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IN STITCHES

Rice Stitch


Each block covers a square of seven canvas threads and is worked in two journeys.


Instructional photo demonstrating how to complete a rice stiitch


First, cross the square with two horizontal and two vertical straight stitches to make an upright cross. Work a second cross over this, made up of four diagonal straight stitches, the first two running from top right to bottom left and the remaining two in the opposite direction.


Complete all these blocks on the first journey, then frame them with vertical and horizontal straight stitches. Work a tiny upright cross stitch over two canvas threads where the corners of the block meet.


Double Cross Stitch


Begin by covering the area to be filled with large cross stitches worked over four vertical and four horizontal canvas threads, as shown in the diagram.


Instructional photo demonstrating how to complete a rice stiitch


Then work small diagonal stitches over each corner at right angles to the arms of the cross. Position each row of rice stitches directly under the preceding row.


MAKE A FELT FLOWER BROOCH

red felt flower brooch

Spruce up your next outfit with a beautiful flower brooch! It's a quick and easy project; follow our step by step tutorial to quickly create one of your own.


You may also want to use an item that will help you to create the shape of your flower, or you can free-hand the design. It's totally up to you. Let's get started!


Here's a list of supplies you'll need to get started:


  • fleece
  • felting needle
  • soapy water
  • basic sewing supplies
  • brooch back


First, you will need to work with the fleece, which will eventually become your felt. Use the felting needle to move the fleece into a leaf shape. Repeat this step until you have made enough pieces for your petals.


Next, make a small ball of fleece, again using the needle to help shape it. This will be the center of the flower.


Now use the needle to attach the ball and petals together. Once done, sew a brooch pin, or saftey pin onto the back. Place the flower into the soapy water and let it soak for a couple minutes. Remove it from the water, and squeeze out the excess. You'll need to roll the fleece around in your hands (like dough) to dry it completely.


Once dry, lay out the flower and stretch it back into shape. Feel free to embellish with threads, beads, lace or anything else you like!

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STUDIO VISIT WITH JANELLE GIVENS

Janelle started teaching herself how to quilt when she found out she was pregnant with her first child, Peyton. What started as a desire to make a keepsake quilt for her daughter has turned into a passion and hobby, and after years of a make-shift studio in her dining room, Janelle was able to dedicate some space in her garage to her craft.


Panel of Gees Bend Artists

Working on a budget, Janelle was able to purchase all the furniture from Ikget, a popular home goods store. The table to the left of the sewing desk is intended as a kitchen island, but its large top is perfect for laying out and cutting quilting squares, and the deep drawers hold plenty of yards of fabric.


The shelves above her work station came from the same store, and two simple dowel rods were hung across the lower part of the shelves to hang spools of ribbon from. Decorative boxes help organize notions, and a thread rack was installed to give easy access for a large range of threads.