Last week the embroidered hoodie pattern got many of you guessing how to attach embroidered patches to stretchable velvet. I’m sure the advanced sewists out there got the clues immediately after looking at the fabric swatches. For the others, I’m now going to show you how I did it and … Continue reading →
Now any seamstress or hobby sewist will undoubtedly have discarded that little white strip along the fabric edge without a second thought, probably a few hundred times or more. You know that “useless” strip where the manufacturer’s branding is printed…along with a few strange colored circles? Well, there’s more to … Continue reading →
Ah, sweater knits! These highly textural, stretch fabrics can be cozy, lacy, casual, or sophisticated. With a good sweater knit and a little practice, you can cut and sew a sweater in a day or less, even if you can’t knit or crochet. Yes, they’re enabling. And they’re beautiful. If … Continue reading →
Thinking of traveling again after the lockdowns? Going on a business trip? Preparing for that long-awaited vacation with friends? Planning to be on a solo journey to give yourself that break you deserve? Traveling, even its planning stage, is already too exciting, isn’t it? It is! Until you reach the … Continue reading →
My carpet tote bag is the result of my never-ending desire to make bags with unusual materials. It’s also, the result from impulse buying… I was looking for some materials that I could use instead of leather, and I was practicing my usual “whatever catches my eye” technique. This is something I do often, … Continue reading →
The Greatest Discovery In The History Of Dyeing Fabric It’s the Easter vacation of 1856, Cable Street, east London, and a young William H. Perkin is hunched over his laboratory table. Fumes and gasses rise up from his work and struggle to filter out of the tiny windows of the … Continue reading →
Introduction The flax fields are blooming in a beautiful display of blue-purple flowers. Bees fill the air with their happy flight, children duck and dive through the waist-high stalks. The seasons eventually change and soon the stalks will begin to ripen into a bright blonde, signaling the farmers to begin … Continue reading →
Viscose (known in the US as Rayon) often elicits very strong feelings. Some sewists hate this material, while others see its benefits. I remember back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s when this fabric started to be popular and it was used for numerous garments that you would see … Continue reading →
Lace was once reserved for only the nobility. It was expensive and scarce. Fortunately, we live in an age of affordable lace fabrics with wide availability and tremendous variety. Here is an introduction to lovely lace fabrics. Lace Fabrics Bridal shops and fabric stores use special terms to describe the … Continue reading →
Burlap is a simple, unassuming fabric that has taken the home decor world by storm. As many crafters and home decor enthusiasts are discovering, there are many things you can do with a plain swatch of burlap. Ideas for projects with burlap are plentiful because of two things. The first … Continue reading →
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