Aneela Hoey free Blooms pattern and an Aurifil Floss Giveaway!

February is National Embroidery Month and Aurifil thought it would be appropriate to finish up the month with a free embroidery pattern by the very talented designer Aneela Hoey and a heavenly Aurifil floss GIVEAWAY!

If you have not tried Aurifil embroidery floss you are in for a real treat!  Aurifloss is six strands of  30/2wt  thread pre-wound on lovely wooden spools, no need to fuss with untangling and rewinding floss! The embroidery floss is available in all 270 delicious colours including a variety of variegated perfect for all of your projects.

Aneela Hoey is one of the best embroidery pattern designers in the industry today!  Her designs can be found on her website and in her book Little Stitches.  She has a style that is simple and sweet that appeals to everyone.  She designed a free pdf pattern “blooms” for you to end this month of celebration in hand stitching style.

“Aneela Hoey studied printed textiles at Winchester School of Art and worked in design studios in London and New York before becoming a Moda designer in 2011. All her designs begin as doodles in her sketchbook mostly inspired by her two young daughters who also like to give her plenty of ideas for what she should draw! Aneela is author of the embroidery book Little Stitches published by Stash Books. She loves sew and tries to make as many quilts as she possibly can. You can catch up with Aneela on her blog comfortstitching or on Instagram as aneelahoey.”

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If you are not sure what Aurifloss colours to try, Aneela has her suggestions based on what she has been reaching for in her stash!

“My favourite aurifloss colours – Right now my absolute favourite is 1133, its a rusty yellow sort of colour but looks so pretty with everything. Other favs include 1104, 2220, 2145, 1318 and 2240. I have a bit of a thing for yellow, orange and coral colours at the moment.’

 

To help with the best results with your embroidery, Aneela offers these tips:

1. For best results, use good fabric. You can’t go wrong with quilting cotton, either in a shade of white or a pale solid. Linen bases are also a good alternative.
2. Always use a hoop. Place your fabric in the hoop and tighten it without stretching the fabric.
3. Use embroidery needles – These are widely available from sewing shops and I find them especially useful as they have a longer eye which makes it a whole lot easier to thread your floss through.
4. One of the things I love most about embroidery is that you can make it as simple or complicated as you like. Always just go with how you feel – stick with just one stitch for a piece if that’s what you want to do. Or go to town and use a whole heap of different stitches. Learn some new ones or stick to what you know, it’s up to you!

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The free Aneela Hoey PDF pattern Blooms is available through this link  blooms embroidery pattern

 

 

To help get you started on this lovely stitching project we are giving away to one lucky winner two Aurifil embroidery floss collections one  Lynn Krawczyk Inked  and one Sara Lawson Fantasia. That is two collections making 20 wooden spools of Aurifil goodness for you to start off or add to your stash!  This giveaway is open internationally and a random winner will be chosen and announced on or about 08 March 2015.  There are many options to enter for your chance to win by visiting Rafflecopter

 

 

 

Love and Stitches Giveaway

Amid the flurry of Valentine’s Day preparations, we wanted to take a moment to share a little love with YOU. That’s right, you’ve been busy baking, buying flowers, making valentines for the kiddos, writing love notes, sewing gifts and being generally awesome and we’ve been busy thinking up fabulous ways to appreciate it all. We came up with Love & Stitches — a free project by the incredibly talented Rachael Gander of imagine gnats AND a giveaway including drool-worth goodies from Pellon, Aurifil & the imagine gnats fabric shop.

 

Hop on over to Rachael’s blog to grab the step-by-step for how to make the sweet Valentine pictured below. It’s super simple and cute to boot. We love that the design also pays homage to National Embroidery Month! *sigh* We {heart} Rachael.

 

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The goodies:

 

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from Aurifil — One assorted thread box containing 10 lovely wooden spools of yummy six strand Aurifloss
from imagine gnats — 1/2 yard bundle of Cotton + Steel fabrics Playful: Viewfinders Natural, Playful: Wordfind Pink, Mochi: Moon Bunnies Teal, Tokyo Train Ride: Shibuya Linen, Cookie Book: Ghost Saltines Sky
from Pellon® — 1 pkg 725R Heavy-Duty Wonder-Under®, 1 pkg EZ-Steam® II Sheets, 1 pkg 835R Stitch-N-Tear® Lite, 1 pkg 542S Stick-N-Washaway™ Sheets, 1 pkg Print-Stitch-Dissolve™ Sheets, 1 pkg Ultra-Weave™, 1 pkg 300TC Fabric in White, 1 pkg Sticky-Grid-N-Wash™, 1 16″x16″ Decorative Pillow Form & 1 Craft-sized pkg of Nature’s Touch 100% White Cotton Batting.
Did we say drool-worthy? Win this and you’ll be set for any and all embroidery projects you might have on your to-do list.

Giveaway is open until 11:59pm EST on Friday, February 13th. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Saturday, February 14. This giveaway is open to all of our International friends!

To enter, simply follow this link and work some Rafflecopter magic.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/715465f715/?

 

Best of luck to all you love-birds and hugs from us for a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

2012 Designer of the Month Block Setting Pattern

Pat Sloan Aurifil stitchery pileHi I’m Pat Sloan the Aurifil Designer of the Month coordinator. Every month in 2012 one of our fabulous Designers created an adorable stitchery using our 12 wt threads.

At the end of the year their stack of blocks were all at MY house.. I’m so lucky!!

Pat Sloan Aurifil stitchery all fullSherri Falls created the rough draft of the setting and it was my job to use the Moda’s “Sassy”  Layer cake that I had to set the blocks. This was GREAT fun! To be honest it’s a bit of a challenge to use just one fabric line sometimes, but the design team did such a great job with their blocks that it was easy to create a super cute layout.

CLICK HERE if you are missing any of the patterns

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December Designer of the Month Liz Hawkins and Beth Hawkins of Lizzie B Cre8ive

 

Hi I’m Pat Sloan the Aurifil Designer of the Month coordinator. For December our stitchery series is from the incredible Lizzie B Cre8ive design team duo, Beth Hawkins and Liz Hawkins. Who are not sisters, do not live in the same state, but they did marry brothers way back when… before they even quilted!

Beth and Liz have an incredibly playful style which shows up in their quilts, their fabric and

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Aurifil Designers Ornament Hop – Last ones!

Today you have ALL the ornaments! I love the stories behind each one….

Visit all TWELVE designers at the links below.

  • Download the free pattern
  • Leave EACH of the 12 designers a comment on their ornament day.
  • SIX people that leave a comment for each designer on their day, wins a box of Aurifil thread!  EXCITING!
  • We would love to see your ornaments, share your photos in the Flickr folder HERE

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Good luck Winning a BOX  of Aurifil Thread, we have SIX winners… comment at ALL TWELVE BLOGS by Dec 1!

Aurifil Designer Ornament Blog Hop!

The FABULOUS Sherri Falls came up with the idea of a ornament stitchery blog hop.. and the 2012 designers jumped on it!  Aurifil loved the idea and a hop was born! We are two weeks into it, so you need to visit the first 6 designers at the links below.

  • Download the free pattern
  • Leave EACH of the 12 designers a comment on their ornament day.
  • Someone that leaves a comment for each designer on their day, wins a box of Aurifil thread!  EXCITING!
  • We would love to see your ornaments, share your photos in the Flickr folder HERE

Visit Sherri, Gail and Amy ….

now go visit Pat, Anna, and Emily leave them a comment too!

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Good luck Winning a BOX  of Aurifil Thread!

November Designer of the Month Emily Cier

Hi I’m Pat Sloan the Aurifil Designer of the Month coordinator. For November our stitchery series is from the incredible Emily Cier of Carolina Patchworks! Emily is another designer you want to follow for her tutorials (see the recent one on curves) and her fabulous photography. Emily also shares a lot about use of color through the year, and you might catch a glimpse of her children who give her great inspiration! You must start to follow her blog. http://carolinapatchworks.com/blog/

I know you are going to love meeting Emily and her stitchery is very personal and fits in so well for November.  How are you doing on the blocks? Are you up to date?

Remember to post your photo at our Flickr folder of a project given by one of the Aurifil Designers of the month (see tab on right for all the profiles). One quilter EACH MONTH will win a REALLY NICE THREAD prize from Aurifil! Just post a photo of your completed block. Everyone in the Flickr folder is in the running!

Flickr folder –www.flickr.com/groups/2012_aurifil_featured_designerofthemonth/

Let’s get to know Emily!

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September Designer of the month, Amy Ellis!

Hi I’m Pat Sloan the Aurifil Designer of the Month coordinator. September is the start of fall for those of us in the northern half of the world and our September Designer Amy Ellis is all about fall!  Amy is an author, pattern designer and the force behind the blog “Amy’s Creative side”. I know you are going to love Amy’s interview and her block is quick and easy.. which means you can catch up on some of the others.. wink!

Remember to post your photo at our Flickr folder of a project given by one of the Aurifil Designers of the month (see tab on right for all the profiles). One quilter EACH MONTH will win a prize of Aurifil thread! Just post a photo of your completed block. Everyone in the Flickr folder is in the running! We have a new folder for the 2012 projects

Flickr folder –www.flickr.com/groups/2012_aurifil_featured_designerofthemonth/

Let’s get to know Amy!

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August Designer of the month, Bari J.

Hi I’m Pat Sloan the Aurifil Designer of the Month coordinator. August is in hot hot Arizona with featured Designer Bari J.  Bari is a fabric designer, pattern designer and the owner of “We Love French Knots” where you can learn all kids of stitchery tips!

You can hear my interview with Bari on Monday 17th of October 2011 HERE just scroll down the page

Remember to post your photo at our Flickr folder of a project given by one of the Aurifil Designers of the month (see tab on right for all the profiles). One quilter EACH MONTH will win a prize of Aurifil thread! Just post a photo of your completed block. Everyone in the Flickr folder is in the running! We have a new folder for the 2012 projects

Flickr folder –www.flickr.com/groups/2012_aurifil_featured_designerofthemonth/

Let’s get to know Bari!

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June Designer of the Month, Pam Kitty Morning

Hi I’m Pat Sloan the Aurifil Designer of the Month coordinator. I am so happy to be able to introduce you to Pam Vieira-McGinnis.. better known as Pam Kitty Morning!

If you read blogs, then you must be following Pam.. all the cool kids do.. including Martha Stewart.. yes.. really!  Pam is a rock star at http://pamkittymorning.blogspot.com/

One year Pam had the brilliant idea to have a link party for Quilt Market Reports.. this has been so successful she has done it several times! PLUS the year she and Elizabeth drove they did videos, twitter and blogs posts.. it was a riot!  Aurifil is excited to have Pam join our Aurifil team.

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