Category Archives: Techniques

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┬ámap 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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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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