Sew sweet! Small wool projects for sewing on the go (+ giveaway!)

Introducing perfectly portable projects for sewing on the go, new from an author we all know and love—the Teacher’s Pet, Kathy Brown!

Lunch-Hour Wool Minis

Kathy’s fun projects in Lunch-Hour Wool Minis are so small, so sweet—and so simple to complete. About all that’s needed is a needle, thread, wool, and a little lunch-hour time to make 14 cute and creative projects. Seasonal and everyday designs include framed art:

Ewe and Me and the Jingle Tree
Ewe and Me and the Jingle Tree

A mug rug:

Bees and Blossoms
Bees and Blossoms

And fun pieces you can stitch and attach to craft-store and found items to make them extraordinary:

Projects from Lunch-Hour Wool Minis
More projects from
Lunch-Hour Wool Minis

Even beginners can easily appliqué these charming decor pieces—and complete each in a few lunch breaks or less!

Today we’re excited to have Kathy here as a guest writer to tell us more about her latest book—and the “chilly” story of how her love affair with wool began.

Kathy BrownI have been a creative person for as long as I can remember. From an early age armed with crayons, paper, and tempera paint to my later years where I dabbled in pen and ink illustrations, china painting, ceramics, cross-stitch, and more, my hands were forever moving and creating.

In the early nineties, I discovered the world of quilting and instantly fell in love. It was the creative outlet I needed for my hands to work their magic. Yet something, some little thing, was still missing in my creative soul.

As chance would have it, a dear friend in the bitter-cold climate of Wisconsin had an obsession (I mean that in a good way) and led me to the world of wool. Up until that point, wool was a four-letter word to this Louisiana girl. Hot, rough, itchy, and utilitarian were the only words I knew to describe wool. Little did I know that wool could become such a glorious fabric for me to work with: soft, supple, hand-dyed, full of textures, and just waiting to be turned into glorious works of art!

Wool threads
And don’t forget wool threads—scrumptious!

Armed with the creative spark that started that day, I began my journey into wool working. I love to think of my passion for wool as a fire hidden deep within, originating from my great grandparents who emigrated to the United States from their tiny little island of Fair Isle, Scotland, where the Shetland sheep roam free upon the lands. Today, you can find me knee-deep in my wool obsession, so much so that when the wonderful folks at Martingale asked if I’d like to write another book, I immediately said yes—if it could be a book about wool! And so here we are with Lunch-Hour Wool Minis!

I love working with mini projects. A lot of us, myself included, have so many commitments in our lives today that we don’t have time to create pieces that take weeks or months to complete. So the idea of wool minis was on my mind when I started writing this book. Add to that, I absolutely love working with old, antique, or reproduction pieces that can be repurposed into fabulous “bases” that incorporate the wool-appliqué project I’m working on. A good example of this is Night Lights—taking a common cheese grater and repurposing it as a base for a cute snowman appliqué and letting it do double duty as a luminary by placing a battery-operated timer candle on the inside!

Night Lights
Night Lights

Another favorite is this cute little bunny among soft white daisies, mounted on a vintage grain scoop—a perfect way to usher in the sweet days of springtime.

Sweet Smell of Spring
Sweet Smell of Spring

Any free time I have is usually spent scouring vintage shops or antique stores, hunting down those “just-right” pieces that I can find to accentuate the wool appliqué that is next on my list! I hope you’ll find wonderful ways to embellish items you have in your home with the projects from Lunch-Hour Wool Minis.

Lunch-Hour Wool MinisThank you for giving us a peek into your latest book, Kathy!

We have a copy of Lunch-Hour Wool Minis to give away to one lucky winner today! To enter your name into the random drawing, tell us:

Do you have a wool stash? 

  • No wool yet—but Kathy’s inspired me to start one!
  • I’ve got bits and pieces, and I’m ready for more.
  • I think I’ve got a flock of sheep’s worth of wool!

Tell us your answer in the comments—we’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to make a mini with Kathy right now, purchase your copy of Lunch-Hour Wool Minis at and you can instantly download the eBook for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Katherine, who says:

“I just started working with wool about a year ago and love it! I’m just starting to build my wool stash… So much fun!”

We’ll email you about your prize, Katherine—congratulations!

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