arning from it.It has simple patterns and alot of usefull info in it.I know its old but the things you sew in it are timeless projects such as a needle case ,pincushion,eyeglass case, baby bib, place mats and napkins, aprons just to name a few items.It shows you how to hand sew and to machine sew plus all the basics. You might try finding this book. Its older than me by 12 years but I think its a great book for beginner projects and sewing information.…
rs. Everything is stretch material or goes through the washing machine and tumble drier these days, not a hand embroidery-friendly environment. So I am always on the look out for bags that can be embroidered, or have applique added, where the bag is not too difficult to make in the first place so I can get on with the fun of decorating it! The only reason I enjoyed making aprons was to do the designs on the pockets! I must say I love downloading PDF patterns, so instant!
Sorry, I am rambling! Anyway, just bought some more Soft & Stable to finish my "Off to School" bag now my local Patchwork shop stocks it now thanks to me telling them about it!…
them or created them in another time.
From old neckties and embroidered tea towels to garments and tablecloths, I am drawn to old fabrics, and folding them into my sewing is one way to keep the connection with family and friends intact, especially while celebrating the holidays.
My Christmas box used to contain a very used and worn tablecloth that belonged to my Mormor (grandmother in Swedish). It still reminds me of holiday gatherings, and all the stains recall memorable smorgasbords on Christmas Eve. I used to take it out each year and remember her, then put it back in the box.
This year I made a noren from that cloth to hang in my kitchen. It makes me smile as I enjoy memories of being in the kitchen while she cooked for us.
A noren is a short curtain with a slit in the middle that invites a peek inside and passage through a doorway.
This small curtain originated in Japan as a cloth that was hung outside of a shop to indicate the store was open. The design, still used today, feels welcoming and is very easy to make.
It can be made of sheer or densely woven fabric, and it can be any length from 9 to 48 inches, covering just the top or most of the doorway opening.
Creating your own noren
You may want to create norens to welcome each season or holiday during the year.
Diane Ericson is an Ashland artist who teaches workshops and retreats. She is the designer and illustrator for a line of sewing patterns and art stencils; she makes jewelry, clothing and accessories and stencils chairs in her studio in the Ashland Art Center. Visit her Web site at www.dianeericson.com.…
longare quilt business and if I am not going to quilt a top right away I edge it so it does not unravel..
I have made lots of old school napkins from left over cotton.. so now I dont have use paper towel to dry my hands, or wipe kids faces.. save inviroment too..
REALLY make sure you can thread it before you buy..
there is a great video out there by mary jo... its on dvd now.. she shows you how to thread several different kinds... but the big thing is she tells WHY a thread has to go before another one..
the sequence... she is wonderful..
ics that go together, I think now that would look good in this pattern or that one and zip - into my stash it goes - never to be seen again - or at least until I am hunting for something else. I am also that way with my beading - O God help me. I started on that and within a couple of months I was hopelessly hooked. And I even now have books on embellishing fabric with beads. I am a hopeless case either way. I too have started to use my machines more. I bought a bunch of good embroidery thread for my embroidery machine, which I hardly ever use. I was asked by a friend to make 250 napkins for her daughter's wedding reception using my serger and woolly nylon thread and thank goodness that isn't until August. I am so glad that I have found this wonderful group of sisters.
There were no patterns on line to help and there was one on etsy with a cost of $10, so I would pass on that and just make up my own. After all how hard could a cone be? I grabbed a plate and traced around it on cardboard to make a template/pattern for my cones, and all 24 came together quickly. My tutorial is included if you find you are in need of quick wedding decoration. I also have made on a little larger to use as my door decoration for Valentines Day, so you can use yours for other things than just weddings. Maybe goody bags for a party, put on placemat to hold napkins and cutlery. The options are endless! Good luck and Happy sewing! Tutorial available here: http://sew4my3.blogspot.com/2013/01/wedding-bells-are-ringing-pew-decor.html…
he finished placemat is 17" x 12" The finished napkin is 16" squareSupplies:
Easter fabrics, co-ordinating print and plain.
Maybe something to go with those special dishes you plan to use.
matching thread and batting or flannel
For one placemat, cut print and plain fabric 18" x 13"
Cut batting or flannel 18" x 13"
Measure across each corner and draw a line at 3" interval
Stack batting on bottom, print fabric right side up, plain fabric face down.
Stitch, using straight stitch around outer edges, sewing across corners where marked.
Leave an opening 4" wide to turn right side out.
Carefully, trim corners with scissors.
Turn right side out and hand stitch opening closed.
Top stitch around entire top 1/2" from edge.
Cut one piece of each fabric 17" square.
Put right sides together and stitch around outer edge.
Leave 4" opening to turn right side out.
Trim corners and sides to lessen bulk.
Carefully turn right side out, pushing out corners gently.
Turn right side out and stitch opening closed.
You can use decorative threads or contrasting colours to topstitch napkin.
This project developed by Mary Wilkins. She is the mother of 3 grown children and 6 perfect grandchildren.
Hallmark Occasions Butterfly & Eggs BlueDesigned by Hallmark for Free Spirit Fabrics, this adorable cotton print fabric features butterflies and Easter eggs. Colors include yellow, green and turquoise on a blue background. This fabric is perfect for quilt or craft projects, apparel and home decor accents.
Spring Violets Stripe VioletDesigned for David Taxtiles, this fabric features horizontal stripes of waves and violets. Colors include green, white, yellow and violet. It is perfect for quilting projects, apparel and home decor accents.