Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Free Lavender Embroidery Transfer

Have you harvested your lavender yet? We don’t have much in our garden, but are lucky enough to have a friend who is happy to pass on her harvest. It means a chunk of evenings are spent hand threshing a massive pile of the stuff… the smell can become quite overwhelming!

What I am left with though is a wonderful stock of lavender for various projects, and where better to start than with some good old lavender bags for your drawers! These are great for gifts… dare I talk about Christmas?!

Last year I worked up this embroidery pattern for lavender related sewing and thought I would share it.

To download the pdf, please click download it from within the articles section on our website.  Just click here and click on the pdf icon.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

We have 3 winners!

Thank you all for entering the giveaway.  We had a great response and I particularly enjoyed learning about your favourite fabrics... in hindsight it was a bit of a mean question asking for just one favourite!

We have three winners picked by random: @magpiemeadow and @honki25 from Twitter and craftyjemima from on the blog.

Could you guys contact me here with your postal addresses please, and I will mail out your books.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Win a copy of 'Simple Sewn Gifts'

The lovely people over at David & Charles have given me three copies of 'Simple Sewn Gifts' by Helen Philipps for giveaway. 

A cute book, with a good selection of basic (true to the 'simple' in the title) projects and great for fun sewing. There is a strong emphasis on the embellishment of each project and particularly on cross stitch. It gives you some great inspiration for 'prettying up' your pieces.

You can read the full review in our articles section here.

How do I win a copy of the book?
There are two ways to enter the competition:

1.  Follow Backstitch on Twitter, and tweet the following text: 'Do you sew? @backstitchshop is giving away craft book 'Simple Sewn Gifts' over here RT and follow to win'

2.  Leave a comment on this post telling us which is your favourite printed fabric in the Backstitch shop right now.

You can enter two times into the draw.  One entry via each method.  Once the competition closes, at 12:00 BST on Tuesday 21 September 2010, we will pick one entry at random from all valid entries.

And, if you don't win a copy of this book you have the chance to purchase it at a reduced price: David & Charles are offering Backstitch customers the chance to purchase the book at the special price of £8.99 (rrp £14.99) with free p&p (UK only), click here and quote code R11304 at the checkout.

Prize Draw Terms and Conditions
1. Entry to the competition is restricted to two entries per person please.
2. You must be a follower on Twitter to enter via that medium.
3. Prizes can only be sent to a valid UK address.
4. Winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
5. Winners will be contacted via blog/ Twitter names displayed on our website.
6. The Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.
7. The competition will run from 14 September 2010 14:00 BST until 21 September 2010 12:00 BST.
8. Backstitch is compliant with the data protection act. Our policy is such that we will not pass on your details to any third party without your prior consent.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Follow-the-Lines Baby Quilt


Looking for a good beginner hand-quilted quilt?  This Follow-the-Lines Baby Quilt from Joelle Hoverson's 'Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts' is a great place to start.

I used English Rose from Philip Jacobs, Kaffe Fassett Purple Spots and Purple Klona Cotton.

Read the full article here.

Related Products
Philip Jacobs English Rose - Blue
Kaffe Fassett Spots - Purple
Klona Cotton Purple