Thursday, December 1, 2016

Pattern covers

I've been working on covers for some of my embroidery patterns. These are the two most popular patterns so this seemed like a good place to start.

Chris Green designed the covers and he also designed the logo that you may already have seen in my Etsy shop Lynlubell.

The logo was inspired by the flower in the pulled thread pattern pictured below.

Full kit for Flower Sprig pulled thread pincushion
When it became difficult to find needlepoint canvas in our local embroidery shops after DMC in South Africa closed down,  Beryl Saunders and I made up partial kits for the more popular canvas work patterns. Beryl is the designer of a number of these much admired canvas work pincushion patterns. 

The partial canvas work kits include full instructions with clear stitch diagrams, a piece of canvas and a tapestry needle, but no threads. It is more cost effective for you to buy the recommended DMC stranded threads yourself and they are generally fairly easy to find.  I now have a small number of these kits available. 
Flower and Cushion Stitch pincushion

Leafy Green pincushion
Blue Eyelet pincushion
These two patterns are available as full kits: 

Flower Sprig pulled thread pincushion

Australian Cross Stitch Pincushions
I also have a limited number of Dresden Lily patterns available. Due to copyright restrictions once the small stock I prepared for teaching earlier in the year runs out, these will no longer be available. The design was adapted with permission of the copyright holder Heather Toomer. The stitches I chose for the lily include some unusual and rarely used Dresden Lace stitches.

Dresden Lily
All the patterns, except the Dresden Lily, are available as digital downloads in my Etsy shop Lynlubell. Please email me with any questions at lynette[dot]warner[at]gmail[dot]com. 

For any graphic design work you'd like done, contact Chris Green directly at while his new website is under construction.

Till next time, happy stitching!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Still Waiting

The postman arrived a few weeks ago with my first quilt fabrics from overseas. The fabric came in an ordinary envelope, not parcel post, and it took 27 days from Bangkok to Cape Town! Letters usually arrive within 14 days so I wondered if it had had to go via customs, but there was no sign of that on the envelope.

I've cut out a fabric square for each quilt and they are pinned onto my board waiting for the other fabric to arrive from Brisbane. (You can see some of the original fabric squares in my previous post here.)

These are the five new fabrics. I just love the zebras - a South African da Gama print that was available a few years ago.

In this family, no quilt is complete without a cat, if not a real one, then a calico cat.

The cute little elephants on the navy and red fabrics are distinctly Thai. Thai elephants are rounder in shape than African elephants. They are smaller too.

And this is the Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric. It's a real favourite with my grandchildren who love the book of the same title. It's great fun for little fingers to poke through the many holes the caterpillars have chewed through the pages in the book.

I have to pack up my sewing room soon to make way for my two grandsons who will be spending Christmas with us. I hope the postman is going to hurry up or I won't be able to finish the quilts in time for the little one to take his quilt home with him to Thailand. When the second quilt is finished it will wing it's way to Brisbane to my granddaughter.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Two More Quilts

My two youngest grandchildren are three and almost four and they want to know when they will have quilts like their older brothers. I've started cutting out squares. So far I have just over thirty for each quilt and I need forty eight.

The first two quilts I made were special because my daughters and I shopped together for some of the fabric. It's rare for us to be together because we live on three different continents.

The latest two quilts will be special not only because they will have some of those fabric that we all chose together, but because there is more fabric on the way. Some from my daughter's precious stash in Thailand including some of her boys' favourite fabrics - like The Hungry Caterpillar fabric which is based on the endpapers of Eric Carle's book.

And some fabric from Brisbane, after a trip to Russell's for the little ones to choose fabric, put it in an envelope with stamps and send it off to Granny in Cape Town.  The prep teacher has just been introducing the children to post and stamps so this is a very good excuse to put that lesson into practice.

I keep looking in the post box to see if the new fabric has arrived yet...

On another note, I had no internet access on my PC for a while last week. As a result this is my first post written on my phone and with a photo uploaded from my phone. It took a lot of googling to work out how to do it and I can see that it will take me a good while yet to get it down pat. Perhaps you can teach an old dog new tricks, it just takes patience.

Till next time, happy stitching!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Brenton Blue Butterfly

I worked on this little butterfly some while ago but couldn't show it to you at the time. It was an interesting change from counted thread embroidery for me. The stitches I chose were simple, beginning with a stem stitch outline, then backstitch, chain stitch, satin stitch, French knots, bullion knots - only 2 little ones! and couching for the trellis. I really am out of practice. Those French knots wobbled all over!

Brenton Blue butterfly - Lyn Warner
Our local embroidery guild was asked to contribute towards the goody bags for the Ighali Embroidery Convention in Knysna held in August. We could choose from a range of photographs associated with Knysna and, with the threads provided, work a small embroidery using a technique of our own choosing. The finished embroideries were made up into little notebook covers. I was enchanted by the blue butterfly.

Image courtesy of Discover Sedgefield
You may wonder why a blue butterfly was included in the range of photos we could choose from?

The Brenton Blue is a critically endangered butterfly found only in a very small Nature Reserve in Knysna, South Africa. Other known populations have disappeared due to the encroachment of housing and the consequent diminishing vegetation that the Brenton Blue depends on for it's survival.

The good news? Careful management of the Brenton Blue Nature Reserve has resulted in an increase in the butterfly population and plans are to re-introduce it eventually to other areas in the southern Cape where it was originally found. Details of the studies conducted into the life cycle of the Brenton Blue and the ecology of it's habitat are on the website here. I found it fascinating that ants play a protective role in the life cycle of the butterfly.

Till next time, happy stitching!