JenniferSternJennifer Stern, Manchester, CT, US
craft interests: embroidery, fashion, restyle, sewing
Member Since: 03/24/2008
Holiday decorations don't have to be the traditional red and green to be festive. These tiny symbols of fashion not only make great ornaments, gift tags, or saches, but they're also super easy to make: you can prepare, quilt, and construct them in less than an hour.
In just a few short steps, you can embroider a book cover to fit every size textbook in your child's backpack!
There's something special about a handcrafted gift for a bride-to-be, especially when it's something she can pass on to her child.
Follow this easy tutorial to learn how to create this basic embroidery stitch.
Save some paper this Valentine's Day. Embroidering a love note on the hem of your Valentine's pillowcase is sure to bring more than just sweet dreams!
I love to make things and I especially love to mix it up craft wise—so this totally unique and totally stylish scrapbook cover caught my eye. By simply combining paper arts, fabric, and a huge selection of fab embellishments you can transform any three ring binder into the perfect handmade gift or styling scrapbook to keep your memories.
Polarfleece is really easy to work with, especially when you're machine embroidering. This is the first of a few quick fleece holiday projects I have dreamed up for you—perfect for decorating your home or gift giving!
These cute reusable snack bags will cut down on the number of ziplocks you burn through this school year! All you need is a few supplies and about 10 minutes!
How about decorating some eggs for a super-crafty Easter egg hunt this year!
Give your sweetie the gift of warm toes this Valentine's Day. These slippers are cozy and really quick to make!
How many ways can you fold a dinner napkin into a turkey? Here's an economical way to add some crafty fun to your dinner table without any added expense!
Use two different color ribbons, the same thread in the bobbin as you are embroidering with, and your belt can be reversible!
Here are some tips on felting an old sweater, embroidering on felted wool, and inserting a zippered pocket into a lining. Put them all together to make your own felted wool tote or bag!
Make a quick gift by adding a special message or name to a reusable grocery tote—or show that you recycle and reuse by personalizing your own tote!
Turn a plain peg board into a revolving calendar, story or inspiration board, or even a crafty place to hang your tools!
Why not start the New Year off by trying a new sport--Rock Climbing. Instead of buying the chalk bags try using a stuffed Ugly Dolls to create one-of-a-kind bags.
This embroidery design is not your run-of-the-mill pink ribbon. Get your free Girl Power embroidery design from Urban Threads. Embroider it on your fund raising tees and sweats for an extra POW!!
Hey all you crafty horror fans, celebrate your love for being scared out of your pants by embroidering this spooky free design from Urban Threads!
It's 3:00 am and I'm just getting home from shooting a wedding video with my husband in NYC (a new hobby). After a quick check of my email I was completely taken with this gown.Definitely Art-to-Wear!
If you've been looking for the perfect monogramming software, here it is--Pfaff introduces 4D Monogram & Vision Software today! I love it, here's why!
For me, the past year has been one big "learning curve. Here are a few tips to help you write a great post so you can get your "craft on"...on Craftstylish!
Instead of a traditional guest book, why not give your guests the opportunity to help you create a masterpiece to hang on the wall of your new home?
Making your own headpiece with attached veil is a snap. Not only will you save a ton of money, but you can also create one that's the perfect length with just the right amount of sparkle to be the crowning touch to your wedding ensemble.
How cool is this: blue jeans reconstructed into a wedding gown...bleached white!
This top ain't screaming, "Look at me, I'm made from my dad's ties!"
What a crafty way to use a zipper--the unique way to pull your outfit together!
Beautiful tablecloths get stains. When the spots start to add up, use some spray paint to cover them up and transform your beautiful tablecloth into a work of art!
The New York Times never looked so cool! This collage was made using copies of The New York Times the week of President Obama's Inauguration. Isn't it amazing what a little acrylic paint can do?
It's not too early to start thinking about Mother's Day...I'm always on the lookout for cool gifts for my mom. This year, I found a treasure trove of gifts on Stylehive.
I just downloaded my copy of Sister Diane's new ebook, "Making a Great Blog: A Guide for Creative People." I'm going to be up all night reading it!
Cutting stuff out on the bias creates a lot of large scraps, so use them to make this quick skirt!
Add some glam to your up-do with these fancy hair accessories from OhFaro Davis-Nail.
Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross is full of inspirational sewing projects to stitch on the weekends!
Take the iPod with you without having to stick it under your bra strap or waistband!
These dresses are a bit of whimsy and nature stitched up into one!
Find out who's behind the "feel good" environmentally friendly book "Sewing Green."
People have been clamoring to get their hands on this crafty bunny (who's busy chomping on craft supplies)!
Here's an easy way to organize the plastic bags you get from the grocery store so they're at your fingertips when you need to reuse them!
Embroider a clover!
If you are a little short in the button department, no worries—you can get 'em by the scoopful at Fashion Sewing Supply!
Instead of stitching a traditional seam, why not use some buttons to close it up?
Use fusible interfacing to create a clean finish on the edge of the perfect-sized "cubbie hole" for a button!
I blogged about Natalie Chanin's book, The Alabama Stitch Book, months ago. I was mesmerized by the beautiful details in her garments, which were mostly made from repurposed knits. Check out her new collection, Songbirds.
Dig out your old prom gown and donate it to this great cause. I love this event; it's a win-win-win! Recycle, reuse, and random act of kindness all rolled into one!
Use a light box to trace the details of a photo of your pet, then let the fun begin. Drop the feed dogs on your sewing machine and play with different shades of thread as you fill in the picture with free-motion stitching—you'll be surprised how easy it is!
I was having trouble simplifying my instructions to sew together a back inseam pocket with a faux welt...then I did what (I imagine) Jeffery would do. I made a paper version and figured it out!
Baby, it's cold outside, so keep the heat in with this cute draft stop. Fill it with something weighty like rice to prevent drafts from sneaking in under the door. They look great on a drafty windowsill, too!
Three simple steps to patch the hole and reattach a belt loop on (your man's) favorite jeans!
Try something new with your photos...copy them onto Inkjet Fabric Sheets and cut them up! You'll be amazed at what you can come up with when you put them back together!
Enter to win a whole stash of cool hand-embroidery stuff.
Whether you need a romantic dinner recipe like homemade ravioli or a quirky valentine like a customized Mad Libs, the team from New York City has it all for you....check it out!
Dust off your embroidery machine—this is a great beginner project. Add your dog's name using built-in lettering or a silly smiley face to one of these chew toys—I'll help you every step of the way!
CraftStylish is what its members bring to the table! I want to know what's on your mind—what kind of tutorials, information, and links are you looking for.
Check out this inspiring story of how this graphic designer in Montreal, Canada, turns hand embroidery and jewelry designer.
Check out how Miss Frugality combines wool, hand-stitching, and metal parts from a bike to create a beautiful handbag!
Here's another way to fold fabric squares to add interest to your neckline or hem.
Cut small squares of knit fabric, fold them up, and tack them down for an interesting embellishment on a neckline or hem!
Who knew that a skateboard could be so beautiful? Under that scuffed-up exterior, there are layers of colorful veneer that can be shaped and sanded into cool retro jewelry!
Print fabric and a little fussy cutting can transform a $7 denim jumper into an original beauty for your little beauty...or for yourself!
In this video, you'll learn how to recycle an old tee into a waterproof tote bag. All you need is a tee, some duct tape, and a fully loaded stapler!
Sometimes all you need is a book to get you going...
You can make this pattern, cut it out of stretch velvet, and have it sewn together in plenty of time for a New Year's Eve party!
Start the New Year off with a fresh look for your couch or bed with this bolster pillow. Sometimes all you need is one design...in three sizes! Here's how to mix three fabrics together with a single design that's been converted into small, medium, and larger.
Hey, CraftStylish readers...you're in good company. The New York Times reports that sales at big craft stores like Michael's are up! And, on that day in September when the stock market plunged sharply, Etsy had record sales. But is it just because of the economy? Maybe more people are discovering our secret!
Organize your wrenches, chisels, paintbrushes, or whatever you're into with these quick tool rolls. Whether you make the luxe version out of leather or the durable standby out of denim, your tools will be organized and ready to go when you need them!
I love this gift tag—even though it's really simple to make, the possibilities are endless!
Why not consider using fabric in your stash to wrap up your handmade gifts?
Here is a headband ear warmer that's designed to keep your favorite guy's ears warm when he's wearing a baseball cap...perfect for winter spectator sports or errands!
The rush is on...gift making, holiday parties, baking, and such. Here's one way to keep your Fa-La-La-La-La!
After collecting a gift bag at the door, the girls and I entered a wonderland of handcrafted goodies—all made by Connecticut crafters.
Hey, lucky Connecticut crafters, check out the Etsy Holiday Craft Spectacular on Saturday, December 6, for inspiration, gifts, and goodies!
Make this quick ruffle top to wear to your next holiday party. Just pick two tees out of your closet and voila...the perfect thing to dress up jeans or pair it with a pretty sweater and skirt!
Take a peek at one of our family traditions...apple turkeys, complete with marshmallow heads, Swedish fish gobbles and wings, and a colorful plume made of Twizzlers!
My search for machine embroidered gift card holders ended (for the moment) with the discovery of a cute decorative stitched version.
Add a splash of color on a fleece hat by using whisps of wool roving and barbed needles to create a design.
Here is part two of the exciting Modish handcrafted goodness giveaway!
Inspired by a necklace the cashier at the grocery was wearing, I am going to whip up this macrame necklace while I'm watching TV later tonight!
Tell em' why you like it and it could all be yours!
Belts are an essential to any wardrobe, and this one is a treat to behold, crafted in rich leather and hand-dyed silk ribbon! It's perfect for gift giving or to add a designer touch to your holiday wardrobe.
Crafty things to do while you're waiting in line to vote!
Here's an easy way to add some elegance to your next dinner party this holiday season. Choose embroidery thread that either coordinates or contrasts with your napkins and stitch these fancy napkin rings with little effort!
This hand-stitching project is perfect for beginners.
Personalize a soft baseball cap (without a stiff front panel) using this simple technique. Whether you want to make a statement while participating in a walk for the cure or while you're at the grocery store, it's easy to machine-embroider your message on a soft-sided baseball cap. If you have a favorite sports team, you can proclaim your "No. 1 Fan" status, too!
Here's a new way to show your Breast Cancer Awareness from the American Sewing Guild.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it's full of active events to raise money for the cure. The weather is also cooler—this little tote will keep your hands from getting cold holding your water bottle!
I found some great tips for restyling tees and other knit garments that you can afford to experiment with on the Janome website—check it out!
Use These Halloween-Inspired Machine-Embroidery Designs to Patch a Hole in an Old Pair of Jeansâ��Instant Festive!
Got kids??? These embroidery designs will really come in handy! Cute pumpkins, candy corn, and more, use these designs to patch a hole or cover a stain in your child's pants...better yet, patch one for yourself, too! Plus there is a cool calculator at the bottom of the page that converts inches to millimeters in a snap—no more guessing!
Fall is definitely in the air, when you get your closet organized for the cooler weather, gather up all your sweaters that need a make-over, and design new ones.
I had a few minutes to zip around and meet other vendors at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo this past weekend. I was looking for way to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month...I hope you're inspired.
Some embroidery designs beg to be framed, and some frames really need a face lift. Make a $10 donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and get the floral embroidery design that I used...now that's a real win-win!
If your craft involves a sewing machine, show your support by winding your bobbins on the Pink SideWinder. The best part is you'll never have to unthread your machine to fill a bobbin again!
The J. Stern Design Booth at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Chantilly, VA, was the perfect vantage point to see all sorts of cool crafts. Here are some of my button favorites!
Perfect to carry all your essentials when you're off to a country fair or a weekend trip to see the foliage!
The Confederate Rose is just one of the many beautiful three-dimensional flowers that you can embroider from Pam's 3D flower. They're so fun to make, you'll want to stitch up enough for a whole bouquet!
I attended the Grand Opening of the BRAG Showroom featuring three very talented designers...I was so impressed!
I'm a big Amy Butler fan, and I just had a chance to check out her new collection of fabrics, Daisy Chain. It's full of large- and small-scale florals with a few stripes thrown in.
Got pocket envy? Here's how to transform your plain back pockets into mini works of art!
Omiyage is a book by Kumiko Sudo that is in full bloom with folded flowers, buds and leaves. Check it out and be inspired!
Embroidery is hard on your equipment, especially if you use spray adhesive to hold your fabric in the hoop. Here's a great tip to keep your rotary cutter working great.
Here's a great back-up option to keep the embroidery going if you can't find your embroidery foot.
Here are a few things you can do to keep your embroidery machine from unnecessary visits to the repair shop!
A crafter's paradise of free projects for Halloween and every other holiday that you can think of! Pick up some great safety tips for trick-or-treat, too!
I woke up this morning just in time to see a segment on the CBS news featuring The Burning Man Festival 2008.
Check out craft in a radical form of self-expression.
Combine an easy machine-appliqué technique with a little machine embroidery to create your own designer tee!
Crafty causes are getting political!
These iron-on transfers are the best of both worlds: No tracing required, just use the cotton thread included to fill each butterfly in with easy embroidery stitches!
It doesn't matter what brand embroidery machine you own, you can take advantage of free designs on every sewing-machine manufacturer's website!
Embroiderers, sewers, knitters, and paper crafters rejoice: There is help for irritated, itchy hands! No matter what your craft is, Gloves in a Bottle provides a barrier between your skin and what’s irritating you.
Basting in the hoop is the greatest—and even if your embroidery machine does not have this capability, you can still do it!
A great advantage to using Aida cloth when embroidering is that you can work from a chart instead of transferring the pattern to your fabric.
Make light work of cutting mountains of fabric strips for quilting, weaving, knitting, or crocheting!
Hand Stitches Rejoice--A whole book featuring fashionable garments, accessories and home decor projects designed using recycled fabrics.
Make these luxurious bath towels by transforming the standard variety with some crocheted or embroidered lace.
Using embroidery software can get you more out of your embroidery machine faster than with standard methods.
Pick an embroidery design that's perfect for stretchy fabrics, and it's a snap to add some fun around the hem of your yoga pants!
Every year I trek to Vermont for this crafting spectacular--here are some of the highlights.
Inspired by Jeffery's post on unusual embroidered papers from India, I decided to show you how to do it right at home!
The more I worked on this restyled garment, the more I liked it. I suspect I could stick it in a store like Forever 21 and no one would guess that it was transplanted there.
Take a cherished picture of a family member, pet or prized flower in your garden and turn it into an embroidery design to stitch by hand!
Make one of these embroidery hoop cork boards to create a space to keep all you notes, photos or business cards at your fingertips! Cute or sophisticated, you decide by your choice of fabric.
Here is an easy tutorial for another basic embroidery stitch.
Take the pattern pieces you designed in Pattern Drafting 101 and make this stylish tunic.
With a few simple adjustments, you can transform a standard shirt pattern into a stylish tunic pattern.
Flipping through my latest issue of Australian Vogue, I spied a review of this new book featuring the flamboyant couturier, Christian Lacroix--I ran out and got a copy!
Put these little Teflon discs under your bobbin to eliminate backlash and bird nests in your bobbin case while you’re embroidering.
Winding bobbins is not on anyone’s top ten list of fun thing to do while machine embroidering. A prewound bobbin is a bobbin that comes with the bobbin thread already on it. They are very convenient to have on hand when you are working on a big project, but there are pros and cons to using them.
A Jump Stitch is not really a stitch at all. So what are they? Read on for a little primer and some jump stitch tips to save you time
You can embroider these adorable flip-flops right in the hoop! If you’re new to machine embroidery, this is a great project to work on because it focuses on one technique...machine embroidered appliqué.
Inspiration for wool felting projects infused with machine embroidery stitching.
Get Inspired at the StyleHive.
The Embroidery DeDuper can clean your computer right up!
Spend less time trying to figure out a sewing technique by keeping a great reference book beside your machine.
Have you ever bought a pattern designed for knit fabric, measured twice, cut once, and still ended up with a finished garment that was on the tight side? Maybe it wasn't the size you cut out; maybe your fabric wasn't stretchy enough for the pattern.
Clever word art is just a push of a button away when you machine-embroider your own!
Here's what to do with that long, straight grainline marking printed on all your pattern pieces...
In this video, Nancy shows us how to get our embroidery designs to stitch out in exactly the right place.
If you want to check out what other crafters and crafty business people are doing, check out Crafty Chat for weekly on line chats about what's selling and being made
I was cruising around looking for cool embroidery, instead I found cool Socktopus! They remind me of one of my favorite childhood pals--my sock monkey
Mistakes and boo-boos fall into two different categories—Designer Details and Character Builders.
Using a "patch the hole" method to embroider the same design over and over saved my shirt...and probably my machine when it got jammed.
If your 4th of July social calendar isn't full yet, why not check out the 22nd Annual New England Arts & Crafts Festival in Milford, CT.
We pay so much attention to stabilizing so that fabric won't pucker. Try loosening up a little and go for the wrinkles, puckers, and crinkles.
When it comes to the end of a design, a color change, or running out of thread, a secure finish without adding bulk is what you need! Here's how to make a clean finish!
Seal it with a kiss and enter to win this fantastic embroidery-only machine—it's the perfect companion to your trusted sewing machine!
Computer techies, express yourself by stitching some code. Embroider a bit of code on the back of a tee and display the results on the front! Recycle an old tee to deliver your "Go Green" message.
Visit this website for out-of-the-ordinary knitting patterns and other unusual fiber arts...like wonderful felted wool pebbles.
If you have some cool embroidered denim lurking around in your closet that you haven't worn in years...or maybe months, pull it out and remake it into a hip bag!
Gibbs College held its students' Spring Fashion Show on Thursday, June 19th.
I checked in at the Plimoth Plantation to see the latest progress on this beautiful hand-embroidered re-creation. I was delighted to see that they were working on the lining fabric.
Did you know that this basic stitch, primarily used for outlining, is actually made up of straight stitches that overlap? Learn the steps to making a graceful stitch.
Use the "Secret" to learn how to add hot embroidery to your own swim suit...and much more!
Here is a new way for you to try out bobbin work: a cool technique that lets you stitch out embroidery designs on the underside of your hoop.
Monograms have long been symbols of elegance and luxury. Although they are fairly simple to make yourself, the hardest part is usually finding a cool monogram style to suit your personality. Here is a nifty embroidery tool that allows you to choose just about any font type for any size monogram.
This dress was created from hundreds of silk organza circles.
I love quilting, but I rarely have the time...When I get the chance to add a quilting technique to a garment that I'm working on, I go for it.
I love to pass on new ideas I get from friends, teachers, students, and customers. Here is a great way to manage large spools of thread such as those used for your bobbin: Use the spool from packages of new, blank CDs.
Jenny Hart’s thought-provoking portraits feature breathtaking detail. See her work at a new exhibit at The Art Center in St. Petersburg, Florida from May 23 to August 16, 2008.
Whether you are hand embroidering or machine embroidering, how you handle your thread can make or break its performance. Here are some tips to keep your thread in line and running smoothly.
Needlepoint is making a huge comeback. The pages of fashion magazines are showing how this traditional, hand-crafted embroidery technique gives super-trendy flair to belts, bags, and home décor.
Are you new to embroidery? Did you know that there is special thread that is made for use in the bobbin while you’re embroidering?
Have you tried those new needle-felting machines yet? They’re fantastic! It’s like embroidery with wool roving and other fibers (instead of threads). When I first got my hands on one, I used it to (of course) embroidery on my jeans!
I was inspired to share this information with you because I just finished making a cool embroidered skirt out of my favorite pair of old jeans. To give this restyled garment some sparkle, I embroidered with some metallic threads. I was happy to find that some true tricks of the trade made the project easier, and the resulting skirt is now a new favorite.
Vintage has exploded onto the pages of Vogue magazine, and embroidery designer, Hope Yoder, is way ahead of the curve! I almost swooned when I saw this dainty, girly shrug that was adapted from a new shrug pattern. It's so sweet, and sweeter still, Ms. Yoder says that there's more to come.
Have you ever tried to embroider on leather? One would think it would be easy to work with because it’s obviously stable enough to support embroidery, but embroidering on leather has some surprising obstacles, such as stretching! Thankfully, these obstacles are easily overcome, and once you know what kind of stabilizer and needles to use, it’s a snap!
There is one major embroidery mistake that doesn't actually appear until after you have washed your creation for the first time: shrinkage. Too many times, I've completely destroyed beautiful creations. Luckily, this error is easily avoided if you just remember to take this one simple step.
Today, the term "redwork" can be used to describe a general form of outline stitching, but this artful technique using red, cotton floss dates back to the 18th century when this craft’s simplicity and affordability made it very popular.
Did you know that one of the simplest ways to keep your machine in shape and increase the time that you spend stitching beautiful stitches is to change your needle often? Here are some simple tips to guide you towards getting the best out of your machine stitching.
I may use my embroidery machine a lot, but there are times when only hand-worked embroidery will do the trick.
This week’s embroidery term is weave fill, or the tiny stitches that are used to fill in an embroidery design. While there are several different kinds of fill stitches, weave fill is one of the most commonly used, especially when working with larger shapes or design elements.
Wherever I am, at home or on the road, I am always on the lookout for embroidery inspiration. Recently, right from the comfort of my own home in Connecticut, I came across this amazing blog on the Metropolitan Museum of Art site. And last month, I found plenty of inspiration at the Craft & Hobby Show in California, where I met up with my Craft Stylish colleagues and got to partake in one of my favorite pastimes: fashion watching.
No, it is not an ice cream topping, but an indispensable tool for embroiderers. You'll get crisp, clear lines and your designs will look awesome. The name of the miracle stabilizer? Topping.
After visiting the Plimoth Plantations’s website earlier in the week, I was inspired to dig out my own hand embroidery project.I love Lavender and Lace Designs, and I started this one a few years ago to celebrate my two daughters.
Plimoth Plantation is producing an incredible opportunity for embroidery enthusiasts: over the next few years the museum will be re-creating a 17th century laton jacket.
My friend Gail started experimenting with this cool thread to embellish a sweatshirt jacket she was working on. She used it instead of traditional decorative thread to stitch across panels of her jacket. After she was done, she steamed it with her iron. The thread shrunk up, creating interesting texture similar to smocking.
I love nothing more than stepping into my bathroom and being greeted with a fresh set of personalized bath linens. All you need to plump up plain-Jane towels and shower curtains is your embroidery machine and a bit of contrasting thread.
“Dongle” is such a goofy-sounding word, when I hear people talking about their dongles, I always imagine something silly like they’re referring to their latest fashion accessory. Actually, a dongle is the security device that allows you to open embroidery software programs.
Let's face it, embroidery is basically the artful application of a bunch of thread—I say that because it is so easy to forget how utterly confusing it can be when it comes to picking out the right brand and type of thread for a particular embroidery project.
I recommend trying this simple “hoopless” technique the next time you embroider on tricky fabric.
Hi, my name is Jennifer Stern, and I am so pleased to have this opportunity to share my embroidery stories and adventures (filled with both designer details and character builders) with you. Oh, and be sure to check out the Pricked exhibit at the Museum of Art and Design.
Try this fast, easy and fun project from our Sew Stylish: Gifts to Make edition.