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Stitch 1

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.

Stitch 2

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.

Stitch 3

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.

Stitch 4

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!

Erin | house on hill road

thank you, sarah!


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!


just wondering -- does the apron project come with full-sized pattern pieces? thanks.


very cool! I just have to get that one, some of my fav bloggers are in there including you! :)


This looks like a great magazine. I wonder if it's available in Canada?


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!

Erin | house on hill road

the apron's full size pattern pieces are not in the magazine, but can be downloaded from interweave's website.

Erin | house on hill road

I'm not sure about that Lorrie.  If it is not, it would be worth ordering it from Interweave.

Erin | house on hill road

Thanks Sarah - I'm still not feeling 100% so it took me a little longer to blog about it than I would have liked.

Erin | house on hill road

I bet you can come up with a bunch of uses for it, Cathy. Your creativity always amazes me!

minnesota:madre | Sarah Jane

Congrats! The firewood tote is great.


erin! congratulations!

Sarah Jackson

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.

Kaye Prince

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!


You have inspired me to start sewing more - can't wait to get the magazine! Congrats!


Feel better soon!


Congrats erin!

Krista - Poppyprint

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.

Vintage Chica

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.


oh, erin... these projects are SO fabulous! congratulations....
i want a firewood tote!!!


hey, good for you, girl!

Deborah Schroder

I love this magazine and had picked mine up last evening--still browsing through and loved the velvet cowl--great job!!


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


you've been a very busy girl! So happy to be in those pages with you, those projects of yours are beautiful!


Congratulations! I love these projects and know just who needs the cowl and who needs the apron...actually most folks probably would want both!

Erin | house on hill road

the feeling is mutual, blair!

Erin | house on hill road

thanks amisha - there are so many good projects in this one. but i am probably biased. xo.

Erin | house on hill road

make one!

Erin | house on hill road

i ALWAYS think of you and that curbside score when i see upholstery supplies. ;)


How wonderful that your work is published!


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.


wow, love your projects, well done. Cool mag too, wish we got it here. x

Penny Roberts

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!

Congrats on the article. My daughter is world famous!

Erin | house on hill road

Thanks Dad! xo.


congrats, erin! your work is lovely, as always!

Linda Urban

Congratulations! That bag looks fabulous. I didn't know this magazine before your post. I'm going to have to look for it.


Cool, cool!

Anna - Three Sneaky Bugs

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!


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...

julianna smith

Fantastic! I love that magazine and can't wait to get my hands on the new fall issue. Congrats!

Erin | house on hill road

Thanks Julie! I think you'll find that there are lots of good projects in this issue.

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