The Long Thread Offers Squirrel Friends Applique Project


Ellen at The Long Thread blog has provided a quick no-sew applique project. Offering templates for one or two squirrels, instructions and materials are provided so you can add these appliques to T-shirts, aprons or whatever takes your fancy.

HTC Retail’s Trans-Web, 4000-7, , is a versatile fusible interfacing that is ideal for appliques and can be machine washed and tumble-dried, making it perfect for a project like this.

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Nordic Needle Announces Hardanger Embroidery Design Contest 2017


Nordic Needle has announced its 2017 Hardanger Embroidery Design Contest. Unique and original designs are being sought for this contest, Entries will be judged on beauty, workmanship, technique and originality. A photo of the entry and an entry form must be submitted before March 31, 2017.

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Craftsy Offers Heirloom Sewing Essential Techniques Class


Craftsy has provided a class in Heirloom Sewing Essential Techniques taught by Susan Stewart.  After learning how to choose the best materials, patterns and lace for a true heirloom look, you will learn classic touches with entredeux, scalloped lace edges, and shaped-lace heart and diamond embellishments. Perfect pintucks, Madeira appliqué and exquisite cathedral lace windows will be shown, plus Susan will share the basic techniques for heirloom pleating and smocking.

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Sewing & Stitchery Expo Announced for March 2017


The Sewing & Stitchery Expo has been announced for March 2-5, 2017 in Puyallup, Washington at the Washington State Fair Event Center. This show features a large vendor floor, hands-on classes, free demos, over 100 daily seminars and 6 different free style shows every day.

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How to Protect An Embroidered Quilt Block With HTC Cloud Cover Stitch


Home sewer Shelia Cosper talks about her genealogy quilt and using Cloud Cover Stitch to protect the back of her quilt squares. Go to to read full blog.

Make It & Love It Shows How To Make A Child’s Cinderella Halloween Costume


Ashley at Make It & Love It has provided a tutorial on making a little girl’s Cinderella Halloween costume. She shows all the steps needed to make a from-scratch outfit custom fitted to your own child, using lots of pictures and detailed instructions.

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Craftours Offers Quilting Adventure In Iceland Tour December 2016


Craftours is leading a quilting tour in Iceland December 1-9, 2016.  This trip includes sightseeing, Christmas markets and visits to local fabric stores. Luke Haynes, noted experimental quilter is the special guest instructor.

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