Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
But of course being of the A.D.D. sort my mind is already spinning into next year and all the plans I have and things I need to get accomplished.. of course I will need a list for that so keep your eyes peeled for another fun printable to show up very soon! And since I am forever the tease.. I leave you with this photo.. giving you a sneak peek into the new year of designs here at Fresh Thread!
Keep Warm - Be Safe - Sew Happy!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
She did have on her collar and she has been micro chipped, we are putting up posters and have called all the local socities and vets. We will keep looking and keep praying.. we want her back home. We got Baily on Christmas day 10 years ago next week... not sure how to work without her lying on my feet while I am at my desk. ;-(
These little darlings are kept on a shelf in my studio year round. I had a buy a whole pre-bagged assortment of really freaky holiday ornaments just to get them ( don't worry..the whole bag was only $1). I think I totally wigged out the cashier lady when after the bag-o-ornaments was paid for I opened it up.. plucked out the three jewels and then asked her if they "took donation".. she said yes and so I handed her back the rest of the bag and went on my way
Monday, December 14, 2009
So when I do go on my yearly pilgrimage I try to make it worth my time by watching the trends I see working their way across the retail landscape. For some these might not be as easy to spot if you are there all the time ( sort of like not being able to see how big a puppy has gotten if you see them all the time) but for me they are very evident and I do think that it's important to pay attention to such things especially for those in the business of embroidery. While not necessary to follow all the trends at least knowing about them lets you keep up to date with what you embroider for yourself or offer to your customers.
One trend that I noticed was the notes of subtle embroidery. And while subtle it's also quite playful in it's placement. A small motif on the cuff of a sweat pant, the waist of some yoga pants or on the inner wrist area of a long sleeve knit t-shirt. Even on the inside waist band of some jeans! This is embroidery meant to charm the wearer, not announce it's location to the world. I was quite intrigued by this idea and my mind wandered to a few knit shirts that I have that might be good candidates for such a subtle bit of whimsy. ( I told you mopping the kitchen floor is a very solitary job around here.. no one had yet even said a peep to me.. quite nice really)
As I stood there and pondered my eyes fell to my work table piled high with socks that I embroidered a few days ago that needed to be readied for Christmas. In that pile was my trusty Sock Easy.. ohhhhhhh now there was an idea! So I went to work seeing if it would work.. in theory it should but I have had my share of crack-pot theories so it really was best to run a test. So I loaded up my Sock Easy just like Cookie taught me all those years ago ( shirt turned inside out just like doing a cuffed sock)..
I could instantly see that this idea had great promise. Problem being was that my cuff was much wider than a sock, but once stuck down in the hoop and with a small pin used to keep everything in place I was ready to go with the Sock Easy keeping the fabric clear of the stitching area. Cookie says to use a pin to remember which way is up.. I used a water soluble marker but I think both ideas are valid, but I am a goober about remembering to remove the pin so I went with the marker! So then to the machine..
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Second... remember that Christmas Eve Lovie goes away as of the 24th .. not to be seen again until the full holiday collection is released some time next year... like I said.. just saying :)
Happy Holiday sewing!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Due to the downturn in the economy my evening wear has not gotten much use over the past year.. to the point that some of it was getting actually dusty in my closet! So a quick dash into the vintage fabric stash netted me this great old vintage pillowcase to make into a dust cover for my less worn clothing. 1 pillowcase makes 2 covers. To this one I added some rick-rack and sewed it along what used to be the hem edge of the pillow case. On the other version I added a center monogram. If you are interested in a little tutorial for how I did this let me know and I will paste it up! :)
Sunday, December 6, 2009
So there you go.. I mess up.. you save money. If only all things in life were this easy to fix!
Much love and lots of thread,
p.s. the sale will only last till my guilt is gone... act quick.. I can be mercurial ;-)
Thursday, December 3, 2009
This design is part of the Sketchy Collection part I which is full of lots of fun and relaxed designs that we will showing off this week. This entire collection has been designed to run on t-shirt fabric including todays " tissue-weight" t's that can be difficult to stitch due to their thin nature. Make sure to use a layer of see -thru wash away on top and a light weight no-show stabilizer on the back for a perfect outcome each time.
Linda, please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can get your address and get your package in the mail to you!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Do remember that tonight in the end of the Cath Kidston drawing for the kitchen organizer.. so do make sure to go back to that post and add your name to the drawing by just clicking on the word COMMENTS at the bottom of the post.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Please note, due to the massively good point made by some who have written to me personally that it is the rush-rush holiday season I am showing mercy... just leave your name and addy in the comments and your name will be put in the hat for the drawing for the Cath Kidston kitchen organizer...mind you if you also include a story I might just throw in a little more ~blog~ love for you if you win!
Woo hoo!.. I could not be more thrilled to bring you this fun and easy to stitch collection and better yet to celebrate the new collection with a Cath Kidston Giveaway! So here is the full news, Chef Weights- "the cookbook weight that gives you back your hands in the kitchen" are now on sale in my Big Cartel store. So give a little love to your favorite chef in the form of the easy to stitch out Chef Weights. Chef Weights hold open even the most stubborn cookbook with ease and style. With three different phrases to choose from ( Kiss the cook, Good cooks never lack friends , Bon Appetit!) there is sure to be something just right for every cook on your holiday list.
The Chef Weights stitch out in a 5x7 or large frame and come in PES 6 format that everyone should be able to convert. The weighted filling is polly-pellets that are easy to find and make the
Don't forget like always we have included custom hang-tags made just for the Chef Weights. Print them on mid-weight kraft card stock for an especially charming presentation.
Ok.... now to the giveaway!..
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I have a whole other group of these bags getting ready to go over to the local pet boutique.. they are selling well for pet-lover stocking stuffers!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Each mama doll takes just a bit more than 10x10 piece of fabric or 1 layer of a quilting layer cake and the babies can be turned out by the handful from lots of scraps of different fabrics. You can find all the Lovies here ... and if you need one just for the holidays remember that the Christmas Eve Lovie and her babies are on sale now through the end of the month.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
The tag is available in the featured retro blue/green color combination and in a fetching lavender and green. They are yours for the taking. Do remember for these to look their best print them on light weight card stock and use your the photo printing feature on your printer for the best results. The tags print 6 to a sheet and then all you have to do it cut them out and punch a whole for a bit of twine to use as a tie-on.
Please also notice that the general theme of the tags is Winter so they can be used for many different holidays since I did not want to leave anyone out!
Friday, November 20, 2009
All it takes is some deco-fabric and some jumbo rick-rack and you have something very special indeed!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The pattern is a very reasonable $8 and the instructions are crisp and clear. I am thinking of using some patent leather vinyl in black for the shoe part.. how cute will that be???? For a very cool twist how about some Ed Hardy goth-ish fabric for the leg part??? Or... skin toned fabric and an embroidered ankle tatoo!! Oh the possibilities!!! Of course you could do it exactly like this and be happy forever.. don't you think?
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Perfect as a quiet toy to keep little ones amused during a long holiday church services or as a special Christmas Eve gift to help that long night pass a little quicker. Think about doing Lovie and her babies in fabrics to match that special Christmas dress or make her totally sparkle with some of this years great fabrics that are shot through with gold and silver threads! I am doing Lovie and her babies in the same fabric that I am making Christmas Pj's out of for some special little girls in my life! and I suspect she would be just charming done in velvet or very hip in deep purple suede for the teen in your life. ( hint- if you do Lovie for a teen .. pop an I-Tunes card into the baby pocket!.. it will be sure to be just what they wanted!)
Christmas Eve Lovie is at her first week introductory price for the next seven days.. after that she goes up to full price. You can find her here at my Big Cartel store.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
For the next project please forgive the wreck that is my studio.. we have just torn out the flooring ( new flooring soon as I can pick it) and are putting in new french doors and curtains... the place looks like it has just been ransacked by sewing pixies! and the photo.. well lets just say that after 5 photography is not in my talents!... but here it is... my second project on my new machine was a 3/4 length wool cape with velvet lined hood. The wool called my name one day while at the fabric store... it's coco colored with deep chocolate roses.. perfect for going out at night! I monogramed the inside of the hood and am now working on a purse to go with it!
In other "Fresh' news... oh boy people!.. I never knew that there was such a need for in-the-hoop coasters.. but I guess with the current Mad-Men style trend something retro like Cocktails at 7 is the perfect gift for a bunch of people on everybody's list!.. I am filling orders as fast as I can and I think everyone will be happy to know that my new website with instant download will be ready pretty soon!.. I know I sure will! So.. all that to say.. please be patient.. I am sending as fast as I can :)
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
What are YOU doing to make your sewing or crafting space more organized or fun to use?
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
What!.. you don't know what a Cupcake Charm is?... ~ falls over in a dead faint~ My dears.. it's one of the cutest vintage ways to make your cupcakes the hit of the party. Just print off the PDF File I have created for you!.. and then cut out the image ( keeping both circles together and the bridge..like a big figure 8).. then fold it in half and secure a toothpick inside( between the layers). using a bit of glue or double stick tape. Now poke it into the top of a yummy cupcake or on the appetizer platter of your adult Halloween party! Easy huh? P.s. use card stock and your best print setting!
So now you are ready with you food.. but are you heading off to the party without a hostess gift? ~ for shame~.. Do something quick and easy.. Make a small batch of Halloween Chapflaps.. all you need to have on hand is a bit of felt of spooky fabric.. it's very easy and the pattern will be retired come the strike of midnight on the 31st so get yours now!