Welcome to A Month of Hand Sewing

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My daughter, Lola, and I are currently reading the Little House series for the second time.  We love the precocious Laura, but we both better relate to the cautious, calm, reliable Mary.   When we read them the first time, Lola was five and heavily into to a “let’s pretend” phase.  “Let’s pretend you’re Ma and I’m Mary,” she’d say, and we’d go about baking bread with the flour that we bought at the Oleson’s store.

We also did quite a bit of hand sewing during that time.  I’m always very tuned in to the references to sewing throughout the books.  Lola and I talk about Laura’s obvious impatience (sewing sheets!) and Ma’s apparent skill (whipping up dresses, pinafores, bonnets and coats.)  And then there was Mary, who’s love for sewing comes across even through the voice of her sister.  Whether she was darning stockings, making doll clothes, or piecing another block for a quilt, you could tell she was content.  On the trips in covered wagons, throughout the long winters, and even in blindness, Mary found solace in a needle and thread.  Yes, we can relate to Mary.

Lately I’ve had to remind myself to “slow down and breathe” more often than I’d like to admit.  It occurred to me last month that I always feel this way in the summer.  Everyone is go, go, go late into the night.  Summer energy is exhilerating, but exhausting.  I realized that one thing I’ve been lacking is the therapeutic relief of a handwork project.  In fall and winter I regularly settle down at the end of the day to a cup of tea and a little knitting, crochet or embroidery, but in the summer I rarely do.  I’ve resolved to change that and I’m taking it public.  And so, Beth and I, with the help of our Board members, Ashley and Melissa, are very happy to bring you A Month of Hand Sewing.  We have a calendar full of projects, tips, tutorials and inspiration from many talented contributors who will inspire you to take up embroidery, hand piecing, cross stitch, felt work, chicken scratch and more.

In addition, we’ll have a hand sewing photo of the day, giveaways, a stich-along and more!

With that, we hope you can channel Mary Ingalls this month and start a hand sewing project that you can take with you anywhere.  The needle goes in, the needle goes out.  The breath goes in, the breath goes out.  Relax.  Enjoy the rest of your summer.

(Hexagons image courtesy of Mal from turning*turning.   Alfresco Sewing image courtesy of Laura of Bugs and Fishes by Lupin.)

EDITED TO ADD:  Bean just posted some images of handwork done by the Ingalls.  Check it out on Coyote Craft.

Comment in any post this week for a chance to win a SMS Deluxe Hand Sewing Kit or one of 4 $20 gift certificates to Sew,Mama,Sew!

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252 Responses to Welcome to A Month of Hand Sewing

  1. Salena says:

    I love hand sewing also. I just posted a picture of some embroidered pillowcases I made for my daughter on my blog. I am making each of the children a set for when they get married.

  2. Jackie Davis says:

    I am enjoying this month of hand sewing! I am sharing it all with my sewing group!
    *hugs*
    Jackie

  3. Tonya says:

    I was addicted to LIttle House when I was growing up. I agree I longed to be like Laura, but I knew even then that I was more like Mary. I can’t wait to start reading the series to my daughter, who just turned 3, so I will probably wait another year or two. I would love to learn how to sew by hand. I was just thinking how I would like to take up embroidery. Thank you for the chance to win.

  4. Fidget says:

    What a wonderful way to spend a month. I love hand sewing and feel most at peace with needle in hand. A stitching project goes everywhere with me and makes waiting time fly by.

  5. jennsquared says:

    This is so great. I’m a beginner sewer and can’t wait to see all the items you show case!

  6. Liz Allen says:

    What a wonderful theme.

    I just happened across your blog through CRAFT, just as today I started hand-sewing a quilt for my daughter made with my grandmother’s vintage handkerchiefs. I wanted to hand-sew so that I could lay in bed and watch TV while I worked on this colorful keepsake for my little one. I keep thinking that it’s going to take too long and perhaps I should just head on down to my craft room and sew it on the sewing machine. But, after finding out that it’s Hand Sewing Month… I’ll preserver and post pictures when it’s complete!

    Thanks!

  7. Marianne D says:

    I love handstitching…a few weeks ago we started with a group a new quilt:” The Antique Quilt “by hand…a lovely quilt from 1880….It is very relaxing,tomorrow I will start with 28 stars,all by hand…;-))

  8. Bridget says:

    I am so glad that hand sewing will be featured this month. No matter what other crafts I get involved with I always come back to embroidery. It is my first love. I can’t wait to see what projects you will feature.

  9. Angie says:

    I have never visited the site before, but am so glad I made it for a “month of hand sewing”!! I have been focusing on knitting for the last couple of years, but hand sewing and embroidery are my first loves, with the Little House on the Prairie books coming in a close second! Thanks for sharing all your talents and ideas!

  10. Sharmila says:

    I love hand sewing, although it is limited to cross stitch. I find it therapeutic. Now, let me go look up the Little House books!!

  11. Vivian Wise says:

    I’ve always admired quilters that hand sew and hand quilt their work. I know a few quilters that hand sew and there work is amazing. Eventhough I am a newbie to the quilt world I hope someday I will be able to produce such beautiful work. I am happy to have found this site!

  12. Meg says:

    Hand sewing a small project is the only way to go in NC in the summer! Especially August which is typically our hottest month!

  13. Sarah says:

    I’d love to be better at hand sewing…I was always a little more like Laura than Mary… :)

  14. sarah says:

    I just love hand sewing! I currently am working on embellishing a thrift store hand towel to re-purpose it into a pillow!

  15. Lynn says:

    How fun! I hope you do a tutorial on hand piecing… I’m going to start that soon!

  16. Amy Rochelle says:

    A Month of hand sewing – Yahoo! I must be like Mary. I find hand sewing soothes my soul more than anything else I can think of ! I look forward to the inspiration I am sure to find within your posts during the month ahead!

  17. Stacy says:

    This sounds wonderful! Thank you!!!

  18. Liz Fenwick says:

    Oh I’m so excited!!
    I love to hand sew, it’s great for long trips in the van with my husband’s band. Plus, if any of them get outta line, I can poke them back into place.

    Ah, hand sewing I love you!

  19. Owlmania says:

    Fantastic! I love hand sewing! ;)

  20. Jeanie says:

    Just great ! I’ll be tuned in ! I’m new to sewing and don’t have a sewing machine. Always wanted to hand sew something small for a start and now I can come back here for more tips and help :)

  21. Deanne says:

    I’ve tried handsewing and have yet to get the hang of it. It looks and sounds so therapeutic that I might pick it up and try again.

  22. Ahna Fryhover Emmert says:

    I love the Little House books. Reading them always gets me in a hand-sewing mood too…unless its These Happy Golden Years, where they get the sewing machine. Then I start itching to do a project on my old treadle.

  23. Leslie Lansdowne says:

    I’m so excited! I haven’t done any hand sewing in a while and I have felt the urge to get back into it—sewing, quilting and cross stitching! Thanks for the inspiration, this couldn’t have come at a more perfect time as I get ready to start my Halloween cross stitch projects and to work on my Grandmothers Flower garden quilt!

  24. This is a great topic for this busy, crazy month of August. We all need to slow down and there is no better way than hand sewing.

  25. Kris says:

    I could use some tips for hand sewing. I can’t wait to see what you have planned!

  26. Barbara says:

    This is what I need. I also find that I do not sew as much during the summer. Will look for something to start today. I may have to reread “Little House” again myself. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  27. Barbara Sindlinger says:

    I can’t imagine not having some type of hand work to do. Looking forward to some great ideas.

  28. Monica says:

    Have so many roadtrips coming up, and so behind on so many hand sewing projects :) Thanks for the invitation to really set to it !

    It’ll be lovely inspiration to see the daily images :)

  29. Erin says:

    Oh, I had the same feeling about stopping to breathe. Everyone is up later and outside doing things during the summer and I have had to make a conscious effort recently to sit down and do some handwork. I look forward to evening when the kids are asleep and I can do a little stitching or knitting and RELAX.
    Looking forward to this month’s posts!

  30. Patty says:

    One thing that always amazed me was that Mary Ingalls still sewed after she went blind. Incredible.

  31. Stacy says:

    I love to settle down at the end of the day with a little hand work. It is very relaxing to me. I can’t wait to see all the ideas!!

  32. sara says:

    I absolutely love that little kit! And how lovely to encourage people to begin sewing as we have done for years … before the invention of the wonderful sewing machine. I’m reaquainting myself with embroidery and other hand sewing tasks like sewing on buttons. ;) Not my favorite thing. Love the store and love the blog. Thanks for all the awesome creative fodder for the brain to munch on …

  33. Amy says:

    This is coming at the perfect time for me. Thanks!

  34. Christine says:

    Hi, I love hand-sewing. I once made a pair of pyjama pants by hand, double seams at that, as I was working in Australia and had now machine with me (nor a pattern, they’re a bit tight on the butt, but I still have them :)

    I like the portability of hand-sewn projects the most. I just decided to hand-quilt a babyquilt so that I always have something small to take on travels, when I know I’m in for a wait somewhere, or the beach :)

    I look forward to some inspiration here this month.

    Cheers,
    Christine

  35. Tricia L. says:

    Looking forward to great tips but I’m not a hand sewer either!

  36. Diana says:

    Doing hand work is my favorite. It’s the only time my mind becomes completely calm. I was at the sewing store the other day to buy some stabilizer and the sales man was tiring to sell me a embroidery machine … every time I come in he tries. I just keep telling him hand work is my form of meditation and I would never trade it in for a machine.

  37. Amy Sp says:

    I can’t wait to see all the projects! I would love to try a little hand sewing, but it will have to be very beginner ;)

  38. lahuitrefrite says:

    I’ve embroidered since I was a child, and my first quilt, made six years ago for a friend’s new baby, was completely hand pieced and hand quilted. Since then, I’ve gotten more comfortable with my sewing machine and have moved on to machine piecing, but still hand quilt. Aside from that, though, my handwork has fallen off. I’m really looking forward to this month’s projects for some new inspiration! Thanks so much for doing this.

  39. Misha says:

    I’m looking forward to all the things that are in store for hand-sewing month. I’m not much of a hand sewer beyond attaching buttons and look forward for some inspiration/instructions on how to add it to my craft repertoire. Great idea and thanks!

  40. Crystal says:

    Thank you so much for having hand-sewing month! I don’t own a sewing machine, but I love to quilt so it’s all hand sewing for me :) I can’t wait to be inspired!

  41. Chanda Brady says:

    I’m expecting a baby and a NICU stay here in two weeks and imagine that this month’s posts will be invaluable to me. I’ve already looked up a few of your guest contributor’ blogs and wow!…think I’ll have to make myself a little “hand sewing kit” for each day away from my sewing machine. Looking forward to all to come. Chanda

  42. K says:

    I really want to learn more about embroidery, so I’m looking forward to this month.

  43. Marianne C says:

    I am really excited about this one. Hand sewing is something I have LOVED since the 50’s when I was a little girl first learning embroidery. Now, I am embroidering again and really love it!!!
    I am so glad you are doing this!

  44. Ramona says:

    I love hand sewing. I can’t wait to see the projects you have planned though I have to admit I don’t know what chicken scratching is so I am excited to learn something new. Yeah!

  45. I think these would make great Christmas gifts. Along with all the other things I’m in the middle of making. I love this idea.

  46. Lisa says:

    I look forward to seeing the projects! I find it nice to have something waiting for me to work on while we watch t.v. or a movie and I have recently been trying to improve my embroidery skills.

  47. Looking forward to all the hand embroidery this month! I’m a new reader and am already enjoying this blog immensely!

  48. Libby Dillard says:

    I’m soooo excitied! I do all my quilting by hand, and I know that I would enjoy other hand work! I just need motivation and a little know-how! Perfect!! Thanks for what will be a very good month! Libby

  49. Heather B says:

    sounds like a peaceful way to spend time, especially when life all around gets so crazy. i’m going to definitely start (and hopefully finish) a project.

  50. Erin says:

    I am really excited about this. As you mention, hand sewing is calming in a way that machine sewing sometimes isn’t. I love my machine, but I’m looking forward to enjoying the rhythm and slowness of hand sewing for a bit. Yay!

  51. Darla says:

    I agree with many others…this will be an inspiring month. I have been slacking on my cross stitching and embroidery for awhile and would love to get back to it.

  52. Greta says:

    Sounds like a great week. I’m looking forward to it! :)

  53. Amy says:

    I’m so excited to keep track of your blog this month. I love hand sewing. When I was on vacation this summer, my fingers just itched to be working on something. So I grabbed some scraps and a handy traveling sewing kit and started on a pieced hotpad. This post reminds me I need to finish it now that I’m home.

  54. Joy says:

    Sounds like fun!

  55. Carlotta says:

    I love this idea. And with the children going back to school this Monday, what a perfect time for me to sit down and get back to my stitchery.
    ~Tootles!

  56. Debbie says:

    I remember reading those books as a girl and loving them, in fact i still have them and my daughter reads them now although very tempted to reread them.
    Love hand sewing I remember sewing with my Gran in front of the fire on a winters evening. Now I sit on my decking in the sun.

  57. Ticia says:

    I’m totally addicted to hand sewing. I always have a project going and a new one in the works.

  58. Cheryl says:

    Yea, this is going to be fun! And handstitching is so great to take with you to the beach, on the plane, or anywhere that you have to sit for awhile. I can’t wait to see some projects from all of the inspiring people that will be participating!

  59. Marcia says:

    Very excited about joining in a month of hand sewing….time to start with Christmas gifts!

  60. Paula in NH says:

    I love doing hand work! In the living room next to my end of the sofa I have a small bookcase full of hand projects. There’s a basket of stitchery projects from Australian designers, a couple “emergency” cross stitch projects, a small hand piecing project and a large basket that holds my thread containers that are full of threads. There’s also a crochet nearby. I’m excited to see what you have planned for this month.

  61. Erin Phelps says:

    I’m excited about this, it should be fun!

  62. Kate says:

    Hand stitching is by far my most favorite form of craft. I am so thrilled to see you’re devoting a month to it! yay for me!!

  63. Christina says:

    I’m petrified to hand sew! Hopefully this month will get me going.

  64. Nettie says:

    Aaahhhh. Just what I need. Coming home after a hectic day to some slow living and hand sewing.

  65. Paola says:

    i think i’ll really enjoy every day of this month… tnahks!

  66. ellen says:

    I am excited to see all the great projects!

  67. Anna says:

    Cross stitch has always been my hand sewing style of choice – when you follow a pattern all you need to be able to do is count and you should get it right! Of course, I often discover that counting is harder than it looks ;-)

    I’ve toyed with the idea of branching out into other types of hand sewing but I’m yet to take the plunge. Hopefully I might be inspired by some of your posts this month to get off my butt and do something about it!

  68. Jenny says:

    Im looking forward to this months information…with little kids running around, picking up a little hand sewing from time to time seems more feasible than long stretches at the sewing machine! Thanks

  69. pouch says:

    found this via a link posted by Lupin on twitter.
    What a lovely idea! I love hand sewing, it’s so relaxing :)

  70. Tiina says:

    I’m really waiting for this month.

  71. Michal says:

    Sounds like it’s going to be an interesting month – good for us :)

  72. Anna says:

    Looking forward to some inspiration to hand sewing!

  73. Tally says:

    I teach sewing to kids and they like handsewing often more than machine sewing. So this months ideas come handy.
    Thanks
    Tally

  74. Sandy H. says:

    Nothting beats the theraputic rhythmic motions of sewing by hand. Kind of takes one away and into the zone. Just wish I could find more time to savor it.

  75. Amanda Ryan says:

    Now I’m retired from teaching I have the time and energy in the evenings to do some hand sewing, either quilting or embroidery, and I love how it relaxes me and slows me down.

  76. Nima says:

    Hand sewing is a pssion for me….looking forward to see more inspiring ideas

  77. Taunia says:

    Oh what fun!

  78. Kim says:

    Hooray for hand sewing! One of my favorite ways to relax :-)

  79. Anusha Subrahmanyam says:

    Looking forward to the handsewing projects!

  80. Sandra :) says:

    Thanks for the inspiration – I want to make several chicken scratch bookmarks for gifts – I have everything ready to go, I just need to get my butt in gear! I’m looking forward to seeing the coming projects and tutorials – this is going to be fun … and relaxing!

  81. Nicole says:

    Oh what fun! I am addicted to my sewing machine projects but have always been tempted to try my hand at embroidery – this seems to be the perfect push and inspiration! Can’t wait to see what’s in store – thanks!!

  82. Viv says:

    Great, help with learning hand sewing is just what i need.! Yay!

  83. Kimberly says:

    I think I might know more about machine sewing than hand sewing. I am looking forward to learning a lot!

  84. Rochelle says:

    Looking forward to August’s projects. I always love your themed months.

  85. Milica says:

    OOOHHH! I think this was meant to be as I have just resolved to read the little house series to my daughter! I am so excited!!!

  86. Hilary says:

    I love the idea of hand sewing it’s great to have a carry along project that doesn’t require a suitcase

  87. How exciting. I love this idea and can’t wait to see all of the posts.

  88. taraboos says:

    “Awesome!” I told my computer upon reading about hand sewing month. I am very excited to follow along and peek at what other’s are creating. There is something so much more personal about hand stitching, like a hand written letter versus typed.

  89. Zarina says:

    I started quilting all hand pieced and quilted. I made a hexagon quilt for my parents’ 25th anniversary late 80s (I think) but now I have recently replaced that with my second all-machine piecing and quilting quilt (and its a king size as requested).

  90. Mindy says:

    I can’t wait to see all you have in store! I hate hemming, but love embroidery and decorative hand sewing.

  91. Bonnita says:

    I always forget how much I enjoy hand work, thanks for the kick in the pants! With it being so HOT here hand work is perfect!

  92. Polly says:

    I am so excited about this. I am falling in love with hand work again after not doing much in recent years. I am enjoying embroidery, applique and learning to knit. Looking forward to all the inspiration!

  93. EM says:

    I would love to win! And what a coinkidink; I just joined up with an embroidery club that has its first meeting on Wednesday!

  94. Tiffany says:

    Hand stitching does not get enough attention/love… i’m so excited to read/experience all that you guys have here this month on the blog. :)

  95. emtdlb says:

    I have always been envious of people who could do hand work. I have never been dexterous with my hands and being left handed, it makes it more interesting. Maybe I will get some tips this month to try something new. Thanks for stretching us, it is good for the soul.

  96. Love the theme that you’ve chosen for this month as I’ve just set out to tackle embroidery. I’ve been working away on simple sampler pieces and am excited to see what you have in store. I’m also keen to learn more about paper-piecing and other handsewn things!

  97. suzi says:

    I love the handsewing idea. I look forward to all the upcoming projects.

  98. megan says:

    sounds like a fun month! I started with machine sewing but i’ve got some boring lectures coming up this month so i just may be doing some hand sewing

  99. Helena says:

    I am very excited about this next month. Hand sewing is so relaxing, but the most I’ve done thus far is sewing the binding down on my quilt. I look forward to new projects to try out!

  100. Kathy says:

    What a coincidence! I’ve been doing a lot of hand sewing the last month or so — I’ve been making felt toys for my daughter and getting back into some embroidery — and I’m really enjoying it, so I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in August!

  101. Libby says:

    I love all types of hand sewing. Very excited to see what you have coming up.

  102. Tabitha O. says:

    WOW I just love this topic I could not stop myself from clicking on all of the links…thanks for much for being such Muses…keep up the great work!

  103. Kathy says:

    I’m looking forward to this month’s topic! I almost always knit during the evening and find it helps me unwind. On the rare day where I haven’t knitted at all, I find myself less relaxed by the end of the day.

    I’d love to mix it up a little bit and do some hand sewing or embroidery instead of or in addition to the sewing. Looking forward to seeing what comes up here.

  104. Pam says:

    Oh what fun! Count me in. :) Just found some missing UFO’s that need finishing up.

  105. Jenifer says:

    I’ve been obsessed with sewing hexagons this summer! Can’t wait to see what you and your creative contributors come up with!

  106. Sarah says:

    I loved the “Little House” books and the stories of ordinary life and activities. There’s great comfort in hand quilting, hand sewing binding and other hand sewing projects –I’m forced to slow down and enjoy the process of the project.

  107. Natalie T. says:

    What a wonderful idea! I’ve always been interested in hand sewing, and have dabbled a bit, but am kind of intimidated by it for some reason. Looking forward to this series.

  108. Amy says:

    Yay for August! Embroidery is my passion, so I’m looking forward to all the wonderful posts and topics this month.

  109. Ann says:

    I just ran across your site and wow! Hand stitching is such a great idea. Maybe I could even get a little time in sewing with my three year old running around if it’s portable!

  110. I’ve been mulling over a portable sewing project for a couple of weeks now. I think this should help me decide and get going. Thanks!

  111. emily says:

    i am so excited to learn more about hand sewing as i haven’t done much of it since my childhood

  112. Anne says:

    Handsewing is my favorite – this sounds like a month of fun – can’t wait!!

  113. Karrie says:

    I love hand sewing! Am looking forward to this month :)

  114. Loralynn says:

    What an awesome idea! I love handwork and so am really looking forward to joining you with this month’s fun!

  115. Great Idea! I can’t wait to see all the cool projects!

    Sherry

  116. Jen V says:

    I swear you people are mind readers! I’ve been trying to dream up a hand sewing project that I could take camping with me throughout this month. I’ve really been missing my sewing time with all the summer hub-bub and mini-vacations. I am ready to be inspired!

  117. Georgia says:

    Hooray! I *love* hand sewing. :-D

  118. Julie C says:

    Perfect timing. I just inherited a Grandmother’s Flower Garden that my great grandmother started over 60 years ago so I am learning/relearning hand work. I am looking forward to seeing what niffty new things you folks teach us this month. Thanks!

  119. Cassi says:

    I’m really looking forward to this month ‘o learning. I just learned how to do the backstitch on Saturday. I’m hoping for lots of tutorials!

  120. Sam says:

    I love being able to sit down with a project, so I shall be following hand sewing month closely. I’d really love to get more confident at embroidery, it just adds such a special touch – especially to bought items :-)

  121. Denise says:

    I have been hand knitting lately, hand sewing sounds fun again!!

  122. Christina says:

    Thank you! I have been trying to pick up a bit of hand stitchery, but apart from hand sewing some hexagons myself, I don’t seem to have gotten too far. Maybe this is just what I need! :)

  123. Jessica Fuester says:

    What a fabulous idea!

  124. Beth says:

    I’m excited to learn more about handstitching. I think it’s one thing my daughters could do with me.

  125. Georgia says:

    Ooh! How exciting. I must say that so many times I find myself hand sewing rather than using my sewing machine. I think I enjoy it – it’s serene and relaxing. Something I used to watch my mom do as a kid I guess stuck with me!

  126. ms.cleaver says:

    What a fantastic idea – I often lament that my sewing isn’t as portable as my knitting, but of course it could be! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!!

  127. Barbara says:

    I’m not very good at hand sewing, but I love the look that is created.

  128. Chris says:

    OH WOW! I can’t wait for this month! I am willing to bet you are going to give me so many projects that I just won’t be able to keep up!

  129. Greeblygreebly says:

    I’ve only in the last couple of years taken up machine sewing, before that everything I did was by hand (including a few Renn Faire costumes). I miss it even while I’m still enthralled with the speed and ease of the machine. I look forward to this month!

  130. Mirza says:

    Wow! Looking forward to this month! What a great topic. I like to make yoyo’s with the clover yo yo maker and am interested in learning more about embroidery. Love Sublime! Would love one of the giveaways! So many people are doing the embroidery machines and I love hand work better.

  131. Jenny Hughley says:

    Yes, you are right. I’ve been missing my hand sewing in the summer. This post also has spurred me on to reread the Little House Series. Looking forward to this month.

  132. Ellen says:

    I’m going to really enjoy this month! Ever since my ancient sewing machine gave out I’ve been sewing all my projects by hand. It does take longer, but it’s still lots of fun.

  133. Kathy says:

    Wow — I can’t wait to see what you will have for us. I’m starting to sound like an advertisement for your blog because I keep telling my friends to check out your tutorials and ideas!!

  134. Shogun says:

    I absolutely love the Little House series. Lately we have been watching the DVDs starting with season one and we are always commenting on the quilts in all the scenes and the references to sewing in each episode. What a surprise to see your posting!! I love to hand sew and find it very relaxing.

  135. tanja says:

    Oh great! I just got two beautiful handembroidery patterns I wanted to start! So let’s do it together!

  136. Ellen Ban says:

    I’ve got embroidery supplies ready and waiting. Handwork is therapeutic sometimes!

  137. Noelle says:

    I’ve been working on hand sewing Christmas stockings for my two kids. Thanks for all the give-away opportunities!

  138. Jenna says:

    i definitely find hand sewing theraputic. i need something new in the hoop…..watcha got for me?

  139. Pamela says:

    I’ve been wanting to hand sew a quilt from start to finish!! Looking forward to this month!!

  140. Sommer says:

    I’m currently working on hand sewing a little dress, bloomers and bonnet for my wee girlie and this month’s theme is great! I can’t wait to see all the posts :-)

    Blessings,
    Sommer

  141. Jodie says:

    How fun! I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy and am more and more interested in sitting/laying down. As much as I love my machine, this month’s topic is just perfect timing for me. I’m very interested in some quiet craftiness to keep me occupied until the baby comes!

  142. Gwen says:

    I am so excited! I rather hand sew anytime than drag the machine out. There is something about sitting in a chair with fabric falling over my legs and the needle in my hand that touches my soul. I am also much better at hand sewing for some reason. I guess that it is more forgiving.

  143. amy says:

    I’ve been doing a lot of hand sewing lately as it’s easier to do over a sleeping newborn on my lap. Also, I’ve been revisiting my old love of cross stitch, inspired by work like Nea’s wall wear and it’s use in Japanese zakka.

  144. D'Ann says:

    First you teach me about sewing machines and buttonholes and feet, now I will learn tricks on embroidery and crocheting. I am so glad that I found your blog!!! Thank-you thank-you thank-you.

  145. Sara says:

    Oh, I am so excited about this month of hand sewing…I am eager and ready to learn new skills and to enjoy creations I can make…

    Thank you for doing this!!!!

  146. Nancy Mc says:

    I love hand sewing projects. It reminds me of my great-grandma who lived with us til she was 100 yrs old!!! She embroidered, tatted, crocheted. Her projects are among my most prized possessions. I’m going to enjoy this month.

  147. Sarah Lee says:

    This is great! I have been wanting to learn tricks and tips for embroidery since I just started doing it recently! :) Thank you!

  148. Lisa says:

    That is such a great idea. I do miss having something handheld to work on during the summer.
    And, I can’t wait to start reading the “Little House” books to my girls… soon.

  149. Michelle says:

    Exactly why I love hand work. You just have to slow down no matter what. Thanks so much for this month, I can’t wait!

  150. Emily S says:

    Oh how i love hand sewing! Nothing is more relaxing….

  151. Annalee says:

    Sounds like fun.

  152. Leah says:

    I’m a beginning hand sewer eager to learn. That kit looks amazing! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for the month.

  153. Junglewife says:

    I’ve been working on some paper-pieced hexagons, just to have something to do with my hands while I’m watching TV, etc. I’m going to have to come up with something new to do when I’m done!!!

  154. Samantha says:

    I’m really looking forward to seeing the offerings this month. I love hand-work and keep a Longaberger cake basket loaded with a project to take with me wherever I might find time to stitch. I remember sitting and stitching in the car while waiting for child#1 to finish preschool and child #2 napped in her car seat. Very peaceful but unusual place to stitch. :-)

  155. jill says:

    Hand sewing can be such a relaxing and satisfying experience.

  156. Patty says:

    I don’t like handsewing much since I have a tendency to be very impatient and prefer machine sewing. But I have an 11 year old daughter and maybe the two of us can work on some handsewing projects together. Maybe she will catch the sewing bug and maybe I will learn to love handsewing. I can’t wait to see what the projects are!

  157. Diane says:

    I love the Little House books, and the hand sewing inspired by them.

  158. Michelle says:

    Oh I cannot wait to learn some new skills and techniques!

  159. alisha says:

    I’ve never done much hand sewing, so I’m really looking forward to this month’s posts.

  160. DIANE says:

    while reading this intro to hand sewing a light bulb went off and i had forgotten about some folk art felted pillows that I had been meaning to do. great opportunity to get some early christmas presents done. thank you

  161. Amy V says:

    There’s nothing like sitting my three little girls down for a bit of handsewing to relax and take a break from the summer heat!

  162. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us. I really enjoy hand sewing.

  163. Harley says:

    This is awesome, I love hand sewing :)

  164. Tammy says:

    How exciting! I’m looking forward to this month’s posts!

  165. shelle says:

    I am rediscovering needlework after being an avid cross stitcher as a kid. I love doing free hand work. I love that it is portable and so fast! I am looking forward to seeing the projects you introduce and having a months worth of new inspiration! thank you

  166. carolyn says:

    I’ll look forward to this month’s posts. I prefer to do much of my sewing by hand!

  167. JULIANA says:

    I was 8 when I started reading the little house books. for me, the pull was laura and her pa. i was also pulled in my the food. hunting, gathering, baking, cooking, making cheese. I cannot wait for my daughter to be old enough for little house.

  168. Lori says:

    This month is perfect for planning ahead for Christmas presents and the four months of birthdays left in the year… what a great resource!

  169. Deb V says:

    I love to hand sew but I usually only do so in the fall and winter. I can’t wait to see all of the great projects.

  170. Lily says:

    I am so loving this idea, and am looking forward to some great inspiration!

  171. Marilyn says:

    I am looking forward to hand sewing for a month. It is relaxing….

  172. wintu nancy says:

    Thanks for encouraging us to slow down and savor the joys of hand sewing. I have to say that one of my favorite parts of making a quilt after all that machine piecing and quilting and sewing the binding on is folding the binding over to the back and doing the hand stitching.

  173. Paige says:

    This is just perfect! I could use a little encouragement to slow down and breathe (and stitch!) a little.

  174. Jennifer says:

    I love the theme for this month– I just rediscovered hand-sewing this week and I’m loving the meditative process.

  175. Helena says:

    What a great month hand sewing ideas. Love little house books too. Can’t wait to see what projects youll have lined up. :)

  176. Coralee says:

    admittedly, I’m a little skeptical of an entire month dedicated to hand sewing – not my favorite thing to do, but I have an open mind and you’ve never let me down before!

  177. Mona says:

    I’m really looking forward to this month. I use to do a lot of hand sewing, but over the years, I drifted away. When I discovered the craft blogs last fall, it inspired me to pick it up again. My skills are rusty, and probably out of date, so I’m looking forward to learning it again.

  178. Katie says:

    I’m very excited about this! Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one embracing hand crafts during the summer. Also I adore the connection to Mary. How sweet and comforting to remember that although hand sewing was a necessity in those times, it could also be a pleasure.

  179. Caitlin says:

    I love hand sewing! My first large project was a quilt that I hand quilted! This is only amazing because it is a huge quilt!

  180. MegVS says:

    Fun! You are right. Something about taking a project slowly has a calming influence. I like how you can usually bring the project with you too.

  181. Maribeth says:

    I’ve been working on an english paper pieced table runner and there is something very fun and old fashioned about it. The first handwork I did was when I was about 7 or 8 and it was a printed cross stitch sampler. Plus I can work on it anywhere. I think I’ll even handquilt it.

  182. April says:

    I am not very good at hand sewing so I don’t really like it.. however, I am looking forward to the opportunity to change my opinion about it. :) Plus a chance to acquire more skills to improve.

  183. Jewel says:

    The picture of the Hexagons has re-inspired me to make a Grandmother’s Flower Garden something … probably a placemat because goodness knows I don’t have the patience for a quilt. **turns over boxes and bags looking for freezer paper**

  184. sondra says:

    Love the hand sewing inspiration!

  185. Allison says:

    I’m looking forward to this!

  186. Melissa H. says:

    Excellent idea. I was just thinking how neat it would be to sew a little something by hand.

  187. Linnea says:

    I’m super excited to see everything that hand sewing month has to offer. I too love to sit down in the winter with a nice cup of tea and an embroidery project…why not a refreshing iced tea and a blanket in the sun? It will be great to pick up some new tips and tricks as well!

  188. Ronni says:

    I’m always up to learning something new. This sound like the perfect thing for me right now!

  189. Lise says:

    I’m a teacher with a passion for children’s books, and I find that the more I sew, the more I notice sewing in books, too. Thanks for the reminder to sew by hand, and thanks for the chance to win.

  190. Katherine says:

    I always feel comfortable with hand sewing, as I truly believe anyone can do it. You don’t have to know the tricks of working with a sewing machine. I’m excited about this month!

  191. Whistlepea says:

    This is really fun! I read the Little House series for the first time this winter and I loved it.

  192. Lisa says:

    AHHHHHHh! You read my mind! This is just what I need and I need it fast! I’m taking the kids to the pool in an hour and a hand sewing project would be just the ticket! I better get off the computer and figure something out. I’m sure I can find something in my stash.

  193. GTM says:

    I started handsewing again and I love it. I also love it’s portability. I can accomplish something while riding on my way to work. Love your blog!

  194. Aimee says:

    yes, summer leaves me tired from a lack of regular rhythmic activities like embroidery and handwork. looking so forward to this series!

  195. Helen says:

    I’m looking forward to this one – handsewing is perfect for the Summer with long days out and about and holidays away from the machine! I also identify really strongly with your feelings about reading the Little House books. My most fondly remembered childhood books are the ones in which needlecrafts play a part. I’m looking forward to introducing my daughter to Milly Molly Mandy, Little Women and Anne of Green Gables along with the Little House books as she gets older.

  196. Holly Matsuo says:

    I am really looking forward to your hand sewing month. I need to have a hand sewing project (applique, embroidery) going in tandem with a machine sewing one. When I get stuck or tired of one, I can go to the other and then later come back to the other project feeling renewed. I love Clare Beaton’s books, too!

  197. Amber says:

    I can’t wait to see the embroidery and cross stitch sections :) I’ve been trying to find good designs for a while now :) This is going to be a great month, i can see it already :)

  198. Bethany says:

    My daughter is very into the Little House books right now too. Can’t wait to see the hand sewing posts!

  199. JenniferM. says:

    I love this idea! I far prefer hand sewing. It’s how I finally appreciated sewing as an adult. So therapeutic! I can’t wait to see all the projects.

  200. Grace says:

    Looking forward to this month of posts. Trying to work on my embroidery.

  201. Shannah says:

    You remind me of two wonderful memories from my own childhood. My grandmother taught me to hand sew. Our first project was hexagons! Grandma also read Little House on the Prairie to my sister and me. I was so much more Laura than Mary (unlike my sister). I needed the discipline to be made to sit and sew and channel my creativity. It was so lovely to come to your blog today and remember these things.

  202. Marianne Ogg says:

    Oh man, What perfect timing! I am just starting a hexie quilt of my own. I LOVE hand sewing. It takes me into a stress free zone. What a great month it will be!!!

  203. Bean says:

    What a fun idea! My daughter and I just finished the fourth book in the series, and we’ll be starting the fifth soon :) We like to pretend we’re Caroline & Laura when we’re making jam, bread, etc… there is a “Little House Cookbook” with a lot of recipes from the series.

    I also have a great embroidery book by Rose Wilder Lane (Laura & Almonzo’s daughter) with examples of Caroline’s actual handwork. It’s a real treasure. If you’d like me to scan any of the images for this months posts please let me know ;)

  204. Hand sewing is my favorite type! My daughter (12) and I are very excited that you are featuring hand sewing for a whole month! Woohoo!

  205. qsogirl says:

    I was just talking with my husband the other day about what it would have been like to live in those pioneer days like the Ingalls! I don’t have the patience to make whole garments by hand, but I like making little hand-sewn toys!

  206. Lynn Osborne says:

    I love handstitching! Thanks for the chance to win!

  207. anja says:

    sounds fun, my daughter is interested in embroidery, so we’ll stay tuned.

  208. My 4-year-old daughter and I are reading the Little House books right now too. I am more like Mary and she is more like Laura. With the exception of family hikes, I would rather stay in and work on my projects. She wants to play outside rain or shine. I have to make sure and make time for her to play outside.

    I’m currently hand-quilting a double wedding ring quilt that my grandmother hand pieced. When she died I got several tops, all hand pieced. I better start teaching my daughter to quilt because I’m not sure I’ll finish all the tops in my lifetime…that is if she can sit still long enough!

  209. Jen says:

    This is just what I need!!! I’ve been wanting to learn to embroider and do some sort of hand sewing to bring with me. I love my knitting and I love my sewing machine but there’s something about putting a needle and thread through the fabric that is meditative!

  210. Kolleen says:

    I’m looking forward to these posts. I always have some kind of handwork–usually crochet–for those times I can’t take over the dining room with my machine, mat & iron. My husband & I have great conversations while I am working away. I am “this close” to starting something with hexagons, having received the little papers last week! Thanks!

  211. Ellen says:

    I’m totally channeling ya’ll! I started learning embroidery last month, and now I’m LOVING IT! Thanks for all you do!

  212. Jessica says:

    I’ve been looking for a hand sewing option. Would love something that I can just sit and watch a movie and sew. Looking forward to this.

  213. Kate says:

    What a great idea for a theme. Looking forward to seeing what hand sewing month has in store!

  214. anina says:

    I love hand sewing and can’t wait to get something sewn this month.

  215. Susanna says:

    hand sewing and Little House! my favorites! I’ll definitely be staying tuned.

  216. Michele says:

    How lovely! I really could use some hand stitching practice!

  217. Marsel says:

    Hand sewing…a task I *hated* as a teen and young adult, but one I am slowly learning to love! The thought of curling up under a big quilt to hand-sew its binding on is now a happy thing for me. :)

  218. __L__ says:

    For me this month should be an “embroidery month”!! I just begin, and I love it (but can’t forget sewing !!).

  219. Kelli says:

    This is so timely, because I just ordered my 5 year old a beginner’s sewing book on hand sewing and just this morning I wondered if she was old enough to begin the Little House set I bought for her when she was a baby. I’m a teacher and they had the set on sale that Christmas and I bought it and put it away hoping she’d one day love it as much as I did as a girl! What great things to pass down to the next generation–homemaking skills and finding satisfaction in simple things. Yea for SMS!!!

  220. BeckyS says:

    How exciting! I bought a sewing machine almost 3 years ago now but hardly ever dig it out. Handsewing is so much more enjoyable. I’m really looking forward to this month of handsewing. :)

  221. Joy says:

    I am looking forward to this! I am not at hand sewing– lots of crooked stitches of uneven sizes.
    I’m hoping I can learn something new!

  222. Ellen says:

    I am so excited about this month! I have really wanted to learn how to hand sew for some of my projects.

  223. Jenny says:

    Embroidery has taken over all of my free time lately. Such a simple, yet satisfying hobby!!

  224. Amy says:

    I have read those books over and over! I just finished reading the series to my son this winter. I am happy to play Mary this month! She was always my favorite. I pretended to be her and that my little sister was Laura.

  225. Cayce says:

    i’m excited to read these posts. I am a machine sewer but want to get into hand sewing and embroidery with my daughter. She’s not quite ready to knit yet, but I know she’ll love to create this way. And it’ll also make me sit down and breathe more often too! Thank You!

  226. Mare says:

    I just love having a “portable project” to take along when wating anywhere!

  227. Kadybug says:

    This is awesome! I too just bought the tea towels and the new iron on transfers from your shop so I could learn to embroider by hand. I can’t wait to add even more projects to my list as well as read those fabulous tutorials your blog always has.

  228. Casey says:

    I started taking little bird hand sewing projects with me while my kids were at appointments or lessons. It is such a relaxing way to pass the time, and I’ve got a head start on Christmas presents!

  229. Jennifer says:

    I just recently took up embroidery and I’m loving it!

  230. Ann Dilcher says:

    So happy to see what you offer this month. My boys have been asking to do some sewing so maybe you have a kid’s project or two to recommend this month.

  231. alison c says:

    CAn’t hand sew to save myself – maybe I’ll pick something up this month – hope so!

  232. JSB says:

    I am looking forward to this month too. My dog especially enjoys when I hand sew because he can curl up next to me and be the picture of contentment.

  233. Erin D. says:

    I haven’t picked up needle and thread since cross-stitching with my mom as a little girl. I need something to slow me down these days, and I’m glad to have found this wonderful idea. Thank you!

  234. Kathryn says:

    How exciting! I do 19th century reproduction sewing, and have really embraced hand sewing. I recently made an 1860s day dress entirely by hand. Many of the other shirts and dresses I make have lots of handwork. I’m amazed that people think it takes “too long” but have time to watch TV. I just multitask.

  235. Margie says:

    Hand sewing is an area that I seriously need help. I’m looking forward to this month!

  236. Jen says:

    Wow! I can’t wait for my daily read this month. I would love to improve my hand sewing skills.

  237. amanda says:

    it’s a lovely idea to make this month a hand sewing month. I’ve got a baby due in a month so my machine will definitely be resting for a while while I sew smaller projects by hand that I can pick up easily whenever.

  238. MaryAnn says:

    Hand work is very relaxing. I am looking forward to this month.

  239. Andi says:

    I love the “little house” books! I have great memories of reading them as a child and still remember being shocked when Laura discovers that her mother doesn’t like sewing either!! Sounds like it’s going to be a great month!

  240. Elizabeth says:

    I’m *really* excited about hand sewing month! I’m a new sewer and have started hand-piecing my first quilt tops–I recently bought a sewing machine, but I enjoy the hand sewing process so much that I know I will still keep it up :) It’s just been so satisfying and a great way for me to relax!

  241. patty altier says:

    My hand sewing right now consists of stitching the binding on baby quilts. I sit a lunch time sewing at work and listening to either The colbert report or Jon Stewart.

  242. AllieK says:

    I started hand sewing at around the age of 3 1/2 so I have done a lot of hand sewing over the years (I honestly do not remember a time in my life when I wasn’t sewing)… I find myself handsewing a lot while watching TV (since I can’t knit to save my life). Looking forward to this months topic!

  243. Becky says:

    Without even knowing you were going to do this I started hand-sewing (again) last month. I usually crawl in bed about 10 pm to watch the last prime time fav and then the Daily Show and Colbert Report. In those 2 hours I can hand stitch together 9 charms into a 9-patch. It is relaxing. Eventually I hope to transform all my 9 patches into disappearing 9 Patch squares and then a quilt.

    What fun this month will be!

  244. Sara Hemmeke says:

    Hand sewing spans all ages, as shown in “Little House.” Last year a young lady who babysat MANY girls got marries. So all the young girls and their moms each embroidered a 12″ square which was then made into a quilt to give the new bride. It was a beautiful way for younger girls to be part of the wedding and something the new couple will cherish forever.

  245. Rachel says:

    I still use Ma as my touchstone on how things should be done (well, ignoring the fact that she was rather prejudiced against ‘Indians’). Would Ma think that this was done well enough or would she want it done better and is probably right? would Ma eat the slightly green potato? Would Ma throw away these leftovers? Would Ma judge her neighbors/friends/coworkers like this? I love Ma and WWMD has been a wonderful way to think through life!

  246. Amy says:

    This is going to be a wonderful month! I find that I’m always happiest when I make time to do a little hand stitching. And thanks for the lovely “Little House” memories!

  247. craftytammie says:

    I used to do a lot of needlework, but have put it aside the last couple of years. I think this month will be very inspiring!

  248. Anne says:

    This is a wonderful idea! I am so looking forward to all of your entries. I need to prepare some “to go” kits to have all of my tools ready to grab and take along – one for hand embroidery, one for making felt stuffies, one for other little sewing projects like pin cushions – LOVE, LOVE, LOVE pin cushions and needlebooks.

  249. Melissa says:

    Great timing! I’ve been hoping to get started on some embrodiered tea towels for a friend’s wedding gift but I don’t really know how to embrodier that well. Can’t wait to learn. Thanks again, SMS.

  250. Tina says:

    I find hand-sewing very relaxing and satisfying. Making something with only your two hands, some thread and a needle. I can’t wait to see what you have cooked up for the month!! Fun!! By the way, I’m intrigued by your kit. I have much of that already, but it was interesting to see what others see as essential tools for hand-sewing.

  251. Water Works says:

    I look forward to all the posts of the month. I am loving my foray into embroidery and am currently adding our daughter’s name and baptism date to the family gown….just in time to use again this winter! I enjoy small, nimble projects that can be made portable. Thanks for a great month to come.

  252. Krystina says:

    Its like yoga with a needle and thread! I’m looking forward to this month!

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