Tutorial: Easy, sewed scarf with a fringe

By Martha Michaela Hutchman Brown
aka Marf

This long scarf is super easy to make. It could be your second-ever machine sewing project. No pattern. Very little measuring. And, because of the wrapping and scrunching nature of scarves, if you make a boo-boo or two, no one will notice.

Finished Scarf

You can do it. In fact, with only 2 yards of fabric, you can make two (TWO!) 10 inch x 68 inch scarves (one for you and one for a grateful buddy) in an afternoon. And a chunk of that afternoon won’t even involve any heavy lifting on your part because your washing machine will be making the fringe for you. Continue reading

Browsing the Possibilities: Cloth & Bobbin

As I wrote in my last post, four years ago things were changing quickly and I was feeling very lost. While walking down a street in Narberth, Pa., I felt compelled to enter Cloth & Bobbin, even though I hadn’t picked up a needle for years, and I didn’t know how to use my new sewing machine. I walked out of that fabric shop with a few yards and a burning desire to get to work.

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Cloth & Bobbin has an old-fashioned wooden screen door that makes a satisfying old-fashioned wooden screen door sound.

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How I Learned to Sew: Fear and Love

By Martha Michaela Hutchman Brown
aka Marf

I only really learned to sew in the summer of  2009. It was a year of wonderful and devastating change. I married a kind, funny, brilliant and amazing man in May, my husband David. And then in October, after a relatively short illness, I lost a kind, funny, brilliant and amazing man, my father. Continue reading

Old Whales’ Tales

By Martha Michaela Hutchman Brown
aka Marf

I’m a narrative fabric buyer. I just made up that term, but I’m sure I’m not the only one.

I never buy fabric just because it’s trendy or because I think someone else will like it or because I think it will sell well. I buy it because I like it. And I usually like it because it reminds me of a good memory or a person I love.

Preppy Whales Fabric

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