Saturday, 26 September 2020

Coming Soon: 4 Free Felt Masks to Sew for Halloween

This autumn is the perfect time to sign up to my free pattern newsletter, because I'm catching up after some time off and sending out a whole bunch of freebies!

If you subscribe this month (September 2020) you'll receive six embroidery patterns - a set of four cute Christmas designs, plus a dove of peace and a lovely duck. 

Then at the start of October I'll be sending out four fun animal mask patterns: perfect for dressing up this Halloween (even if your Halloween party will be happening via Zoom this year!). 

I'll be sharing templates and tutorials for sewing felt cat masks...

... a panda mask...

 

... plus snake and frog masks.

 

  

Click here for all the info about my newsletters, and to sign up!

Thursday, 24 September 2020

New in My Shop: Wooden Snowflakes, Toadstools, and More!

Things have been a bit quiet on my blog recently but I've been busy working on lots of new projects and adding lots of new things to my shop.

I was particularly delighted to receive a batch of new wooden bits and bobs from one of my suppliers recently: there are so many crafty possibilities in these lovelies!

There's a box of 45 little wooden snowflakes...

... big plywood buttons...

 ... a trio of toadstools...

 ... and a set of Christmas / fir trees, too! (How fab would those look decorated with paint and glitter??!?)

I just ordered a few sets of each to try them out, so my stock levels are a little low right now (in fact the Christmas trees sold out already!) but I'm hoping to order lots more in October. 

 

Click here to visit my shop and see everything that's new! 

My listings are set up with UK & European shipping but I'm happy to chat about and quote for worldwide shipping, too, just send me a message.

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

4 Free Cute Christmas Embroidery Patterns

I took a bunch of time off work over the summer and didn't send out any newsletters... but I'm determined to catch up with my "monthly" subscriber-exclusive freebies. 

If you're already subscribed to my pattern newsletter, expect a whole flurry of projects to land in your inbox in the coming weeks! Not yet subscribed? Click here for full details and to sign up.

First up: a set of cute Christmas characters to embroider.


These little guys would look great stitched on so many sewing projects or framed in small embroidery hoops. They're also perfect for making embroidered felt ornaments like these ones I made a few years ago.

I designed my new Christmas embroidery patterns to accompany this set of felt ornaments...

 

... the tutorials for making the ornaments are currently available for free here on my blog but I'll be retiring them this winter and adding them to my shop as a PDF pattern (along with the matching embroidery patterns). Grab them for free while you can!

Lots more free projects coming soon - watch this space :)

Monday, 3 August 2020

Shop News: European Shipping! And a 50% Discount!

After a few months of posting parcels just within the UK, European shipping is now available from my main shop and my Etsy shop. Hurrah!


The pandemic is still affecting international shipping times, so please be patient when waiting for your order to arrive. If you live outside Europe and want to place an order, please get in touch.

In other news: I'm having a half price sale over on Instagram this week. Everything listed on my Laura Lupin Sells account is 50% off (excluding postage) until Friday 7th August.

Go grab a bargain and help me a) make room for new stock and b) raise funds for some new shelves to store things on! (My flat is so full of boxes right now, it's ridiculous).

Monday, 8 June 2020

Sample Sale: Lots of Felt Flowers!

I stitched a LOT of samples for my new 40-page Flexible Flowers sewing pattern...

https://www.lauralupinhoward.com/category/sample-sale
 
... there were just so many different project variations I wanted to include (that's not even all of them, either!).

I always hold onto my project samples until a new pattern is launched and I'm 100% happy with all the photos I've taken. Sometimes I feel a bit sad about not keeping them all, but I'd rapidly run out of space if I did that! (My flat is already overrrun with felt as it is, haha).

Soooo now the Flexible Flowers pattern is finished and in my shops, it's time to find new homes for all of this felt floral goodness. Click here to visit my sample sale and see what's available!

(Please note that my shop is currently set up just to accept orders from within the UK, but if you live elsewhere and are happy to wait for your parcel through any COVID-19-related delays please do get in touch).

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Black Lives Matter: Free Embroidery Pattern

Words are nothing without actions, but my loudest voice is through my crafting so I've stitched this: 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/gh6p7jty4kxvja8/Black%20Lives%20Matter%20Embroidery%20Pattern.pdf?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/gh6p7jty4kxvja8/Black%20Lives%20Matter%20Embroidery%20Pattern.pdf?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/gh6p7jty4kxvja8/Black%20Lives%20Matter%20Embroidery%20Pattern.pdf?dl=0
  
It's not much but it feels better than being silent. I know a lot of us use crafting to support and share what's important to us, so I hope people will find this pattern useful. 

Click here to download the Black Lives Matter pattern. 

The pattern is designed to fit in a 6 inch embroidery hoop. If you just want to stitch the central heart it will be framed nicely in a 5 inch hoop.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/gh6p7jty4kxvja8/Black%20Lives%20Matter%20Embroidery%20Pattern.pdf?dl=0

This pattern is for personal and fundraising use only

Feel free to share the pattern online and to print and distribute copies among your friends, students, local community, etc., but please don't sell the pattern in any form or claim my design as your own. 

You're very welcome to sell items you make with this design as long as 100% of the profit goes to the charity / civil rights organisation / etc. that you're raising funds for. 

If you download the pattern please consider donating to Black Lives Matter or another anti-racist organisation. If you can't afford to make a donation sign a petition, share resources online, diversify your social media feeds, and talk to your friends and family about how we can speak up and act to support Black people and fight racism in all its forms.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/gh6p7jty4kxvja8/Black%20Lives%20Matter%20Embroidery%20Pattern.pdf?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/gh6p7jty4kxvja8/Black%20Lives%20Matter%20Embroidery%20Pattern.pdf?dl=0

How I stitched my version: 

I stitched this pattern in a 7 inch hoop, using four out of the six strands from a skein of stranded black embroidery thread (floss).

https://www.dropbox.com/s/gh6p7jty4kxvja8/Black%20Lives%20Matter%20Embroidery%20Pattern.pdf?dl=0

I mainly used backstitch, sewing smaller stitches along the curves to create smooth lines.

I stitched three overlapping stitches for each star and two overlapping stitches for each X. 

I used French knots for the dots, winding my thread two, three, or four times around the needle to make different sizes (though honestly my French knots are so hit and miss they usually end up different sizes anyway!). I'd recommend sewing the French knots in the centre of the flowers before you sew the flower petals, to make the knots easier to stitch.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/gh6p7jty4kxvja8/Black%20Lives%20Matter%20Embroidery%20Pattern.pdf?dl=0

If you’re stitching on white or other pale fabric, adding an extra layer of white fabric, felt, or quilt wadding underneath your chosen fabric will help stop your dark travelling threads showing through from the back.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/gh6p7jty4kxvja8/Black%20Lives%20Matter%20Embroidery%20Pattern.pdf?dl=0

Sunday, 31 May 2020

New in My Shop: Flexible Felt Flowers Sewing Pattern

I've added a new printable PDF pattern to my shops this weekend: an easy flower pattern you can use to make LOADS of different floral projects!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt
   https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt

I've called this pattern "Flexible Flowers" because there are just so many different possible variations to choose from. I think of the basic design as a seed you can use to sew a whole garden of felt loveliness.

I've used this pattern to make and sell hundreds if not thousands of felt flowers over the years - and now you can, too! When you buy any patterns from my shops you have my permission to use them to make handmade things to sell at craft fairs or online.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt

The Flexible Flowers PDF is a massive 40 pages long and includes the basic flower tutorial, lots of suggestions for different ways to embellish and use the flowers, plus full-size templates. There are clear step-by-step instructions, lots of photos, and plenty of tips for getting your flowers looking their best.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt
https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt
 https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt

I've sewn so many flowers with this pattern over the years I really struggled choosing which photos to use for this post!

You can make simple but deliciously chunky flowers from thick wool felt and recycled jumpers...

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt
 https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt
 https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt
 https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt
 https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt
 
... super pretty double-layered flowers...

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt
 https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt

 ...  and flowers topped with a fun felt button (these flowers were always particularly popular!).

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt
 https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt
 https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt
 
The PDF guides you through sewing all of these plus how to embellish the flowers with sequins, embroidered butterflies, buttons, and more.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt
 https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt
https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt

The pattern includes instructions for making felt flower brooches, of course, but also hairclips and headbands.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt
 https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt
 https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt
 https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt

I've also included templates and instructions for sewing larger flower headbands...

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt

... flower necklaces...

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt
https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt

... and a floral cocktail hat!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt
 https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/803619018/flexible-flowers-pdf-pattern-easy-felt


Click here to buy my Flexible Flowers pattern from my Etsy shop (the file will be available to download immediately after purchase). If you're based in the UK you can also buy it from my new shop (I'll email you the file within 24 hours).

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