Tag: Hand Sewing

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…

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…

When Did You Learn How to Sew?

How old were you when you learned how to sew? I asked this question to our Facebook fans and I was blown away by the responses! Some of us learned how to sew before we were in school and others began quilting once retired. We’ve learned from mothers, grandmothers, teachers, or have persisted in teaching…

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 Hand Sew: The Beaded Back Stitch

Hand stitching is a staple in my book. For many quilters and sewists it is, and has been, in their repertoire for years. If you’re like me, hand sewing is the first sewing technique you learned. While chain stitch and buttonhole stitch along with other embroidery stitches are great ways to embellish fabric, bead embroidery–especially the…

Hand Sewing How-To: Heirloom Smocking

As you know, I’ve been in the market for hand sewing projects I can take with me while I’m on the go. I’ve been embroidering since I was a little girl, so I decided to keep looking for a take-with-me project that will enable me to expand my sewing repertoire with a new technique. Enter…

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…