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Handstitching Basics — Getting Started

To hand-sew well one must start with the perfect knot.

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Handstitching Basics — First Stitches

A how-to article showing beginners how to handsew using period accurate stitches.

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Handstitching Basics — More Stitches

The basic back stitch, used for seams that require strength is the second most popular stitch in handsewing. Learn how here!

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How-to — Cartridge Pleating

Cartridge pleating provides authentic shaping to many seventeenth century garments, including petticoats, ruffs, and gowns. This style of pleating can be recognized by its distinctive figure-8 fold. Although it is a time consuming and labor intensive process, the actual method of forming the pleats is simple.

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