Dying Silk with Fiber Reactive Dyes


I came into dying silk because I acquired 4 sets of dupioni silk draperies I wanted to recycle. I already did dye batches of cotton fabrics a few times a year using fiber reactive dyes and since I’m also impatient, I used these dyes on the silk just to see what would happen.

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Fix A Broken Zipper In 30 Min. or Less

My favorite jeans.  Busted zipper.zipper fix tutorial Oct 2014043

Both have been in my drawer for about a year waiting for me to address the problem.  I’ve replaced zippers before and it’s just not fun.  This time I took a different approach and both were done in 30 minutes:

You will need:
  • Scissors
  • seam ripper, if you have one
  • needle
  • thread
  • a few pins

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World Peace Healing

“World Peace Healing”

is my latest big project commissioned by Nora, a Reike Healer from Illinois, USA. 

It started with an order for an Intention Quilt back in January or February.  Then she ordered some pouches.  Then she came to me with this idea about Oneness, World Peace, Healing, the Arts and Arch Angel Michael.  She also wanted to incorporate a charm collection that was growing fast.

This quilt is specifically for her healing space at her practice. 

We started by making a board for her project on Pinterest.

This is a wonderful tool for getting an idea what someone likes and wants!  You can invite others to post in the board and there is the option to leave comments with the pictures.  This is a good way to communicate ideas for a project like this that’s long distance.

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An Unusual Animal Rescue and Sanctuary

  seeds of change

b.z.threads has donated this art quilt, Seeds of Change, to Misty Haven Farm Go Fund Me campaign.

More about this below… but first the farm’s story:

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Silk Treasure Pouches Make A Beautiful Gift

My new Etsy Shop item for this holiday season:  Silk Treasure Drawstring Pouches.

Find Treasure Pouches in the Useful Things Section.  Prices range from $10 to $25.

Use for Tarot Cards, Crystals, Gifts, Tip Money, Jewelry, Keepsakes, Lingerie, and other Treasures.

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Tweaking Doll Patterns

I’ve been working with a few patterns I designed for dolls for a while now.  They have all been tweaked here and there as I learned more about how certain curves will behave. 

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An Old Idea for Symmetry and Bobbin Sewing.


I thought I’d show how I got this design drawn up.  It’s simple and I probably learned it in elementary school.  It’s one of my favorite techniques.  At the end, you can see how this sewing technique is done.


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