Tag Archive: Design

Grey Twist

Welcome Back!  I really am excited about all of the sewing I have been doing lately.  My new job (with typical business hours) has really helped out my own personal timing and scheduling.  Now I can have sewing time on the weekends and at night!This fabric I bought online at fabric.com it is super comfy, soo…

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Little Black Dress with Lace

This dress has been half made for a very long time.  I made it originally back in July and just now finished. Originally this dress was going to be completely laced out with a stripe of lace down the sleeves.  But I was not really liking the way the lace was reacting with the thick…

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Plaid Pants

Hello again!  Last week we saw pleated pants, and this week we are looking at some new regular pants!This fabric is super comfortable and are made with a knit material.I used Simplicity 8056 as the pattern, but I really had to alter it a whole bunch.  I had to taper in the legs about 5…

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Pleated Pants?!

Pleated pants are making a comeback in the women’s fashion world, and I figured I would give it a try. Ideally tank tops and leggings would be considered business attire, but that is not the world we live in.  With that in mind, wearing something that has a lot more fabric to it is different…

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The Start of Great Original Projects

It’s so easy to create needlepoint projects that are uniquely your own if you begin with a simple line drawing on canvas. Yes, you can find them in shops as coloring book canvases, but did you know it’s so easy to create your own from drawings you find? My newest ebook, Needlepoint Templates, has over […]

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Heart Challenge

One of my favorite bloggers, Stitchlady, has been working on a challenge from her guild chapter. Everyone was given a heart outline and challenged to create an original project using a monochrome color scheme and stitches from a given list. They had their Reveal meeting recently and she shows off the completed ones in this […]

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Creating in the Pottery Studio

I’ve been working on decorating pottery for my upcoming Holiday Open House on December 2/3. (Would love to see some of you.) I threw a lot of mugs and vases on my pottery wheel and made lots of slab platters and trays this summer and fall in …

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Free Project – Two patterns peyote Floral diamond shaped earrings

Free Project – Two patterns peyote Floral diamond shaped earrings

PATTERN DETAILS Pattern made with size 11/0 Miyuki Delica seed beads Dimensions of the finished pattern for Delica 11/0 (without hooks and loops): Approx width: 1.0″ / 2.1 cm Approx length: 1.4″ / 3.7 cm Technique: peyote stitch or brick stitch Colors: 3 The file contains two patterns of earrings of different colors.

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Tips for Painting a Needlepoint Canvas

Last week a reader asked me for tips about painting a needlepoint canvas. While this isn’t my best things, I have done it and I’ve learned from some of the best. Here, in no particular order are my tips: Use acrylic paints. The come in all kinds of prices and, in general, the higher the […]

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New Office, New Dress

Finally I am out of retail and in an office environment. So I have decided to update my wardrobe and my sewing game.This fabric is from Joann’s it’s an awesome comfortable and warm knit, perfect for fall.  I used Butterick’s 5780 pattern but changed the bottom pleats.  I took off 2 inches from the waist…

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Custom Lace Bolero

This custom bolero is for a mother of one of my clients that I have been helping with all of their wedding alterations.  As I was altering the mother of the bride’s dress she asks if I can make a custom little jacket because everything that she has tried on in stores never fits the…

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Adventures in Sewing with Voyager

Please Enjoy our Sewing Inspiration VIDEO for Voyager! One of our newest In House designed and printed fabric collections celebrates the spirit of adventure and the boundless optimism that can keep your dreams afloat. With its cheerful palette and buoyant mood, Voyager will set a course for creative inspiration wherever…

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Flower Explosion

So this fabric I believe I have had for at least 3-4 years because I loved the pattern but never really figured out what I wanted to do with it.  First I thought I would make a dress but the pattern just seemed too bold for that. So I finally got around to doing something…

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Flower Explosion

So this fabric I believe I have had for at least 3-4 years because I loved the pattern but never really figured out what I wanted to do with it.  First I thought I would make a dress but the pattern just seemed too bold for that. So I finally got around to doing something…

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How to Create Oval Ornaments

If you are going to stitch a needlepoint ornament, making it square or rectangular is easy; just follow some canvas threads. Circles are harder but our houses are full of circular things we can use as templates. But sometimes the design just requires an oval. And it’s a problem. Ovals come in all sorts of […]

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Green Peplum

Hello!  I have always been interested in peplum shirts but I never really thought that they were for me.  So to test it out I used leftovers to make this shirt.  For the fabric I used the yard I had left from my 1940’s Green Slytherin Dress. And as for the pattern, I used the…

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Blue Floral Fit and Flare

Hello again! This dress is another project that I finished a long time ago and am just now posting because I was soo excited to wear it I never took photos of it.  I made this back in April just in time for spring. Now after this dress I will not be making any more…

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1940’s Green Slytherin Dress

This dress has gone through the ringer.  So much so that I completely forgot to post this when I finished it because I kept thinking that I would alter it some more.  This dress started out as the 1940’s Vintage Simplicity pattern 8050. Now the fabric I used was a knit and a thick one…

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White Shirt Dress

Hello! I really have found a new love for certain cotton fabrics and I really wanted another dress. This was the first one. The fabric I found at Joanns again. I was not even looking for it but as I was walking by it just completely took my attention so I had to buy it.  The…

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White Slip

Hello!  Lately I have picked a lot of fabrics that at first don’t seen see-through but then once the dress is finished they are more opaque than desired.  I have wanted to make slips for a while now but I just never really had the fabric, pattern, or time to really get to it.  So…

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Stripy Colette Wren Dress

This month for my Minerva project I chose the Colette Wren pattern and some stripy black and teal Ponte Roma to make it in. The Colette Wren dress is a pattern which I hadn’t really noticed much, until Me Made May came along and I saw a few cute versions out there.  I think the […]

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Shout to the Top

Take a bag of fabric scraps and a simple pattern, no small amount of time and fiddling and you’re rewarded with a pretty unique item of clothing.  I’d wanted to make a tee from the different white and blue pieces of jersey in the scrapbag for ages, inspired by a tee from a Burda magazine … Continue reading “Shout to the Top”

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Red Cotton Dress

Hello!  I decided to try something new for this next project, and let me tell you that I am really glad that I did.  I usually avoid cotton fabrics like the plague, but this was cute and I figured why not give it a go. The dress you see above is completely-mega altered.  It started…

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Grey Flower Dress

Hello again!  I must say that I really needed this past vacation!  My dad came out to visit us and we hung out, went to NYC and watched Chicago while we were out there.  The babies really do love their grandpaw.  (grad-paw cuz they are puppies! Well I think it is cute.) I also tried…

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Grey Flower Dress

Hello again!  I must say that I really needed this past vacation!  My dad came out to visit us and we hung out, went to NYC and watched Chicago while we were out there.  The babies really do love their grandpaw.  (grad-paw cuz they are puppies! Well I think it is cute.) I also tried…

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On my Sewing Table – 1920s Evening Dress

Oh my word, how fast is this year spinning by?  I still have a pile of fabrics to use up and patterns to find, not to mention still ploughing through daughter no2’s summer wishlist.  I have done pretty well using up stashed fabric this year, I haven’t calculated any totals yet, not measured anything, but … Continue reading “On my Sewing Table – 1920s Evening Dress”

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On my Sewing Table – 1920s Evening Dress

Oh my word, how fast is this year spinning by?  I still have a pile of fabrics to use up and patterns to find, not to mention still ploughing through daughter no2’s summer wishlist.  I have done pretty well using up stashed fabric this year, I haven’t calculated any totals yet, not measured anything, but … Continue reading “On my Sewing Table – 1920s Evening Dress”

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Lace Table Cloths

Hello again!  This past week(s) I’ve been on vacation and finally have had some time to finish up a lot of projects I started and never really got around to finishing.  These lace table cloths and runners I am making are for a clients wedding.  They bought all the lace in various lengths because that…

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Lace Table Cloths

Hello again!  This past week(s) I’ve been on vacation and finally have had some time to finish up a lot of projects I started and never really got around to finishing.  These lace table cloths and runners I am making are for a clients wedding.  They bought all the lace in various lengths because that…

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Fabulous Creative Retreat – Part One

This past weekend six brave souls arrived at the farm bright and early Saturday morning. The subject of the day was Fabric Printing in the morning. The concept for the afternoon was to embellish the printed fabric with Crewel Embroidery. I taught this …

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