Sewing

Cheryl Ellex

Rustic, rural, pastoral, country, primitive may all be terms that apply generally to folk art. Folk art is an art tradition, intensely cultural, introspectively ethnographic, and most often distinctively hand worked and one-of-a-kind. This organic aesthetic can be used to create charming ornaments.

Cheryl Ellex

Consider the phrase 'thinking outside the box' as a challenge to do the same with sewing. The catchy expression is often associated with innovation, seeking original solutions, or going beyond the status quo.

Cheryl Ellex

As one season winds down and another is just around the corner, what to wear for the entire day can often start out as a morning closet exploration. What will be appropriate clothing from morning to evening? Consider sewing an easy transitional outfit.

Cheryl Ellex

Sewing tips that can save time, cost or reveal some clever tidbit of info are always welcome. It is only those that provide really practical workable results to have expected value for the sewer. Sewing machine thread issues can provide frustrating moments if not for a few simple tips to consider.

Cheryl Ellex

In these hurried days of mass production, handcrafting holiday items from simple materials recaptures the joys that are part of an enduring craft heritage. Handcrafted holiday treasures to sew, share, and enjoy are gifts from the heart.

Cheryl Ellex

Countdown calendars, with a nod to Advent calendars, can be used to count the days in eager anticipation of an upcoming holiday or special occasion event. Use scraps of fabric to make a simple one for a fun family activity. When completed all can see just how many days remain until the festivities.

Cheryl Ellex

The splendor that is autumn is soon upon us; a change of seasons is inevitable. Now is a great time to sew with fabrics the shades of nature’s timeless colors of fall – assortments of reds, golds, oranges, browns, and tans - all nearly invite us to our sewing workspaces.

Cheryl Ellex

No child can resist a huggable soft toy, especially one sewn with care just for that individual youngster. Whether bears, or bunnies, charmingly dressed mice, traditional rag dolls or enchanted characters from storybooks of old, children are delighted to have a clutchable treasure all their own.

Cheryl Ellex

The familiar colors of autumn displayed on a fireplace mantel can evoke the beauty of fall. Sew triangular shapes of fabrics chosen in the golds, yellows, oranges, browns and reds that remind us of the seasonal transition from the intense warmth of summer into cooler autumn days.

Cheryl Ellex

Although summer lingers and many school kids remain on seasonal break the coming cooling days of autumn are near. Our sewing projects can often take on a compelling urgency at this time. Like squirrels busily foraging we search favored fabric stores and our fabric stash for just the right project.