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Sashiko - Mending and Embroidery
With the application of a simple yet versatile running stitch, you can create beautiful hand worked embroidery that is both organic and pleasingly geometric in design. A basic running stitch creates a repeating patterned background that is artfully timeless.

A Sewer's Button Box
From antique buttons of centuries past that possess now historical significant, to Victorian glass buttons giving a cultural perspective of that time and onto contemporary buttons of the day, the ordinary button that gives us little pause as we dress for the day holds much to think about.

Sewing Collectibles
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.

Super Quick Last Minute Gifts to Sew, No-Sew
The days are growing shorter, the holidays are nearing, and there are many last minute things to do. Here are some quick-to-sew, last minute, got-to-have-gift-ideas that you can sit down to start and finish sewing or no-sew in just a few minutes. All make for thoughtful unique gifts.

Holiday Ornaments to Sew
The simple beauty and homespun warmth of holiday ornaments lovingly made bring many a smile to all who have ever gazed on an old-fashioned decorated Christmas tree. Simple sewn ornaments bring elegance to the time-honored tradition of decorating a pine tree brought indoors for seasonal goodwill.

Blanket Stitch
Decorative, versatile and functional this overcast or edge stitch is often one of the first beginning embroidery stitches taught to children. Adding beads to each stitch further allows the stitch to add emphasis as an outline to the evenly spaced, even length stitches.

Rustic Holiday Ornaments
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.

Outside the Box Sewing
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.

Changing Seasons Sewing
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.

Harvest Centerpieces to Sew
Stitch up a quick fabric pumpkin patch, a flock or rafter of worried looking fabric turkeys, or a traditional folk art penny rug candle mat for a harvest table centerpiece. These are easy to sew home d├ęcor projects for the holidays.

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