The “Creative Sewing” Gift Guide

There’s no getting around the fact that gift-giving season is almost upon us! I don’t know about you, but since I spend so much of my time sewing, dyeing and working with surface design, I always love getting gifts that are creative and sewing or...

The origami bag and some tricky sewing

You can see part 1 here part 1 here and part 2 here. I’ve done some tricky sewing over the years, but sewing this bag together nearly scrambled my brain. If you can imagine taking this … folding it, and then twisting and sewing the side seams so that it...

Introducing … The Sew Creative GIFT Box

If you love to work creatively with fabric and thread, you will love the Sew Creative Gift Box! The Sew Creative Gift Box! is a color coordinated collection of fabrics and fibers and combines different textures and shades of color. Each lovely piece is hand-dyed using...

Making faux batik fabric – stencilling the design: Part 2

You can see part 1 here. After finishing the faux batik process, I’m now ready to finish the piece of cloth by adding a stencilled flower design. I chose a flower design that looked kind of batik-like and cut the stencil using using my new Silhouette Cameo. I...

Making faux batik fabric using flour paste resist: Part 1

Every Spring and Autumn I usually add a few new pieces of clothing to my wardrobe. I do have some dressmaking skills having spent half my life sewing and designing for others, but time is short when you have a business run and buying clothes rather than making them is...

What can you say about hand-dyed fabric? I say Yummmm!

I love using hand-dyed fabric in all my sewing projects – there’s just something about using a piece of fabric that is unique in color and visual texture that totally inspires me. When I first started dyeing fabric over 20 years ago, I have to admit, I...

Change of seasons and dealing with grubby things

As the weather starts to cool off a little here in Florida, it’s the perfect time of year to get out and about and enjoy life a little. And one of my favorite pastimes is capturing life through the lens which always seems to be more enjoyable when the weather is...

How to cut fabric applique shapes with the Silhouette Cameo

As I mentioned several weeks ago I got a new toy … a Silhouette Cameo digital cutting machine. One of the reasons I bought the machine was so I could cut fabric applique shapes which the machine is supposed to do quite easily. Silhouette offer a fabric cutting...

October Sew Creative Box – take a peak at what’s inside

The October Sew Creative Box was shipped this week and included in the box was a collection of Autumn-themed sewing fabrics, fibers and supplies. If you’d like a closer look, you can find all the items listed in the Lookbook here on the Sew Creative Box website....

Fabric dyeing using Jacquard Color Magnet

I was planning on doing some sewing this week however I’ve been dyeing up a storm of fabric for this month’s Sew Creative Box which is titled “Falling in Autumn” and is chock full of autumn-colored and autumn-flavored sewing goodies. If you...

Creating surface texture with burlap and scrim

I’ve had this piece of burlap sitting on my work table for quite a while. It was one of the fabrics included in the recent Saphhire Sew Creative Box and even though I’m not a “blue” person, I loved the color so much that I knew the fabric would...

Things a textile artist can do with a die-cutting machine

This week I was planning to show you some ways to use scrim to add texture and dimension to fabric surfaces, and I did actually gather some things together. But then my new toy – a Silhouette Cameo die-cutting machine – arrived unexpectedly early. And...

New in the Store: Mixed Media Fabric Art Packs

I’ve been hand-dyeing my own fabrics for over 20 years however it never ceases to amaze and delight me that fabrics and fibers can go from this … … to this … … to this … in such a very short time. I’m also delighted to let you...

Working with textured fabric: Crinkled fabric texture

I was going through some of my old tutorials the other day and came across this technique I shared in one of my classes for making crinkled fabric texture. I thought I’d share the tutorial here also as during the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some...

September Sew Creative Box – take a peak at what’s inside

The September Sew Creative Box was shipped last week to some very lucky people and included in the box was a collection of gorgeous sewing supplies all dressed up in shades of blue. Included in the box were bead soup and antique indian bell charms, silk carrier rods,...
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