Archive: Sep 2017
Resident software wiz Katherine Artines just posted a new tutorial on the Inspired by Dime YouTube channel. This latest video, Give Thanks, concentrates on Inspirations Perfect Embroidery Pro digitizing software. She shares easy steps for using (and finding!) artwork that is in the public domain and royalty free to use for digitizing. Follow along to […] Read more…read more
Getting kids to eat before heading out for Trick-or-Treating can be a challenge, but giving kids the opportunity to help make their own fun dinner will get them excited to eat. These Mummy Quesadillas can be made with your child’s favorite fillings, like chicken, cheese, beans, tomatoes, avocado, and more and are so easy to…read more
Simplicity and New Look produce quite a few trendy patterns for kids. Stella and Clare both fancied Simplicity 8105 and Stella was the recipient of the first garment made from it. This is one of last school holidays garments, so I am really having to trawl the dim dark recesses of my memory for details! I… Continue reading Simplicity 8105read more
Macaroni & Cheese is the perfect comfort food. It’s warm and cozy and especially cheesy — what’s not to love. This recipe for homemade Creamy Mac & Cheese is super yummy with a little fresh spinach to make it even better! Making homemade mac & cheese doesn’t have to be difficult either — this recipe…read more
We did it, folks! We’ve made it through September with the back-to-school madness, creche-iris, schedule adapting, post-summer let-down, and crazy weather. It’s time to celebrate and treat ourselves a little. And what three words sound better than… “whipped Nutella icing”? Maybe…read more
Recently I collaborated with Wardrobe Shop, an on-line retailer specializing in vintage inspired clothing, but with an emphasis on older decades, such as the late 1800s, the early 1900s, and the 1920s, an area I’ve been wanting to expand upon more in my wardrobe. Lately I’ve been feeling the whole 70s does Victorian, and putting […]read more
Finding new ways to make a light saber is one of my kids favorite things. We love Star Wars and all the fun crafts we make to go along with it. (One of our most favorites ever is this R2D2 trash can!) If your kids love playing with colorful light sabers as much as I…read more
It’s always good to have a few reliable background stitches that you can use time and time again. For me, as is the case for many others, that stitch is T Stitch. But it can get too predictable. Sheena thinks so too and so a recent post in her blog she has three suggestions for […]read more
My friends this is one of my favourite makes… and also one of my stupidest. Who makes a cream sweater for a toddler? It makes no sense and I did it anyway hehe. But don’t worry, I got my just deserts. I made this little cropped Mini Briar sweater for Birdie last year when she […]read more
Sometimes I don’t get to sew on Saturday morning. Sometimes I instead have to take one of my daughters to an urgent care appointment at our doctors’ office because of a double ear infection and then wait for her prescription … Continue reading →read more
I’ve had a busy creative week since my students left on Sunday. I’ve been decorating the pottery with underglazes that I have been making this summer in my little pottery studio. It’s been busy and productive and I am loving it. My head is spinning wit…read more
Time for a marking pen giveaway, and a pattern giveaway for my Canadian friends!
Let’s start with the pattern. I recall reading some time ago that Simplicity and New Look patterns are no longer available in Canada. Is this correct? That seems weird, from a business point of view. Why would they stop? In any case, you know I really like New Look patterns, and this one is one of my favorites – despite the hideous version on the pattern envelope. Not sure what prompted me to buy it one day but I am glad I did and have used it several times, will certainly more to come.
I found a new copy for 25 cents at a rummage sale so if you are in Canada I want one of you to have this pattern.
Here is the blouse I first made from this pattern. I wear it all the time but that could be due to the luscious floaty silk.
Giveaway # 2: Frixon marking pens (2 sets)
As I have mentioned previous years there is a very old-timey store in Honolulu (Fisher) that is just shelves and shelves of stationery supplies, office stuff, pens, pencils, notebooks, everything that you could ever think of. And most of it is on the shelf, like the pens. Not in the packages…you can buy just 1 pen! and you can test them out. You can get every color Sharpie marker or 20 of just purple! Is it a bit silly to love office products? I know I am not alone, from the most gorgeous Italian paper and stationery palaces in Italy to the Japanese dollar store in my nearby mall, I love to check out stationery stores and always seem to find something. So now when I go to Fisher I stock up on these Frixon pens.
Which are erasable on paper, and disappear with heat or ironing. Warning – as we have all probably read, the marks can come back in the cold, but come on – for sewing use them for marking INSIDE the seam allowance and you will not have a problem!
So I will give away 2 sets, a color Frixon pen and something new, a pink highlighter Frixon pen. Which I tried out and is really cool – makes a slightly thicker line and is easy to see.
So, the catch….I would love for you to answer a question. Now that I am teaching classes on a variety of topics I find that the things people want to learn, or fixate on, or can’t get the hang of are all over the place. Obviously everyone is different but let me know what you find most challenging when sewing – other than fit. Like what technique is most troublesome and why. What part of the project you fear tackling, or what construction do you avoid because you just can’t deal.
Please leave a comment and let me know your sewing dilemma, and then I will draw names sometime next week. Canadians – I might have to do this again with a nice Simplicity coat pattern – there are a lot of good ones and it really boggles my mind that they are not sold there. Plus I am feeling very warmly towards Canada lately, our sensible neighbor to the north.
Thanks to all for reading and commenting – I’ve been blogging now for seven years and I still really like doing it. I have a lot of sewing in the works for the next few months so stay tuned.
Happy weekend sewing, Beth
By the way – this weekend I will be teaching my Weekend Jacket Intensive class at Hello Stitch Studio in Berkeley. We’re putting another Jacket Weekend on the calendar in December so if you couldn’t make this session look out for the next.
For the class I am sewing up some examples, here’s what I have started and I am really liking it. The wool fabric is from Stone Mountain. Not sure where this coat will end up, maybe a friend or one of the ladies at the studio might like it – we’ll see. Or I could selfishly keep it but I am reaching maximum coat storage around here 😊
I’ve sewn many, many bags over the years, but this is the first time that I’ve sewn one in leather. I don’t think that it will be the last time. The pattern is the Style Arc London tote bag. From their website: Gorgeous tote bag with clever but simple design that creates a flat base. The… Continue reading Style Arc London toteread more
Now, my regular blogging can begin. Now, that all of the hurricane clean-up/ moving my daughter is finished. Now that I have completed my first week as a BSF CL (doesn’t that sound important?) and feel more confident. Now that I am ba…read more
What a great weekend we had here at the farm for my last Creative Retreat of 2017. I hosted 8 enthusiastic and fun knitters for two days of color, knitting, embroidery, and afghan making. I could tell as they were walking in the door that it was going …read more
This post is in partnership with Lionsgate Hold on tight, everypony! My Little Pony: The Movie is blasting to theaters on October 6! And nobody can be more excited than my kids – so we are celebrating with a My Little Pony: The Movie-inspired cookie cake! Friendship is magic! Join the littlest ponies on a…read more
Simple spool shapes come to life in the GO! Spinning Spool Quilt. Make your own traditional spool quilt with reproduction fabrics or try your hand at a modern version with bright, playful fabrics. Either way, you will love the GO! Spool die that makes quick work of cutting perfect spools to make your own version. […]read more
PATTERN DETAILS As featured on One Thimble’s blog, the Timber! Reading Pillow was designed with little imaginations and modern style in mind. Friendly cubs and chirping birds invite your little one to explore the great outdoors — even while snuggling under a quilt! This pillow is the perfect companion for your Timber! Quilt. It’s complete […]read more
PATTERN DETAILS Pattern includes symbols over colors counted chart with DMC colors map in PDF DETAILS – 7 DMC colors – 48 x 47 stitches – finished size: 3.43 x 3.36 inches or 8.71 x 8.53 cm for 14 count fabric – pattern contains small amount of back-stitches Download Nowread more