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Ancient Techniques, Contemporary Application...



Hello everybody!





I am new to this site and thought the best way to introduce myself is to show you some of my work and tell you a little more about my passion for textiles.



I fell into dye quite by accident in the early 1990's and have been making hand made textiles in one form or another ever since. For me, it is an absolutely magical experience when you appraoch a piece of blank fabric and you know you can turn it… Continue

Added by Melanie Brummer on December 21, 2009 at 3:39pm — 14 Comments

HELP PLEASE!

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…

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

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

Denim Sewing Guidelines - Five Tips



More denim sewing techniques and projects at SWN:…

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

Window Flower Holder Pattern



A very unique way to display fresh or silk flowers in a window frame. I love the simplicity of this project and it's overall design. You could stencil or embroider images or letters between the pockets. This would definitely make a lovely Mother's Day gift. Bring "spring" inside early this year!



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Added by Susan on December 28, 2009 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Hand Embroidering a Plain Knit Top: More Brian Haggard Inspiration!

I was given a plain purple knit top and decided it would be improved by adding some hand embroidery. It worked well last time I tried it! (…

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Added by Karen on April 10, 2016 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Starting A Home Sewing Business - Take It One Stitch At A Time

If you want to work from home, you will soon find out that paid home employment is very hard to find. How about starting your own business from home? If you are good at sewing, you could use your skills to start your own home based sewing business. There are all kinds of sewing from tailoring to delicate embroidery and most of them can be used as the basis for an enjoyable and profitable home based business.



In the past, home sewing work consisted mainly of women at home…

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Added by Susan on January 12, 2009 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

How I made my patchwork sewing bag

Mummy's Handsewn Patchwork Handbag

In my last post I showed you my Embroidery Workbag, and Suzy asked if I had made it.  I replied I had, and here is how.

My mother collected fabric scraps for years, planning to make a quilt one day.   They included bits from dressmaking by my sister and I as well as recycled garments and bought…

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Added by Karen on May 30, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

April Apron Maddness...

I came to the start realization that there are far too few aprons in the world. I've deciede to take this problem head on and begun apron construction. Like most the things I make there was no pattern for these. I Love making things from scratch freeform.

But what good is an apron if it isn't reversible or doesn't have large pockets? :D…

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Added by Bunneah Munkeah on May 2, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Molly Chicken's Little Love Bird Sewing Tutorial + Basic Embroidery Stitches Tutorial

 

 

I found this sweet sewing tutorial that would be PERFECT for any …

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Added by Susan on January 16, 2014 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Early Easter Frock



Exciting news! After 6 years of sewing from dress patterns, I havefinally figured out what "understitch" means. For years, I have been trying to decipher the vague instructions and obscure picture.…

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Added by Angela L on February 13, 2014 at 11:42am — 14 Comments

Fabric Flower Basket Tutorial



Maggie Makes developed this great tutorial which is just in time for Easter!



Materials:…



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Added by Susan on March 30, 2010 at 6:59am — 9 Comments

Sew So Easy Easter Bunnies, Chicks, and Eggs! Free Sewing Tutorials

 

These simple soft-toy style Easter chick and Easter bunny decorations sewn with calico and gingham fabrics, will cheer up your home during Easter celebrations every year.  These whimsical decorations are a great …

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Added by Susan on March 3, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

I'm in the mood for Easter sewing - finally!

  

I have for you today, a free Easter Bunny bag sewing pattern and tutorial, and a tutorial to show you how to make Easter carrots to put in the bag.  FUN!

 

I'm not typically excited by most holidays for some reason.  Maybe it's because my kids are now a lot older and I'm not inspired by classrooms, day care…

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Added by Susan on March 25, 2013 at 9:02am — 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.…

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

Irish Blessing Wall Hanging Applique Project

By Mary Wilkins



St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. With that in mind I made this little wallhanging to share with you. It makes a wonderful welcome to your home or a very thoughtful housewarming gift for someone else.



SUPPLIES:




14" square of plain cream colored fabric or muslin



14" square fabric for backing



14" square of batting



4 strips of co-ordinating fabric for binding each 2" wide…



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Added by Susan on March 5, 2009 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

Recycled Denim Snazzy Slouch | Applique + Embroidery | Sewing Project

Get the Snazzy Slouch Sewing ePattern and Supplies!

http://sew-whats-new.net/nams…

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

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