Sewing

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In applique, fabric pieces are folded and tucked at the edges to create desired shapes, traditionally hand stitched onto a base fabric, today often machine stitched in place. Applique has many uses, to strengthen worn clothing, patch obvious holes and tears or simply beautiful ornamentation.

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For warmth and simplicity using fleece to construct simple Halloween costumes can’t be beat. Fleece fabric is economical, easy to sew or no sew, and creative ideas are always available online to spark the imagination.

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Prims, whimsically shortened from the word primitive, are handmade crafts that are anything but. Prim crafts mostly use natural materials such as berries, twigs, pine, and other woods as well as fabrics in muted tones of red, rust, gold, and brown.

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Sewers use the terms piled or napped interchangeably when referring to fabrics with a raised soft surface simply as having a nap. A piled or napped fabric looks darker or lighter depending on how it is viewed and is said to be directional. The rich surface texture needs a few sewing considerations.

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The end of summer nears as a breath of autumn meanders by whispering to trees it is time to reveal hidden brilliant gold and red hues, for gardens to hurry the last of their bounty and nudges our thoughts to cooler days ahead. Time for flannel and warmer clothing to make an appearance. Time to sew!

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As the intense warmth of summer’s heat slowly gives way to the welcome change of autumn breezes, thoughts turn to pumpkin harvests, bountiful market stands of garden produce, fall craft fairs, leaves changing to golds and rust colors and the upcoming mystery and shadows of Halloween festivities.