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  • 3 Steps to Teach Little Ones to Sew

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    Disclaimer: This guest article was written by the very talented Sally Writes. Read on for practical and effective tips on teaching little ones the basics of sewing!

    Sewing is a life skill that everyone should know and it's best to start kids out when they’re younger. Not only will they be able to sew back a button that they lost on the playground, but it will also teach them other lessons that are useful in all aspects of life. The ability to use a foot pedal at the right speed while also guiding the fabric teaches children how to focus and maintain self-control. This transfers directly to the classroom and can help students focus better in class and ultimately retain more information. So how can you as a parent teach your kid this essential life skill? Simply follow these steps to get you started.

    Step One: Find a Fun Activity

    Pick a sewing activity that is fun for your little one. Maybe your son wants to make a new Avengers pillow for his bed, or your daughter wants to sew her own princess dress. Whatever it is, be sure to make it exciting. Once you decide on the project, head to the fabric store and let your kid pick out what he or she wants. Here is where you can incorporate a math lesson as well, and have them figure out how much of the fabric they will need. When you first start out, you may want to do the same project multiple times with different patterns or embellishments to help them learn.

    Step Two: Introduce the Sewing Machine

    The sewing machine can be a little intimidating to a kid so make sure they are comfortable with it before having them start. Begin by telling them the history of the sewing machine and how it had a huge impact on the clothing industry. You can make it into a tale that will inspire them to want to use the machine. Also, be sure to give them the safety talk so they know where exactly they should put their hands and precisely how the machine works. You may want to show them how it’s done so that they can visually learn as well.

    Step Three: Start to Sew

    After all the precautions are taken, you can start to show them the ropes. Start by letting them control the pedal while you guide the fabric through the needle. This will help them get a feel for the pedal without fearing the needle. Be sure to tell them that slow and steady wins the race, and when they start to get the hang of it, let them guide the fabric. You can draw lines on the fabric to help guide them as well.

    If you follow these simple three steps, your kid will be a sewing pro in no time. Not only will they learn an important skill, but they will definitely have fun along the way!

     

    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • 7 Beach-Ready Summer DIYs

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    Summer is officially here and we can practically hear the beach calling our names! But before you head off with your beach bag and swimsuit in tow, here are 7 sewing and crafting DIYs that you simply have to make before you head to the seaside!


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    Photo and DIY via Spring in Fialta 

    1. Watermelon Round Towel

    Stay stylish and sand-free (well, less sandy than you would otherwise be) with this adorable pom-pom adorned watermelon towel! Feel free to get creative with other motifs - a quirky fried egg towel would also be a real conversation starter!

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    Photo and Tutorial via Merrick's Art

    2. Pleated Beach Dress

    When temperatures rise and the air gets hot and humid, nothing is more comfortable than an airy sundress and this style is effortlessly stylish and super simple to make! Trust us, you'll want to make one in every colour.

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    Photos and DIY via Crafts Unleashed

    3. Foiled Canvas Beach Bag

    Tote all of your beach essentials in this stylish (and easy-to-make) canvas bag! You can also switch up the slogan depending on your mood and have one for every day of the week!

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    Photos and DIY via The Golden Adventures

    4. The Sunbathing Companion 

    This is like a lazy boy for the beach! Except it's flat and you can fold it into a duffel bag. This versatile DIY is absolutely perfect for napping, reading, and general lounging - in other words, everything that you like to do at the beach!

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    Photos and DIY via Merrick's Art

    5. Pom Pom Poncho Beach Cover Up

    From the beach to a sidewalk cafe, this pom-pom trimmed caftan will take you everywhere this season. It's also fun and super quick to make. Say hello to your new summer uniform!

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    Photos and DIY via Made In A Day

    6. Pom Pom Embellished Straw Beach Bag/Basket

    Pom-pom DIYs are everywhere this summer and this vibrant bag design is one of our favorites. Cheerful and bright, it's a real head-turner, whether you're on a tropical vacation or are simply strolling down the street!

    Things You'll Need

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    Photos and DIY via Sugar & Cloth

    7. Retro Beach Umbrellas 

    Channel a little bit of Old-Hollywood glamour while protecting your visage with these retro-inspired beach umbrellas! All you need are some beach umbrellas, fringe, and glue. Take it from us, your sunburn free skin will thank you.

    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • The 4 End Stitch Methods You Need to Know

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    Disclaimer: This article does not belong to N. Jefferson Ltd. and was written by Maria Greer of Stitch and Sew. We simply loved it and felt that it was a great and useful article to share! Enjoy! 

    The Best End Stitches for Hand Sewing

    Whether you’re repairing a garment or completing an ambitious sewing project, your row of hand stitching needs to last. You don’t want that jacket button to fall off again or the stuffing to start oozing out of your embroidered cushion. To secure a line of stitches you simply need to use an effective end stitch which is…

    ·         Strong

    ·         Neat

    ·         Discrete

    ·         Simple to execute

    Most people have their own methods for finishing a line of stitching which essentially involves tying a knot. Maybe you create a loop in your last stitch by stopping short of pulling all of the thread through the fabric, and then you pass the needle through the loop and pull tight - certainly an obvious and simple method. But there are more options available that will give you that extra strong and neat finish.

    Find out more in this detailed guide to ending a stitch which gives step-by-step instructions on four of the best methods.

    Read other excellent, useful articles like this at Stitch and Sew!

  • 6 Holistic Health Benefits of Wool

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    There are a million reasons to love wool. It's all natural, soft, warm, hypoallergenic, breathable, sustainable, environmentally friendly - we could go on. That being said, a lot of people don't know that wool actually comes with a host of health benefits as well! We've recently become a supplier for Soul Comfort, a Canadian line of wool and sheepskin products designed with your good health in mind. For over 34 years, this wonderful company has been creating high-quality bedding, clothing, pet beds, yoga mats - you name it, they probably make it.  Their aim is to heal with wool and educate the public about this special fiber's amazing properties. We have to say, we've been blown away by what we've learned so far! So without further ado, here are six ways that wool can holistically benefit your health. It really is a textile superhero!

    1. It regulates your body temperature.

    We all know that wool keeps us toasty warm when it's cold, but did you know that it can also keep your body cool? This fabulous fiber wicks away perspiration when it's hot, cooling down your body temperature. Alternatively, when temperatures drop, wool insulates and retains heat. Keeping one's temperature regulated helps to ward off illness and improve sleep - a happy side effect of being comfortable in both hot and cold weather.

    2. It banishes dust mites.

    Nobody likes dust mites - they flare up allergies and are a common trigger for asthma. Lucky for us, dust mites don't like wool! Why? Wool fibers have microscopic pores that respond to the moisture in the environment, keeping them fairly dry even when humidity rises. Dust mites need a damp environment to thrive and wool fibers simply don't give them the opportunity to survive. So long sneezing attacks!

    3.  It can reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

    Fibromyalgia is a painful condition that affects one's muscles and soft tissue. Aside from chronic muscle pain, other symptoms include fatigue, insomnia, headaches, and depression. Studies have been conducted showing that wool bedding and underwear has had some success with relieving fibromyalgia pain. That's no small potatoes!

    4. It is resistant to bacteria, mold, and mildew.

    Due to a high amount of lanolin and its natural wicking abilities, wool keeps illness-causing bacteria and mold at bay. Also, because of these antibacterial properties, wool is odour resistant, making it perfect for socks, slippers, and bedding.

    5. It helps to purify air.

    Even if we eat healthily, get our rest, and make sure to exercise regularly, we often don't consider the nasty effect the pollutants in our environment has on our health. Never fear, wool is here! This magic fiber absorbs harmful allergens and pollutants from the air and does not remit them. Because of this, wool fabric an excellent choice for bedding and home decor.

    6. It can ease the symptoms of bed sores.

    Painful and unsightly, bed sores are caused by continuous pressure on a specific point on one's body (this ailment is common for those who are on bed rest), as well as sweat and friction. An effective treatment and preventative solution is, you guessed it, wool.  How? Medical wool and sheepskin allow air to circulate freely around pressure points, while wicking away irritating perspiration, allowing existing sores to heal and preventing new ones.  Just when you thought this fiber couldn't be more impressive!

    Shop Soul Comfort's Selection of Wool and Sheepskin Products!

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    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • Decor DIYs That Will Instantly Freshen Up Your Space

    No matter how much we may love a space when we first see it, whether it's our home or the office, eventually our surroundings can start to feel a little stale. It is, after all, human nature to crave visual stimulation and novelty! That being said, it's not usually practical (or feasible) to completely revamp our decor every time we feel uninspired by our environment. Fortunately, often all it takes is a subtle change here and there to make a space feel fresh and exciting again! Whether it's a statement-making wall hanging or a dreamy bunch of throw pillows, the little details make all of the difference. These five decor DIYs are fun to make and will instantly take your tired space from blah to brilliant!

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    Photos and DIY via Make & Do Crew

    1. Popsicle Stick Hexagon Shelf

    Instead of throwing away your popsicle sticks, why not use them to make one (or five) of these chic shelves? Not only is the geometric shape incredibly stylish, but they are a good way to provide extra storage space. Who knew recycling could look so good?

    Things You'll Need

    • 100 Popsicle Sticks
    • Craft Glue
    • Wood Stain
    • Paint Brush
    • Picture Hanger (optional)
    Hexagon Shelf Template (subscribe to Make & Do to access it.)

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    Photos and DIY via Tidbits

    2. Watercolour Painted Pillow

    These dreamy watercolour painted pillows would be a beautiful edition to any room. And the best part? You can customize the shades depending on your decor scheme! These can be sewn up in mere minutes and they instantly breathe new life into a room.

    Learn how to create watercolour dyed fabric here.

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    Photos and DIY via POPSUGAR

    3. Fringed Wall Hanging 

    This bohemian-inspired wall hanging may look like it costs a pretty penny, but you can recreate it on a very modest budget! Sometimes all you really need is one bold piece as a focus point in an otherwise pared-down space.

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    Photos and DIY via Shelterness

    4. Rustic Mason Jar Sconce

    Why put those fresh blooms in a vase when you can mount them on your wall? This simple project lends a very on-trend rustic vibe to any space. It's also eco-friendly and is a great way to recycle leftover mason jars, scrap leather, and wood.

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    Photos and DIY via Lydi Out Loud

    5. Shabby Chic Ombre Rope Basket

    Who says that your laundry basket should be an eye sore? Sometimes we forget that utilitarian objects can be used as decor pieces too! Wrap your standard basket in rope, add a touch of metallic paint, and voila! You have a piece that is as fun to look at as it is functional!

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    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • 6 Ways to Save Money at N. Jefferson Ltd.

    At N. Jefferson Ltd. we pride ourselves on doing all we can to support our customers and help their businesses grow. We source the best brands and products from around the world and we do our best to ensure that our customer service is always stellar. We also understand how important it is for our customers to manage their costs. After all, keeping costs low is paramount to a company's profit and longevity. While we work hard to make sure our prices are always fair, there are a few things that you, the customer, can do to make sure that you are getting the most bang for your buck every time you pay us a visit.  Here are six tips that will not only help you save money at N. Jefferson Ltd., but anywhere else you shop for your business!

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    1. Buy the recommended quantities

    The way our pricing structure works is that there are different prices depending on quantity. A full box is the best way to go for value and saves you time, receiving the merchandise into your store.  While there are some products that you may only need one or two of, 9 out of 10 times it is more cost effective and more time efficient in the long run to order a full box. Simply put, you can save yourself a lot of time and money by keeping your eyes peeled for the quantity that will give you the lowest price per item.

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    2. Shop our sales 

    We run a ton of sales all year long and they are rife with great products and unbelievable discounts (at the moment our highest discount is 70% off)! It's easy to forget about our sales items, especially when shopping in our warehouse where there isn't a designated sale section. It's always a good idea to take a peek at our promotions on our website when you are on the hunt for supplies and before you visit our warehouse. Trust us, you will be delighted by the great items you will find and the money you will save!

    Current Sales and Promotions

    1. 2017 - 50% OFF Entire Dritz Espadrilles (Shoe Making Product Line)
    2. Countess Knitting Needles - ALL SIZES 50% OFF!
    3. 2017 - First Quarter Promo - ENDS ON APRIL 30TH 2017!
    4. 2017 - Clearance Books
    5. 2017 - Sterling Silver Charms - Clearance
    6. 2017- 40% Off All Presencia Products

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    3. Know when to shop online or in our warehouse

    Depending on where you are based, this may not always be a choice. If you live and work in Texas, for example, you won't be able to pay a visit to our warehouse every time you need to purchase supplies. That being said, for our local customers, it is always a good idea to create a strategy surrounding your shopping trips and be mindful of when it is ultimately cheaper and more convenient to shop online or to shop in our warehouse.  There are, after all, advantages and disadvantages for either. How you shop truly makes as much of an impact on your costs as what you buy.

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    4. Create an account

    As a business-to-business organization, we will ONLY sell our products at wholesale prices to registered customers. If you have a business and want to shop at N. Jefferson Ltd., we strongly encourage you to create an account before you stop by. If you drop in without an account, you will have to fill out an application which may or may not be approved for wholesale prices - an unappealing prospect if you need to purchase a lot of items and/or are in a rush. It may seem obvious but we can't stress it enough - sign up for a customer account before shopping with us! It will save you oodles of time and money.  Plus it's super quick and easy to do!

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    5. Shop with a list

    This may seem like an obvious one, but there are a lot of times when customers will begin shopping with only a general idea of what they need/want to purchase. While there is nothing wrong with this per se, creating a detailed list, complete with SKUs and product names, will not only make your shopping experience more efficient, it can save you money as you will already know exactly how much you intend to spend and what to buy before you even begin.

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    6. Read our newsletter & follow us on social media 

    One easy way to stay up to date on our latest brands, products, and sales is to read our newsletter (we send approximately one or two a week) and follow our social media posts. If we are running a limited time only flash sale or giveaway, you will be notified first there. For example, we recently gave away a bunch of mitten palms for FREE, exclusively to those who read our newsletter. That's right, free! Sure, you can see our main promotions on our website, but if you want to stay on top of our latest giveaways, contests, and limited time only sales, you should definitely sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media.

    Find Us On Social Media

    Facebook - /N-Jefferson-Ltd

    Twitter - @NJeffersonLtd

    Instagram - @n.jefferson.ltd

    Pinterest - /njeffersonltd

    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • 7 Sewing Projects to Celebrate Spring

    There's something about spring that always puts us in the mood to sew! The icy chill and dark clouds of winter finally dissipate and the world seems brighter, both literally and figuratively. It's a season of rebirth and creativity. With that in mind, we have made a list of seven sewing projects that encapsulate the playful and invigorating spirit of the season!

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    Photos & DIY via We All Sew

    1. Easter Napkins

    These simple napkins can be made in no time and they make excellent host(ess) gifts! The best part - they can be totally customized, so you can make festive versions for every holiday!

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    Photos & DIY via STITCHED by Crystal 

    2. Fruit Slice Purses and Pouches 

    Bright and cheerful, this pattern captures the optimistic air of springtime! Little ones and grown ups alike are sure to adore these sweet little bags. May we suggest you play a little with this pattern? A slice of pizza or cake purse would be adorable too!

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    Photos & DIY via Brit + Co

    3. Polka Dot Pom Pom Dress

    Spring is here and it's time to wave bye to those dreary neutrals we have been wearing all winter! Pom poms and polka dots are a huge trend for Spring/Summer 2017, but why splash out on an expensive piece when you can make your own in no time? We can't get enough of the bright colours and eclectic pom-pom fringe!

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    Photos & DIY via A Beautiful Mess

    4. Cactus Pin Cushion

    Store your pins in style with this quirky cactus cushion! Who says pin cushions can't make a statement? This is also a great project for teachers to give their students and for those who are just learning to sew.

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    5. Hammock Chair DIY

    There are a ton of reasons to love spring but sunny weather and longer days are definitely at the top of the list! There's nothing better than lying in the sunshine with a book and a refreshing glass of iced tea. So why not make this relaxing activity even better with a comfy homemade hammock? It's surprisingly simple to make and you can customize it depending on your taste and decor!

    Things You'll Need

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    Photos & DIY via Flamingo Toes

    6. Miniature Embroidered Key Chain Coin Purses

    Sure, you can stash your loose change in your already packed wallet, but these dainty little coin purses are just so much cuter! They make great gifts, especially for kids. The little ones in your life will adore having their own little 'purse'!

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    Photos  and DIY via Owen's Olivia

    7. Fat Quarter Hexagon Clock 

    Keep the time in style with this quilted clock! The minimalist style is very on trend and we love how it plays homage to quilting with hexagon shaped blocks! Also, if spring is the time you choose to rid your space of clutter, this project is a great way to use up the leftover scraps in your fabric stash.

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     Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.
  • 10 Items Every New Quilter Needs in Their Supply Kit

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    As any quilter will tell you, quilting is more than just a type of textile art, it's a community and a lifestyle as well. People who love to quilt are very passionate about it and are, more often than not, experts at their craft. Acquiring any new skill takes time and practice. Finding the right equipment is also crucial and plays a big part in how a quilt will turn out, even before you've made a single stitch. With so many products and brands out there, it can be hard to know what's important and what isn't. Luckily, we've broken it down to the bare essentials that every new quilter needs in their sewing kit!

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    1. A Rotary Cutter

    This may seem like an obvious one, but it is an essential item for every quilter. Rotary cutters are used for precisely cutting fabric into flawless blocks, in a way that is simply not achievable with a pair of fabric scissors.

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    2. Marking Kit

    The key to a quilt turning out beautifully is making sure that all of your measurements are accurate. Working from memory is a recipe for disaster (for most people anyways) and having a supply of marking supplies will help to ensure that every stitch, charm, and embellishment is where it's supposed to be.

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    3. Excellent Fabric Scissors

    A good pair (or several) of fabric scissors is every quilter's best friend! Look for a sturdy, durable, and razor sharp pair that will result in precise, smooth cuts. There's nothing worse than struggling to cut a piece of fabric - it always ends with sore hands, an uneven cut, and wasted fabric.

    Our Top Picks

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    4. Cutting Mats

    Cutting mats are used with your rotary cutter!  Using a mat not only prevents the surface of your table from damage, it also helps to sharpen the rotary cutter's blade. The grid markings on the mat also make it easy to cut straight, accurate lines!

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    5. Stitch Rippers

    Whether you've sewn a seam where you weren't supposed to, or simply changed your mind about the design, a stitch ripper will likely be one of the tools you use the most. Even the most gifted sewers make boo-boos when creating a piece! Keep a stitch ripper on hand always. You'll find that the day you don't have one is the day that you make the most mistakes!

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    6. Quilting Rulers and Guides

    This is pretty self explanatory! Use quilting rulers and guides to create specific shapes and to ensure that every block is the correct size for your quilt.

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    7. Quilting Pins 

    Although pins may seem like an unimportant notion, they are crucial! You'll be amazed at how many pins you use to hold the pieces of your quilt in place. Fact: there is no such thing as having too many pins. If you feel that you have too many pins, buy more!

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    8. Hem Tape and Seam Binding

    Binding is like the glue that holds your quilt together. Seam binding (or hem tape) is used to cover the raw edges of your quilt while stabilizing stretchy seams. They can also be used to add extra beauty and charm to your finished quilt!

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    9. Stencils

    Add a little extra embellishment to your quilt with ease! Stencils allow you to create complex designs and stitched patterns very quickly. No drawing skills required!

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    10. Hand Sewing Needles

    Although a lot of quilting may be done by machine, hand needles are necessary for adding certain embellishments, such as beading and lace. Keep hand needles on hand for any sewing that is delicate or that requires extra attention to detail!

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    Are there any quilting essentials we may have left out? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • Claim Your Creative Space

    Two Stitches by Brandy Lynn

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    I’m so excited to be featured as a guest writer for N. Jefferson Ltd.! My goal as a writer is to help you find that space in your life where you are at your creative best. With each new article, I’ll hone in on a topic and share my point of view.


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    Are you missing out on your passion for quilting because you just don't have the space to spread out? Do you lack energy to set up and take down everything so quilting doesn't take over your dining room table for a week? Here are some tips on finding a spot to quilt in your home whether it is large or small and putting an end to the notion that you just don't have room to grow with your quilting.

    1. Assess the rooms indoors and out - is there a spare room, a tiny nook in the hall, a space in the laundry area, an empty shed, or even a space in the garage? Perhaps if you start asking questions about your husband's garage, he'll help you source out some space in the house!

    2. Assess the room contents - do you have an entire room just for junk? Do you have a storage area of boxes you haven't opened in years? Sell it, donate it, or pitch it. It would be so nice to put that space to good use.

    3. Does everyone else in the home have a space of their own? If your kids are monopolizing all the rooms in the house for homework, relaxation, and play, it's time to make a shift so you can have some space as well. Don't cause an upheaval, but enlist their help to source out a spot for everyone.

    4. Take your time - you don't have to do it all in one day! Pick a spot and clear what you can a few minutes a day to make it work. Measure the space and the furniture so you know everything fits before you start and add a personal touch with a painted wall or a favorite desk.

    Above all your aim is to create a small space where you can leave your machine set up with a bit of room for measuring, cutting and planning projects. You deserve a creative space to call your own.

    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • 5 Simple DIYs To Celebrate National Embroidery Month

    Despite popular belief, February is not just the commercially designated month of love, it's also the national month of embroidery! While we are coming to the end of February, it's not too late to celebrate with a little bit of needle and thread. Whether you are new to embroidery and are looking to learn a new skill, or you have been stitching for years, these five projects can be adapted and customized depending on your skill level and vision.

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    1. Embellished Denim Jacket 

    A denim jacket is a spring-weather wardrobe staple. One way to take it to the next level? With a little (or a lot) of custom embroidery. And nothing says spring has sprung quite like a romantic floral motif.

    Things You'll Need

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    Photos via Brit + Co

    2. Stitched Up Sneakers

    Looking to make a statement? Say it with your sneakers! Stitch your own custom design onto a pair of plain canvas shoes to take them from blah to beautiful. If you feel like kicking it up an extra notch, add a few shimmering beads!

    Things You'll Need

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    Photos via A Beautiful Mess

    3. Scandinavian Inspired Embroidery Hoop Wall Hanging 

    Okay, so this might not be an embroidered project per-se, but it still plays to the theme. You can create this minimalist, artful piece in no time and, while it looks trendy and luxe, it can be made for a fraction of the cost that it would be in a furniture/decor store!

    Things You'll Need

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    Photos via Brit + Co

    4. Pom Pom Market Tote

    Stay stylish whether you are strolling the streets or picking out produce at your local farmer's market. You'll have a blast making the pom poms and will be surprised at how fast you can whip this up!

    Things You'll Need

    dandelion-embroidered-pom-pom-pillow

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    Photos via Front + Main

    5. Dandelion Pom Pom Pillow

    Bring a little sunshine indoors with this bright and cheerful dandelion pillow! Once you're done, we suggest you customize the design by making a bunch of other floral pillows (roses, violets, daisys etc.) to go with it. It's our kind of flower garden - one that requires no maintenance!

    Things You'll Need

    • Pillow Cover
    Embroidery Floss
    Medium-weight yarn 
    Embroidery needle
    Tapestry needle (optional)
    Scissors

     

    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

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