Posts tagged ‘sewing’

January 25, 2012

Time Travel

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to travel back in time thanks to the Alafia River Rendezvous in Homeland, Florida.  The event is a pre 1840 representation of how fur trappers would gather once a year to trade.  This event is hosted annually by the Florida Frontiersmen.
Break time

For those of us who like period costumes, handmade crafts and the simplicity of days past, this is an event not to miss.  Be prepared to dress for the weather.  Closed shoes are a must.  The ground doesn’t have a lot of grass this time of the year and it can get pretty dirty.  I suggest sneakers as the camp is large and you will do a lot of walking.  I spent 2 hours at the site and didn’t even see half of the exhibit.  This year the weather was perfect and the skies provided a beautiful backdrop for pictures.
Trade area

When you first arrive, you are greated with folk music and then you realize you have just stepped into the 19th century.

Horse patrol

There is a market where you can eat buffalo burgers, elk chili and brunswick stew.  Artisans show their work and some even give demonstrations.


Here is the camp’s seamstress.  She’s known as the go to person for “time period” fashion advice.  Her shop has something for everyone.


Seamstress Shop

This is Laura Sylvester, a retired teacher from Kentucky who turned her love of history and textiles into lovely hand printed fabric.

Textile Artist

The fiber shop offered many yarns, threads and free weaving demonstrations.


I can’t wait for next year’s rendezvous. Now I know better to get there early so I have enough time to see all the sites. Who knows, maybe I’ll have my own period costume and can fit in with the crowd :)


August 7, 2011

Happy Birthday Pincushion

sewing homeworkAugust is a special month for me.  Most of my family members and my friends birthdays fall in this month.  Almost every day is cause for celebrating and pictures of parties keep coming into email and social media.  No birthday party is complete without a cake.  So yummy with happy colored frosting and candles.  For some reason it dawned on me the shape of the cake would make a great pincushion and the pins could stand in for candles…


  • Felt for cake
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Fiberfill
  • Mini pom pom trim
  • Hot glue gun
  • Felt and Velcro for wristband (optional)


Cut 2 circles 2 ½ inches wide for the top and bottom for the cake.  Use a glass, can or bottle as a template.  Cut a rectangle piece 1 1/2 by 8 1/16 inches for the side of the cake.  Sew together the 2 short ends of the rectangle forming a cylinder.  Sew one circle piece on the top.  Do the same for the circle on the bottom, but
stop when there is 1 inch left.  Fill the cushion and then finish sewing. Attach the pom pom strips to the pincushion using the hot glue gun, covering the stitches.

The pincushion can be used alone, but I chose to attach if to a wrist band: Cut a 1 ½ by 8 inch rectangle of felt (I have thin wrists, measure and add 1 – 1 ½ inches to attach Velcro.) Cut Velcro strips 1 ½ long and hot glue to the ends of the strip, one on the top side and the other on the bottom.

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March 8, 2010

Pampering my Machine

Sewing Machine CoverFor those of us who create our tools, gadgets and machines are precious.  After beating up my machine for several weeks, I have decided to treat her nice with maintenace and a well deserved brand new “outfit”.

Maintenance steps for your machine should be located in the instruction manual.  Make sure you follow all the steps and do them with the required frequency.  Contact the manufacturer if you no longer have the instruction manual.  They might be able to provide you a copy.  Change your sewing needle while your at it.

The instructions for the sewing machine cover can be found on Sew Mama Sew’s blog.

March 6, 2010

Pretty Purse

Spring is on it’s way.  Slowy buy surely it’s getting closer to Florida.  With the new weather comes a new wardrobe.  Light colors, breezy fabrics…I’m loving it all.

So here is a new purse I made with some very pretty cotton fabric.  I decided to push myself a little and it wasn’t as hard to assemble as I thought it would be.
I changed the contrast fabric a bit so the yoke and handles are different than the pleated part both inside and out.  I also added extra pockets inside because I still don’t feel brave enough to tackle an inside zipper pocket.


The pleated purse pattern is a pdf download at the My Spare Time blog.


March 1, 2010

Washed Cotton

Washed Cotton

When I was a teenager I learned to sew with cotton fabic.  It’s easy to work with and it’s great for warm weather. But don’t forget to wash the fabric before sewing. You don’t want to find out the hard way how much the fabric will shrink after your done fitting your project.

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