Woolie Friends Stitch-A-Longs
During the summer of 2020, we were honored to join eleven other designers to create the Woolen Oak Stitch-A-Long quilt. The adventure was such a success that we have continued to work together, creating various quilts, runners, and projects. What a fun group, and what fabulous stitchers we have met throughout these stitch-alongs! We would love to have you join the fun. Check out the Facebook page for examples, block sharing, inspiration, and updates. It's never too late to try a project you may have missed: we still have availability for kits and patterns. The designers' websites are linked below for your convenience. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and pay them a visit to see what they have to offer!
Woolie Christmas Gnomes
Do you love gnomes? Everyone is charmed by these cute creatures, right?! What is not to love about them—especially when they are ready to ring in the holiday season. We are once again joining our Woolie Friends for another mystery stitch-along: Woolie Christmas Gnomes. We do hope you will join the fun. What do you think OUR gnomes be up to?
Gnome-body knows!! (Sorry, we couldn't resist.)
Spotlight Week Designer (websites linked below)
Sep 12-18 Calico Patch
Sep 19-25 Red Button Quilt Company
Sep 26-Oct 2 Linen Closet Designs
Oct 3-9 The Woolen Needle
Oct 10-16 The Cottage Rose
Oct 17-23 Sew Cherished
Oct 24-30 Blueberry Backroads
Oct 31-Nov 6 Traditional Primitives
Nov 7-13 My Red Door Designs
Nov 14-20 Yellow Creek Quilt Designs
Nov 21-27 Through the Needle's Eye
Nov 28-Dec 4 Rusty Crow
December 5 Calico Patch (Finishing Pattern)
Scroll to the bottom of the page for live links to each designer's page to learn about their patterns and kits.
It's time to preorder! You won't want to miss this sweet block, perfect to welcome the season. Our wool kit is filled with luscious hand-dyed wools, and of course, we have some fun embellishments to add to the charm. We will offer discounted printed and digital PDF downloads, as well as optional thread kits, with a variety of different kinds of threads to add some extra magic to your scene.
All preorders will be shipped on Saturday, November 19, and our free digital download will be available the week beginning Monday, November 21. You might be busy that week thinking about cooking a big meal, so order now and it will be one less thing to think about and one more thing to be thankful for!
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You can preorder wool kit, thread kit, printed pattern, or a complete kit at a bonus price.
Everyone who preorders any kit from us will automatically be entered in a drawing for a Gnome Magnetic Needle Threader, handcrafted by Puffin & Company. These durable threaders are perfect for threading embroidery needles with the various weights of threads used for embellishment. To qualify, your preorder must be received by 11/15, so that the winners can get their threader with their order. We will pick three (3) winners randomly on 11/16. We love these needle threaders, and we hope you will, too! Good luck to you.
NOTE: To see our collection of Puffin Needle Threaders, as well as other tools of the trade that we use for our appliqué, click HERE.
Want to learn more? Click HERE to read our flyer!
Past Woolie Friends Mystery Stitch-A-Longs
The ubiquitous blue Mason jar has been around for nearly two centuries and has been used by generations to preserve food from our gardens. Today, it serves many, various functions. Ours is a vase filled with Queen Anne’s Lace and Strawflowers, inviting our nesting nuthatch to the scene.
Our lovely wool kit will include a printed pattern, homespun background, eight different wools—several hand-dyed by Dawn Shuck from Sew Cherished—and several embellishment materials to make this block unique and full of fun textures. Sari silk ribbon with wool strips and wool roving make for a dimensional and unique nest for our nuthatch's eggs. And then there is the sweet dragonfly charm flitting amongst the flowers. This is a kit you won't want to miss! Remember: our kits come with a printed pattern, so you will not need to purchase one if you buy a kit!!
Our beautiful thread kit comes with a selection of hand-dyed threads from Weeks DyeWorks and includes 5 skeins of floss, and one each of #3 pearl and #8 pearl cotton threads. The variety of thread weights help to add interest to your work. You will love the lustrous sheen of the white #3 pearl to create your Queen Anne's lace!
For a tutorial for stitching
the Nesting Nuthatch,
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April showers bring May flowers is the theme of this springtime block that is filled with all the things one might need for a fun, rain-filled day—rainboots, an umbrella, and a spring bouquet. When spring rains darken your day, this colorful block will bring a little brightness into it!
Our complete wool kit includes a homespun background and a variety of ten beautiful wools—hand-dyed by our Woolie Friend, Dawn Shuck from Sew Cherished. Additionally, the kit will have silk ribbon in two sizes and a charming embellishment—to be revealed later. You won't want to miss these delicious colors and wools, we promise! Our separate thread kit will include a lovely selection of hand-dyed threads by Weeks DyeWorks: pearl cotton thread in two sizes and three colors of floss. Our wool kits will have the bonus of a printed pattern, for your convenience.
Tea and Blooms
Brew a pot of tea and stitch some blooms as you anticipate spring! Dimensional wool appliqué, embroidery, and embellishment add life to this pot full of violets and cup of chamomile. It is one of 12 blocks in the Potted Petals Mystery Stitch-A-Long. The finished block size is 12 inches square.
Our wool kit includes background homespun fabric, all wool pieces needed to create our block, as well as several embellishments, including wool roving, beads, lace, ribbon, and antennae.
Our thread kit includes a variety of hand-dyed threads from Weeks DyeWorks: one card of #5 pearl cotton, 4 cards of #8 pearl cotton, 2 cards of six-stranded floss, and one card of crewel wool.
Pattern is sold separately, in either printed or downloadable digital PDF format.
Going to Grandma's
If you would prefer to make a little boy rather than a girl, just sub in the boy with the included templates.
We had such fun with our 2020 Wooly Block Adventure Block—Going to Grandma’s. Our little girl (or boy!) is on her way through the woods to Grandma’s house but makes a quick stop to feed a sweet little cardinal. Embroidery with three different types of fibers adds dimension to this woodland scene, and while our little girl (or boy) is going to her Grandma’s, your sign can say whatever you would like! The pattern now include templates for both a boy and a girl, depending on your preferences.
Finished block size: 8-inch square
The kit includes the complete printed pattern with templates, black wool for the background, all wool needed to complete the block, 1.5 yards of Valdani white #8 pearl cotton thread, and a snowflake button. Also included is some extra wool for an optional finishing project, the Into the Woods Runner, designed by our Woolie Friends. This charming runner will take you through the winter, topping a table, the back of a couch, or the bottom of a bed.
An optional thread kits includes the threads that we used to complete the block: Weeks DyeWorks floss, crewel wool, and #8 pearl cotton; and The Gentle Art floss and wool thread.
Our beautiful, hand-dyed wool kit comes with fabric to piece the background acorn block and all wool to create the appliqué design, as well as a bit of wool roving and a sweet little bee charm.
The thread kit includes a collection of hand-dyed threads from Weeks Dye Works—2 skeins of floss, 1 skein of #5 pearl cotton, 2 skeins of #8 pearl cotton, and 1 skein of crewel wool.
Pattern is sold separately, either in printed or downloadable digital PDF format.
Week #9: Harvest Basket
This delightful Harvest Basket echoes the bounty of autumn with its colorful contents. Embroidery brings the basket to life—we hope you enjoy stitching and embellishing this little taste of fall! It is one of 12 blocks in the Woolen Oak Mystery Stitch-A-Long. The finished block size is 16½ inches square.
We have created a few videos demonstrating various techniques we used in creating the Harvest Basket.
We hope you will find them helpful!
Overview of Harvest Basket Embroidery Stitches
Tutorial for Wool Basket Weaving
To learn about the techniques we used to prepare our wool appliqué for the block, go to our blog,
Tutorial for Wool Roving Flower Centers
Tutorial for Pekinese Stitch
Here is the list of our Woolie Friends Designers.
Check out their websites to see what they are doing!
Blueberry Backroads blueberrybackroads.com
Calico Patch Designs calicopatchdesigns.com
Linen Closet Designs linenclosetdesigns.bigcartel.com
My Red Door Designs myreddoordesigns.com
Red Button Quilt Co redbuttonquiltco.com
Rusty Crow rustycrow.com
Sew Cherished sewcherished.com
The Cottage Rose-Pattern Originals cottagerosequiltshop.com
The Woolen Needle thewoolenneedle.com
Through The Needle’s Eye needleseyestories.com
Traditional Primitives traditionalprimitives.com
Yellow Creek Quilt Designs yellowcreekquiltdesigns.com