Free Pattern Launch

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The day you have been waiting for has arrived! Today is the launch of my “What is Love?” free Block of the Month pattern.

This BOM pattern will run for nine months commencing May 2009. There will be eight little stitcheries which are very quick to embroider and in January 2010 I plan to give you the final embroidery design with instructions on how to put this small project together. That means you will be able to complete this mystery pattern for Valentine’s Day – February 14th, very appropriate since we are working on “What is Love?”. So keep an eye out for the next pattern in the second week of each month.

This pattern is FREE, for personal use or to make as a gift. You may also give a copy to friends and tell them where to find me but please do not use the pattern for profit.

I’d love it if you would put my “What is Love?” badge in the sidebar of your blog with a link back to http://val-laird.blogspot.com. (Just right click and Save Picture As a jpeg file onto your computer, then upload it to your blog.) Let me know in a comment at the bottom of this post or e-mail that you’ve joined the programme.

It would be great to see photos of your finished blocks so post them on your blog and put a link back to me or email them to me so we can all share in your creativity.

Requirements:

To start the project, you will need one fat quarter of off-white tone-on-tone fabric for the stitcheries. Cut it into eight rectangles 3½ x 5½ inches.

You will need a favourite fat eighth print to work out your two main thread colours.
This is my fat eighth fabric and I chose the violet and plum colours to work the stitcheries. Four stitcheries are worked in the violet and four in the plum.

You will need a dark, medium and light shade of the violet stranded thread and a dark and medium shade of the plum, as well as a dark Brown, Yellow, Green and Off-white.

My favourite stranded threads are by Anchor so I will give you the thread numbers that I used and you can substitute your own wherever I mention these in the patterns.

97 Light Violet
98 Medium Violet
99 Dark Violet
267 Moss Green
305 Saffron
380 Chocolate
926 Magnolia
1018 Medium Plum
1019 Dark Plum

If you want to collect fabrics for the rest of the project over the next few months, then decide which will be the main colour out of your two choices. I chose the violet. These are the requirements:

Fat eighth of three different violet tone-on-tone fabrics
30 cm of plain violet homespun

Click here to go to the download site.

Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.

Happy Stitching!

Val