Tag Archive: plaids

Introducing Custom Charts for Tartan Belts

Needlepoint belts are always a hit. Not only are they unique style, they can be used for many other items from tray sides to shoe straps. You don’t need a painted canvas to make a great belt. Charted plaids and tartans are excellent for this. The patterns repeat naturally, creating a lively rhythm for the […]

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Stitching your Needlepoint Plaid Design

In yesterday’s article we looked at how to design a piece using a shaped template and a needlepoint plaid of any kind. Today’s article goes through the steps for stitching it. Tracing the Outline To do this you will need your canvas, your template, and a permanent marker made for fabric. My favorites for this […]

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Put your Needlepoint Plaid into a Shape Easily

Besides looking great, plaids are often colorful and easy to stitch. That’s why stitching one can make fantastic needlepoint. All too often though, we feel constrained. It can be one, or more of several things: We can’t find a shape we like and that is the right size. We can’t find a colorful plaid. We […]

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Let’s Talk Plaids!

Plaids may go in and out of style in clothing, but they never go away completely. You’ll always find kilts in traditional tartans, plaid flannel shirts, Madras plaid shorts, and plaid school uniforms. In fact they are so enduring that to many plaids are the iconic fashion pattern. But just because they are iconic doesn’t […]

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Plaid Granville Shirt: Can You Match The Sleeve Placket?

Here’s a fun plaid-matching challenge: can you match the plaid on the sleeve placket to the sleeve? (image from our tailored placket tutorial post) Yes! You totally can. You just need to figure out what part of the sleeve placket piece is the one that shows on the right side. This is for the plaid Granville […]

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Sewing A Plaid Granville Shirt: Deciding What to Cut on the Bias

I’m starting a plaid version of the Granville shirt soon. It’ll be perfect for fall, for layering under warm cabled sweaters and wearing under jackets. What’s cool about plaid fabric is the lines. Cutting pieces on the bias turns these into diagonal lines, which adds visual interest and can draw attention to different parts of the garment. […]

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Stitch a Needlepoint Tartan for Christmas

Originally posted 2012-12-07 06:53:19. Republished by Blog Post PromoterUPDATE: I realized this morning that I forgot the stitched picture of the shadow stitching technique on yesterday’s blog. Check the post after 11 AM Pacific 12/7/12 for the picture. My apologies. Who doesn’t like a plaid? This year delight the folks on your list by making […]

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Matching Plaids on Sew Mama Sew

We’re over on Sew Mama Sew today talking about matching plaids as part of their Super Online Sewing Match II, just in time for plaid season! We’ve run a lot of tips and tricks type posts on plaid here but … Continue reading

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The Purl Bee Gathered Skirt + an Ottobre Sleeveless Top

Last weekend we checked out the extended weather forecast and saw we were in for another week of 100+ degree weather.  So we decided to start our homeschooling year early and are officially back at it!First Day of (Home)school!  Sadly, Iris b…

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A Tartan Christmas

Originally posted 2009-11-15 07:01:58. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Plaids, whether they are tartans or personal plaids are so fun to stitch. It’s wonderful to make one as a gift for someone. But why not get a custom plaid for cross stitch or needlepoint for your favorite stitcher? It’s an unusual gift and one that […]

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