(Virtual) Sewing and Stitchery Expo Registration Starts Today!

The Sewing and Stitchery Expo, usually held in Puyallup, WA, (about 30 minutes from Tacoma) is a wonderful sewing and stitching event that has something for everyone!  It is one of my favorite shows – so much to do, see and learn!  This was THE original sewing event, starting in 1984 (yes that is 37 years).  Run by Washington State University, it has numerous classes, both lectures and hands on.  The Clothing & Textile Advisors area the volunteer force that helps keep everything going!

The class format is:

1 Needle (45 minutes) – $6
2 Needle (1 hr 15 min) *** Not offered this year.

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A Peek At Madeira – Riding the Monte Toboggan

Hello everyone and Happy new Year!
I have been going over my slides for my Embroidery of Madeira lecture on Sunday, to make sure they were in order.  I love going through these pictures – they bring back so many wonderful memories!

 

I am including a link here, in case you want to take a virtual ride on the Monte Toboggan (they called it a sled ride, when we were there).  The link is NOT of me!  When I went, it was way before the time of cell phones with cameras! 

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2021 Pantone Color(s) of the Year

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful January 1st, and here is to a safe, healthy, and happy 2021.

Pantone has announced their color(s) of the year for 2021. Pantone is a standardization system for color.  Each color has a name and a number.  There are about 1000+ colors, with another 3000+ variations.  They are referenced through CMYK numbers, so manufacturers can get the same color without having to actually see a product.  You can buy chip books,

 

but these are a bit expensive for the home sewer.  They are meant for businesses to be able to hone in on the perfect color. 

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(Sewing Machine) Feet Feature… Bernina Accessory Sale Ends on 12/31

Hello everyone!  I want to sneak this in, in case you have a chance to read this in the morning.  12/31 is the last day of the Bernina Feet and Accessories sale, and one of my sewing buddies emailed and asked for a list of feet.  I thought I would pass this along, in case you are interested.  Seems like we all have been delving into sewing over the past 9 months, and maybe you are going to expand your sewing machine feet collection!

 

I am going to start with my 5 Must Have feet!

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Christmas Presents – for Me and for You, along with some Mask Musings

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to you all!  Christmas week is here, and while I am not quite ready, I am working on it.  I have heard from several of you… I can smell the wonderful aroma of your coffee cakes!  I hope you have enjoyed them, and remember, you don’t have to limit to baking at Christmas – they are wonderful any time of the year!

I have my a new Christmas present for my sewing room – a new embroidery machine (and no I am not defecting to the dark side!).  I am adding this to my toolbox of hobbies,

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A Slice of Coffee Cake with Your Fashion Films!

Hello everyone!
The countdown to Christmas is here – only 12 more days as I write this.  2020 is unique, to say the least, but I am trying to keep to most of my traditions.  I have started my Christmas baking:

 

I have written about this before, and I will admit I am re-using an older picture (I have been giving my coffee cakes away as soon as I bake them, so I don’t have my usual load on my table), but it is worth sharing again.  The recipe is below, and I am including a link for the ‘better’

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Last Call for DOVO Scissors and Registration is Open for Embroidery of Madeira Lecture

Hello Everyone,
December is here and I hope you are all enjoying the Holiday Season.  As I write this, only 18 days until Christmas!  I am starting on my Christmas baking tomorrow, mmmmm!

A month or so ago, I wrote a bit about DOVO, and I want to give you an update.  I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but they have been sold, which is better than being closed down.  Unfortunately, the new owners are only going to keep the razor line in production.  If things go well, in the future, they may bring back some of the manicure line,

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Embroidery of Madeira Lecture will be Sunday, January 3, 2021 (a date change)!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! 

This past year has seemed to go on forever, and yet it has flown by!  I want to express my gratitude to you all.  I am so blessed to be able to teach, design, and sew, and to meet new friends while I am doing something that I love.  I have been able to travel and see so many wonderful places.  The people that I meet are gracious and kind and are so inspiring.  I truly am thankful for all of you!  I hope to run into many of you when we are back to traveling again.

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Measuring for the Non-Sewers, and a Madeira Embroidery Lecture!

Hello everyone!
It has been a busy few months.  We are still have patches of late summer, but I think we are turning the corner to fall – finally!

A shout out to all of my Texas Tote class students!  We finished out last class yesterday, and I am seeing pictures of finished totes – yeah!  Thank you for joining me and I hope to see you again soon.  I love to see not only your finished project but the personal design choices that make the bag your own.

I have had a few inquiries about the best way to accurately measure children when they are not near? 

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A Great Post on Sheaths to Share, a Few Videos, and Scissor Sharpening

Hello Everyone!

Happy October!  I just turned over my Children’s Corner calendar – another cute little picture!  This week has been busy, but I am not at a sharing point for most of my projects.  They more than likely will all be done at the same time – yeah!!!

I had several inquiries for scissor sharpening.  I used to send them to DOVO in Germany, but they no longer do that.  I have a wonderful place down in the garment district that I use.  If anyone is interested, you can send your scissors to me, I will take them down and get them sharpened,

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