Review: The Fabric of Civilization – How Textiles Made the World by Virginia Postrel

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Some books manage to demand you read every page of them and this week’s review is for one such text. Fancy figuring out the secrets of Machiavelli’s childhood and how textiles shaped his plays and thinking? Eager to find out just how hard it is to knit a 3D bunny on a machine? Read on – this is the text for you!

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Applique Engineering Solutions: Bernina CutWorks Tool

I really enjoyed making my little applique cat but one of the parts I disliked about the project and applique more generally is the cutting. With an embroidery machine that thinks 1 mm is equivalent to a country mile, precision is the name of the game and I don’t think I’m going to be in competition with Swiss engineering any time soon… Luckily I don’t have to be, as of course Swiss engineering has the answer to all of my cutting woes, in the form of the Bernina CutWorks tool.

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Embroidered Patches

A while ago, I had a go at designing and digitising my own patches. It wasn’t a complete failure, but far from a success either. One of the big problems I’d had was not having a strong enough water-soluble stabiliser so the design ended up not really registering properly as it moved as the layers were being sewn together…

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Matin brodé, mais avec une gueule de bois!

My craft frustration threshold has been feeling rather low of late. I seem to go through phases where every project I touch transforms into a mess of tangled threads and wonkily cut fabrics and please don’t ask how trying to stitch some curved seams went the other weekend. I will have to wait a bit to blog about one particularly glorious failure other the post will need a ‘strong language and description of scenes of great violence’ disclaimer over the top of it otherwise…

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Crafty Time Management Part III

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This is the final part in this three part series of looking at the question of ‘how do I find more time for crafting’ or, for some, ‘how do I get more crafting done in the time I have?’ Part I was all about identifying what time you could spare, Part II was about finding the right time and place for projects and in Part III we’ll look at pragmatic parts of scheduling to Get Things Done.

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Crafty Time Management Part II

In Part II of looking at Crafty Time Management, I’ll talk a bit about how to try and make the most of your crafting time and how to try and create a good environment to support your work. Perhaps after Part I you’ve realised you’re very time-rich but lack inspiration and motivation to put needle to fabric, perhaps you can only take small snatches of peace and quiet to work on projects that can be stuffed back into the corner at no notice. Whatever your situation, how can you try and make the most of what you have? We’ll have a look at some other practical tips in Part III next week.

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Crafty Time Management Part 1

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As regular readers of the blog probably realise, I work a job(s) that is pretty demanding on both my time and my braincells. I do enjoy my work very, very much and it does give the chance to visit craft shops work all over the world. Probably because of this, one question I am commonly asked when people see my craft work is ‘how do you find the time?’  If I am honest, I find my pondering a variant of this question, ‘how do I find more time for crafting?’ way too often. Because I so often feel like I have no time for no anything, time-management, productivity and efficiency are concepts that are on my mind more frequently than I’d like to admit to. In this post, I’ll try and share some of what I’ve picked up over the years to still find time for sneaking in some sewing because, let’s face it, making stuff is fun, and making more stuff is more fun!

This post has ended up getting so long – apparently I have a huge amount to say on the topic – that I will split this into three parts (which will be out over the next weeks). Part I is about figuring out how you use your time now and what you want to do with it and Part II is about identifying how to make the best use of your time and Part III will be all about practical time management strategies. This will all be my very waffly opinions based on my own experiences, so I hope you find perhaps something you can identify with in there – if not, I’d love to hear your approaches!

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