• Test knit swatches in silk and wool
    Counterpanes,  Crochet,  Knitting,  Needlework

    A fibre decision made

    A fibre decision has been made. And the choice is… There were many test swatches done and fibres tested until there were three top choices. And then, after some further testing and planning, the choice has been narrowed to two fibres: 100% silk wool / silk blend   The shawl will be a ‘swatch sampler’, consisting of knitted or crocheted squares – or any needlework technique that will lend itself to the fingering weight wool. This ‘sampler’ shawl will be a great opportunity for beginner stitchers to try their hand at a vintage pattern. Kits will be available in the near future that will include yarn and pattern and instructions. If…

  • Crochet,  Knitting,  Needlework,  Updates

    Stitchers invited!

    Hey, fellow stitchers, Would you like to create a wedding dress using stitched swatches of vintage textile items? In 2019, the Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol is planning a clothing textile exhibit! Creating a wedding dress using stitched recreations based on museum textile collection items would be a great way to join in the celebration. Whether you knit, crochet, sew, quilt or embroider, I welcome you to consider participating. The sample you would stitch would be your choice depending on what your interests and preferred needlework technique. Please let me know if you would be interested in participating either by emailing me or signing up for the Stitch Revival…

  • Crochet

    Tidy Chair Back Doily

    — Guest post by designer Irene Kellins — Recreating the Tidy Chair Back has been a most interesting and enjoyable adventure. Beginning as a chat about the historical needlework collection at the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol, in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, the project evolved into recreating one of these works—specifically, the Tidy Chair Back, made in 1880 by six-year-old Ann Rath of East Wawanosh Township, near Belgrave, Ontario. The original was completed with fine crochet cotton and consists of a motif strip joined by a chain. After comparing test swatches to the original, I recreated the doily using size 20 cotton thread and a size 7 (1.5 mm) steel…

  • Crochet,  Knitting,  Needlework

    Leaf & Lace Vest

    This lovely Leaf & Lace Vest was created by designer Irene Kellins, owner of Stitches with a Twist in Blyth. The pattern is inspired by an heirloom counterpane in the collection of the Huron County Museum. The pattern is currently in production and will be available in the future.