Author Archives: Natalie Nettles

Martha Pullen table runner

Online Licensing + Over 30 Projects = Sew Much Fun!

What a wonderful time we have had these last couple of weeks during our in-person licensing events in Costa Mesa, CA. Thank you to all of you who joined us – we loved sewing, laughing and having an absolute blast with you all! The licensing fun will continue tomorrow when we...

Create Special Projects with our New 2016 IEC

It’s here! I am so excited to share with you our brand new 2016 Internet Embroidery Club designs. Our wonderful IEC design team did such a marvelous job creating these new machine embroidery designs. There’s an heirloom collection, doll dress designs, frames, sewing labels and more. Let’s take a closer look...

Cutwork Designs and FSL Snowflakes (November 2015 Monthly Designs)

Deck the halls this holiday season with our November Internet Embroidery Club designs! This month’s collection includes two elegant cutwork designs as well as two free-standing lace snowflakes. The cutwork motifs include both border and corner designs and feature tiny red blooms on a green vine with a scalloped gold border....

Our 2016 Internet Embroidery Club Has Arrived

We’re so excited to introduce our 2016 Internet Embroidery Club! Collections this year include a beautiful heirloom set, four wonderful alphabets, frames, sewing labels and more. In addition to the hundreds of designs included in the initial package, you will receive monthly designs throughout the 2016 calendar year! These machine embroidery...

November IEC: Cutwork Designs and FSL Snowflakes

2015 IEC members, your November machine embroidery designs are ready to download! This month’s collection includes two elegant cutwork designs as well as two free-standing lace snowflakes. The cutwork motifs include both border and corner designs and feature tiny red blooms on a green vine with a scalloped gold border. They will...

Handmade Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Can you believe it’s already time to start thinking about Christmas? OK, maybe it’s not quite time yet for everyone – after all we’re still a month away from Thanksgiving! But if you’re wanting to make any special handmade gifts it’s a good time to start planning. Here are a few...

cat and the courthouse

Smocking Tips: Martha’s Cat and the Courthouse Story

Earlier this week, I shared a few beginning smocking tips with you from Martha Pullen’s book The Joy of Smocking. Today, I’d like to continue that lesson with Martha’s Cat and the Courthouse story. This story is a fun way to remember how to know whether the thread should be above...

How to Serge Lace to Fabric

Heirloom techniques can easily be created with your serger. Just set up for three-thread rolled hem / three-thread rolled edge with a stitch length of 2.0 and let the fun begin! Learning heirloom techniques as well as other beginning techniques is a vital part of all of our teacher licensing courses....

Smocking Tips for Beginners

What kind of needles are best to use for smocking? How many strands of floss do I need? And what fabrics tend to smock the best? If you’re new to smocking, you likely have a few questions along these lines. In Martha Pullen’s book The Joy of Smocking, she shares answers...