Archive for July, 2011

Watchmaker Tins

July 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Disclaimer: I haven’t bought anything from Lee Valley, nor have I seen their tins in person, but don’t they look nifty? 😉

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Watchmaker tins from Lee Valley

Originally made to store gems, watch movements and jeweller’s findings, these glass-topped aluminum containers are ideal for organizing seeds, beads, bugs, buttons, or anything else small.

I saw these tins in the following Flickr photo. She added magnets and hung the tins on the wall in her sewing room.

Magnetic Memo Boards

Photo by brenda-seamsfitting

I bought similar tins from Ikea. They differ from the Lee Valley ones in that they come in only one size; the lids are plastic, not glass; and magnets are already on the base. I like them, and one of these days I’ll get them mounted on the wall!

Ikea tins

Grundtal containers from Ikea (not available to buy online — must buy in the store)


Create Color Themes with Kuler

July 15, 2011 Leave a comment

This isn’t directly sewing related, but if you are interested in exploring color themes, check out Kuler, a website from Adobe.

For a guided tour, Adobe TV has a video that gives you an overview of Kuler.

The screenshot from Adobe TV shows how you can pick a photo from Flickr (or upload one of your own), and Kuler will suggest coordinating colors based on that image.

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Sew It All

July 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Sew It All is a new sewing TV show on PBS that airs on Saturdays at 8:30 am. To learn more about the show, find free projects, read blogs, and more, visit Sew It All TV.

Ellen March (Sew It All host)Photo: Host Ellen March

The public television series Sew it All is hosted by Ellen March and is a co-production with Iowa Public Television. Each episode teaches a fundamental sewing technique and a quick-and-easy project that utilizes the technique. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced sewist, you’ll love the casual, fun vibe and no-fear approach that Sew it All offers. You’ll learn how to make the most out of your sewing machine investment (no matter how much your machine cost), and you’ll expand your machine’s capabilities by using different attachments, feet, stitches and great products that make sewing much easier than ever before. A special guest joins Ellen on each episode to share different takes on traditional methods and inspire you to sew it all!

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