Category Archives: Techniques

Rainbow cushions

Every now and then, when it happens to catch my eye, I pick up a copy of Quilting magazine when I go to Tesco. Not long before the first lockdown, I got a copy with a couple of rainbow coloured … Continue reading

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Take-up, shrinkage, and elasticity

I’m a bit out of my depth here. But this is important stuff that I need to learn. Here is the techy stuff you need to know if you need to substitute yarns, especially when you are weaving.  All about … Continue reading

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Making rope baskets

A while ago, I say something on YouTube about making rope baskets by sewing coils together on a sewing machine. Many years ago, I made a rag rug from plaited scraps of fabric. I sewed it by hand, and it … Continue reading

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Don’t match your thread

Were you taught to match your thread to the fabric you were making up? Perhaps to use a shade slightly darker, so it blended in? Well, according to this theory, you only need to keep a supply of neutral colours, … Continue reading

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How to sew a laced sleeve

I have to admit that I misread the title of this post. I thought it was about lace sleeves, and the problem of handling delicate fabrics. So I was surprised when I saw the picture on the post. Still, it … Continue reading

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How to sew piping the easy way

This is a post that will come in handy next time you are making cushions: an easy way to sew piping. When I get round to making that rainbow cushion, I’ll give it a go…  

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Map samplers

A few years ago, the National Library of Scotland put on an exhibition about maps. As part of that, they published a post about map samplers, which I have only recently found, and I thought I would share. I also thought … Continue reading

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Estimating the yarn for a woven scarf

I’m a novice weaver, so I like it when I find a down to earth post about the basics. This one is going to be very handy when I’m out and see yarn that just needs to be bought. It … 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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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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