But as I was saying, having a few things in process, sitting pretty and inviting beside my stitching chair, is wonderful. I tend to get most of my chores done in the morning, or I use that time to visit with Blossom. These early afternoons I brew a cuppa, or pour a large iced ginger water, perhaps indulge in a scone or slice of cake, and with fabric, needle and thread on my lap, I stitch and listen to an audio book. Around 3.30pm I pack everything away and begin the afternoon chores, and then start preparing dinner.
Having something to stitch is good for the soul, whether that be a long term project, such as my Jennifer's Kitchen quilt blocks, or quick makes when you're in the mood for something smaller. And that's what I had in mind for this new free stitch-along...
I have been meaning to to do this since 2021, as I had flour sacks and some lovely fabrics ready to make a few kits (I am always getting enquiries for kits)...but you need time to plan this sort of thing, and my time last year was happily taken up with home and family, garden, health and regular Elefantz business commitments.
The project for this stitch-along is what my Nana would have called a supper cloth. She had a fairly small kitchen table, but always covered it with a tablecloth, and when afternoon tea was served, or when guests called, she'd throw a small supper cloth across the centre of the table before placing the large tea pot, sugar bowl, milk jug and a plate of home-baked treats upon it.
My "Little House Corner" supper cloth has been made from a beautiful unbleached flour sack, which I purchased from an Amish supply store across the ocean in the USA. In every corner there's a different little house, hence the name...
The sides are bordered in a pretty floral gingham print, many years old.
The border is added to the supper cloth before any embroidery is added, so that's where this stitch-along will start. I'll have the border tutorial for you, along with the first of four little house stitchery patterns on Friday, March 3rd. Then I'll share the remaining three little house stitcheries over the following three Fridays.
I made a blue bordered cloth for a friend's birthday last year, and it's just as pretty as the red bordered cloth I have kept for myself. I suggest you choose your favourite print to border your own Little House Corner supper cloth. Choose threads which blend with your fabric - my number one embroidery rule.
As I bought a lot of the flour sacks (with this idea in mind), I have made up 18 kits to sell, which are now listed in my shop. The kits include a genuine unbleached flour sack measuring 33" x 36", and plenty of pretty fabric to border your supper cloth.
The fabrics are not the same as the floral gingham used for my own cloth, but there's a choice of five beautiful prints which I think you will love. Unfortunately, due to postage costs, these kits are only for sale within Australia.
For those of you who want to join this stitch-along and supply your own fabrics, you will require one large square of flour sack, calico, homespun, linen, or other solid cream fabric. If you can get a piece 36" square that's great, but as the flour sack I've used is slightly smaller, my supper cloth (after trimming the hems already in place) ended up being 35" x 32". I could have cut it smaller to make a 32" square, but didn't mind having it finish as a rectangle.
However, as I'll be making another one with you, I may go for the square this time.
To purchase one of the limited flour sack & floral fabric border kits (with free postage) go HERE to my Etsy Shop. Remember, these kits are only available for posting within Australia and as soon as they are sold there are no more.
Anyhow, I'd best be away and get back to the sewing room...because I'm busy cutting kits for other projects, things I'm fairly sure you'll like - but I'll wait till next week to show them.
Bless you heaps,