Written by Ali Burdon of Very Berry Handmade
FEATURED SUPPLIER! – Quilt Routes
Deborah O’Hare is the owner of Quilt Routes. She’s based in south Wales, and is a talented stitcher – designing quilts and quilt kits which are available in her Folksy shop. She’s featured here, though, for her beautiful hand-painted fabric which is pretty unique on Folksy (or at least I can’t find anyone else selling it!). These stunning, often vividly coloured, one-of-a-kind textiles would bring a unique quality to any quilting project. You can read more about Deborah’s work on her lovely blog.
FOLKSY FINDS! – Sewing Kits
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Sewing Tips! – Sewing Patterns
The range and variety of sewing patterns available to sewists these days is just so mind-boggling! Don’t bet me wrong, I think this is brilliant, and so much better than 20-odd years ago when the choice was limited to what you could find in the Simplicity catalogue in your local department store… but it also means it’s quite hard to choose sometimes, with the plethora of options available to you.
The answer to this problem is the wonderful website – PatternReview.com. Can’t decide which of Amy Butler’s lovely bags patterns to choose to make? Then just browse through the relevant section on PatternReview and read reviews written by other sewists who’ve actually used the patterns. These reviews give a totally realistic idea of difficulty ratings and any other issues you might encounter – good or bad. Many contributors have also added photos of their finished work, which is great for fabric & colour inspiration, as well as giving you a really good idea of how finished projects will look. PatternReview.com also has book reviews, masses of sewing tips, forums, on-line sewing classes, and loads more. It’s worth checking out whenever you’re choosing a new project, or when you need a bit of help with an existing one.
This article was kindly written for the Folksy blog by Ali Burdon of Very Berry Handmade
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