How to raise the value of sewing: what you can do

How to raise the value of sewing: what you can do

Sewing is undervalued. Sewing has been undervalued for centuries. We often talk amongst ourselves about why that is, and how frustrating it is, and then we start trading juicy horror stories about what the most unappreciative members of the public have said to us. But...
How to be brave

How to be brave

58 brave souls. 58 extraordinary corsets and costumes. I’m blown away all over again.

This year’s Foundations Revealed Competition is going to be our biggest ever. Makers at all skill levels, from beginners right up to highly advanced craftspeople, have submitted their work. From March 1st they will be JUDGED ON THE INTERNET FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE by both our voting members and the general public (who will be able to comment.)

What does it take to find that kind of bravery?

How to master insertion lace… in pictures

How to master insertion lace… in pictures

1. Select inspiration image. Spend 8 years looking for just the right lace.

2. Meanwhile, peer at low resolution image for 8 years, plotting.

3. Make tracing paper template for lace pattern. Cut lace pieces to fit.

4. Spray starch lace pieces so that they resemble cardboard (insert criminal mastermind laugh of doom… now this diaphanous lace will be much easier to manipulate, inviting the envy of Instagram)….