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November IEC: Cutwork Designs and FSL Snowflakes

2015 IEC members, your November machine embroidery designs are ready to download! This month’s collection includes two elegant cutwork designs as well as two free-standing lace snowflakes. The cutwork motifs include both border and corner designs and feature tiny red blooms on a green vine with a scalloped gold border. They will...

Handmade Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Can you believe it’s already time to start thinking about Christmas? OK, maybe it’s not quite time yet for everyone – after all we’re still a month away from Thanksgiving! But if you’re wanting to make any special handmade gifts it’s a good time to start planning. Here are a few...

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Smocking Tips: Martha’s Cat and the Courthouse Story

Earlier this week, I shared a few beginning smocking tips with you from Martha Pullen’s book The Joy of Smocking. Today, I’d like to continue that lesson with Martha’s Cat and the Courthouse story. This story is a fun way to remember how to know whether the thread should be above...

How to Serge Lace to Fabric

Heirloom techniques can easily be created with your serger. Just set up for three-thread rolled hem / three-thread rolled edge with a stitch length of 2.0 and let the fun begin! Learning heirloom techniques as well as other beginning techniques is a vital part of all of our teacher licensing courses....

Smocking Tips for Beginners

What kind of needles are best to use for smocking? How many strands of floss do I need? And what fabrics tend to smock the best? If you’re new to smocking, you likely have a few questions along these lines. In Martha Pullen’s book The Joy of Smocking, she shares answers...

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How to Be a Great Sewing Teacher

What does it take to be a great sewing teacher? Teaching sewing is both an art and a science. Of course, you have to know how to sew and have projects to teach. You also have to know how to TEACH sewing and provide the nourishment and encouragement your students need...

Smocked Pumpkins Project Tutorial

When we talk about picture smocking, we’re usually referring to adorable children’s garments – but picture smocking can be used for other great projects as well! These cute smocked pumpkins are the perfect example. Tess Ellenwood, owner of Tess’ Heirloom Needlework in southern Maryland where she designs and teaches heirloom sewing, originally shared these unique...

Cute Fall Sewing Ideas for Little Ones

We’re just a few weeks away from our live and in-person events in Costa Mesa, CA! We’ll kick off this trio of events with our Serger II licensing course, followed by a special one-day Martha Pullen And More event and wrap up with our new licensing course Vintage, Classic, Contemporary. Space...

Join Us in California Next Month for Serger II Licensing!

Our licensing team is heading to Costa Mesa, CA next month for a few live and in-person events! The first event scheduled is our Serger II licensing course, which will be held Nov. 1-6 at the Hilton Orange County / Costa Mesa hotel. This course will be taught by our wonderful...

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Pumpkin Flavored Embroidery Fun

We have had such a wonderful time at our School of Art Fashion Boutique this week in Fredericksburg, VA! Thank you to everyone who attended. If you missed the fun, you can join us in Costa Mesa, CA this November – we’ll be there for two in-person licensing events plus a special one-day...