Santa Embroidery on Velvet

by Jane Dempsey

I saw this Santa Design on Facebook and fell in love.  I have never embroidered on velvet, and it has 83,000 stitches.  But the design went on sale, so I bought it.

Prep Work

  1. As with all Embroidery Library designs, it is very dense, so I used my embroidery software to reduce the density. 
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Fireside Chat with Kimberly Jolly of the Fat Quarter Shop

We recently had the pleasure of doing this 20 minute interview with Kimberly Jolly. Kimberly is the owner of the Fat Quarter Shop and It’s Sew Emma. Between those two companies, she covers all sorts of quilting and cross stitching fabrics, supplies, and patterns. It was great fun to hear how this accountant turned creative and made her journey to where she is today.… Read the rest

After the Masks

When COVID sent us all inside, our minds were consumed with questions like


We needed something to combat all kinds of feelings.  Fear.  Boredom.  Lack of purpose.  And we had to find the solution to those feelings within the confines of our own homes.

Because we sew, many of us found the solace we needed right inside our sewing room. … Read the rest

Meet Ginny Stein, Embroidery Neighborhood Group Leader


Hi, my name is Ginny Stein and I am the NG leader of Hoopla Sisters, a machine embroidery group. As a young girl I had a grandmother, aunt and Mom who were sewists, knitters and crocheters. During the summers, my Mom taught me how to hand embroider and do crewel needlework.… Read the rest

Show Us Your Holiday Crafts

We’re very interested to see everyone’s Holiday crafts, hand-made gifts, projects etc.! We don’t get to see each other often enough to catch a glimpse of it all!

Send in pictures and a short description of your Holiday projects and I’ll post them here! An email can be send to the website manager address listed in the newsletter, or by contacting me through this form.… Read the rest

Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash


Show some love for handmade this weekend: Etsy Dallas is organizing its yearly Jingle Bash.

Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash
The Shops at Park Lane
8060 Park Lane. (East side of North Park & Central, take the Park Lane exit. Map here)

Please note that 8080 isn’t the right number, the location of the Jingle Bash is 8060 contrary to what is posted on Etsy Dallas’ website.… Read the rest

Luke Haynes Sew-Along

Luke-Deer-Quilt-week-two-feature-315x214px-wI just read that Luke Haynes, the quilter artist I blogged about a few weeks ago, joined the Bernina Sewing Expert team:

“Over the next few months I am going to share with you a few of my methods and some tricks I use in my studio. Then create a sew-a-long hosted by WeAllSew so we can make a project together and I can show you how to make a mini-quilt in a style a little different than most quilters use.”.Read the rest

Through the Needle

TTNO19-Cover-220pxAre you familiar with Through the Needle magazine?

Each issue of this magazine by Bernina features articles about our favorite creative past-time – sewing! With projects, tips & tricks, and feature articles from National and International BERNINA Educators and Artisans, there is something for everyone, Bernina owner or not. The magazine can be downloaded in pdf form or read online.… Read the rest

Monthly Chapter Meeting March 23rd

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Come play like you were a kid. Saturday the 23rd of March we will be making Easter egg treat bags.

Raid your stash for bits of trim, lace, ribbons, buttons and felt to decorate these small bags. The decorations can be glued or sewn, your choice.

Please bring:

  • Trims/ribbon/ric rack- as little as 5″ will work
  • scraps of felt
  • fabric scissors
  • glue or needle and thread
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Happy Trees mini quilt

Hop over to Jaceycraft’s blog for a cute Happy Trees Mini Quilt Tutorial!

You’ll need the following materials:

  • fabric scraps, cut into triangle shapes
  • Fusible interfacing (for example Pellon SF 101)
  • Batting (approx. FQ size)
  • Fat quarter of background fabric
  • fat quarter of backing fabric
  • 1/4″ yard of binding fabric
  • small scraps for tree trunks
  • Basting spray or safety pins

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Tiny gingerbread house

These 3D cookies from the blog NotMartha are great for everyone who’s not only goood with fabric, but also creative in the kitchen.

Check out NotMartha’s PDF pattern of gingerbread house pieces and instructions to make your own!

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