Author Archives: The Proof Angel

About The Proof Angel

I am a freelance editor and proofreader, working with a wide range of clients from large companies to individuals. I can help you to communicate clearly by carrying out a final check, or by suggesting ideas get your message over. I also have a sideline in textiles, as The Rainbow Angel.

Butterfly quilt

This started when I saw a pattern in a magazine for a bold black and white quilt, with a spalsh of bright colour. After a lot of fabric browsing, I decided I liked the design, but I didn’t want to … Continue reading

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A quick way to make a block of squares

I like scrappy quilts. Small squares are a nice way of showing off lots of prints, but it can be time consuming. This quick way of jumbling up the prints while quick piecing squares is definately one to remember.

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A needlework accessories to make

As you may have noticed, I like the bits and bobs associated with sewing. Especially if they make things easier to find, or nicer to use. This looks like a nice design for a needle holder that is just a … Continue reading

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Pattern singing in Iran “The Woven Sounds”

I love this video. I like the fascinating traditional method of working together, and the way that the work just carries on at the side of an ordinary room. I like the way the stock of wools hanging behind them, … Continue reading

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Veils: the new norm?

In these interesting times, when many of us are sewing face masks, here is a reminder that we have worn face coverings before, as a fashion item. One of my favourite museums, the Shetland Museum, has posted this article about … Continue reading

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Needles of a Nation: Knitting at the Great Exhibition of 1851

Here is a fascinating post about knitting at the Great Exhibition of 1851, with some interesting pictures!

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Windmill banner

My living room is on the ground floor of a windmill. The walls are the 1798 brickwork, with patches from wear and tear since. In a modern home, obviously we need cables to get power upstairs, and there are radiators … Continue reading

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How to adjust sewing machine tension

In these interesting times, when many of us are sewing face masks and scrubs, here is a reminder of how to check your sewing machine tension. Small changes can make a big difference. Yes, it is worth fiddling around for … Continue reading

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Everything you need to know about sewing with a twin needle

My now not so new sewing machine came with a twin needle thingy. When I get round to it, I’m going to play with it. When that moment comes, I’ll be starting with this post on everything you need to … Continue reading

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Directional seams

This is a point that I overlooked for a long time. When you sew following the grain of the fabric, you reduce the distortion. Most of us have at some point managed to stretch the edge of the fabric when … Continue reading

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