Gathering Threads



    SAGA 2010 Convention in Norfolk, VA

    Posted by on May 02 2010

    May 1st has been marked on my calendar for a good month or so. That’s the day that registration opens for the 31st annual SAGA convention. This year, the event’s being held in Norfolk, VA, a part of the U.S. I’ve long had a desire to visit. I attended my first conference every last year, […]

    Book Review: English Smocks by Alice Armes

    Posted by on Apr 25 2010

    I have plans over the next several months to post reviews from time to time on interesting books on smocking, vintage sewing and other related titles from my library. No rhyme or reason to my collection – they’re simply titles I’ve collected over the years that I’ve found useful, interesting or inspiring, and wanted to […]

    Blue, Blue, My love is blue!

    Posted by on Apr 18 2010

    Have you seen the latest issue of Sew Beautiful? It’s gorgeous! with a capital ‘G’. Kathy Barnard, the editor, has really come up with a winner with the May/June issue, all built around the theme of blue. Of course, I might be a wee bit biased, since one of my garments is featured in the […]

    Smocking – the New International Language?

    Posted by on Apr 11 2010

    Hello, my name is Claire and I have a problem. Don’t worry! Nothing too serious. I just have an minor addiction to collecting craft and sewing books. Harmless and yet… There’s something so relaxing about curling up with a book and recharging, gathering inspiration, or planning the next project, wishful or otherwise 🙂 I’ve got […]

    What’s Old is New again

    Posted by on Mar 10 2010

    It probably comes as no surprise that I’m a bit of a vintage pattern enthusiast. So when I spied this pattern on Ebay last week – a McCall’s Smocktop pattern from the early 1930s – I knew I wanted it. A whopping $4 later, it was mine. Ah, the thrill of a bargain. In addition […]