Posts tagged: "slow sewing"

  1. How to transfer embroidery designs onto fabric: 3 ways (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on June 1, 2018

    If you’ve ever wondered how to transfer embroidery designs onto fabric, you’re in luck—we’ve got three easy ways to share with you today! The how-to comes from Lunch-Hour Embroidery, a book packed with more than 75 cute motifs to embroider, plus the entire alphabet in both capital and lowercase letters. The illustrations are easy to […]


  2. Stitching a simple life: Q & A with Maggie Bonanomi (+ special giveaway!)

    Posted by on May 23, 2018

    Welcome to the warm, woolly world of Maggie Bonanomi, where whimsical wonders await! Come on in, take a seat, and enjoy some slow stitching with this celebrated maker—she’ll lead you on a creative journey inspired by a simpler time. In Maggie’s world, hand-drawn patterns and hand-dyed wool combine with artful motifs and casual stitches. The […]


  3. ’Tis the season for stitching: ring it in with Kathy Schmitz (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Posted by on May 16, 2018

    We counted (well, with a little help from Google). It’s 198 days until winter begins—and you know it’ll creep up on us all! Now’s the time to choose relaxing days of slow stitching over the crazy-fast pace of the most anticipated season (and holiday) of the year. Before the busyness can get the best of […]


  4. Quick tip: how to transfer letters to fabric for embroidery (how-to video)

    Posted by on February 7, 2018

    Have you joined the embroidery craze? It’s blowing up Instagram, and no wonder—it’s inexpensive to start, it’s easy to learn, and you can take it anywhere. Fabric, embroidery thread, and scissors are all you need! A Little Something author Roseann Kermes has loved wool, appliqué, and embroidery ever since childhood when her mother became a […]


  5. English paper piecing by hand OR machine: prep steps (video)

    Posted by on January 29, 2018

    You’ve seen them online, at shops, and at shows: glorious English-paper-pieced quilts bursting with color and texture. They’re just WOW! Now the new trend in English paper piecing is here: Dresdens. And with all the success that best-selling author Katja Marek has had with EPP hexagons, you know she’s on top of the Dresden trend! […]


  6. Jo Morton shares the back-basting appliqué stitch: 9 reasons to try it

    Posted by on January 22, 2018

    At Martingale, we’re totally over-the-top fanatical for Jo Morton. Aside from her stunning books filled with spectacular quilts, Jo has a wonderful way of explaining techniques—it fills you with the curiosity and confidence to try. So, when Jo says her favorite way to appliqué is by using the back-basting method, we’re all ears! Jo learned […]


  7. Beautiful blocks alert! A peek at Yoko Saito’s Traditional Block Patterns

    Posted by on January 15, 2018

    As promised, we’re continuing to share with you books from Stitch Publications, now distributed by Martingale. Today we’re taking a peek into Yoko Saito’s Traditional Block Patterns—but you may not have seen traditional beauties quite like this before! Did you know that famed Japanese master quilter Yoko Saito was first inspired to quilt after seeing […]


  8. 130 ways to stitch away your lunch hour: see our embroidery! (+ giveaway)

    Posted by on December 18, 2017

    Martingale staffers and friends have been stitch, stitch, stitching their way toward the release of the new book Lunch-Hour Embroidery—and we are SO excited to show off our embroidery to you today! Lunch-Hour Embroidery is packed with fun embroidery motifs—from apples, anchors, and alligators to zebras, zippers, and zinnias, you’ll love creating your own embroidery […]


  9. A closer look: Yoko Saito’s Floral Bouquet Quilts (+ a special pic!)

    Posted by on November 6, 2017

    As promised, we’re continuing to share with you details about books from Stitch Publications, now distributed by Martingale. Today we’re sharing a peek into Yoko Saito’s Floral Bouquet Quilts. We just returned from Quilt Market in Houston, Texas, where Yoko Saito was an honored guest in our booth. We watched her demonstrate several techniques, from […]


  10. Top 5 basic hand-embroidery stitches for beginners

    Posted by on October 9, 2017

    Embroidery is in the spotlight these days—and we think we know why. It’s a snap to learn, it’s meditative and calming to do, and it doesn’t take mountains of money or tons of time to enjoy it. YES! If you love sewing, quilting, fabric, and thread but you’ve never tried embroidery, you simply must—we guarantee […]