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18th. c Passementerie fly fringe class supplies

Costuming and Chaos

The world is a pretty overwhelming place right now. Here in Washington, all the schools in 3 counties just closed for 6 weeks. The grocery store is absolute chaos. Life as we know it is suddenly suspended. For my own sanity, I want to escape into a world of pretty dresses and tea parties. To
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A Visit to Atlanta

Earlier this month I had the great pleasure of teaching my first classes of the year in Atlanta, Georgia. As always, the students make teaching in person a lot of fun, and it was great to meet some students that I already knew from online classes. This time I offered two classes: an 18th century
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Embroidery Inspiration – Ribbonwork

Ribbon embroidery and ribbon work reached a height of popularity in the 1920s, although it’s actually been around for some time. The three-dimensional texture of these designs is unmistakable, and working with ribbon instead of thread means designs can be completed comparatively quickly. You’ll see it on everything from designer evening gowns to delicate lingerie,
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New Year Embroidery Giveaways

As the new year approaches, do you have any goals to learn or perfect a skill next year? If embroidery is on your list, read on! Learn a New Skill Starting January 1st, I’m running another round of my popular Beginning Hand Embroidery class. In this class, we cover a dozen basic embroidery stitches that
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Lakewood passementerie class

18th c. Passementerie Classes – Paris & Lakewood

In the last few years, I’ve discovered I LOVE teaching and seeing how excited my students are to learn new skills. Online classes are all well and good, but there is something special about being able to connect in person.  In September I had two great opportunities to teach 18th c. passementerie & “fly” fringe
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Embroidery Inspiration – April Showers Bring May Flowers

Spring is finally here in the PNW, and not a moment too soon! In honor of May Day, here is a round up of embroidered items that capture the pastel loveliness of springtime. Let’s start with this fragment of embroidery featuring a trellis full of tulips, daffodils, and other flowers, from 1860-80. While not exactly
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Embroidery Inspiration – Chenille

Chenille is one of my favorite styles of embroidery, because it creates a lush, velvety surface while being a very easy technique to master. It’s all in the thread, and true chenille thread is as soft and fuzzy as the caterpillars it is named after. Somewhat resembling a pipe cleaner, chenille thread is made of
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The Historical Costumer’s Etsy Gift Guide

Christmas is almost here, and I’ve gathered together a list of items on Etsy that I’d love to see under my tree. They might be just the thing for your favorite historical costumer, as well! *Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission
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Matching an All-Over Design

Matching design elements up neatly is one of the topics I get the most questions about. It can be a bit intimidating, so in this post I want to show you a real life example of matching up one of my designs. First, in case you’re thinking “of course her examples are going to be
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18th c court suit embroidered with pansies and roses on violet velvet

Embroidery Inspiration – Violet and Violets

It’s springtime, the lilacs and pansies are in full bloom, and the only thing I’m missing is a patch of delicate wild violets. They’re one of my favorite springtime flowers, and sadly, I have none in my current yard. Obviously, I need to fix that! In the meantime, let’s take a look at all manner
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