Saturday, 20 February 2016

New Owl download!

Here is our new download for the SPRING. An A4 sampler with two rather surprised owls. I get asked so many times to do owls ... so I gave in. You can download HERE

And there's a special bonus thank you for ordering the first of our new owl downloads ― an exclusive download pattern of the robin design that makes up the Nancy Nicholson logo! The pattern is on p6 of this PDF, with the stitch guide on p5. Just follow the general instructions given for the owl on pp1-2.
This is a special commemoration celebrating the beginning of our fifth year in business, and a thank you for being part of it.
I’ve been working with textiles for most of my adult life, as a maker and teacher. Four years ago I launched my first range of designs, initially as press out card models, and then as the Cat and Bird embroidery kits (all of these products are still available on my website today).
I wanted everyone to be able to learn hand embroidery, and to inspire them to do so with contemporary designs. So the Cat and Bird were swiftly followed by Lovebirds and the Teapot, and then the Birdie group of four smaller kits for children and beginners. We’ve also extended the range with five new cushion kits including the very popular BirdDance.
Not least, if you’re reading this you’ll know we’ve created an exciting range of instant downloads from our Etsy shop: designs you can print out and transfer onto lightweight fabric and stitch for rapid gratification!
This is an exciting time for the business. In the coming year there will be a new range of cushion kits, and I am working on a book with publishers David and Charles! We’re getting more and more interest from shops, including large retailers, which means the design style is going to get seen by more and more people.
I hope you can feel some pride in being an early enthusiast for this work. Thank you for all your support and for helping me grow this business to become so special.

How to print onto fabric using freezer paper

Here is a little guide on how to print onto fabric using your home inkjet printer. It is surprisingly simple once you get used to it. You can buy Reynolds Freezer paper from Amazon HERE ... and all our downloadable patterns are HERE so you can confidently have a go!

1. Using a sheet of A4 paper as a guide, 
cut out the same size 
in freezer paper. Also cut an A4 sized 
piece of lightweight fabric. 

2. Now, place the shiny side down 
onto the fabric. 

3. Iron the two together. 

4. Trim the edges to exactly A4 and any 
stray fibres or threads from the edge as 
these could get caught in the printer rollers. 
Set your printer to print the design 
and place the fabric/paper in the feed tray
so it will print on the fabric side. 
Press PRINT.
Once printed you will need to remove 
the backing paper.