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Sewing Her Way Out of Poverty - By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

I came to Kenya partly to help make a PBS documentary about empowering women as a way to lift families and communities — men included — out of poverty. And I promptly met a prostitute-turned-businesswoman who epitomizes that theme.

Jane Ngoiri is a 38-year-old single mom who grew up in a slum and dropped out of school after the eighth grade. She married at age… Continue

Added by Susan on September 16, 2011 at 6:31am — 1 Comment

Peace Story Quilt Takes Center Stage at 9/11 Tribute


New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has opened its September 11 commemorative programs with the "9/11 Peace Story Quilt," designed by children's book author and illustrator Faith Ringgold, recipient of a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration.


Comprised of three 72" x 50" panels, each with 12 squares,…


Added by Susan on September 10, 2011 at 8:37am — 1 Comment

September - It’s National Sewing Month!


The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month "In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation."  This year’s National Sewing Month theme is Sew for the Love of it!  National Sewing Month is presented by the Sewing & Craft Alliance In partnership with the American…


Added by Susan on September 7, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

Stitching Dreams and Pursuing Passions

Younger generation recovers lost art of sewing


By Chris Zdeb, Edmonton Journal

Photograph by: Shaughn Butts, The Journal, Edmonton Journal

Angela Kelly teaches everyone from kids and moms to whoever wants to learn how to sew. Here, Stella Chamberlain sews bikinis to sell in Asia, with proceeds…


Added by Susan on August 9, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments

Tips for Sewing With Soft Minky Fabric

My baby quilts are soft, cuddly, and can make a wonderful touch and feel blanket, as well.

What gives the quilts that added special touch? The fabric is called minky, which is luxurious and silky…


Added by Susan on August 8, 2011 at 4:15pm — 2 Comments

Mother-daughter team turns creative idea into successful business venture - Michigan Morning Sun

"When a little girl puts on a tutu, she begins to dance.

Or, said Kaleena Lidke of Alma, they prance.

Lidke, 28, is the daughter in a mother/daughter team that makes tutus. They have an online business, The Two Tutu Ladies.



Added by Susan on August 7, 2011 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

The Washington Post says: “Sewing is Back” and Sew News is offering a free e-Book, Sewing for Kids


"Eva Sophia Shimanski, 10, picked out the perfect thing to wear on the plane for her family’s trip to Colorado last week: the dress she had just made at sewing camp. “It’s really comfortable,” she said.  Eva Sophia is one of many kids who have recently discovered the old art of sewing. Camps and community centers are offering…


Added by Susan on August 5, 2011 at 3:51pm — 15 Comments

It’s all sew beautiful - Australia's Zelma Steeper

When Zelma Steeper finished sewing her daughter Beverly’s wedding dress, she made sure it looked “as good on the inside as it did out”, says Beverly Silby, now 71.

So much so that on one occasion the young woman accidentally wore it inside out.

Mrs Silby came from the NSW Riverina to attend the opening night of The White Wedding Dress…


Added by Susan on August 2, 2011 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Fashionable Crafts: Works of art that are 'sew' different


Putting the normally genteel art of embroidery and lively contemporary artist Louise Gardiner in the same sentence doesn’t make much sense – until you see her quirky work.

Louise is a pioneer of her unique free machine embroidery style which involves letting your imagination and sewing machine run away…


Added by Susan on July 29, 2011 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Nicole Mallalieu is Reaping What She Sews

To say Nicole Mallalieu is a creative type is something of an understatement. The founder of her own design company …


Added by Susan on July 27, 2011 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Quilt Dreams iPhone App

Quilt Dreams is quilt designing software for your iphone. You will be able to take photos with your phone's camera and then use the photos to create a quilt. You can also share these quilts and photos via email and facebook.  


iPhone Screenshots:




Added by Susan on July 23, 2011 at 6:53pm — No Comments

Peek-a-boo Drawstring Toy Sack Tutorial

Source: via…


Added by Susan on July 15, 2011 at 4:30am — 9 Comments

Tutorial: Setting Eyelets

Vintage Threads demonstrates how she embellishes her sewing projects using eyelets.  

You can buy eyelets (also known as grommets) at most sewing retailers in a

variety of sizes and metals, as well as colors.  

Most of the time the retailer also offers the tool needed to set the eyelets as well, it's…


Added by Susan on July 13, 2011 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Paper Pieced Canadian Flag Pattern

Happy Canada day!  The center motif of this paper pieced wall hanging is based on the classic 9-patch maple leaf block turned on point and translated into a small foundation pieced block.  Click here for the pattern.  To learn how to paper piece, go to a Free Paper Piecing…


Added by Susan on July 1, 2011 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Summer Cotton Swap


Everyone must now inbox me their mailing addresses

in order to…


Added by Susan on June 30, 2011 at 6:00am — 53 Comments

Possible Labeling Technique? Paint Thinner and Laser Printing

I found this and thought I'd share since I see a lot of you ask about labeling your garments and anything you might make to sell.  I am concerned about applying paint thinner to synthetics - so please do a test before you try this on ANY FABRIC.  Please don't send me a photo of a ruined project. ;)   



Added by Susan on June 25, 2011 at 5:49pm — 1 Comment

Sofa Built of Pillows

I stumbled on this photo of this sofa and wondered how exactly they were able to create a stable "framework" using these pillows so that it keeps it's shape.  This is a neat idea, but I do wonder if it actually works.…


Added by Susan on June 10, 2011 at 6:00am — 14 Comments

DIY Fabric Bread Bag Tutorials - Sew Clever Housewarming Gift

Bread Bag Tutorials:



Wrapping fresh bread in ordinary kitchen towels is an excellent way to keep it nice and fresh throughout the day.  This is a very quick, easy, inexpensive, and useful craft item.  If you don’t bake your own bread, these bags are good storage for artisan breads you buy in a bakery as well.  These bags would make nice housewarming gifts - of course with some fresh bread…


Added by Susan on June 6, 2011 at 3:30am — 3 Comments

Janome America Inc. Recalls Elna Sewing Machines Due to Fire Hazard


June 1, 2011

Release #11-237 Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 631-0183

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Janome America Inc. Recalls Elna Sewing Machines Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately… Continue

Added by Susan on June 3, 2011 at 6:49am — No Comments

Embroidered Graffiti - by Sarah Greaves

Sarah Greaves is a Manchester (UK) based artist who uses embroidery to graffiti on to every day objects.  The debut solo exhibition of what Sarah has called "embroidered graffiti" is to show a very different sort of needlework to the sewing and samplers that many would associate with the art form.  This art exhibit is a must see.  


Click the image below to see this incredible embroidery art form:



Added by Susan on June 1, 2011 at 5:56am — 3 Comments

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