Cozy Up to Yarn

Whether it’s for knitting, a crochet project or another creative use, these new yarn collections are bound to delight!

Touch of Sparkle

Add some eye-catching sparkle with this soft synthetic yarn blend. It adds subtle glitz to any knit or crochet project, from simple garments or accents, to holiday projects and any kind of accessories you can think of!

68% Nylon, 19% Lurex, 13% Acrylic
100g (3.5oz) approx. 150m (164yds)
4 Medium
Hand wash, dry flat

Available in 5 colours:
Fairy Pink
Sunset
Burnt Sugar
Jade
Sapphire

Create this elegant bobble clutch purse for a glamorous evening out. Crochet pattern is included on the back of each label in this collection.

Moody Multi

Perfect for all seasons this trendy cotton and polyester blend is light, breathable and soft to the touch!

50% Cotton 50% Polyester
100g (3.5oz) approx. 179m (196yds)
3 Light
Machine wash, tumble dry low

Available in 6 colours:
Calming
Mellow
Chilled
Devious
Cheerful
Bashful

Create this trendy ‘messy bun hat’ that is like any regular beanie style hat with the added feature of a hole to accommodate your bun or pony tail! Crochet pattern is included on the back of each label in this collection .

Bundle of Colours

‘Bundle of Colours’ yarn has 18 colours uniquely braided into one hank.

100% Acrylic
18 x 10g = 180g (6.5oz) approx. 18 x 23m = 414m (453yds)
3 Light
Machine wash and dry

Available in 2 colours:
Bright Multi
Pastel Multi

Great for making pompoms, tassels, crafts and small knit or crochet projects.

These new yarn collections would also be great for this cute holiday DIY!

DIY Kitty Kase

Little (and big) kids will love this adorable and easy to make case to hold all sorts of things. Pens, pencils and markers are safely stowed, but the kitty kase is a purrfect travel size for little toys, cords and chargers, makeup and more…

What you need:

  • .25m wool or wool blend
  • 1 x 6″ (15cm) zipper
  • embroidery floss
  • seam allowance = 1cm
photo of boiled wool, zipper, embroidery thread and scissors needed to make the kitty case

What you do:

Download and print pattern. With right sides together, cut 2 pattern pieces then cut along the zipper placement line on one of the pieces for the front. Mark eyes and nose placement.

photo of the kitty case pattern cut out in boiled wool

Embroider eyes, nose and whiskers if wanted. OPTION: use buttons and/or beads and sew or glue on eyes and nose embellishments instead of embroidery for your own special look.

photo of the embroidered face for the kitty case zippered bag

Using your zipper foot, stitch the zipper along the zipper line as shown and topstitch in place.

photo showing zipper position to sew onto face of kitty case
photo of final zipper placement with topstitching for kitty case

Open the zipper halfway and pin front to back right sides together. Sew all the way around. Clip corners and curves and turn right side out through the zipper opening.

photo illustrating front and back of kitty case sewn together

Using your wool setting and steam, press flat. Enjoy the cuteness!

photo of finished kitty case being pressed.

For another fun project using boiled wool, 100% wool or wool blends, check out this easy to sew bag.

Need a new handbag, elegant purse or fun clutch? You can make your own to match any outfit and any occasion with your choice of metal frame closures.

Whether you want straight, rounded or a fancy shape, there’s a style for you. From large purse clasp openings to small coin bag closures, there are 7 styles in stores now, each in their own unique colour of gold, antique gold or silver.

There are countless bag styles and shapes you can create using the handy pattern and construction guide link below. Choose your clasp and create a style just right for you.

With so many fabrics to choose from … simple cotton prints, tapestry, fur, elaborate embroideries and more … you are sure to find something perfect for your look. You could even knit or crochet your own!

Use chain link, cord trims or make your own matching fabric handles; add some embellishments such as tassels, buttons or beads and you have your own one-of-a-kind bag.

It’s that most wonderful season again and a great time to make your own homemade gifts and holiday decorations.

Deck the Halls

With the ornamental Deck the Halls group, tablerunners, placemats, napkins and more add elegance to any table setting and is sure to impress friends and family alike.

Item #0111400 | 100% cotton | 112cm

photo of the Deck the Halls Christmas cotton collection

Country Christmas

Get crafty with the Country Christmas collection and make handmade tree ornaments and stockings for a warm, cabin-y look.

Item #0111707 | 100% cotton | 112cm

photo of the Country Christmas cotton fabric group in traditional reds and green with wood and pinecones
photo of the Country Christmas cotton group in soft neutrals and greys

Christmas Basics

Or for a more novelty fun look, use classic Christmas Basics for all your holiday projects.

Item #0111501 | 100% cotton | 112cm

photo of the Christmas basics cotton group featuring dots, stars, snowflakes, light strings, reindeer on top of a jellyroll rug

A fun and satisfying idea is a mat for either a table center or the floor using strips of fabric and jelly roll batting strips.

Holiday Cushion Covers

If you run out of time to make festive decor for your home, there are loads of holiday cushions to choose from… just stuff with a cushion form and toss to add a special holiday feel.

photo of Christmas holiday cushion covers in a red/white theme featuring santas, snowflakes, wreaths and winter characters
photo of novelty holiday cushion covers in grey, white and neutrals featuring cute bears, penquins and llamas
photo of holiday cushion covers with smiling snowman, santa and novelty snowflakes in red and white

A traditional choice for nobility, velvet for fashion is more accessible than ever. Woven or knitted, this luxurious and super-soft fabric is the go-to fabric for party season, but is showing up in more casual outfits as well; with smoking jackets, tops and pants! And with it’s warm and cozy feel is perfect for any winter event.

Stretch velvets are particularly rewarding to sew and, although a little tricky to cut and sew without the pile shifting, are a little more forgiving than classic woven velvet.

Woman wearing a lace topped velvet evening dress made using Burda pattern 6483

Item #3387158 Stretch Velvet Solids | 88% polyester 12% spandex | 148cm

Woman wearing a velvet wrap dress made using Vogue patern 9350

Item #3387558 Ice Crushed Velvet | 92% polyester 8% spandex | 153cm

Woman wearing a crushed velvet, ruched dress made using Vogue pattern 1632

Velvet isn’t just for grown-ups… mixed with a matching satin, velvet looks sweet for little ones too.

little girl in a crushed velvet and satin dress using McCalls pattern 7648

Along with solid or crushed stretch velvet, there are additional opulent choices such as burnout, glitter or even embellished with pearls! Be sure to check out the entire selection in stores now.

Item #3136600 Burnout Velvet | 95% polyester 5% spandex | 150cm

While you’re planning your party dress, why not get a head start on gift making for the holidays? This DIY Fringe Scarf, using an assortment of stretch velvet, is an easy, elegant project that all will love.

Trends from the 80’s are back with a 2019 twist. The old rules of bright colours in the summer and dark colours in the winter no longer apply.

We are seeing a refreshing return to brighter colours used as accents to the deeper more typical shades of autumn.

Bright yellow, fuchsia, sapphire blue, kelly green, orange, red, purple and peacock teal are showing up in over-sized coats and sweaters. These brighter colours are also appearing in prints as accented pops of colour, working with rich autumn shades and earthy browns.

Look out for: Bold colour. Strong shoulders. Colour blocking. Geometric prints. Over-sized outerwear. Puffy Sleeves. Clashing prints. Athletic inspired fashion. Ruffles. Leather.

Cozy comfortable silhouettes combining print, colour and texture with patchwork prints; including paisley, foulard, geometric, wallpaper floral and calico at the forefront.

Keep watch for: Artisan stripes and geometric prints. Scarf prints. Equestrian prints. Fair Isle sweaters. Faux fur. Aztec motifs. Denim. Suede. Corduroy. Leather. Sherpa. Melange knits. Ruffled dresses. Western style shirts.

Faux leather & fur are making a comeback; looking more realistic than ever before.

Typical autumn colours in handcrafted looks with a western edge. Mustard, orange, olive, rust, cognac, brick, plum, chocolate, teal and camel.

Top designers are showing soft leather dresses in vibrant colours. Porcelain blue, butterscotch, cognac, deep red, mustard, olive, purple and black. The leather trench coat also headed down the runways.

Fur is equally important for the season. Colourful sherpa, shearling and long hair fur in jackets and coats, as well as accents for collars and cuffs. Vinyl & plasticized trench coats are also trending this Fall.

What to watch for: Clear vinyl for rain wear. Printed vinyl. Shiny Vinyl in bold colours. Sherpa. Shearling. Leather dresses. Printed leather. Bonded leather to fur. Printed fur. Camouflage. Trench coats. Vests. Patchwork suede and sherpa. Faux fur.

Head back to the future with silver metallic!

Special Occasion dressing is looking icy cool with: Chunky sequin dresses. Sweater knits with silver lurex. Chiffon prints and solids with silver lurex stripes. Stretch faux leather knit activewear in silver grey. Silver grey lace. Silver satin. Silver lame. Sequined striped suiting. Silver on black brocade prints. Iridescent hologram. Ruffles in silver grey knit. Crinkled silver texture. Silver embroidered florals. Silver faux leather.

Autumn/Winter 2019/20 is all about vibrant colour! There is a definite shift in colour coming our way, bringing a ray of sunshine to the often dreary days of autumn.

Introduce touches of WINTER BRIGHTS to your wardrobe and mix with rich HARVEST SHADES, COOL MIDTONES or even better, WARM BROWNS and your season will be filled with COLOUR!

Fabrics look new again with so many interesting textured knits and wovens in vibrant colour! Layering is a must and possibilities are endless for putting together a unique fashion look.

Words to describe autumn fabric for 2019: Cuddly, super soft, brushed, furry, ribbed, corded, suede, double faced, jacquard, waffle, basket weave, boucle, boiled, tweed, chenille, cable, printed, sequined, fringe, textured leathers, flocked, burnout, bubbly, distressed, pleated, clear coated, quilted, puffer, shiny, matte, melange, glitter and colourful.

Animal prints are back and one of the top trends for Autumn / Winter 2019.

Leopard, snakeskin, tiger, cheetah and zebra on every type of fabric such as wovens, knits, jacquards, glossy leatherette, faux fur and burnout velvets.

Colour is what makes these prints look new again. Leopard skins in vivid brights such as electric blue, snakeskins in vibrant red, tiger prints in mustard yellow. Of course, the traditional classic neutral shades are still very popular.

Plaids are back for Autumn 2019; traditional patterns in non-traditional colours.

Take a Royal Stewart pattern and make it modern in bright violet and acid yellow or any check pattern in contrasting colour combinations.

What to watch for: Menswear Glencheck plaids take on a warmer casual look in camel, burnt orange and chocolate brown. Menswear in fuchsia and black. Combine plaids for a unique look. Colourful houndstooth. Printed checks in vivid colour. Blue check coating and checks in autumn shades.

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Bring home all the best of the wilds of Canada with the Canadian Wilderness craft cotton collection.

The iconic beaver and moose aren’t just for nickels and quarters! Bring these prints home for your next themed sewing project.

images of the Beaver Dam and moose print In the Woods from the Canadian Wilderness craft cotton collection
BEAVER DAM & IN THE WOODS

Why not get a head start on a Christmas gift for the family chef?!

Aren’t these “trash pandas” the cutest? Especially when they’re paired with the beauty of a forest landscape in your next quilt!

images of the raccoon and treetop designs from the Canadian Wilderness craft cotton collection
RACCOON & TREETOP

Why not use them with some simple blenders in your own Strip Quilt? A great project for the colder months!

fabric photo of the Canadian Wilderness print collection

Item# 0649123 | 100% cotton | 112cm

Love Sewing? Have a project that would be ideal for a sewing themed fabric? If so, look for the new Sewing Room Tapestry collection in stores now. Tapestry is one of the oldest forms of woven textiles and has proven to be both beautiful and durable. It’s perfect for upholstered chairs & benches, bags and crafts of all kinds. Sew much fun!

photograph of the Sewing Room Tapestry home decor collection

The Origami Crossbody Bag is a simple and satisfying project for this tapestry group. Check out the pattern here…

Item #0914013-016 | 60% polyester 40% cotton | 140cm

Be inspired by beautiful fall flowers, fruits and vegetables and the changing colours of the season AND use your quilting skills to make this quilted Thanksgiving tablerunner. The autumn theme will not only enhance your table decor, but will also add a welcoming look for the entire season.

complete photo of finished Thanksgiving table runner

What you need:

  • Fabric A – 40cm
  • Fabric B – 20cm
  • Fabric C – 50cm (includes binding)
  • Fabric D – 30cm
  • Backing – 1.8m (or 1m if pieced)

Instructions:

Cut pieces as follows:
Fabric A cut 4 (4 1/2 x 4 1/2” ) squares
Fabric B cut 4 (3 x 4 1/2”) and 4 (3 x 7”) strips
Fabric C cut 4 (3 x 7”) and 4 (3 x 9 1/2”) strips
Fabric D cut 4 (3 x 9 1/2”) and 4 (3 x 12”) strips

illustration of how to create the quilting blocks for this project

Measure finished block size and add 5/8”. Cut 3 squares Fabric A to that measurement and cut each square in half diagonally point to point. Place as photo and sew allowing the points to extend beyond the block.

photo showing added pieces to finished blocks to complete table runner

Arrange pieces as shown and sew pieces together.

arrangement of all pieces to finish table runner top

To finish:

Using basting spray, layer top, batting and backing. Quilt as desired, trim excess and bind edges.

photo of finished Thanksgiving table runner

The fabrics used are from the Autumn Harvest quilting cotton collection. To see the complete group of prints and colours check out this previous blog post.

And if you didn’t have time to make this quilted Thanksgiving tablerunner for fall, it’s a great pattern to use with holiday fabrics for Christmas too!

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