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Hello From The Hug!

(March 2008)

G’day all! Well, another month has passed and I’m actually on time with the newsletter this month! Yay me!! (perhaps it’s because I’m counting down to my birthday!!!) Things have been VERY hectic at the Tag Along Teddies hug, so I thought I’d take advantage of a quieter day to write the newsletter before someone reminds me of a job I’ve forgotten – or lures me out for a cuppa!! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Let’s see … the biggest excitement for this last month has been the addition of Tag Along Teddies stitchery patterns to the range available at Quilter’s World patchwork shop here in Toowoomba. I popped in to buy some fabric for borders for a new project (more about that later in the newsletter!!) and got chatting with shop owner, Pauline Rogers. Pauline has been involved in quilting, patchwork and craft for many years and after making some changes to her business, was looking for some new stitchery patterns to add to her wonderfully extensive range which is available on line as well as in her magnificent store. And she fell in love with some of my stitched teddies – and who can blame her! Tee! Hee! Hee! If you’re looking for fabulous fabric or other patchwork patterns and supplies, pop into Pauline’s on-line shop at www.quiltersworld.com.au but if you’re on a budget, you’d better hide your credit card first or you’ll be tempted by all the wonderful things for sale!!

To the new project mentioned above ... another Card Kit is finished and available on the web site! This latest project is a small wall hanging with a stitchery panel that reads, “Love Bears All” and features one of the wonderful timber button versions of my signature bear, created by Lisa at Button Bliss, that I told you about in last “Hello From The Hug”. And boy is it cute!! – if I do say so myself! The saying comes from one of my favourite Bible passages, 1 Corinthians 13 – the love chapter and I finished the wall hanging off with borders in a gorgeous, deep purple fabric that matches the flowers on the vine of the stitchery. As this is a Card Kit, it comes with a pretty, blank gift card featuring a photo of the finished wall hanging, an envelope, a piece of homespun, a paper version of the pattern to trace and full instructions on how to make it up into the wall hanging. Another great gift idea to give a friend, or spoil yourself if you’re looking for small, easily achieved projects. From start to finish, you could complete this wall hanging in a day, so a great one to add to your list. Be sure to check it out on the “What’s New” page. And there are a couple more Card Kits on the drawing board, so stay tuned!!

You’ve all read about Fresh Hope Patterns through the newsletters so will know that I’ve become more involved with that, but I’ve also been slaving away at the drawing board to come up with a new pattern design for the Fresh Hope Patterns range. The first of three samples is finished, with two in various stages of completion! The basis of this pattern is a stitchery featuring a stylised version of the Fresh Hope Patterns dove logo and the wording says: “Love lifts us high on wings of Hope!” The pattern will include instructions to make the stitchery up as a cushion, a wall hanging and a framed piece. The cushion has been completed and is VERY eye-catching!! All of you who know me will know that I am usually the “Anti-Pink”, but in making up this cushion, I highlighted the fuchsia colour used for the Fresh Hope Patterns logo so this is not a cushion that can be easily ignored! Tee! Hee! Hee! My good friend Mary who runs FH Patterns is busily stitching the other two versions ready to make up into the wall hanging and framed piece, so once they’re done, I’ll let you know! In the meantime, why not check out the range available at Fresh Hope Patterns which includes quilts, dolls, bears, bags and more. Not only do you get a high quality craft pattern, you know you’re helping support the Fresh Hope drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. For more information, visit www.freshhopepatterns.com.au

For those of you who’ve been getting the newsletter and visiting the web site for a little while now, you will know that a third country cloth doll to complete the Tea Party Pals trio has been on the agenda for quite a while. Well ... you will be very pleased to know – she’s finished!!! I had a very productive weekend recently and completed the prototype of the newest dolly – Berry Basket Bonnie! I fell in love with her outfit fabrics and that was all the inspiration I needed to finally bring her to life. She is a cute, petite dolly who is wearing a long sleeved dress with a pinafore that laces up the bodice and has a shaped skirt front. Bonnie is holding a cane basket of strawberries made from fabric and felt as well as a plump, ripe strawberry in her hand. A white strawberry flower decorates her hair and she has a stitched swing tag over her arm that reads, ‘strawberry’. She looks fabulous by herself, but looks even better side by side with her two Tea Party Pals – Cupcake Katie and Tea Cup Tilly. I’ve added a photo of the trio to my blog which shows them ready for a tea party with some of the pretty china I collect and some of the faux cupcakes from Kerryanne English at Woodberry Designs which are mentioned in the instructions for Katie. Kerryanne has a FABULOUS range of faux cakes and goodies that add to country and shabby chic décor – and they aren’t fattening! Tee! Hee! Hee! Check them out at the Shabby Art Boutique via Kerryanne’s Woodberry Designs website: www.woodberrydesigns.com And keep an eye out for Berry Basket Bonnie on the web site – I just have to write up the instructions. (groan!!) Or take a peek at the photos of her on my blog – there is now a shortcut button to my blog from the front page of the Tag Along Teddies web site!

I’m still having a lovely time ‘blogging’ so if you’ve got some spare time, make yourself a cuppa and have a little read to find out what I’ve been up to and see photos of projects I’ve been working on. A few people have had problems leaving comments on the blog, but you can always email me from the web site to let me know what you thought. And as always, I love to hear from other crafters, so if you’ve got questions, comments or suggestions, drop me an email.

Til next “Hello From The Hug”,

CHEERS!

KRIS

TIP

Are you like me and lucky enough to have a sewing room, or at least a study that you share as your sewing room? Why not set up an “Inspirations Board”. Each time you complete a craft project, big or small, keeping or giving away, take a photo (and print it off your computer, don’t just store it!!) and pin these photos all over the board. Intersperse these with clippings from magazines, or catalogues, of patterns and projects that you hope to tackle. If you design your own projects, include your rough/unfinished sketches so you can step back from them to fine tune. To make it pretty and to add to the inspiration, pin up special buttons, ribbons, braids and rick-rack that you collect along the way. Sometimes seeing things from a new angle will help you work out how you want to proceed, but more importantly, seeing what you’ve achieved alongside what you want to achieve will inspire you to keep stitching!