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Little pockets

Little pockets

Although I'm not very committed to keeping a regular journal where I write down every little detail of my life, I do keep a record of things I want to remember. Sometimes I take a photograph, and sometimes I write a note on a scrap of paper which I then fold and tuck...

Small and unusual things

Small and unusual things

These last few weeks I've been stitching quite small - this piece is only 2-1/2" x 3". But I'm really enjoying the process. When there isn't much time at the end of a work day for creative activities, making small things can be a good choice. Small things can be...

Redefining the way we look at things

Redefining the way we look at things

I've been thinking about the things that I love to do more than anything else. And hand stitching is one of them. When I was very young just learning to use a needle and thread, I stitched wild and free - and it was fun. I stitched with no goal in mind and sewing two...

Places for memories

Places for memories

There was no guesswork, or work of any kind really, in sewing these pieces together. This piece of embroidered fabric obviously was intended to be a pocket, so a pocket it became. Adorned and embellished, but still useful. In olden days pockets were made separately...

Pay attention and watch what emerges

Pay attention and watch what emerges

I simply love butterflies. They are like beautiful and carefree souls flitting about from flower to flower, just doing what they love to do. For me they represent transition, emergence, and transformation - and the mystery of what all that means. The ending of...

A balancing act

A balancing act

Life is a balancing act at the best of times but after spending several weeks "taming" my new computer into submission, it's left me feeling a little unbalanced, dealing with too much technology and not enough creative playtime. I stitch a little every day though. I...

PhotoArt Pincushion Tutorial

PhotoArt Pincushion Tutorial

Whenever I run a new session of one of my online classes I always like to include a fresh project and tutorial. So for the next session of the Inked Cloth Unleashed class which begins next Monday 16th January, I thought I'd make something simple and these pincushions...

Cleaning out my fabric stash and making space for something new

Cleaning out my fabric stash and making space for something new

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. Edith Lovejoy Pierce I love the beginning of things - new sewing projects, new projects for my business ......

Injured prints – what they are and what you can do with them

Injured prints – what they are and what you can do with them

Have you ever printed an image onto fabric and have it turn out a little less than perfect? Don't feel too bad; it happens to me more often than you'd think. Sometimes it's my own fault. Like when I'm not paying attention and press the print button on my printer...

A Page from my Art Journal: Serenity

A Page from my Art Journal: Serenity

A little inspiration for the weekend. Learn to be quiet enough to hear the sound of the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in others. Marian Wright...

Free Tutorial – How to make a Fabric Tray

Free Tutorial – How to make a Fabric Tray

Fabric trays are quick and easy to make and are so useful in the sewing room for holding needles and threads and other small items. You can use any type of fabric to make them of course, but I like to be a little more creative in my design, so my favorite method is to...

Join me on Instagram

Join me on Instagram

Are you on Instagram yet? I recently set up an account and am loving it so much! It's a great place to share photos of work-in-progress and ... well anything really. Join me...

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