How to Use Bees Wax

by Sarah 

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If you are one of those sewists who detests sewing by hand, chances are you haven't tried bees wax. Coating your thread in 100%, straight up bees wax, will prevent it from twisting and getting all tangled up while you sew. I don't know about you, but I get so frustrated when a stubborn knot forms and I have to cut the thread and start all over. When I remember to use bees wax, this does not happen, ever. 

Check out our great wall of notions next time you are in and look for this little disk of wax encased in a clear plastic holder.  The case has slots so as to keep thread in place while you pull it through.  If you happen to have a bees wax candle or a chunk of it hanging around, you can certainly use that as well.

Here is how I was taught to use it. Pull off some thread no longer than a yard (shorter lengths of thread also prevents tangling) and then run it through the wax several times to coat. 

Then grab a piece of paper and lay your coated thread on one half. 

Now fold the paper overtop of the thread.

And then give it a press with your iron. This step seals the wax and makes it more stiff so it is easier to work with. 

Cool, huh!? It takes half a minute to prepare and will save you time and frustration in the end. Who doesn't want that kinda savings?!

Now you are ready to hand stitch with ease and hopefully, less profanity. This tried and true product, courtesy of the mighty honey bee, should be a staple in all of our sewing baskets! Pick some up next time you are in the shop and give it a whirl! You won't be disappointed! 

This isn't really related but I just wanted to show off some of my neat old needle books from my collection of vintage notions, for your viewing pleasure. 

Eye Candy: New Pincushions!

by Cameron

If you follow us on Instagram, you've already seen our new handmade ceramic pincushions by Mod Home Ceramics, but I wanted to share them on the blog, too, because they're just too sweet.

We just love these sweet little animals with their big fabric covered bellies. They would make a perfect gift for the sewists who has everything - they probably don't have such a unique pincushion on their sewing table!

We don't have these in the online store, but we're happy to ship if you give us a call. If you can come into the store by Thursday, April 20, they'll be 15% off as part of our spring sale. (Sorry, no discount on phone orders this time around.)

Modified Style Call for Designers

It's time to pull out your sketchbooks and mood boards - Modified Style is looking for designers for their annual fashion show! Designers range from teens to amateur adults to full-fledged professionals. We had a chance to attend the show last year and had a ball. Besides boasting an inclusive roaster of designers, all the fashions on the runway are made with second hand fabrics. This year you might even see fabric on the runway that you donated to Modified Style during our 2016 drive to support their work! The deadline for applying is Sunday, April 23. You can sign up online or in person at the Fabric Distribution Party, also on Sunday, April 23. Check their website for full details on the fashion show and the call for designers.

Whether you're a designer or just someone who wears clothes, you might also want to check out the Sustainable Fashion Forum, a panel discussion all about designing and selling environmentally responsible clothing. It should be an interesting discussion of the necessity and complications of making fashion more sustainable.