In Praise of Never-Ending Handwork: A Quilter’s Guilt-Free UFO

English paper piecing, needle-turn appliqué, hand quilting: these time-consuming handwork projects don’t appeal to everyone. But a project like this can be a genuinely rewarding work-in-progress. One that serves as a comfort, a project-on-the-go, and a mediative joy for a lifetime. (And in my case, I might mean that literally). Quilting UFOs (Un-Finished Objects) Several … Read more

An Interruption to Normal Service

Sunday, 13th November 2022 If you are s regular visitor to my blog or Instagram, you may well have already noticed that there has been a bit of a lack of content from me over the last couple of weeks. Usually I try and post a blog every three days however the fates and other … Read more

The joy of learning: online? or in-the-flesh?

The life of a fiber arts teacher As most of us return to teaching workshops in person, I’ve seen several musings on some of my colleagues’ blogs about their feelings and experiences of going back to teaching post-covid (not that I believe we are actually “post-covid”) !). I have been reticent to return to classrooms … Read more

Herringbone Stitch | Embroidery Tutorial

Herringbone stitch, as the name suggests, looks like a row of interlaced fish bones. This useful stitch is worth knowing for its versatile nature and the easy way it fills space on any piece of embroidery. Herringbone stitch is found in some quilting circles as part of ‘crazy quilting’ because it is an effective way … Read more

Sewing Machine Stitches – Best Stitches to Use

If you are new to sewing, you might be wondering “What are the basic sewing machine stitches I will need to use to get going on my first project?” Well, there are 2 sewing machine stitches you will definitely need and many more that are nice to have. sewing. Sewing Machine Stitches Sewing Machine Stitches … Read more

How To Soften Polymer Clay the Easiest Ways

Learning how to soften polymer clay is essential if you want to get the best results from this medium and if you want your clay to be soft and workable. This tutorial will show you 6 easy ways to transform hard or crumbly clay into soft, conditioned clay ready for use. How to Soften Polymer … Read more