Terrific Tabard, AKA, Skinny Vest. Check it out!

Hello everyone,  I have been taking a 3 day class on Thread Painting. Every class I take, I learn at least one new thing! This time I have counted 7 new things I didn’t know about. And that’s what I want to do for you, when you sign up for my workshop! I want to show you new techniques and learn new things that translate into an “Art To Wear Piece.” Below are several examples of my Terrific Tabard aka “Skinny Vest.”
VP1 Marcia Derse Fabrics for this vest below. DSC_0228Below is a Terrific Tabard using Aboriginal fabrics. This vest was made for Beth Watts of Fabric Chicks in Minden, Nevada. You can see this and buy Whisper Blouse Pattern or Terrific Tabard from her at different quilt shows up and down the west coast. Her booth is AMAZING!DSC_1710DSC_1721DSC_1730

Below is “Tree of Life” (lots of collage), and “Aussie Angle” using large scale prints. DSC_0303 (2) Fronts and backs and now some close-ups. DSC_0302 Tree of Life, the tree. DSC_0023 Isn’t this fun, a pin instead of a button? Lovely comments every time I wear it. This pin catches the eye because it’s different. DSC_0317 DSC_0825

Let me show you some tricks to help fit a vest just for you. Terrific Tabard or Off The Grid. You choose!DSC_1726

Take a chance on something different. Leave my workshop with something you will actually WEAR! You will look good and feel great for every compliment you receive. I showcase “Off The Grid” (please look at past posts by Heidi or under “Workshops”) but if you would rather create your own “Terrific Tabard,” that’s great too.Let me know which one you prefer when you sign up for my workshop.

Please see my personal blog for more ideas: Designsbyheidi.wordpress.com and see my patterns at Craftsy.com/sewing patterns/DesignsbyHeidi

Have a very creative weekend wherever you live. I tell everyone, find 15 minutes everyday to get your “creative” going. Hugs, Heidi


Gobble, Gobble, Happy Thanksgiving!

by Heidi Emmett

Cooking up a storm for 24 people today! Crazy but fun to be with family. Below is my new Favorite – Maple Cranberry Sauce. I found the recipe in americanprofile.com, and I also visited Kate’s website ihearteating.com

Look closely now. This is a before picture. We were anticipating a major storm with snow levels down to 1500 ft. We live at 2900ft.

I was also sewing on a Terrific Tabard vest for Beth at Fabric Chicks in Minden, Nevada. She is one of my new wholesale accounts. Gotta get the word out about Designs by Heidi. She chose the fabrics and the vest fits her as she will wear it at Quilt Shows. DSC_1720 Aboriginal fabrics are her choice for the main fabric(the large cutouts). DSC_1716 DSC_1714 Skinny vest is the other name for this pattern. You can see why with the slimming side lines.
DSC_1722 This is the other side view. Hey, What’s that white stuff in the background? DSC_1731 Keep in mind that should you attend the Artistic Alchemy Retreat in September, 2016, you could make Terrific Tabard vest in my workshop, “Art to Wear.”
DSC_1733 Below, the extent of our “major” snow storm. DSC_1707

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hugs, Heidi

“Style is a Simple Way of Saying Complicated Things.”

by Heidi Emmett

“Style is a Simple Way of Saying Complicated Things.” – Jean Cocteau.

I think this thought can be attributed to Art, Furnishings, Clothing, and of course, Quilting! The following pictures will show you a way to create style, using large scaled printed fabrics. It is done simply, but oh, so, complicated looking. This technique is perfect in a vest, wallhanging, or any number of creative projects.

DSC_0181A complicated Marcia Derse all over printed, large scaled fabric.DSC_0184 (2) Gathering other Marcia Derse fabrics and Kaffe Fassett “shot cottons.” And of course, I pick out possible jewelry to go with…DSC_0202 (2)I like to look at things on angles and take digital pictures. It helps me get a sense of proportion, scale, design, and colors. I have added some, taken away some, all to go with the first large scale print. DSC_0673

DSC_0674Close ups of sections of the “Skinny Vest” I created using this technique.I have to say, my sewing machine was giving me FITS while making this vest. It will be worth your sanity to have your machine in tip top shape. Skinny Vest pattern available at Craftsy.comDSC_0228


I love the complex look of this vest, “Skinny Vest”, using Marcia Derse fabrics.




A beautiful Aboriginal fabric. Don’t be afraid of stripes (this one is believe it or not) that go from selvage to selvage. I’ll show you how to make long, lean, pieces with it.



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“Skinny Vest”, Aboriginal Angle. Love, these colors.


Another FABULOUS Aboriginal that I am working with. I pull EVERYTHING I think might work and then begin to edit. I’ll bring this to Zephyr to show you in person. DSC_0803

The other day I went to my studio to iron shirts for my husband to wear for work. I abandoned the ironing (I made him wear sweaters) when I saw this Anna Maria Horner, moths and butterflies. Oh my, what will I create with this? Stay tuned. Better yet, sign up for my workshop at Zephyr and while the light breezy wind (that’s what Zephyr means) from Tahoe, washes over us, you will be creating your own style, complicated looking, yet simple. Hugs, Heidi