October 29, 2008

Sewing Club Anyone?

Thank you for asking about the sewing club. For those of you who haven't heard this idea, some of those in the classes have expressed an interest in a time to meet about once a month to get help on ongoing projects, not necessarily anything we've covered in a class, just help with UFOs (Un Finished Objects)I've been in the process of getting started on a book that I'm writing on the garment copying process, and have cleared the decks for a while to be able to focus on that. With the closure of both Han's and Walcott, I've been sort of up in the air on where I might have the club as well. Thanks again, and please keep posting your comments here. It is very helpful.
Also, please feel free to post any photos of your projects that you'd like to share.

July 23, 2008

Upcoming Classes

Here is a listing of classes that I will be teaching in the next couple of months. I hope to see you there! Please forward to anyone else you know who may be interested.

July 26-- 10:00am-3:00pm
Couture Finishes at Walcott
August 5--6:00-9:00pm
Alterations at Walcott
September 13--9:00am-4:00pm
Alterations I at Nancy's Notions
October 18-- 9:00am-4:00pm
Alterations II at Nancy's Notions

July 16, 2008

July 11, 2008

The National Needle Arts Market

Wow, it's been a while since I've posted anything. I went "Up North" for a few weeks in June. Just before I left though I attended the National Needle Arts Market in Columbus Ohio. It was a stitching paradise! I've seriously never been in a place with so many crafty people in one place ever before. I will share some of the various vendors I ran across in the next few posts. I also saw all the major craft publishers and distributors and was in craft book nirvana. So many gorgeous new titles, and I ran into many of the authors. At the show I was helping out my good friend Melissa Matthay with her booth. She is the most prolific knitter I have ever met. She was there to promote her new Kritter Knits patterns and they can be purchased now through her website http://www.bymelissa.net/. Check it out they are amazing!

May 24, 2008

Sewing Room Inspiration

I just ran across a very cool gallery of photos that people have sent in to the sewing.org website. There are some great looking sewing rooms, and some sort of funny ones. I was laughing at what an extension of a stitcher's personality their sewing room must be... some are complete chaos and carved out of the corner of another room of their home, and some are fully dedicated spaces that are organized to the hilt. There are some great organizational ideas among these photos. I just love to see other people with fabric stashes crazier than mine! Check it out. http://www.sewing.org/ then click on My sewing room.

May 21, 2008

Making an Amy Butler Skirt

One of my students is making an Amy Butler "Barcelona" skirt and it is going very nicely, the pattern is very easy to decipher and smartly laid out. I would say that based on the prewashing of the fabric, I would buy a more generous portion of fabric than suggested on the instructions if I made this skirt again. Once the fabric was pre-washed it was pretty close in the cutting.
It looks very easy, and I'll keep you posted on the progress.
Thanks Dawn.

May 9, 2008

Summer Classes at Walcott and Nancy's

I am working on my schedule for the Summer, and have planned to teach Garment Copying at Nancy's Notions, and both Couture Finishes and Alterations at Walcott. I will be posting the dates as they become public, let me know if you have any class ideas for the fall.
Have a great weekend!

April 30, 2008

Han's Sewing and Vac

I was at Gayfeather today with a student, and we went over to Han's for some thread. I was chatting with Margaret about her sewing machine project (she has a non-profit organization supplying sewing machines to Hurricane Katrina Survivors) and she told me the very sad news that Han's will be going out of business as of June 28th. I will really miss interacting with the staff there, and hope that there is some new incarnation in the future. I will keep you posted on what I hear about this and any other news regarding the sewing and crafting scene in Madison.

April 29, 2008


Hi everyone, this is where I will be able to communicate with those of you who've taken my classes, and answer any questions you may have after you get back home and try things on your own. I am also going to share my favorite websites and sources for fabric, notions and tailoring supplies, and patterns. You'll see that I have gotten some of them together already, but check back often to see what I'm up to. I am lining up my teaching dates for the fall in the next few weeks, so if there is anything you'd like to tackle in particular, please post a comment here.

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