Costume College Classes

Costume College class confirmations went out this week. I’m happy to announce that I’ll be teaching two machine embroidery classes this year. The first is a repeat of a class I taught last year, Getting Started with Machine Embroidery. I cover the basics of choosing a machine, designs, thread, fabric, and stabilizers with particular attention
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7 Tips for Perfect Wool Embroidery by Machine

In my previous blog post I showed you the new crewelwork design I’ve been working on. I love wool threads for their texture, but they can be tricky to work with. I’ve created a list of 7 tips for perfect wool embroidery by machine. I hope these tips help you get perfect wool embroidery the next
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Musings on Regency Waistcoats

Do you have one of those friends who will come over and ask the exact question you’ve been trying not to think about because it will slow down your project? Well, I do, and his name is Christopher. It’s always that question I know I should do something about, but it’s difficult or tricky or
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Coming up in 2016

Thank you to everyone who voted in the design poll!  It’s closed now, and I’m happy to share the results with you. #1: 18th c. and Regency borders:  I admit I was a little surprised by this, since I had worried you might be bored with borders by now. However, it was clearly the winner, so
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2016 Design Poll – Early Results

First off, thank you to everyone who has voted in the poll so far – I really appreciate your input! I’ve added several of your suggestions to the poll, so that others have the chance to vote on them, as well. They are great suggestions, so keep them coming. I have to admit that so
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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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Historical Hand Embroidery Patterns Are Here!

NEW! Historical Hand Embroidery Patterns The second most frequently asked question* this year has been, “do you sell historical hand embroidery patterns?” Finally, I can say YES! Romantic Recollections now offers historical 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 historical hand embroidery
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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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