I've wanted to make a Christmas quilt for years. I've sewn lots of festive things in the past; sacks for my sons (that I still bring down for them today); stockings; cushions; decorations; but never a quilt. Last year I decided it was time. I bought the fabric and cut it out but didn't get any further. To be fair, I had a very poorly dobermann and everything took a back … [Read more...] about The Christmas quilt
As we look forward to Christmas and all the excitement of the festivities to come, I want to take a peep into the sort of Christmas countdown I experienced as a little girl. Christmas countdown As in most homes today, when I was little, the Christmas countdown always started with the appearance of the advent calendars on December 1st. Simple paper calendars; no chocolate; … [Read more...] about Treasures from Christmas past
Some of you may already know about the fact that I used to make and sell dreamcatchers. Native American culture and traditions have always interested me and the history behind the dreamcatcher is completely fascinating. This week I would like to share the story of the dreamcatcher and how you can create your own using a few simple items. Once you have learnt the basics … [Read more...] about Dreamcatcher: A step by step guide to making your own.
There are a bewildering array of sewing tools available for today's sewers. Today I want to share with you my choice of what I consider to be the essential sewing ones. I don't mean the latest trendy gadgets, I mean the basic, tried and tested can't do without tools of the trade. Tools of the Trade Sewing Machine If you are considering purchasing a machine for the first … [Read more...] about Sewing Tools: My Essential Top Ten
This week I wanted to share with you how easy it is to screen print your own designs. This step by step presentation guides you through the entire process from stencil to finished design. Preparation Before you begin printing, you will need to prepare your work surface. I usually put down an old towel and cover it with a piece of lining paper, which I tape in place. This … [Read more...] about Learn How to Screen Print