Beyond Home Sewing
Unique sewing events, projects, and more.
Bridal Sewing [offsite link]
The Home Sewing Association has a free project selection for bridal sewing including Tulle Wedding and Bridal Shower Decorations, Sheer Ribbon Roses, Wedding Gown Tips, Fast Veils, and more.
Brief Sewing History
Sewing clothing and items for our daily use, from times past to present, adds to our very human historical and contemporary narrative of who we once were and are even now.
Fabric and Architecture - Unique Partners
In comparison to ancient times, where the use of natural materials was the only practical choice to use for fabric, today’s textiles are near engineering marvels. Just consider the process of incorporating fabrics into contemporary structures that change our sheltered environments in unique ways.
Stenciled designs on fabric can be created by daubing on fabric paint, inks or dyes, even the power of the sun, applied to a stencil template. When the template is removed, the resulting precise image will be visible on the underlying surface. A wonderful fabric embellishment technique.
Introduction to Smocking and Smocking Techniques
Smocking is a beautiful technique for manipulating and embellishing fabric that has been used for centuries. In this article I talk a little about the history behind smocking and introduce the smocking variations.
Organizing Your Sewing Space [offsite link]
In an ideal world, each of us would have a separate sewing room where we could leave unfinished projects behind closed doors. Host Sandra Betzina shows how to organize your sewing area, no matter what the size, so you can spend more time sewing and less time cleaning up!
Presser Feet - Narrow Rolled Hem and Ruffler Foot
Learn about the Narrow Rolled Hem and Ruffler sewing machine presser feet and how they can make your sewing tasks easier and more enjoyable.
Sewing and Serging Machines
In an almost perfect marriage of practical function and elegant efficiency the sewing machine and its machine sewing companion, the serger, combine to give the home sewer the best of all possible sewing worlds.
Antique collectible sewing items are many and varied. Aside from early sewing machines that parallel the progression of the Industrial Revolution, there are unique buttons, sewing baskets, thimbles, ornate scissors, pin cushions and needle boxes that give us a nostalgic look into the past.
A collaborative blend of art and science, high-style, individualized attention, superior workmanship, originality of design, perfection of fit, and materials of extraordinary quality are the hallmarks of a garment sewn couture.
What are idioms and how are they connected to the process of sewing? An idiom is a figure of speech, in any language, whose symbolic or intended meaning is different from the actual meaning of the individual words themselves. A stitch in time, saves nine is a familiar idiomatic phrase.
Sewing with Felted Wool
As the warmest days of summer are replaced with the cooler days of autumn, thoughts turn to back to school days, upcoming harvest fairs and fall festivities. A great time to bring out the woolen garments of prior cold seasons that may no longer fit well but may still have a useful recycled life.
Starting Your Own Sewing Business [offsite link]
Mary Wilkins of Sew-What´s-New.com describes starting your own sewing business with a few hints to start you off in the right direction including deciding on your area of expertise, location of your business, and networking.
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.
The Business of Sewing
Sewing, as a home-based or cottage industry, is part of the growing legion of service businesses. If you have contemplated starting your own business and have more than competent sewing skills, you may be able to transform a hobby into a profitable business.
The Textile Museum [offsite link]
The Textile Museum is dedicated to preserving creative achievements in the textile arts. Located in Washington D.C.
Zippy Keychain Wallet Tutorial Finishing
Finishing instructions for this handy zippered keychain wallet tutorial.
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