Cath has been busy and has completed the bag featuring the Raggedy stitchery from last post.
This is the front version and below is the back. Isn't it a roomy and useful bag?
We're still trying to sort out the pdf business so, just for now email Cath (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the pattern please.
Our guest crafter this post is Jenny Reynolds of www.elefantz.com. Jenny calls
We asked her how she got started on her delightful road to “Elefantz” and she replied, thus “My husband was a motor mechanic with wrist problems after a youthful motor bike accident, so he retrained at University to become a high school teacher. His first teaching position was a 6-month stint in Armidale, NSW, in 2005. We were living in Wagga at the time and weren’t sure what would happen after the 6 months in Armidale so we had a monster garage sale and put what was left in storage. We moved to Armidale with only as much stuff as we could fit in our Commodore, plus our two kids! The only housing option we had was a small cabin at the local caravan park – middle of winter in Armidale is ICY!! – between chipping ice off the inside walls of the cabin and waiting till mid-morning for the taps to thaw so we could have showers, I continued to homeschool our kids. We met up with a local homeschool family and one of the teenage daughters showed me her patchwork items. I was so hungry for something to do with my hands, as life in the caravan park was quite lonely after my lessons with the kids were done and my husband was off teaching each day, so she encouraged me to take home some of her craft magazines and have a go. That was September 2005, and I have not looked back!” Jenny’s story sounds so familiar doesn’t it?
What do you create? We asked and her reply was simple. “I focus mainly on stitchery and applique, and then incorporate them into projects. Twice a year I design a quilt using my signature Shabby Roses designs, and I think they express the real heart of my style.”
Jenny’s best tip rings true to most of us we feel - “Trust yourself to change what someone else has designed. When I first began this craft I would make projects exactly like the photo in the magazine – same colours and if I could find them I would even use the same fabric. One day in 2008 I thought to myself, “Why are you remaking someone else’s designs? Why don’t you think outside the box and trust your own colour combinations and tweak things?” So I did. After that it was only a matter of months before I began designing my own projects from scratch – the results really surprised me, but I learnt a lesson about looking inside me and being brave enough to put it on paper and then into fabric and thread. I believe we all have an individual creative voice – we just need to let it out.”
“Lemon Tart” is Jenny’s favourite recipe; she tells us it is an Elefantz favourite. Email Jan and she will send you the recipe.
When Jenny is not designing for “Elefantz” her favourite pastime is "Riding pillion on my husband’s motorbikes! We travel far and wide on the bikes, seeing places I never imagined visiting. It’s been the most amazing thing for us now that the kids are finishing schooling and have jobs and lives of their own. Every weekend we’re off somewhere, and as my hubby is a teacher we also do longer trips each school term break. It’s the perfect balance to my normal weekly ‘inside life’ of design and sewing.
Jenny replied “No idea. Life is an open door to so many possibilities and I want to explore them all. I’m pretty sure I’ll still have a bike helmet in one hand and a needle and thread in the other, though!” to our question of what she will be doing in 10 years time.
We asked Jenny who her favourite designer is and she replied very promptly; “I don’t have one as such. I love designers who are quirky and always changing – women like Anna Maria Horner and Sarah Fielke – plus others who speak to that olde world girl in me, such as Caroline Zoob and Jane Brocket. I am also inspired by Rachel Ashwell’s soft and carefree style.
Above all I look at Creation because God’s hand painted canvas of Earth inspires me more than anyone and anything.”
You can also keep up with Jenny’s creativity by following her on
Here's a free tutorial to create the cutest flower on the block from Cath.
Email Jan for the pattern. Here it is stitched and buttons added. I made it into a Christmas pillow to add to my collection.
Cath also has a free Raggedy Stitchery for you.
Same story - Right click on pic; Save to your hard drive and print as usual. They're just the cutest little pair aren't they?
We will showcase some patterns for you before we show you the Teddy BOM for the mid-month free BOM.
Jan's patterns for this month are a mixture - a bag, a pair of pouches and something for you to prepare for Christmas. Jan is a self-confessed "Christmasaholic" so expect MORE Christmas surprises in the posts to come!
Candy Spots is a FUN bag that suits the young as well as the "Young-at-Heart". Roomy inside and has elasticized pockets all the way round on the outside. Looks great in the bright and breezy fabrics for the sample but would also look stunning in a more elegant choice of fabrics too.
Christmas Pockets have a dual role....wonderful little hangers for the wall to fill with holly, mistletoe or even a little Christmas Teddy OR to hold a very special gift for someone; thus being a double gift for the recipient.
Cath's showcase features a brand new release this post.
NOW....the Teddy BOM!!
Right click on the pic; save to your hard drive and print as usual. You can also email Cath (email@example.com) for the instructions. Hopefully we will have the pdf thing sorted soon! :)
Until next post we hope you keep stitching and we are so pleased with the response to our blog. We have 76 followers now! Yay!
OOPS!!!! Nearly forgot!! Our lucky reader who commented is BUTTERFLY!!! You have won a free pattern from Jan - it's her PANSY 'A' PLENTY BAG! Email Jan to give her your email address and she will send you your free ePattern!
Happy Stitching Everyone,