Written by Ali Burdon of Very Berry Handmade
FEATURED SUPPLIER! – My Fabric House
My Fabric House specialises in ‘sweet and chic’ fabrics, and so far they have a really promising range of fabrics and haberdashery listed on Folksy – I hope there’ll be more to come. Currently in stock are some fantastic mini-bundles of fabric at great value prices – if you make a lot of small stuff (wallets, purses, small bags) or if you do patchwork you will find My Fabric House worth checking out.
A really fun idea is their ‘Mystery Fabric Packs’ – you get 4 mini pieces of fabric for a fiver – but the choice is made for you! It’s a great way of getting yourself a present… I also really like their bias binding selection – there’s a bit more here than the usual solid colours.
FOLKSY FINDS! – Sewing gifts
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Sewing Tips! – Embroidery
Sometimes it’s good to step away from the sewing machine, settle down and relax with a bit of hand sewing. You can take on a big embroidery project, or if you don’t feel you can commit to that then sometimes a little embroidery or hand-stitched embellishment can be the finishing touch that makes your sewing project sing.
If you’re an absolute beginner you’ll be glad to know that there are masses of resources out there on the web. Here are a couple of my favourites:
Sarah’s Hand Embroidery Tutorials
This is a fantastic site with detailed instructions and very clear photographs of just about any embroidery stitch you could ever need. Although it’s a blog format, there’s a browsable menu of stitches, and a search option too, so it’s really easy to find the stuff you need.
The Hand Embroidery Network
This is an online community which includes a forum, a facility to upload photos of your work, lists of free online tutorials, stitch instructions, and guides to embroidery basics. You can also join specialist interest groups too, so that you can get really relevant advice for whatever project you’re working on or planning.
Enjoy your stitching!
This article was kindly written for the Folksy blog by Ali Burdon of Very Berry Handmade
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