Saturday, September 28, 2013

Who are your favourite designers and why ?

I have been thinking  (no I didn't give myself a headache) about my favourite designers and why I like them so here goes......

Anni Downs ..... Hatched and Patched
Annie Smith.....Country Keepsake Dolls
Sally Giblin....Rivendale Collection
Michelle Ridgway....Rag-Tag Stitchin

The reasons are very simple really, all of these ladies patterns are very easy to understand with clear instructions and I've not found any mistakes either........so many patterns these days are confusing with lots of errors and for me it is very frustrating and spoils the whole experience of crafting. I guess its not hard to see who are my favourites by checking out my blog posts and photos so I am very interested in your comments and to hear about your favourites.

Naturally you would expect my little project that I have to show you will be from one of the above ladies and you would be right..... its an Anni Downs pattern "Pear Tree Pincushions" they were fun to make .... there are so many lovely pincushions around so I think I will add a few more to my collection.



Well I'm off to a retreat on Monday with the Tuesday girls at Glenrose Cottage in Warwick and like Teresa I have all the essentials ready ...... lollies and choccies of course..... what is a retreat without loads of sugar.



                                                                  2 sleeps to go girls......

15 comments:

Leanne said...

Have a wonderful time at your retreat Helen.
My favourite designers are Leanne Beasley and Nat Bird, I love doing stitcheries and their patterns never disappoint. Your pears are so cute.

Sandi said...

Love the pears...I don't think they would have to be just pincushions, they would make great decorations too...I'm with you with the designers...cya Monday...

DAWNIE said...

Very partial to anni's gorgeous and simplistic designs and of course lynette andersons fabrics

Susan said...

I would absolutely have to include Leanne Beasley - her patterns are always well written and I haven't found a mistake yet.
And I do like Bronwyn Hayes for designs - we have discussed the "errors"!!
enjoy your lollies & chocolate on retreat - hope it doesn't get too hot...

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Enjoy your retreat. I love Annie Downs (I've been stitching two of her projects today) and Leanne Beasley (I was sewing her projects yesterday) also like Gail Pan and Natalie Lymer

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Leanne Beasley, Anni Downs, Gail Pan, Natalie Lymer, Rosalie Quinlan..Have a wonderful time, let me know about the Chocolate Port Teresa is taking...

Marilyn said...

Leanne Beasley, Gail Pan, Rosalie, and I like Bronwyn Hayes despite the obvious. Hope you have packed your teeth for Warwick.
Have a wonderful time.

Maree: said...

Have another Great Retreat say Hi to Glenys for me,.
Anni Downs is my Favourite 3of my Xmas Swaps are her patterns, then Gail Pan and Leanne, Rosie.
Hope you get lots done!
Cheers

shez said...

I am with Sharon,though sometimes i find Natalie's hard to follow,have fun with the girls at your retreat,cant wait to see what you all get up to,especially when you are on a sugar rush,lol.xx

Maria said...

Great designers and your Pear Pincushions are gorgeous..
Enjoy your retreat Helen you have all the essentials ready to go...

Marilyn said...

Back again because I left some off my list of designers. Michelle Ridgeway has the most gorgeous designs. I also have made lots of Joy's (JoyPatch) patterns and they are so well written - everything fits as it should.

De said...

I like your list of designers and would add Gail Pan to mine as well. Have a wonderful time at retreat...cant see any teeth in there so hope you have some spares!!! Also hope that there is no bag to give you a major headache and take up your time!

Jeanette said...

Let's see, Bronwyn Hayes, Rosalie Quinlan, Gail Pan, Michelle Ridgway & Michelle from The Raspberry Rabbits. Love those pears. Hugs,xx

Noela said...

Like all those designers. The pears are gorgeous. Have a great retreat although you are already there so make that hope you had a great time. Hugs......

Sarah said...

Cute pears! I have wanted to do them for SO long!! I love those designers too. We sure have some talented ones here in Aussie Land!