Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Saturday & Sunday Classes at Festival

each teacher, then circulate around the room informally.
Stitching Through the Layers—The Elegance of Straight Line Quilting

binding techniques to make your quilts stand out in a crowd. Make samples of finishing methods to take home and use on your own quilts. Bindings will never be boring again!


Monday, September 17, 2018

Friday's Houston Classes


Beads are a blast when you know their secrets! Bead a “jazzy-pizzazzy” bag the fun and easy way. Quilt Toppings: Fun and Fancy Embellishment Techniques learning plenty of tips, techniques, and design ideas as you go.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Thursday's Classes at Festival

Thursday NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Thursday, September 13, 2018

It's Time for the International Quilt Festival/Houston

The International Quilt Festival is the largest annual quilt show in the U.S. and takes place each fall in Houston, Texas. Festival regularly attracts 55,000 people from over 35 countries all around the world. There’s shopping at more than 1,000 booths for quilts, fabric, supplies, and crafts, along with 550 classes and lectures for all experience levels. Festival features more than 1,600 quilts and unique works of textile art on display.

November 8-11, 2018
Preview Night November 7
Classes begin November 5
     Note Later Dates
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, Texas  77010

I will be teaching a variety of classes!

Wednesday NOVEMBER 7, 2018 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

News from Sewing & Stichery Expo

Sewing & Stichery Expo February 28 - March 3, 2019 Puyallup, WA

The 2019 Sewing & Stitchery Expo 

Welcome to the first newsletter of the 2019 season! 2019 marks the 35th anniversary of Expo. In this fashion, the Expo team has been hard at work to bring even more fun and excitement to the show! 
Make sure you receive your 2019 Sewing & Stitchery Class Catalog in December! Sign up for the mailing list today! 
RARE Bears
Expo will once again participate in the RARE Bear project. If you haven't made a bear before, sign up to be a
member of the RARE Bear Army. Or, if you participated last year, you can request additional feet and tag kits. Bring un-stuffed bear skins to Expo to be turned in.

In case you missed it: King 5 was able to come to the 2018 Expo to learn more and share the story of RARE Bears. You can still view the video online, maybe you'll even see your bear! 

Learn more about RARE Science and the RARE Bear Project by visiting their website.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday is National Grandparents' Day!!!

Grandparents are or have been very special people in our lives. Sometimes they allow us to do these things parents don't like us to do. We all remember how fun it could be -most of the time- being with our grandparents. Maybe your grandmother even taught you how to sew or maybe you are doing the same with your granddaughter now. Isn't that fun?!? Or how about playing with the button jar for hours??  
Grandparents are very special, but we never hear very much about Grandparents' Day.
National Grandparent's Day originated in 1978, forty years ago. Then President Jimmy Carter declared Grandparents' Day to be the first Sunday after Labor Day. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Visiting way too many thrift stores!

I spent as good part of yesterday shopping! Shopping for probably the last thing I could possibly need. More vintage linens! But I do have a plan, well sort of. I am dyeing fabric in a few days. Just had to buy more!It's fabric after all!

I think I found a new place to buy jewelry! Oh my...
The entrance to Fremont Vintage Mall

This one's for you Janelle!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Seattle must be Art Fair City

Art Fairs make Seattle such an exciting urban city. I took some time off over the weekend to visit one!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Smoky Seattle

SEATTLE — Smoke from wildfires clogged the sky, blotting out mountains and city skylines, delaying flights and forcing authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors.
Air quality alerts are in effect for much of Washington state through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

And if that wasn't bad enough, ash started falling from Tacoma to Seattle and beyond Monday night.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Police Picnic

Free food, live music, and fun! Gave me a chance to ask a bunch of questions and listen to great music!

Check out the 'bomb" truck!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Gustav Klimt

Image result for Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer IGustav Klimt. Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d'art. I love his paintings!

Sometimes inspiration comes from unexpected places!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Frye Art Museum

My favorite - The Frye Salon
It seemed odd to me (it's beautiful sunny day), but at the last minute I went to the Frye. 

The Frye Art Museum is an art museum located in Seattle. The museum emphasizes painting and sculpture from the nineteenth century to the present. Its holdings originate in the private collection of Charles and Emma Frye. Charles, owner of a local meatpacking plant, set aside money in his will for a museum to house the Fryes' collection of over 230 paintings. The Frye Art Museum opened to the public in 1952, and was Seattle's first free art museum. 

The painting is wonderful, and oh the frame!
Sunday the 5th is the last day to see a wonderful exhibition called 'Towards Impressionism: Landscape Painting from Corot to Monet'. Towards Impressionism traces the development of French landscape painting from the schools of Barbizon and Honfleur up to Impressionism, featuring over forty works from the extraordinary collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Reims, alongside works from the Frye Founding Collection.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

What makes an embroidery hoop good?

The purpose of an embroidery hoop is to hold the fabric drum tight. For most embroidery, I like my fabric to be drum tight, if I tap on it with my fingers, it sounds like a drum.

There are different ways to achieve drum-tight fabric for stitching: a slate frame, stretcher bar frames, or a hoop. I prefer a hoop for most of my embroidery.
These are hoops from my collection.
Size of the Embroidery Hoop & Your Hands

The 6″ diameter ring is an easy fit for my hands. Anything larger becomes cumbersome when embroidering the middle of the design. You should be able to hold the edge of your hoop in your palm, secured by your thumb, and stretch your fingers easily to the center of the hoop.

I simply wrap with bias tape.
As a general rule you should always take your fabric out of your hoop when you finish stitching. I must admit I can be a bit lazy, and don't always do this. So I usually use a hoop that I have wrapped the inner ring.Not only does this help keep the fabric from wrinkling, but I find it helps keep the fabric taught.

 I make sure the screw that tightens the fabric are easy to turn.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Joys of Hand Embroidery

I love to embroider. I think it might be because this is the first skill I every learned. After a lifetime of embroidery I have learned of few things along the way that make it much more enjoyable and successful too.

Not all needles are alike. Poor quality needles are a real problem. They break, pull when going
through the fabric, or even cut the threads they are carrying. John James needles are made of the highest quality iron alloys. Then each needle is nickel plated to reduce the possibility of rusting, and to provide a smoother surface when passing through the fabric. The result is a needle the user never notices, which is as it should be.

Needles are made by:
1.-A wire is drawn down from 5's gauge steel rod.
2.-Then straightened and cut to 2 needle lengths.
3.-Points are then formed on each end.
4.-The impression of 2 eyes is stamped into the wire. Holes are then punched through both impressions.
5.-The wire is broken into 2 separate needles.
6.-Waste metal from around the eye is removed-this is known as cheeking.
7.- The needles are then hardened.To prevent brittleness, they are subsequently tempered.
8.-The needles are scoured - this removes burrs from inside the eyes and polishes them.
9.-The needles are finally nickel plated, inspected, and packaged.  

Needles come in a large variety of types and sizes.

There is a bewildering array of needles from which to choose. Type and size classify hand-sewing needles, with each designed for a specific use. One size definitely does not fit all! Be sure to choose the type of needle according to the job it will perform and the size according to the thread it will hold. Keep in mind that for these hand sewing needles, the higher the number, the smaller the needle (the opposite of machine needles).

·       Betweens or Quilting needles: Very short, round-eyed needles used to make fine, short, sturdy stitches. Because these needles are thick, they can better withstand the stress of stitching through the multiple layers of a quilt. I suggest starting with an 8 or 9 and gradually progressing to an 11 or 12 as you become more proficient and your stitches become more even.

·       Sharps: All-purpose, medium length needles with small round eyes commonly used for applique and general sewing. These are an excellent choice for fine embroidery and hand sewing because they are easy to thread and slide through fabric with a minimum of effort.

·       Straw and Milliner needles: Long and slender with small rounded eyes. Many quilters like them for applique because their flexibility aids in maneuvering the fabric. Their thinness also makes them a good option for embroidering French knots.

·       Chenille needles: Short, thick needles with long, oval eyes and sharp points. The longer eye allows multiple strands of embroidery floss, pearl cotton, or silk ribbon to be easily threaded. The oversized needle makes a larger hole in the fabric and helps prevent you from unintentionally crushing silk ribbon or large thread by forcing it through a too-small hole.

·       Tapestry needles: Short and thick with a large eye and blunt point. The long oval eye carries silk ribbon and other bulky threads easily. These needles are often used for wrapped stitches (where the first line of stitching is laid down as usual and a second thread is wrapped around it, staying on the surface of the fabric) because the dull point doesn’t pierce the original thread.

·       Embroidery needles: Medium length with long, oval eyes. They have two advantages; the long eye ensures easy threading and the very sharp point pierces closely woven fabrics with less effort.

·       Beading needles: Extremely long and fine with a small round eye. Generally they are used for beading due to their flexibility. This very long, very flexible needle is hard to control when stitching through fabric so it’s usually used for stringing beads, not for applying them to fabric.

·       Easy Threading needles: Relatively large needles used when threading needles is a problem. Machine quilters who tie knots will find these needles handy when burying thread tails after the knot is tied.

Thread and hand sewing needleS AND THEIR uses
Type of needle
Common Sizes
Betweens or quilting needles
5 -12
Straight stitch

Quilting thread
Nymo thread
Embroidery floss
Any heavier machine thread used for quilting
10, 11,12
General sewing
Regular sewing thread
Any thread used for applique (silk, machine embroidery thread)
Threads used for couching (Metallic, rayon, invisible or any other thread used to hold a very heavy thread on the surface
Straw or Milliners
3 - 11
Any thread used for applique (silk, machine embroidery thread)
18 – 24
Silk ribbon work

Quilting thread
Embroidery floss
Any heavier thread (including silk ribbon) that needs a larger hole in order to prevent crushing the thread
13 – 26
Any stitching requiring a dull-pointed needle that won’t pierce other threads or yarn

Embellishing Applique
Red work
Embroidery floss
Any heavier machine thread
Any heavier hand sewing thread
Easy threading
Machine quilters use these for hiding thread tails in between the layers