Today I also taught how to do feather stitch. It is very similar to the fly stitch and one can create beautiful floral stems with this stitch. Each fly stitch is an individual stitch. The feather stitch is a run on series of joined stitches. I have drawn "pyramids" as a base for the embroidery, each "pyramid" has 2 sides and a pointed tip at the top. When pulling up the thread from the bottom of the fabric pull it through the bottom of the first side. Then insert the needle i
Today I taught how to make a fly stitch. I actually call it a bird stitch because one can create tiny birds flying over a landscape with this stitch. The first step is t o bring the needle up through the fabric. Take the needle to the left And insert it into the fabric parallel to the point on the right side. Make sure that the thread is behind the needle. Pull the needle out of the fabric. You now have an upside down v shape or 2 wings. Now to create the head of the fly or b
I am often asked by people what I do with all the fabric beads that I create. I make jewelry with them, necklaces and bracelets and very often use them as toggle buttons on jackets. This time I made a pink handbeaded fabric necklace and took photos of the stages so that I could show you how it is made. I made about 60 pink fabric beads. I wanted to make a necklace that could be worn long or doubled over. I make a point of not purchasing any special items when I am creating.
Today's zoom lesson was on how to do reverse applique. Mark on one of the pages of the embroidery booklet, various shapes. They can be only circles, squares, triangles, leaves, hearts. A page of each shape or a number of different shapes on the same fabric page. Mark with a pencil, fabric marker or chalk. Fold each shape in half and make a small snip with the scissors. This snip on the folded fabric is so that you do not cut the rest of the fabric by mistake Insert the scisso
Last year in sewing class we had a doll making session. I allowed everyone to choose what type of doll they wanted to make but laid down some ground rules. I believe in teaching them life skills from an early age and planning and drawing a pattern before beginning to work is one of those skills. They first had to draw a design of their dolls, measure the size, calculate how much fabric they needed - more or less, and write down on the pattern sheet whatever other materials, d
I wanted a really colorful and busy fabric bead. So I created some pieces of fabric from scraps using my mosaic technique I used a light green thread over all the fabrics for contrast. The fabric that I created is stiff so I just rolled it up And there you are - an embellished fabric bead. Wider strips of fabric create longer beads #fabricbeadtutorial #fabricbeaddiy #mosaicfabricbead #rolledfabricbeads #fabricjewelrydiy
I don't remember when was the last time that I purchased a gift for someone. I create gifts for everyone. My go to gift on the holidays is a zippered pouch in the preferred colors of the recipient, with a surprise inside. The surprise could be a folded fabric tote bag, a fabric wallet with compartments and a zipper, a set of fabric coasters or even some jewelry. The jewelry could be made from some of my handmade fabric beads or it could be a button bracelet or necklace. A ve
I am making short videos showing how to create various fabric embellishments. The first one is how to create a fabric yoyo. And the second one is for a fabric flower which can be made from one layer of fabric or several layers together. #fabricyoyos #fabricflowers #fabricembellishments
One of her purchases from our morning trip to the charity store was a red and white checked cotton tablecloth. She took one look at it and decided to make a box pleated skirt. We had a cup of coffee and cupcakes that she had made for us And she immediately began to measure and mark her pleats .I love the enrergy of the young ones (she is 18 and has been studying sewing with us since age 9) they want to see the results immediately. She purchased flizeline, or vilene or pellon
When sorting fabric scraps I put them in containers and then into bags in boxes designated for specifc projects. Strips for wave landscape patchwork art, small odd shaped pieces for mosaic landscape patchwork and pieces smaller than that either for fabric beads or stuffing for dolls and pillows. Opening the blue grey packet which was intended for beads, I was happy to see when sorting it that I had a number of larger wider strips. I don't remember how that happened I am norma
In the zoom class today students learned how to embroider xs chain stitch and french knots. Using those stitches together can create something interesting. The roses and leaves are created using a chain stitch and french knots are scattered around. The stems are made with a feather stitch which they will learn how to do next week. Teaching the embroidery stitches.
I sort buttons first, according to size and then according to color and last of all according to type. These are plastic grey shaded buttons which are perfect for creating button jewelry. I teach how to make button jewelry and here is a crocheted button and bead necklace and bracelet on cotton thread with a chain extension to make them multi sized. For those allergic to metal the button necklace can be closed with fabric ties. I love adding fabric yoyos when creating a statem
Tomorrow evening I will be giving a zoom class on embroidery. Slow stitching as students will have to use what they have on hand. The students have different skill levels so I planned the class to teach basic embroidery skills and show a few samples of what can be accomplished with these basic stitches. I will be showing you their results as they create. Start with 2 layers of cotton or polycotton fabric from an upcycled man's button down shirt. 40 x 20 cm. From your pile of
When making crumb quilted square feet I end up having a lot of fabric remnants in a variety of sizes. In the past I either used to throw them away or snip them even smaller and use as stuffing for pillows and dolls. Over the years I have challenged myself to find more creative uses for these scraps. With the longer, narrower strips that I am left with after sizing up the square feet, I have begun to create new fabric by stitching the strips one of top of the other in a conti
Well. I worked in oranges yesterday. I found the perfect colored thread for the topstitching in my stash. I must admit that it was a challenge not to choose too many salmon pinks. It was very hard for me to make sure that this was a really orange piece. It is definitely not a color that I am drawn to. I really like using it as a contrast color but I was not in my comfort zone while creating. I had divided the shades into different piles for color depth and found myself insti