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Updated: 2018-04-14T04:20:41.878-07:00


Australian Sewing and Craft Magazine - Kindred Stitches


Australian Sewing and Craft Magazine Kindred Stitches

Have you discovered Kindred Stitches Magazine yet? An Australian digital sewing and craft magazine brimming with original projects to make, demonstration videos, one click shopping for hard to find supplies, and so much more. Keep reading...

The start of a new year is always such an exciting time as we contemplate new year resolutions and the start of new projects to make. To help you along with your planning, we have a beautiful new issue of Kindred Stitches Magazine all about creating some magic in your life.

Nothing fires the imagination as much as the world of legends and ancient myths, of fairies, elves, mermaids and dragons, especially in children. Unfortunately, for most of us, this enchanting world is put aside as we enter adulthood. Reviving the ‘spirit’ of childhood can often bring the joy and the wonder of life itself.

It was this very notion that captivated us to conceive a Magical and Mystical issue. To sprinkle some fairy dust and create an issue that would encourage you to create your own magic, whatever that may be. Take a few minutes to view some of the projects included.

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We all need a little magic in our lives, and we hope that sharing these sewing and craft projects will inspire you to make and create, just because it really is magic.

Click the link here, then scroll down to see the issue summary and page previews. Then select your reader platform whether that is Ipad, Tablet or computer, we have it covered. Kindred Stitches is an exciting new Australian sewing and craft magazine. Download and enjoy today!

Click here now to discover more

New felt and wool PDF patterns to enjoy


Brand new PDF patterns have just been uploaded to the Stitching Cow website for you.
Discover these and lots more.


Warmly Lenna

Angels Inspired Patterns


A quick blog post to let you know that four brand new patterns have just been added to the Stitching Cow website, all inspired by angels. Each design is available as a PDF pattern which means they can be downloaded quickly and easily today.

There's a Trio of Peg Angels to make, perfect for Christmas decorating, a sweet patchwork table runner embellished with a dancing angel amongst the berries, and an angel bedroom set ideal for any little girl' bedroom.

Click here now to check them out.

Happy stitching!
Warmly Lenna

Lingerie Bag PDF pattern


Lingerie Bag PDF pattern

Here's a quick and easy Lingerie Bag project to make that won't break the budget, and the good news is that it is available as a PDF pattern for download.

Just released on the Stitching Cow website, and as seen in Kindred Stitches Magazine, this pretty project could have a number of different uses, Although designed for dainty delicates, it could also be used to store items such as underwear or jewellery when travelling, This project would also make an ideal storage pouch for your latest sewing project.

So if you would like to make a gift for a special family member or friend, or perhaps you would like to treat yourself, click through to the Stitching Cow website and download your Lingerie Bag PDF pattern today.

Pretty Cloth Doll PDF pattern


Miss Lucy Lou Cloth Doll PDF pattern
Do you have a special little girl to share this pretty cloth doll pdf pattern with?

Let me introduce you. Her name is Miss Lucy Lou, the name my very own special little girl picked out for her. She is dressed in her best floral dress and little cropped felt jacket ready to go to town.

Lucy Lou is a quick and easy cloth doll to make. Once you know a few tricks for making cloth dolls, the sky is the limit. The most important technique is the transferring of and sewing of the limbs. If you trace the limbs onto your fabric and then sew on the drawn line, the process is super easy. Another tip is to reduce your stitch length and choose a thread colour to match your fabric.This lightening of the stitches makes the seams stronger so that they withstand firm stuffing.

Miss Lucy Lou Cloth Doll PDF pattern
If you have not made a cloth doll before, here is your chance. Miss Lucy Lou is available as a a PDF downloadable pattern which means you could be making her within minutes! She comes with easy step by step instructions and colour progress photographs to help you every step of the way.
I am sure that she will bring a smile to a little girl, or be the perfect addition seated on a chair in your home.

click here now to head over to the Stitching Cow website for more information about this cloth doll PDF pattern.

Hope Miss Lucy Lou finds a place in your home too.
Warmly Lenna

Teacup Pincushion PDF Pattern


Graphic by Two Pink Possums
Do you have a collection of mixed matched teacups, too pretty to throw away yet not very useful?
I have the perfect solution for you.

A teacup pincushion!

Made from off cuts of fabric, lace and ribbon, it is the perfect idea and inexpensive too. So quick and easy to make that even the kids could get in on the act and make one for Mum or Grandma.

If you need a helping hand, a pdf pattern for a teacup pincushion, with clear colour step by step instruction can be found over on the Stitching Cow website. Click here to go there now.

You could be making some of these delightful teacup pincushions today, how exciting!

Have fun!
Warmly Lenna

New Handcrafted Timber Sewing Accessories


My darling Dad has been busy again creating these amazing handcrafted timber sewing accessories for you. Most pieces are one off items. As you can see they are amazing. Each time I receive a collection from him I have to resist the temptation to keep them all myself...very selfish of me I know. But I just love everything that he makes.

It was my sweet daughter of 14 who reminded me that I needed to share her grandfather's talents with others are well, and she was right!

So with no more to be said, click here now to see what he has made for you. You won't be disappointed.

Warmly Lenna

Button Dolly


Many years ago I stumbled across a button dolly and was immediately taken in. Perhaps it was the excitement of having a worthy project for some of the many buttons in my button collection, or perhaps it was the simplicity of the doll that appealed to me. Whatever the reason, I decided to have a go at making my very own version for you to enjoy.

Since colonial days women have been making dolls from leftover buttons for their children to play with. These delightful button dolls are still popular today, although are used as decorative items rather than toys.

The biggest decision was sorting through some of my button draws trying to decide which buttons to use.

The process of making the dolly is quite simple once you get going.

And I couldn't resist in making her a primitive style dress and garden hat.

The good news is that I have just uploaded my button dolly pattern onto the Stitching Cow website. So click here now and download a copy of the Button Dollly pattern.

You could be making your very own button dolly today! 

Have fun!
Warmly Lenna

New Kindred Stitches Christmas Patterns at Stitching Cow


Have you started your Christmas sewing yet?

Each year I vow to get more organized, yet still I seem to find myself scrambling to get everything done, including making those special handmade gifts. If this sounds like you, good news. I have some Christmas inspiration for you. Here is a new collection of Christmas patterns just uploaded to the Stitching Cow website. These patterns have all be featured in Kindred Stitches Magazine, but are now available for non digital users to enjoy as well. They can be purchased as PDF downloadable patterns so you could be sewing them within minutes, how exciting!

 There's something for everyone one, and many of them are inexpensive, quick and easy to make, perfect for Christmas swaps and school teacher gift giving.

Hope you find some Christmas projects to enjoy, have fun!
Warmly Lenna

Mug Rug Swap Invitation 2014


Something very special for you today?

You are personally invited to join a Mug Rug swap that has been put together by myself and Michele at the Quilting Gallery. Our swap was so popular last year that we couldn't resist the temptation to do it all again. 

The theme this year is based on neighbours and friends and I have designed two projects for you to sew. If you are interested in having fun and meeting a like minded quilter from another country, this is a wonderful opportunity for you. Head on over to the Quilting Gallery now for all the information.

All you need to do is click the link here to visit the information page

If you have any further question please direct them to Michele, and feel free to pass on this invite to your other sewing friends as well. The more the merrier, but be quick registration closes soon.

Have fun.
Warmly Lenna

Handcrafted Timber Sewing Items from Stitching Cow


Just wanted to let you know that I have uploaded lots of new handcrafted timber sewing items onto the Stitching Cow website.

Each of these items is unique because they have been skilfully created by my Dad who loves nothing more that spending time in his workshop. All the timbers used are quality Australian timbers that have been selected because of their grain and durability. Lots of time and care has gone into making these items and they are exclusive to my website, most are one off pieces.

So do yourself a favour and check them out by clicking the link here.

Hope you find something special for your sewing room or as a gift for a friend or loved one.
Warmly Lenna

Japanese style patterns at Stitching Cow


Just a quick post to let you know that I have just added four new Japanese style patterns to the Stitching Cow website. They are all available as e-pattern tutorials so they can be downloaded to your computer as soon as today!
As seem in Kindred Stitches Magazine for Ipad users, these original pattern can now be enjoyed by all.
For more information simply click on each link below, it will take you to the pattern information page.

Happy stitching,
Warmly Lenna

What You Need To Know Before Making Your First Quilt


Patchwork Quilt supplied by FlickrHere is some advice about what you need to know before making your first quilt.As a beginner, the task of making your first quilt can seem very daunting. But have no fear, help is here!In order to get started, you will require some basic supplies which will aid you in creating your quilt. A rotary cutter will allow you to cut through several layers of fabric. They are quite sharp so it is important to take care when using one. You will also need to invest in a cutting mat. These come in different sizes, as do the rotary cutters themselves, and are self-healing and include grid lines which help make your cutting much more accurate. In quilting, accuracy is very important in terms of having a clean, streamline finish. In order to get the best accuracy with your cutting, a rotary ruler will help you make your cutting as accurate as possible-especially if you have a steady hand! Other pieces of equipment you will require include cotton fabric,cotton  thread, fabric scissors and a pencil or fabric pen which will allow you to mark out patterns on fabrics ready for cutting. You also need to decide if you will be using a sewing machine or piecing by hand.Click here for more information about - What is a rotary cutter and tips for rotary cutting successRotary cutter, mat and ruler supplied by FlickrIt is a good idea before starting your first quilt to also educate yourself on the different elements of your quilt including fabrics, batting and colourway. When picking fabrics, take into consideration the thickness and quality of the fabrics. It is best to work with quality 100% quilting fabrics. Your choice of fabrics will aid in achieving a completed quilt you can be proud of, so do not rush this process. If you have difficulty choosing fabrics that look good together, choose fabric from the same fabric range, this will ensure a coordinated look. Batting is a another important factor to consider, your choice will depend on whether you are going to hand quilt or machine quilt your first project. Wool, cotton and bamboo batting are all popular choices for quilters.These are all important consideration and things you should know before making your first quilt, but above all...enjoy it! Quilting making is a fantastic way to have fun and be creative, whilst also creating something lovely to snuggle into on those chilly nights. And don't be afraid of making mistakes, often they are our best teachers!If you still feel overwhelmed and need a hand to get going, try my online sewing and quilt making program.Click here for all the details.Warmly Lenna[...]

New Kindred Stitches Magazine e-patterns


Kindred Stitches Magazine e-patterns new to Stitching Cow
Just a quick blog post to let you know that four, fabulous new e-pattern/tutorial patterns as seen in Kindred Stitches Magazine have just been released on the Stitching Cow website.
There's a pretty embroidered pillow to make, an easy strip pieced table runner, a cottage needle case and a pinwheel quilt to enjoy.

Here's the page links for each pattern for you;

Have fun!!
Warmly Lenna

Bunny Patterns


Need some last minute bunny patterns for Easter?
check out these patterns and more at Stitching Cow. Download them today!

Have fun and Happy Easter.
Warmly Lenna

How to Knit and Crochet Flowers


click here for more about this book on how to knit and crochet flowersEver wondered how to knit and crochet decorative flowers? Perhaps you have admired a brooch or seen a bag or purse embellished with a hand-crafted flower and thought "how have they done that?"I know I have, which is why this book caught my eye."100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet" is a delightful collection of flower to make. This work offers the perfect way to use up scraps of yarn or practice using novelty yarns - you can use them to decorate clothing, hats, bags and belts, embellish home accessories, or make a beautiful bouquet as an unusual display piece.Choose from simple spiral roses, pretty poppies, elaborate layered blooms, and fabulous felted flowers. The flowers are beautifully arranged on the pages, with stitched leaves and embroidered stems, and are cross referenced to a separate section featuring clear pattern instructions and information on yarn requirements. You will also find plenty of inspiration for embellishing your finished flowers with beads, buttons, sequins, and embroidery, plus ideas for using them in a range of fun ways, from unusual jewellery to decorating gift-wrapped packages.The sky's the limit! This book would be a wonderful item to have on any 'crafters' reference shelf.And the best news is that it is currently on sale for 36% less than normal.Click here to find out more about how to knit and crochet flowersWarmly Lenna[...]

Quilting Rotary Cutter Tips for Success


Rotary cut quilting fabrics - graphic supplied by splityarn

Rotary cutters are probably the most dangerous part of quilting, so here are
a few tips to help with your rotary fabric cutting.

*Always cover the blade with the built-in cover when you set it down.
Get into the habit of doing this every time you use the rotary cutter.
An exposed blade can be very dangerous, and a nick in the blade can cause problems when cutting.

Quilting rotary cutter and ruler - graphic supplied by Laura Dahl
* When using your rotary cutter, always cut away from your body, not towards you.

* Use a quilt making ruler and quilting mat when cutting, don't be tempted to cut fabric
without these.Keep fingers well out of the way.It is best to position your hand flat over
the ruler and then apply download pressure as you cut through the fabric.

Warmly Lenna

Handmade for Christmas by Kindred Stitches Magazine


Kindred Stitches Magazine designed for Ipad and Iphone users

It's time for some Christmas crafting and Kindred Stitches Magazine has come to the rescue with this special issue. Jam packed with 10 quick and easy projects for you to make, there is something for everyone.
Check out the video below to see what is on offer. For best results, click on the play button, then pause and allow the video to load. Once loaded click on play again.

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All this and more, download today from the Apple store.
Check out this issue and our Pretty in Blue issue on the Kindred Stitches Magazine website.
Warmly Lenna
PS please share this with your sewing friends, they will thank you for the tip.

New timber sewing accessories at Stitching Cow


Just wanted to let you know that I have uploaded some new timber sewing accessories and more onto the Stitching Cow website, many are "one off items" so be quick. They would make ideal Christmas gifts for those who appreciate quality and craftsmanship.

click here to discover these and more on the Stitching Cow website

Kindred Stitches Magazine Issue 2


Kindred Stitches Magazine Issue 2 for Ipad and IphoneThis issue has a Retro Vintage theme and contains 5 original projects to make with easy step by step instructions, handy hints, progress photos and video demonstrations of techniques. We showcase Katrina from The Story of Kat, and include one of her delightful stitchery projects for you to make. All this plus the latest in books, home décor and hard to find craft materials. Hassle free shopping and loads of fun is at your fingertips. If you are passionate about sewing, hand embroidery, crochet, knitting orpatchwork and quilting you will love this magazine.Download today and be inspired to make and create for your home. Visit the Apple Store and download the App for Kindred Stitches Magazine for free, then check out each issue in your newsstand. We have added a video showcasing the projects in the preview section.Take a moment to watch it here now. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="420">Enjoy!Warmly Lenna PS click here to check out future issues and to see what  is coming soon Thank you to all those people who have enquired about whether our new magazine will be available in other formats, we are currently looking into other options so will keep you posted.  Each issue contains 5 or more original projects to make with easy step by step instructions, handy hints, progress photos and video demonstrations of techniques. A craft designer is showcased each issue and we share all the latest in books, home décor and hard to find craft materials. Hassle free shopping and loads of fun is at your fingertips. If you are passionate about sewing, hand embroidery, crochet, knitting or patchwork and quilting you will love this magazine. Download today for just 99c and be inspired to make and create for your home. Visit the Apple Newsstand page for Kindred Stitches Magazine now, while this offer lastsAnd be sure to tell your friends as well.Enjoy!PS click here to check out future issues and to see what  is coming soon- See more at:[...]

Kindred Stitches Magazine for just 99c


Something extra special and exciting for you today!
For months and month Janice, a good friend of mine and I have been
secretly working on a brand new project and now it is finally ready for you to enjoy.
It is an interactive craft magazine called Kindred Stitches Magazine
which has been designed specifically for the Apple Newsstand.

check it out today
It’s no secret that our home is our haven, and many of us love to decorate with
handmade items that say something about who we are and what we love.
Kindred Stitches Magazine is all about helping you do just that.
Our aim is to share with you homewares, sewing supplies and original
craft projects from all around the world.
We take all the hard work out of researching online.
With just one click you will be able to explore endless possibilities.

Each issue contains 5 or more original projects to make with easy step by step instructions, handy hints, progress photos and video demonstrations of techniques. A craft designer is showcased each issue and we share all the latest in books, home décor and hard to find craft materials. Hassle free shopping and loads of fun is at your fingertips. If you are passionate about sewing, hand embroidery, crochet, knitting or
patchwork and quilting you will love this magazine.

Download today for just 99c and be inspired to make and create for your home.
And be sure to tell your friends as well.

Little Wooden Bird



I saw a little bird go hop, hop, hop
So I said to the little bird, won't you stop, stop, stop.
And was going to the window, to say how do you do,
When he shook his little tail and away he flew.
Author Unknown

This little wooden bird and other hand crafted timber goodies, now available on the Stitching Cow website.

British and American Crochet Terms


I am not an expert when it comes to crochet which is why I was puzzled last week trying to master a simple Granny square crochet pattern! The pattern had an easy rating yet here I was struggling.

My first attempt turned into a crocheted mat for my daughter's dolls house and my second attempt was claimed by my eldest daughter and made into a trendy headband. While both daughters were extremely pleased with their new items I was beginning to get a "tad frustrated".

Then it dawned on me. I was using an American pattern but had been taught to crochet by my Grandmother, the British way.

Those of you who crochet will understand that the terminology used is quite different, which can be a trap for "young players" like myself. Fortunately I managed to demystify this problem and my Granny square progress has improved.

For those of you who need a helping hand when it comes to British and American terms, I have included a table for you here which will shed some light on the matter.

British vs American English Crochet Patterns
British Crochet Terms American Crochet terms
double crochet (dc) single crochet (sc)
half treble (htr) half double crochet (hdc)
treble (tr) double crochet (dc)
double treble (dtr) treble (tr)
triple treble (trtr) double treble (dtr)
miss skip
tension gauge
yarn over hook (yoh) yarn over (yo)

As you can see the same stitch name can refer to different stitches. It is n0 surprise that my crocheted Granny squares were wonky! The best way to tackle this problem is to refer to the crochet stitch reference included with the pattern. Most quality patterns will include this information for you. Look for the Double Crochet stitch as a reference, then you will know whether the crochet pattern is British or American.

Hope this has shed some light on the variations between British and American crochet stitches .
Warmly Lenna

Stitching Cow has a new website


I have some exciting news, Stitching Cow has a brand new website for you to enjoy. 

If you are a regular reader of this blog you will have noticed that my posts have been few and far between. Truth is I have had my nose hard to the grind updating my website which has been an enormous task. The good news is that it is even better than before with bigger graphics (perfect for pinning on Pinterest and for sharing on social media) and a state of the art shopping cart with  a few bells and whistles that I hope you will find much easier to navigate.

You will also notice that my blog has had a revamp as well...told you I have been busy!?

There is also a brand new shop section with a beautiful collection of timber sewing accessories handcrafted by my Dad. Here is a sneak peek of what you can expect, they're two of my favourites.

timber button dish with lid

timber heart thread organizer
There is also a section of quilting fabric bundles and some other bits and pieces for you.
quilting fat quarter bundle

But instead of me rambling on here, head on over to the Stitching website right now and check it out. There is still much more to come over the next few weeks as I upload more new patterns and articles so stay tuned.
Warmly Lenna

PS While you are there please help to spread the word for me by sharing on your favourite social media, thanks

Craft Book Competition


Just came across this craft book competition and thought I would share it. I would love to win this signed print from Mandy, it is so sweet. Mind you the craft books would be great as well. Click on the graphic for all the details...and good luck.

It's been ages since I have posted here, truth is I have been working on an exciting new project which has taken up even spare minute I have. The exciting thing is that all will be revealed stay tuned.

Warmly Lenna