"We did not ask for this room or this music, we were invited in. Therefore, because the dark surrounds us, let us turn our faces to the light. Let us endure hardship to be grateful for plenty. We have been given pain to be astounded by joy. We have been given life to deny death. We did not ask for this room or this music. But because we are here, let us dance." Stephen King

Patchwork Curtains

We have HUGE windows in the new house. If I don't do something to insulate them we are going to freeze in the winter. I decided that the most practical, economical and aesthetic solution was to sew patchwork curtains. All good and well. When I made the decision to do that I had thought of sewing rag quilt curtains. So I went to my huge fabric stash, planned the colors, sorted and even started sewing. After I had sewn the first set of squares I decided that I didn't like the look of rag curtains in the studio where the huge windows are, so I switched techniques to the crumb patchwork technique.The rag pieces will be made into a quilt to be gifted. This technique is a wonderful scrap quilting


This year students have asked to learn more embroidery techniques. We taught the basics last year and the students created an embroidered sampler using a few basic stitches. With and without a hoop. Practice makes perfect They learnt to draw designs and embroider them using a few basic techniques. I had a huge selection of embroidery threads last year which I let them use freely. Some of them are artists and did thread sketches using basic embroidery techniques. And this year we are going to explore the world of embroidery together, using only upcycled fabrics and threads. I will be challenging them to create embroidered art using only what we have on hand. They will be given a pile of fabri

Recreating a faded shirt

I made this shirt about 30 years ago. It was a slightly deeper shade of olive green and did not have the strips on the side or the lace at the bottom. Over the years I needed to widen and lengthen it. I added olive green t shirt fabric to the sides. I find it very comfortable to add t shirt inserts to a cotton shirt. It provides a lot of flexibility as though I am wearing a t shirt. I had to use many pins as the t shirt fabric stretches and the cotton of the shirt does not. I couldn't find the same shade of green lace so I added a slightly contrasting piece of lace at the bottom to lengthen it The color faded over the years and I don't wear sleeveless shirts anymore. I went to my stash to se

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