Editor’s Blog

December IEC: New Year Embroidery Designs

A new year will soon be here — celebrate with our December 2016 monthly Internet Embroidery Club designs. This machine embroidery collection includes a cute Happy New Year embroidery design in two sizes — the smaller size fits 4×4-inch hoops and the larger size fits 5×7-inch hoops. This vintage-inspired motif would...

Free Smocking Graph: Scarlet Holiday

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! As we move ahead in the holiday season I know many of you are thinking more about your Christmas projects. This scarlet dupioni Christmas dress with black detailing features a narrow silk skirt band, beaded smocking and piping at the neckline and sleeves....

Festive Projects to Make for the Holidays

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and what a fun time it is for sewing! Between Christmas decor projects, festive garments and, of course, special handmade gifts for friends and family, there is so much to keep us busy this time of year. Below I’ve gathered together a few ideas for...

Stitch Special Gifts with our New Embroidery Club Designs

Are you looking for some special projects to stitch for friends and family this holiday season? Machine embroidery projects are perfect for creating thoughtful gifts that are also quick-and-easy to make — and who doesn’t need a little quick-and-easy in their lives around the holidays? We just released our new 2017 Internet...

5 Great Online Sewing Classes to Take

Our Martha Pullen events team is heading to Minneapolis this coming week for our School of Art Fashion Boutique! We can’t wait to see all of you who will be joining us, but if you can’t make it we have some wonderful online sewing course options available, too. You can still enroll in...

November IEC: Christmas Embroidery Designs

Have yourself a merry little Christmas with help from our new November Internet Embroidery Club designs! This month’s collection includes beautiful and festive Christmas embroidery designs you can use to deck the halls with holiday cheer. The first design features the words “I Wish You a Merry Christmas” forming the shape of a Christmas tree....

Top Things to Do at the Minneapolis Original Sewing & Quilt EXPO

Original Sewing & Quilt EXPO is heading to the DoubleTree Bloomington in Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 10, 11 and 12, 2016 for three jam-packed days of quilting and sewing fun. There’s an endless number of things at the EXPO to see, create and do — including Martha Pullen Company’s own School of Art Fashion Boutique...

How to Miter Lace Points

The simplest steps can often mean the difference between so-so sewing and a spectacular heirloom. In this tutorial from issue #152 of Sew Beautiful, Patty Smith shares her easy method for successfully mitering lace points. The technique is shown here on portrait dresses Patty made for Martha Pullen’s granddaughters using Judith Dobson’s classic Heirloom Tea Dress pattern....

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6 Hacks For Getting the Most Out of the EXPO Experience

Original Sewing & Quilt EXPO’s next stop will be at the DoubleTree Bloomington in Minneapolis, MN, in just a few days — Nov. 10, 11 and 12. A general admission ticket will get you in the door, and lead you to all of the EXPO excitement — shopping, stage presentations, fashion shows, quilt displays and...

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Hand Embroidery Tutorial: Fly Stitch

Decorative hand embroidery stitches can add such a special touch to our projects. This week, I’d like to share a tutorial for embroidering the fly stitch. The fly stitch can be worked in embroidery floss or silk ribbon. It’s named for its insect-like shape, however, it’s most often used to cradle...