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Essential needlecraft round-up – 10 sewing and quilting posts

Crafter's Companion – 25/08/19

Needlecraft – an area of crafting that has been loved for hundreds, if not thousands, of years! There are so many different areas to the craft, but for today, we’re particularly focusing on sewing and quilting. We’ve got so much content on our site about both of these areas, so we were really keen to share a handful of our favourites. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert in sewing or quilting, make sure you take a look through these links and see if inspiration strikes.

1. 9 essentials for your sewing kit

We’ve all got to start somewhere, so if you’re a bit of a beginner in the world of needlecraft, make sure you take a look at this blog post. It gives you a run down of the basic tools that you need to have in your kit, plus a bit of information about what each one is for.

2. Gemini Stitch or Lock Pro – which do you need?

While it’s all well and good taking a look at which essential tools you need, it’s also worth investigating into a machine – but is it a sewing machine or an overlocker that you need? In this post, we’ve explained the differences between the two to help you get an idea of which you should invest in!

3. How to customise a tote bag with glitter paste and stencils

Looking for a bit of a beginner-friendly project? This is the one for you. It features no sewing at all – just good messy fun with a tote bag, some glitter paste and a stencil. The finished product would make a brilliant, personalised shopping bag or a gift for a loved one. Make sure you take a look!

4. Sensational soft crafts with the Build-a-Block Curves

Curves are notoriously difficult to cut and sew in quilting, but we’ve got a solution! Pair up your Gemini machine with the Build-a-Block Curves sets to help you cut out accurate, curved shapes to turn into quilts, cushion covers, table runners and so much more. Have a read of the post for more inspiration!

5. The beginner’s guide to fastenings

Whether you’re a dressmaker or love making bags and cushions, you will almost certainly need a fastening of some description at some point. There are many different types available, however, it is always best to try to match the fastener to the project. Take a look at this blog post for some helpful tips on choosing the correct one for you!

6. How to use the Hawaiian Applique Dies

Totally tropical textiles are a stone’s throw away with the Hawaiian Applique Dies from Gemini! The idea behind these dies was to put a modern spin on the traditional technique of Hawaiian quilting and applique, so add a touch of sunshine into your needlecrafts and watch this video.

7. English Paper Piecing made easy

English Paper Piecing is a well-loved and historic technique that is favoured by many quilters, so if you’ve been interested in picking up this craft, make sure you have a read of this blog post. It features our EPP Multi Media Dies, which have been designed to help you cut fabric and paper to get accurate shapes.

8. How to use up scraps – hexi coasters

Scraps are a needlecrafters biggest nemesis, but luckily, we’ve got a few projects on the site to help you use them up. One of our favourites is the hexi coasters projects – everyone loves a bit of geometry! You can also personalise them to match the colour scheme of your home, so it’s perfect for all skill levels.

9. Create quilts with Riley Blake and the Multi Media Nesting Dies

Our Multi Media Dies are absolutely perfect for helping you to create projects that look much more professional and accurate. Take a look at the video in the link above to see our very own Katy Jones talking about the Multi Media Nesting Dies and pairing them up with the Riley Blake Someday fabrics!

10. How to use the Gemini Quilting Pattern Guides

And last, but certainly not least, we’ve got a post about our brilliant Gemini Quilting Pattern Guides! These handy stencils have been designed to help quilters get a more exciting finish to their quilting and while they look a little daunting, they’re very simple to use. Take a look at the post to find out how!

We’re so excited to keep expanding our needlecraft line and content, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled online to see what’s coming next. If you own any of the products mentioned in this post, make sure you show us how you use them by sharing photos with us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram using the hashtag #crafterscompanion.