Treasures for January

I know a lot of people find January to be a difficult month, after the festivities of December. I usually rather enjoy it – I don’t mind chilly weather too much, and I quite enjoy that feeling of making a fresh start, but so far 2017 has been a bit of a slog… How are you getting on?

I thought, for all of us who might be in need of a bit of good cheer, I’d share some of the beautiful creative possibilities available from my sponsors right now.

First up, I couldn’t resist the beautiful jewel tones of this striking knitted blanket pattern from Baa Ram Ewe (it’s called York Minster and is designed by Alison Moreton and knitted in Dovestone DK), new in at Black Sheep Wools. I love the entire Dovestone DK collection – yarns and patterns alike.So beautiful!

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Duck Egg Threads have 80wt Aurifil! If you don’t know about this, it is a fabulous new Egyptian cotton thread from Aurifil – a very fine, smooth thread, which is ideal for hand and machine use and is especially recommended for hand appliqué and English Paper Piecing.

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Sarah has chosen a very useful range of neutral tones – can’t wait to get hold of some!

Here are some more of my favourite jewel colours. I absolutely adore this fabulous red marl wool touch fabric (a polyester/acrylic mix) new in at Dragonfly Fabrics.

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Is it time for me to conquer my fear of knit fabrics and use it to make this great top? Hmmmm..! It comes in grey too.

Is it too soon to be thinking of Easter? Oh well, be cross with me if you like, but I couldn’t help it, when I spotted these fab Easter egg buttons at My Fabric House.

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If you are not quite thinking ahead to April yet, there’s more fab buttons new in at MFH – maybe hearts for Valentine’s Day work better for you.

Nicole from Cloud Craft shared this beautifully curated collection of wool felt, called Hellebore, on Facebook the other day, and I absolutely had to share it with you too.

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I love these gorgeous colours, so reminiscent of a spring garden and perfect for a bit of relaxing hand stitching – maybe with this selection of threads from Sublime Stitching.

Finally, if you hurry, my friends at Mollie Makes are having a competition to win 3m of fabrics from my fabulous sponsors Prinfab.

Dash round before midnight tomorrow to be in with a chance of winning. And if you’ve ever thought of having a go at printing your own designs on fabric, but don’t know where to start, it’s well worth following Prinfab on Facebook for some fabulous inspiration. And, I forgot to say, you can now get your designs printed on cotton muslin and cotton jersey too, so even more motivation to have a go!

Hope I’ve provided a little bit of creative inspiration for the week ahead… enjoy it!

 

One thought on “Treasures for January

  1. Hi Ali a fab post as always thank you. It was you that put me on to Prinfab and I agree they are a wonderful company. Last autumn my two friends took me to Yorkshire for a few days and one of had taken a really lovely photo of the landscape. As a thank I had the image printed and was able to make two little make up bags as a thankyou to them. They were delighted-I urge everyone to have a look at their website.
    Have a fabulous week Ali – thank you.
    Dorothy xx

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