The Delicate Art of Tatting

By Holly Hanover
Vintage Teacup on Crochet Tablecloth
If you are already a keen needleworker, there’s a good chance that you are constantly on the lookout for new threadwork skills to add to your repertoire.  Although you may have tried lace-making in the past, or even shuttle tatting, one technique that you may not have come across – and which, once mastered, is one of the most portable thread crafts to carry around with you  – is needle tatting.

What is Tatting?  Even from an experienced craft hobbyist, it’s not unusual to get the response “what is tatting?” when the skill is mentioned.  Highly rewarding to learn, if intricate detail is your thing, this is for you.  Originating in the early twentieth century, but not really gaining in popularity until relatively recently, needle tatting is a form of lace making using specialist thread and needles, readily available online.  In basic terms, if you can knit and crochet, you have a head start on learning this complex and beautiful art.  You need:

  • A tatting needle – these are available in various sizes.  They resemble a large tapestry needle, with an eye to take the thread, and a blunt end
  • Crochet thread, or similar

As with other thread-based activities, the size of the needle and the thickness of the thread will affect the finished result.  Your stitches – double and single – will make up the chain and ring effects that are the basis of all needle tatting.

The basics:

The knots and ties are created by using the needle in one hand, and your fingers on the other hand. These knots wrap around the needle until you push them off, and tie them into ring or loop arrangements.

Next steps:

Many needle tatting sites have video tutorials that you can follow, as well as graded patterns, and inspiration for freestyle designs when you become more proficient.  Offline, you may wish to find a teacher that can set you on the right path – although needle tatting is growing in popularity all the time, these can be few and far between.  However, don’t be discouraged; like all crafts, there’s nothing like trial and error, and learning as you go, to give you real confidence and fluency in your work.

Share your Tatting stories and projects in comments.


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Holiday Crafting with Havel’s!

Holiday Crafting with my Trusty Havel’s Tools
By Laura Sliger-Hartrich

December is here and, for me, it always inspires some crafting. Even though it’s such a busy time of year, with the shopping and card-writing and parties and baking, I always find time to make something around the holidays. Even if it comes at the expense of sleep. Or laundry.

Homemade ornaments are always top of my list. They make great little gifts for grandparents, teachers, and friends. And I love hanging our collection on the tree year after year. This year I wanted to try these Scandinavian folded fabric stars.




I used the tutorial from Crafting a Rainbow. Once I got the hang of it, I didn’t want to stop. These are so fun to fold up, and a great way to use up scraps of favorite fabrics. I used my Havel’s cutting mat, ruler, and rotary cutter to prep the fabrics. And I adore my Havel’s 8” fabric scissors for any project. They were perfect for trimming up my stars as I went along.


My 10 year old got in on the action, too. We just need to add strings to these and they’ll be ready to go.



The other project I’ve been working on is sewing fabric gift bags. I’ve always wanted to make some of these, to save myself time and money on gift wrapping. This year I finally got around to it! I used this tutorial for the simple drawstring bags, solid fabrics from my stash, and a variety of ribbons from Paper Source. Since my sewing machine only has a straight stitch (no zig zag), I finished the inside edges of my bags with my Havels’s pinking shears. I think they’ll look fantastic under the tree for years to come.

Drawstring Gift Bags



What about you? What are your must-do holiday crafting projects this year?



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Fabric Christmas Cards: A Holiday How-To!

Fabric Christmas Cards: A Holiday How-To!

A Free Craft Project By Liz Kettle

snowflake postcard

I love sending fabric postcards to friends and family but I have gotten out of the habit in the last year as I spend more time communicating virtually. A friend posted a challenge on her blog to send out some actual physical mail and I thought I would take up that challenge and challenge all of you to consider it as well. We all love getting real mail!

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Snow season is just getting started in earnest here in Colorado so I thought some snowflake postcards would be perfect. These snowflakes are created by combining and manipulating the decorative stitches on your machine. Even if you don’t have a lot of fancy stitches I know you will find a couple that can be combined to make a pretty snowflake.

stitch outs

Look at your programmed decorative stitches for patterns that are geometric in form; triangles, diamonds, circles, points. Consider creating a program stitch dictionary as in the photo above that shows what all those stitches you have actually look like…you will be so glad you did this! How do these stitches change when you alter the length or width? What pattern do they create when stitched back to back in mirror image? It can take a bit of play and experimentation to find ones that work well together so be sure to make some notes about the ones you like and the adjustments you make for future reference.

These snowflakes look great on winter and holiday themed quilts as well as make great postcards. Have fun playing with your different stitches!

snowflake supplies

Rotary cutter, ruler and mat
Embroidery scissor with double curve
Light and dark blue fabric
Firm stabilizer (I used Pellon Peltex #72-fusible on both sides)
Threads: White rayon, silver or white metallic or hologram and a lightweight polyester bobbin thread.
Embroidery or metallic machine needle 90/14
Chalk or marking pencil in white
Ruler with a 60degree line
Ribbon for text

In nature snowflakes are created around six fold symmetry. A ruler with a 60degree line makes creating a snowflake guide easy. The 2” length described here is the length I used for the Vintage German Snowflake. To create smaller or larger flakes simply draw a shorter or longer line. Sorry about the dye on my hands in the photos…just having too much fun around here!

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1. Use a ruler to draw a line 2 inches long. Place a small dot in the center.

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2. Place the 60degree line on your ruler on the drawn line with the edge of the ruler at the center dot. Draw a line approximately 2” long

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3. Move the 60degree line on the ruler to the new line. Place it at the intersection of the two previous lines. Draw a line approximately 2” long.

Making the snowflake postcard:

1. Use the rotary cutter, mat and ruler to cut your fabrics and stabilizer 4”x6”. The 60mm rotary cutter makes cutting through heavy stabilizers a dream!
2. Fuse the dark blue fabric to one side of the stabilizer. If you don’t have Peltex 72, use a fusible web such as Misty Fuse to adhere the fabric to the stabilizer.
3. Pick one of the snowflake designs I have given you below or experiment with your stitches to come up with new patterns. Determine the best method of stitching your chosen design. Does it look better stitched from the outside to the center, from the center out, or can it be stitched across the length of the snowflake.
4. Use a marking pencil to mark the 60degree lines on the dark blue fabric as shown above.

5. Stitch the snowflakes on the dark blue fabric and stabilizer using the directions below.

snowflake postcard text

6. For the text, I printed on ribbon using my inkjet printer. This technique is in both of my books and I have a tutorial on my web site in the group forum section. Alternative methods would be to use rubber stamps or a fabric marker to write by hand. Use fusible web to secure the ribbon and stitch around the edge as desired.

snowflake postcard fuse back

7. Fuse the light blue fabric to the back of the postcard.

snowflake postcard edge

8. Stitch around the perimeter of the postcard. I used a zigzag stitch in silver metallic thread. I like to stitch around the perimeter twice for a full but not quite satin stitch. Straight and decorative stitches are great options as well.
9. Use a Sharpie or fabric marker to write your message and address your card. I apply a 1st class stamp rather than a postcard stamp and send it on its way.


I used a silver metallic thread to give a vintage mercury glass feel to this snowflake. The stitches for this snowflake are two that are on my 22 year old machine that only has a total of 12 stitches. Havel’s 5” double curved scissors are the perfect tool for clipping threads during machine embroidery. They get super close to the fabric to give you a clean cut but the curve prevents that horrid moment when you realize you just cut your fabric. The double curve is great when you are using an embroidery hoop and the finger holes are the perfect size. You are going to love these scissors!!

snowflake vintage first

You can see how closely the curved embroidery scissors trim the thread. No whispy fray bits of thread in sight!

You can see how closely the curved embroidery scissors trim the thread. No whispy fray bits of thread in sight!

1. An eyelet stitch was stitched to provide an open center. If you don’t have an eyelet stitch, simply draw a small circle and begin your stitching at the edge of the circle.

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2. Next an oval satin stitch at a slightly reduced width was stitched from the edge of the eyelet stitch out for two repeats.

snowflake vintage german 2

3. A flower chain stitch was inserted between each of the previous stitch lines to create this vintage look snowflake.


This delicate snowflake uses a programmed feather stitch that looks best stitched from the outside into the center. I drew my lines 1 1/5” long.

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Begin the stitch at the outer edge of the circle then stitch towards the center. Stitch on all 6 radiating lines.


To create this snowflake the stitch is made by slightly lengthening the stitch length on a satin stitch triangle stitch. My length setting was .80

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1. Stitch the design in one direction for one repeat, pivot 180degrees and stitch back to the center.

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2. Pivot again and repeat along each snowflake guide line.

snowflake poinsettia circle

3. Finally, one repeat of a circle satin stitch and a couple straight stitches are added to the tip of each point.

I have a dear friend who is leaving her frigid climate for the warm breezes of Florida next week…I will be sending her one of these so she doesn’t forget the pleasure of snow! She will be jealous of all our snow don’t you think?

Liz Kettle is a mixed media and textile artist living in snowy Colorado. She is co-author of 2 books, Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond and Threads: The Basics and Beyond. Liz loves teaching and sharing the joy of making stuff in her articles, classes and at her fabulous retreat, Textile Evolution. Visit her blog and website,



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Spare Change for the Better

“Spare Change for the Better” Quilt
by Terry White copyright 2016


“Spare Change for the Better” Quilt “60×75”

My quilt, “Spare Change for the Better” began with a clean up day in my Stitch Studio. Once in a while, I need to clean up my Stitch Studio. Recently, I had worked on several projects, one after another, with no clean up time in between. So, there was no “going forward” on the next project until this room was straightened out!

I had been thread painting and making small embellished quilts, fabric books and purses, so there were lots of little stacks of things and random baskets of scraps all over the place that needed to be dealt with. As I began to order and bag the scraps, I began to gather some autumn shades together and got the idea for a scrap quilt. I went on a tangent! I started to think about this fabric as spare change…the kind of money that you put into a big glass jar until you have enough to really do something with it. Well, there was enough of it to make an interesting quilt.

It was time for a little change in the Stitch Studio. I had been doing tiny intricate things and, now, I wanted to stitch straight lines and make something big and simple. It was a change of season and I needed a change!


I began with a simple log cabin structure. I made a stack of four sided pieces. I then stitched strips of all sizes and angles to each one. I considered each block as I chose the fabric strips because I wanted to make each block good looking. I like to press and trim at each step. I think this makes stitching easier and it keeps things nice and neat.


As I was stitching along, I decided that I would cut into the log cabin blocks and insert a black cross. This suggested crossroads to me….a choosing place, a place to change. It also made each block more interesting and added a continuity to the blocks.


I cut black strips 1 1/2 inch wide, 1 1/4 inch wide and 1 inch wide. I stitched the 1 1/2 inch wide strips into the largest blocks, the 1 1/4 inch wide strips into the medium blocks and the 1 inch wide strips into the smallest blocks. I found that working with Havel’s Fabric Cutter made my work go very smoothly…and fun…so, guess what?…I ended up making a lot more blocks!….this quilt was growing!



I very simply cut a block in two pieces and stitched a black strip in between the pieces. When adding the black strips, press the seam allowance toward the black strips. This makes the black strip stand out like a column. It gives the whole quilt a nice continuity.


I like to offset the crosses, you know, make them “wonky”. I think this adds to the liveliness of the work.


When I began to finish some of the blocks, I put them up on my design wall.


I liked how things were going…..I didn’t want to change my layout. So, of course, I had to come up with an idea to join the blocks together. This is not my first time around the block (Oh, wow, that is a decent pun), so I wanted to choose a color of fabric that could be used to join things….a “bridge”. The fabric would have to add to the quilt, not detract; it should add some brightness; it should also recede into the background. My choice was a deep blue with black in it with thundercloud imagery.

I really liked this addition. Using just the one fabric in the background would help to maintain the design. This blue fabric was something that I received in a big batch of fabrics….someone else’s scraps. Here, you can see, I placed some pieces of the blue between the blocks to try it out.


After making more blocks and looking at it on the wall…it needed a “background”. I began to look at another group of scraps.


This lighter group of fabrics evoke the light, sky, arial debris and browning grasses which I see in the early fall. I continued to use the same block for the light fabrics…starting with a log cabin structure and then adding the cross. The solid cotton I used for the crosses in the light blocks is a shade of gold. I chose a cream and grey textured print (leftovers from a quilt backing) for the “bridge” pieces for the light blocks.

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Then this scrap quilt decided to take over… got big!

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Keb’ Mo’s song,”Time for a Change” kept playing in my mind, so I put his music on in my studio. I like to listen to my music when I’m working in the Studio….it helps me to focus on my work….I feel immersed in the moment. To stitch the quilt blocks together, I separated the quilt into sections. To identify the first section to stitch together, I took a photo of the quilt, then cropped it and chose a section with which to work.


The next three photos show my sequence of stitching and trimming and stitching. I stitched strips of blue or cream fabrics to each block so that they would fit together into a stitched set.



Then, I stitched the 3 block sets together.


I would like to note here that it is really helpful to use a walking foot on your sewing machine or a differential feed foot as pictured here. This type of sewing aid helps to keep the fabrics together while stitching and prevents puckering.


Then I stitched each section together, then stitched the large sections together…..all the time using the “bridge” strips to achieve sort of square sections that will fit together.

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After stitching the quilt top together, I wasn’t happy with it. It needed something. So, first, I turned it on its side……much better. It still needed something more. So, I took a picture of it, put it into a drawing program on my computer, then added these lines.



terry-white-headshot-2014Terry White is a studio fiber artist. She has been doing this work since 1996, and she discovered the techniques she uses: threadpaint, machine appliqué, piece, quilt, embellish with beads, fibers and minutiae with sewing machine techniques, through experimentation and self-study. Terry teaches these techniques through classes and videos. Over the years Terry has been published in over 50 articles in magazines and books, including: McCall’s Needlework; Quilter’s Newsletter; Machine Embroidery and Textile Arts; CMA trade magazine; Stitch n Sew Quilts; Quick n Easy Quilts; Quilt World magazine and Calendar; Quilting Arts Calendar 2003; America from the Heart; America’s Best; America Sews. She is a wife, stitcher, artist, sister, mother, friend, nana, gardener, baker, writer, student, teacher and American. See more of Terry’s work at






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