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How to Travel with a Embroidery Stitching Project in 4 Steps

Posted by Emily Hammer on

    Hand-sewing is relaxing and an easy way to unplug. I feel the most substantial benefit is that it allows your brain to claim down and loosen the body because you're only focusing on doing one thing, which is the stitch you've chosen to do. Also, it's something tangible that can be gifted or hung on the wall or turned into a pillow, or more. I am known to keep an embroidery project in my handbag with everything needed to sew on the whim. My bag usually contains a Norton House Quilting cloth bag, but when going to the...

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How to Start a Sashiko Project

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What to expect in this article: What tools you need How to prepare the project What stitch to use and how to do it Why it's essential for mental health Before I start a Sashiko project, I have the following ready to go: Sashiko thread Sashiko needles Sashiko pattern printed onto fabric with water-soluble markings Why am I mentioning Sashiko Japan products only? First, Sashiko threads are wound together. They're not straight threads placed together like DMC floss. The DMC floss has six strains that can be easily pulled apart, which is the opposite of Sashiko thread. I strongly recommend...

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The Essentials A Guide to Start any Iron-on Embroidery Project! ~ The perfect quick gift to give to anyone!

Posted by Emily Hammer on

First, before you start any embroidery project let’s talk about the hoop which is what holds the fabric tightly. I grew up using a wooden hoop that was 8inches round, but a few years ago our distributor back ordered them for whatever reason, and I had to Grit my teeth and bought a plastic hoop. Jokes on me because lo and behold I have never gone back to a wooden hoop because the plastic coop does not stretch the fabric in my option.

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Threading your needle tips and thoughts

Posted by Emily Hammer on

Threading needles can be a nuisance. It doesn't matter what your age is or how your eyesight is, everyone at some point in their quilting or crafting journey has had a moment of frustration while threading their needle. I felt the need to write this post because over the weekend at the shop we had a private machine quilting class. Our client was having an issue with threading her sewing machine needle so I shared a few tips that work for me and I found a video on threading your needle on YouTube for you to view.    How to thread your needle...

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