Category: Sponsors + Partners

Crossroads Embroidery Series: Stem Stitch

Every month Amy Barickmon of Indygo Junctions shares with us an amazing free project and video tutorial to demonstrate a new embroidery technique. This month’s free celery/tomato cross stitch embroidery pattern is just retro enough to be modern, plus it’s a great skill builder, with clear instruction on how to do the Stem Stitch.

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9th Annual Handmade Holidays Prizes: Part ONE

We have a ton of excellent prizes lined up for you this year! Handmade Holidays starts November 1, and you can visit every day for new tutorials, recipes, printables plus several chances to WIN. We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for providing a big bunch of awesome prizes. (We want them all!) Here is Part ONE of our big list of items to win next month…

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Citronille Pattern Challenge

Michelle Morris of That Black Chic, Diane Reafsnyder from Gator Bunny and Sherri Sylvester of thread riding hood are our first featured sewists in the Citronille Pattern Challenge! They each sewed one of the Citronille women’s clothing patterns from this French designer, with patterns now translated into English! We also have a giveaway…

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How to Gather Fabric

Karen LePage of Gentle Clothing is working on a series of pattern booklets with Alison Glass, set to publish later this summer. One of the patterns in the series is the blouse below, all sewn up in Anna Maria Horner’s new Loominous fabric. Loominous is yarn-dyed with a big of sparkle and Anna Maria’s signature rich, vibrant colors.

Karen shows you how to gather fabric “almost perfectly, almost every time,” using her new blouse design in Loominous to demonstrate the easy technique. Karen’s Loominous is from Harts Fabric; they carry the full, gorgeous collection!

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The Fabric Design + Printing Process

Becca Jubie, co-owner of the online fabric store Quilt Sandwich Fabrics, fills you in on the fabric design and printing process. Becca interviewed industry leaders to give you insight into every step in the process of traditional fabric manufacturing. Quilt Sandwich Fabrics is also giving away fat quarters from Lotta Jansdotter’s Follie collection!

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“Best Sewing Needle”: Needle Comparison Guide

Teresa Coates and her sewing friends compared a wide selection of needles to see if the price or brand corresponds to a difference in quality. Which brand of needle is the best for the job? Teresa and her crew hit the pub for a hard-hitting investigative comparison to try eight different needles from five different companies. Learn all about their results, and comment for one of ten chances to WIN all of the needles in a darling, handy needle book made by Teresa…

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How to Appliqué with Plush Fabrics

Myra Harder and her daughter launched their latest venture, Robinson Pattern Company. Lately their company patterns focus on fun pillows using soft plush fabrics for appliqué. To introduce you to the Robinson Pattern Company and provide you with some tips for plush appliqué, Myra and her daughter created a free PDF Tutorial, full of tips for using plush fabrics to appliqué your own designs. There’s a giveaway too!

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Essential Techniques for Knit Clothing

Learn important information about sewing with knits on any machine, including tips for various necklines and hemming techniques. Karen LePage, founder of Gentle Clothing, is a “sewing with knits”-expert. Gentle Clothing is your source for artisan garments made from sustainable textiles, and Karen is your source for information on sewing knit clothing!

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Handmade Holidays Bonus: Star Light, Star Bright

We had too many wonderful themes to squeeze it all into one month, so here’s a little kick-off to a December full of bright and happy times. Thank you for a wonderful Handmade Holidays, and a special thanks to our many readers who curated exciting, interesting themes for us each day in November. They went above and beyond, finding the best, fresh tutorials for us all to enjoy!

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