New by Sew Cherished

I love these wool designs by Dawn Shuck. The height is an added bonus since you can still display pictures, etc. beneath them. And the magnets make it easy to change out the designs.

A Round the Year March
A Round the Year April
A Round the Year May

These are great projects for those newbies that came from knitting or cross-stitch. These newest additions to the line are expected at the beginning of October. And, don’t forget to order your stand! From Kraft Klub, Black Round Stand# KK8864-B.

Black Round Stand

Homegrown with Sue Spargo

I love everything by Sue Spargo – it just makes me happy! And Homegrown is so cheerful – don’t you want to live in this village???

Homegrown Book

Just look at the detail in every single block – and the colors are so unexpected in wool and mix beautifully with the cottons.

Homegrown Book
Homegrown Book
Homegrown Book
Homegrown Book
Homegrown Book

Why not start this as a block of the month? Handwork is definitely on the upswing and embroidery is exploding!

Sew Cherished in the Round

I LOVE this new round the year series by Sew Cherished! All of her designs have that awe factor that you just can’t resist! These 10″ wool circles are the perfect handwork project and would be a great wool Round of the Month!

A Round the Year June
A Round the Year July
A Round the Year August

We already have pics on the website for the first three. The next three are entered – but we don’t have the pics yet! Don’t you love a surprise – especially when they are this cute???

I love the stand because it is 22″ high so it adds height to any display. Smaller things can be showcased around the base to create a charming vignette! The designer used sew-in magnets to attach the wool design!

Black Round Stand

The patterns and stand are all due to arrive later this month.

Gathered Hearts

Many of you have had to close your stores during the quarantine and are looking for ways to connect with your customers. Kitting these Gathered Hearts patterns and mailing them as a block of the month might be just what you need!

Gathered Hearts Thru the Year April
Gathered Hearts Thru the Year May
Gathered Hearts Thru the Year June
Gathered Hearts thru the Year July

Let’s face it! Most of your customers are home and would love some handwork while binge watching something on T.V. Receiving a kit in the mail will bring a smile – and much needed sales to your shop! New patterns and images are being added so you can see ALL of the patterns in the Gathered Hearts series. Some are in stock, some are due to arrive in April. Check our website for availability.

Gathered Hearts Thru the Year September

Wool Applique Heirlooms

The title says it all! This book by Mary A. Blythe includes fifteen different projects – and they all are stunning!

Wool Applique Heirlooms

I think my personal favorite is this Advent Tree. How cute is that? Who can resist pennies?

I had to look twice at this one! It reminds me of my grandma’s canning lids. Such muted colors are stunning!

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But wool can be bright as well – and adding curves to the centerpiece adds another design element.

Fall is my favorite season and these two are beauties!

Add warmth and texture to your home with wool appliqué. Sewing in the popular folk-art style, you’ll stitch fifteen projects, including thirteen heirloom-worthy table mats and two versions of an Advent calendar, on a cotton or wool base. Learn how reverse appliqué brings depth and color to your handwork without the bulk of additional layers. This guide offers advice on choosing and using wool (even scraps!), plus valuable techniques and tips for wool hand stitchers.

Add warmth and texture to your home with wool appliqué. Sewing in the popular folk-art style, you’ll stitch fifteen projects, including thirteen heirloom-worthy table mats and two versions of an Advent calendar, on a cotton or wool base. Learn how reverse appliqué brings depth and color to your handwork without the bulk of additional layers. This guide offers advice on choosing and using wool (even scraps!), plus valuable techniques and tips for wool hand stitchers.

The layering on these two makes them come to life. The petals look three dimensional!

The book is in stock so order it now. We are almost to the handwork season. Don’t you love to have a project that travels well???

Vintage Vibe

With a title like that, who could resist??? Stacy West’s newest book – due out in February – is sure to be a winner!

Buttermilk Basin's Vintage Vibe

The book includes 25 patterns with a vintage feel. A picture is worth a thousand words, so here is just a sampling of what you have to look forward to:

Martingale - Buttermilk Basin's Vintage Vibe
Martingale - Buttermilk Basin's Vintage Vibe
Martingale - Buttermilk Basin's Vintage Vibe

Martingale - Buttermilk Basin's Vintage Vibe

Martingale - Buttermilk Basin's Vintage Vibe
Martingale - Buttermilk Basin's Vintage Vibe

Each one is cuter than the next! But, since they are smaller projects, why not treat yourself to one a month?

Primitive Gatherings with Class

Lisa Bongean is famous for working and wool and her eye for detail. She adds that awe factor to everything she touches. Her latest book – shipping this week – is full of all of the tips and tricks Lisa has learned along the way.

Wool Needle And Thread
Wool Needle And Thread

Wool Needle And Thread
Wool Needle And Thread
Wool Needle And Thread

Wool Needle And Thread

Ditch the trial-and-error and learn from Lisa’s decades of experience step by step: wool appliqué, embroidery stitches, and much more. Filled with close-up photos of Lisa’s hands working her magic, this book will show you how to master each technique down to the tiniest detail.

Start with Lisa’s fabric tips; then move on to her favorite tools, templates, threads, and needles. How does she create her slim vines, pretty pennies, and flower appliqués? It’s all here, along with a dozen embroidery stitches in photos so clear, you can’t go wrong.

Big Boards and Wool Mats

I LOVE this! I have had my big board for years and loved being able to press entire quilt tops with ease. But, when the wool mats came out, I had THREE so I could put them end to end to iron tops. Not an ideal solution, but once you’ve used a wool pressing mat, nothing else will do. Then I got a phone call from the folks at Gypsy Quilter asking me what sizes they should add to the line! Well, that was a no-brainer – and the Big Board size was born!

This wool mat fits the Big Board perfectly – and guess what, we have those too…..

You can buy just the Big Board by Tracy’s Tables which is made to fit over your existing ironing board, or in my case, on a counter in my sewing room.

Or, you can buy the Big Board with it’s own collapsible legs.

Now, they even have a fabric corral so the fabric does not fall on the floor!

And, now there is a new portable size of Big Boards which will fit in your car. This size is perfect for retreats and classrooms!

Remember, every seam you sew has to be pressed and pressing can make all of the difference! Quality products make that difference!

Wool in all its Beauty

Rebekah Smith has designed two wool mats that can add a spark of color to any decor. Folk Hearts has two options – both so charming you will want to make both!

This table runner is stunning in Fall colors but would be gorgeous in Spring colors as well. The shape adds that awe factor and highlights the design as well.

Summer is beginning and is the perfect time for a bit of handwork. Wool is the perfect choice for a take along project!

Wool Mats to Fit your Needs

For all of you who already own a wool mat from The Gypsy Quilter and LOVE it, two new sizes are now available. I travel and teach most of the year and see you with your tray tables next to you for an ironing station. Now there is a mat to fit the most common size of table: 13 x 19-1/2 inches!

Please remember: These pressing mats can be used with a dry iron on any surface. If using steam, place the mat on a protected surface since moisture does go through the mat and can harm the surface below.

Perfect for that quilter on the go! But what about when you are in your sewing room? We have the answer for that as well! There is now one big enough to fit your Big Board – a whopping 22 x 59 inches! This 3/8″ wool mat is the perfect choice for pressing entire quilt tops.

If you haven’t tried these yet, here are the details and why you should:

Press any pieced or embroidered block with ease. The density of this high-quality 100% felted wool mat absorbs seams and stitches, effectively pressing both sides at once. Block knitted projects as well by pinning them directly to the mat. An added bonus? The texture of the wool stops fabrics from shifting so there is no distortion when pressing.

Tips and Tricks
The pressing mat can be used with a dry iron on any surface. If using steam, place the mat on a protected surface since moisture does go through the mat and can harm the surface below.

Never place the mat on a rotary cutting mat when pressing. The heat could warp the cutting mat.

If mat feels damp after use, hang to air-dry before storing. Wash the mat occasionally by rinsing it in cold water and hanging the mat until dry – especially if using spray starch.

Safe surfaces include Formica, Corian, stone, and metal (an ironing board). Wood and painted surfaces should be avoided.

A wool mat is a handy tool for quick pressing when kept next to your sewing machine.