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Small Business Saturday 2015

First off, thank you so much for your support this year! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know people through the blog and Facebook page, and I love your excitement about what I’m doing. We’re coming up fast on the holidays, and it seems like everyone has a sale going on. I’ve never been a Black Friday
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Planning for 2016

I can’t believe 2015 is almost over. This time last year I was working hard on my first embroidery designs, and I’ve learned so much since then. Thank you to everyone who cheered me on, tested designs, and bought the final product. I couldn’t do it without you! I tackled quite a few things this
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18th c. Fichu – Corner Options

I’m working on the 18th c. fichu from the Met this weekend, designing a corner (or maybe two) and some engageantes to match the border and tapered end I created in August. This involves a bit of guesswork, since there is only one view of the fichu on the museum’s website, and no information about
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Hand embroidery designs are here!

  The second most frequently asked question* this year has been, “do you sell hand embroidery designs?” Finally, I can say YES!  Romantic Recollections now offers  hand embroidery patterns, machine embroidery designs, and custom orders. I’ve been busy these past few weeks, crafting the new PDF format so that the hand embroidery patterns would be accompanied by just as
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Snowy White Linen Tape on Spool

Snowy White Linen Tape

Over the last few years I have fallen in love with 18th century clothing. I started out exclusively sewing by machine, but before long found myself enticed by the hand sewing techniques of the era, as well. In many cases I’ve discovered that hand sewing produces results that I couldn’t achieve by machine, and in
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Heat Away Stabilizer after Use

Heat Away Stabilizer Review

Have you ever used a heat away stabilizer? I barely knew they existed when I wrote my previous stabilizer post, so I put it on my list of things to try out. To be honest, I find stabilizer choices to be overwhelming. Cut away, tear away, wash away, tear AND wash, sticky backed or not – oh, wait, what’s the
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Delving into Hand Embroidery

I have to admit right up front, my journals and my hand embroidery projects share many similarities.  I love picking out notebooks, I get excited and diligently write something every day, and then.. well.. it gets added to the pile of journals that only have about 10 pages filled out. And even though I know I have
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A Regency bonnet veil

Earlier this summer I received an inquiry about making a Regency bonnet veil, which was exciting because I hadn’t considered that application for my embroidery designs. The inspiration example showed a length of wide antique lace, very delicate and flowing. Of course, embroidery and lace are different, but good lace in wide widths can be difficult
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The 10 foot Fichu

I make samples of all my products before I put them up for sale, because I want you to see real examples, not just a rendered drawing of what it might look like. For something like a border, I simply stitch out enough repeats to give a good impression of how it would look on a gown.
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Costume College 2015

I look forward to Costume College every year, because not only do I learn a ton from other talented costumers, I get to reconnect with friends from around the world. Previous years have planted the seeds for some of the collaborations that blossomed this year, and I value the connections I’ve made with other female business
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