Author Archives: Natalie Nettles

Technique Tutorial: Ruching

Designed by Laura Jenkins Thompson, this precious “Tooth Fairy” cushion is featured in issue #70 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery. An adorable picture smocked fairy dances among sparkling seed beads on the front of the silk dupioni cushion, while a piped pocket on the back keeps precious teeth safe until the...

School of Art Fashion Fun & Machine Embroidery Tips

We had a great time in Lakeland, FL this week at our School of Art Fashion Boutique! Thank you to all of you who participated and made this event possible. I can’t wait to do it again next week in Atlanta, Ga. – there are a few seats still open if...

Easter Embroidery (March 2015 Monthly Designs)

Stitch up some Easter fun with our March Internet Embroidery Club designs! This set of three coordinating motifs will look great on seasonal table linens and decorative tea towels. They are also perfect for baby’s Easter Sunday accessories, such as a receiving blanket or a bib. The main design fits your...

Easter Egg Basket Liner Project

This cute-as-a-button Easter egg basket liner is so easy to make that you’ll want to whip one up for all of your little egg hunters this year! Designed by Sue Pennington Stewart, this Sew Beautiful project was originally introduced in 2004. The adorable Easter egg machine embroidery designs were designed by...

March 2015 IEC Designs are Live

Stitch up some Easter fun with our new March 2015 Internet Embroidery Club designs! This set of three coordinating motifs will look great on seasonal table linens and decorative tea towels. They are also perfect for baby’s Easter Sunday accessories, such as a receiving blanket or a bib. The main design (Easter-1)...

Licensing Update & Heirloom Sewing Tips

If you thought you missed it, you didn’t! Registration has been extended for our “Online Licensing: Teaching Beginning Sewing” – sign up now. Have you missed anything? No! Not one thing! This is a 24/7 course, so you can watch the videos, download the handouts, ask questions to your instructors or...

Smocking Tutorial: Trailing Vine

Designed by Lorraine Bergeron, this precious bishop bubble – “Once Upon a Time” – from issue #93 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery looks like it may have floated in straight from a fairy tale. With lace-trimmed sleeves, whimsical trailing vine smocking and perfect little rosebud embroidery, it’s comfortable enough for playtime...

Learn How to Teach Sewing… & How to Teach it Well!

Our “Online Licensing: Teaching Beginning Sewing” course kicks off this Monday, Feb. 23! If teaching others how to sew is something you’d like to do, I hope you will join us for this class. Not only will we prepare you to teach beginning sewing with a ready-made curriculum of over 20...

How to Sew a Featherstitch

This “Glorious Splendor” crazy patch quilt designed by handwork expert Gloria McKinnon features a whole library of embroidery stitches created with silk threads and ribbons. Among the gorgeous array of stitches is the featherstitch — a beautiful surface embroidery stitch that has a delicate, vine-like appearance. Follow Gloria’s step-by-step tutorial from...

Martha’s School of Art Fashion Video Invitation

Our March School of Art Fashion Boutique events in Lakeland, Fla. March 2-4 and Atlanta, Ga. March 9-11 are just around the corner, and we hope you can join us! We have six fabulous sewing schools planned, plus you’ll get to have fun with Martha Pullen herself! Martha will be on hand...