Time-Saving Habits

July 27, 2011
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Time-Saving Habits

A few weeks ago blog reader Dee Bratcher wrote: “Thank you for all the articles, sharing of projects, etc, now I just need to find more time in a day to work on all the things I see – can you help with that?  Seriously – quick tips, streamlining processes, shortcuts and things not...

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One Hot Partner

July 20, 2011
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One Hot Partner

As stitchers, irons are really important to us. We are known to spend over $100 on an iron because pressing is an integral part of sewing. Many of us (including me) resisted this fact when we first learn to sew. But once embraced, the results are dramatic. And the results are what endear that...

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Every once in a while a new mousetrap is invented

July 13, 2011
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Every once in a while a new mousetrap is invented

We are spoiled. Just down right spoiled when it comes to choices in thread. There are reputable brands, manageable put-ups (the amount of thread on a spool or cone), reasonable prices, colors galore, fiber varieties, shimmering metallics, solar-changing hues, boxed sets, individual spools, you name it, we can have it. But there’s one company...

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We want to know

July 6, 2011
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We want to know

We are a tiny team here at Designs.  We are committed to inspiring our readers – issue after issue.  We strive to come up with new ideas, inspiration, techniques and expert advice.  Since much of what I’ve learned about embroidery has come through trial and error, I know I still have a lot to...

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Its Sew Easy!

June 29, 2011
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Its Sew Easy!

There’s a new sewing show!  Yeah – if you’re like me, you can’t get enough of educational/inspirational sewing shows!  I was thrilled to be a part of the inaugural season of It’s Sew Easy.  Well, thrilled until I landed in Cleveland, OH on March 10, the day before my scheduled taping. Oh, how I...

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It’s Time to Revamp Another T-shirt

June 22, 2011
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t-shirt sketch

Hmm, why another t-shirt? I must confess, I live in them, I’m always on the prowl for the perfect t-shirt. And recently I found one that I just love – for $6.99. Wore it one day, felt so comfortable I went back and bought 6 more. Well, half of them are for testing embellishment...

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Make an Impact with Value

June 15, 2011
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Make an Impact with Value

Last week we talked about the power of color and what an impact certain combinations make on a finished project. I’ve learned that value is just as important. The value of a color is the amount of white or black that’s been added to its true color. Value is what separates one fabric from another...

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