New fabrics, kits and projects from my sponsors

Here are some of the things that have caught my eye with my sponsors over the last couple of weeks.

Tunic Kit at Dragonfly Fabrics
I love this gorgeous tunic pattern by Schnittchen, and now Dragonfly have put together this brilliant kit, including fabric, interfacing and zip. Although I might be tempted to go off-message and use this pretty triangle print fabric instead..

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Custom Flip Flops at Black Sheep Wools
There’s always loads of good ideas and fun things on the Black Sheep Wools website and blog. I love this fab step-by-step flip-flop customisation project. You just need some 4-ply cotton yarn (which comes in a great range of colours), beads (ditto), flip-flops (not in stock at Black Sheep Wools😉 ) and a 3mm hook, and away you go!

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New fabrics at Duck Eggs Threads
It’s so wonderful having Duck Egg Threads as a new sponsor and having the joy of browsing all the beautiful Liberty prints and putting together my own dream team colour combos. I love this little combination of Solar (B), Small Susanna (G) and the Pure Elements solid in Denim Blue.

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Summer Garden Stitching Kit at Cloud Craft
There’s a pretty hand-stitching project, just right for taking on holiday, available at Cloud Craft. Jenny Blair’s design is just fab, and all the felt and threads are available in one handy bundle!

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Monochromes at My Fabric House
Finally – I absolutely love these brand new monochrome fabrics at My Fabric House. Wow! Clockwise from top left: Japanese Waves, Geometric triangle, Japanese Fans.

Mini-hoop swap inspiration

Here are some beautiful works of hoop art to inspire my partner and all us mini-hoop enthusiasts! These pics are all from Instagram:

Mini-hoop inspiration
Top L-R: @alexsembroidery; @haru.ki_; @helenatlovehandmade
Middle L-R: @marigoldandmars; @loveyousew_@woodentreehouse
Bottom L-R: @noplainjaynedesigns; @rachelemmastudio; @capriciousarts

If you haven’t made an Instagram mosaic before, it’s pretty straight forward. This is how I do it. Firstly I have the Instagram Layout App installed on my tablet. This fab little app (developed by Instagram) allows you to pull together a bunch of photos and make them into a collage.

Then I search around for pics of beautiful hoops – this is the fun part, of course. To be honest, I mostly looked through the @dandelyne account, because Sonia, who invented the Dandelyne hoops, is so great at sharing pics of beautiful creative hoops. But I also searched on #hoopart and #dandelynehoops for more inspiration.

Whenever I find a pic of a hoop which I really like, I use the screen capture function on my tablet to download the photo. As I do this, I also make a note of the makers’ names so I can tag them later. Once I’ve got enough pics to use, I open up the Layout app, and select the photos I want to add, then choose one of the suggested layouts. You can use touch screen controls to zoom in or out of the photos to make a great collage.

Finally I add the photo to Instagram, and tag each maker by tapping the specific part of the collage and adding their Instagram ID. Et voila! Why not try it, and give your partner for the #veryberryhoopswap a bit of extra help with the choices they make for your hoop.

The Very Berry Hoop Swap is sponsored by Cloud Craft. Get 10% off at Cloud Craft with the code HOOPY10 until 31 July. 

 

 

Liberty lawn giveaway from my newest sponsor – Duck Egg Threads

Now that I am not selling Liberty lawn fabrics any more, I am so happy to be able to promote my rival (although to be honest, I never reached the same level of excellence!), Duck Egg Threads, as my new blog sponsor.

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Run by Sarah, who lives up in West Yorkshire, Duck Egg Threads is a specialist online fabric shop selling wide range of Liberty Tana Lawn prints (both the classics and the seasonal releases).

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Tailored to quilters and crafters, who often do not need to buy larger pieces of a premium fabric when only a little is needed, their Liberty Tana Lawn is mainly sold in the very useable size of fat eighths (33cm x 50cm), but you can also buy in fat sixteenths too (33cm x 25cm).

Capel bundle
My favourite Liberty print of all (at least today anyway) Capel, in a gorgeous variety of colours. Sarah sells a gorgeous bundle of these!

Something I always wanted to do, but never quite got round to, was to stock a range of solid coloured cottons that worked with the Tana Lawn. Sarah has that all sorted, stocking the Pure Elements line of solids from Art Gallery Fabrics – as you can see, Duck Egg Threads has lots of colours in stock, with lots more to come in the near future:

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Pure Elements from Art Gallery Fabrics

Of course, this means that Sarah has the opportunity to put together some bundles of Liberty prints and coordinating solids. Love this classic grey and mustard combination – Sarah says one of her big influences is Orla Kiely and I can see that in these colour choices:

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A big draw for me is the We Love Liberty Monthly Club, where you get a lovely bundle of fabric through your letterbox each month.. Sadly the subscription club is closed at the moment, but you could always sign up to go on the waiting list via the Contact Form.

Really usefully, there’s also a range of notions that’s small, but absolutely perfectly formed if you are interested in hand sewing and/or English Paper piecing – and who isn’t when you are sewing with Liberty lawn? So there are Aurifil threads in all the right colours (shades of grey and cream of course!), Black Gold needles, Clover clips, quilting pins, and my favourite Sewline glue pen, amongst other goodies.

You can follow Duck Egg Threads on Instagram, and on Twitter and Pinterest too, so that you can keep up with new products and fabrics coming into stock.

Giveaway!

To celebrate the this auspicious event… Sarah has very kindly put together an AWESOME bundle for me to give away to one lucky reader.

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The prize is:

  • We Love Liberty Monthly Club July Bundle (8  Fat Sixteenths of gorgous Liberty prints)
  • FQ Pure Elements Cherry Lipgloss
  • FQ Pure Elements Dark Citron
  • FQ Pure Elements Tigerlily
  • FQ Pure Elements Empire Yellow
  • Sewline Glue Pen (with 1 refill only)
  • Clover Black Gold Needles Appliqué/Sharps No. 9,10,12 mixed pack

Fantastic or what?!

To be in with a chance of winning simply subscribe to the Duck Egg Threads Shop Update newsletter (you’ll find the subscribe button in the top left corner of the shop home page), and then leave a comment on here to tell me that you’ve done so. And that’s it!

If you’d like to be in with an extra chance of winning, all you have to do is share the giveaway on social media, and leave extra comments (1 per share) to tell me that you’ve done so.

The giveaway is open to Very Berry readers in the UK only.

I will make the draw on the evening of Sunday 24 July, so enter before about 8pm on Sunday to be in with a chance of winning.

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