There have been countless books written on the art of embellishing a cloth surface or adding interest with “in-cloth” fabric manipulation. I own a few, plus a few more stored on another shelf, and recently became the proud owner of Ellen Miller’s text-book size tome “Creating Couture Embellishment”. The sheer size of the book distinguishes… Read More Science of Sewn Embellishments: “Creating Couture Embellishment”, the Book
I almost changed the title of this post to “Saloon Girl Sachet”………. Hi people! Sometimes – no, all the time – looking into the long neglected, dark recesses of your book stash can yield a surprise. I did that recently and found this old book: Sensational Sachets by Stephanie Valley, published by Sterling Books in… Read More Hidden Stuff on the Sewing Bookshelf
Is it a plane? A bird passing through on it’s way back to the amazon rainforest ? Why, it’s the Fabridon!! Hello friends! A deep dive into the sewing stash unearthed a kit for making this quirky bird. I haven’t made stuffed animals or birds in decades. But the Fabridon is more an art piece… Read More The Fabridon© : Not a Stuffed Toy
Padded hangers, a perfect holiday gift for the girl with beautiful clothes hung on wire hangers. Well, padded hangers are available commercially, and cheaply. But that’s no fun. Padding a hanger yourself adds a fun, customized element to your closet in addition to using up your scraps, your ugly fabric, and make you happy at… Read More Padded Hangers. Make Them Yourself.
Hi Readers! Who doesn’t like to receive flowers, especially if it’s a single ribbon rose? Just looking at it gives me warm fuzzies. This ribbon rose is a quick-to-make gift idea to add to your holiday crafting repertoire. I used instructions which came with a kit, very happy that I did not discard the packet after… Read More Ruffly #Ribbon Rose. Quick Holiday Gift
Hi readers, I hope you’re having a happy Thanksgiving weekend. I recently lost a much loved friend, whom I did not get to see too often during the last year. The last time I saw Suzy was in September 2015, more than a year ago and that’s where I snapped the selfie above. It was… Read More Lacy Thread & Ribbon Scarf. Remembering Suzy Seed
There should be a UFO (unfinished object) month celebrated in the sewing community at least once a year. Look what I found in my unfinished sewing archives (aka UFOs). An indigo blue 14” square, embellished with the Japanese folk embroidery called Sashiko (s-a-a-sh-i-k-o). This was a class project for Sashiko expert Nancy Shriber’s class – um,… Read More Double Zippered Pouch
Dear readers, followers, commenters and sewing besties. Happy Valentine’s Day! I love each and every one of you. Here’s a box of candy. Yes, I made this box which is folded and glued, complete with a heart on top. My friend Vera showed me how to make it a few years ago; she used one of the… Read More To You From Me: Happy Valentine’s Day!