Lace has a sentimental quality, evoking yesterday’s keepsakes while becoming tomorrow’s treasures. Small pieces of lace can accessorize antique buttons, aromatic sachets, padded satin hangers or jars of homemade jams and jellies for gifting.
With the application of a simple yet versatile running stitch, you can create beautiful hand worked embroidery that is both organic and pleasingly geometric in design. A basic running stitch creates a repeating patterned background that is artfully timeless.
From antique buttons of centuries past that possess now historical significant, to Victorian glass buttons giving a cultural perspective of that time and onto contemporary buttons of the day, the ordinary button that gives us little pause as we dress for the day holds much to think about.
Antique collectible sewing items are many and varied. Aside from early sewing machines that parallel the progression of the Industrial Revolution, there are unique buttons, sewing baskets, thimbles, ornate scissors, pin cushions and needle boxes that give us a nostalgic look into the past.
The days are growing shorter, the holidays are nearing, and there are many last minute things to do. Here are some quick-to-sew, last minute, got-to-have-gift-ideas that you can sit down to start and finish sewing or no-sew in just a few minutes. All make for thoughtful unique gifts.
Decorative, versatile and functional this overcast or edge stitch is often one of the first beginning embroidery stitches taught to children. Adding beads to each stitch further allows the stitch to add emphasis as an outline to the evenly spaced, even length stitches.
Consider the phrase 'thinking outside the box' as a challenge to do the same with sewing. The catchy expression is often associated with innovation, seeking original solutions, or going beyond the status quo.
Sewing tips that can save time, cost or reveal some clever tidbit of info are always welcome. It is only those that provide really practical workable results to have expected value for the sewer. Sewing machine thread issues can provide frustrating moments if not for a few simple tips to consider.
In these hurried days of mass production, handcrafting holiday items from simple materials recaptures the joys that are part of an enduring craft heritage. Handcrafted holiday treasures to sew, share, and enjoy are gifts from the heart.
No child can resist a huggable soft toy, especially one sewn with care just for that individual youngster. Whether bears, or bunnies, charmingly dressed mice, traditional rag dolls or enchanted characters from storybooks of old, children are delighted to have a clutchable treasure all their own.