Category Archives: Techniques

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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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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Embroidery stitches

Today I’ve found a nice little guide to how to do some embroidery stitches. These stitches can be combuined in all sorts of ways to make up lots of designs.

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I needed a new waste paper basket…

At the end of last summer, I had a summer house built on the terrace, over the back door. I wanted somewhere to sit and enjoy the garden on the many days when it is too windy to sit outside. … Continue reading

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Making beautiful colours without toxic chemicals

Sometimes progress is not a good thing. For example, “improving” the way we obtain  indigo colour by using a synthetic substitute introduced all sorts of substances we now know are harmful to the process. This post on making beautiful colours … Continue reading

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Fair Isle: The remote island where jumpers are always in fashion

This post has some fabulous archive pictures of Fair Isle jumpers, which are worth a look. And I’m using it as an excuse to pst a picture of my Burra Bear: a souvenir of a Shetland holiday. His name is … Continue reading

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