Editor's Letter

Ellen March
Editor's Letter

This October is very special to me. I’m attending my college homecoming to reconnect with friends I haven’t seen in many years. It’s our 10-year reunion, and we’re celebrating during what I’m sure will be a great football game.

Even though I’ve been out of school for 10 years, I still think “backto- school” during these first months of fall. Shopping malls and grocery stores all have school supplies front and center, and I’m always persuaded to buy a new notebook or pack of pens. The changing weather makes me more focused…maybe it’s because my thoughts of summer vacation have finally come and gone. Whatever the reason, it’s a great time of year to start new projects and challenge myself at the embroidery machine.

How to add embroidery to a garment without “plopping and dropping” always stumps me. I want to create something fashionable and stunning that’s challenging and expands my embroidery skills. A few garments in this issue do just that. Turn to “Peasant Pleasantries,” “On the Edge” and “Simply Sashiko” to see just how easy it is. Speaking of stunning, we challenged contributor Shannon Dennis to make a knockoff of an embroidered Bottega Veneta leather purse. The inspiration purse retails for $2,350 (that’s not a typo!), but Shannon managed to make her version for less than $40. See the results on page 58 and make your own designer-inspired bag in no time.

If you’re into home décor, make the festive Halloween table topper on page 30. (That’s right! Halloween is just around the corner!) Or make the burlap pillow covers on page 22. We showcase harvest designs on our pillows, but choose your own adventure by picking designs that suit your décor or favorite holiday.

Whether you’ve been out of school for 10, 20, 30, 40 or more years, I hope this issue helps you learn a thing or two to expand your embroidery knowledge.

Until next time,


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