Category Archives: Techniques

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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Making felt flowers

Felt is cheap and cheerful, and easy to work with. If you need to cheer something up, and it doesn’t need to be washable, felt is worth considering. Here is a useful post about 10 ways to make felt flowers.

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How to make a narrow hem on curves

I tend to avoid narrow hems if I can get away with it. I’m always a bit suspiscious about curved hems as well. So when I saw a post about easy narrow curved hems, I was curious. And I think … Continue reading

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Sewing in a zip can be a bit of a pain. I tend to avoid it when I can, because of the hassle of remembering to buy the right length. And often they don’t sell the colour I want. But … Continue reading

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Custom fitting your sewing patterns

Today, I’ve got a collection of posts about dressmaking with a commercial pattern to share: This post tells you how to merge sizes for a better fit. Then there is one about adapting a neckline. And finally, this one gives … Continue reading

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Producing your own linen

Flax is a beautiful delicate flower. And it produces a fibre that has been in use for many centuries. I wonder when people started to turn against it just because it creases easily? Must look into that. Anyway, a great … Continue reading

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Seamless cast on

If you are knitting a hat starting from the top of the crown, or a sock starting from the toe, this might help. The stitches for both sides are cast on at the same time, so there is no seam … Continue reading

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Tips for sewing better collars

Collars are important. Not only are they one of the main features in garment design, setting the feel of the garment, but also people tend to focus on them, as they are so near your face. You cannot afford to … Continue reading

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Disappearing nine patch with a difference

Have you tried dissappearing nine patch quilt blocks? The basic idea is you make a nine patch block by sewing squares of fabric into three rows of three squares each, so there are nine squares in your square block (hence … Continue reading

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City skins

Here are some more pictures from my visit to the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. This time it is Eszter Bornemisza’s City Skins. From a distance, it looks a bit like a kimono. It is made from … Continue reading

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