Event News for February, 2015

February 1 – Starting the month with a bang, I’ll be in the Campbell/San Jose, CA area for the monthly Bay Area Sashiko Workshop meetup. Sit and stitch with like-minded crafters ranging from absolute beginners to incredibly talented and experienced. All skill levels are welcome and light refreshments will be served. Fabrics, notions, thread, and assortment of other sewing goods will be available for purchase.

February 3 – I’ll be teaching sashiko and hand sewing in Alameda, CA with Upcycle Alameda at the fabulous Recrafting Co. shop for 6 Tuesday night sessions. Contact Joan at 510-913-2732 for more information.

February 19-21 – Come visit the Quilt, Craft, and Sewing Festival in San Mateo, CA. This is a fun, FREE show where you can try out new craft tools and find inspiration to actually finish projects you may have already started. Check out all the booths (including mine!) featuring beautiful materials and pick up supplies for your crafty ideas.

Learn Sashiko with Upcycle Alameda!

I’ll be teaching a six-week course with sashiko and other hand sewing skills using upcycled fabrics at the Recrafting Co. in beautiful Alameda, CA. You can join in on Upcycle Alameda’s Meetup event page and/or contact Joan at 510-913-2732 for more information and to sign up. There are a limited number of seats available and we would love to have you in one of them.

Here are the details: 

Join an experienced Alameda sewing coach and seven fellow Islanders to make upcycle couture! Develop your signature style. Rethink how you clothe yourself and your family. Have creative, collaborative, skill-building fun.

Each session begins with a group sewing lesson followed by time to work on individual projects, both machine and hand-sewn. For this series, all six of our group lessons will teach hand-sewing techniques.

No sewing experience? No worries. Our coach, experienced sewist and sashiko hand-sewing expert Carol Ziogas will guide us. Reviving your sewing skills? This is a fun way to get back in the swing. The group will help each other choose projects that suit each one’s style and skill level. For the first session, dig in your closet. Bring some things you love to wear as well as possible upcycle project pieces. It’s fun!

CLASS INFO:
Six Tuesdays, February 3 thru March 10, 6:30-9:30 pm.
at Recrafting Co., 2449 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda.
$180 for 18 hours of sewing sessions + $15 for Japanese hand-sewing kit.
Small class size! Eight students.

Q: What is upcycle sewing?
A: Select one or more old garments or discarded fabrics. Snip and sew them into something new, something more you! Find Upcycle Alameda here and meetup.com
Call or text Joan, 510.913.2732 for more info. Hand-Sewing Lessons
Feb 3 Needle, Thimble and Thread: Hand-Sewing Theory and Method (Hands-on)
Feb 10 Design Transfer Methods: Tracing, Stencil
Feb 17 Sashiko: Japanese Hand Stitching Technique (Middle Ages)
Feb 24 Reverse Applique: Ancient Egyptian and Indian Hand Stitching Technique
Mar 3 Fabric Patching: Japanese Hand Stitching Technique
Mar 10 Stretch Stitches for Clothing Construction and Finishing: Slip, Herringbone, Cross-Stitch, Zigzag Daisy

Updates for Late December 2014

I really left you hanging there, didn’t I? Sorry about that. After all the buzz of shopping Houston Quilt Market followed by teaching and selling at Quilt Festival I’m always in desperate need of a month or two to crawl back into my shell and not talk to humans very much. This tends to upset people who are JUST FINE working all year round, and they can never quite understand why I don’t reply to emails, return calls, or answer texts for a few weeks.

Winter is my sanity-rebuilding time. That’s all I can say.

Moving on and getting back to actual work, here are some upcoming events where you can find me in early 2015:

I’ll post new events as they are confirmed.

Houston International Quilt Market #1!

Ok, a few pics from my first two days. More to come.

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The big red and white display is in celebration of the Festival’s 40 year Ruby Jubilee, and it is amazing. The other photos are from my shopping spree at Birch Fabrics, and the most excellent Tyson who helped me out.

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Dee Dee at Seven Islands talked me into way more fabric than I can handle right now… Good thing Thomas and I are working on our new shop space so we can fit it all!

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Two gorgeous photo-realistic, hand painted quilts I love.

More to come! So much to see.

October events and news

Here are a few upcoming events I’m working on right now:

I’m putting together some classes in the SF/East Bay Area for November and December after I recover from Houston. Then in January, AQS Quilt Week in Albuquerque, NM and the Tokyo International Quilt Festival in JAPAN!

Sashiko sewing machine – what’s your impression?

I’m a big fan of hand stitching, but I do own 7 or 8 sewing machines, most of them 50-100 years old and not capable of more than a straight stitch. I do frequently meet people who are happy with their sashiko machines but I’ve never used a sashiko machine myself. I can tell you that no, hand sashiko thread won’t work in your machine as it’s far too thick, but other than that, the machine is a mystery to me.

After watching this video I can understand the appeal of a machine that produces a stitch that resembles hand stitching, if only from the front, but I’m still going to stick with my handwork. It’s much more satisfying to me.

What’s your take on the sashiko machine? Would you, or do you use one? Tell me what you think.

I’m in Stitch Magazine again – The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews

This is a very yummy issue if you’re into historical and costume dramas in general and Downton Abbey in particular, which the editors at Stitch Magazine certainly are!

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This very special issue includes instructions to make my tsumugi silk sashiko pillow. I do carry all the supplies needed, including the fabric, but not all supplies are currently listed because tsumugi is a pain to photograph and I need to get that dealt with. I did just find a stash of the Soie et silk thread #519 in the back of a cupboard (where I’d been hoarding it) and that is now back in the Kimonomomo Etsy shop.

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They edited out some of my references to how Japanese silk works, assuming that most people don’t have access to tsumugi kimono silk anyway, which is sadly true. I chose to use tsumugi for this project because it behaves similar to cotton instead of the slippery (Chinese) silk most people are familiar with. Tsumugi fibers are untwisted and slubby, so it feels similar to dupioni or shantung. As it’s made for kimono, this fabric is typically 14″/36cm wide. I designed the pillow to use a 12″ pillow insert, easy to find at any major sewing or craft shop.

If you’re looking for tsumugi, I will have some listed later this week. In the meantime, here’s another project I did based on the same pattern, using indigo blue tsumugi and Soie et #501 silk thread. More photos later… the project is still evolving. But if you can’t wait to see how it went, check it out on Pinterest. 

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