The most delightful embroidered wallhanging, Lesley McConnell’s embroidery pattern is created as a wallhanging quilt featuring scenes of flowers, butterflies and all sorts of things you’ll see in your garden from the window.
Full materials list included with colour codes and names of Finca Presencia stranded embroidery cotton threads and Cottage Garden threads that Lesley has used
Lesley coloured in her design with Derwent watercolour pencils, with the colour names and numbers included in the instructions
A great project to build up your embroidery stitch repertoire with a wide variety of embroidery stitches used, including backstitch, blanket stitch, feather stitch, French knot, satin stitch, stem stitch, straight stitch and many more
Detailed step-by-step instructions and colour photographs take you through the project, from tracing your design, embroidery, colouring in and appliqué to assembly of the different motifs and finishing with quilting and binding
Includes Lesley’s tips on stitching and colouring your fabric
A great project for intermediate-level crafters with embroidery, appliqué and quilting experience
What crafts do you do? Patchwork, embroidery, quilting
How long have you been crafting? 50 years - since I was a child.
Who taught you your skills? Mostly self-taught but originally my mother with general sewing; patchwork course with Ruth Stonley of Patchwork Supplies in the early 1980’s.
Is crafting your hobby or your profession? Profession first and hobby second.
Do you teach/publish your skills and projects? We produce a huge selection of patterns for individual projects, Block of the Month programmes and other programmes for our business. I have taught in the Netherlands, Norway, England, and Ireland, as well as in Australia.
What do you love most about crafting? Creative outlet for myself; inspiring people to be creative.
What is your proudest crafting moment/achievement? The response to my quilt “An English Country Garden” first released in the U.K. at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham in 2013. We have almost 500 people from all round the world doing this as a BOM or making it from a kit.
5 words that best describe your craft style? Romantic, creative, unique, inspiring, different.
Anything else that you would like to share? Block of the Month programmes are our mainstay. “Frangipani Summers”, starting soon, is a fresh and pretty quilt depicting memories of a 1950’s childhood. Our mystery quilt “Miss Becky’s Drapery” is an exciting new programme involving 15 months of mystery parcels, all designed to make up a lovely quilt based around a sewing theme. On the drawing board, we have a lovely soft design, featuring exquisite embroidery and lace, aptly named “Love and Romance”.