Transferring designs for Stitcheries

By Heather Buck
on August 02, 2013
With 3 comments

Hi Everyone,

As you can all tell from lots of my patterns I love stitcheries.  I find them a great way to relax and unwind at the end of the day.  I also find them a great way to pass the time in airports and on planes as we trek around the country to the numerous Craft shows we exhibit at.



 To transfer your design from the pattern to fabric firstly choose a good quality washout marker and preferably a fine one that most of your stitching will cover.  If you choose to use a texta style marker this leaves a heavy line which can be hard to remove.

I use a light box but if you don't have one a sunny window will do the same thing just tape the design and fabric to the window then you will be able to see the drawing through the fabric so that you can trace it onto the fabric.


With stitcheries I back them with a stabilizer called liteweft.  It is light weight and very soft, if you attach the stabilizer before tracing on the design it can be hard to see some of the finer details.

I always transfer the design first and then press the stabilizer to the back of the fabric.  I am always careful not to over press.  I press over the design as lightly as possible but heavily enough to still melt the glue then I press around the design to make sure I have the two layers bonded well together.


If you are worried about the possibility that your marker might not wash out test on a scrap of fabric before transferring the design to your fabric


To remove the markings after the stitchery is finished I use a cotton bud dipped in water and gently dab wherever the marker shows.  Sometimes you may need to do this several times as the water may just dilute the dye from the marker and spread it out as a pale shadow.

Happy Stitching



Cottage Garden Threads Colour Chart

By Heather Buck
on March 27, 2013
With 11 comments

 Below are the colour charts for Cottage Garden Threads.  These threads are overdyed Stranded cottons in a stunning range of varigated colours.  I use these threads extensively in my designs.  Of course you can choose to use whichever threads you prefer.  I find that Cottage Garden Threads have some unusual mixes of colours which help to give a realistic look to my projects especially flowers and leaves.  Threads are $6.50 each plus postage which is usually only $3-4 dollars per order for postage within Australia and $6-8 dollars for overseas orders.  Threads can be ordered by email  by calling 061885532740 or online at


























Aussie Birds Quilt

By Heather Buck
on February 20, 2013
With 2 comments

Finally we have finished the quilt for the Aussie Birds.  I have only used 9 of the birds as it is more practical for us to have a smaller quilt to take to the exhibitions.  Thankyou to my sister Sharon for stitching them for me.  Sharon chose to use white as her background fabric but if you are wanting to use all 12 of the birds in your quilt you need to remember that some of the birds have white sections.  Pale Blue, Pale Green even a Dark Cream or pale yellow would work well.

Happy Stitching


Aussie Bird Stitcheries

By Heather Buck
on December 28, 2012
With 2 comments


We have joined 9 of the Aussie Bird Series together to form a small quilt.

Blocks were trimmed to 14 1/2" square and the sashings cut 1 1/2" wide.

Join 3 blocks together in a row with a sashing strip between each block.

Join 3 sashing strips together with a 1 1/2" contrasting square between each sashing

Join each row of blocks together with a sashing strip set between each row of blocks

Pressing all seams as you go towards the sashing strips.

Border the quilt with a 1 1/2" border the same as the sashings

Final border is cut 5 1/2" wide. (This is to accomadate the Gum leaf design)

Once the final border is on the quilt finish with a stitchery of Gum leaves around the border.


I will post another photo once the stitchery border is complete.  The stitchery border needs to be done after the border is added to the quilt as some of the stitcheries wrap around the corners.

The quilt can be made larger by using all 12 of the stitcheries or by repeating your favourite birds.  I have also just started working on my first stitchery in the next series which will be Australian flowers.  These will be the same size as the Aussie Bird Stitcheries so that they can be incorporated into a quilt with the birds if desired.  The first of the flowers that I will be working on is a spray of wattle.


The stitchery patterns for the borders are provided free of charge to anyone who purchases all 12 of the Aussie Bird stitcheries.


Happy Stitching


Aussie Bird Stitcheries

By Heather Buck
on November 14, 2012
With 0 comments


This is just 5 of our Aussie Bird series of stitcheries.  We also have a New Holland Honeyeater, Willy Wagtail, Rainbow Lorikeet,Kestrel, Glossy Black Cockatoo and Magpie.  Soon to be completed are the Scarlet Robins.

The patterns are available individually as patterns for cushions.  If you would like to be able to hang them on the wall buy an art canvas at least 15" square.  Then when you cut out the background fabric for your stitchery allow enough fabric to wrap around the edges of the canvas.  Approx 20" square should be enough but please measure the canvas before cutting. Transfer the design to the middle of your fabric.  When you have finished the stithcing press then place over the art canvas.  Centering the design.  Staple the fabric to the back of the canvas frame working on one side.  Then staple to the back of frame on the opposite side then repeat with the final two sides.  Fold the fabrics around the corners neatly and staple in place.

This gives a great alternative use for your stitcheries

I find stitcheries are great projects to work on while travelling.  They are small and very portable.


Happy Stitching




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