• Learn How To Make An Embroidered Knit Pillow

    July 21, 2016 Kate

    Guess what! I just posted my very first video tutorial over on Skillshare, showing you how to make this embroidered knit pillow. Here’s a link where you can sign up for free until Sunday July 31st (no Skillshare membership needed, no credit card on sign up). After that promo period you’ll need a membership to access…

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  • 1930s Handmade Applique Tablecloth

    November 5, 2015 Kate

    In addition to the stunning 1940s photograph of my grandparents, Vera also gave me this sweet tablecloth her mother made roughly 85 years ago. It’s applique with a tatted edge. She knows I’m into this sort of thing so she made sure to show it to me during our visit. She remembers her mother sitting at the…

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  • Vintage Butterick & Walker’s Embroidery Patterns

    August 27, 2015 Kate

    A follow up to the post on my Grandmas White Zig Zag Sewing Machine, here are a few of her embroidery patterns. I’m not sure when these were published, but I think the illustrations and designs are so sweet. I just love finding old packing. I’m so intrigued by the layout, type, illustrations, text… all…

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  • Updated Embroidered Knit Pillow

    July 27, 2015 Kate

    A year or so ago I was messing around with the idea of a knit pillow and came up with this. I was really happy with how the concept turned out, embroidered knits, but it hasn’t proved as functional as I would like. The yarn I used was quite scratchy, I didn’t anchor down the embroidery…

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  • Handmade Nursery Rhymes Quilt

    June 12, 2014 Kate

    I think this is just darling… nursery rhyme characters embroidered on cut up muslin flour sacks. My Mum’s grandmother Hannah and her sisters would have done this on the farm in the 1920s or 1930s. What a great way to repurpose the muslin bags their flour and sugar would have come in (which they also sewed…

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  • Monochrome Knit Pillow

    April 28, 2014 Kate

    I was the luckiest of ladies to be gifted with a former weavers gorgeous stash of wool recently. I’m talking huge cones of wool and bags and bags of beautiful rovings. Ya, the good stuff. Since the cones of wool are ideal for weaving and too course for apparel (although I’ve toyed with the idea…

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  • Makers Inspiration #3

    August 19, 2013 Kate

    Izziyana Suhaimi creates some of the most beautiful embroidery I’ve ever seen, mixing a traditional craft with modern mediums and subject matter. The above piece, Friends to Keep You Warm was a collaboration with L’ILE AUX ASHBY in 2012. I like the idea of experimenting with embroidery on sketch and think it would make a great gift or…

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  • ‘The Red Man’ Petit Point

    August 8, 2013 Kate

    To think I thought embroidery looked tedious… This is a petit point my Nana did of an Indian chief called The Red Man. If you’re wondering what petit point is, I understand it to be a more intricate form of needlepoint using very small, fine stitches on single threads of canvas or cloth (if you…

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  • Makers Inspiration #2

    August 2, 2013 Kate

    “I believe that true innovation happens where different disciplines converge.” In her collection, Human vs Technology, Larissa Zemke experiments with laser engraving on leather to create this stunning collar. You can see the design process behind her works on her Cargo Collective website. The girl makes some pretty incredible stuff. I discovered Amy Sia on Society 6 (if you’ve…

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  • Handmade Patchwork Coat

    July 25, 2013 Kate

    Meet Hannah, my great-grandmother. Here she is (center in the enviable specs) with my mum (left) and my nana (right). Like many women of her generation, she was always in the midst of something, always creating, whether it be in the garden, the kitchen or living room. A maker in the truest sense of the…

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