Karen Benjamin – Plastic Fantastic – most people see rubbish when they look at discarded plastic bags but not Karen, this environmental artist sees a potential project.                   Karen Benjamin and her recycled plastic bags are gaining plenty of recognition. Karen will attend  this years Jumpers and Jazz Festival in Warwick, holding...

Posted on Jul 21 2014 - 11:11am by Sharon
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This Red and Black strong coloured  Quilt by Liz Porter, would make a beautiful Christmas Quilt,  without limiting  the use to  just the  Christmas /Holiday Season Fabulous fabrics pay off   Fabulous fabric get the results in a fantastic quilt. Red and black took on a starry role when Liz Porter juxtaposed these two strong colors. REd and Black being such strong colours. Materials :- 12...

One Stop Shop -Mama Said Sewing -  Materials, all your quilting supplies and inspiration then just upstairs head up to finish off your quilts. Come along to a craft party.   Angela Gray recently moved Mama Said Sew from Mountain Avenue to 406 N. College Ave. The new space has more room for fabric and classes. (Photo: Photo by Danielle DeFiore , Photo by Danielle DeFiore ) Mama Said Sew is settling...

Posted on Jul 19 2014 - 3:23pm by Sharon
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Washi tape – a decorative Japanese masking tape has become so popular that more and more craft shops are catering to creative kids DIY decorative tapes. Ge Mapa, Artist  from  Manila in the Phillippines – with two international recognitions in just a few months. Ge Mapa recognised in Time magazine and Murray Affair exhibit in San Francisco.       The...

Posted on Jul 17 2014 - 8:01am by Sharon
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Happy 4th of July   I know a bit late but I was actually in the UK on the 4th of July. Some ideas for your next 4th of July by Norma Creely, who is actually from Tasmania in Australia, however with friends & relatives in the United States of America put together these ideas to help celebrate 4th of July – Independance Day.             Machine...

  Fred & Amelia Fields a retired couple who love Machine Embroidery from Mildura, Australia. They especially enjoying sewing out Glenn Harris designs and have been long term customers. These  beautiful embroideries were sewn out by Fred and Amelia Fields of Mildura in Australia.  The designs are from Glenn Harris Collection. Fred & Amelia love Australian...

  Christmas Season is a special time for everyone and ever so exciting for children why not make it extra special – making a special quilt for their bedroom. This more modern tale might not be your cup of tea however their are lots of other story lines to choose from. Dressing up your kids Bedroom to make the Holiday Season extra special. Colleen a retired...

Labeling your quilts – the decision is totally yours. Personally I think a quilt is a piece of artwork and think a nice label is a great idea – Like signing a painting.           I used to label some of my quilts, then I stopped. Recently I posted a post about labels on my facebook page and got a lively reaction to it. I was surprised...

Do you have trouble with designs outlines not being in quite the right place on dense embroideries??  Then try Julie’s neat but so very simple trick to ensure you get a perfect stitch-out each and every time. We have all had it happen – you are completing a large stitch-out which has an outline at the end but by the time you get to the outline it is a...

Colleen Poole and Mary Russell opened Nana’s Quilt Shop – totally green when it comes to business, but they didn’t let that stop them.  Stocking a line of Brother Machines + also stocking USA made 100% cotton fabrics.       BROOKSVILLE  (USA) Home sewing isn’t dead.Proof can be found at Nana’s Quilt Shop. Passionate...

Katie Holmes gown was inspired by Disney – Beast Belle at 2014 Met Gala Ball. the Met Gala is considered the biggest most glamorous Fashion Event. Katie Holmes went full-on Disney princess at the 2014 Met Gala in a goldenrod-yellow ball gown by Marchesa. Marchesa describes the gown as ‘saffron gold silk faille hand pleated gown with off-the-shoulder sculptural...

Fibre Arts -  the debate is whether or not fiber arts is truly art – some are definately just ornamental, for display – ART??  Warning these crafts are addictive!!!!           The fiber arts cover a wide range of techniques and pastimes, but perhaps the most basic fundamental to learn is how to thread a needle and put pieces...

Posted on Jun 20 2014 - 1:08pm by Sharon
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According to Huffington Post embroidery classed as feminist?? Attention grabbing pieces – feminist embroidery??             In the age of the 140-character tweet and theephemeralhashtag, it can be easy to forget the lasting artifacts that have made up feminist culture. A Tumblr called “Mo Makes Things” is determined...

Embroidery Passbook Mall   We are your one stop shop! Embroidery Passbook Our Embroidery Designs search page is the best source of high quality,  downloadable machine embroidery designs and accessories at the very best price. Our site also contains free embroidery designs, Ricky from Tea Tree says :- We offer unlimited support and customer points to all customers.  www.embroiderypassbook.com   Spirit...

Posted on Jun 16 2014 - 9:51am by Sharon
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Adding colour to an old black and white photo, making the photo and piece of artwork. Embroidered artwork non-traditional     The photograph today is increasingly distanced from the handmade. With the proliferation of digitalization, seamless Photoshop retouching, and quick laser printing, pictures now more than ever are a product of the mind and the machine....

The sewing team call themselves the Sewing Fillies made up of 10 fashion students from Cairns,(Edmonton) the task is to make an evening gown. Come along and support young designers and students.       L.Y. Cairns is a vocational school for students with cognitive delays. Those brain delays can cause memory problems for students, shorten their attention...