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Category Archive: Projects

How to Make Box Pleats


Pleats and autumn go together like ducks and bread crumbs! Here are clear directions from the folks at BurdaStyle on how to make box and inverted box pleats. These would be equally wonderful with an ankle-length smoke grey wool skirt, or perhaps a snappy tartan plaid hip-hugging mini-skirt.

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How to Make a Muff


Winter is coming, and with it long snowy moonlit ambles at midnight. Faux fur muffs are a genteel and fashionable way of keeping your paws warm, snuggly, and free from chilblains. Muffs were introduced to woman’s fashion in the 16th century and were worn by both men and women in the 17th and 18th centuries. BurdaStyle and ElaineMay have developed this step-by-step tutorial on working with faux fur and making a lined muff.

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How to Jimmy a Brother KH-930e Knitting Machine


Here are hacking shenanigans from Limor at LadyAda, and Becky from SternLab! They have written instructions on how to talk electronically to a Brother KH-930e knitting machine, then create unique custom patterns and load them from your computer to the machine. Did you want to knit a portrait of your favorite bowser? A tastefulArt Nouveau pattern? A Dia dos Mortos motif? A groovy Pop art image? Now you can.

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Wee Felt Bunnies Tutorial


We think that bunnies are the new black. Straight from stylish New Zealand and the ever brilliant HazelnutGirl, comes a tutorial for making wee felt bunnies. She says that she was keen to resurrect this pattern because her grandmother used to make similar bunnies back in the 1950s. I’d like to see a festive flock of felt bunnies in autumn shades of warm browns, surrounding a cornucopia of pumpkins and dried corn

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Easy to Sew Lined Curtains


Rachael at Sew, Mama, Sew made up this easy to follow tutorial for making basic lined curtains. She demonstrates by sewing up a pair of charmingly classic gingham kitchen curtains. This method could be used for any simple lined curtain; I would love to make them up in luxurious mustard velveteen, lined with violet cotton sateen.

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Cross-Stitch a Faux Pumpkin


Meg from elsiemarley.com has posted this handy tutorial on cross-stitching a faux citrouille. All you need is patience, creativity, a fake pumpkin, thick yarn, a bamboo skewer (the ones you use for kebabs) or an ice pick or something similar, a yarn needle, and a pencil. We love the wonderful vintage feel of this Halloween project…and of course, one could also cross-stitch a pattern to any faux item! I imagine a Thanksgiving cornucopia centerpiece of happily grinning vegetables! FYI: Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

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Free Vintage Detachable Collar Patterns


We have peered into our glittery glass ball, and predict that detachable collars are making a come-back! Here are over a dozen patterns for men’s and women’s detachable collars from the 1850s to the 1930s – update: you must log in to see these now! These are copied from collars in the collection of Tara Maginnis, and brought to us courtesy of the fine folks at The Costumer’s Manifesto. One culd make starched and snowy white linen collars, paisley Liberty of London collars, or a plethora of colored collars to match ones mood. I am quite enamored with the “Lido” gent’s wingtip collar…..now all I need is a dove grey frockcoat and an ebony cane! Of course, Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor has many luxurious cottons, linens, and shirtings that would be eminently suitable for your next detachable collar.

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Vintage Transfer Embroidered Vegetables


How could anyone not eat their veggies! These embroidered vintage vegetables were originally published by doe-c-doe and are from The Vitamin Ball. Love is all around, with adoringly smooching squash and radishes, and carousing squash playing a squeezebox of peas. All brought to us by the wondrous Cherie of French-Knots: All Things Stitchy.

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Cable-Knit Fisherman Sweater Pattern


Norah at Knitty.com designed a swingin’ cabled fisherman sweater with a nod to the 1960s beatnik. We love the groovy boat neck, 3/4 length sleeves, and fitted shape. It makes me want to get down and do the wah watusi!

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Felt Cat Broach Tutorial


Salley, author of Felt Wee Folk, offers up this folk art inspired kitty cat broach tutorial. It is an easy way to practice some basic embroidery stitches including the blanket stitch, chain stitch, satin stitch and fly stitch. These would make lovely tokens of love for all of your furry loving pals, and are a great group craft project. Meow!

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