Tag: Embroidery

Hand Sewing: Tension Taming Tips

Whether it’s sewing on a button or attaching an appliqué shape to a quilt, most of us have experience with hand sewing. In addition to that, chances are we’ve all experienced difficulty while hand stitching. More often than not, the frustration I feel when sewing by hand is directly tied to the tension of my…

Modern Patchwork Magazine September/October 2017

  Explore the many facets of modern quilting with a focus on updating traditional quilt blocks and patterns with fresh, new ideas. Whether you make bold and graphic statement quilts or enjoy sewing for your home, this method of updating the traditional approach to quilts is for you.  In addition, you’ll find reviews of fresh…

Hand Sewing with 6-stranded Floss

I’ve been hand sewing since I was a little girl. My grandma spent hours patiently teaching me running stitch, satin stitch, and French knots. Even after learning to sew at a young age, it took me longer than I’d like to admit to find the ideal length of thread to sew with and how to…

Camp Quilting Arts: Stitched Tea Bags

Here’s a question for you: what kitchen items do you save that most others throw out? My mother saved every twist tie that ever entered her house. She stored them in glass jars (she saved those, too). She also kept rubber bands and paper bags. She learned these traits from her parents who kept Styrofoam…

Chain Stitch: Directions and Variations to Try

Do you know how to chain stitch? If you hand embroider, there’s an excellent chance you’ve tried this popular stitch. Constructed to look like loops, chain stitch can embroider everything from bold lines to delicate curleques. Not only is the shape itself easy to manipulate, once you’ve got the technique down, it’s easy to modify…

Embellish small projects like potholders with the chicken scratch embroidery stitch.

Chicken Scratch Embroidery Stitch: A Beginner’s Guide

I’ve always associated the expression “chicken scratch” with handwriting. Specifically, the spiky, sloppy, and near-impossible to read markings of kids still learning the craft of penmanship. With that as my sole reference to the phrase, I was astonished to learn chicken scratch is also the name of an embroidery stitch. I first learned of this…

QuiltCon Magazine 2017

Produced by the editors of Modern Patchwork in close collaboration with the MQG, QuiltCon Magazine will inspire and delight modern quilting enthusiasts worldwide! Celebrate the fourth annual QuiltCon, the international conference and show created by and for the Modern Quilt Guild. 2017 brings the show to Savannah, GA, and the excitement is palpable. This magazine…

Quilting Arts Magazine December 2016/January 2017

  Make time for art quilting as you explore the inspirational and creative possibilities found in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. For those who love hand stitching, meet contemporary art quilter Susan Lenz whose approach to fiber is fresh and innovative. In addition, we’ve included a pattern for a little “Etui”…

How to Embroider (and Stay Organized) on the Road

Is it just me, or is there something about the long summer days that makes it seem like anything is possible? This is my most productive time of the year and I’ve always attributed it to the long and light evenings that are perfect for sewing. Plus, summer vacations are a nice change of pace.…

Hand Embroidery on the Go

Over this past weekend I took a quick trip to California for a family reunion. After spending several hours sitting at the gate, on the plane, and in the car, I was really wishing I had brought some hand sewing to pass the time. Now that school is almost out, for many of us summer…