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sewing illustration video

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My friend and co-author Minki and I created a video to show you how to transfer a design and create a sewing illustration project. We’ve had a lot of questions about this technique and here is a video that shows you how it’s done!

This project features Minki’s new stamp design set from Altenew, called Beautiful You. Rubber stamps make is very easy to transfer a motif to fabric. After transferring the design, you can machine or hand embroider. I’ve done both with this set and love the results of each one.

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Enjoy the video!

 

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crafting a life

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Carmella over at The Art of Simple has such a great post over there today called, “Mindfulness in the Empty Minutes“. It is all about not necessarily wishing for more time in the day for creative pursuits, but finding the little nooks and crannies of time already there and using them well.

In order to do that, I have realized, that you need to be a bit organized. You need to have your knitting projects ready to go in a basket, your next block ready to for you to sit down at the machine for a few minutes while the kettle boils. I am trying to be better about all of that, because sewing and knitting bring me joy and creative satisfaction.

Looking back over the last few months of crafting, I am so happy that I have found a few minutes here and there to indulge in my creative passions.

Make time for yourself every day, to do whatever it is that brings you joy.

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november

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Here it is a week into November and I still haven’t processed that it’s fall. That’s probably in part due to the fact that it is 85 degrees outside. The biggest clue I have to the fact that we are headed straight for Christmas is that it actually cools down at night. Which is such a relief.

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I am trying to get ahead of the holidays this year and start doing things that will help me to enjoy them, instead of feeling stressed. Two things that worked out well for me last year is to complete the family calendar, that I make for my dad and siblings, before Thanksgiving. I pulled this off last year and what a difference it made! Also, to take our Christmas card picture early in November and get those cards ordered! I actually love sitting down with a cup of tea and a Christmas movie in December to address them. It’s just getting them printed that stresses me out.

So, November to do list:

1. Complete Dad’s Calendar

2. Take Christmas card picture and order cards

Other than that I want to make sure that I get in exercise, crafting, baking and spending time with friends and family. Because, really that’s what it’s all about.

{adorable embroidery pattern by the talented Minki Kim}