Author Archives: Natalie Nettles

Working with Soutache

We’re so excited Prince George is going to be a big brother! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently announced they’re expecting another baby, and we’re already excited about the stitched attire this new prince or princess will wear. To celebrate, we’d like to take a look at one of the garments...

Fall and Holiday Sewing Inspiration

Can you believe it’s already October? From seasonal decorations to holiday garments to special gifts, there is much to sew between now and the new year! Below, we’ve gathered together a few seasonal children’s outfit ideas from our past fall and holiday issues of Sew Beautiful. All of these items are...

How to Create Shadow Appliqué

This gorgeous christening gown, “Augustine,” was designed by Arlayne Monjay and is one of the featured gowns in our Best of Sew Beautiful Christening Gowns book. With Celtic and Christian motifs used as design focal points, rich silk satin, silk dupioni, organdy and lace, this special gown is nothing short of...

Vintage Inspiration: Swirls of Embroidery Dress

Do you remember our “Heirloom Party Dress” pattern from the 1980s? It was Martha Pullen’s first pattern, and it was inspired by this lovely “Swirls of Embroidery Dress” from around the year 1900. In this excerpt from the book Vintage Baby, Martha shares a detailed look at this dress and tells...

Sewing Gathered Fabric to Entredeux

Several months ago, we shared a tutorial with you for sewing fabric to entredeux. Today, we’d like to take that lesson a step further by showing you how to sew gathered fabric to entredeux. One of the beginning techniques used frequently in heirloom sewing, it is easy to do and adds...

How to Sew a Puffing Strip

Fall has officially arrived, and I can’t think of a better time to stitch up a nice, comfy quilt for the cold months ahead. The blocks on this beautiful “Blue Linen” quilt from Martha Pullen’s book Heirloom Quilts include a treasure trove of heirloom techniques, including lace shapes, puffing, lace weaving...

Sew a Lace-Shaped Circle

From hearts, circles and diamonds, to bows, loops and scallops, there are so many elegant lace shapes we can create to adorn our special heirloom projects! There are three main techniques involved in lace shaping: mitering such as on diamonds or the bottom of a heart; curving such as on scallops...

Normandy Lace Pillows from Martha’s Attic

Martha Pullen purchased these two Normandy lace patchwork pillows from a quaint antiques store during a visit to Highlands, North Carolina. Each was constructed entirely by hand, as was typical of Normandy lacework of the early 1900s. It is commonly believed that Normandy lacework, which really is patchwork as we know...

Machine Embroidered Overlay Dress

Make this “Machine Embroidered Overlay Dress” – a bonus for our 2014 Internet Embroidery Club members – for that special baby girl in your life!

Heirloom I Teacher Licensing Photos

We had a wonderful time at our Heirloom I Teacher Licensing here in Huntsville Sept. 5-12! Check out some photos of all the fun: Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the event, and be sure to “like” our page while you’re there! To learn more about our Teacher...