Friday, November 20, 2009

A-Z of Heirloom Sewing

We just found out that Country Bumpkin will soon be releasing its 20th book in the highlyl acclained A-Z series of books. This one will be A-Z of Heirloom Sewing. We've already pre-ordered several copies and have been told to expect it in February. If you are interested, let us know, so we can be sure to have enough.

Here's what they are saying about it:

Add an extra special touch to christening gowns, children’s clothes, wedding dresses and delicate garments with this comprehensive book, suitable for all skill levels.
Over 840 step-by-step photographs and detailed instructions will help you...
Discover machine and hand sewing techniques, from basic to advanced
Choose the right fabrics, laces and trims
Learn more about the correct tools and equipment
Achieve a perfect finish with handy hints and tips

Friday, November 13, 2009

Australian Smocking & Embroidery #89

AS&E issue #89 just arrived minutes ago.
In this issue you'll find.........

two damask dresses
a baby girl's dress made of batiste
a journal cover with beaded flowers
an older girl's dress in broderie anglaise
a square yoke dress
a voile gown and petticoat
a knit top with smocked yoke
a dress with smocked bodice

This issue will be on our website shortly. In the meantime, contact us directly if you want one.

Make Your Own Blanket Binding

Years ago I drafted a pattern, i.e. directions, on how to make your own blanket binding out of fabric. The idea is to coordinate the blanket with the room decor or a theme. Store bought blanket bindings don't offer many options.

Now I've decided to make them available to everyone. They'll be included in my monthly newsletter, but I thought I'd start right here. All you need is wool blanket fabric or an old wool blanket that needs refurbishing, make your own binding and you've got a blanket ready to use.

If you'd like the instructions, just let me and I'll send them to you.