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Studio Sale November 17



Shop unique pieces from the archive in sizes XS to XL or take home fabrics, notions, accessories or embroidery pieces. Invite your friends and join the event on Facebook for previews and other updates. Continue reading

Slow Fashion October, week 1: What’s your look?

DIY wardrobe inspiration for slow fashion October

It's Slow Fashion October! Curious what it's all about, you can find the details and the backstory here on Fringe Association

Slow fashion, slow everything is dear to my heart. through the years I've slowly  taken steps in a more sustainable direction. I've given a lot of thought to what works for me and what aspects are important for me.

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Sewing knits on your sewing machine - Tips & Tricks

sewing knits without an overlocker

I've owned a serger (or overlocker) from when I started sewing, so I've mostly been able to use a serger instead of a sewing machine. That being said, I have used a sewing machine on knits (hemming, attaching elastic, sewing underwear, topstitching, etc.) So below are a few tips and tricks from my experiences working with knits. Continue reading

Introducing Parsec Leggings PDF Sewing Pattern

pdf sewing pattern leggings

Run a mile or a parsec in these basic leggings made for 4-way stretch fabrics.

These easy to sew leggings are a great canvas for bold prints or for adding your own style lines. The leggings  are a quick and easy project, because the sewing pattern only has one piece, there is no side seam, only an inseam.

It features 3 inseam lengths and an elastic waist. The pattern has a lot of negative ease and works best with 4-way stretch fabrics with at least 70% crosswise stretch and 50% lengthwise stretch.

Check out the details here

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Tester Call: Parsec Leggings

Charlotte Kan Tester Call Leggings Pattern Parsec

I need your help! Want to try the new Parsec leggings and give feedback? The pattern is for 4-way stretch fabrics, has three different inseam lengths and is quick to sew. More info on the testing proces in the sign up form. Sign up using the link in bio and check out the form for more info.

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 PDF sewing pattern testing Parsec Leggings

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How to: Embroidered Ginkgo Leaf Brooch

free embroidery pattern ginkgo leaf and tutorial

I’ve just added a new embroidery class to Skillshare My class is on hand embroidery and, you’ll learn how to embroider a small ginkgo leaf using the chain stitch and turn it into a small brooch with a leather or corkleather backing. It's an intermediate level class, but if you are a confident beginner you can give it a try. The class includes a free ginkgo leaf embroidery pattern in different shapes and sizes.

What we'll cover in this online embroidery class:

- Materials & tools

- How to transfer the embroidery design onto fabric light and dark fabrics

- Threading your embroidery needle & invisible ways to start your thread

- Chain stitch & reverse chain stitch

- Double Running Stitch or Holbein Stitch to outline the leaf

- How to turn your embroidered leaf into a brooch with textile glue and (cork)leather

If you’re not familiar, Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes on everything from business to graphic design to sashiko embroidery and sewing – it’s the Netflix of learning.

By using this link to my class to sign up for a Skillshare Premium Membership, not only will you be able to enroll in my class, but you’ll also gain access to all other classes on Skillshare starting with a two-month free trial.

If you know of anyone else that’d be interested to learn ho to embroider a ginkgo leaf brooch  I’d appreciate if you’d share the link with them too.

Thanks and enjoy your weekend!

Tutorial how to make an embroidered brooch ginkgo leaf

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STUDIO SALE MAY 26TH


Shop unique pieces from the archive in sizes XS to XL or take home one of Nina's wearable artworks. Invite your friends and join the event on Facebook for previews and other updates.
 
RSVP & INVITE YOUR FRIENDS


C H A R L O T T E K A N
Samples & Stock includig unique pieces from the archive that have not been available before €5,- to €50,-
Fabrics (part bio & fair trade) €5,- tot €10,- p/m


N I N A V A L K H O F F
Nina will bring a new collection of handpainted vintage bags and purses, with a special discount on the 26th only.

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Nina Valkhoff Handpainted Vintage Bags and Purses

When?
Saturday, May 26th from 11:00 – 18:00

Where?
Gerrit van de Lindestraat 86-b
3022TR Rotterdam

How to get there?
Easy to reach with tramlines 21, 23, 24 and there are plenty of paid parking spots in the area.

Charlotte Kan - cash & pin
Nina Valkhoff - cash & bank transfer

RSVP & INVITE YOUR FRIENDS

Hope to see you the 26th!

 

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How to Store Your Embroidery Floss

how to organize and store embroidery floss

There are many ways to store your embroidery floss, but here's my favorite. I have a lot of skeins that I use during workshops, so I need to unpack them and pack them in a way that keeps the colours together. If you knit you've probably already recognise the stitchholder i'm using. It was an epiphany when I finally realized I could use them to organize my embroidery floss. I can store 12 skeins on one pin and then stack all the skeins into a clear box where they sort of hold themselves up.

These are 13,5cm stitchholders from prym. You can find these and many others on Amazon (affiliate link)

 

embroidery floss storage tip and trickhow to store embroidery floss

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Cherry Blossom Embroidery Class

For the last few weeks, I’ve been working on my first class for Skillshare and today it’s officially live!

My class is on hand embroidery, where you’ll learn how to embroider blossom using only a few embroidery stitches. It's great for a total newb, but if you are a seasoned embroiderer there might be some new techniques and ideas for you too and the class includes the cherry blossom pdf pattern and a branch sampler pattern.

And it's no april's fool joke! Because for the last 1,5 years I've been teaching many creative workshops on sewing and embroidery in The New Habderdashery. I loved it wanted to keep teaching and thought it would be fun to continue teaching workshops not only offline but online too.

If you’re not familiar, Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes on everything from business to graphic design to sashiko embroidery and sewing – it’s the Netflix of learning.

By using this link to my class to sign up for a Skillshare Premium Membership, not only will you be able to enroll in my class, but you’ll also gain access to all other classes on Skillshare starting with a two-month free trial.

If you know of anyone else that’d be interested to learn Blossom Embroidery Class, I’d appreciate if you’d share the link with them too.

Thanks and enjoy your weekend!

hand embroidery class cherry blossom embroidery

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