Thursday, January 29, 2015

Teaching The Younger Generation To Sew

Allow me to proudly share a quilted bag I taught a young woman to sew.
She had never used a sewing machine...and let me tell you, I had to add in a quick lesson on how to sew a button on this day too.

Back in the fall I told you about this collection of fabric designed by Kelly Panacci which she was just releasing with Riley Blake Designs.  It was the perfect selection for a beginner project.  It is full of colour and whimsy and I thought my student might enjoy working with all the patterns.

I believe the younger generation will gravitate towards all the tools that help sewers create projects quickly.    They like things to be made fast!
Happily I have most of these new tools too. 
It was all I could do to bite my tongue so I would not constantly say

"you know, we used to have to measure 
and cut all these squares by hand."

In case you did not know, there is a die cutting system that cuts all your quilting squares for you in moments.  I have two Go Baby machines.  I added a link because this may be the best quilting invention ever.
(You'll want to spend hours just cutting out quilting squares, triangles, shapes ect.)

My student took to the sewing machine like a duck to water.
It helps that the sewing machines of today are so easy to setup and use.

"Pinning properly is the key to your success" I said.
No reason she should pick up my bad no pinning habit.  She didn't have to rip out stitches once.

Her little quilted bag was a success.  An elastic made it usable and I have a feeling we have a new sewer in the world.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Crafty Links!

Cherie ponders a favorite Bible verse in her creation of art this week.

Lots of crafting in the latest Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast, including bead weaving, knitting, crochet, ending with a cute photo montage of finished objects.

This step by step shows you how to make big buttons new pendants with resin.

Eileen made a bunch of decoupaged wooden hearts and hung them on a Valentine’s tree.

Cyndi explores using extra wide ribbon as a canvas for simple bead embroidery…and ends up with a cute bracelet!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Special Thanks For The Canadian Chapter of The Craft and Hobby Association

This is the swag bag the delegates attending the CHA Canada Chapter meeting received.
I was so happy with the response I received from the companies and designers I reached out to via a simple email request.  

I think it says a lot about the companies and people we work with in this industry known as Craft. They were able to make time for one last contribution when they are already inundated with requests.

Thank You So Much!

CHA Canada Chapter Members Who Contributed
Brother International Corporation (Canada)
Coats and Clark
Easy Peasy Patchs
John Bead Corp
Northcott Fabrics
Westcott & C-Thru brands | Acme United Limited
Westminster Fabric

Designer Members:
Carmi Cimicata
Emma Ivemey
Elizabeth Weait Glenday

Extra thanks to Northcott for the fabric bag used to haul all the goodies home!
Thank you to Nancy Donaldson for taking all these pictures.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Charity Wings at The Craft and Hobby Show

"Angel Unawares"

This is my contribution to the Charity Wings auction at CHA this weekend.
Charity Wings will have a colorful booth full of “Wing Art” that they will be auctioning to raise money for their programs to Give the Gift of he{ART}!
Keep an eye on their Facebook Page 
and the artists pages to see sneak peaks for the Auction pieces!

Monday, January 05, 2015

Mermaid Necklace

Happiness is finishing a necklace that you designed in your head a year ago.

 With the Craft and Hobby show starting later this week I finally got some jewelry completed this weekend.  A deadline is always motivating!

This grouping of beads and components have been on a bead board for almost a year!
They are now all sorted, strung and ready to wear in California.