(Note from Martha: In 2007 Linda Traylor wrote me this tip. I loved it so much I wanted to share it with you today. Although Linda wrote with a permanent pen-and that is a fabulous idea-if you have an embroidery machine you can use that. I loved the ideas that Linda shared and just knew that you would find a new and beautiful idea for making memories with your embroidery machine—or permanent marking pen-either one!)
SEWING TIPS FOR PERSONALIZING GARMENTS FROM LINDA TRAYLOR
You wrote this week about our putting our names and dates etc. inside the garments we make. I have been doing that for many, many years, often simply making my own ‘dress tag, from ribbon or from the garment fabric.
But frequently, I have used a permanent fabric pen with a fine tip to write inside of the garment. Many times, I have written on the front piece lining in the area beneath the arm where the wearer could see it if she wished, but others would not.
There, I have written scripture which was appropriate for the person or the situation or a short prayer for the wearer or a blessing which came and was just for that one. Other times, I have written poetry on the back lining, something I have chosen for the wearer or something I have written for that recipient of the garment.
These very personal things put into the garment just for the wearer are always very special and the one who wears the garment cannot help but read that prayer or blessing or scripture each time she wears the jacket or blouse or whatever I have made.
For my sister, who loved clowns, I made a light cotton jacket from a quilting cotton covered in various clowns. On that lining on the two front lining pieces, right where anyone could read it, I put several quotations about clowns and laughter, all of which were meant to remind all of us that laughter is so necessary for us or that laughter is the very best medicine. Tossed in among the quotations were various clown faces, cut from the left over fabric and appliqued onto the lining. All who saw that jacket wanted one also since everyone enjoys reading something that lifts the spirits. It was all so easy to do and anyone could do the same.
Dear Sewing Family,
With the glorious season of Christmas having begun, I would love to reminisce a little bit about Christmas on Kyle Street in Scottsboro, Alabama. Mama was the original Christmas kid. Oh, how she loved Christmas. Mama taught school so she had a two week vacation from work. She sewed for months making special Christmas things and always decorated our living room mantle with magnolia leaves sprayed gold with gold sprayed pine cones. Many years we went to our farm to cut down a cedar tree – you know the kind with sticky, floppy branches which smell great. Getting a wooden base on that tree was always a challenge but when it was up we all decorated and sang Christmas carols. We had home made stockings which were hung on the mantle and Mama used fresh greenery from the farm or the yard to decorate the dining room also.
My Daddy taught the Sunday School class at First Methodist Church and Mr. Paul Campbell’s Christmas lesson was always broadcast over a radio station in Scottsboro. Mama played the piano for this class and upon Daddy’s death took over teaching it until she went to assisted living where she taught a Sunday school class there as long as she was physically able. We had lots of family who came in and out of the house during the season and we always got together with a large extended family for Christmas day and a very fancy meal with all of the best china and silver carefully placed just for the day.
Mama wrapped up so many presents that it was overwhelming; however, we loved it. Sometimes she purchased 6 pairs of socks and made 6 presents out of those socks. Oh, the time she put into Christmas. Of course we went to church every time the doors opened and I still remember singing over and over again those beloved hymns of Christmas. I loved it. My Daddy loved Christmas cards and sent hundreds to friends from his whole lifetime. He loved the many cards we received each year and we all marveled at the post marks from all over the country from his friends.
Sewing was always a part of our Christmas from handmade doll clothes to Christmas felt skirts with wonderful appliques. I love learning new techniques and refreshing myself on old techniques. Speaking of doll clothes, on the earlier shows of MPTV we featured about 100 doll dresses through the years. Fabulous ones made by Sue Stewart. I can truly tell you that a membership to Martha Pullen Television is one of the most incredible sewing schools in the world! There are 350 videos for you to watch including Martha’s Sewing Room videos for many years. You can study with the greatest names in sewing including hand embroidery masters.
Our new DVDs are included in this great MPTV membership. And we are adding new ones all year!! You get to watch these too!! IT IS THE BEST VALUE IN THE SEWING INDUSTRY!! Do you want to just try it and see?? One month is only $11.99!!! This MPTV is a dream come true for me. To have all of our DVDs, all of our Martha’s Sewing Room shows, and BRAND NEW DVDs for a very low price for you to enjoy! At least consider trying one month just to see what I am talking about! Better yet, try a year!!! $11.99 for one month!!! $59.99 for 6 months! $99 for a full year!! Watch the programs and DVDs as often as you like! As well as the new ones going up on a regular basis.
With popular sewing videos selling for $40 for ONE, can you see that MPTV is the greatest value in the WORLD?? Please click HERE to preview the shows. For $11.99 you can watch all month—ALL OF THE SHOWS! Better yet, why not choose the $99 full year’s membership and watch all 350 of them as often as you like. I can tell you that some of the greatest sewing education that I have ever seen was on Martha’s Sewing Room over the years. We had guests that taught EVERYTHING you can ever imagine as well as I taught much of the content.
You can learn everything you ever wanted to know about heirloom sewing from me, personally, in my Beginning French Sewing By Machine and Lace Shaping Videos. Do you want to learn Madeira Applique the easy way? Let me teach you personally in that video. Do you truly want to learn how to smock the EASY way? Let ME teach you in my Smocking video where I even share my famous Cat and the Courthouse story guaranteed to make smocking easy. I am very famous for that Cat and the Courthouse story. Dody Baker teaches everything, every possible trick, in pleating with a smocking pleater. She is the master. (Click the links for FREE previews!)
Kathy McMakin has several serger videos and you know she teaches serger the EASY way and teaches everything you were afraid of. Wendy Schoen, Beverley Sheldrick, Gloria McKinnon, Margaret Boyles, Kathy Neal—all are your hand embroidery teachers on Martha’s Sewing Room as well as fabulous HAND embroidery DVDs!
And all of this for only $99 a year!!! $11.99 for one month! Please compare that to other DVD access sites where you pay $40 for use of one video!! I promise you will never regret a membership to MPTV. I love going there to learn and re-learn. It is so much fun! I love going back to the first shows on MPTV where they were totally heirloom! OH, please go preview some of the shows. I think you will want to be a member of this club!
As you might know from my Facebook, I am in England this week taking a course on Mind Mapping! I will share this fabulous business planning technique (MAKES PLANNING EASY) with you at the SOAF in February. I know many of you are already in home based businesses and others are thinking about it.
The big February School of Art Fashion is filling fast. I WANT YOU TO COME!! Our very first was in January of 1982 and we have been having exciting sewing education in Huntsville and around the world since that time. The dates are February 5-9, 2014. Please click HERE to see all of the excitement. I’ll be expecting to see you here!! If you can possibly come. Joe and I always love having the ladies (and a few gentlemen) arrive in Huntsville. We never imagined that our dream of a little sewing school in the blue house on Madison Street would become an international sewing event. We even have one teacher, Gloria McKinnon from Australia who will be teaching as well as our fabulous American teachers! It is so exciting to have Gloria once more since she mainly teaches in California. Actually she has made 80 trips to the USA to teach silk ribbon by hand and just a few of them have been to Huntsville! Join us for the best SOAF of all! 2014 is such a special year to Joe and me! We will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary in 2014—for sure the best 40 years of my life.
I pray for our men and women serving in harm’s way and for their families. I pray for you my beloved sewing family. Please remember the reason for the season as we enter into this very best time of the year. Know that I will always love you and appreciate you. Forever.
God Bless You,
SCRIPTURE FOR THE WEEK
19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.
I want to share something I read from William J. Federer’s website American Minute with you. I found the Proclamation of Prayer from December 5, 1974 from President Gerald Ford which I thought you would love to read on this same week in 2013. The quotes from President Ford as well as President Eisenhower are precious to me.
American Minute for July 14th:
Leslie Lynch King, Jr., born JULY 14, 1913, was the 38th President of the United States. Renamed by his stepfather, he was the only Eagle Scout to be President. On a football scholarship, he attended the University of Michigan, graduated from Yale Law School and served in the Navy during World War II. He was House Minority Leader until Richard Nixon resigned, when he became the only President not elected. His name was Gerald Rudolph Ford, who stated upon assuming the Presidency, August 9, 1974: “I am acutely aware that you have not elected me as your President by your ballots, and so I ask you to confirm me as your President with your prayers.” On September 8, 1974, President Ford stated: “The Constitution is the supreme law of our land and it governs our actions as citizens. Only the laws of God, which govern our consciences, are superior to it. As we are a Nation under God, so I am sworn to uphold our laws with the help of God.” In a Proclamation of Prayer, December 5, 1974, President Ford quoted President Eisenhower: “Without God there could be no American form of government…Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first-the most basic-expression of Americanism.”
RECIPE OF THE WEEK-CHEESE WRAPPED GRAPES
My precious mother-in-law, Emma Pullen, used to make these for special occasions. I loved her so much and miss her and Mama more than words could EVER say. They were both great cooks and loved to cook for their families. Enjoy Mom’s recipe.
1 (8 oz. package cream cheese, softened)
1 (8 oz. package sharp cheddar cheese, grated)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Fresh seedless grapes
Walnuts or pecans, chopped
Beat together cheeses, butter, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Dampen hands and form the mixture around individual grapes. Roll each cheese/grape ball in paprika. Next, roll each ball in chopped nuts. Chill.
ANTIQUE RECIPE OF THE WEEK-Needlecraft Magazine, June 1926
“Chicken Salad with Peas”
Mix three cupfuls of cold cooked chicken, diced, with the same quantity of cooked green peas, add two cupfuls of cucumber, pared and diced, and two cupfuls of nutmeats broken in pieces. Moisten with French dressing, and serve on lettuce leaves, with a spoonful of mayonnaise on each portion.