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Featured Blog Posts – October 2009 Archive (14)

Fabric for Handbags

Can you guess who wore the first known handbag or purse? Otzi, the Iceman, a traveling gent who lived circa 3300 B.C. He was found in the Schnalstal glacier in the Otztal Alps near Hauslabjoch on the border between Austria & Italy. Otzi's clothing for the most part was made from several natural materials such as woven grass, bearskin, and different leather skins. Otzi, however had attached to his belt a piece of sewn-on leather that could be closed with a fine leather thong. Hence the first… Continue

Added by Susan on October 28, 2009 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Monday, Monday

Well the weekend, as usual, went so fast and I didn't get done all the projects that I planned on completing. The etsy shop is up and running now and I can't wait to find out how this is going to do over the long haul. Ebay is also going ok. I have been looking at the doll cloths patterns and have decided that they look pretty easy and I have made them in the past for the American Girl dolls that my girls had. Our local fabric store has had McCalls patterns on sale for 99 cents recently so I… Continue

Added by Karen on October 27, 2009 at 8:49am — No Comments

Stitch by stitch: The nearly lost art of sewing draws interest again

"The art of sewing has proven to be resilient and culturally interesting. For example, the reality television show "Project Runway," where contestants vie to create homemade fashions with limited resources, is spurring some enthusiasm among younger people..."

read… Continue

Added by Susan on October 26, 2009 at 6:58am — 12 Comments

Quilt batting

Have you ever have your quilt batting to get out of place? I am talking about after you have made the quilt and then you go lay the batting onto the backing and then the quilt top. Well I have come up with a way to make it easy way. I am taking piecing on of batting and I cut the same size as the patch work block and sewing batting to the patch work quilt block together. Then when it time to pin you don't have to worry about your batting getting out of place because it has already been sew… Continue

Added by Jennifer Howell on October 23, 2009 at 8:33pm — 2 Comments

Handmade Pledge??

While not everyone celebrates the upcoming holidays, for those who do, don't shoot me, but there are only 64 days til Christmas and even fewer until Chanukah!

Is anyone participating in the handmade pledge for the holidays?? That's where you buy handmade and as others to do the same for you. While I would love something handmade, whenever I ask family (the ones I buy for) they never mention hand made items in their list of… Continue

Added by Birdie on October 21, 2009 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

Ottlite-worth it?

Sorry if I am duplicating this blog. Tried once and not sure if it went through.
I am considering purchasing an OttLite. JA's has for sale this week. Large investment for me. My eyes need help and I am hoping this is the answer. Any advice or comments would be appreciated.

Added by Christine Dykeman on October 20, 2009 at 9:40pm — 8 Comments

Susan Else: Fabric sculptor creates a world of colorful characters

Susan Else brings scraps of cloth to life. The rooms of her high-ceilinged Victorian studio/home are populated with Else's ingenious three-dimensional figures, frozen in movement. A patterned elephant walks a tightrope surrounded by quilted vines and leaves. Multicolored cats stretch and preen as pawns on a giant quilted chessboard. A woman runs on her bright bedspread, corded hair flying. "I grew up watching people make art," says Else, who was a recent Open Studios participant. Her… Continue

Added by Susan on October 20, 2009 at 6:24am — 5 Comments

Is Your Bobbin in a Bunch?

Probably not, because chances are you're a lot more organized than I am!. I've already revealed my lack of a sewing room *sniff* & organization of my fabrics & supplies. I'm trying to remedy the latter, really I am. Getting the supplies organized means I can actually have more time to do what I love, so I'm really working on it!

Since I have no fantastic place to store my bobbins "yet" I've resorted to the a tip I found somewhere online that seems to work in the mean time.… Continue

Added by Birdie on October 20, 2009 at 12:00am — 16 Comments

Caring for Silk

Silk is an elegant fabric. Did you know that it is also very versatile and can be washed? In previous years, some women would shy away from buying a silk clothing item because it meant you had to pay the upfront cost initially and then all of the dry cleaning costs. However, all silk can be washed. Silk is a natural protein similar to human hair. But silk comes from…


Added by Susan on October 19, 2009 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Crafty Nursery ideas and patterns

this is my first blog since joining. I am looking forward to many fruitful exchanges. I am wanting to make some nursery items for my niece's new baby and these include a nappy (diaper) storer. It usually hangs from a coat-hanger arrangement and you fill it with nappies (diapers). I would like to know where I can download a pattern for this, as well as any other crafty nursery items to make as gifts.
Thank you.

Added by Clementine Andries on October 18, 2009 at 5:52am — 3 Comments

Are You a Fabric Organizer?

My first Sew What's New blog post!! I suppose it's fitting that I post about getting organized. I'm not naturally organized. Are you?? Okay, so I'm not organized, but do love being organized... and I love "thinking" about getting organized. Even more than that, I love spending $$$ getting organized! It's a real thrill actually.

I don't have a sewing room right now (kudos to everyone out there who has one!). Whenever I sew, I have to drag all… Continue

Added by Birdie on October 15, 2009 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

The Importance of Fabric Grain

By Pauline Rogers In

patchwork and quilting, understanding fabric grain is helpful in achieving the results you want in your finished

quilts. What exactly is fabric grain? In woven fabric, threads are what comprise the grain.

The Lengthwise Grain - Warp Threads Long threads form the lengthwise grain in… Continue

Added by Susan on October 3, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Batik Fabric Production - The Old Is New Again

By Sew Batik If you are passionate about textiles with exotic color and texture the chances are good you have a special love for batiks. It's easy to be captivated by these stunning color-saturated marvels. While there always seems to be a place in a batik lover's stash for a new "Bali" few of us know much about the fascinating, time-honored processes that are used to make our batik fabrics. In order to discover where the batiks in our local fabric store come from, let's take a virtual trip… Continue

Added by Susan on October 3, 2009 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Fabric Basics

By Tamara Waters

For the beginner, an important part of learning to sew is becoming familiar with the wide variety of sewing fabrics available.

Fabrics fall into two categories: natural and man made/synthetic.

Natural… Continue

Added by Susan on October 2, 2009 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

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