A wee peeky-peek and my Sew, Mama, Sew project

thomas-knauer-sews-teapot-trivetsHi all. A bit of a big day here at Thomas Knauer Sews. First off, the fabulous Sew, Mama, Sew has featured one of my projects: embroidered teapot trivets. So happy to share these, and the downloadable embroidery patterns, at Sew, Mama, Sew. Love, love, love SMS!!! So head on over and check out my first foray into embroidery. Can we call it Sew, Papa, Sew for the day???

thomas-knauer-sews-pear-tree-thumbAnd if that weren’t enough, I finally decided I just couldn’t wait any longer and just had to put up the tiniest of peeks at my first line with Andover. I’m only giving out wee half-inch swatches at this point, but I can’t wait to share the whole thing with you all. I really can’t wait to see yards and yards of it on cotton. Once again, hooray!!!


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14 Responses to A wee peeky-peek and my Sew, Mama, Sew project

  1. 1
    MOXIELisa says:

    Oh how exciting! I can’t wait to see it all printed out in cotton yumminess.

    • 1.1
      thomas says:

      Thanks!!! I think I will be bouncing up and down until October, or at least until I get my advance yardage…

      Step One: Roll around in it all with Little One.

      Step Two: Make stuff with it.

      Step Three: Roll around in the stuff I made with it.

  2. 2
    Christine says:

    THOMAS!!! I did a duh! thing and left a msg for you on Sew,Mama,Sew….and then the light bulb happened.

    What do you do when you drip/spill Tea on your Trivet!! with all that stitching loveliness!!! (I will repeat some of what I said over there) ….I love the simplicity of your designs, and the message (TEA!) conveyed.

    • 2.1
      thomas says:

      I just throw them in the washer. If you are really worried about things bleeding, prewash. I still do with fabric, especially for things like this. You can also soak your floss to prewash it if you are really worried (I haven’t bothered with this.) If you want to be hyper vigilant you can do all of that, or just throw in a Shout Color Catcher the first time you wash one. I treat ’em just like any other quilt I make: they are there to be used and part of use is getting dirty. A little tea stain never hurt anything; it just shows it has had a life. You can always make another…

      • Dr. S says:

        This sounds like something you learned from my mother! (The “they are there to be used and part of use is getting dirty” bit.)

        • thomas says:

          Gotta admit, she has been an inspiration in all of this. It also comes from all the interactive media I have done; I am big of things developing lives of their own rather than being called finished when they are done being made. Let’s call it existential quilting…

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    Anne says:

    I can already tell that I’ll love your fabric line! Thanks again for the embroidery designs and tutorial on SMS.

    • 3.1
      thomas says:

      Thanks. I can’t wait to get to show the full designs, and I really can’t wait to see what people do with them once they are on cotton.

      Happy stitching.

  4. 4
    Kathleen says:

    Hi Thomas — I downloaded your super cute embroidery designs from sewmamasew and would like to try my hand at them, but what’s the trick for transfering them to the fabric please?
    Thank you,

    • 4.1
      thomas says:

      Glad you like the designs. I just print them out, lay them underneath the fabric if using a light fabric, and follow the lines with either a water soluble pencil if I plan to wash it right away, or a Frixion pen. I like the Frixion pen because it disappears with a quick sweep of an iron. If using a dark fabric for the embroidery a light box is handy, or in a pinch just tape the design and your fabric to a window, and voila, there you go.

      Hope that helps, and I would love to see how yours turn out.

  5. 5

    Love the sneak peak and can’t wait to see the full line it’s right up my alley.

    • 5.1
      thomas says:

      Thanks. I can’t wait to show it off, and then to share the cottony goodness. I really love the colors; I think of them as nice and buttery…

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    happy zombie says:

    Just read and learned so much about you at Sew,Mama,Sew! Big huge congrats over your line with Andover – it’s so very beautiful and I’m so thrilled for you!

    • 6.1
      thomas says:

      Thanks! I am so excited, and so happy to be joining the wonderful community of fabric designers. Everyone has been so giving and helpful and open and wonderful!!!

      I am so looking forward to meeting so many people at Market, and positively giddy (and terrified) about my first line coming out at Fall Market…

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