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Susan's Blog – November 2009 Archive (8)

An Introduction to Shirt Fabrics


fabrics or "Shirtings", as they are called by those in the industry, come in a wide variety of weave types. They are made from a range of fibers, with cotton being the most common. Most fabric names refer to the particular method in which it underlying fibers were woven. We won't go into it here, but be aware that the thickness and characteristics of… Continue

Added by Susan on November 28, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Painting on Fabric With Acrylic Fabric Paints - A Beginner's Guide

Painting on fabric is easy and inexpensive, and it opens up exciting new creative horizons for sewers and quilters, fine arts painters, scrapbookers, and mixed-media artists..

If you've never tried painting on fabric before, you may have questions about how to get started. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about fabric painting. What kinds of paint can I use to paint on fabric? Oil paints and acrylic paints can both… Continue

Added by Susan on November 25, 2009 at 6:26am — 9 Comments

Fabric luggage tags

Handmade luggage tags will make it easy for your traveling brother to locate his bags. Have a brother who can’t sit still? Whose passport looks like a superfan’s autograph book? Give him a gift to suit his passion and his personality— and, in the process, reuse materials you might otherwise toss — by making an eye-catching fabric luggage tag for his beat-up old duffle. He’ll travel in style, and you’ll enjoy giving a handmade gift that is creative,… Continue

Added by Susan on November 25, 2009 at 5:48am — 2 Comments

Heating Pillow with Buckwheat

Sew up an easy pillow filled with buckwheat to serve as a heating pad. Buckwheat holds the heat (or cold) better than rice or other grains and is hypoallergenic, since buckwheat is not actually a cereal or grass. Add a few drops of your favorite fragrance oil, or just enjoy the smell of buckwheat. You can also use this pillow as a wrist pillow when working with your computer mouse... …


Added by Susan on November 18, 2009 at 7:53am — 5 Comments

The New Crewel: Embroidery for Hipsters?

I have a confession to make: I sew. I have sewn since I was a kid. For some reason, most people don’t know this about me, but it’s true.

Not only do I sew, but I actually hand sew. I do a type of embroidery called “crewel work,” which basically hasn’t been popular since the Middle Ages. The appeal for me is that it’s much more freestyle than needlepoint, or counted cross stitch, or any of that other precise, mathematical and intimidating stuff. The trouble is, since crewel… Continue

Added by Susan on November 14, 2009 at 12:35pm — 4 Comments

Quilting project dedicated to Alzheimer’s patients

Sisters Mary Niceswanger and Alice Lauer spent nearly a century together, growing up as two of 11 children, parting for their own life experiences and then living together again as widows for 13 of the last 14 years of Lauer's life.

As Alzheimer's disease slowly changed Alice, who passed away in February just shy of her 99th birthday, older sister Mary, 103, continued to care for her. "They were very close," said Kathy Casto, who attended church with the sisters. "At first the… Continue

Added by Susan on November 7, 2009 at 6:57am — No Comments

Beginners: Learn to Sew With a Sewing DVD

When I was a teenager I learned to sew in home economics class in school. At that time (I am dating myself!) all girls had to take home economics, so we all learned to sew, to varying degrees. Now, most people don't learn to sew in school; that's why sewing DVDs can be so useful. If you know how to sew you can make your own clothes and do clothing alterations. With the availability of inexpensive clothes and the cost of fabric, you may not save a lot of money by sewing trousers, for example.… Continue

Added by Susan on November 2, 2009 at 6:50am — No Comments

Kids Sewing Machines

Kids sewing machines are a great introduction to creative crafting. There's no better way to get a child interested in sewing than to give her a children's machine of her very own.

Most machines that are sold specifically for children are more toy than tool, which can make discovering sewing pure fun. Colorful, lightweight, and often associated with favorite characters like Barbie and Hello Kitty, these super-simplified machines fascinate children. While youngsters are having fun… Continue

Added by Susan on November 2, 2009 at 6:43am — 1 Comment

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