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There’s a new cord in town! Hebe cord by Sullivan’s USA

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Floral Hairband

Floral Hairband


One Skein Hebe Cord*, Hairband, 3.5 mm Crochet Hook, Spool Knitting Tool, Large Eye Needle, Fabric Glue, Three Buttons, Scissors, Measuring Tape or Ruler

*Hebe cord is available from Sullivans, USA

How to:

1. Following the instructions given with the Spool Knitting Tool; knit a length long enough to cover the hairband.

2. Insert one end of the hairband into the knitted tube. Wrap the cord at the ends of the knitted tube around the hairband ends and add a drop of glue to secure.

3. Crochet three floral motifs:

Create a slip knot and attach cord to your crochet hook. Chain seven. Bring the hook around and insert it through the first stitch. Make a slip stitch into that stitch to form a ring with the stitches. Chain four. Crochet three treble* stitches into the ring. Chain 4 and slip stitch through ring. This is one petal. Repeat to make an additional four petals. Cut cord end six inches long, insert end through the last stitch on the hook and remove motif from the hook. Insert each of the cord ends (beginning and ending cords) onto a large eyed needle and feed them through to the back of the floral motif. Use these ends to tie motifs onto hairband. Trim ends and add a drop of glue to secure.

4. Use the needle and additional cord to stitch the motifs (they should already be tied onto the hairband) and buttons onto the hairband, stitching through the knitted cover of the hairband. Add drops of glue to secure.

*Treble Stitch:  Wrap the cord around the hook twice, insert the hook into the ring and wrap the yarn over the hook, pull the hook back through the ring and wrap the yarn around the hook. Pull through two stitches, wrap the yarn around and pull through two stitches, repeat one last time leaving a single stitch on the hook. 

This project is part of the Designer Craft Blog Connection so please take the time to see what my fellow designers have come up with to show off this brand new line of cords.  The icon is along the side of my blog post. Simply click forward or backward to check out what they have created.  Leaving a message is always appreciated.



Peace – Banners of Hope

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Banner of Hope Peace

Peace is about more than a discussion around a boardroom table. The majority of the world’s population wants it. Why is it not so?

My latest Banner of Hop is about Peace. A simple statement but not so simple to achieve. We can hope and that is what Banners of Hope is all about. For this banner project I pulled our my trusty Brother ScanNCut and went to work. ScanNCut

I chose built in design elements on the machine and adjusted their size to fit my 8″ x 12 finished banner. I fused HeatnBond® Ultrahold to the back of my fabric choices and loaded them into the machine. Following the step by step instructions on the machine I quickly cut out my design elements.

Banner Of Hope2I fused my designs to the front of the banner canvas, added some decorative stitching and beads and voila I was done. I love this Banner of Hope and hope you do as well. For a step by step guide on creating your banner backing as well as information about Banners of Hope check out the Craft and Hobby Association Website


Banners of Hope featured in Craft Industry Today Magazine

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CIT article


Hot off the presses at Craft Industry Today is an article featuring the Banners of Hope project and yours truly. The editors over at the trade magazine did a great job editing my original (no doubt too long) submission and I am over the top excited. You cannot purchase Craft Industry Today off store racks as it is trade magazine that comes along with my membership to the Craft and Hobby Association I decided just in case you are interested and have jumped on the Banners of Hope band wagon to step out the banner featured in the article. Here goes.

CIT Step 1Collect your supplies: 9 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ piece of white canvas, variegated thread, fabric to cover buttons, cutting tools, sewing machine and an iron and of course supplies from Dritz :

Iron-On Letters, Anorak snaps, Fusible bonding web, and Half Ball Cover Buttons.

CIT Step 2

Step 1

 Turn under ¾” along edges of banner, insert fusible web tape and press well.  Turn under top edge 2” and press, forming a rod pocket. The finished size of the banner will be 8″ x 12″. Follow manufacturer’s directions to attach five snaps, centering them along the front of the banner. See photo for placement.

CIT Step 3

Step 2

Iron letters to fabric. Cover buttons, centering the letters and following the manufacturer’s directions.

CIT Step 4

Step 3

Create visual interest on the banners surface using variegated thread and decorative stitches on your sewing machine.

Banner of Hope CIT Article by Lorine Mason

Step 4

Attach buttons and add additional snaps.

For additional inspirtion check out my Pinterest Page Banners of Hope  For more information about Banners of Hope check out www.craftandhobby.org/boh




Banners of Hope goes on the road!

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My good friend, Debra Quartermain and I have know each other for some time now. We actually met on the elevator at a Society of Craft Designer convention. We were both newbies to the convention and it was truly friends at first sight. Debra is someone you will definitely remember once you have met her as she is such a sweet soul. A very talented lady with a big heart. She was one of the first designers to jump on the Banners of Hope train and her banner was one of my favourites. I asked Debra to tell me about her Banner of Hope recently and here is her story….

Living where it is winter for a third of the year I was inspired to incorporate snowflakes into my Banner. Each snowflake is unique just as each person is. Sometimes we forget that and I wanted everyone who saw my banner to remember each person is unique, each person is special. When we remember that, believe it brings hope.
The cozy felt contrasts with the theme of the Banner and the bear was meant to bring a smile especially for children who would be seeing the Banner. Just as snowflakes melt this Banner was meant to bring hope to a discouraged  heart.
Banners of Hope is headed to Canada and I am so proud. It is like watching your children step onto the school bus for the first time. I just wish I could be there to take photos just as I did when the girls went off to school.  Debra completed another wonderful banner to send along on the journey across Canada. To hear the story behind this banner check out her blog

Banner of Hope by Debra Quartermain

Quilt for Mackenzie Christine

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Jelly rollOh what to do with a partial jelly roll of colorful fabrics. My nephew Graham and his girlfriend just had a brand new baby, Mackenzie Christine and I will make a quilt. Graham is extra special to me as he and his sister lived next door to my family. My brother and his wife purchased the house next to ours not long after we moved to a small town in Manitoba. It was a perfect fit as our children spent five years of their lives growing up together before we were transferred out of the area. It was wonderful adventure living next door and everyone found it to be a hard move.

On to the jelly roll( groupings of 2 1/2″ strips of fabric).  My good friend, Eileen Hull met up with Amanda Herring,the fabrics designer at Quilt Market show in Houston and Amanda sent Eileen home with some fabric to see what she would come up with using her cutting dies and a Sizzix machine. Previously, I was introduced to Amanda through the Fabric Arts Council while I was working on the Banners of Hope project for CHA. While working the booth at Banners of Hope, Amanda sent me home with some cake squares (10″ inch squares of fabric) of the same fabric it turn out. Eileen and I were talking one day and realized we had the same fabric line. I suggested we trade as the strips did not really work with the dies she creates and I thought I could make good use of them.

So I started to sew strips of fabric together which quite quickly got boring so I decided to start slashing them apart and I seemed to like that better. Now you probably think I had an idea in mind as I did this – I hate to break this to you but I had no idea what I was going to do other than sew the strips together to make a quilt top. Quilt TopOnce the top was completed I decided to embroider Mackenzie’s name on the left and Sew Baby Girl on the right side. I used red thread and did a simple back-stitch. Now I was ready to add the backing. Since I still had five cake squares of fabric remaining I used them on the back along with some white cotton.  Next is to connect my walking foot onto my sewing machine and get busy quilting.

Quilt featuring Amanda Herring fabric

 I am happy to say that the quilt is finished and ready to ship to the new parents. I hope they like it.  Thank you Amanda Herring for designing such cute fabric.

Urban Doodles and Banners Of Hope

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Urban Doodles Banner Sample

My latest Banner of Hope banner sample.

The Banners of Hope project I am working on for the upcoming Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) trade show in Anaheim January 2014 has taken on a life of it’s own. I believe I mentioned joining the Fabric Arts Council of  CHA this past July. Well that first meeting set me on a journey that will take me well into 2014. At that meeting we discussed  the possibility of sponsoring an event that would provide excitement, education and marketing potential for the fabric arts and our fellow CHA members.  We knew we needed to be inclusive as fabric art is one medium mixed into the melting pot of all things crafty. Getting started was easy….we decided we would feature fabric as the base for crafting projects.  The project/event was the next item on the agenda. What would or could we do with only months to plan and execute such as event?

I had a meeting with Elena Etcheverry from Charity Wings at CHA Summer 2013 as I had wanted to do something with her at the brand new Charity Wings Art Center in San Diego. I believe it is a worthwhile enterprise and hoped to teach a class or help at an event while I was in California for CHA 2014. It was at that meeting that we first discussed working together with the Fabric Arts Council. I left the trade show and we reconnected a few weeks later. It was Elena that first brought up the concept of Tibetan Prayer Flags and that was all it took. After doing some research, writing up a proposal, attending numerous council meetings and making multiple changes to the original proposal we had Banners of Hope.

I have never been involved in something so big. It is honestly overwhelming at times as I feel such a huge responsibility to make this work. Luckily I have some wonderful people working  right alongside me and it will in the end come together and the good thing is every change that has happened thus far has made the project bigger and even better.

Stay tuned as I am sure there will be more to talk about as my Banners of Hope journey continues.

Banners of Hope Logo

Banners Of Hope – Hemming Your Banner

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Banners of Hope by Lorine Mason A Home for Everyone

My latest Banners of Hope creation. In this banner I wanted to convey my hope for everyone to have a place to come home to…. Soldiers returning from war, Families being able to stay together, Children having a safe place to lie their heads at night, Fathers and Mothers coming home after a hard days work knowing who is behind those doors, Pets living with a family. Something we all want and need in our lives.

I thought I would take a couple of minutes to illustrate a simple way to hem a banner. I hope this helps.

photo8Gather your supplies. I used Steam-A-Seam 1/2 inch wide fusible web tape in this case. You will also need scissors, a rotary cutter, ruler and mat and an iron.


Cut your banner fabric 15 1/2 inches long by 9 inches wide.

Press fusible web tape along the side edges of the banner, butting the tape along the raw edges. If the fabric has a definite right and wrong side, press the tape to the wrong side. 


Without removing the paper from the back of the tape, fold over and press. Open the hem, remove the paper backing, refold back into place and press well. This will fuse the hem in place. Repeat for the opposite side.

photo5Press fusible tape along one of the shorter edges. Repeat as above to fuse the hem at what is now the bottom of your banner. Optional: Topstitch along the sides and bottom edges of your banner, stitching 3/8 of an inch away from the folded edges.

photo5Press fusible tape along the top edge of the banner, pressing it to right side of the fabric.  Without removing the paper from the back of the tape, fold over and press.

photo6Measuring down from the top of the newly folded edge, place pins at the 2 1/2 inch point along either side. Fold the banner top to the back using the pins as a guide and press. Open the hem, remove the paper backing from the fusible web tape, refold and press well. This will fuse the rod pocket in place.  Optional: Topstitch across the rod pocket stitching 2 3/8 inches down form the top edge of the banner. photo7

The back of your banner will look similar to this. Now the fun really starts as you can turn it over and decorate.  Note: Depending on your design style; fusing and/or stitching the rod pocket and hems can be the done after your design is complete. The choice is yours. The finished size will be 8 inches by 12 inches. Perfect!

The Banners of Hope Project

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Banners of Hope Logo


This is the official logo of the Banners of Hope project I am working on with the Fabric Arts Council of  CHA or  Craft and Hobby Association.   It has been a lot of work and I am hoping with all my heart it turns out wonderfully as I have never worked on something with the potential this project has from the ground floor up. How did it get started? I am on the Fabric Arts Council’s board and we were looking for an event that would put us on the map at the upcoming CHA show in Anaheim. At the same time I was talking with Elena from Charity Wings as I have wanted to work with her organization on a class or event of some sort. Elena and I were talking one day and tossing around ideas. With research, numerous council meetings, planning, writing etc it started to come together. I will need to be a little coy here as the official announcement is being released October 21st so stay tuned. Just to tweak your interest, here is photo of a banner I made up as an example.