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    Book Review: Art of Crewel Embroidery by Mildred Davis

    Posted by on Feb 07 2015

    I’m a glutton for punishment.  One of my resolutions for 2015 was to improve my embroidery skills and try more surface embroidery.  With that in mind, I enrolled in the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada’s Basic Crewel correspondence course at the beginning of January. Thus far, I’m underwhelmed.  I’d been a member of the EAC a […]

    Book Review: Simple Appeal by Kim Diehl

    Posted by on Sep 26 2014

    Ever since I tackled Spring Bouquet, I’ve been addicted to applique.  When I saw that Kim Diehl had a new book out, Simple Appeal and that it featured a number of quilts that combined piecing and applique, I was sold.   I liked the combination of traditional colours with a modern flair. I was especially attracted […]

    Book Review: Primarily Quilts by Di Ford

    Posted by on Nov 16 2013

    Since my sewing time’s been pretty much eliminated by school work, I thought I’d share my thoughts on a book I recently purchased.  Those who can’t, in other words, read about it instead Primarily Quilts is by Di Ford, an Australian quilter who specializes in vintage and reproduction quilts. Her work is exquisite.  Master level […]

    Raise the Roof: a new pieced quilt project

    Posted by on Apr 22 2013

    You’d think after finishing Spring Bouquet, I’d be all quilted out, but apparently not.  I hadn’t even finished appliqueing all those flowers down and I was already planning my next quilt, which I intended to be a pieced quilt. I borrowed Carrie Nelson’s “Another Bite of Schnibbles: 24 Quilts from 5 and 10″ Squares” from […]

    Book Review: Simplified Smocking by Helena Buehler

    Posted by on Jul 23 2010

    I picked up this interesting book, “Simplified Smocking” by Helena Buehler from Abebooks last year for a song. My copy was published in 1916; I’ve since since re-prints issued by several online sellers on Ebay and Etsy. This book is notable because while several of my Victorian-era embroidery books mention smocking among other techniques, it […]