New in the Shop: Punch Needle Bunny Pattern & Kit

New in the Shop: Punch Needle Bunny Pattern & Kit

by Lesley Hill

I’m excited to share that my punch needle bunny pattern and kit are now available in the shop!  Perfect for beginners, this bunny is super-simple to make and gives you the opportunity to practice making flat stitches, loop stitches (for that sweet, fluffy-bunny face) and adding small details like the nose, cheeks and eyes.  This bunny looks adorable in a nursery or kid’s room, and makes a thoughtful gift for a crafty new mom.

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Punch Needle Tips & Tricks: Using an Embroidery Hoop Frame

Punch Needle Tips & Tricks: Using an Embroidery Hoop Frame

by Lesley Hill

Choosing the right frame and preparing your foundation material is key when you’re planning your punch needle project. There are no knots with punch needle, so the tension of the yarn and cloth is what keeps your stitches from unravelling. A key part of achieving this tension is making sure your foundation material is stretched very tightly across a frame while you punch your project. 

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Punch Needle: Frequently Asked Questions

Punch Needle: Frequently Asked Questions

by Lesley Hill

Punch needle embroidery is fast, easy-to-learn and completely addictive.  But because it's a relatively new craft (or a least enjoying a resurgence thanks to social media), there isn't a lot of resources out there.  To get you started, I've compiled a list of the punch needle questions I most commonly receive online and at my in-person workshops.

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Learn to Punch Needle: My Favourite Resources for Beginners

Learn to Punch Needle: My Favourite Resources for Beginners

by Lesley Hill

In case you couldn’t tell from my Instagram account, 2018 was the year that I fell in love with punch needle. It started with a spring class with Toronto textile queen Arounna Khounnoraj of Bookhou and quickly become an obsession as I found myself needle punching in my car during my lunch breaks at work (yup: proud, crafty introvert here). As a long-time sewist and quilter, it was so exciting to find a craft that was portable, fast, easy-to-learn, and allowed me to dive into the beautiful world of yarn.

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An easy pegboard DIY that will delight your inner neat freak

An easy pegboard DIY that will delight your inner neat freak

by Lesley Hill

I have a long-standing obsession with pegboard walls. The pegboard wall at Homeday Studio (above) is one of my very favourite things about our space.  Perhaps it's my love of mise en place (a french culinary phrase for “everything in its place”) or the graphic minimalism of those tiny grid-like circles, but I think there’s a place for a pegboard wall in every home.  Read on for some simple tips for installing a pegboard wall in your creative space.

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Color Crush: Mustard Yellow & Coral Pink

Color Crush: Mustard Yellow & Coral Pink

by Lesley Hill

Perhaps it’s the fact that we’re emerging from months of gray skies and white landscapes, but I'm loving saturated yellow hues this spring. I spotted this sunny yellow sofa on Pinterest the other day, and thought it would be the perfect intensity to pair wth my coral star quilt in shades of peach, pink and the darkest navy blue.

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Five Ways to Make Your Bedroom a Sanctuary

Five Ways to Make Your Bedroom a Sanctuary

by Lesley Hill

I’m a little obsessive about sleep.  And I have to admit- I’m one of those annoying people who gets a solid seven to eight hours of sleep each night.  While there are lots of really real reasons why a good night's sleep isn’t a reality for everyone (shift work, babies, a snoring person in your bed), I’m a big believer that a few simple changes to your space can make a big difference in how you live and feel.  Read on for 5 ways to make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary.

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Teal and Emerald: A Gender Neutral Nursery

Teal and Emerald: A Gender Neutral Nursery

by Lesley Hill

I can’t get enough of the unexpected colour clash of teal blue and emerald green- the pairing is both rich and saturated, but also manages to look fresh at the same time. This not-too-cutesy nursery manages to be fun and playful, but won’t require a total overhaul as your little one grows (unless you want to steal that lamp for your living room… I think I would).

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The Homeday Guide to Decorating with Pattern

The Homeday Guide to Decorating with Pattern

by Lesley Hill

Decorating with pattern can be tricky, but getting it right adds depth, interest and contrast to an otherwise boring room.  Read on for a few simple design tips to help you feel more confident bringing pattern into your space.

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Five Home & Design Podcasts I Can't Get Enough Of

Five Home & Design Podcasts I Can't Get Enough Of

by Lesley Hill

I love podcasts.  I listen to a LOT of podcasts. I often wonder how on earth I entertained myself before discovering podcasts.  Not surprisingly, I love podcasts about interiors and design, but I also have more than a slight obsession with true crime podcasts.  Read on for a few podcasts I’m loving right now.

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How to Hang a Quilt

How to Hang a Quilt

by Lesley Hill

We love how quilts look on walls- they’re a great alternative to a gallery wall, don’t require framing, and can cover a large space with a lot of impact.  Read on for our favourite ways to hang a quilt.

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How to make soothing lavender eye pillows

How to make soothing lavender eye pillows

by Lesley Hill

Lavender is a well-loved scent in our house, especially at bedtime.  Research suggests it may be useful for treating anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia, so I say bring on the lavender!

 

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