How a pattern is made – interview with Nicole Rusch of Liola Patterns

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Over on Sew It Up we are hosting a monthly challenge on ‘free patterns’. However as small business owners ourselves, we wanted to show our community how difficult it actually is to design and produce a pattern and how much work goes into the pattern making process.

We interviewed Nicole Rusch, pattern designer and owner of Liola Patterns and Liola Designs for insight on how a pattern is made and all the steps you need to accomplish to end up with a quality pattern.

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What I’ve learned last week #42

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The last couple of months, I’ve learned a lot of things online. I’d like to share a couple of those with you. Maybe they can help you too.

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kids make portraits in my textile class

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As some of you may know I’m a teacher too. One of my classes is a textile class for kids (age 6 – 12), where I teach them all kinds of sewing techniques, felting, embroidery, weaving, knitting, crocheting and generally expressing themselves throught textile art!

Last week we had a ‘portrait assignment’ where they made portraits using a collage technique.  I really liked the results and thought it would be fun to share them with you all. I love most art that kids make since it’s so honest, vulnerable and open. These portraits are interesting to me since the kids really expanded their view beyond their regular portraits. I love the fact that they made their work go beyond the standard frame of a piece of cardboard or fabric and applaud them for their creativity! Now, let’s have a look!

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Thanks for reading and letting me show the kids’ hard work!

 

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Extra! Extra! A Giveaway winner!

We have a winner!

Random.org said number 5, so the lucky winner is Joke Vermeersch! No more excuses: start cleaning your machine!
Joke, please send me an e-mail with your adress at contacthanne@gmail.com and I’ll send you your price!

Yay!

 

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Named Kielo Wrap Dress – take 2

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So, the wedding for which I made this dress was last Saturday and it was cold and rainy. Needless to say I wore another dress, but this one was finished, so I thought I’d share it with you anyway! This is version 2 of Named Clothing’s Kielo Wrap dress Continue reading

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What I’ve learned last week #41

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The last couple of months, I’ve learned a lot of things online. I’d like to share a couple of those with you. Maybe they can help you too.

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Named Clothing Kielo Wrap Dress – Trial version

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Confession time: I can be quite bad at making decisions about trivial stuff. You know, such as what to make to wear for one of my boyfriend’s best friend’s wedding. I planned on making something for myself but procrastinated to the point where the sweet boyfriend had to interrupt and bought me patterns so I would finally get started (this happened last Sunday..) If I sound like a spoiled brat right now, I don’t think I am, it’s just the fact that  I can get caught up in my head and board a train to shillyshally land with a one way ticket. He knows that interrupting this with firm actions is the way to go! Continue reading

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Theater Work: Het Gaat Over

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During Easter Break I worked at Het Paleis for 5 days. I already shared 5 things I’ve learned from working at their costume studio, and I thought it would be fun to share some pictures.  Continue reading

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What I’ve learned last week #40

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The last couple of months, I’ve learned a lot of things online. I’d like to share a couple of those with you. Maybe they can help you too.

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how to clean your sewing machine + a giveaway

I planned on cleaning my sewing machine and I thought: let’s film it. I figured that making a video would be easier and more clear than just taking picture. Of course it took way more time than it should have to put together this little video, but I powered through!

In this video I show you how I clean my sewing machine. This one is a Bernina 350PE and it’s very user friendly in terms of cleaning. No screws, just easy click on systems. I also own a Singer Quantum 9940 and it’s more difficult to  clean. If you have a needle plate that is attached with screws and a flat bobbin housing and you can’t figure out how to clean your machine, let me know and I’ll film how I clean the other machine too.

For now: here’s how to clean your sewing machine: a quick guide!

Now onto the supercool part of this post. For cleaning your machine you need some tools!
If you would like to win a set of screwdrivers, machine oil and a brush, let me know in the comments below how often you clean your machine and maybe you’ll win a little ‘sewing machine tool set’

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This giveaway is open for everyone with an adress in Europe (including Great Britain and Ireland). Leave a comment before May 17th. Winners will be announced on May 20th! You’ll have 48 hours to respond or the prize will go to the runner-up.

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