Author Archives: Natalie Nettles

Smocking for Christmas

Editor’s Note: From Dec. 8-19, we’ll be celebrating the holiday season in a number of fun ways — from project tutorials to gift ideas and more. We’ll also keep you in the loop about our 12 Days of Deals sale happening in our online store, so be sure to check back...

Repairing a Cutting Mistake

Have you ever been in the middle of constructing a project and realized you’ve made a big fabric-cutting mistake? These things never seem to happen when you have plenty of time or yards of fabric left over, of course, but don’t fear – sometimes an “oops” moment can wind up leading...

Books For Those Who Love to Sew

Editor’s Note: From Dec. 8-19, we’ll be celebrating the holiday season in a number of fun ways — from project tutorials to gift ideas and more. We’ll also keep you in the loop about our 12 Days of Deals sale happening in our online store, so be sure to check back...

Pleating, Smocking & Caring for Silk Dupioni

Sewing Christmas garments for children brings so much joy to the sewing room this time of year. Don’t we all love seeing our children and grandchildren dressed up in the special outfits we make? Of course, special occasion garments call for specialty fabrics, and you can never go wrong with silk...

Controlling Silk Satin Ribbon

Editor’s Note: From Dec. 8-19, we’ll be celebrating the holiday season in a number of fun ways — from project tutorials to gift ideas and more. We’ll also keep you in the loop about our 12 Days of Deals sale happening in our online store, so be sure to check back...

Smocked Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Crafting Christmas ornaments is one of my earliest, and fondest, holiday memories. My favorite ornament was probably the classic Christmas mouse – the kind you could make using two pieces of felt, a candy cane (for the tail) and buttons and thread (for the eyes and whiskers). I’m sure many of...

Simple Mock Roll and Whip Hem

Isn’t this little honeycomb smocked baby dress just precious? Designed by Kris Curtis and featured in issue #97 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery, “Dimity” represents a style that might have been worn during the 1930s or 40s and employs a variety of vintage sewing methods. The square neck opening frames baby’s...

Sew a Wide Gathered Netting Ruffle

The “Royal Netting Christening Gown,” designed by Connie Palmer and Kathy Barnard and featured in Sewing for a Royal Baby, was inspired by the famous christening gown worn by generations of British royal babies. Our version includes elegant machine embroidery motifs, gathered strips of netting and a silk satin sashing. We also...

Embroidered Christmas Gift Ideas

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! As we move forward in the busy holiday season, I know many of you are working on special sewn presents for your loved ones. If you are looking for some handmade Christmas gift ideas, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in our 2015 Internet...

December 2014 IEC Designs are Live

Create special projects and gifts with these delicate December Heirloom Crosses. The surface embroidery designs are offered in two different sizes – the small requires a minimum 4×4-inch hoop; the large requires a minimum 5×7-inch hoop. Embroider a decorative pillow or Bible cover to create a beautiful and inspirational gift. These...