Category Archive: Sewing

English Needles from the 1850s

Melanie at Catbird Studios just did a post on needle facts, and she mentioned, “By 1847 with the introduction of specialty machinery, more than 50 million needles were made each week in the… Continue reading

Laura I. Baldt and Clothing for Women

One of the vintage textile manuals I have is Clothing for Women: Selection, Design, and Construction by Laura I. Baldt, published by Lippincott in 1916 and 1924.   Baldt was an associate professor… Continue reading

Mary Schenck Woolman

Over the years, I have picked up several old weaving, sewing, and home economics manuals.  Their publication dates range from 1906 to 1964. I have always wondered about the authors of these books,… Continue reading

File It Away for Next Year

Due to a pre-Christmas cold, I did not get a chance to show you the gifts I made, in time for it to do you any good if you were looking for ideas. … Continue reading

A Productive Spell

It’s a crafter’s dilemma – should I finish each project before starting another?  Or is it okay to have multiple projects going at once? I like to have multiple projects going, but I… Continue reading

Flour Sacks – and More! – Quilt

My poor husband has been suffering from cabin fever, due to being stuck at home while recuperating from shoulder surgery, during weeks and weeks of rain.  He is able to work from home,… Continue reading

Say It With Linens

A few years ago I bought some vintage raw silk yardage and a single-size linen sheet with gorgeous hem-stitching.  I finally got around to turning them into pirate shirts for my daughter and… Continue reading

One Banner, Five Techniques, a Few Problems

Our neighbors have created their own holiday – Corn Day, a celebration of all things corn and corny.  The prize for the corniest joke is a large ugly ceramic tureen that looks like… Continue reading

Thread Comparisons

The last few days I have been playing with the threads that I bought at Quilt Festival, trying out different sizes for the top thread and bobbin, with different sizes of needles and… Continue reading

Denim, Chambray, and Self-Expression

A few months ago, Turner Classic Movies was running “Films about the Future”, and my husband and I watched “Logan’s Run.”  In case you haven’t seen it, the premise is that everyone is… Continue reading