Mask making

Like everybody else in the sewing world, I’m on the mask-making bandwagon. The Olson mask design, provided by an actual hospital organization, is the one I’ve settled on. It is really a mask cover, being designed to hold a disposable filter. I had claimed I didn’t have much good-quality but not glittery calico for sewing […]

Blossom the Bear and Skip the Rabbit

Many, many years ago, in a previous incarnation of this blog, I re-posted the salvaged patterns from when Kunin Felt re-designed their blog. They have a project page again, but with different patterns. Well, the Internet Archive never forgets, and some of the old projects are still around. Blossom Bear is present and accounted for. […]

At loose ends

In theory, with the Etsy shop on vacation, I should have nothing to do but polish patterns and get tutorial videos made. In practice, I find myself spending a lot of time fighting with grocery-order websites, planning meals, and generally not in the mood for making stuff. Other than food – I’ve made a couple […]

Stay the h*ck home

For the last few days I’ve contemplated how to address the current world situation. Some of the blogs I follow have just carried on without mentioning it. Embroidery folks are all-in on hand sanitizer holders. One sewing site did a roundup of DIY mask tutorials even while saying they don’t really work, which is awful […]

Bierock Recipe

Bierocks are a thing we miss from Kansas: ground beef and cabbage and onion in a bread pocket. When cabbage goes on sale around St. Patrick’s Day, it’s bierock time. That’s it, that’s the story*, now here’s the recipe. Bierocks (makes 60) 5 lbs ground beef (I use 85/15) 2 heads cabbage, shredded (about 20 […]

Ganging embroidery designs with Ink/Stitch

Even if you don’t use Inkscape and Ink/Stitch to make your own embroidery designs, you can use them to do things like gang existing designs while keeping thread colors together. Here’s how. First, if you haven’t installed Inkscape do that now, and then install the Ink/Stitch extension. They’re both free, and available for Windows/Linux/Mac. When […]