Machine Embroidery insights

I am teaching a course on Machine Embroidery tomorrow & thought I share the worksheet… I absolutely are free hand Machine Embroidery for its many and varied uses! General Free Hand Machine Embroidery tips: Always make sure you keep your hands on the edge of the embroidery hoop. This is essential for safety and will ensure you don’t sew over …

Notions: What is the Selvedge?

Apart from being a delicious magazine, the Selvedge on a piece of fabric is the finished edge. Normally this has a woven finish, & often you can see a regular pattern of small holes running parallel with the Selvedge. This would have been where the fabric was held on to the loom whilst it was being woven. In woven fabric, selvages are the edges …

Vintage patterns!

I have just been given some Vintage patterns! I keep reading how this happens to others, & have always been envious & now I am the one! Splendid! Most are hilariously out dated, the 70s and 80s highlighted in unflattering illustrations & oddly posed photos with even odder fabric choices (why do they never make the garment illustrating the pattern …

My first Etsy sale!

After a tense to & fro conversation with the buyer- tense on my side because I was wishing, hoping & pleading in my head- I have made my first sale on Etsy & y’know what? It was the first thing I made, the first thing I photographed & the first thing I listed! So, my beautiful Victorian Riding Hat inspired Black …

Flintlock Films.

I am sure I have mentioned that I am, by trade, a Costume Designer however; my partner & I also make short films together… which sounds like it’s a bit of a hobby when we actually take it very seriously! Our last short Flat Footed Apocalypse was shown at a number of Short Film Festivals last year to acclaim & we are …

Consider my mind blown…

If you want to make cloths, or know a bit but are a tad nervous to start creating the grandiose creations from you head, look at this! DIYcouture has made two unusual clothing collections: rather than purchasing a garment, the DIYcouture customer purchases a set of simple, visual instructions, which enable them to make that garment themselves. The instructions remove the …