Essential Quilting Supplies For Beginners?

Essential Quilting Supplies

Essential quilting supplies are necessary for having quilting for a hobby and an art form that has been around for years. There are many reasons to become interested in quilting. Maybe you are just looking for something to do in your free time, or maybe you are looking for a way to connect with a beloved grandparent.

Quilters often pass their skills down through their families, making it a family event and making the quilts precious family heirlooms. Before you can start it you will need your quilting supplies and this article will help you find them!

Although it probably seems very intricate and complicated, it is actually a no frills hobby...

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Create Your Own Peyote Stitch Patterns

Create your own peyote stitch patterns seems like an interesting article.

Our fascination with creating a fabric by stitching or weaving tiny beads together is not new. The Egyptians created burial garments using peyote stitch patterns over 4000 years ago! The technique got its name from the Native American’s who created beaded items for ceremonial events. Over the years the techniques have changed although the name has stayed the same.

Because of the beading, peyote stitch patterns are most often used to create jewelry and items like small handbags, gloves, scarves and sweaters. Another item created by the peyote stitch are wonder beads or super beads, which are larger beads used in jewelry created out of several smaller peyote stitch patterns.

Peyote stitch patterns are the most popular ...

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Patchwork Quilting

The history of Patchwork Quilting dates back to the era of the Pharaohs where these samples have been found on several tombs. Even the armors that they used were made of quilted fabrics. You can find some amazing 17th century quilted bedcovers. Several immigrants from Europe took this wonderful art of making quilts with scraps popularly called Patchwork Quilting to America leading to exchange of designs, ideas and fabrics. One excellent example is the Log Cabin Quilt Design which originated in Ireland where small pieces of fabrics were used to create something useful and artistic.

The Significance of Patchwork Quilting in the Early Days

Patchwork Quilting was viewed more as a means of providing comfort and warmth rather than an item of art...

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History of Native American Jewelry

History of Native American Jewelry

A history of Native American jewelry is an article that, I thought,  might prove to be quite an interesting change.

We all know that beautifying oneself and the use of jewelry has been around since the prehistoric times. Bead making and bead necklaces called heishe, which have been derived from the Santo Domingo word for shell, have been used for ages. Shells like the spiny oyster shell, mother of pearl, abalone, conch and clam have been used in bead making and have been considered important trade items of the southwest for more than thousand years.

The use of silver in Native American jewelry is not an old concept. It has been used since the early 1850s, when the Mexican silversmiths had to trade their silver trinkets for the cattle from the Navajo...

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Cross Stitch Influences Bookmark Designs

Cross Stitch Influences  Bookmark Designs

Cross stitch influences bookmark designs is explained in the following article. In the early days of the fifteenth century, respect for all books was second only to respect for the Bible alone. Books were few in number and considered valuable due to the fact not many were printed at any one time.

Queen Elizabeth I was the first to receive a book marker as a gift at the end of the 16th century, during a time when books were so valuable that harming the pages of a book, was considered a very bad thing to do. It was during the 1850s that detachable book markers began to appear, eventually being called the bookmarker (or bookmark) in modern times.

These first bookmakers were made from silk, cross stitch, or made with embroidered fabrics, while eventua...

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Card Alternatives

Card Alternatives

Great card alternatives are cross stitched bookmarks. As cross stitchers, we love to create personalised cards for our nearest and dearest on birthdays, at Christmas or other special times. The chances are that these cards are much appreciated by the recipients, displayed prominently for a few days, and then perhaps placed in a drawer or a cupboard, where they will stay for many more months, rarely seen. Here’s an idea…

Why not start creating bookmarks instead for your friends? The advantages are that they will be used as often as the recipient reads a book, and will be associated with good leisure time. Also, your message of friendship will be reaffirmed every time your friend or relative opens the book. It will be useful as well as being ornamental.

There are a few prin...

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Cross Stitching on Plastic Canvas

Cross Stitching on Plastic Canvas

If you haven’t tried cross stitching on plastic canvas, you should. With plastic canvas, you can create unique cross stitch projects that you can’t create with fabric. For instance, because the plastic is firm, you can even create stunning three-dimensional projects.

Plastic canvas is great for projects such as:
* Bookmarks
* Bracelets
* Tissue box covers
* Christmas ornaments
* Children’s projects
* Coasters
* Baskets.

Plastic canvas is tough, so it will last and, therefore, is perfect for seasonal decorations. It’s also terrific to use when you’re creating a project you want to display or use in your everyday life, such as a tissue box cover or a bookmark.

Plastic canvas traditionally comes in 7, 10, and 14-count...

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Maintain Handmade Quilts with Utmost Care

To maintain handmade quilts with utmost care requires tender care to preserve its softness and longevity while washing or maintain it. The quality of fabrics should never be reduced just because of wrongdoings in course of maintaining the handmade quilts. Because a quilt plays very important role for a decor, you need to ensure appropriate care as per the recommended suggestions. These days, quilt manufacturers are utilizing gentle and soft fabrics in their products so as to meet your requirements, and they do also recommend some essential tips that you should always stick with, if you want to enjoy the softness of your quilt for a longer period.

Here are some general tips that you would find with almost all the handmade quilts whether you have purchased it from a local retailer or from a ...

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Cleaning Cross Stitch

Cleaning cross stitch projects and pictures after finished is a great idea.

After you spend many hours creating a beautiful cross stitch picture, the last thing you want to do is damage it during cleaning. Many experts suggest you always clean your projects when you finish to remove the oils left behind when you touched the cloth. These oils can attract a surprisingly large amount of dirt over time.

The two methods of cleaning involve either washing your project or having it dry cleaned. You cannot dry clean a project if you’ve added beads, so consider this before adding embellishments.

To decide if your cross stitch picture can be washed, consider both the fabric and the floss. Many cross stitch fabrics can be washed by hand, and they say this on their labels...

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Start Quilting Secrets

Quilting is carried out by hand, stitching machine, or even longarm quilting technique, and makes reference to the procedure of attaching assorted fabric materials and layers to make a large flat quilt. Each method gets use from a needle and thread to combine at least two layers of material to make the final product. This document is actually being written to be able to let you understand  start quilting secrets.

Quilting is done back and forth like that all across the quilt to secure all of the pieces. Usually, quilters use a running stitch which adds a decorative look to the particular quilt. Quilts tend to be most frequently displayed on beds, as wall decoration, as clothing and attire, and inside a couple of various textile goods.

Standard quilting normally follows 4 steps — piecing, ...

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Colors Calming Therapy?

Colors Calming Therapy

Colors calming therapy? What is therapy? I think it is relaxing with physical activity which is calming to the body and soul. One method for stress and mental conditions is the use of color therapy, used with the colored yarns and threads for activities such as cross-stitching and embroidery, and combined with the direction of art therapy in its creativity.

This helps our mind relax, moving it to another sense of direction, and healing with color and creativity.

Color therapy has been around a long time; it is not a new kid on the block, only in the United States. It was not an alternative medicine, but used with light for health treatments clear back in recorded time.

It is speculated that color therapy in all areas originated in the roots of Ayurveda, an ancient In...

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Designing Applique Quilts

This is an article about what you need to know before designing applique quilts.

There are a variety of methods which can be implied to make applique quilts and there is nothing better than incorporating them with your own designs. But before executing the process of personalized designs, you should at first know what an applique quilt is. Appliques are generally small designs which you use effectively on larger surfaces. These beautiful pieces of applique quilts can be used on items like bed cover, chair throw and household linen to name a few.

When you want to make personalized designs with appliques, you need to keep a number of factors in mind. In order to make proper and good looking applique quilts designs; you require fabrics which are small in shape...

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My Worst Cross Stitch Nightmare: My Cautionary Tale!

This is my worst cross stitch nightmare: my cautionary taleI can read. I can count. I can thread a needle… so why did everything suddenly go wrong with a counted cross stitch project I started last year?

I began enthusiastically enough. I had planned to stitch a picture of a greyhound, as a birthday gift for a friend. Even before I unpacked the kit, I was already imagining her cry of surprise and delight as she opened the gift wrapping to see the picture I had stitched for her.

It shouldn’t take long, I told myself optimistically. The greyhound in the design had a sort of brindled appearance — lots of different colours all merging to make an attractively patterned coat. As long as I made a good start, this should be easy, I convinced myself.

I began in the middle of the picture, as instruc...

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Sun, Sea, Sand, and … Stitching!

 Sun, Sea, Sand, and … Stitching!

Sun, sea, sand, and …stitching. Going away on holiday can be a great opportunity to indulge yourself in your favourite pastime… cross stitching, of course! There’s the prospect of lots of time to spend on what you want to do, without those guilty feelings that arise when you’re stitching at home — when you know that the garden needs weeding, or that the kitchen cupboards could do with a clean. No! On holiday your time is mostly your own.  sun, sea, sand, and …stitching

So which cross stitch projects should you consider taking? And how much stitching should you take?

Let’s think about what’s essential to take, first of all...

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Hand Made Quilts Superior to Machine Made

Hand Made Quilts

Hand made quilts are superior to machine quilts. Quilts made by machines are simple to create, but quilts made by hand are truly works of art. In the past, quilts were meant to help females earn money and to warm up the members of the family.

Quilts today are more pieces of art or a craft hobby. But earlier in history women didn’t have sewing machines to work with, so unique handmade quilts were the only way. A handmade quilt is made from patches or squares of different colored fabric all attached to the backing. Many of these hand-crafted marvels were passed down as family heirlooms.

Most often, the fabrics used to make the quilts had been taken from another article of clothing. These sections of clothes were sewn into the quilts to create a variety of designs...

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Needle’s Eye – American History ~ Part III

Here is needle’s eye American history part 3.   In typical Old World needlework, each detail is a particle of the whole; no part of the design can stand alone, whole and complete in itself. The background is solid, the pattern is formal, and a border encloses all.

American women smashed that rigid order to bits. They discarded backgrounds, they discarded borders and frames. They made the details create the whole, and they set each detail in boundless space, alone, independent, complete.

Just as individual freedom suddenly released the terrific human energy that swept the Old World’s Great Powers from this hemisphere and wholly transformed North America in a third of the time that those Old World Powers had held it, so this reversal of meaning gives American needlework an almost explosive...

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Enduring Craft: Quilting

Enduring Craft

An old enduring craft is quilting. It is the process of stitching together two layers of fabric that is filled with a soft textile, usually cotton. In a sense, quilting is kind of like making a “textile sandwich”. Quilts are traditionally used as bed coverings because of their warmth and comfort, but they are also used in clothing, upholstery and home decorations.

The Ancient History of Quilting

This is an ageless craft that originated in ancient times. The Chinese, Russians and Native Americans of Mesoamerica often wore three-layered garments for warmth and protection...

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American History – Needle’s Eye ~ Part V

American History – Needle’s Eye

Here is American history needle’s eye part V.   For more than a year British ships had blockaded Boston and British troops had occupied the hungry city. Americans had fought and died at Lexington, at Concord, on Breed’s Hill and at Charleston. The Green Mountain men had taken Ticonderoga.

British armies were coming down the Hudson and a British war fleet with troopships was nearing New York harbor when at last, losing all hope of freedom with peace, the gentlemen of the Continental Congress soberly risked their lives, dipping a quill pen in an inkhorn and signing their Declaration.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain un-alienable Rights, that among these are Life, Lib...

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Needle’s Eye – American History ~ Part IV

Needle’s Eye – American History

Here is needle’s eye American history part 4.  Only one form of American needlework is wholly American, without root or kin in the old world, is our pieced patchwork. Oh, patches are nothing new.

Ancient Egyptians sewed fabric to fabric, and in medieval Europe women applied cloth to cloth. Patches are as old as poverty. In rags and patches the first workers came to America. Patches belonged to workers, to the poor, low-class subjects of the ruling classes. Patchwork was always a task, not an art.

Poverty came across the ocean with the immigrants. Here on the farthest rim of the known world, it became direst need...

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Your Cover Friend Through All Seasons

Your Cover Friend

Most of my days begin with me reluctantly hauling myself off the bed and trying to make the thought of being fully awaken less daunting by distracting myself with thoughts of the breakfast treats awaiting me downstairs. The rest of the day may be buzzing with activity, but most of the time, the only thoughts that run through my mind are of me getting to throw my tired self deep into the cozy confines of my mattress and bed covers. I am probably one of the few people who fall asleep almost as soon as they hit the bed. How do I do this? My secret’s pretty simple. I make sure that my quilts are as snuggely as my mattress is cozy. Remember that your quilt is always your cover friend in all seasons.

The main reason why I love quilts so much is because unlike blankets, they are...

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