Tag Archive: embroidery

Poppy Garden Embroidery

The insouciant beauty of poppies is nothing if not uplifting! Our Poppy Garden Embroidery Kit…

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Poppy Garden Embroidery

The insouciant beauty of poppies is nothing if not uplifting! Our Poppy Garden Embroidery Kit…

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Inspiration by Hand

Last week I was lucky enough to go along to a workshop organised by the Oxfordfordshire Modern Quilters Guild.  Now quilting isn’t really my thing, but handsewing and embroidery are so I decided to give it a whirl.  I’ve been having a really …

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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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Busy bee embroidery 

Hello ladies and perhaps a few gents. I’m away at Alison Smith’s sewing school learning the secrets of bridal couture. It’s an amazing three day workshop where you make a crazy sample that incorporates lots of techniques that you might use in bridal but probably not in one dress! More to come on that. If you follow […]

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Busy bee embroidery 

Hello ladies and perhaps a few gents. I’m away at Alison Smith’s sewing school learning the secrets of bridal couture. It’s an amazing three day workshop where you make a crazy sample that incorporates lots of techniques that you might use in bridal but probably not in one dress! More to come on that. If you follow […]

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Loving Yellow and Some New Embroideries

I can’t get enough yellow. I love it in its many shades – sunflower yellow, canary yellow, turmeric yellow, yellow squash, lemon yellow, daffodil yellow, egg yolk yellow. It is so bright and sunny and makes me happy. I’ve been seeing it being featured …

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Printed Linen + Crewel Embroidery Project

This summer I am teaching 3 different weekend Creative Retreats here at our farm. You can read about the retreats here. This year I have made the option of coming for only one day – not two days – as an experiment. I already have several people signed …

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Made by Me: Embroidery and Statement Sleeves

Hello there.  Just a quick post from me today, to let you know that I have a project up on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network.As you probably know, I’ve been slightly obsessed with hand embroidery recently, so for my latest project I decided to co…

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Podcast Episode #95: Nichole Vogelsinger

On today’s episode of the podcast we’re taking about building a craft business through the power of Instagram with my guest, Nichole Vogelsinger. Nichole has a beautiful new book out with Lucky Spool, Wild Boho: Modern Projects from Traditional Stitches (affiliate link). She’s also partnered with an assortment of sewing brands including fabric and notions… 

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DIY Star-embroidered sneakers//no-sew video

Inspiration taken from the runway….stars, stars, stars! Gold, silver, on your clothes and my favorite…. on sneakers! Famous Footwear is challenging everyone to stepforward by championing their confidence to be their best self. For me, everyday is a mini stepforward towards a career and being a better mother. Honestly, the second I hit 30, aka when

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Fiesta Fun, Fun, Fun!

Today we get to show you all the fun we’ve had with Fiesta Fun fabrics.  Put on some sunglasses and prepare yourselves for the party! Recently we got the exciting privilege of using some Fiesta Fun fabric designed by Dana Willard of Made Everyday for Art Gallery Fabrics.  Today is our stop on the Fiesta […]

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Who has the Most Quilt Tops?

I really hit a nerve last week when I asked if you had any quilt tops that need to be quilted.  Most readers admitted having more than three tops ready to be quilted from over 200 (and counting) responses. Not that it was a competition, but wow, we all seem to have quilt tops that […] Read more…

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A good basic set

In order to diversify my wardrobe by purchasing more separates, and to save money
and hone my skills by making more dresses myself, I’ve created a self-imposed dress-
buying ban for the year.

After a ridiculous bout of feeling like aninadequate seamstress, I sat down and worked on a skirt. A couple days after Dapper Day, I cut out a blouse. Last week, I did finishing bits on them.




I am in love with the skirt, it’s a good basic black skirt. The length is comfortable, and being a stretch cotton sateen, it’s actually very warm and cozy.




The blouse I have a love/hate relationship with, mostly due to the how sheer the fabric is. I need to strategically dress with it, so it becomes just another thing to think of when putting together an outfit. But, this is what happens when you fall in love with a color, and don’t check the fabric, haha! Lesson learned.








If you didn’t figure it out, I was having fun with a 40’s-style Hufflepuff student ensemble, haha.




I’m pretty sure I will get more wear out of the blouse in the warmer months, not a couple days after a huge rain storm.


Blouse Sewing Details

Fabric:  Yellow Cotton Fabric
Pattern: Hollywood Patterns 1573
Year: 1938
Notions: covered buttons, self made shoulder pads
How historically accurate is it? Very accurate!
Any tricky parts to the pattern? None, very straightforward
Did you change anything? Just added a monogram on the pocket
Time to complete: I don’t remember
First worn: 
Total cost:  Roughly $15 total

Notes:  I used my shoulder pad tutorial(and forgot to put them in for photos. Oops.). And I ran out of fabric, so I had to make the short sleeved version. 




Outfit
Blouse- Self made
Skirt- Self made
Hufflepuff Pin- Gift from friend in the UK
Shoes- Thrifted
‘Wand’- Knitting needle
Scarf- WIP

Skirt Sewing Details

Fabric: Black Stretch Cotton Sateen
Pattern: Simplicity 3688
Year: 1940’s reissue
Notions: Covered button, bias tape
How historically accurate is it?  Pretty accurate, if we ignore it’s a stretch fabric in the skirt, haha
Any tricky parts to the pattern? None, it’s a very straightforward pattern.
Did you change anything? Nope!
Time to complete: Couple days
First worn: 
Total cost: About $22

Notes:  None





I had very few issues with either garment, which lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. I felt terribly proud to put these darling labels in them. What’s that you say? Labels? Stay tuned, dear readers.


Have you felt extra proud after making such a basic garment?
Do you have issues with purchasing separates?
What is your Hogwarts House?


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sashiko heart tutorial and free printable

To help celebrate Valentine’s day on February 14th we are offering you a free printable to create a fun heart shaped project.

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Quilt with an Embroidery Machine in 8 Easy Lessons

I’m excited to announce (and give away a copy to one lucky reader) my new book: Quilt with an Embroidery Machine in 8 Easy Lessons.  This book has been the culmination of over 20 years of quilting with an embroidery machine. I’ve done everything from embroidered quilt tops to quilt as you as go to […] Read more…

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New Stockings!

Wow it has really been a while since my last post.  Now it is time to play a little catch-up over the next couple weeks over what I have been doing the past couple months. First up is I made some new stockings for the 2 cute fuzzy additions to our family! The top two…

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New Stockings!

Wow it has really been a while since my last post.  Now it is time to play a little catch-up over the next couple weeks over what I have been doing the past couple months. First up is I made some new stockings for the 2 cute fuzzy additions to our family! The top two…

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Jalie Eleonore, with sparkles

Well, the inevitable fall weather has finally hit us here in Eastern Tennessee, and fortunately I had an outfit all ready for Myra! She’s been agitating for a pair of jeans “but fancy like yours, not from the store” for a while. And really, how can I r…

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Learn to Embroider an Alphabet Sampler

For hundreds of years, if you were a European or American girl, chances are fairly…

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Giving New Life to an Old Dress

Over a year ago, I came across this cotton dress in the back of the closet.  I would guess that this particular garment was completed approximately fifteen years ago.  The copyright on the pattern is 2000, and back then I did not have a …

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Fabric Printing + Embroidery Class Wrap Up – Day Two

Day Two of the Fabric Printing + Embroidery Retreat was all about embroidery. On Day One, the students had designed their base cloth. They printed their motifs on 100% linen fabric using motifs they designed. We spent the morning learning embroide…

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Fabric Printing + Embroidery Creative Retreat WrapUp – Day One

The second Creative Retreat here at Leyden Glen Farm was this past weekend. I had a small group of 4 students but we all had a fantastic couple of days together. Although I prefer a larger group for my income stream I actually do enjoy the dynamics of …

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Free Motion on Friday

Last weekend I went a little bit mad for free motion embroidery.  I hadn’t done any for a while, I’ve taught quite a few classes, but I don’t actually get to “play” while I’m teaching so it was fun to get my box of scraps out and do just that.&nbs…

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Have You Ever Wanted A Dolce and Gabbana Gown?

The Fall/Winter 2015/16 collection from Dolce and Gabbana was all about roses. I thought it was an especially pretty collection. This morning I received an email from Haberman Fabrics, a fabric store in Michigan. This store carries the most beauti…

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Monday Morning Inspiration/Visible Mending

When I was in St. Louis a few weeks back, my husband and I had brunch with a friend at the most delightful restaurant called Tree House. It’s a vegetarian restaurant and the food is amazing. If you are ever in St. Louis, by all means, make your way ove…

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Podcast Episode #75: Sarah K. Benning

On today’s episode of the While She Naps podcast we’re talking about embroidery as illustration with my guest, Sarah K. Benning. Sarah K. Benning is an American fiber artist with a nomadic studio practice.  Originally from Baltimore, she attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her BFA in Fiber and Material… 

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Goldenrod and Poppy Flowers Embroidery Patterns

Here’s a couple of floral patterns to embroider – goldenrod and poppy

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Make an Embroidered Handkerchief for Dad this Father’s Day

Oh, the humble hankie: so much more than a way to wipe your brow. For many of us, these simple squares of cotton can hold memories of hope, heartache and happiness. Some handkerchiefs have been kept for generations to remind … Continue reading

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Make an Embroidered Handkerchief for Dad this Father’s Day

Oh, the humble hankie: so much more than a way to wipe your brow. For many of us, these simple squares of cotton can hold memories of hope, heartache and happiness. Some handkerchiefs have been kept for generations to remind … Continue reading

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