A Little Something for Christmas ~ Jewelry Keeper

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I like to get a lot of use out of my quilting and crafting books so when I was flipping through A Little Somethingmy book published through Martingale , I started thinking about other projects that could be made when you combine pieces from many pages. And then the wheels started turning! Here's one ...  Jewelry Keeper ... but remember ... you need to have a copy of A Little Something to make it. 

A Little Something cover

To make the Jewelry Keeper, you'll need a 9" square of wool for the outside, a 4 1/2" square for the inside, scraps for flowers and leaves, and a long strip for the ties. Of course, don't forget floss ... matching or contrasting is fine ... sharp scissors, Roxanne's Glue Baste, and #9 embroidery needles.

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Use freezer paper to make templates and cut the wool for the scallop and circle. The patterns are on pages 30-31 or a larger circle on page 27. You can find info on how to cut wool shapes on page 78.

On the scalloped piece, use two strands of floss to blanket stitch the edge. I worked from the front so my stitches looked best there, and I hid my knots on the inside as much as I could. You're only working with one layer of wool so it's a bit tricky. Just make it look nice.

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Press the circle in half, then in half again ... use steam or mist with a spray bottle because you want the folds to stay.

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Center the circle on the scallop. Use a running stitch and two strands of floss to stitch along the folds, going through all of the layers. Hide the knots under the circle. This makes the pockets for your jewels.

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So next you have to make templates for the flowers and leaves. I used the large and small flowers on page 23, the leaf on page 31, the flower and small and medium and large circles on page 33, and the leaf on page 53. Look at the photos to see what you need to cut. I used scraps from my stash.

Fold the scallop in half and then use glue baste to hold the flowers and leaves in place. Notice that the rounded ends of the leaves are facing out. The shapes are only placed on half of the scallop. If it makes it easier to lay them out, lightly press the scallop into quarters.

To stitch the flowers and leaves, use one strand of floss. Try your best to keep the stitches under the inside circle if you can ... but if you can't, make them neat on the back. If you don't know how to make the stitches, we've included photos on page 79.

Make one long stitch down the center of the leaves.

The larger flower is anchored by large X stitches in each petal.  The smaller flower and center circle are anchored with a star stitch over the top of the center circle, going through all of the layers. The small flower is loose.

Whipstitch the larger circle flower along the edges. Make a star stitch over the center of the small circle to hold it in place.

Cut two strips for ties ... a scant 3/8" wide x 10" or so long. Layer a small flower and circle, then glue baste about 1" or so from the end of each tie. Anchor with a star stitch over the center circle. On the back, cover the stitches with a circle, then stitch a large X through the center, hiding the knots underneath. Notch the ends of the ties about 1/2" beyond the flowers. Look at the photos above to see how they should look.

Fold the jewelry keeper into four and press lightly. The flowers will show on the front and the back when it's tied.

Make a mark 1/2" from the scalloped edge along the fold on both folds. Cut a slit a scant 1/4" long along the fold. Push the other end of each tie through the slit to the inside. Tie a knot in the ends and trim the excess.

Tuck necklaces, earrings, and rings into the segments of the inside circle. Fold the jewelry keeper into four and tie it to close.

If you don't have a copy of A Little Something yet, you can order an autographed copy here!

Happy stitching! Enjoy making 'a little something'!!

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A Little Something fun for wool workers!



Photo credit: Martingale/That Patchwork Place - Photographer Brent Kane

To say I'm in love with wool is an understatement! Not a day goes by where I'm not stitching on a wool projects ... or thinking of one I want to stitch! It's been something I've been doing since I was nine years old ... even raising sheep as a teenager because I loved it so much. Wool applique is such an enjoyable hobby!

I've been designing wool applique projects for American Patchwork and Quilting for a number of years. And I'm a licensed designer for Sizzix where I develop die cuts that let us cut wool shapes by machine.  So you can imagine how exciting it was when Martingale Publishing accepted my book proposal for a wool applique book! It has been a delightful journey, taking pieces of imagination and turning them into an 80 page book through the help of the Martingale staff.

A little something contents

The table of contents gives you a sneak peek into what you'll find between the pages. There are sixteen projects ... most that take hardly any time at all! I made many of them on Sunday afternoons and while I stitched, I imagined others gathering their friends and stitching, too. They are quick enough to make as gifts ... a make and take at the quilt guild ... or as a way to show a beginner the steps to working with wool.

A little something close up

I love how the close up photos show exactly how the stitches look. The photographer, Brent Kane, is amazing!! One thing I told the editors is that it doesn't matter to me if stitches aren't perfect. When you look through the book you'll see exactly what I mean. It's not that I don't care about my work ... it's more that I want to enjoy it and there's nothing enjoyable about fretting over a stitch that's less than perfect.

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While I like to learn how to create intricate stitches, for the most part, I use only a few. These are rather simple stitches to learn ... I think it's encouraging to new wool workers to not have too many to deal with. Instead of diagrams, the stitches are worked right on the wool ... it is easier to understand that way.

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The other great thing about wool applique ... you don't need a ton of supplies. Most of these products are already in your sewing basket. Sharp scissors, pretty hand dyed wool, an embroidery needle and floss, pins, and Roxanne's Glue Baste are pretty much all you need. Oh ... and a super cute design ... something you'll find in the book, of course!

A little something trio

Like most moms, I have a favorite I don't play favorites ... but if I did, it would have to be the strawberry trio. The needlekeeper, pincushion, and scissors ID and fob are so darn cute! And those flower pins ... they just make me smile. They cover real flower pins! I think I like the strawberries best right now because they make me feel like maybe Spring will get here someday! (It's May 1st and snowing here in Minnesota.)


Photo credit: Martingale/That Patchwork Place, Photographer: Brent Kane

In addition to the strawberries, there are projects for every day ... for late Summer and Fall ... folk art motifs such as the pineapple ... and so much more. I pretty much covered all the things I love. They even snuck in some of my favorite organizing tools ... muffin tins, jars, trays ... all the things I find at the flea market. Storing supplies should be cute, right?

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And I'm just vain enough to be thrilled that A Little Something has a full page in the Martingale wholesale catalog. This stuff never gets old!

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If you want to read another review ... my friend PamKittyMorning had some nice things to say. Go to Martingale's web site to see more of the projects from the book. And for your very own autographed copy, visit my Rosebud's Cottage website. I'll get one right out to you. I know you'll find 'a little something' you just have to make!

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Tie one on! Quick and cute ornaments that you can use as tags, too!

Sizzix F 2016 display

Ornaments have always been my go-to for fun and fast holiday gifts. It's not unusual for me to mass produce them so that I have enough for everyone. To speed things up, I often do some of the steps using my Sizzix Big Shot Plus and dies.   For the Sizzix booth at Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, at the last minute, I made a small collection of ornaments for them to display. Now you can make them with the instructions here!

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For my ornaments, I used Winter Wonderland, Posy Patch, Hearts and Scallops, and Penny Rug Circles and Tongues die cuts from my Rosebud's Cottage collection at Sizzix.  I also used Ovals #2  and the Bigz 2, 3 & 4" Circles die.   I used Roxanne's Glue Baste to hold my shapes in place ... and one strand of floss unless I say otherwise. So simple but so sweet!

Sizzix ornament 1

For this ornament, cut two 2" circles, one posy, one scalloped posy for the center, and a 1/4" circle. Lay the poinsettia down first on one circle. Make one long stitch through each petal, ending with a little X at the end. Put the green scallop center and a yellow circle on top. Stitch over the yellow center with a star stitch, going through all of the layers. Now put the back and front together and blanket stitch with two strands of floss, hiding your knots inside. Use four strands of floss to make a hanger.

Sizzix ornament 2

Make this simple one by cutting two 2 1/2" ovals, two holly leaves, and three 1/4" circles. On one oval, stitch the holly in place with bright green floss and either a backstitch or a running stitch. Overcast the stems with a few stitches.  Add the three berries, attaching them with French Knots. Put the back and front together and blanket stitch with two strands of floss, hiding the knot. Add a hanger with four strands of floss.

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For the heart ornament, cut two 2 3/4" hearts from red wool, and a 2 1/4" heart from pink, two holly leaves from green, and a red berry. On one red heart, whip stitch the pink heart. Attach the holly with two large Xs. Make a star stitch over the top of the berry. Put the front and back together and blanket stitch with two strands of floss. Use four strands of floss to make a hanger.

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The tree ornament is made by cutting the base from purple houndstooth wool, cut two 4" ovals, one tree, a small star, a small heart, and a tree trunk. On one oval, whipstitch the the tree with green floss, tucking the trunk slightly underneath. Use the same green floss to make several running stitches down the center of the trunk. Attach the heart and star with large Xs. Put the front and back together and blanket stitch with two strands of floss, hiding the knots inside. Use four strands of floss to make a hanger.

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This snowman ornament can hang out all Winter! Cut two 4" ovals, one snowman, a heart, a tree trunk for for the scarf, and three 1/8" circles. On one oval, center the snowman and whipstitch in place. Use a larger X to anchor the heart. Make three large black Xs down the tummy. Use black floss for French Knot eyes. Put the (trunk) scarf sideways across the snowman's neck. Overcast it with long stitches, bunching them in groups of two. Make fringe with three long stitches at one end of the scarf. Anchor the circles with extra long stitches to look like snowflakes. Put the back and front together and blanket stitch with two strands of floss, hiding the knots. Make a hanger with four strands of floss.

That's it! If you don't remember how to make them, a few of the stitches are explained here. They are also in the files section of my Wool Workers group on Facebook. If you don't belong to Wool Workers, what are you waiting for? It's filled with people who love to work with wool ... lots of inspiration and sharing of tips and techniques. Make sure you hit the 'like' button on my Rosebud's Cottage page, too.

Merry Christmas ... have fun creating during the holiday season ... and all year long!

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It'll be a two-toned Christmas this year!

Red sock 1

Here in Minnesota with it's huge Nordic heritage, it's normal to see red and white holiday decorations. So what better way to use my Sizzix stocking die cut and recently released dies!

For this project I used these dies ... they can be found here on my Rosebud's Cottage spot at Sizzix. You need the Stocking, Circles and Tongues, Hearts and Scallops, and Winter Wonderland die cuts. Just use the photo ^^^^ above to figure out which pieces to cut. Of course, you need a front and back to the sock and a hanger. And if you didn't want to use the pine tree, you could use a snowman or a bunch of hearts ... no rules ... just red and white.

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Sizzix circles and tongues

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The other things you'll need are red and off white wool and floss, embroidery needles, Roxanne's Glue Baste, some pins ... and that's about it! All the stitching is done with one strand of floss ... except for blanket stitching the front and back together ... that's done with two.

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Trim a piece of the scallop and fit it under the cuff. Use Roxanne's glue to hold in place. Put the cuff over the top and whip stitch the bottom edge to the scallop, going through to the stocking. Use one strand of off white floss for this. Place the stars and dots on the cuff. Use red floss to whip stitch the stars and to make a star stitch over the top of the circles. Backstitch along the edge of the cuff.

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Center the tree and star. Whip stitch them both with off white floss. Make star stitches over the top of the snowflake circles, the red ones on the tree, and the one in the center of the star.

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Whipstitch along the top edge of the toe with off white floss. Whip stitch the heart with red floss and make a star stitch over the circles. Backstitch in red along the toe.

To finish, match the back and front and pin together. Use two strands of floss to blanket stitch ... off white for the toe and cuff ... red for the body and the cuff edge of the back. Stitch a hanger in one corner between the layers.

You can order the dies from me ... and if you're local, a Big Shot Plus, too. Email me at [email protected] or message me on my Rosebud's Cottage Facebook page. I'll send you a Paypal invoice and get your things on their way.

This is a quick and easy project ... mostly because of the die cutting ... and would make a great gift for someone at the office or a friend. Stuff it with special things they'd enjoy. Happy holidays!

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There's more than one way to stitch a leaf!

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If you do any kind of wool applique, it's almost impossible to get away from stitching down leaves. Lots of people feel they have to blanket stitch down every shape but with leaves, sometimes they're too small to do that. Here are ways I like to stitch them ... keeping in mind that I consider these as projects that won't be worn or laundered. If they were going to be touched a lot, I'd stitch them down tight! I tend to stitch with one or two strands of floss. If I want to stitch down all of the edges, I prefer a whip stitch to a blanket stitch. I often stitch down the center of the leaf with a back stitch, tugging the stitches a tiny bit to make them gather.

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X stitches are another favorite. They give some texture while holding the leaf in place.

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Long stitches angled from each side anchor the leaves and give dimension. Or you can add angled long stitches to either side of a back stitch.

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I love finding unusual ways to stitch the leaves too ... just for fun. This leaf is found on my Wool and Whimsy pincushion at American Patchwork and Quilting.

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Sometimes I'll use two different stitches on one leaf set. I'll whip stitch the bottom leaf down and then do something different on the top leaf. An X stitch works great. So does a chain stitch.

Each leaf  speaks to me and helps me decide from project to project which is the best technique. That's the beauty of wool applique ... there are so many ways to stamp yourself on each project you make. Enjoy it!

btw ... if you love wool ... make sure you join our Wool Workers group on Facebook!

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It's my day to be Crazy About Wool!!

It's no big surprise to those who know me that I've been crazy about wool for over 20 years! I love cutting it up ... I love stitching it on things ... I love making projects with wool. So when Denise at Pieced Brain asked if I'd like to be on the Crazy About Wool blog hop, how could I say anything but yes! Click over to her blog and you'll find the list of who is taking part ... as well as how you can win some terrific prizes! The blog hop started on September 23 and goes through the 27th with a lot of different bloggers taking part. Some talk about wool and others have projects to share. And it's all fun!

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Today, you'll find these bloggers but if you go to Denise's blog each day, you'll find the complete list.

A Quilt and a Prayer

Kat & Cat Quilts

By the Bay Needleart

Sugarlane Quilts

Sheila's Quilt World

Pieced Brain

What I love about all the bloggers is their wool interests are in various areas ... and they're from all over the world!

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For the blog hop, I've designed a simple fall project for you called Autumn Duo Pin and Needle Keeper. I love to tie pincushions on to my scissors or sewing basket handle so that I have a place to park my pins and needles ... especially when I'm traveling.  Download Autumn Duo pattern ... you'll need Adobe Reader ... and then print it out to make your own pincushion and needle keeper. Use your favorite fall colors! It's fun and you'll have it done in an afternoon.

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One of the features of Autumn Duo is that the acorn bottom opens up to hide your needles! A little bit of stuffing in the cap and also in the leaf gives you a place to push your pins.

I'm not new to blog hops. Some of you might remember my Fall-O-Ween Treat Jar  from a few years ago. I made it to store that delicious autumn mixture ... candy corn and peanuts! And of course, the project is made from wool. Are you surprised?

So if you're not convinced by now that I'm crazy about wool you'll have to click over to My Love Affair With Wool. I show some tips for working with wool and a tutorial if you're new to this.

If that's not enough, scroll through  American Patchwork & Quilting to find even more wool projects I've designed. You'll have plenty to do for a long long time and then you'll be crazy about wool, too ... if you aren't already!

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