Thursday, December 8, 2011

Calligraphy + embroidery

Many many years back, I learnt calligraphy in school.  Each lesson was spent drawing guidelines in pencil, using the calligraphy pen to write poems, and drawing a decorative border around the words.  At around the same time, I was introduced to embroidery.  We sewed lots of different stitches and were graded on the neatness of our work.

Fast forward many years later -- Here I am, combining calligraphy and embroidery late at night.  The little one has started school and to avoid any confusion, I started sewing his name on his uniforms.  After about an hour, neat stitches of his name in cursive script can now be seen on 2 sets of uniforms.

It's always good to learn more things.  We'll never know when we'll need these skills at some point in life...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

More Cushion Covers

Remember the cushion covers I made for M many months back?  She wanted more cushion covers to replace old looking ones in her house so that they'll look nicer when Christmas comes.  So here I went again, sewing more cushion covers....

This time round, I did things a little differently from the previous batch of cushion covers.
1) I used the zig-zag stitch to "serge" the edges with my new sewing machine.  Previously I hemmed all edges as my old sewing machine could only do straight stitches, which almost killed me as it took up so much time!
2) I experimented on hidden zippers using my invisible zipper foot.  Luckily all went well..... phew!

Here's a photo of all the cushion covers, previous and current batches: