SHOP

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

My "Homespun" project & a tutorial...

If you're a reader of Australia's favourite craft magazine 'Homespun' you may have noticed that I have a design in the January issue...









No surprise either that my new design features both a love for home and a blessing as well because these are two things that matter very much to me.








"Bless Our Home" has been kept safely under wraps since I completed it about 9 months ago so it's wonderful that I can now 'spill the beans' and break secrecy to show you...







If you plan on making "Bless Our Home" perhaps you'd like to follow a few of my suggestions on preparing your block for those little pieces of applique?




First of all, trace the design onto your background fabric but do NOT trace the applique sections.






Trace the reverse applique shapes onto the smooth side of some Vliesofix or your preferred fusible applique paper, leaving a 1/2" space between each shape.

Cut out each shape, keeping a 1/4" buffer outside the traced lines.

Choose the fabric scraps you'll use for each of the applique sections and fuse the shapes, rough side down, onto the wrong side of your fabrics with a warm, dry iron. 

Cut out each shape along the traced lines.

I use a very sharp pair of small scissors when cutting applique pieces because they allow me to get around tiny corners with ease and accuracy.

For the door (which has a window) cut away that opening first, and the outside edges of the door last...





Peel the fusible paper away from your fabric shapes.
Position the shapes onto your stitchery fabric one at a time and gently press down on the shape with a warm, dry iron.






Blanket stitch around all the applique shapes with a single strand of thread before you begin the embroidery.




But the best advice I can give you?
Don't rush, enjoy the process, and breathe gently as you go.

I gifted this version of "Bless Our Home" to a lovely lady so I'm going to stitch it again for myself.

This issue of Australian Homespun magazine is available right now through newsagents and similar outlets across Australia and New Zealand, but it's also available as a digital download here from Zinio if you're overseas. 


hugs



25 comments:

Joanne said...

Hi Jenny,
That must be quite exciting! Having a design published in a magazine and keeping it a secret for so long, having to wait til it hits the stands! It looks beautiful! Congratulations!

Outback Crafter - Debra said...

Lovely Jenny.
Very you.

Anorina (Samelias Mum) said...

Congratulations on publishing another absolutely beautiful project Jenny.

Sharmayne said...

Congrats Jen! And congrats on managing to sit on this exciting news for such a long time - it looks like a lovely stitcher that many will enjoy

Baa. xxx said...

Beautiful design Jenny! Fancy keeping it a secret for 9 months. Might just have to buy Homespun this time!

Jille said...

How lovely! Congratulations on having this beautiful stitchery published

Mamacessories said...

Hi Jenny! I live in the USA so I have to get Homespun digitally on Zinio but as soon as I opened the new issue I recognized a "Jenny Original" and quickly went to that page! Gorgeous as usual - I do not know how you manage to outdo yourself time and time again!
Maria

Shortbread and Ginger said...

It is gorgeous! Thanks for showing us how the process works - really want to give this a try!

Nana Jan said...

Jenny!!!

How wonderful!!! You have another talent - being able to keep such a lovely secret for soooo long! :)

I will have to buy this issue.All my other projects may have to go on the back burner so I can start this. (You notice I didn't say finish. LOL) Its far too sweet not to have it hanging in my home.

Congratulations!!!!

Jan

sandi s said...

Congratulations!!! That is such a cute design. Hugs,

Sherry said...

I just ordered a copy of the magazine. I love your design and want to get started on it soon. We'll see how that goes. I can think of several friends who would love this but this time I may have to keep it for our home.

desertskyquilts said...

Yep, so JENNY! =) It's a beautiful pattern. Your tips are very helpful, as always. I don't know if I could keep a secret like that for so long!

marygabriella said...

Ciao cara Jenny, ho acquistato l'abbonamento della rivista ma non riesco a capire come scaricarla sul mio PC, potresti aiutarmi? Grazie e buona giornata

Anonymous said...


Love this project & so glad you shared information on your blog. Here in the US we would never see a copy, but thanks to technology it is available as a download & the pattern is available to print on the magazine's website. So quick, no waiting at all, got to love this! This is sure to be my next sewing project. Good thing the weather is cold and snowy, great time to stay in and stitch. - Diane from Minnesota, USA

Robin in New Jersey said...

Congratulations, Jenny! How exciting! It's such a pretty design.

Jude said...

Congratulations Jenny, just yesterday I decided to treat myself to Homespun magazine and was a lovely surprise to see your beautiful project, it is gorgeous and so perfect for a special friend's special 0 birthday which is passed but I continue to make little crafted gifts to surprise and send and with her big move to the North Coast just over a year ago this will be my slow special gift. This post another lovely surprise, thank you for the advice and tips, very helpful. Oh and when I saw the baby quiet book in the magazine I immediately thought of you Jenny and your gorgeous Cully May. Have a wonderful rest of week, Judithann :-)x

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Marygabriella, I do not know how to download to the PC - email Zinio and ask. :-)

Jo said...

I will be off to the new agency tomorrow to purchase a homespun magazine, the project you designed is lovely and thanks soo much for the christian stitchery patterns in your last post.

NancyRose said...

Fantastic temptation !!!
I love your creations (design, colours...) than, I love this house of course !

I live in Belgium and ... I just ordered the famous Homespunt !

Thanks for all.
I wish you a pretty new year

NancyRose

Winifred said...

How wonderful. It's a beautiful design so congratulations Jenny.

I'm still trying to buy some fabric as close to Hanky Linen as I can but so far no luck. I'll keep trying but it's not easy here in the UK. There are no distributors for Ella Blue in the UK but I have a couple of shops to visit to see if I can find something similar.

Phyllis Brandon said...

It's lovely. Thank you so much for sharing!

Createology said...

Congratulations Dear on being published with this lovely "Bless Our Home". And thank you for your tips and techniques for reverse applique. I am always stuck when it comes to preparing my fabrics and tracing your sweet designs. I haven't even tried to add fabrics because I just feel overwhelmed. I shall just have to begin and begin over again if I stumble. My hands desperately want to embroider your wonderful designs I receive each and every month. Thank You Dear.

Christine M said...

Another beautiful design added to my 'to do' list! Hugs, Christine xx

Anonymous said...

Congratulations jenny...
Can u guide me the procedure as to how to publish it in the magazine.

I have done exclusive beautiful handmade coasters.


Thanks.
Cheers nkhan

Jenny of Elefantz said...

nkhan, you will have to contact craft magazines in your country and ask them how to submit a project.
Every magazine is different, and I was asked for a project from Homespun.