I can not get enough of the "Urban Jungle" Issue #11 of One Thimble (affiliate link)! My project list has grown by about a mile with all the sewing projects in this issue.
So glad to be once again part of the inspiration tour. I did get the e-zine without charge for the purpose of the tour and full review but all opinions are my own.
I started off with the with the Rainbow Wild Animal cross stitch zebra pattern by Hugs Are Fun. Instead of the suggested 14 count Aida I used an 18 count and instead of using 3 strands I was able to use only 2 strands. This slightly changed the size of my finished design but didn't distort the pattern in any way. My design was also able to fit in a smaller 6 inch hoop. You might have noticed there's not much of a rainbow showing with my version, let me show you what I did.
Take a closer look at my zebra's face...you'll notice a slight difference in color. I used a pastel rainbow blending filament with my white floss.
Depending on how the light hits the canvas you'll see a slight change in colour and a little bit of sparkle. I love the finished project even if it did take a lot more time than I first estimated. I thought maybe 10 hours or so, but after over 15 hours my zebra was done. I love how with every stitch you see your project come to life.
Now to tackle the tiger and giraffe!
The next project is the the Hoya Dress by Little Lizard King. I just knew Amelia would be a fan of those huge pockets. the size range is from 12 months to 12 years which is great because I know this is one of Amelia's favorite dress styles so I'll be getting so much use out of this pattern.
The fabric is from my stash, I've had it for some time but I thought it was just perfect for this dress. Amelia wanted yellow buttons but I was able to talk her in to selecting some blue buttons for this one.
This dress pattern has so many fun little details like, huge side pockets, optional button tabs on the shoulders, optional belt and belt hoops.
Amelia really loves her zebras.
This issue is so full of fun patterns and articles. One of the projects included is how to use freezer paper as a template...ummmm, I want to run out and get some freezer paper now! There's also some great tips on sewing knit fabrics even if you don't have a serger. And what about all those upcycle ideas with the before and after pics...ok, enough said, you have to check it out for yourself! So go ahead, get your copy here (affiliate link)!
The article that I really enjoyed was the marketing do's and don'ts. I feel article will be very helpfull to Etsy shop owners (like myself). So for those small business owners, that article is a must read!
Looking for more inspiration, just take a look at these other stops on this animal packed tour!
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