Hand embroidery often has an old-fashioned connotation, especially if you grew up following hand embroidery patterns for cross stitch or hand stitching Bo Peep-like ladies on pillow cases.
I'm so excited to share a new season of" Quilting Arts TV" with you, especially the debut of our new host, Susan Brubaker Knapp.
I was so happy to see so many hand embroidery designs at Quilt Market last month. I began learning hand sewing techniques as a young girl, and hand embroidery is still one of my favorite pastimes.
In my travels to quilt shows, exhibits, and "Quilting Arts TV" tapings, as well as virtual traveling via social media, I'm seeing a big return to some of the traditional sewing crafts like smocking, tucking, and hand appliqué.
Whether you create full-on embroidered quilts or just do a little hand stitching here and there, I bet you a have a favorite stitch or two.
Here it is, the second week of January, and I still haven't settled on
my Word of the Year. You know, the mantra that you use to help you focus
on what you want to accomplish before the next time the ball drops.
Do you have small pieces of MistyfuseTM, fabric scraps, tulle, and little bits of thread, fibers, yarn, and roving you just can't bear to part with?
There's a saying, "It doesn't matter where you start, it matters where
you finish." Looking at the quilting scene today, I'd say the first part
of that quote, at least, applies to our craft.
more closely I watch birds, the more fascinated I have become with
trying to capture their colors and textures using fabric and stitchery. I have developed a design and sewing technique for "capturing the moment" in cloth and quilting stitches.
I'm a sucker for bag and purse patterns. If they feature appliqué hexagons or are made with a fun, contemporary fabric, so much the better.
Finishing a large quilting project is always satisfying. I feel such a sense of accomplishment. But I have to admit: finishing small quilting projects is almost as gratifying, and I can get that feeling of accomplishment so much faster!
As you read this, picture me curled up on a comfortable chair by the fire, hand sewing. Although that's probably not the case, it's certainly what I would like to be doing on a cold, snowy day, wouldn't you?
Hand-sewing techniques and embroidery are so much easier if you use the right tools. Sharp needles, tiny scissors, and exquisite threads are in every sewing kit, but the humble thimble is often overlooked.
I enjoy raw-edge appliqué for many reasons. It's certainly a faster way of appliqué quilting than than hand appliqué and I like the extra texture it brings to my fiber art.
As you read this I am on vacation, happily snuggled in on a chair by the fire with my pug, Elvis, peacefully hand stitching.