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Applique Methods
In applique, fabric pieces are folded and tucked at the edges to create desired shapes, traditionally hand stitched onto a base fabric, today often machine stitched in place. Applique has many uses, to strengthen worn clothing, patch obvious holes and tears or simply beautiful ornamentation.

Quick Fleece Halloween Costumes
For warmth and simplicity using fleece to construct simple Halloween costumes can’t be beat. Fleece fabric is economical, easy to sew or no sew, and creative ideas are always available online to spark the imagination.

Sewing Prims
Prims, whimsically shortened from the word primitive, are handmade crafts that are anything but. Prim crafts mostly use natural materials such as berries, twigs, pine, and other woods as well as fabrics in muted tones of red, rust, gold, and brown.

Sewing Tips for Piled and Napped Fabrics
Sewers use the terms piled or napped interchangeably when referring to fabrics with a raised soft surface simply as having a nap. A piled or napped fabric looks darker or lighter depending on how it is viewed and is said to be directional. The rich surface texture needs a few sewing considerations.

Sewing with Flannel
The end of summer nears as a breath of autumn meanders by whispering to trees it is time to reveal hidden brilliant gold and red hues, for gardens to hurry the last of their bounty and nudges our thoughts to cooler days ahead. Time for flannel and warmer clothing to make an appearance. Time to sew!

Sew Easy Halloween Decor
As the intense warmth of summer’s heat slowly gives way to the welcome change of autumn breezes, thoughts turn to pumpkin harvests, bountiful market stands of garden produce, fall craft fairs, leaves changing to golds and rust colors and the upcoming mystery and shadows of Halloween festivities.

Tea Dyeing Fabric
The mellowed appearance of a warm light tint of tea applied to unadorned fabric gives hand crafted sewn toys, bread basket liners, kitchen linen towels, lace trims, fabric roses and more a gently aged, vintage appearance. Tea dying fabric is a straight forward process easy for anyone to accomplish.

Sewing Eco-Friendly
Sewing in a sustainable way combines the time-honored traditions of one of the oldest of crafts with the wonders of modern technologies. The knowledge that living and working with care for the environment can enrich our economy and communities embraces a philosophy of sustainability.

Natural Dyes for Fabric
Before there were ready made, easy-to-use store-bought dye pigments, natural dyes were the only way to apply color to fabrics and clothing. Historically, colorants were obtained from roots, nuts, bark, shells, insects, some minerals, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Dye fabric using nature's gifts!

Sewing Aspirations Past and Present
Sewing artifacts gathered from times past reveal that sewing tools such as steel needles, pins and elaborate pincushions were included in a bridal hope chest. Their value for a young woman dreaming of marriage and starting a home were included with hand embroidered items and other heirloom pieces.

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