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The Stitch. I've put together photos + words that detail how I go about hand quilting.

The Stitch

Quilting is such a vast topic with various approaches. This here is simply addressing the very stitch itself, as in how I start, stitch and finish each thread. To me there always seemed to be some mystery to the actual stitch and that classic motion of making it. Then I learned that you just have to begin. Right or wrong, start somewhere. Alexia and I both like to use big chunky thread for hand quilting. Alexia also very cleverly cuts through the skein loop at one end to create several perfect length pieces for your quilting all in one snip. Many quilters like to use a quilting hoop or frame to keep all the layers nice and smooth as they stitch. Whether you use a frame or not, you should always start at the center and work your way out with the quilt stitches. You can then pull the needle and thread slack through until the knot is sitting on the surface. Pull the slack until the knot is lying against the top.

Pioneer Woman Home & Garden. A sweet friend of mine sent the girls and me a box of adorably adorable owl pillows this week.

Pioneer Woman Home & Garden

She doesn’t sell them, doesn’t have an Etsy shop…she just makes them. I think they might be the sweetest things I’ve ever seen, and I think they’ll be precious in the girls’ new room. I don’t know what it is about owl pillows. Or owls in general. They’re just so charming. It must have something to do with the eyes. How to Sew a Catch Stitch. Kenneth D.

How to Sew a Catch Stitch

King Photo: Kenneth D. King The catch stitch keeps layers of fabric flat against one another, such as a hem or seam allowances. Use it on lined garments because the lining covers and protects the surface threads, which tend to catch on things. Become a Threads Insider today to get access to this and other exclusive Insider-only blog posts. Become an Insider and enjoy unlimited access to: All-time favorite articles from Threads Special Insider discounts and offers Digital access to our most recent issues And so much more!

How to make a corset - Foundations Revealed. Introduction In this article we are going to look at a simple method for how to make a corset, one that is ideal for beginners.

How to make a corset - Foundations Revealed

By following the steps you will learn about some of the key principles of a corset. (For subscribers and those interested in greater detail, this corset is also presented as a two-part article which goes into greater detail. Part 1 and Part 2 are best read following The Six Rules of Good Corsetry: a basic guide.) Figure 1: Beautiful stitching just takes a little practice Keep it simple Following a small set of basic rules can be a very worthwhile approach for corsetieres both new and old, and here's number one: Simplicity is good. The challenges of more complex corsets can, I fear, put many people off very early in their corsetry studies. Sewing Showcase, Ideas, Patterns, Instructions. Fabric Labels Tutorial. Many people have asked me how I make my labels so I have decided to make this little tutorial including pictures and any little tips that I have learned along the way.

Fabric Labels Tutorial

You will find that making your own labels is quite simple and much cheaper than purchasing custom labels. Pour yourself a cup of tea and enjoy. Materials needed:computer, graphics program (I used photoshop) & inkjet printerregular printer paperiron-on transfer paperutility knife, cutting mat & metal rulerribbon (I used 1/2 inch natural cotton twill tape)iron & ironing boardscissors Step 1: Design your image using your program of choice working with a resolution of 300ppi for a clear image. The height of your image should be smaller than the width of your ribbon.

Step 2: Print your labels. Step 3: Cut out the images preferably into long strips using your utility knife, cutting mat and ruler. Step 4: Iron the transfer onto the ribbon. Step 5: Peel off the backing paper. Step 6: Use them!

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