Posts tagged ‘tools’

Textile Stew: 3/28/11

Denyse Schmidt has a new quilting pattern with McCall’s based on her Spool quilt. The Project Selvage deadline has passed, but there are two weeks left to submit a pattern for the Steven Alan Pattern Design Challenge on Threadless. Ever Kelly has great tips for sewing felt. And over on BurdaStyle, a nice detailed article [...]

Free iPod App from Robert Kaufman

OK, wow, since I last checked, the iTunes store has exploded with apps related to the word “fabric.” I’ll just have to take a look at some of them (except for the virtual ironing app — no thanks!) and let you know if they’re worth their while, but in the meanwhile, I wholeheartedly recommend The [...]

Giveaway: “How Much Fabric?” Reference Card Set by Gwynhug

We recently posted about Gwen (After the Dress)‘s “How Much Fabric?” series. If you missed it, here’s the idea: Gwen has been compiling data from thousands of sewing patterns to create reference charts so that garment sewists can buy the right amount of fabric when they don’t a particular pattern in mind. She’s covered dresses, [...]

My Fabric on COLOURlovers

My vintage red fabric collection got the COLOURlovers treatment — thanks evad! I knew about this site previously, and thought they just pulled palettes out of inspiring images, but the inspiration and usefulness doesn’t end there. First, you can click on the palette, rank it, favorite it if you’re a member, download the palette image [...]

Fabric Texture Photoshop Brushes

Free high resolution Photoshop fabric texture brushes from Fudge Graphics. Aaah, just what I was looking for. They only work with Photoshop CS3 but the author says he is going to release the original textures later so users of v.8 and below can use them. Thanks heaps, Sarah! Related posts: My Fabric on COLOURlovers Goodbye, [...]

Scissor Sharpening Post Follow-Up

A learned a lot from your comments on the scissor sharpening post: Rosa said that Portugal has these roving sharpeners, or amolador de tesouras, who have bike-powered sharpening tools and play a unique tune on a flute to announce their arrival. Doesn’t that make you so happy? Sarah wrote that folding some aluminum foil a [...]

Q & A: Scissors and Sharpening

My “good” sewing shears are Ginghers, and I love them. I recently got them sharpened for the first time. They’d needed it for months. I researched sharpening services in my town, and it appeared that most if not all were mobile services that would come to your house. Some had locations where they regularly set [...]