My favorite season is fall, and favorites to make are jackets and coats, so I am excited to unveil my first coat project in at least six months.
I had a lot of fun with this one!
I started with two yards of a striking navy and turquoise coating (90% wool and 10% poly) from Britex. (You might want to note that Britex is having a 30% off sale beginning on Oct 13th, both online and in store.)
I love the interplay of navy with turquoise, and this fabric has the look of a handwoven. It also has a wonderful selvedge that I was determined to feature.
I wanted a lined coat, so I used a teal colored Bemberg lining. Click here to read more »
Our retro queen Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace has a fabulous project in store for us. There are so many details to this gala outfit that we have decided to break down the process into many fabulous technique-rich posts. Be sure to check out Part 1, which offers tons of pattern handling tips & tricks, Part 2, an exceptionally thorough bound buttonhole tutorial and Part 3, a reinforced gusset tutorial.
[Britex has generously provided the fabric and sewing supplies for a dress I will be wearing to a formal event in October. I will be sharing some of the steps and construction techniques with you as I work on this project over the next couple of months.]
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Ama from the crafting blog Ohoh (named after her infant son’s first expression, “Oooh oooh!”, which translated into “there is a problem”) created this free quick ‘n easy throw pillow and elegant cat embroidery transfer pattern. A study in understatement, we love kitty’s dramatically expressive whiskers and inscrutable expression. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and hoops, needles, and floss are available on our 3rd floor.
Just in time for Dia de Los Muertos on November 1st through the 2nd, the ever creative Melissa at the hand sewing blog, Elemental Stitches made this free Dia de Los Muertos Sugar Skull Embroidery pattern. Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration to honor the life of those who are no longer with us and to remember our ancestors… honoring both death and the cycle of life. Stitch these sweetly adorned skulls in remembrance of your departed friends and family, using their favorite colors and colors that represent their spirit. Muslin is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss are available on our 3rd floor.
The munchkins have returned to school, the nights are cooling down, and autumn is at least thinking about approaching. We love evenings of hibernation, cozily ensconced in our favorite broken in armchair, hot spiced cider by our side, our favorite fur baby at our besocked feet, and needlework in our lap. Sandra Rose has assembled a tidy collection of over 150 free vintage cross-stitch patterns, including samplers, alphabets, borders, corners, and all-over patterns…..there is everything from bats, to cranes, to Art Nouveau foliage and more. We are particularly enamored with this Arts & Crafts style floral border and these sublime bats. Now is the time to buy some linen, and make a set of hand embroidered napkins for your holiday dinners! Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.
Mademoiselle Floriane from the French crafting blog, Larbreaidees has a plethora of charming cross-stitch designs, including unique geometrics, silhouettes, a tangoing couple, butterflies, and that iconic symbol of Paris and all things romantic…the Eiffel Tower. Stitch this up for a throw pillow cover or wall hanging, then daydream about lazy mornings nibbling buckwheat galettes while sipping sparkling apple cider at Breizh Café, and leisurely afternoons cavorting through Paris. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.
Sometimes all it takes is Friday and the promise of the upcoming weekend to calm me. I don’t anticipate any roosters crowing tomorrow morning, but I’m hoping for butterflies, love, and posies. This cross-stitch pattern would make up into a charming gift for a lucky someone, and with vacations and lazy weekends, summertime is the perfect time to start the project. Design by R. Lanser. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.
If we can’t travel to Torre pendente di Pisa, lets cross stitch it onto a pillow. After, we’ll spend evenings sipping Vin Santo, eating castagnaccio, and lolling about daydreaming of a little visit to the Italian city of Pisa. The folks at 7th Heaven have a free chart for this lovely tilting 183’ tall building. With 294 steps, we’d best put on our walkin’ shoes before attempting the arduous climb.
Allison from Dream A Little Bigger drew this sailor-licious embroidery transfer. Inspired by tattoo flash art, we think this would be delightful added to the edge of a pillowcase. Hello sailor, indeed!
The ever lively Natalie from Britex Fabrics and the costuming blog Frolicking Frocks, presents a wee tutorial on how to embellish shoes with paint and other crafty supplies. This is the American Duchess “Pemberley” shoe, which is the perfect accessory for ladies’ costumes of the 1790s through 1810. Natalie used Britex Fabrics’ imported petersham grosgrain ribbon and imported 30wt silk thread in the process of gussying up her dancing shoes. She plans on wearing these striped numbers to the upcoming Jane Austen Ball; we predict exuberant dancing and modest carousing.