Stitch Solihull Blog Entries in January 2017 - Stitch Solihull

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New Yarn: Ella Rae Seasons

Last year I introduced you to Australian yarn brand Ella Rae and their great fun Cozy Soft Prints yarn. We have recently taken delivery of an extended range of Ella Rae yarns including:

  • Solid colours in Cozy Soft Prints
  • Superwash Merino DK
  • Cozy Alpaca
  • and Seasons which I’m going to introduce you to today

Seasons Colours

Seaons is a chunky weight yarn composed of 76% acrylic, 14% wool and 10% nylon priced at a bargain £5 per 100g ball. It has an unusual chainette construction which stops it feeling too warm and gives an incredbly generous yardage of 219 yards / 200m. It is self striping with the colours blending gently into one another and comes in both bright and neutral varieties.

Individual Patterns

There is great pattern support in the form of 2 books and 2 individual patterns. The individual patterns are a beginner friendly hat and scarf combo plus a sleevless ribbed vest. The vest uses between 4 and 6 balls meaning it costs just £20-£30 to knit. It is worked on 6mm needles so should knit up quickly too. The individual patterns cost £3 each.

Booklet 118

Booklet 118 contains 6 designs for adults and children. There are 2 scarves, a ladies top plus a waistcoat, short sleeved cardigan and hooded jacket for children. I love Bree, the cabled jacket shown centre which is available in ages 5-12 years and uses just 3-4 balls. I also quite fancy knitting a less cropped version of Astrid, shown top left, for myself. The combination of stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitch gives great texture and I’ve never been able to resist a rainbow!

Booklet 128

Booklet 128 also contains 6 designs, 5 children’s garments and a basket stitch cowl with an adult and child size. The patterns cover ages 1-10 which means the book can be used again and again as the child grows. The garments use between 2 and 5 balls of yarn which means even the most expensive can be knitted in the largest size for £25. The pattern booklets cost £6 each which is just £1/pattern!

Poncho

I couldn’t resist casting on the Girls’ Poncho from Booklet 128. I adored the pinks and turquoises used on the sample for the book (shown above) but I chose a more muted palette of blues, teals and greys. I’m really pleased with how it turned out and I think the Mondrian inspired buttons finish it perfectly. I knitted the 4-6 years size and it used 2 balls of one colour and one ball of another. I’ve got enough left over to knit a coordinating hat too. The central panel is worked using the intarsia technique. If you’ve never tried it before, don’t be afraid; it’s a great style of colour work because you only work with 1 colour at a time.


New Fabric: Floral Splendor

The latest fabric collection to arrive in store is Floral Splendor designed by Cathy Nordstrom for Andover Fabrics. These fresh modern florals and pretty coordinating designs will look super combined with a plain white solid.

We have the 8 fabrics that make up the Blue colour way. The range is built around a large floral design and is supported by smaller scale florals and ditsy all over supporting prints. The range has a cool and relaxed feel with blues, lilacs and pale pinks plus the occasional pop of orange to provide interest.

Floral Splendor fabrics

The 100% quilting cotton weight fabrics are 42-44” wide and cost £14/m or £3.50/ fat quarter. There are also bundles with one of each fat quarter for £28. They would be great for patchwork but are also suitable for dressmaking, home decor and whatever else takes your fancy!

The range is supported by a free quilt pattern also designed by Cathy Nordstrom. The design consists of 20 plus blocks against a white background. It finishes at a generous 62” x 78”, more than big enough to cover a single bed.

Floral Splendor Quilt

The blocks in the quilt top are simple enough for a first-time quiltmaker but the large amount of negative space allows those with more experience to add some really elegant and detailed quilting.

I would be tempted to echo quilt around each of the plus designs at regular intervals in a selection of Rayon threads but simple straight line quilting would also look amazing.

There are kits containing all the fabric for the quilt top and binding plus a printed copy of the pattern available for £60. Why not come and work on it during one of our Social Sewing Sundays? You will be able to use our large cutting mats and rotary cutters with advice available if needed.