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Setting Up the Perfect Guest Bathroom

I love having friends and family stay over at my house. One of the biggest items on our…

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Sewing Studio

  Is it Time for a Sewing Studio? Start Here! Is it time to move your sewing out of the dinning room or off the kitchen table? Is there space somewhere you can carve out so you can just sit down to sew and don’t have to drag out you sewing machine every time you […]

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What to Expect at a Guild Auction

I don’t know if other areas are like the guild chapters in our area, but over the years we have all held stash sales and, most importantly, guild auctions. On Saturday I attend the auction from the Mount Tam Canvas Workers, the ANG chapter in Marin County. They hold their auction every two years and […]

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What to Expect at a Guild Auction

I don’t know if other areas are like the guild chapters in our area, but over the years we have all held stash sales and, most importantly, guild auctions. On Saturday I attend the auction from the Mount Tam Canvas Workers, the ANG chapter in Marin County. They hold their auction every two years and […]

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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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Bad Stitching Habits and How to Fix Them

Using the chair arm as a pincushion? Not putting things away? check Avoiding finishing? check I have done, and still do, every one of Mary Cotbet’s bad stitching habits. I’m even willing to bet that we all have at least one of these. But what makes Mary’s post so wonderful is that she not only […]

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How To Organize A Baby Closet with The Home Edit

Last year, I worked with The Home Edit on organizing my kitchen. I learned so much from them I…

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Needle Review

Needle know-how still haunts people on a daily basis. From needle sizes to different types of needles, how is anyone supposed to remember it all? Does one go by the fabric type or the thread thickness or both when selecting needles? Does a needle go dull? Do I use a stretch needle or a ballpoint […]

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Estate Sale Shopping Online

Estate sales are one of my FAVORITE things. I am lucky enough to live in an area with…

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Free Quilting tips – Must Know Quilting Tips!

Free Quilting tips – Must Know Quilting Tips!

PATTERN DETAILS Are you determined to become a better quilter? This handy free download provides some great tips you just have to know! This Free PDF was written for Farm Wives plowing their way through the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird using my Farmer’s Wife Quilt Revival Class instructions…However, these tips apply […]

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3 Traits of Being Boss 

Today, I wanted to do something a little different. Last year, I had the great pleasure of getting…

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Help for Waterlogged Textiles

When disaster in the form of fire or flood happens, protecting our needlework and rugs may not be the first things on our minds. After we are sure we’re safe though, having our work safe and secure helps us to recover. Having something beautiful around us helps tremendously to lift our hearts in what can […]

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September is National Sewing Month – 30 Day Challenge

Sewers always say, “I wish I could sew every day”. In honor of September being National Sewing Month, let’s challenge ourselves to get to our sewing machines every day for all 30 days. Even if it is for only 5 minutes a day! Imagine how good you will feel after an entire month of sewing. At […]

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September is National Sewing Month – 30 Day Challenge

Sewers always say, “I wish I could sew every day”. In honor of September being National Sewing Month, let’s challenge ourselves to get to our sewing machines every day for all 30 days. Even if it is for only 5 minutes a day! Imagine how good you will feel after an entire month of sewing. At […]

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Estimating Thread Amounts

Today we have a guest post from Ellen Johnson, owner of Serendipity Needleworks in Alabama. She shares with us two methods she uses to estimate how much thread to buy. The “Fist” Method Make a fist. Place the flat part of your fist on the canvas and move it along the surface, noting how many […]

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Flea Market Dos and Don’ts

With the holiday season (which for me includes Halloween) arriving soon, Patrick and I have been hitting up more flea markets in search of fresh vintage Halloween decor to add to our home, and after witnessing and overhearing certain things at the flea market I decided to go ahead with a dos and don’ts for […]

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More Great Beading Techniques with Robin

Robin King has been doing a series on her blog about beading. older posts covered beading basics and Brick beading. Both are full of great ideas for new and experienced stitchers alike. Her newest post on several beading techniques is the best yet, It explains messy beading, strings of beads and tons more. There are […]

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Fujifilm X-T2 Review

I have been receiving a lot of of requests for a review on my Fujifilm X-T2. As some…

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Sara’s Top 5 Secrets About the Pfaff Performance 5.2 Sewing Machine

We just finished filming over 3 3/4 hours (230 total minutes) of tutorial videos on the Pfaff Performance 5.2 sewing machine! These 64 videos are guaranteed to help you master every aspect of this sewing machine from beginning to end. After spending a great deal of time personally getting to know this machine inside and […]

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Needlepoint Storage Bags

Lately I have been seeing lots of new storage bags out there for storing our current projects. They come in many sizes and styles. Sometimes I think I have tried them all. Gone are the days when I used zipper bags from the grocery store for projects. The more sturdy permanent storage protect my needlepoint […]

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Tips for Stitching with Glisten

I could have used this post Wednesday. I was using Glisten for the background on a small ornament. I do like the thread, but I agree that it may be too much for many backgrounds. On my piece it’s perfect because the other threads have more sparkle, the stitch is simple, and the project very […]

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Raising Creativity: Lessons from Mary Poppins

Hi, I’m Elizabeth Chapman. Mom to Elsie, Emma and Doren Chapman. My daughters approached me with the topic…

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Thread Organization Life Hacks

Folks who visit me often want to know how I have organized my stash. It isn’t especially amazing and I think I’m the queen of repurposing other kinds of items to use for storage. That’s what a life hack is all about. The name has its roots in computer culture where quick and dirty solutions […]

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Sea of Silk

Look – photographic evidence that sometimes, just sometimes, the sun does shine in all its glory here. More blue and I really mean true, royal, luscious, rich, deep, drown-in, indulgent blue crepe de chine. Thank you very much to those … Continue reading

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How Often Should a Sewing Machine Be Serviced

My mom has sewed for a living all my life. I remember hanging out on the floor playing at a very young age while she sewed. The gentle hum of a sewing machine in the background has always been part of our family. Ahhhh, the gentle hum. Her machines never sounded like a thrashing machine. […]

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Border Debate

Blah…blah…blah ….That’s all we hear on the news these days, what with Brexit, border polls, import/export and other stuff – what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland (UK) and Southern Ireland (EU)? At the moment, there isn’t a … Continue reading

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Assorted Needlepoint Tips

Today I thought I would share with you some great tips I’ve found here and there as well as discovered on my own. Self-finishing: If you have used the self-finishing items that use sheets of adhesive, such as the Lee leather products, you probably don’t stockpile them. If you do, beware, the adhesive can give […]

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Balance in Needlepoint

Beautiful Needlepoint sits firmly between two extremes: boring and chaotic. If things are too much the same the needlepoint is dull. If there are too many different elements the result us chaotic. I talked about dull needlepoint in yesterday’s article. The dullness problem does not apply to every canvas done in Tent Stitch, nor should […]

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5 Serger Thread Tips When Selecting Thread Colors

New serger owners often get scared when they realize they need FOUR spools of thread to sew the most common 4-thread overlock construction seam. They say, “It is going to cost me a fortune in thread to run a serger!” Below are 5 Serger Thread Tips for selecting serger thread colors all while saving a […]

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Is your Needlepoint Boring?

I remember seeing a needlepoint done by someone else that I had stitched. It was a Lillian Chemor canvas of a Faberge-style egg. This one, pictured above, is typical of her designs with tons of detail and many colors. Although the stitching was lovely, I found the finished canvas to be “stale, flat, and unprofitable.” […]

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