Chapter 1: Meet Lynette Anderson (14 min)
Meet world-renowned designer, author and teacher, Lynette Anderson. Lynette discusses her journey in the craft and quilt world, from her beginnings to becoming a fabric designer, then you’ll take a look at the project Lynette will be demonstrating.
Chapter 2: Complete the hexagons (5 min)
Lynette explains English paper piecing and the types of products on the market to help you. Then she’ll demonstrate how to put your English paper pieced hexagons together.
Chapter 3: Prepare the appliqué (12 min)
Follow along as Lynette shares her tips on the best tools to use for your appliqué, then you’ll learn to trace your shapes onto the appliqué paper, cutting out your pieces and how to create the look of needleturn appliqué without the needleturn.
Chapter 4: Positioning and stitching the appliqué (12 min)
Lynette shows you how to trace your layout design onto your background fabric, then she’ll show you how to baste your appliqué to the background. Then Lynette will share her expertise as she shows you how to stitch down your appliqué pieces by hand.
Chapter 5: Embroidery stitches (13 min)
Embellish your work with a variety of embroidery stitches. Lynette will show you how to do satin stitch, back stitch, colonial knots and chain stitch to embellish your design. Then, she’ll talk you through how to construct your project and her advice on quilting.
Chapter 6: Lynette’s quilt gallery (10 min)
Take a look at a gallery of Lynette’s other work in her distinctive style, with many of them using the techniques you’ve just learnt.
How would you describe your particular craft style? ‘Sophisticated naïve’ was how a friend once described my work, and I really like the sound of that. It’s certainly not primitive, although it’s perhaps a little whimsical.
Did your distinctive style happen over time or was it immediate when you started stitching? My style has developed and changed over the years. When I first started designing for the patchwork and quilting industry, my focus was on quick-fuse blanket-stitch appliqué projects, which are still popular today. However, as the years passed, my design style evolved to combine traditional appliqué with embroidery/stitchery. To add texture to my work, I often use my own hand-painted buttons, which are handmade in our studio on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Are you good at all the crafts you attempt? I am hopeless at crochet, as I can’t keep count, and when I tried my hand at pottery in the ’80s I discovered I really disliked getting my hands dirty. I loved spinning, weaving, knitting, painting, stencilling and folk art and although I tried many other things - including macramé - I always return to patchwork, with appliqué and embroidery being my favourite.
Other than crafting, how do you like to spend your time? I love walking on the beach with my husband and our Labrador, Hugo. I also always have a book on the go – I have to admit that I’m enjoying reading on a Kindle, which I never imagined I would. One of the things I like about electronic reading is that I don't have the weight of three or four books in my bag when I am travelling.
Is your stitching a great diversion from tasks you’d prefer to avoid (eg: housework)? I like a clean, tidy house and find that I can focus on designing better once all the chores have been completed. Our home is uncluttered, which makes cleaning and keeping everything tidy easy, plus I have a wonderful husband who helps with the housework – he does the floors and windows.
Do you listen to music/radio or watch TV while you sew? I like peace and quiet to work in. There is so much going on in my head when I am designing that I really don't need the added distraction of TV or music. When I’m hand sewing, then yes, I love to have the TV or a talking book to listen to.
Are you addicted to haberdashery and patchwork shops? I used to be and, certainly, if I get the chance when we are travelling and I see a quilt shop, I am eager to look inside. However, as I work almost exclusively with my own design fabrics, there isn’t that driving need to ‘go shopping’ for alternatives. Haberdashery is another story … I love to try new things. Clover recently sent me a package with a simple little gadget to twist threads together to make cords – it’s brilliant!