To get my new studio's stitching nights off to a great start, I decided to create a few small projects to share with my fellow stitchers. First up were my lavender sachets, then we made Alabama Chanin flowers from Alabama Stitch Book, and last month I decided to try something a little different. I had … Continue reading Cuff Bracelets
Last fall, I preordered Natalie's newest book, The Geometry of Stitches. When it was delivered in November, I was so pleased. Not only did it describe many of the decorative stitches that Alabama Chanin uses to embellish their garments, but it included some great tools to help even a beginner master the stitches. My … Continue reading The Striped Scarf
Ever wanted to buy one of Alabama Chanin's scrap fabric bundles and you weren't sure what to do with it? Here's what I did.
Events, Holidays, Freezing temps, it's been a whirlwind since I last wrote so I figured I needed to take a moment to catch up. My holiday events were such a great experience; I got to talk with some people who already know about Natalie and Alabama Chanin and to introduce some new people to hand … Continue reading 2018 Catch up
A couple of months ago, I saw an Alabama Chanin post on Instagram where they were having a community day, and they had an activity set up where participants could use 4" x 4" squares of their organic cotton, both plain and stenciled, to try their hand at hand stitching. What a great opportunity! Like … Continue reading Sachet Tutorial
First of all, I want to thank all of the people who I've met recently in my attempt to spread the word about Alabama Chanin and what a great company they are, sharing their values and commitment to community. I've told quite a few of the people I would be uploading a tutorial soon on … Continue reading Never Stop Learning
It's hard not to view the images of the Alabama Chanin Flag and not be inspired. When I was at the factory, I coveted the flag they had on display. Then last December Alabama Chanin announced in their journal they decided to discontinue this version of the flag quilt DIY kit. It was hard to … Continue reading Old Glory
Sometimes, it’s the unexpected finds that are the best. One of the treasures I discovered when I visited The Factory last November was a beaded and ruffled clutch. I didn’t discover it until the last day as it was quietly sitting on a shelf of fabric scraps. I think that’s one of the things that … Continue reading DIY Clutch
In the spirit of July, I started working on my flag quilt kit from Alabama Chanin. It's a little overwhelming, around 150 panels, but I'm hoping I can get some friends to help! The first panel I decided to tackle was panel "ZZ" - a 5" x 16" strip of Apple fabric with the facets … Continue reading Facets and Pockets
I was having a conversation with a friend the other day while we were walking our dogs; the topic, transitions are hard. In my case, the transition into summer vacation. It started the end of May when my volunteer job, co-chair of the 8th grade dance, kicked in. I lost track of Me Made May, … Continue reading Where did June go?