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Songs for Winter is an exhibition by Quiltmaker Pauline Burbidge and sculptor Charlie Poulson

Songs for Winter; a two-person exhibition by Quilter Pauline Burbidge and her sculptor husband Charlie Poulson

At: City Art Centre, Market Street Edinburgh  until 4 March 2018

Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12 noon-5pm.  Free entry

I was lucky enough recently  to be invited to a curated viewing of ‘Songs for Winter’.  The special viewing was organised by Thistle Quilters, and limited places were offered to Embroiderers Guild and EDGE Textile Artist members. So I obviously jumped at the opportunity. The guided tour was being given by the artist Pauline Burbidge herself.  It was insightful and inspiring to listen to Pauline talking about her techniques and working processes, and to have the opportunity to ask questions.

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Travelling Books Project

I’ve often mentioned the Embroiderers Guild ‘Travelling Books’ project on my Facebook page. There’s about 24 members of our Guild branch involved and we started last October by all being given an A5 sketchbook. The idea is that we each chose a theme for our book, and do a small piece of embroidery inspired by that theme.
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Sewing bad habits you should avoid

Everyone has sewing bad habits.  Some of these I can smugly say that I never do. But there are a couple of these 12 sewing crimes that I commit frequently. How do you measure up with my ‘Dirty Dozen’? Are you guilty as charged?
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Sewing jersey fabric. A dresssmkaing pattern for jersey stretch knit fabrics

Sewing jersey fabric

Sewing jersey fabric can be fun and very satisfying.  You can make all types of clothes from T-shirts, leggings, dresses, tunics, pyjamas and more.  Jersey fabric is soft to wear, drapes well, and tends to crease less than wovens.

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Academy awards for sewing patterns

Academy Awards – for Sewing Patterns

The talking point of last night’s Academy Awards ceremony was undoubtedly the announcement of the wrong winner of Best Film.  But my attention as always was on the stunning gowns. So I thought I’d take a look at some of the sewing patterns around that are worthy of an Academy Award themselves.
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Beginners Sewing Patterns

Beginners Sewing Patterns

Beginners sewing patterns may not be the most glamorous or fashion-forward designs. But when you’re just starting out on your sewing journey, it’s easy to get carried away with your ambitions and take on too much.  Perhaps you aspire to design Oscar-red-carpet worthy frocks for A-list celebs. Just take a look at the gorgeous outfits worn by Emma Stone on the Golden Globes La-La-Land tour.  But Prada and Gucci gowns such as these are highly-technical feats of textile engineering requiring the very best of precision cutting and sewing techniques. My advice is to take a Beginners Sewing Course to learn the correct techniques.  Concentrate on learning the basic sewing techniques and doing them well. Then building up your skills by making simple shaped garments in easy-to-handle fabrics. Gradually, you’ll increase your repertoire until you can take on the most advanced projects.
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Christmas Rag Wreath

How to Make a Christmas Rag Wreath

Making a Christmas Rag Wreath

Make a Christmas Rag Wreath to add a personal touch to your festive decorations.  It can be made from fabric leftovers – just whatever you’ve got lying around. Also, it’s really easy so it’s a great craft project for children.
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