Friday, February 26, 2010

S & S Expo, Day 1

Today, Varina and I enjoyed Sewing and Stitchery Expo, in Puyallup, WA. We'll go back tomorrow -- we simply couldn't see everything, and take every class we wanted in one day!
Today I attended seminars on Refined Embellishment Techniques (I learned a lot about bias tape possibilities, and about couching yarns), on recycling vintage hankies, tablecloths and garments into new options (my least favorite class -- it was a shameless plug for the teacher's web-business and new book), and on working with slinky knits (didn't learn much, but it's nice to know that I was all ready on the right track!).
Of course, a big part of the draw of Expo, is the opportunity to see fabrics, notions, software, books, tools, new technology, etc. from some of the leaders in the sewing industry. Translation: I went shopping!!!
Here's today's haul:

4 yds. Burmese Silk Dupioni in a stunning copper/bronze shade
3 yds rayon/silk challis in a floral-foliage print that has greens, browns, coral, salmon on a black background
pattern for making a teddy bear crib quilt
pattern for making a 3-D fan and block quilt
book by Martha Pullen on heirloom-style lingerie, including all patterns and an embroidery CD
kit for making warercolor quilt
pattern for making reversible kimono
and, [this one really has me excited]:
CD for machine embroidering lace 1-4in Cluny and Venice lace trims. I can now make my own heavy, thick lace trims for a song!! Well, the CD was $70.oo, but the first time I make enough lace to trim the hem of a full nightgown, I shall have made it back.
Everything I bought was on special prices for the Expo, but that didn't stop me from asking for, and getting, Military discount and/or Extension Agent discount!!! Shameless, I know.

Sorry, there are no pictures -- can you believe I left home for the beautiful Pacific Northwest without my camera???

New report to follow later!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Three for Tea

When my daughter, Varina (of went back to Seattle after Christmas, she left a tea towel behind. I noticed that it is stained, and I felt that I should replace it. Also: I just finished teaching a 4-series cooking class for kids (see: I don't only sew) that culminated in teaching them yeast-raised bread methods. As a parting gift, I embroidered tea towels for each student, with which to cover their dough whilst rising.
I had some fabric left over, so I embellished some for Varina.
First, I bought a dozen "flour sack towels" from Costco for a song (actually $6.85), and cut each large towel in half. I did this partly because I had 14 students, and only 12 towels, but mostly because the full size was way bigger than is handy for covering a large mixing bowl full of dough. Then, I serged a narrow, tight rolled hem on the Baby, because I thought the hemming they had done was sloppy. Then I embroidered a corner of each one with a slice of decorated cake.
For Varina's towels, one has a teapot, one a teacup and the last has a slice of cake (I was on a roll).
I think they are adorable. What do you think???
I shall bring them to Varina next week, when I fly to Sea-Tac where we will spend 3 days at Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup.
I hope to see you there!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Latest Haul

Q: What do you get when you mix a great sale on patterns ( and one of those annoying rebate credit cards that you forget about until 3 hours before it expires????

A: This

They are
V8561 Marcy Tilton
V1014 Bellville Sassoon
V1039 Donna Karan
V1110 Sandra Betzina
V1045 ibid
V1164 ibid
V1165 ibid

Not a bad haul for consistently paying the electric bill on time!