What is an Artist’s Voice and How to Find It

If you want to teach, publish, sell or have your work in exhibitions—especially invitational exhibitions—then you need to be known for something; something that sets you apart from everyone else doing what you do. In short, you need to find your voice.


Crafts in Peru

For our 25th anniversary this year, my husband and I decided to cross something off our bucket list and visit Machu Picchu and Peru. Peru must be one of the largest producers of alpaca fiber. That is all you hear about from the moment you get off the plane. “Alpaca’ is being hawked everywhere you turn!


How to Make a Removable Monogrammed Boot Cuff

Bring a punch of personality and versatility to your closet by creating a removable faux leather boot cuff. This easy to make accent can transform your favorite boots to create a two toned look perfect for walking through the rest of winter and straight into spring.


How To Sew a Modern Fanny Pack

I was not a fan of fanny packs the first time they came around in the 1980s. Back then fanny packs were generally a tell-tale sign of someone who didn’t dress cool. They were reserved for tourists, older people or people who put function above fashion. Fast forward 20 years later, and fanny packs have evolved from their former state of dorkiness into a something that’s functional and cute.


How To Add Pleats To A Bodice

Pleats add a nice textured element to your wardrobe, especially when using solids. Learn how easy it is to add pleats to a dress pattern bodice.


How to find your voice as an artist

What is an Artist’s Voice and How to Find It

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If you want to teach, publish, sell or have your work in exhibitions—especially invitational exhibitions—then you need to be known for something; something that sets you apart from everyone else doing what you do. In short, you need to find your voice.


Art in Peru

Crafts in Peru

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For our 25th anniversary this year, my husband and I decided to cross something off our bucket list and visit Machu Picchu and Peru. Peru must be one of the largest producers of alpaca fiber. That is all you hear about from the moment you get off the plane. “Alpaca’ is being hawked everywhere you turn!


QuiltCon 2015 Recap

QuiltCon 2015 Recap

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I attended QuiltCon 2015 as a member of my local Chicago Modern Quilt Guild, and it was amazing! Here are a few highlights!


Embroidered Boot Cuffs

How to Make a Removable Monogrammed Boot Cuff

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Bring a punch of personality and versatility to your closet by creating a removable faux leather boot cuff. This easy to make accent can transform your favorite boots to create a two toned look perfect for walking through the rest of winter and straight into spring.


How to sew a draft dodger

How To Sew A Draft Dodger

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Beat the chills this winter by stitching up a quick and easy draft dodger. Not only does this project keep your house cozy by blocking cold air from leaking through doors and windows, but it looks great and saves on heating bills too!


How to sew a modern fanny pack

How To Sew a Modern Fanny Pack

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I was not a fan of fanny packs the first time they came around in the 1980s. Back then fanny packs were generally a tell-tale sign of someone who didn’t dress cool. They were reserved for tourists, older people or people who put function above fashion. Fast forward 20 years later, and fanny packs have evolved from their former state of dorkiness into a something that’s functional and cute.


pleated bodice sewing tip

How To Add Pleats To A Bodice

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Pleats add a nice textured element to your wardrobe, especially when using solids. Learn how easy it is to add pleats to a dress pattern bodice.


nute DIY Valentine's Brooch

20 Minute DIY Valentine’s Day Heart Brooch

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Do you know what to wear on Valentine’s Day? Add the final touches to your wardrobe by stitching up this cute DIY Valentine’s Day Heart Brooch. This easy to sew project takes only 20 minutes!


BERNINA Blogger Rachel Smith

Meet BERNINA Brand Ambassador Rachel Smith

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Meet our newest BERNINA Ambassador, Rachel Mae Smith from The Crafted Life!


DIY easy heart garland

How to Make a Quick Heart Garland

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Use decorative sewing machine stitches with scraps of fabric to create a Quick “Cross-Stitch” Collage Garland.