Hey everyone! Sending my hellos and how-are-yous’ all the way from Texas!
My week here has been very exciting so far. Helen and I are absolutely delighted to be meeting quilters from this side of the globe; seeing old friends here at the Festival has been great as well. Don’t worry, it won’t be all fun and games whilst I’m here – I did say that I’ll make sure to look for new products to help make everyone’s quilting life easier (okay, that is FUN too, I won’t lie. haha), so keep an eye out for more updates!
Enough of that (I’ll talk more about my trip once the Festival comes to a close, or better yet when I’m home), let me share with you what else is new at Constantine Quilts…
If you are in need of hand-embroidery inspiration, I highly recommend that you check out these books:
Creative Stitching 2nd Edition by Sue Spargo includes step by step concise written instructions, along with clear illustrations, for more than 70 of Sue’s favourite stitches. Included are close up, colour, photographic examples of each of the stitches used. Published December 2017, this revised second edition includes over 20 new stitches, new highly detailed illustrations and photographs, a new chapter ‘Stitch Variations’, an updated chapter ‘Needles & Threads’. Get yours here.
You don’t have to be a master embroiderer to create beautiful crazy-quilt seams! Get amazing design ideas from Kathy Seaman-Shaw’s Stunning Stitches For Crazy Quilts. With 480 seam designs to inspire your creativity, you’ll learn to stitch with uniform spacing for a professional appearance! Get yours here.
You know what else you need? Threads that will help your designs stand out! Sue Spargo Primitive Eleganza 8wt Threads will be perfect for your work! This collection is designed to meet the specific needs of hand stitchers, embroiderers and embellishers.
Eleganza is made from 100% Giza 88, the highest calibre extra long staple Egyptian cotton. Fibres spun with this fibre create a thread of extreme softness, strength and lustre. An extra 15% twist has been incorporated into the design of Eleganza resulting in a thread of superior stability, uniformity and sewability. Eleganza is double gassed and mercerised to eliminate build up of lint and snub, largely enriching the appeal of stitchery. Get yours here.
Sneak peek! World-renowned textile artist Sue Spargo will inspire you to write, sketch, draw, and dream in this gorgeous journal. Among more than 150 close-up, colour-drenched photos of Sue’s incredible stitcheries is a mix of lined pages, graphed pages, and blank pages that offer plenty of space for getting in touch with your creative side. (Patterns not included.)
Let me know if you want me to order this journal in? Email me
Till next time…