Recycle & Repurpose Fabrics

Start a Fabric Stash of old, cast-off Materials and Garments! Use old or cast-off garments, textile remnants, or pieces of upholstery fabric in your sewing to create original items. This is a low cost and environmentally friendly. Recycling and repurposing fabric not only gives a free or low-cost source of materials, but it also provides …

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Guide to Hand Redwork Embroidery

Vintage Style of Hand Embroidery Stitched in Red is Popular Again Redwork embroidery designs, known for their old-time charm, are easy enough for just about anyone to sew. Hand redwork’s must-have element is red embroidery floss. Redwork embroidery got its name from the colorfast red embroidery thread that first became widely available in the late …

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How to Make Nine-Patch Quilt Blocks

This Checkerboard Block is a Quilter’s Favorite The Nine-Patch block, consisting of nine squares arranged in a checkerboard pattern, is one of the mainstays in any quilter’s block repertoire. Here’s how to make them. Easy and endlessly versatile, the Nine-Patch block consists of nine equal-size squares. It may look fussy to sew, but strip-piecing makes …

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Quilt Fabric Selection Made Easy

Choosing Fabrics for Contrast in Your Quilting Project Quilts can be striking or bland, depending on the fabrics used. Fabrics high in contrast or in different values can make a quilt beautiful. Many quilters struggle to choose fabrics to make unforgettable quilts. Some quilters resort to sewing precut kits rather than risk choosing fabrics with …

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Guide to Bluework Embroidery

Offshoot of Vintage Redwork Embroidery Uses Blue Embroidery Floss Bluework is a style of outline embroidery almost identical to its close relation, redwork embroidery, except that it is stitched with indigo blue thread instead of red. Like its kissing cousin, redwork embroidery, bluework got its name from the colored embroidery thread that is used to …

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Designing Cross Stitch Patterns

Sometimes it’s hard to find just the right cross stitch pattern. That’s why many stitchers are learning to design their own charts. Many cross stitchers addicted to stitching can become just as obsessed with creating their patterns. With practice, you can create unique tables that not only you enjoy stitching yourself, but can also partake …

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