Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Burrito Pillowcase Tute

Today I'm guest posting over at Fort Worth Fabric Studio {Blog} and I've put together a tute for them showing the Burrito Pillowcase Method.

Fort Worth Studio Fabrics provided me with the fabric for my samples and I chose this gooooorgeous Skopelos collection by Katerina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics available here at Fort Worth Fabric Studio:

If you haven't made Burrito Pillowcases before they're incredibly easy and look really impressive, here's some extra photos I took of my finished pillowcases and some detail shots.

The fabric design folds back inside the cuff for a perfect finish and I show you how to sew French seams so there's no visible raw seams

In my tute you have the option to add a decorative or top stitch to the folded accent though I haven't added one myself in these samples.  

I give quantities for one pillowcase or to make a two pillowcase set alternating the main and cuff fabrics as I have.


What a perfect gift.

Regular readers will know already exactly what I did with my left-over scraps - I made a Pencil Case Book Cover; you can read more about it here.  Follow my blog today and you'll be one of the first to have the tute for a pencil case book cover when I release it later this year.  Please be patient though as I'm about to go travelling again for most of October and November so it's likely to be nearer to Christmas when I get around to writing the tute.

If you'd like to make your own Burrito Pillowcases follow this link over to the Fort Worth Fabric Studio {Blog} and if you do make some please share your photos with me on my Facebook page or Instagram using the #madebyChrissieD hashtag or add them to my made by ChrissieD & me Flickr group or you can email them to me and I'll share them on your behalf.

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Friday, 2 October 2015

Linblomman - Embroidery Linen Yarn

I have a friend, let's call her Jacqui, and she always shares with me anything crafty she thinks I might be interested in.  Back in August she shared a Purl Soho email about a 'new' 50-year-old linen yarn Linblomman and as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted it.  Yes, I wanted it, I didn't need it, I just wanted it.  I actually sent Jacqui an email asking her to stop sending me scrummy stuff to look at, it's just too much temptation.  

Five weeks on I still wanted that embroidery yarn and in my book that's no longer a whim to be ignored, but a wish to be acted upon.  Purl Soho have been out of stock for a few weeks but after having brunch today in Noho with my besties Em and Amy I took a chance and nipped into the store. 

I couldn't believe my luck, the Purl Soho staff were putting sales labels on newly arrived boxes in front of me as I asked tentatively about its availability.  It was obviously meant to be so I bought one box of each of the three colourways: Neon; Pastel; and Flora & Fauna.

The story behind this linen yarn is that it was made in the 1960s in Sweden, the factory closed down and the yarn, hidden away in a haberdashery stock room, has been rediscovered fairly recently.  It is just as beautiful and strong now as it was then.

Linblomman (Swedish: The Flax Flower) is distributed by Linladan (Swedish: flax barn) 

Wondering where you can get this yarn in the US?  There 's only two US stockists:
Purl Soho - in store, NYC and online (read about one of my visits to Purl Soho here); and 
Bolt, Portland, OR - in store (read about my visit to Bolt here).

UK stockists are listed here on the Linladan website and if you're lucky enough to be attending The Knitting & Stitching Show 
at Ally Pally next week, Linladan will be there too.

So what am I going to do with my beautiful linen threads? 

Admire them? 
Stroke them?
 Stash them away for another fifty years?  

No ... I'm going to use them.

Remember those Dropcloth Samplers designed by my friend Rebecca Ringquist that I bought in Bolt, Portland (a Linblomman supplier, how did I miss these yarns in the store that day???!!!)?  Well, I'm taking the samplers and yarns on a plane journey with me next week when I head back to Britain to celebrate my daughter Flicky's 21st birthday.  I don't know what I'm more excited about, seeing some of my kids or using my newest crafty acquisitions ;D

And Jacqui, keep sharing those crafty temptations, you're absolutely right, why should you suffer alone?!!! x

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