I first met Ellen on the set of It's Sew Easy TV and helped configure the machine so she could demonstrate bobbin work and Sashiko style stitchery. Ellen was used to sewing on an industrial straight stitch sewing machine and quickly adapted to the fancy schmancy computerized Brother machine she needed to use for taping the show. This was Ellen's debut appearance on TV and if you listen to her tell the story, she did not expect to have to sew at all. However, she was thoroughly prepared to show all of her step-by-step samples. She quickly adapted to the show format and did both, showing and sewing Sashiko samples. Watch show 1505-1 HERE on the KS Productions website and you'll walk away with a great appreciation for Ellen's detailed instructions and inspiring samples.
I knew Ellen would be a great guest for my Sew Tell Me interview series. Her book is filled with incredible techniques that would translate well into special embellishments not just for clothing but for home decor and art quilts as well. Watch the video and you'll see Ellen show samples from the book and share tips for easy embellishment.
Ellen also told us all about some great resources for beads, fabric, and trims. Below are a few of her favorites.
- Online Fabric Resources:
www.gorgeousfabrics.com (Ann Steeves)
- Brick and Mortar store in Midtown Manhattan:
In the back of her book you'll find even more resources, plus a glossary for techniques that will enrich your sewing knowledge and pique your interest to learn more.
Below is a link to a replay of the YouTube show on my channel:
Follow Ellen at her website here:
Find information about ordering Ellen Miller's Creative Couture Embellishment book here:
Contact Ellen directly here: