Gloriously Disgraceful

I love books, and I love sewing, so of course I signed up for Following The Thread‘s Literary Sewing Circle challenge. You read a book, and sew something inspired by it. Fun. Yes? Also the book she chose was The New Moon’s Arms by Nalo Hopkinson, a Canadian author I’ve been meaning to read forContinue reading “Gloriously Disgraceful”

Santa Sewing

Santa Sewing being the presents you sew up to give people over the holidays, or to make for special holiday occasions. And there was a pile in December, mostly for Frances, who is not super keen on modelling so this will mostly be pictures of garments on hangers. The excitement of figuring out how toContinue reading “Santa Sewing”

Embroidery on Clothes for Bec: Collars

(I’ll be posting a project shortly with an embroidered collar, and rather than clutter that post with a lot of background information on embroidered collars, here is an info-dump to be read in conjunction.) A nicely-embroidered collar can be a fun and fairly easy way to work some embroidery into a clothing project, taking aContinue reading “Embroidery on Clothes for Bec: Collars”

Butterick 6333 and McCall 7351: Fabric adventures + embroidery adventures + frankenpattern adventures = The Most Complicated Shirtdress in History (don’t quote me on that)

Fabric Adventure All the way back in March I bought some fabric from my favourite women-owned local fabric store to celebrate International Women’s Day. (I also wrote emails and made a phonecall–it wasn’t all shopping.) A Nani Iro double gauze: this one They had under two metres left and I took it all. Me: DoContinue reading “Butterick 6333 and McCall 7351: Fabric adventures + embroidery adventures + frankenpattern adventures = The Most Complicated Shirtdress in History (don’t quote me on that)”

V1353: Again, With B‏irds

I could not pass this print up. It’s a slightly stiff (poplin?) lightweight cotton with a watercolour print of trees, leaves, flowers and birds. I lined it with white cotton voile to keep it very light and wearable for super-hot days in the summer (so here’s hoping we have at least one or two thisContinue reading “V1353: Again, With B‏irds”

Embroidery is Cool Again, Historical Part 1 of Whatever

Mexico at the Royal Ontario Museum Back in 2015 I visited the ROM for the Viva Mexico exhibit on Mexican textiles, clothing and embroidery. I took a ton of pictures, hoping that I would have a good use for them one day–and that day is today! Most of the pictures are my own; I’ve takenContinue reading “Embroidery is Cool Again, Historical Part 1 of Whatever”

Embroidery is Cool Again

But only if it’s on clothes. I think? Are my wall hangings and cushions cool yet? I didn’t think so. This is a brain dump for those of you who might want to try hand embroidery on your handmade (or storebought, I suppose) clothes: a few tips, some ideas, and resources for inspiration and instructions.Continue reading “Embroidery is Cool Again”

little snugly bee eaters

They are just the cutest. Aren’t they just the cutest? Look at the cute. Two itty bitty birds being all cuddly on a branch. You can see why this was the companion piece for the LOVE cross-stitch. Dear Readers, if these two birds don’t love each other, I’ll eat my tea mug. It’s a TrishContinue reading “little snugly bee eaters”

Butterfly Bookmark (aka Merry Christmas/Happy Birthday Aunt Sue)

The is the long sad tale of a bookmark that was supposed to be a Christmas present, and ended up being a late birthday present instead. Meet my Aunt Sue. She loves to read, and if the gifts she’s accumulated in her house over many decades are any guide, she loves little embroidered things. EitherContinue reading “Butterfly Bookmark (aka Merry Christmas/Happy Birthday Aunt Sue)”