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 copyright 2013 soundstitches sewing blogAn heirloom sewer recently told a group of sewers that what we do is “functional sewing.” It doesn’t sound fancy, but that’s alright by me. In a world of throwaway stuff, I actually wear, use and give as gifts the clothing and other items I make.  I hope you’ll join in the journey.

I’ve loved fabric since I was little, and I sewed 4-H projects. However, I frequently got frustrated and set projects aside, promising to come back. Moving frequently also delayed my progress. Several years ago things came together for me — I was able to tackle a project, deal with the challenges, and actually finish and wear the items. Backgrounds in technical writing, professional training and corporate consulting led me to start SoundStitches. I still think installing zippers is tedious, by the way, but who wants 12″ of Velcro running down the back of a dress?! I’m always learning, and when I teach new sewers, I hope they learn to apply basic skills to their own sewing “style.”

Do you have a sewing journey?… Are you returning to sewing after a hiatus? Do you sew to be fashionable, or to save money? Do you have children to sew for? Welcome, and please subscribe to SoundStitches by typing your e-mail address in the box on the right. I’m on Facebook — search for SoundStitches.

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14 thoughts on “About

  1. Well, thank you for your message today….Yes I can imagine how that sewing inspiration goes into hybernation.
    While it does not the quite that cold in our parts, I generally knit in winter…
    I hope your winter is not too harsh.
    Good luck
    Alex

  2. OMG I just ordered fabric from Pink Chalk Fabric which is near you in WA. My new favorite gifty is table runners made in a disappearing nine patch. I also knit – – slowly – – but crochet faster and more innovatively. Just finishing up a gold wire & glass bead necklace as a New Year’s gift for a friend.. original directions called for knitting it on a small circular needle, but crocheting worked better. I love embellishing fabric projects with “whatever”…buttons, beads, ribbons, etc.

    1. Thanks for your comments. Ooh — I will have to check out Pink Chalk and add it to my Stores and Finds page. It’s best to shop small, anyway (but in a big way, of course!). Doesn’t that wire cut your hands?!

  3. I am so glad to find a local sewing blog! On my latest project, I combined my quilting, garment sewing, and embroidery skills into constructing a “baby jacket”. Do you know of a good website to post pictures of it? Also, I am looking for basic costume construction ideas on how to make garments “expand” through the use of darts, etc. I saw a costume designer on Nancy Zieman that showed how one costume is made to fix different sized actors/actresses.
    Cheers!
    Trish

    1. Hi Trish, are you local to Seattle? There are two resources you might try: 1. Made Sewing Studio in Greenwood has a good costumer on staff. 2. The American Sewing Guild will soon have a new Web site that will post members’ pictures. You need to join the national org first at http://www.asg.org then you’ll be assigned the Greater Seattle ASG chapter and can get involved that way. Also, you can send pictures of your creations to me and I’d love to do a post. My e-mail is on various About pages on this blog. Best wishes!

  4. Hi Kris,
    I was checking out Sound Stitches and noticed you’ve done book reviews before. I thought you may be interested in knowing about Sew Red, the second installment of the Stitch Red series that just hit shelves this week! It’s not your average sewing book, as it combines fresh and stylish patterns with preventing heart disease – the #1 killer of women in the US. 30 renowned designers have collaborated in creating this book, including Ty Pennington, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Tula Pink, and Suede, to name a few. But they don’t just stop at designing, they also incorporate their experiences with heart disease and tips and tricks to stay heart-healthy. If you would be interested in receiving a copy for review or a giveaway we would be more than happy to send you one, please just let me know!

    I’d love to send you a press release if you’re interesed! My email address is cassandra@jimmybeanswool.com, let me know!

    Thank you very much for your time,

    Cassandra Walker
    Marketing
    Jimmy Beans Wool
    http://www.jimmybeanswool.com

    1. Hello Cassandra, thanks for your inquiry. I do review a number of books, after I’ve read the book on my own and generally not at the request of, nor with a copy provided by, the publisher or author. That said, I’m glad to review the book. Know that though I’m always diplomatic, I don’t recommend every book! I’ll also respond offline. Thanks again.

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