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the magazine promoting Canadian needle arts



cross stitch bead netting crochet


flower of the month fairy series

3 sensational

quilt projects

christmas tree

sew like knitting tatted snowflakes

...much more! of your favourite needlework


ContentsFestive 2007


Designers in the Spotlight

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Jane Thornley Stay warm this season with Jane's stylish Festive Cowled Capelet. Lise Merchant

Lise brings out the wondrous colours of the Aurora Borealis during a very silent night, in her Yukon, My Inspiration stained glass appliqué wall hanging.

42 Ruth Emerson A must try! Ruth's Poinsettia Hat and

Pin is a perfect rug hooking project for fine shading.

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Shelley Johnson Shelley's Ho Ho Ho Netting project is a great exercise in bead weaving and luxurious enough for gift giving. Kim Beamish Tatted Snowflakes add a delicate touch to Christmas decorations. Carol Moffat Carol's Sew Like Knitting Poncho is

reversible, Dream Catcher on one side and Stain Glass on the other, no one will believe you didn't knit it!

primitive fashioned quilt Partridge in Pear Tree is most relaxing and rewarding to quilt, perhaps by a cozy fire.

Linda Scallion With or without the frame, Linda's

Kerry Johnson Kerry's Jewelled Crochet Christmas Tree

is a delightful display on our table tops at Christmas! Inspired by old fashioned quilt blocks, Valerie creates a cross stitch pattern with a twist and called it Snowflakes!

Valerie Austin

Sue Thomas Every season has its Elegant Evening Purse, and Sue proposes we have fun making these while playing with textures, colours and notions!


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Ottawa Valley Quilters Guild is All Wrapped Up for Winter with Susan Clow's Canadian quilted cushion. The latest needlework trends, from people in the know... in this Issue Rita Gramsch! How to start your needle art guild through the experienced eyes of Sandi Nemenyi. More of Debbie Bates' inspired writing. ...Just itching to see what's in the Spring 2008 issue?

Yarn Forward on bustling Bank Street in the Glebe, Ottawa, is a treasure trove of creativity. Come On In and let yourself be inspired by the knowledgeable staff in the shop! Their Basic Felted Hat, in three embellished varieties, combines a multitude of needlework categories in one single project. Now that's creativity! More great books to add to our sewing collection. More heart-warming stories and pictures of our readers' accomplishments and passion for the needle arts. Embroidery at the Crossroads of Culture: Dorothy's Suzani by Cynthia T. Jackson of The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.

85 in tHE Loop

86 Good to know!

91 HookEd on Books

96 CrEativE musinGs 98 snEak pEEk

92 tHE HEart of tHE art

88 a stitCH in timE

87 BusinEss dirECtory 87 mark your CaLEndars! 97 advErtizEr indEx

PUBLISHER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER Carla A. Canonico ART DIRECTOR, PHOTOGRAPHER BUSINESS MANAGER John De Fusco TECHNICAL EDITOR Ruth I. Forbes COPY EDITOR Rosalie I. Tennison PROOFREADER Erica Killins PATTERN TESTER Kim Beckner ADVERTISING SALES Liz Brioux CREATIVE ADVISORS Deborah Bates, Lise N.M. Flyman, Judith Marquis PRINTING ironstonE mEdia, Pickering, Ontario A Needle Pulling Thread (ISSN 1715-4650) is a quarterly publication. FOR ALL INQUIRIES : A Needle Pulling Thread 219 Savage Road, Newmarket, Ontario L3X 1R7 Phone: 905.898.4838 Toll Free: 1.866.969.2678 Website : Email : [email protected] [email protected] EDITORIAL Designers and other contributors who would like to be considered for future issues please email Carla with a brief description of your work and your proposed project for the magazine. ADVERTISING For advertising inquiries please call or email at the numbers/addresses above. Please also view our media kit on our website above. RETAILERS If you are interested in carrying A Needle Pulling Thread in your store, please call or email us at the numbers/addresses above. SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscription rates are as follows for 5 quarterly issues: Canada - $35.80/year plus applicable taxes. USA - USD$37.95/year. Outside Canada/USA - CAD$60.80/year for surface delivery or CAD$85.80/year for air delivery. Subscribe online via our website or mail your subscription request and cheque to our address above. For back issues please see our web site or call us at the number above for availability. SPECIAL THANKS TO : All the contributors, Danielle Baillie, Erica Killins, Ghost Stitchers, the Simcoe County Museum and curator Gloria Taylor, the Foglia family, Lisa Spaziano, Alessia and Adriano, mom and dad. A Needle Pulling Thread® is a registered trademark. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. ©2007 A Needle Pulling Thread. All rights reserved. Volume 3, Issue 1 All designs, patterns, and information in this magazine are for private, non-commercial use only, and are copyrighted material owned by their respective creators or owners. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Magazine Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage for this project. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Publications Assistance Program towards our mailing costs. PAP Registration No. 11018.

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It is terrific to be able to introduce Dyan Allaire's cross stitch Flower of the Month Fairy Series in this issue. Get a head start now with the January, February and March fairies, and look forward to the rest of these delicate fairies in our upcoming 2008 issues! Also, stay tuned for Dyan's exciting In the Spotlight feature in our Summer 2008 issue.

Cross stitCH fEaturE!


When John and I decided to have children we had also decided I would stay home and raise them. As many brand new mothers, I too was challenged with the occasional blues, despite the fact that I loved being home with the children. I remember being able to catch the Oprah Winfrey show now and then and one episode in particular helped me to overcome this new and tiring period of my life as I sat burping our baby boy. It was the episode that dealt with the power of Gratitude and how no matter how tough the day had been we should utter at least five things that we are grateful for. Gratitude is the open door that helps us to receive more blessings. Of course I had heard this before, in church, Sunday school... a long time ago; but when there's no reason to apply the information one doesn't realize the importance it has in our day to day life. I put the theory to the test before the show was even over, and started thinking about the obvious things that I should be grateful for. I noticed that in my state of fatigue and between rushing the baby to the doctor's office, diaper changes and dinner I had not paid attention to the importance of not having to worry about some very fundamental issues that perhaps some other folks had to contend with. As I felt a sense of relief come over me, I remembered these other words, "This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24) Gratitude became my new best friend. I started a book of daily blessings and my lists got longer and longer, indeed, no matter how tough the day had been. I could have written about several other topics for this issue's letter but there's nothing like the Christmas season to remind me to practice Gratitude. Daylight is getting shorter, temperatures drop, roads become challenging and the preparation for the festive days ahead overruns my schedule; the season doesn't need to be perfect, but it does need to be filled with happiness. I don't yet have everything that I wish for, but everything I do have makes me happy, and therefore any other blessing I will receive will be the gravy on my potatoes. And in keeping up with this practice, I'm grateful for all the designers that have been an important source of inspiration to us all and shared their knowledge and creations, as well as all the contributors of this issue and the multitude of readers of A Needle Pulling Thread. You will find a wealth of exciting projects in this issue, and quilters and cross stitchers will be pleasantly surprised at the extra projects in these two categories. What a glorious season, to pay more attention to the things we already do have and make our days bearable and happier. My wish for you is that you spend the holiday season surrounded by those you love and of course...your favourite needlework project at hand! Have a very happy Christmas time!


Carla A. Canonico Editor-in-Chief

God grant me that I may see to stitch until my dying day, and when the last thread is clipped, and scissors tucked away, the work that I have done lives on so other folk may see the pleasure I have known, Lord, in the skill you gave to me.

- Unknown

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Basic Felted Hat

by Jo-Ann Raven

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Festive Cowled Capelet

Modeled by Lisa Spaziano



Partridge in Pear Tree

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"I'll never forget walking into his home and meeting him sitting there with his big black beard, cowboy boots and hat, while knitting baby booties!"

Jeweled Crochet Christmas Tree

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rug hooking

Needle Tatted Snowflakes

needle tatting

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Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

Carol Moffatt

Modeled by Alessia De Fusco

sew like knitting


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Nipawin, Saskatchewan

Sue Thomas





"All Wrapped up for Winter" Canadian Cushion


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