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Discovery and Evolution of Silk Fabrics

Silk fabric is one of the most common and known fiber on which textile industry is primarily dependent. It is natural protein fiber, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. Silk fabric is such a fabric which is made from threads and it is spun by the silk caterpillars. Silk caterpillars live on some specific tress and eat their leaves to live. These tresses are cultivated in order to cultivate these worms. Mulberry silk worm is one of them and most famous among them because mulberry…


Added by Susan on June 18, 2019 at 2:00am — 1 Comment


Finally retiring at 64 and will have much more time for hobbies.  Looking forward to discovering all the little gems on this site that I didn't have time for before.  

Added by Linda Egan on December 13, 2018 at 11:49am — No Comments

Soft Doll for Grandbaby from Nana

Just as my Grandma made me my 'Lucy Doll'  - gee, about 63 years ago - this Christmas it was time to create a similar cloth doll for my own granddaughter.  I found this 'Poppy' doll pattern at Etsy - ran it by my daughter for approval, and it was a 'GO'.  HERE is a link to purchasing that pattern for yourself.

poppy doll pattern     …


Added by Londa Rohlfing on October 28, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Fabric Bowl Covers Make Great Gifts

Just like Grandma (or Great-Grandma) used daily, SAVE $ and be ‘Green’ by using act RE-Using these Fabric Bowl Covers instead of plastic or foil.  When they get dirty just throw into the wash (or wipe off  if you fuse vinyl to the fabric).  

This is a great Beginning Sewing Project and makes a super Gift!

bowl covers

The aqua/lime bowl…


Added by Londa Rohlfing on October 14, 2018 at 8:00am — No Comments

Toddler Fleece Appliqued Butterfly Jacket

Sewing for a granddaughter is a special delight.  This toddler  has SO many clothes, that I am making only a few and very special ones.  This polar fleece jacket was quite delightful to design and create.  Even though a big machine with embroidery capability sits in my sewing studio, I honestly am more comfortable with the traditional method of applique and I KNOW I enjoyed 'painting with my machine' and being the DRIVER rather than letting the computer part of an embroidery machine do the…


Added by Londa Rohlfing on October 8, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Sewing Teaches MANY Skills


At the Sunroom Sewing Studio here in Jackson, TN my students learn a wide variety of skills necessary to successful living as a well-rounded, educated person.  Below is a summary of the types of things I naturally teach along with sewing skills.…


Added by Londa Rohlfing on October 1, 2018 at 6:00am — No Comments

Sew a Walking Pouch from a T-Shirt

Walking Pouch from a T-Shirt Londa’s Sunroom Sewing Studiowalking pouch


  • Adult T-Shirt with pocket. (For my middle hip area measuring 43”), I used an Adult Small T-shirt) – but always err on too big to start rather than too small
  • 10” piece of Straight Fusible Stay Tape, or…

Added by Londa Rohlfing on September 27, 2018 at 8:49pm — No Comments

Pattern Drafting from Ready-to-Wear Class - PART ONE

I bought this course with Steffani Lincecum a while ago, and finally felt ready to try it.  The item I am going to rub off is a simple sleeveless blouse, with a box pleat in the centre of…


Added by Karen on September 18, 2018 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

My First Rag Rug!

I went to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace again last October.  One of the stalls I visited was "Ragged Life" where I met Elspeth Jackson the owner.  She kindly signed a copy of her book "Rag Rugs, Pillows and More" for me and we chatted about the Rya Rug I had made back in the 70's and the rising popularity of "Rag Rugging".…


Added by Karen on August 17, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Sure-Fit Designs?

Has anyone used Sure-Fit Designs Kits?   If yes are they any good?  And what level "sewist" would you recommend them for?


Added by Patricia George-Lezama on July 22, 2018 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

The Half Moon from the Lunar Collection (chriswdesigns)

I have been admiring the many versions of The Lunar Collection by Chris W Designs for quite a while, and eventually decided to try the medium sized Half Moon version to see how I got on with it as it's a big bag and looked like a long sew.

The fabric I wanted to use is an…


Added by Karen on July 18, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments

A Dog Lover's Bag - A Glenda Convertible Clutch!

I bought a load of fabrics when I went to visit my cousin last March, and decided it was time to start using some of it.  The first fabric I want to use is this dog print cotton duck canvas fabric by Peter Horton Textiles.…


Added by Karen on June 23, 2018 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Sailor's Kit Bag Project

Last spring I made a Beach Bag for Sue using the Totes Ma Tote pattern by Emmaline Bags in this nautical print cotton canvas and Royal Blue cotton duck canvas.  It looked smart and carried quite a lot inside, and secured with a recessed zipper.

When I saw her over Christmas she asked if I could make a bag for hubby to carry.  They liked the idea of something like the…


Added by Karen on April 26, 2018 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments


I am replacing the elastic on 3 king sized fitted sheets for a friend.  What I need to know and cannot find anywhere is how much elastic do I need to thread through the casing?  All of the elastic is worn and stretched out.  I am bleary eyed from searching on google for this information. I need to put this elastic ALL THE WAY AROUND THE SHEETS.  NOT JUST THE CORNERS.  The woman I am doing this for wants the…


Added by Sandra Hender on April 5, 2018 at 2:17pm — 2 Comments

Denim Sewing Guidelines - Five Tips

More denim sewing techniques and projects at SWN:…


Added by Susan on March 16, 2018 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

News: Local Orlando Artists’ Work to be Exhibited at International Modern Quilt Show

Excerpt - Piecing it all together

by Jessica Bryce Young

February 21, 2018

"Among those in the know, quilting has shaken off its once-fusty image.

"One of…


Added by Susan on March 6, 2018 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Sunrise Saddle Bag Sewing Project

I had not made a bag for a while and decided to get my sewing mojo back by making something new out of my stash.  I chose the Sunrise Saddle Bag by Dog Under My Desk  as I like the curvy shape and knew Erin's instructions are always clear and detailed.…


Added by Karen on February 24, 2018 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments


i am new to quilting and love rag quilts . they are easy and mistake forgiving.  I was wondering if your site had a community for rag QUILTERS.  I looked but did not see one,. thank  you Mary Anne Poskitt

Added by mary on January 18, 2018 at 2:09pm — 2 Comments

Recycled Denim Snazzy Slouch | Applique + Embroidery | Sewing Project

Get the Snazzy Slouch Sewing ePattern and Supplies!

I love the slouchy look of this bag pattern, and wanted to sew it in recycled…


Added by Karen on December 15, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

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