Tag Archives: embroidery

Hungarian Sampler: Main Contents Page

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I’m in the process of making tiny improvements to the site, fixing glitches, and making specific projects and tutorials more accessible. (About glitches: aaarrgh! They’re not technical in nature, except insofar as my brain may be experiencing technical difficulties here and there. I’ve accidentally published drafts not once but several times now. I’ve made note of two things not to do to avoid this in Read More…

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Travel, embroidery, running stitch, and what to do while waiting

Bewitching Botanicals napBewitching Botanicals motif with running stitch outline
Createwhimsy has a great post about the many things you can do with the lowly running stitch. The post “Run don’t walk running stitch” features a tutorial I did about a Chinese-inspired running stitch variation for a design from Read More…

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Furoshiki project bag: a tutorial

I usually have several embroidery projects going at the same time, which means I’m always in need of project bags. As it did for the Uptown folk blouse, embroidery can take a little while, and I like to have something readily available for 15-minute-bouts of stitching here and there. Hence the project bags!
Today I want to show you how to make Furoshiki project bags. These are soooo easy and quick! Furoshiki is also a great way to use smaller pieces of fabric (or Read More…

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Quilts, embroidery, travels, and more

It’s been a long break on this blog – in the meanwhile, it became 2016, and good golly it’s now March!
I’m sure it looks as though I’ve just gone off to a warm and beautiful place where I sit on the beach and soak up the sun. I sincerely wish but – no. There has been lots going on in the background. Some weeks I’m so busy I can barely finish anything in a near-timely fashion (ahem) and yet things never feel Read More…

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Slowing down to sew stitch by stitch: Kate & Rose in Sewing World magazine

The October issue of Sewing World magazine just came out, and guess what: the Giselle dress, with the embroidered midriff, is in it!
Kerry Green, wrote a lovely piece for her Sewing World column about how slowing down to savor and appreciate a sewing project can work as an antidote to the hectic pace of daily life. And, along with English paper piecing and Alabama Chanin’s hand-stitched designs interpreted by the talented Carolyn, Kerry includes the Giselle Read More…

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SIM 2015: Vintage-Inspired Róza top tutorial by Rachael of Imagine Gnats

As part of Sewing Indie Month, participating designers create tutorials for each others’ blogs. Today I have something really special for you: a tutorial by Rachael of Imagine Gnats! In this tutorial, Rachael shows you how to make a Róza blouse with a gorgeous cross-stitched center panel, using a cross-stitch pattern she created, inspired by vintage patterns in her collection. Not only that, her tutorial includes clever and easy alterations and alternate finishing ideas as well. The floor is yours, Rachael!
 
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About the back of embroidery

When I learned to embroider in elementary school we were told in no uncertain terms that the back of one’s embroidery absolutely must look as neat as the front. No excuses, no exceptions.
small sample from bewitching botanicals
These days I’m more inclined to think that you should do whatever gets you started – knots, long tails, a big giant mess, it’s your embroidery, after all. Sometimes Read More…

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Hungarian Sampler Blouse Part 3: Transsylvanian Tulips

The second section of our sampler is a design made up of three tulips based on the embroidery style of the Hungarian regions of Romania, in Transsylvania:
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Most often a very wide, very tightly stitched open chain stitch was used to outline each shape, in or red, blue, black, and sometimes white thread on hemp, linen or cottn cloth. This is Read More…

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