Norma and her granddaughter love doing projects together  in the school holidays. Norma is a keen machine embroiderer and makes many different items for family and friends.   When the grandkids come to visit you don’t have to put away the sewing machine, try getting them involved. They love the job of colour change can keep them amused for hours. Most kids like Lions and Tigers as does...

Come along and learn a new skill – I know a few grandparents that grandchildren love to help with machine embroidery and they have also taught different sewing skills. This summer holiday why not do something different for you and take a youngster along.               We LOVE embroidery!  Come out to the Rye Free Reading Room on Thursday Jul 10, from 10:00...

Various helpful tips on interior design, sewing and decorating clothing as well as  lace decoration and machine embroidery,  “Creative Living”  showed on PBS distributed by WestLink coming soon.           Information on interior design, making a tee-shirt scarf, and how to do insertion lace machine embroidery will be the featured topics on Creative Living 9:30...

Motherhood changes the parmeters – looking for ways to make money without heading back into the corporate world. Nancy Nix and Carolyn Aston-Reese choose an Machine Embroidery Business.           Nancy Nix and Carolyn Aston-Reese, who left the corporate world for motherhood, we’re both seeking ways to use their creative talents and make money while doing it. The...

Posted on Jul 27 2014 - 2:37pm by Sharon
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A mother and daughter team – Kerry Young with daughters Carly Vidal-Wallace and Cassandra Wallace supply costume fabric for stage productions  and TV dance shows.   The stretch fabrics of spandex and Lycra are not exactly the glamour fabrics of the fashion world -no silk or satin. With spandex and lycra we think of aerobics, workout gear and slimming underwear. Kerry Young know better...

Posted on Jul 26 2014 - 10:05am by Sharon
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Student-designer Emily Giles busy studying fashion and business at Queensland University of Technology. (QUT) Emily, won the SPF sun-safety design competion run by the Queensland Government Sun Safety initiative.           Emily Giles,  20, design student lives in Sunnybank, Brisbane (Australia) entered the Project SPF sun-safety design competition which was for emerging...

Karen Benjamin – Plastic Fantastic – most people see rubbish when they look at discarded plastic bags but not Karen, this environmental artist sees a potential project.                   Karen Benjamin and her recycled plastic bags are gaining plenty of recognition. Karen will attend  this years Jumpers and Jazz Festival in Warwick, holding...

Posted on Jul 21 2014 - 11:11am by Sharon
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This Red and Black strong coloured  Quilt by Liz Porter, would make a beautiful Christmas Quilt,  without limiting  the use to  just the  Christmas /Holiday Season Fabulous fabrics pay off   Fabulous fabric get the results in a fantastic quilt. Red and black took on a starry role when Liz Porter juxtaposed these two strong colors. REd and Black being such strong colours. Materials :- 12...

One Stop Shop -Mama Said Sewing -  Materials, all your quilting supplies and inspiration then just upstairs head up to finish off your quilts. Come along to a craft party.   Angela Gray recently moved Mama Said Sew from Mountain Avenue to 406 N. College Ave. The new space has more room for fabric and classes. (Photo: Photo by Danielle DeFiore , Photo by Danielle DeFiore ) Mama Said Sew is settling...

Posted on Jul 19 2014 - 3:23pm by Sharon
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Washi tape – a decorative Japanese masking tape has become so popular that more and more craft shops are catering to creative kids DIY decorative tapes. Ge Mapa, Artist  from  Manila in the Phillippines – with two international recognitions in just a few months. Ge Mapa recognised in Time magazine and Murray Affair exhibit in San Francisco.       The...

Posted on Jul 17 2014 - 8:01am by Sharon
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Happy 4th of July   I know a bit late but I was actually in the UK on the 4th of July. Some ideas for your next 4th of July by Norma Creely, who is actually from Tasmania in Australia, however with friends & relatives in the United States of America put together these ideas to help celebrate 4th of July – Independance Day.             Machine...

  Fred & Amelia Fields a retired couple who love Machine Embroidery from Mildura, Australia. They especially enjoying sewing out Glenn Harris designs and have been long term customers. These  beautiful embroideries were sewn out by Fred and Amelia Fields of Mildura in Australia.  The designs are from Glenn Harris Collection. Fred & Amelia love Australian...

  Christmas Season is a special time for everyone and ever so exciting for children why not make it extra special – making a special quilt for their bedroom. This more modern tale might not be your cup of tea however their are lots of other story lines to choose from. Dressing up your kids Bedroom to make the Holiday Season extra special. Colleen a retired...

Labeling your quilts – the decision is totally yours. Personally I think a quilt is a piece of artwork and think a nice label is a great idea – Like signing a painting.           I used to label some of my quilts, then I stopped. Recently I posted a post about labels on my facebook page and got a lively reaction to it. I was surprised...

Do you have trouble with designs outlines not being in quite the right place on dense embroideries??  Then try Julie’s neat but so very simple trick to ensure you get a perfect stitch-out each and every time. We have all had it happen – you are completing a large stitch-out which has an outline at the end but by the time you get to the outline it is a...

Colleen Poole and Mary Russell opened Nana’s Quilt Shop – totally green when it comes to business, but they didn’t let that stop them.  Stocking a line of Brother Machines + also stocking USA made 100% cotton fabrics.       BROOKSVILLE  (USA) Home sewing isn’t dead.Proof can be found at Nana’s Quilt Shop. Passionate...