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Sewing's Past Connected to Modern Computing
A tapestry-like woven fabric popular in the early 1800s that we know today as jacquard, has a special connection to sewing and our modern computing world.
Fabric continues to serve humankind in so many ways. Where once fabric clothed, decorated and sheltered people in ways utilitarian to high art, fabric now entertains and delights in new ways.
Sun Printing on Fabric
Capture the beauty of summer’s emerging bounty of botanic plants, flowers, leaves, and delicate ferns by using the sun to “print” them onto fabric. The result is a cyanotype that can be sewn into many unique and individual items.
Sewing in a sustainable way combines the tradition of one of the oldest of crafts with the knowledge and tools of today's modern technologies. Knowing that living and working with care for the environment, economy and community ensures an enduring legacy for future generations.
Floral print fabrics have always announced the arrival of spring. A spring must-have, the adaptable tote bag is coming into its own as a style-conscious accessory and can be made fresh and new for this year using textiles printed in all the glorious colors in vogue for this season.
Traditional Inside Seam Finishing
To sew a truly professional-looking garment it is important to consider how the inside of the garment will look when completed as well as the finished outside.
Treadle Sewing Machines early 1900’s
The lovely grand dame of the vintage sewing world - the treadle sewing machine, surprisingly remains in use in many areas of the world today.
Understanding Home Sewing Patterns
A home sewer’s printed paper sewing pattern is like a road map; the directions on getting from one place to another are all tantalizingly provided, but it’s up to the reader to interpret and make sense of how to get from map point A (You Are Here) to map point B (Unfamiliar There).
Using Piping or Cording
Much more than a decorative outline to garment seams or pillow edges, piping can ease the strain on finished fabric seams subject to much wear or minimize abrasion of seam edges on much used pillows or sofa cushions adding strength to seams and curvy corners as well.
Valentine's Day Sewing Projects
Valentine’s Day has come to represent one of romance and affection for loved ones to whom we send candy, flowers, cards and gifts, all in the name of St. Valentine. Sew up some crafty hearts for all your special valentines.
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