Sewing

Cheryl Ellex

Personalizing or claiming ownership of an item by an identifying mark has a long history with beginnings obscured in antiquity. Adding a monogram emblem originally was a way to claim an artwork, imprint a coin, identify an organization or guild, proclaim status, or certify a document’s authorship.

Cheryl Ellex

From early spring through the start of fall, when the weather is warm and flowers abound, joyous wedding celebrations seem to happen every weekend. Although so many details need to be considered a few simple wedding accessories to sew bring a unique personal touch to this happiest of times.

Cheryl Ellex

In trying to decipher optimal sewing machine tension for fabric, as if needle and thread choices were not enough for the home sewer, the serger or overlock machine elevates all, at times frustratingly, to an entirely new level of machine sewing considerations. Balanced serger stitches are the goal.

Cheryl Ellex

Hemming choices are at once simple to consider - making sure the lower finished edge is even all around or folded neatly and sewn securely, or more complex connected decisions that determine what kind of hem to apply that will complement the garment’s overall aesthetics and eventual wear ability.

Cheryl Ellex

Sew your own space-saving travel accessories as a great way to use up those valuable fabric leftovers. The possibilities are endless: foldable totes, security pouches for valuables, shoe protectors, jewelry protectors, lined insulated make-up bags, car organizers, and jewelry roll-ups to name a few.

Cheryl Ellex

Whimsical, nostalgic and all together charming, hankies - the word shortened from handkerchief, has a long and storied history. Although no longer used as an accessory of dressy fashion or fluttered flirtatiously, vintage hankies today remain in the realm of collectibles and textile art.