Tag: hand-sewing

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It is amazing how hindsight can give us perspective. As I read further into my diary entries I can see the weariness creep in. Day 86: None down today. Diary Entry: I did some much needed weeding today followed by coffee with a friend. Step dad came round and had a coffee and I got…

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Had I known at the time of writing these diaries that we would have to endure further lockdowns, I might have kept the stitching up, I did consider it at one point. As it is, I would have struggled because my health and mental wellbeing got worse. Day 79: Cross Stitch, brown shaded perle thread.…

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Re-reading my diary posts and knowing what I know now, I can see how my energy levels are getting worse. I had no way of knowing how in a few months time I would be basically sleeping twenty four seven and be in much more pain. Day 72: No sewing. Diary Entry: I achieved my…

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Continuing the diary catch up from last year, re reading it reminds me how things can change in the blink of an eye. Day 65: Running stitch with variegated thread sewn in the round to resemble back stitch. Diary Entry: Could not walk properly today, or lift or bend. I had to get my husband…

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Continuing with the posts of the final sections of my lockdown diary. Day 58: Thorn Stitch, hand dyed cotton thread. Diary Entry: A day of blah, low, tired, not sure really, just could not seem to find the energy for anything much. Not sure if it’s the coming down off the meds or just general…

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There’s often debate here and at the Facebook Group around which thread is better to use for the different techniques we use in patchwork and quilting, and there’s a wealth of information around to help people choose.  Suppliers take note of all the chat going on, and Gutermann have come up with a thread especially…

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English Paper Piecing (otherwise known as EPP): The technique of folding fabric over paper templates and hand sewing together. The paper template makes sure that the blocks are accurate and makes it easier for angled pieces to fit together. This is not to be confused with Foundation Paper Piecing. Foundation Paper Piecing:This is where the…

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We are in unprecedented times, plague, death and loss of life, liberty and physical social interaction. This will not be in my usual style. As it is diary based; to keep me sane, to keep everyone else in my household saner. Let me give you some history first. A lady called Hannah Clair Somerville :…

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This is the beginning of a story about how old quilts can inspire very contemporary interpretations. It is only the beginning, because the contemporary quilt is still a whole lot of ideas floating around in my head, just starting to form and take shape thanks to the inspiration from an unexpected source. I’ve wanted to…

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The new 10 reel, 100m Sew All Thread Pack includes a free pack of 5 universal sewing machine needles plus an assortment pack of 30 hand sewing needles. The excellent quality and versatility of Sew All Thread makes it the perfect choice for almost every hand or machine sewing project, providing great results in these…

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Loving something with its “warts and all” is loving it in spite of any obvious blemishes or scars. Sometimes you make or receive a quilt that isn’t quite perfect, or even a long way off perfect, but it can still be loved, warts and all. I consider myself an average quilter – I can, if…