September 16, 2010
The fall issue of Stitch hit the newsstand yesterday and I couldn't be more excited because it features three of my projects! This issue focuses on different fabrics and was a great opportunity for me to use something other than quilting cottons for a change.
I had the idea for this firewood tote as soon as I saw the jute upholstery webbing at Jo Ann's. It's hard to see here, but the webbing is folded and sewn together at the top to make handles for the cotton duck and home decorator fabric bag. It's also generously sized so you can haul a decent amount of wood in one trip and will still look good sitting by your hearth.
This apron is also made from a home decorator fabric with a mid-weight linen for the pocket. I think this is a great way to use a bold, geometric print. It's sized to fit most adults and would be great as a chef's apron, too. It comes together really fast - maybe an afternoon at most? It'd be a great gift for almost anyone on your list, men included. Fatty has one like it, so the sample I sewed for the magazine is now mine. A girl can't have too many green aprons, I say.
Finally, this velvet and silk cowl is probably my favorite of the three projects. I love sewing with really luxurious materials and because it only takes 1/2 yard of each the velvet and the silk, it didn't break the bank. Before I sat down to sew this, I wrangled with the construction in my head. I was really worried that it would be complicated, but then I had a light bulb moment! It comes together fast and easy. I think it would be super pretty and just as soft with voile or Liberty lawn for the lining. A lightweight, drapey wool would be equally as lovely as the velvet. Great for gift giving, too.
This issue is packed with great projects including some by Blair, Melissa, Beki and Linda. There is a fantastic section on items made from one yard - awesome for stash busting! This magazine has been one of my favorites since its debut two years ago and I am so excited that it will now be published four times every year.
If you make any of the projects I designed, please let me know. I'd love to see your take on them.
i have been waiting for this one! congrats Erin! wonderful ideas and styling!
Posted by: sarah | September 16, 2010 at 11:46 AM
thank you, sarah!
Posted by: Erin | house on hill road | September 16, 2010 at 11:53 AM
oh!!! fabulous, erin! you know, i have been having some of that jute webbing since forever...but i have never done anything with it. it was one of those things that i knew i needed, but i didn't know what i needed it for; and now i know, thank you very much! the cowl looks lovely, and i really like your idea of using the liberty lawn. i have a few prints from my sister in london that i have yet to use. i think that a trip to the bookstore is in order later on!
Posted by: cathygaubert | September 16, 2010 at 11:55 AM
just wondering -- does the apron project come with full-sized pattern pieces? thanks.
Posted by: beth | September 16, 2010 at 12:20 PM
very cool! I just have to get that one, some of my fav bloggers are in there including you! :)
Posted by: anna | September 16, 2010 at 12:26 PM
This looks like a great magazine. I wonder if it's available in Canada?
Posted by: Lorrie | September 16, 2010 at 01:21 PM
I was browsing in Barnes and Noble yesterday s/p the worst run of my life and saw your name with these projects and thought to myself, "Is this THE Erin Harris from House on Hill Road? I wonder why she hasn't mentioned it on her blog yet if she is featured in stitch?" It all looked really lovely. Congrats!
Posted by: Sarah | September 16, 2010 at 01:37 PM
the apron's full size pattern pieces are not in the magazine, but can be downloaded from interweave's website.
Posted by: Erin | house on hill road | September 16, 2010 at 02:11 PM
I'm not sure about that Lorrie. If it is not, it would be worth ordering it from Interweave.
Posted by: Erin | house on hill road | September 16, 2010 at 02:12 PM
Thanks Sarah - I'm still not feeling 100% so it took me a little longer to blog about it than I would have liked.
Posted by: Erin | house on hill road | September 16, 2010 at 02:13 PM
I bet you can come up with a bunch of uses for it, Cathy. Your creativity always amazes me!
Posted by: Erin | house on hill road | September 16, 2010 at 02:14 PM
Congrats! The firewood tote is great.
Posted by: minnesota:madre | Sarah Jane | September 16, 2010 at 02:21 PM
Posted by: melissa | September 16, 2010 at 02:29 PM
I love your projects. I think that apron is going to be my go-to Christmas gift this year. I can use quick and easy with my little terror almost crawling around. Hope you're feeling back to normal.
Posted by: Sarah Jackson | September 16, 2010 at 02:38 PM
Congrats Erin! I saw the projects in the magazine and was all like "I know her!" (know as in I read your blog, not like we've actually met or anything). Very, very cool! And how super-excited am I that Stitch will not be coming out four times a year - woot!
Posted by: Kaye Prince | September 16, 2010 at 03:32 PM
You have inspired me to start sewing more - can't wait to get the magazine! Congrats!
Posted by: kathy | September 16, 2010 at 03:45 PM
Feel better soon!
Posted by: Sarah | September 16, 2010 at 03:49 PM
Posted by: jane | September 16, 2010 at 03:58 PM
Great news! I can't wait to find a copy...Kaye bought hers in Toronto at Indigo, so I know it has hit Canada, just haven't found it yet!! I look forward to seeing your and Ayumi's patterns! I think there will be several potential Christmas presents in there.
Posted by: Krista - Poppyprint | September 16, 2010 at 04:04 PM
Oh Erin! Congratulations...can't wait to pick it up ASAP! BTW, I love that upholstery webbing...use it (in blue) for curtain tie backs among other things. I have always thought the red would be so pretty for Christmas.
Posted by: Vintage Chica | September 16, 2010 at 04:39 PM
oh, erin... these projects are SO fabulous! congratulations....
i want a firewood tote!!!
Posted by: leslie | September 16, 2010 at 05:09 PM
hey, good for you, girl!
Posted by: tracy | September 16, 2010 at 05:36 PM
I love this magazine and had picked mine up last evening--still browsing through and loved the velvet cowl--great job!!
Posted by: Deborah Schroder | September 16, 2010 at 06:18 PM
congratulations erin! your projects are fantastic. this looks like such a good issue-- stitch has become my favorite crafty magazine as well... each issue better than the last! looking forward to hitting the bookstore this weekend. xo
Posted by: amisha | September 16, 2010 at 07:15 PM
you've been a very busy girl! So happy to be in those pages with you, those projects of yours are beautiful!
Posted by: blair | September 16, 2010 at 08:24 PM
Congratulations! I love these projects and know just who needs the cowl and who needs the apron...actually most folks probably would want both!
Posted by: mas | September 16, 2010 at 09:54 PM
the feeling is mutual, blair!
Posted by: Erin | house on hill road | September 16, 2010 at 10:00 PM
thanks amisha - there are so many good projects in this one. but i am probably biased. xo.
Posted by: Erin | house on hill road | September 16, 2010 at 10:01 PM
Posted by: Erin | house on hill road | September 16, 2010 at 10:01 PM
i ALWAYS think of you and that curbside score when i see upholstery supplies. ;)
Posted by: Erin | house on hill road | September 16, 2010 at 10:08 PM
How wonderful that your work is published!
Posted by: Suzanne | September 16, 2010 at 11:13 PM
So glad to see who the artist is behind 3 of the great projects in the latest Stitch issue. Congrats! So, so happy for you.
Posted by: Karee | September 17, 2010 at 12:29 AM
wow, love your projects, well done. Cool mag too, wish we got it here. x
Posted by: Watkins35 | September 17, 2010 at 08:35 AM
Congratulations! I can't wait to get my copy! I have to make a trip into the States though because we don't get it up here in Northern Ontario!
Posted by: Penny Roberts | September 17, 2010 at 08:53 AM
Congrats on the article. My daughter is world famous!
Posted by: firstname.lastname@example.org | September 17, 2010 at 01:13 PM
Thanks Dad! xo.
Posted by: Erin | house on hill road | September 17, 2010 at 03:55 PM
congrats, erin! your work is lovely, as always!
Posted by: amandajean | September 17, 2010 at 07:07 PM
Congratulations! That bag looks fabulous. I didn't know this magazine before your post. I'm going to have to look for it.
Posted by: Linda Urban | September 18, 2010 at 07:02 AM
Posted by: Steph | September 18, 2010 at 09:53 PM
Three! Congratulations. Too bad I don't have a fireplace because I love that firewood tote. I guess I'll just have to get a cabin (Ha!). The other 2 projects look absolutely fabulous too!
Posted by: Anna - Three Sneaky Bugs | September 19, 2010 at 09:37 AM
Oh well done Erin! I love that magazine - though it's rare here, I buy it if I ever come across it.
I have some of that webbing in my closet - bought for tote bag handles which never got made...
Posted by: domesticali | September 19, 2010 at 11:13 AM
Fantastic! I love that magazine and can't wait to get my hands on the new fall issue. Congrats!
Posted by: julianna smith | September 22, 2010 at 05:27 PM
Thanks Julie! I think you'll find that there are lots of good projects in this issue.
Posted by: Erin | house on hill road | September 22, 2010 at 05:49 PM