Big Stitch Quilting
Thoughts on Big Stitch Quilting from Pepper Cory
Pepper Cory with her Big Stitch Quilt
Many times I hand sew because I find the rhythm of handling the needle—in, out, back down, in, out while gathering stitches— very therapeutic. The action requires total focus but my hands know more what to do than my brain. After a short while, the work happens without effort. I find myself stitching and my mind wandering. Call it a ‘mental vacation with a needle.’
This summer I pieced and Big Stitch quilted a small, simple quilt. After five days of work, it was done and I felt a sense of accomplishment and peace. The small quilt is coming with me to the upcoming Houston Quilt Market. If you’re attending, please stop by and see us—the quilt, me, and all the Colonial Needle family—in booths 1328 and 1329.
Line marking technique used by Pepper on this quilt.
The quilt was pieced from 44 different colors (plus white) of the Peppered Cottons line of Shot Cottons from StudioE Fabrics cut into 3″ squares. The threads used to Big Stitch were varying colors of Size 8 Perle cotton by Presencia (found here). For the hand stitching I used the largest needle from the Big Stitch sampler pack by Colonial Needle (found here). I marked the lines to follow with stitches by using a big fat tapestry needle (their tips are not sharp) and scoring the fabric alongside a ruler.
The quilting covers the quilt in a plaid of different colors of stitching—just the thing for those of us who love to quilt but bore easily when the work is too much the same.
Pepper’s Finished Big Stitch Quilt
Pepper Cory’s Spring Quilt Market Class
Embroidery in Progress!
At the upcoming Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis, Pepper Cory will be talking about taking pride in your work and showing that pride in your store. She chose the common work apron as the canvas for this effort. She’s leading a Take & Teach session for shop owners called “Hand Embroidery for Modern Quilters and Sewists!” that takes place before Quilt Market opens (8-9:30 AM) on Friday May 19.
This apron is a chef’s apron, downloadable free all over the web. It’s super easy to make! This one is lined and features two embroidered pockets. The lower pocket is a sweet little row of flowers stitched in brightly-colored Presencia floss. Click here to see Presencia color options.
Upper Pocket Embroidery Detail
The embroidery pattern is a heat-transfer from one of the Colonial Pattern Company’s “Stitcher’s Revolution“ series—#SR24 called ‘Flower Power.’ The upper eyeglass pocket is a single posey from the row. Outline Big Stitch quilting over machine stitching completes the embellishment.
Lower Pocket Embroidery Detail
While both companies are called Colonial something- that’s just serendipity! We, Colonial Needle, are in White Plains, New York while Colonial Pattern is out of Kansas City, Missouri. A link to their website can be found here. The two companies cooperate nicely as they print the patterns while we have the needles and thread to finish them!
The wind was blowing when the pictures were taken but we hope you can see the details!
And just in case you need it, a DMC to Presencia conversion chart can be found here!
Pepper Cory modeling her completed Apron
Custom Hand-Painted Frames
KCA39-18 – Country Moonrise with Custom Painted Frame
Heirloom Designs helps create beautiful custom frames for your needlepoint canvases
Our friends at Heirloom Designs shared these fantastic painted frames, custom made for two of Kelly Clark’s pieces. We love how well the frames compliment the canvases – it’s hard to tell where the canvas ends and the frame starts.
And the best part? They’re self-finishing which means no more sending canvases out to be framed. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Canvases are available for purchase through your LNS.
And to order a custom frame for your favorite needlepoint canvas, contact Heirloom Designs
KCA26-18 – Sheep-Crow Sampler with Custom Painted Frame
Welcoming a New Bundle of Joy this Summer?
You’re in luck!
Credit: Photograph by Joe Coca from the May/June 2016 issue of Interweave’s PieceWork magazine. Copyright © F+W Media 2016
PieceWork Magazine’s May/June 2016 issue includs a pattern for this adorable baby bonnet by Laura Ricketts. The pattern features our very own Presencia Fincrochet Cotton, size 60, in white and can be found at http://www.needleworktraditions.com/
The Presencia Fincrochet Cotton can be purchased at your favorite specialty store or direct through our website http://colonialneedle.com
Pack your bag for a fun weekend
Are you ready for the weekend? If not, hopefully this sassy Zebra-print canvas in our Large Biker Bag will get you in the mood. Thank you to a dear friend for stitching this for us! We can’t wait to show it off 🙂
BAG60 with BG84
Silk Bags are a hit with employees and customers alike
We love the way our new Lee’s silk bags look with a finished canvas! The monogram was stitched by a CNC team member who couldn’t resist and the Lotus was stitched by Michelle Hufford. These bags are the perfect size for make-up, travel stitching bags, toiletries, etc. and can be ordered through your LNS.
BAG70G with canvas BJ01-B
BAG70G with canvas BJ42
Check Out this Self-Finishing Leather Bag with Stitched Needlepoint Canvas
Sue Wallerstein sent us these great pictures of her beautifully completed Lee’s Self-Finishing leather bag. She used the BAG36 leather bag and the BG26 needlepoint canvas for this project. Sue adjusted a few of the canvas colors to make it her own which we love! Looks great, Sue! Enjoy toting this beauty around town!
BAG36 with canvas BG25
We love when people send us pictures of their finished work!
This comes from our friend, Pat ElBayly
Jacobean Tree stitched by Pat ElBayly
Our “Jacobean Tree” is a counted cross stitch pattern stitched with Presencia floss. Congratulations on completing this, Pat, it looks wonderful!
This piece comes as a kit that includes the 18ct white aida, Mouliné Finca floss, tapestry needle, black & white pattern, and illustrated basic cross stitch instructions. It can be purchased through your LNS.