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The Sewing Spider

A sewing lesson from The Spiders ~

Did You Make That?

spider web

How long does it take a spider to become really good at webs?

I was chatting with a friend at the weekend. She’s probably a couple of years into her sewing career and we discussed some of the challenges. ‘Part of it,’ I said, ‘is that you just need to get a lot of sewing hours under your belt.’

There’s a popular conceit that it takes 10,000 hours to become really good at something. Is this true? After five years of sewing, I’m nowhere near that! But I do think that better sewing is about more sewing.

I realised it might help to touch on some of the frustrations my friend has felt as she’s patiently taught herself how to sew.

I Sew Clothes That I Don’t Wear

This is really common. You toil for hours to complete an item … and then it languishes in a drawer. Why? There are two main answers: you’re…

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How to #Thread an #Embroidery Needle Tutorial Video From ChellyWood.com #Crafty

Chelly Wood

The next part of our Swedish traditional costume is the neckerchief. (I’ll be posting the free pattern next week.) I embroidered mine with little flowers, so I’m going to share a few embroidery videos and tips with you, so you can make a neckerchief like mine, if you so desire.

If you like my free patterns and tutorials, please show your appreciation by doing one of the following: like my tutorial on FB, tweet about it, and/or pin it to your Pinterest page. That way you’re helping to spread the word that these free, printable sewing patterns exist.

All of my free, printable sewing patterns can be found on this page. In addition to embroidery basics, like this video shows, I have a number of other embroidery videos, like my whipstitch tutorial and my backstitch tutorial. Click on those links to see them.

Please come back next week…

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GOWNS FOR ANGELS

Kansas City Couple Makes Little “Angel Gowns” For Newborn Babies Who Have Passed Away

He attends garage sales around Kansas City searching for and purchasing second-hand wedding gowns, fine fabrics and bits of lace.  He takes them home to his wife who cuts and refashions the fabrics into tiny gowns.  The beautiful tiny dresses are known as “Angel Gowns.”

John Wright and his wife Diane create and donate the gowns to parents who have lost a baby. The infants include preemies who didn’t make it as well as stillborns.  One upcycled wedding dress,  can be used to make anywhere between 8-15 angel gowns.  (View touching video at link below)

VIDEO

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In 2013, NICU Helping Hands started the Angel Gown Program to provide “comfort for bereaved families through the gift of a beautiful custom made gown for final photos and for burial services.”

Visit and Support Helping Hands Angel Gown Project Online

Sewing Machines for those who create for others

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HOW TO IRON EMBROIDERY

HOW TO IRON EMBROIDERY

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  1. Make sure you are ironing on a thick, cushioned ironing board or surface to assist in absorbing moisture from iron steam.
  2. Place embroidery face down on ironing board surface.  Never iron directly on embroidery.
  3. Use an iron with a protective, soft-press sole plate to reduce the pressure on the embroidered surface.
  4. Use an iron steam setting that is low ~ for delicate or dark fabrics

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Video “How to Iron Embroidery”

by Laurastar

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INSPIRATION AND CREATIVITY

INSPIRATION AND CREATIVITY  

To create…to make art…is a desire to clothe inspiration.

A great artist is but a conduit for an expression that resonates with something that is greater than him or herself.  When we craft beauty, our creation is the utterance of inspiration.  When we are creating, we are conduits, mediums, instruments being played to serve as inspiration to the greater good.

VIDEO:  Where Does Creativity Come From by Jason Silva

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ShopJoya.com wants to inspire you to create

and to remind you that….

there is potential poetry in every moment.

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PRODUCTS FOR THOSE WHO CREATE WITH FABRIC

SJ LOGO CLOUDS WITH GRAY BORDER

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HOW TO SEW A DOG COLLAR

HOW TO SEW A DOG COLLAR

Instructional Video and a clickable list of materials

for making a collar for a medium to large sized dog.

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List of Materials Needed/Links:

Fabric Scissors

Sewing Gauge

Straight Pins

Fabric Sealant/Stop Fray

Flexible Tape Measure

1 Inch Wide Strap (Purchase measurement x 2)

7/8 in. Wide Fabric Ribbon (Purchase measurement x 2)

Parachute Buckle

Strap Adjuster

D-Ring

Top Stitch/Heavy Duty Thread

Sewing Machine

Heavy Duty Sewing Machine Needle

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Resources:

Supply List:  ShopJoya

Webbing/Strap Material, D-Rings, Buckles:  Country Brook Design

Dog Accessory Hardware Kits: Country Brook Design

Video:  Professor Pincushion