The Art and Soul of Textiles

Fabric, Textiles

Sewing is something that I miss doing, whether it was out of necessity or for pleasure. Yet, although I enjoy making clothes and other decorative items to accent my home, I really have to be in the mood to sit down and engage in this artistic, domestic task.

Fabric, Textiles

There is a certain charm about the colors, textures, design elements, and flow of fabrics. Whether they are made from silk, cotton, leather, rayon, linen, hemp or wool, the fashions these textiles are shaped into, add more artistic flavor to the creation than the image itself.

Fabric, Textiles

I do believe looking at these fabrics are inspiring me to take my sewing machine out and begin stitching away!

textiles, fabric

Fabric, Textiles


Fabric, Textiles

Fabric, Textiles



Time to Write about National Embroidery Month

National Embroidery Month, Stitches, Embroidery

Embroidery, the art of decorating fabric or other materials with a needle and thread or yarn has gone back as far as the 5th to 3rd century BC. February is National Embroidery Month. Stitches remain the fundamental techniques of hand embroidery. Elaborately embroidered clothing, religious objects, and household items often were seen as a mark of wealth and status. Chain stitches, blanket stitches, running stitches, satin stitches and cross stitches remain fundamental techniques used in hand embroidery today.

There are some wonderful books written about the history, embroidery needlework, embroidery techniques and designs that cover practically every question and interest you have about this type of sewing. You can find these books at your local bookstore, or from one of your online book stores like Barnes & Noble and

To make embroidery more dazzling and fashionable, elements such as pearls, beads, sequins or metal strips can be incorporated with the traditional stitches. Nowadays, computerized embroidery machines use designs and patterns digitized with embroidery software. You can find an array of embroidery sewing machines at great prices based on the extent of features you want and compatibility. Do you embroider? Do you hand stitch or do you use an embroidery machine? There are also many embroidery entrepreneurs who have made a lucrative business out of their passion.

If you’re interested in an organization who foster the art of needlework and associated art, check out The Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA).

Happy National Embroidery Month!

Today is National Quilting Day!

National Quilting Day, Quilting, Quilters, Quilt

What do you do with all of those scraps of material lying around and not big enough to do something with? You make a quilt of course. Today we are celebrating National Quilting Day. Quilting has been around for hundreds and hundreds of years. When I watched my mother quilt, she would be able to turn some of the most unused remnants of material into a work of art. I always called quilters the true “Recycling, Repurposing and Reusing” pros. The word quilt means a stuffed sack in Latin. Cuilte is the French word for quilt in English. For thousands of years, the techniques used in quilting for clothing, furnishings, or for utilitarian reasons made a huge impression on quilters around the world.

According to the National Quilting Association,

The first National Quilting Day was observed in 1992 and since then it has grown into a global celebration for all quilt makers and quilt lovers. Helen Storbeck, one of the founders of National Quilting Day, wrote in The Quilting Quarterly, “Groups of quilters were encouraged to hold special events, publishers and shop owners were invited to sponsor promotions especially for quilters and it quickly became a grassroots endeavor with quilters in every part of the country participating. In the first year of National Quilting Day, quilters in other countries asked to participate.

In 1989, the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society organized a “Quilters’ Day Out” on the third Saturday of March to celebrate the rich tradition of quilt making in Kentucky. In 1991, the NQA officers were so enthused with the concept and success of “Quilters’ Day Out” that they voted to take it to a national level.

About nine years ago, I met a beautiful woman who I called Ms. Loretta, at a festival I attended. She was a third generation quilter and her stories were absolutely fascinating, since they reached back to accounts of the Underground Railroad. My article was published in The Charlotte Observer and I invite you to feel free to read what I shared with our community about my experience. Click the following title to read Quilts and their creator have histories to share.

Have you written a poem or blogged about quilting? If so, please feel free to share in the comment section. From June 18-20, the NQA 46th Annual Quilt Show will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the Statehouse Convention Center. Click here for more information.

Happy National Quilting Day!


It’s National Sewing Month

national sewing month, seamstress, tailor, sewingFor many generations, home economics was an important course taught in school about the critical elements of homemaking. One category of the home economics curriculum was focused on sewing, which affects every person wearing clothes. Sewing is an art. This is an ideal time to take educational classes or participate in projects requiring this skill-set.

Although I did not take home economics in high school, my mother was my hands on teacher in the art of sewing. She made anything from lingerie, outfits, robes and stoles for the church choir, quilts, curtains and a number of things I was in awe what you could create from patterns or even free handed, using fabric, a needle, thread and sometimes a thimble.

September is National Sewing Month and what a great time to celebrate the passion and appreciation for sewing. Although the profession as a seamstress or tailor is not as prevalent as it once was, it is always a good idea to learn the basics when needing to do something as simple as sewing a button on your garment. On the Sewing & Craft Alliance (SCA) website,, new and experienced sewing enthusiasts can find free sewing projects, embroidery, craft and even appliqué articles. The American Sewing Guild has chapters and neighborhood groups around the country who meet, and share their skills and ideas. Why not check out the number of amazing things that are done using a variety of utilitarian and decorative sewing techniques. And while you’re at it, find something to write on this topic, during this month of sewing commemoration.