Winter Sewing 2014

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I’m so happy that my private sewing students have resumed lessons, post the holiday season and weather related cancellations!

We always take the first week to get back into the groove of seeing and making. We are creating mini scrap quilts to donate and also to give as Valentines.

“Millie” our greeter and creative muse is at the helm, naturally.

Nothing like a big bin of fabric scraps, piles of trims, textile inks, boxes of bits and steaming mugs of hot chocolate to get those creative juices goin and to ward off those nasty bone chillin temps we have been havin!

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Keep warm and keep making!!

Janu-arty 2014!

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Having a few weeks of down time from bridal seamstress work and private sewing lessons has given me the opportunity not only to clean up and organize the studio but also to work on some personal projects.
Valentines Day is a favorite holiday for me to create handmades (but then what holiday isn’t?!). Since I am trying to avoid excessive scissor use and ironing right now due to a damaged tendon in my right thumb (what an annoying injury for me!), I have taken to painting paper for Vday cards! A very dear long time GF, gifted me some gorgeous vintage wooden stamps she bought at an estate sale….Laura, these are wonderful (as are you !). I have enjoyed stamping with them on 140lb watercolor paper as well as on mailing envelopes. Used some gold as well as 3 shades of pinks and red paint on top of a previously painted pale pink background!

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Love how these papers are coming along…will show you the finished pieces soon.
Things are also happening in my sewing world. Am taking an online class on sewing with knits. Learning some very cool tips! Hopefully in a few days my thumb will have improved and I can try using scissors again! Can’t wait to put my newly found education into practice! There are so many interesting kinds of knits,novelty and otherwise, out there! Will post my sewing progress with you.
Until then keep warm with these arctic temperatures and keep creating!!!!!

The Sketchbook Project 2014

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Today was the deadline for submissions to The Sketchbook Project 2014. I have been a participant in this now global effort since the beginning. This is my fourth submission!
My book this year is called ” Respect The Dress”. It’s a fairy tale about special occasion dresses that need to find a way to make their wearers/clients happy about their beautiful dresses. The dresses always talk in the sewing room after hours about their sad,distressed clients, frustrated seamstresses and overall dismal atmosphere in the shoppe. They have a crazy night where they kick up their hems, so to speak and come up with a very funny and clever solution to their dilemma!

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The Art House, that runs TSP, provides all registrants with a Moleskine Journal that is the basis for your piece. I unbound mine and replaced the sketch weight paper with 140lb watercolor paper. Acrylics, pastel pans, markers, stamps, stamp pads and glitter spray were used to collage and embellish the pages. After all the collage work, hand lettering and sewing on the pages themselves was done, I rebound the journal by hand with linen thread.

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I so love the fantasy and giddiness of the story and the handmade vintage feel of my book!
I’ve even gotten some very strong encouragement to copyright the story!
Anyway it’s been such a joy to create and I look forward to receiving notifications from my readers in the two regions I selected to send books out to tour: The Northeast and The Northwest states. You can read more about The Sketchbook Project at
http://www.sketchbookproject.com/aboutThe Sketchbook Project