Category Archives: Techniques

Sewing lightweight fabric

Sewing lightweight fabric can be a pain. It slips about, the machine doesn’t grip as it normally does, and any glitches tend to show up. So these 18 tips for sewing lightweight fabric will be useful.

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How to hem lace

Now here is a useful post. I must say, faced with the job myself, I don’t think I would have thought of all these options. So I though I would share it here, in case it is useful. How to … Continue reading

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In search of forgotten colours

This is a fascinating video posted by the V&A about a family business in Japan that has used only natural dyes since 1988. It is beautiful and informative, and is a very pleasant way to spend 18 minutes.

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Hanging paintings without damaging walls

Now I haven’t tried this, but it does look promising. I find it hard to believe that you can get it off the wall easily afterwards (note the comment about the importance of pulling downwards in the post). But on … Continue reading

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Some basic embroidery stitches

I’ve come upon this quick guide to basic embroidery stitches, which I thought would be worth sharing. As the author says, it is amazing how much you can achieve with a few basic stitches. Although I am surprised they have … Continue reading

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Weaving a willow deer

At the back of my mill, there is a meadow. For a while, there was a scheme to have a summer house down at the end of the meadow. I was thinking about making some sculptures out of chicken wire, … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

​Sarah C Swett’s post headed “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” has some wise words for the New Year. And, as usual, some quirky ideas about textile related matters! One day, I will try some of these ideas…

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Knitting videos

Here is a collection of knitting videos, including some interesting ways to knit with colours. The last time I looked, they were up to episode 66, so there is plenty to get your teeth into there!

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Knitting faces in the crowd

It is surprising how inspiration comes. I was rummaging in a basket of odd balls of yarn, as you do, and I found this “flesh” coloured smooth cotton. Which reminded me of my long standing doll project, where I have … Continue reading

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My new quilting toy

I have a new toy. I saw various versions of the idea at the Festival of Quilts in August, but when I went to knitting and stitching in Harrogate I decided to go for it. Basically, instead of bothering to … Continue reading

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