New Tutorial and Easy Sewing Project
Many of you have been following our Clover Tool School Extra Credit series where we review Clover products and show you how to use those products in projects. Well, now there's even more to play along with in our STITCH ON! tutorial and projects series. To kick things off, we used the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge to create 3 Easy Projects. Even if you've never sewn or quilted before, this tool will have you looking like a pro in no time. And, with the three different projects, you can progress through the tutorials to up your skills as you go.
The pinwheel blocks created in this tutorial were inspired by the very first quilting project Shannon remembers doing "on his own" (we're certain he had a LOT of help from his grandmother on that project). So don't be afraid to jump into this if you are new to sewing and quilting… like Shannon's grandmother, we'll be right there with you every step of the way with project details as well as our tips to make everything come together.
Click on the button to be whisked away to the Clover blog for the step-by-step project instructions.
And click the video below to follow along!
In addition to the Clover products featured in this video, you'll also see our BERNINA 790+ for the machine sewing and quilting, fabric from Michael Miller Fabrics, and our own Might Ten Hand Sewing Essentials thread collection from Aurifil. The full tools and materials list is in the post on the Clover blog so you'll be sure to have everything you need to finish your project successfully!
Have fun and look for more STITCH ON! tutorials and project here and on the Clover blog!
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Complete Crochet Course - Autographed Copy
From renowned crochet designs Shannon & Jason comes the ultimate reference manual for the absolute beginner to experienced pro.
Filled with step-by-step photography throughout for an easy-to-follow and fully visual experience, this unparalleled guide teaches you how to crochet from the very first stitch—and will keep you crocheting as you gain experience! The Complete Crochet Course explains all the tools, materials, and techniques you need, from choosing a hook and yarn to seaming, working in the round, handling specialty crochet stitches, and adding details. We've included ten patterns, perfectly designed for novices eager to complete their first projects, while intermediate crocheters can enjoy mastering even more advanced skills.
Sashiko Vest #1 Digital Pattern
Literally meaning "little stabs" or "little pierce", Sashiko is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. We added Sashiko stitching elements to a vest based on Japanese patching technique, Boro to complete this design.
Boro came to predominately signify clothing worn by the peasant farming classes in the Edo era of Japan who mended their garments with spare fabric scraps out of economic necessity. A boro garment would most likely be handed down over generations, eventually resembling a patchwork after decades of mending. Only in the modern era are we beginning to see the care and beauty of these textiles.
Sashiko Vest #1 is a long vest sewn using Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric cotton cloth, then hand stitched in various Sashiko patterns using The Shibaguyz FAB Sashiko Essentials thread collection from Aurifil Thread.
Fabric: Body - Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric in Indigo.
Patches - Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric from fat quarters in various colors.
Sashiko Stitching - Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby hand stitched Hitomezashi Sashiko patterns (where the pattern emerges from the alignment of single stitches made on a grid) then the garment pieces are machine sewn.
Instructions for making the vest in Sizes Small through 5X and doing the sashiko stitching.
Fabric amounts for all sizes
Detailed schematics, stitching instructions for the vest and for the sashiko embellishments
Small (M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
To Fit Measured Bust: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)" / 81.3 (91.4, 101.6, 111.8, 121.9, 132.1, 142.2, 152.4)cm
To Fit Finished Bust: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)" / 86.4 (96.5, 106.7, 116.8, 127.0, 137.2, 147.3, 157.5)cm
Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric
2 YDs (3 YD for XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, and 5X)
10 fat quarters in various colors for patches
PLUS Two more fat quarters in the same color for the F Patch 1 (left and right)
Sashiko Needle and Thimble
Sashiko Pattern Templates
Not Required, but will make it easier
Circular plastic grid
Washable or heat removable White Marking Pen from Clover
Washable Blue fabric marking pen(s)
Mighty Ten Hand Sewing Essentials Thread Collection
This new collection of 50wt thread is perfect for machine or hand sewing, and includes 10 small spools (164 yards, 150 meters) of glorious 100% long staple Egyptian cotton Aurifil thread.
2692 - black
2024 - white
6711 - pewter
2260 - dark carmine red
5023 - medium green
5022 - mustard
2784 - dark navy
2770 - very light delft
4030 - plum
2395 - pumpkin spice (don’t judge us)
From the Aurifil Website
Aurifil’s 50wt thread is our most versatile and most popular Cotton thread. It is available in all 270 of our Cotton colors, and is wound on our iconic orange spool. The 50wt is strong and thin, and results in remarkably flat and crisp seams.
While it is wonderful for piecing, subtle quilting & topstitching, and English Paper Piecing it also works incredibly well for Needle Turn Applique, Bobbin and Machine Lace, Machine Applique (Straight Stitch, ZigZag, Blind Hem and Blanket Stitch,) Machine Embroidery, Dense Machine Quilting, Subtle Machine and Longarm Quilting, Basting, Whole Cloth and Micro Quilting, and Dense Background Designs.
Perfect for: Needle Turn Applique, English Paper Piecing, Hand Piecing, Bobbin and Machine Lace, Machine Applique (Straight Stitch, Zig
Zag, Blind Hem and Blanket Stitch,) Machine Embroidery, Dense Machine Quilting, Subtle Machine and Longarm Quilting, Basting, Whole Cloth and Micro Quilting, Dense Background Designs
Shannon and Jason
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