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Information and tutorials for folks interested in antique Italian lacework, nouveau fashion, sewing techniques and much much more!

How to Embroider!

The Embroiderers’ Guild has clear online illustrations and descriptions for the embroidery stitches used to complete their free online craft projects. Stitches include the herringbone stitch, Bokhara couching, ladder stitch, broad chain stitch, long and short stitch, bullion knots, Romanian couching, chain stitch, running stitch, seeding, cross stitch, and French knots. I have a soft spot for their luscious French knot covered pebble.

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Embroidered Artwork – Marlene Bloomberg

French artisan Marlene Bloomberg buys embroidery floss and mat fabric from Britex Fabrics to create her remarkable textile artwork. She uses her well-honed textile techniques to produce pointillist work bordering on the surreal. Her work is done on 24 stitch canvas, and she uses embroidery stitches including the tent stitch, bullion knots, French knots, and chain stitch. She believes that “Art is meant to set people free from the humdrum reality of everyday life. When there is a balance between emotion, shape, and color, magic can emerge; and only then can one get a glimpse of the eternal triangle of truth, goodness, and beauty.

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Maker Faire – May 22nd and 23rd!

Yeah! Maker Faire is this weekend, May 22nd and 23rd at San Mateo County Event Center San Mateo, CA (see map). Come by and join Britex Fabrics, BurdaStyle, and Singer in booth #218 in the Expo Hall for a fabulous Make + Take! We will offer two fast and easy projects to create. You can sign up for either the Easy Drawstring Bag or Roll-Up Organizer. There will be awesome fabric provided by moi, and sewing machines provided by SINGER….and then once your project is created, you’ll also be able to iron on some très chic graphics! Also check out BurdaStyle’s special Maker Faire blog………

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Eyeglasses Case

Gypsy Writer posted these easy-peasy directions on sewing an eyeglasses case on Instructables. We think that this case would be practically snappy made up with leather scraps from our 4th floor leather bin, or a bit of Glenn Plaid raincoat fabric.

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Bespoke Hand-Rolled Handkerchiefs

Father’s day is June 20th! Just in time to make some handsome gifts for the very special daddy in your life, here are instructions from Peggy at Skip the Chips for making bespoke hand-rolled handkerchiefs. We think these would be particularly toothsome in either a handful of time-honored Liberty of London prints, or our imported men’s shirting cotton fabrics.

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Hand Hemming Stitch

It is a hemming marathon! Georgene, Mary, and Els are the Sewing Divas; they have made this fabulous tutorial on how to make a simple hand slip stitch. There is even mention of how to hem lined garments, where the lining is attached to the garment fabric. An invisible, finely stitched hem is the cat’s meow when it comes to couture detailing, therefore is a skill that we would all profit from learning.

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How to Make a Machine Hem

Everyone needs to know how to hem a garment. This tutorial from SewNeau gives you easy to understand instructions on how to make machine stitched hems! This invaluable skill can be used on every type of garment from skirts, to slacks, to sleeves.

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Win Tickets to Maker Faire! – What Would You Create with 150 Retro Gold & Black Britex Fabrics Ballpoint Pens?

Britex Fabrics will be sharing a booth with BurdaStyle at Maker Faire this year, and is giving away two tickets to the upcoming Maker Faire in San Mateo County, California on May 22nd and 23rd!
To enter to win, simply log into Britex Fabric’s Facebook page or our blog, let loose with your fabulous creative self, and describe your amazing Britex Fabrics Ballpoint Pen Project! The stupendous Grand Prize Winner gets two tickets to Maker Faire, 150 ballpoint pens, and the chance to have their project featured on Britex Fabric’s blog and in our store window display. The fame! The fortune! The Maker Faire……….The contest deadline is midnight on Sunday, May 16th. Winners will be announced Monday, May 17th.

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OVER – Feeling Stitchy Embroidery Contest!

The lovely Floresita at FeelingStitchy.com is holding a Rainbow of Stitches Contest!
Prizes! Each category pick will get a sweet prize that could include: embroidery floss, pdf patterns, vintage patterns, fat quarters, blank tea towels or pillowcases…..AND….each of the 9 winners will be featured on Feeling Stitchy with a brief interview.
How To Enter: Want to enter? It’s easy! Join the Rainbow of Stitches Contest Group, and add your entries.
The Rules: Entries must be hand-embroidered by you. Can be any size and on anything – handkerchief, pillowcase, clothing, quilt, pillow, atc, etc. Works don’t have to be all one color, but they should have one dominant color or theme. Have fun with it!

  • May 1 – 31: Feeling Stitchy accepts submissions
  • June 5 – 13: 9 category winners featured on Feeling Stitchy
  • June 13 – 15: You vote for Grand Prize Winner
  • June 16, 2010: Winner announced!

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Vintage Kitten Embroidery Transfer (is this Francy?)

The lovely Floresita, a self-proclaimed dawdler says, “Isn’t this tiny cat adorable?! Best of all, this pattern magically captures that tense moment all of us cat lovers experience when kitty, intent on licking its own chest actually seems to get stuck like that.” (Je ne crois que cela peut le célèbre chaton, Francy! – M. De Jour)

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