Category Archives: embroidery

Ann-Pressed
Binding Completely by Machine – Part 1

Quilters seem to have mixed feelings about binding. For some, it is a relaxing, pleasurable last step in completing a quilt, perhaps providing time to reflect on the person to whom the quilt is being given or how it will be used in the home for years to come. Others may find it a bothersome, time-consuming task keeping them from the next exciting quilt project. I tend to be somewhere in between. I enjoy hand-sewing and don’t mind adding binding. However, ...

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Vintage Quilt Mending, Part 1

I swear I’m only 5’2″ The sewists and quilters in my family have always been practical women: The mentality of “Make things you can use or wear, or don’t make them at all!” is pretty close to the mantra they all held and hold…one I also carry with me. This quilt my great grandma made was and still is no exception to that mentality! It’s ...

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Rainbow Cartouche Embroidery Pillow

My dear friend just celebrated a monumental birthday and I wanted to do something nice for her to let her know how much I love and appreciate her!  She is a giant fan of rainbows, rainbows of any kind!  So, I decided to embroider a pillow for her, using my Cartouche Embroidery Pattern.  You’ve seen my original version, but I wanted to do something different and show you the ...

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Inspired antiquing!

One of my favorite things to do is take road trips and discover antique shops.  Every time I see an antique shop my heart skips a beat.  I love walking into a shop and being amazed at every corner I turn.  I’m always thrilled to see art and objects I’ve never seen before, or see striking antique textiles or quilts.  To be honest, before I worked at CT I didn’t really pay that much attention to quilts, but now it’s almost one of the first things I spot.  I immediately go up to it and feel it, and gaze at the fabric and the piecing.  I love the “worn and laundered” quality of them.  I try and imagine where it came from and who created such a wonderful piece.

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A Hexie Primitive Home

OK, so, this is the worst it gets! All uphill from here. The next quilty task I pulled out of my closet was this Hexie project. It really doesn't qualify as a UFO because the next step was taking it to the framer. It was all finished... that is, hand pieced, hand embroidered, embellished with cute little buttons and hand quilted! All it needed was to be tucked inside a frame. I guess I didn't want to bother with that. As you probably guessed, this took no time at all ~ just a trip to the nearest craft store and they did all the work! I love it! Wahoo!

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Golden Age Pillow Pattern – Free Download

The focal print in Golden Age, “Old Hollywood” is such a striking print and an unusual one, compositionally speaking.  I love it!  I think it’s so pretty and so interesting!  Knowing that this print would be a bit more challenging to work with, I knew instantly I wanted to showcase it by creating a decorative accent pillow.  I also knew I wanted to incorporate embroidery to give it a more three dimensional effect.

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Wool All Round!

Candy Corn Image Hear! Hear! to all you woolie lovers out there! Come see wool in the round for a bevy of holiday bedizements! Wahoo!

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Heart Pincushion

I was thinking…  what can be made for Valentine’s Day that’s fun, but not too much work. A pincushion is perfect! Where to begin, so I started drawing the most obvious image, a heart. How about, two hearts that fit together so well that without one it would look like something was missing? Hey, February is American Heart Month! Perfect!

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Return of the Snow People

What do you do when a friend gives you half their wool stash? Hummmm… I was over at Teri’s house when she decided to purge her wool stash. Now, this is not just a casual stash; it was a well-cherished, thought-out cache of woolie love. And, this is only half of it!

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Floral Fiesta Embroidered Pouch

Mexican folk art was a huge inspiration for not only my Fiesta collection, but also for my embroidery pattern. I love folk art embroidered peasant blouses and dresses. I'm drawn to the vivid colors and symmetrical design elements. The motifs themselves are simple, but composed of so many different elements, makes such a bold and striking statement. The tightly packed embroidery and boldness of colors just make me smile.

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