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My Pearl Button Adventure!

My Pearl Button Adventure!

  "Meet "Gus"! This is the Mississippi Harvest statue that sits on the banks of the Mississippi in Muscatine, Iowa. Gus is standing in a small boat with a pair of large tongs and mussels at his feet. Muscatine is known as the Pearl Button Capitol of the World....

Introducing The Ephemera Book! (and a Giveaway!)

Introducing The Ephemera Book! (and a Giveaway!)

I met Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE at the Creative Connection event in 2010. We were both on a panel to discuss publishing books. I admired her work the minute I was introduced to it, and I have enjoyed her Uppercase magazine for years. The Vintage Made Modern story...

Passion for Pincushions

Passion for Pincushions

Have you ever thought about that old standby, the tomato pincushion? This favorite sewing notion - one of the first tools any new sewist receives when they start sewing - was actually developed during the Tudor period in England. Pins and needles were highly valued...

Mary Brooks Picken & Her Magic Patterns

Mary Brooks Picken & Her Magic Patterns

As we countdown to the official 100th Anniversary of the Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences I am revisiting the influence that the school, and it's founder, Mary Brooks Picken, has had on my career. Last week I shared with you my book Vintage Notions,...

Rick Rack Pattern Giveaway!

Rick Rack Pattern Giveaway!

Rick rack, ric rac, or rickrack -  So many ways to say it, and even more ways to use it! This timeless trim adds instant flair to garments, home decor and more. Dating back to the 1800s, when it was called waved braid, today's rick rack is available in many...

The Department of Sewing: Creative Machine Tips

The Department of Sewing: Creative Machine Tips

I ran across this article in my Vintage Notions archives and thought how it is still applicable today. I am amazed by the advances in sewing machine technology today. I love to see all the new tips and tricks offered by new machines, from a huge library of decorative...

Define or be Fined!

Define or be Fined!

It's no secret that I greatly admire the life and work of Mary Brooks Picken. I've shared with you many of her words of wisdom, helpful advice, and thoughtful stories. She was constantly at work on one project or another, and had a seemingly endless well of knowledge...

Zip it!! A Story of Fashion & Function

Zip it!! A Story of Fashion & Function

Few notions are as nifty as the zipper, a fashion accent that has gained major traction since its invention the late 1800s. Back then, this classic closure was better known as a slide fastener. Slide fasteners have done more than any other dress item to make clothes...

Buttonware Giveaway!

Buttonware Giveaway!

Hi, my name is Amy, and I'm addicted to buttons. Sorting and discovering vintage buttons is one of my favorite creative pastimes! What is it about this commonplace closure that's so appealing? With so many colors, sizes, shapes and styles available, there's such truth...

Rick Rack Giveaway!

Rick Rack Giveaway!

Rick rack, ric rac, or rickrack -  So many ways to say it, and even more ways to use it! This timeless trim adds instant flair to garments, home decor and more. Dating back to the 1800s, when it was called waved braid, today's rick rack is available in many...

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