COSTUME CREATION EXTRAORDINAIRES

COSTUME CREATION EXTRAORDINAIRES

Millions upon millions of people each year flock to live theater performances at locations across the planet.  The Stratford Festival of Ontario, Canada is an event that stands in a class by itself.  People are in awe of the collective talent who create the productions offered there, but often are not often aware of the amazing creativity and artistry that goes on behind the scenes.

In the video below, step into the creative process behind the scenes of wardrobe and costume creation, from concept to the stage by the designers and sewists of The Stratford Festival.

29 yards of fabric

90 unique cuts

11,500 feet of thread

140 hours of sewing

100 dress pleats

18 feet of boning ….

….one stunning dress!

~ ~ ~

VIDEO:  Wardrobe at the Stratford Festival ~ Behind the Scenes:

~ ~ ~

The Stratford Festival 2016 Information

~ ~ ~

ShopJoya wants to inspire you to create with fabric!

ShopJoya.com

Sewing Machines

Thread

The History of Fashion on Pinterest

Costume Creation on Pinterest

1879 Worth Gown for Alice Wade Everett

 Image Credit:

1879 Worth Gown for Alice Wade Everett

Held at the Western Reserve Historical Society.

~ ~ ~

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…

View original post 430 more words

FLASH MOB – QUILTS OF VALOR

FLASH MOB FOR VETERANS – QUILTS OF VALOR

quilts of valor

APQS organized a flash mob at AQS QuiltWeek in Des Moines

to honor veterans for their service and raise awareness of Quilts of Valor (QOV).

If you’re a longarm quilter,

please consider volunteering your machine quilting skills to help finish quilts.

You can read more about this effort here: http://bit.ly/1Hyh49a

~ ~ ~

VIDEO

FLASH MOB FOR VETERANS AND QUILTS OF VALOR:

~ ~ ~

Quilts of Valor (QOVF) Online

Quilts of Valor Foundation on Facebook

Long Arm Quilting Machines

ShopJoya Online

~ ~ ~

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…

View original post 45 more words

DIY Simple Bow

DIY Simple Bow Tutorial Video

Follow along with this video to learn to make

a simple bow for a hair accessory, a package or any other embellishment.

List of materials and tools needed are below.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

DIY Bow Materials and Tools List

Ribbon
Needle
Glue Gun
Lighter (to singe-finish raw ribbon edges)
Metal Barrette or Clip (if making a hair accessory)
~ ~ ~
DIY SIMPLE BOW VIDEO
~ ~ ~
Video by:  Daisy Club Crafts
~ ~ ~
~~~~~
~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~

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

~ ~ ~

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

http://www.shopjoya.com

~ ~ ~

HOW TO IRON EMBROIDERY

HOW TO IRON EMBROIDERY

40132_8_ LAURASTAR PULSE ANNIVERSARY - IRON - PLATE

  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

~ ~ ~

Video “How to Iron Embroidery”

by Laurastar

~~~~~

Shop Laurastar Ironing Systems

Shop Ironing Boards

Shop Embroidery Machines

Shop Embroidery Thread

Shop Embroidery Designs

~~~~~

Visit our webiste:  www.shopjoya.com

~~~~~