Come to Salisbury, MD right now and you will see beautiful Crepe myrtles blossoms everywhere. These flowering trees are found in Red, Pink, Lavender, Purple and Rose, are chiefly known for their colorful and long-lasting flowers which occur in summer. I want to share pictures of these lovely trees that make a hot, hot summer bearable.
If you have ever seen my sewing you know I love decorative stitching. I have made trims and borders and used decorative stitching on smocking and heirloom sewing. One of my favorite tools to use is the circular stitcher. I have included some pictures to show you what I mean. I keep a Pinterest account to store all those creative ideas I see. If you have a creative use for the circular stitcher let me see it. If you have a Singer here is a link to the stitcher you can purchase.
Remember to stabilize the fabric before you try decorative stitching. A good choice is Fuse and Tear. The stabilzer keeps the circle from good astray and the stitches from puckering.
Recently Lilly took my beginning sewing class in Salisbury, MD. Sewers start with learning to thread the machine, sew seams and pivot at corners. Lilly learned the 5/8″ seam and the quarter inch seam and how the back tack. She made a pin cushion and a zipper pouch to keep her small sewing equipment in. In the next lesson I showed her how to read the pattern and cut out an apron that had a lot of sewing technique. Lilly learned marking, pressing, trimming, clipping, controlled gathers, sewing on a patch pocket, making a narrow top stitched hem, a facing and a casing. I sewed an apron along with Lilly and made it for my mom. Here are the pictures. Come and learn to sew, follow the link to enroll.
I recently had one of my former students contact me about making her some pillows. I usually do not sew for people but this was a special case. Her husband was a partner in my brother’s firm and had passed away about one month after Gerald. She has gathered about 25 shirts from her husbands closet and wanted them sewn into pillows to give as a memory to her grand children and her husband’s mother. It was an unusual request but I was surprised that Pinterest had a whole section on memory pillows made from shirts.
I looked up many ideas but decided on a few pictures for inspiration. I am going to pipe the pillow edges and use the machine to write her husbands name and birthday in the strips of a rail fence quilt square design. Another great idea is a pillow wrap as pictured here.
If you would like to try a pillow I give a one on one class on how to make the pillow with piping. The piping foot is available for most machines. If you would like to sew the patchwork, I also sell the 1/4″ foot.
Below find some very creative ideas.
If you have ever sewn your own clothes you know that fitting is the main issue most sewers have to over come when making a brand new dress or jacket or pair of pants. I have had many requests to teach pattern making and for the sewer to make their own patterns they need to understand fit.
In 2 -3 hour classes Jenny’s Sewing Studio will teach you to fit patterns. Get that perfect custom fit. You will use McCall 6901 basic fitted pattern. In class fit and sew a gingham basic fit dress to use as a base for future sewing pattern fit and design. You should be able to fit most dresses and shirts with skills learned in class.
In the first lesson bring McCall’s M2718 pattern and your 1/4″ check gingham in a pastel color. I will measure you and help you make all pattern adjustments. Cutting and marking the fabric will be done as time allows. Make sure you wear something form fitting to class so measurements can be taken over the leggings or leotard.
In the 2nd lesson we will sew and fit the pattern to create the perfect fit. A new pattern will be created as a reference for future sewing. This is an intermediate class and not designed for the beginner sewer.
Perfect Pant fit will also be available. Since these are one on one classes you can choose the best time to take the class. In 2 -3 hour classes Jenny’s Sewing Studio will teach you to fit a pant pattern. Get that perfect custom fit. You will use McCall 6901 basic fitted pattern.
In the first lesson bring McCall’s 6901 pattern and enough muslin and some sewing thread to create a fitting shell. I will measure you and help you make all pattern adjustments. Cutting and marking and sewing the muslin will be done as time allows. Make sure you wear something form fitting to class so measurements can be taken over the leggings or leotard.
You will need to cut out your new pants so we can construct a perfect fitting pair of pants in lesson 2. This is an intermediate class and not designed for the beginner sewer.
My mom is modeling the beautiful Spring day and the lovely flowers. This picture was taken May 2nd and the roses are lovely. The hydrangea are budding and the rhododendron are blooming. The weather has been lovely this week except for the wind. We are in for a big storm this weekend so I wanted to share the lovely flowers before they were tormented by the storm. If only Spring could last!
Since I live with my mom she has ruled the roost, no pets. To compensate I made a stuffed cat which is made from a soft velour. The cat has rhinestone eyes and I embroidered a cute face on it to remind me of a previous real pet cat. The stuffed black cat does not replace a cat pet but it is the next best thing. No litter box, no fur, no cat bites or scratches on furniture are found. The stuffed cat does not purr, meow or do cart wheels when I drag a feather on a string in front of it. My stuffed pet just sits in a chair and watches over us and smiles. My stuffed cat will do for now. If you want to share the pattern of my stuffed cat pet, here is the link.
My favorite embroidery is monochromatic. I think the 2 color scheme makes my embroidery more fashionable and much easier to blend into my wardrobe. My favorite color combo is black and white. Many years ago I created this wonderful purse. I have made many versions of this handbag since. The flap is the key to the design. I created this embroidery to fit the flap and it is available to you for free. I also made the pattern available for free. Have fun creating your own work of art. The design was made in FHE format. If you need another embroidery design format email me at firstname.lastname@example.org