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More Sewing and Embroidery for Your Home

This week I bring you And So To Sew and And So To Embroider, bulletins 14a and b, with more sewing for the home.

And So to Sew bulletin 14a

And So To Sew bulletin 14a includes cushions and loose covers of many types. Gusseted and flat cushions, two types of piping, removable covers for cushions and furnishing, and more.

And So to Embroider 14b by the Needlework Development Scheme

And So To Embroider 14b includes projects for your 1950’s bedroom and a few new stitches. Embroidered jewellery boxes, coat hangers, dressing table mats and a wall pocket. New stitches this week are Maltese cross (aka Gujrati stitch), and interlaced herringbone. I’ve included modern video and photo tutorials for these, for anyone who learns best by demonstration (like me).

I hope you’re enjoying these series. If you’d like to keep notified, don’t forget to subscribe to the site so you can receive an email for every new download, pattern or project.

Sarah

New Knitted Lace Border Pattern!

Knitted lace border with eyelet pattern of double diamonds and pennant flags

This week’s knitting pattern is based on a knitted doily edging from 1884. The reason it took me two weeks to get this one online, rather than giving it to you last week is because I had to rework the way the diamonds transition from one to the next, and kept changing my mind about how to do it, which meant a LOT of knitting.

I hope you enjoy the new pattern for the Knitted Diamond and Flag Border.

If you enjoy knitted lace edgings, don’t forget to check out the whole collection! My collection of knitted collars (because they’re usually just big edgings), insertions and edgings.

Sarah

Embroider and Sew for Your Home with the NDS

This week’s installments of “And So To Sew” and “And So To Embroider” are all about giving your home a little love.

And So To Sew bulletin 13a by the NDS

And So To Sew bulletin 13a is all about soft and hard furnishings with instructions to make a bedspread with frill or pleats, pillows, fancy up your dressing table with a skirt, a wall pocket for all your bits and pieces and so much more.

And So To Embroider bulletin 13b

And So To Embroider bulletin 13b teaches you how to design and liven up your curtains and cushions with embroidery and clever self made fabric trims. From box pleated trims to a clever folded triangular edging that can be used on a range of different projects (I think it would be really cute on the bottom of a little’s girl’s skirt).

This week marks almost the halfway point for our And So To Sew series, and a third of the way through And So To Embroider. I hope you’re enjoying them as much as I do.

If you’d like to check out the rest of the series that I have uploaded so far, plus a large range on vintage embroidery and sewing books, check out the whole collection on the “Vintage Embroidery and Sewing Books” page. And don’t forget to come back next week for more!

Sarah

And So to Week 12 – Embroidery and Sewing from the NDS

And So To Sew 12a

This week “And So To Sew” bulletin 12a teaches you how to measure yourself and choose the right size sewing pattern and make basic alterations to the length and width.

And So To Embroider 12b - Designing with cut paper motifs - edited for modern embroiderers

While my edited version of “And So to Embroider” 12b takes designing embroideries with paper even further, teaching you how to change your pattern by using different stitches. These designs are used on a patchwork beach bag, felt handkerchief sachet, and woollen baby blanket.

As always, I have included modern videos or photo tutorials for all of the techniques used.

Sarah

Today’s Uncommon Knitting Pattern

A yellow knitted lace edging with wide open bands of textured lace and a pointed edge

Today’s knitting pattern is a very unusual lace edging rescued from the advice column of the Melbourne Leader from 1884. I’m a sucker for any 19th century lace edging that doesn’t have a picture of the finished lace, because they’re usually ignored or missed by modern knitters and are sometimes very special, like this one.

Check out the knitting pattern for “Uncommon Lace”. I’ve updated, charted and test knit it so you don’t have to.

Sarah

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