April 21, 2008

Updates on Tiaras & Swiss Tulle

If you have been waiting for either the Silver and Pearls Tiara or the Garden Pearls Headband tiara, they have arrived and are ready to ship!

A note about the Silver and Pearls Tiara - It was on sale when we ran out of them, so we will extend the sale a few more days to give you a chance to order yours at the sale price of only $22.95.

These tiaras are so pretty! Both are silver plated and have pretty little seed pearls. Girls of all ages love them! Perfect for flower girls, brides, birthdays and many more special occasions.

Update on the white Swiss Tulle (netting) from Bear Threads Ltd. -

There's good news and bad news on this fabric. The good news is that Bear Threads has sent us all of the white Swiss Tulle that they had in stock.

The bad news is that there is a only a very small amount of it. Bear Threads told us that they do not know when they will be getting anymore of it in from Switzerland.

If you will be needing any white Swiss Tulle it is a good idea to order as soon as possible before it is sold out. By the way, Bear Threads did say that there is plenty of the Ivory color Swiss Tulle available.

Swiss Tulle is softer than English Netting, it also has smaller holes. You can see a comparison picture on the main website.

April 18, 2008

Sewing With Kids - Yes It Can Be Fun!

Several months ago, feeling very brave, I invited all 3 granddaughters to my sewing room. I needed a project that could be sewn fast and would capture and hold their attention.

The pull-on skirt in Martha Pullen's Sew Kool 4 Kids was chosen for the pattern. Hannah and Maleah wanted red skirts and Ashleigh wanted a blue one. We used Featherwale Corduroy, but any medium weight fabric would have worked.

All three of them wanted to decorate their skirts with machine embroidery and decided on a butterfly design. For the younger girls we used a butterfly design from Martha's Mini Collection. Ashleigh wanted a larger butterfly and chose the one from Dainty Designs.

The machine embroidery turned out great. It was very easy using the Floriana Wet and Gone Tacky. With this particular stabilizer, you do not hoop the fabric. Instead of hooping the fabric, you hoop the stabilizer and place the fabric on the sticky stabilizer. Very easy!

Because I didn't want the embroidery stitches to sink down into the corduroy fabric, we placed a water soluble stabilizer on top of it before stitching. The girls were absolutely fascinated with the embroidery machine!

That was Hannah's first time at seeing a piece of flat fabric turn into a cute skirt that she could wear! At only 4 years old, she loves clothes.

Managing Children in Your Sewing Room

The secret to managing energetic kids in your sewing room is to "de-energize" them! Earlier in the day, I sent Ashleigh and Maleah over to my son's (Hannah's daddy) house where there are acres and acres for them to run and jump and play to their heart's content!

When they returned, along with Hannah, they were more than ready to sit still and relax in the sewing room!

In the following video, you can watch them de-energizing before our sewing session.

Have a great weekend!

2 New Patterns!

A-Line Christening Gowns II from Ginger Snaps Designs

Many of you have been looking for a baby gown pattern that is suitable for infant boys. In the latest pattern from Ginger Snaps you will find gown designs especially for baby boys!

The gowns are easy to sew and there are several variations which are adaptable to both infant girls and boys. Sizes Preemie, Newborn, Infant and Large

Sunsuit and Sundress from Creations By Michie

Start sewing for summer with the latest sunsuit and sundress pattern from Creations By Michie. Choose an embroidered, plain or a smocked yoke.

Quick and easy and fun to sew! Sizes 3 - 24 months

Both of these patterns are in stock and ready to ship.

April 11, 2008

Heirloom Dress for Young Ladies

The New Orleans Insertion Dress pattern from Ginger Snaps Designs is a very pretty heirloom dress for an older girl.

For a piano recital, the double ruffles hang gracefully from the piano bench. The dress is embellished with pintucks, insertions and lace.

Bearissima or Bearissima II Swiss Batiste would be an excellent choice for this beautiful dress, very elegant.

All Ginger Snaps patterns have detailed instructions and illustrations.

It is a multi-sized pattern including sizes 6 - 14.

Read more about the New Orleans Insertion Dress.

Spring is in Bloom in Alabama

It's a sunny 85 degrees here in west Alabama today. The azaleas and wisteria are in full bloom!

April 4, 2008

Heirloom Baby Quilt from Martha Pullen

If you are a regular reader of Sew Beautiful magazine, you'll probably recognize this heirloom quilt project. It was featured in several issues.

You will have so much fun creating this beautiful baby blanket. If you are new to heirloom sewing you will also enjoy sewing it.

The book is sub-titled "A Beginners Project" because all you need is a basic knowledge of sewing and a zigzag sewing machine.

Read more about Heirloom Baby Quilt: A Beginner's Project

Special Offer!!!

Save 15% if you purchase both the Heirloom Baby Quilt book PLUS the Beginning Heirloom Sewing By Machine DVD together.

With this book and the instructional DVD, you will be heirloom sewing like a pro in no time at all! They will give you the confidence you need so that you can fully enjoy heirloom sewing.

See the Special Offer

Unadvertised Sales!!!

If you don't already have Martha Pullen's Silk Ribbon Treasures and her Antique Embroidery book, here's your chance to pick them up on sale.

A "heads up" tip - In the past, the Martha Pullen Co. has discontinued publishing some of her classic books and patterns without any notice to the public. We usually don't learn about it until they are sold out and gone forever.

Silk Ribbon Treasures and Antique Embroidery are 2 of Martha's classic books. As far as we know, they are still in publication. However, they both have copyright dates prior to 1999. Based on past experience, I would recommend that you do not delay purchasing either of these books.

I repeat, we have not heard any news about how long these 2 books will be in publication. We just thought that maybe some of you, especially those who collect Martha's books, would like to be made aware.

We love all of Martha's books and and wish they all stayed in publication forever. If anybody wants us to post the copyright dates of any of Martha's other books that we carry, either write to us or click the comment link at the bottom of this post and write your question there.

See Silk Ribbon Treasures and Antique Embroidery

Have a great weekend!