Wrapping the week up and new in the store – custom dyed scrim

This week I’ve been madly trying to get things finished and sorted before Christmas arrives so I can maybe take a few days off. I fear it won’t happen though since there seems to be so much to do. I feel I should get a little more organized – a good...

Creative sewing in shades of purple: Dandelion emerges

It’s often surprising what emerges when you work intuitively without a plan or design in mind. The cloth and stitches just somehow unfold their own story. This time a dandelion field emerged. Although it wasn’t my intention when I began this piece, it...

Take a peak at the latest Sew Creative Box – Drama Queen

You can’t go past contrasting colors to create a little drama in your fabric art and the latest Sew Creative Box certainly lives up its name of “Drama Queen”. Included in the latest box is a collection of sewing fabrics, threads and fibers in...

10 Free and Creative Sewing Projects

Looking for some last minute gift ideas to sew? These ten free and creative sewing projects are sure to inspire. 1. Scrappy Organizer Got fabric scraps? This is your sewing project! Make it large to use as a day planner, or make it small to hold a notebook and pen. 2....

New in the Store: hand-dyed shibori, scrim and fabric

As well as the standard range of hand-dyed fabrics and fibers that I offer here in my store, I also love creating unique and one-of-a-kind hand-dyed fabrics – from vintage fabrics when I can find them, and also from new fabrics. Although it’s nice to be...

Creative sewing in shades of purple: a little handstitching

Progressing a little further with my Shades of Purple art quilt, I dyed a piece of fabric to use for the background. I love the yellow to purple gradation. Used as a background fabric, I think it brightens up the quilted layer which will be sewn on separately as a...

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....
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