Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 6: Win a free April Rhodes Pattern!

It’s Day 6 of our Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways, and we have two more awesome prizes to give away! April Rhodes is a pattern and fabric designer and is also one of this season’s super-talented guests. She is generously donating two of her lovely patterns for today’s prizes. One winner will win a copy of the lovely and versatile Staple Dress pattern, and the other will receive the The Riding Peplum & Party Dress pattern. I’ve made my own Staple Dress and I highly recommend it; it’s such a versatile piece that can be dressed up or down for any occasion. Plus, get sneak peek at April’s episode from the upcoming season!

But first, congrats to yesterday’s winners of Christine Haynes’ patterns and book! They winners are Kristina, Tina L., Alexis, Judy H., Arianna and Ashley P.! Check your inbox for more details.

When April visited Sew it All, she demonstrated how to stitch up a very cute and on-trend paper-bag waist skirt with in-seam side pockets. April showed how easy it is to insert in-seam pockets into any skirt or dress, even if the pattern doesn’t originally include it! And really, who doesn’t love pockets?

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Get full instructions and patterns for all season 8 episodes at sewitalltv.com beginning September 1st. Gather your supplies and be ready to sew when the episode airs! You can also find instructions and patterns from past episodes, like this must-have wrap skirt from Nicole Smith. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to add pockets! Check out the full instructions from season 6 here.smith pg guide 450 300x200 Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 6: Win a free April Rhodes Pattern!

To enter today’s giveaway for April’s patterns, answer below in the comments section.  Do you like to put your own spin on sewing patterns or do you follow the instructions word for word? Tell us your sewing pattern approach and enter for a chance to win!

Plus, every day you enter, you’re entered to win the grand prize, a Sew it All Season 7 DVD pack!

And don’t forget to watch Sew it All TV season 8 starting in September on PBS.  Check pbs.org for your local schedule.  If your station doesn’t carry it, contact them and request it!  Good luck and happy sewing!

 

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Sew It All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 2 WIN Linda Lum DeBono’s Book

Happy Friday and welcome to Day 2 of the Sew It All TV 13 Days of Giveaways! The winners from yesterday’s post are: 

  1. Michelle (the curvy girl!)
  2. and Jennifer L.

Please be sure to check your inbox for instructions on how to get your prize.

For today’s sneak peek into Sew It All Season 8 check out Linda Lum DeBono. New to the Sew It All studios Linda wowed us with her sewing techniques to create a beautiful one-of-a-kind, sturdy tote. In our new season Linda and Ellen will show you how to make this all essential bag that’s as sturdy as it is roomy.

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Check out more sneak peeks into Sew it All Season 8 and join us during the coming days in celebrating the next season.  Sew it All Season 8 will air in September, be sure to check your local PBS.org for listings and schedule. This season will have so many great techniques and projects we can’t wait for you to view them all!

And, every day you enter in the 13 Days of Giveaways you’ll be automatically entered to with the Grand Prize Season 7 DVD  pack.

For more inspiration and fun projects be sure to check out all of the past seasons of Sew It All TV. Patterns and instructions are available to you now. Like projects with Mary Fons in episode 505 “Block Party” demonstrating quilting techniques to make a quick potholder.

maryfons450 Sew It All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 2 WIN  Linda Lum DeBonos BookSpeaking of quick and easy. For today’s giveaway we are giving away Linda Lum DeBono’s book Sew Merry And Bright: 21 easy, fun and festive patterns. It’s never to early to get ready for a handmade Christmas. Linda Lum DeBono’s book is filled with easy projects you can make for the holidays.

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To win today’s prize, answer the question below in the comments section. Do you plan ahead for Christmas and holiday sewing? How early do you start? Or are you a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type and wait tell the last minute? (Me).

Don’t forget to check pbs.org to find when your local station airs Sew it All. If your local PBS doesn’t carry Sew it All TV, email or call them to request it!  Sew it All TV brings you host Ellen March and a guest from the sewing world to demonstrate a fun project. And, you can always check out  sew.tv anytime of the week to watch past shows or purchase DVD’s from  shopesewitall.com.

Good Day & Good Luck!

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Online Sewing Courses & becoming a Sulky® Online Certified Teacher

TCLogo TCwtag Online Sewing Courses & becoming a Sulky® Online Certified TeacherThe advent of new technology continues to make our lives easier. From needle apps for your smartphone to computerized sewing machines, smart advances help sewing just as much as other industries.

One advance that’s helped home sewists tremendously, especially those who live in rural areas, is online sewing classes. Find free classes via a Google search, or purchase premium classes from sites such as craftdaily.com and sew.tv for step-by-step visuals to create projects and learn new skills.

Even veteran sewists love honing their skills, finding fun new projects and refreshing their knowledge of basic techniques through online sewing courses.

Now YOU can become a certified sewing teacher for online Sulky sewing classes and impart your expertise to help others learn!

Whether you want to begin a career as a sewing teacher or advance your sewing career, the Sulky® Online Teacher Certification Training program is designed to enhance your success with the most up-to-date teaching skills. In the comfort of your home you’ll learn how to do and teach the most popular creative machine art techniques and how to use the newest creative products as you develop beautiful, inspiring samples; and have lots of fun doing it!

Even if you have no intention of teaching others, the course is creative and educational — go ahead and sign up just for the fun of it! (Save $100 on the registration cost by using coupon code SN100 at checkout!! Hurry–the offer expires August 15th!!)

The Sulky® Online Certified Teacher Training Program includes:

  • 10 amazing projects that teach you over 65 Machine Art Techniques
  • Video instruction by highly skilled, enthusiastic, National Sulky Educators
  • Access for 3 months to download all course materials and videos, and watch them for as long as you like
  • Access to communicate for 3 months with the Sulky faculty who will be available to answer any question you might have about projects, patterns and teaching methods
  • Downloadable Certification Manual which includes a comprehensive, tried and true curriculum, lesson plans, reproducible class handouts, full color photos which show you step-by-step how to create each project, plus Sewing and Business Education
  • An official Sulky® Certified Teacher Certificate
  • The immeasurable opportunity and status associated with the Sulky name

Plus:

  • Receive training on the Business of Teaching: Marketing and Promoting Classes
  • Discover where to teach
  • Learn about class pricing suggestions
  • Learn about kit fees & class policies
  • You’ll receive the news release guidelines
  • Master teacher preparation
  • Learn how to understand threads and stabilizers: where, when, why and how to use them
  • And much more!

How to sign up!

  • Tuition is $499 (before discount), with a supply list being mailed to you from Sulky. Call Sulky at 1-800-874-4115 or email info@sulky.com for more information on supplies and cost of supplies.
  • Start date is September 8, 2014
  • All projects are due December 8, 2014(7 of 10 projects must be completed to be eligible for certification)
  • This course and registration for this course take place on our sister company’s Website: Craft University.
  • Instructors are: Carol Ingram, Ellen Osten, Patti Lee

For more information on the fun projects you’ll be learning and how to complete the training, see this post. And then, Register HERE!

Challenge yourself, continue to learn and grow and add a new dimension to your sewing education with this certification!

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Live Web Seminar with Nancy Eha – Sewing Beads On Fabric!

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If you have ever wanted to expand you skills or learn how to use beading in your garments and quilts take a look at this great class from Craft U. Nancy Eha who has over 20 years experience teaching beading will be the instructor and guide you in learning all the possibilities of beading in your garments, crafts and quilts.

This is a great course if you have little to no fabric beading experience and want to learn the basics. It’s perfect for quilters who want to add embellishments to the quilts as well as garment sewers.

Look at some of the beautiful work.

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Lesson 1: Beading Skills for Professional Looking Results

  • Top tips for beading needles, thread, and beads
  • Controlling beads to lay flat on fabric
  • How to make the beaded back stitch
  • Making paper beading patterns
  • Several beaded vine options

Lesson 2: Beaded Vines and Stamen

  • How to make the beaded feather stitch
  • Construct beaded vines with the feather stitch
  • Consider uses for free form feather stitch
  • How to make the beaded stop stitch
  • Discover options for creating beaded stamen

Lesson 3: Beaded Petals and Leaves

  • How to make a lazy daisy stitch with beads
  • Explore rounded and pointed tip beaded petals
  • Learn eight styles of beaded petals
  • Consider using petal shapes for leaves
  • Add petals to the stamen from Lesson 2

Lesson 4: Beaded Grapes, Wisteria, and Berries

  • How to make the beaded raised satin stitch
  • Learn to make grape clusters
  • Make life-like wisteria
  • Realistic raspberry and blackberry

Be sure to check out the website for supplies list. The course is 49.99. The class has started but there is still time to enroll!

Happy Learning!

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Chat with quilting star Pat Sloan @ Quilter’s Club of America!

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Quilting glitterati Pat Sloan will be joining Quilters Club of America on August 10-17, 2014 to personally answer any quilting questions via an online forum on the Quilters Club of America website.

Not familiar with Quilters Club of America? QCA is an online community of passionate quilters. If you love quilting, showing off your work as well as  enjoying online fellowship with other like-minded quilters from around the country, then be sure to take a peek at QCA.

The forum with Pat Sloan will start on August 10, early. Any QCA Premium Member can post  questions there and have them personally answered by Pat Sloan. This is an exciting opportunity to “meet” and “chat” with famous quilt stars such as Pat Sloan. Having this forum online opens up a huge opportunity for those that may not be able to meet Pat at quilting events or expos.

So please, starting August 10 bring your quilting questions to Pat and if you’re not a Premium Member sign up today!

  • How it works: Q&A with a QCA Quilt Star is for Premium Members only. A forum will be open to Premium Members only who can see and make comments on. From August 10th to August 17th, post questions on the forum. Only quilting questions please. Pat will be logging on to QCA throughout that week and choosing questions to answer
  • How  and where to post:  On August 10th,  all Premium Members will know exactly where to post their questions.
  • Premium Membership: Sign up today to be a Premium Member, make sure to sign up to participate in the Q&A with a QCA Quilt Star! The forum will only be visible to Premium Members.

If you have any further questions please let me know!

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View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes – Discount on registration extended!

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Creative Machine Embroidery and Sew News are excited tell you we’ve extended the offer for the  Sulky® Online Certified Teacher program. Register now and save $100, hurry this offer ends August 15! Just use code: SN100 at checkout!

We’ve been talking about the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher Training for the last couple of weeks. We’d like to show you some of the projects that you’ll be working on through the programs.  Click on the image to get a closer look.

Butterfly View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes   Discount on registration extended!Butterfly in Flight
A fun and easy way to create a background for simple but dramatic free-motion Thread Sketching, using a sharply contrasting Sulky Cotton Thread to sketch the butterfly over the pieced background. This piece would look beautiful as a pillow, wallhanging, tote or wearable. Ours will be framed, but don’t let that hinder your creative juices. There are many other possibilities for this art.
CatCourthouseSmall View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes   Discount on registration extended!Cat on the Courthouse Steps
A traditional courthouse steps quilt block, done simply in two neutral fabrics, showcases this adorable cat. Dramatic and intriguing – a new dimension to add to your quilting repertoire.
SunflowerSmall View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes   Discount on registration extended!3-D Sunflower in an Edible Garden
We fell in love with Stephanie Brandenburg’s fabric art. She turns her paintings into fabric and they are spectacular! Her “Edible Garden” collection caught our eye and Carol Ingram took it to another level, of course! Stephanie’s art fabric is further embellished with a 3-Dimensional Sunflower and it becomes a magical, mystical garden wallhanging. IMAGINE! Stephanie has reprinted this fabric and continues to add beautiful, similar fabrics to her line.
PennyRugSmall View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes   Discount on registration extended!Penny Rug Candlemat
Evelyn Byler, our quilter extraordinaire dialed it down and designed a simple but lovely candlemat using beautifully hand-dyed wools. Can be stitched by hand or by machine. Evelyn lives in Amish country with an Amish background herself and her homespun creations are truly subtle and lovely. However, she can jazz it up with the best of them, and her quilted pieces and Sulky Teacher Certification samples are always breathtaking.
SerenityDuckSmall View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes   Discount on registration extended!Serenity Duck Staggered Bargello Wallhanging
This beautiful wallhanging is easy and fun, but still elegant and intricate looking. Even a quilting newbie will love this easy staggered bargello technique and the amazing ease of using appliqués. The unusual staggered-bargello bottom-finish makes this project especially unique.
TigersSmall View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes   Discount on registration extended!Magical Tigers
Magnificent tigers come almost alive using this special technique that has evolved in simplicity and sophistication over the years. Animal print fabric is spectacular and you will likely want to keep this endangered species for yourself to showcase in your home. (Makes a fabulous gift for a man in your life, too.) You will find yourself captivated by the technique and imagine all kinds of creative things you can do (or teach) using floral fabric, geometrics, fish and other animals. The technique works for wearables, pillows, totes, wallhangings and more. We’ll show you how to make this technique work with any beautiful print.
Flowersmall View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes   Discount on registration extended!Floral Fantasy Sculptured Art
Another fabric from Stephanie Brandenberg’s “Edible Garden” collection sent Designer Carol Ingram on another artistic whirlwind. Using a new heat-moldable sculpture product, you will LOVE making this Floral Fantasy Art. Embellished with Sulky Blendables® Thread and beads, it will become a conversation piece in your home and everyone will want one. We’ll show you how to make other shapes too, like leaves and fish! You’ll be raiding your holiday fabric stash to make one for every occasion! Match your quilts or home décor, too!
PlacematSmall View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes   Discount on registration extended!Sun’s Up Placemat
Using the Phillips Wedge Ruler and placemat forms, Margaret Travis’ Sun’s Up, Eazy-Peazy design, and contemporary fabrics, you will really enjoy the easy geometry of this placemat and the sophisticated look that results. Using a pre-made placemat form, it’s easy and fun to do. There are lots of other projects that can be done with the wedge rulers and we’ll share some of those with you, too! Cheryl Phillip’s tools make complicated designs easy.
 View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes   Discount on registration extended!Free-Standing Swirly Lace Pear Décor
Prepare a free-standing embroidered lace pear and place it three-dimensionally on a beautiful and sophisticated background; add a bold, contemporary scroll appliqué to accent this elegant embroidery and it will fuel your desire for more and more of this free-motion or computerized embroidery lace. The possibilities are endless! Learn all about free-standing lace and how to incorporate it into home decor, wearables and more. (Free-standing lace can be made with or without a computerized embroidery machine.)
BalloonSmall View projects in the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher classes   Discount on registration extended!Magical Mystery Hot Air Balloon Ride
Carol dazzles us once again with one of her amazing artistic landscapes in fabric. For the last several years, Carol’s landscape designs have been the favorite project of the Sulky Certified Teacher Trainings…and for good reason. Carol’s background in fine art shows through in her careful eye and magnificent perspective, allowing you, too, to create through her artistic generosity.


How to sign up!

  • Tuition is $499 (before discount), with a supply list being mailed to you from Sulky. You can call Sulky at 1-800-874-4115 or email at info@sulky.com for more information on supplies and cost of supplies.
  • Start date is September 8, 2014
  • All projects are due December 8, 2014(7 of 10 projects must be completed to be eligible for certification)
  • This course and registration for this course take place on our sister company’s Website: Craft University.
  • Instructors are: Carol Ingram Ellen Osten Patti Lee

 

 

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Only a few days left to save $100 on Sulky® Teacher Certification Training!

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There are only a few days left to take advantage of the $100 of the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher Training! Seats are filling up fast!

Creative Machine Embroidery is excited to bring this opportunity to our readers and fans. Long time machine embroidery fans may have heard of Sulky’s certification program, the exciting news is now  you can experience all the fun and knowledge but in the comfort of your home. Same great educators, curriculum and projects only now there’s no more booking expensive flights, traveling or waiting for Sulky to come to you. Now YOU can get it all right now (Well, September 8th when classes start!).

 Read through for all the details in today’s post and leave a comment telling us what you like about Sulky’s products or if you’ve taken their classes before and you’ll be entered to win a prize.

The Details

  1. This is course is a three month class. This is not a 3 day course but 3 MONTHS of quality instruction.
  2. You can take the classes in the comfort of you home. No traveling, great for those who don’t like to fly!
  3. Course starts September 8, 2014, all projects must be submitted by Dec 8, 2014.
  4. Video instruction by the top professionals in their field.
  5. The classes are live &  you can ask questions just as you would in a regular classroom setting.
  6. Comprehensive, tried and true curriculum, lesson plans, reproducible class handouts, full color photos which show you step-by-step how to create each project, plus Sewing and Business Education.
  7. The Sulky brand, name and company is a highly valued  leader in the sewing, quilting and machine embroidery world.
  8. You will make 10 projects during the course and you will learn over 60 beautiful machine art techniques.
  9. Also included is instruction on how to teach others sewing and quilting.
  10. Last but not least if you register before August 5, 2014 you can get a $100.00 off the course fee (full price is $499.00)! Coupon code is SN100. Use this code at checkout, but hurry seats are filling up fast (only a few available!).

Here is how to get started!

Go to Craft Online University to sign up. Classes start September 8th.

You’ll find all sorts of valuable information on the class and all the specifics.

When ready to register use the discount code SN100.

And, you will be on your way to becoming a certified Sulky® Educator!

Make a comment on your way out about what you love about Sulky® products, your favorite Sulky® Educator or class and you’ll be entered to win a roll of Sulky®Fabri-Solvy – Fabric like water soluble stabilizer.

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Happy learning & embroidery!

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Rocky Mountain Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival – New Location

rmqsexpoAM Rocky Mountain Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival   New LocationHave you heard? The Rocky Mountain Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival has moved to a new location, the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Castle Rock CO.

There is plenty of FREE parking and there will be plenty of inspiration, sparkly sewing machines, fabric and more! The festival is from July 10, 11, & 12 2014.

Please be sure to  visit their website HERE for a discount off of admission.

If you can’t make the festival pick up a copy of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine

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Creative Machine Embroidery Jul/Aug 2014 issue

 Sew News

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Sew News Aug/Sept 2014 issue!

Or Sew it All Volume 8 for inspiration, quick and easy sewing projects, free patterns and embroidery designs. Pick up current issues at Shopsewitall.com or at your local newsstand!

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SIA now on newsstands

 

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Easiest Beach Bag Ever Tutorial + 3 Free Designs!

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Embroider and stitch this cute beach bag for summer trips! Get full instructions below plus two free designs!

Download the Sea Shells and Sandy Toes design free from Embroidery Library here. Hurry, the design is only free until July 31!

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Download the anchor design free from Embroidery Designs.com here.

Or choose a fun CME exclusive design, such as our new Fireworks Collection.

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Or pick an adorable sea critter from the CME Sea Critters Collection. Get one or catch them all! Find more cute and fun embroidery designs at shopsewitall.com.

CMESCBUNSM Easiest Beach Bag Ever Tutorial + 3 Free Designs!Supplies

1/4 yard each of 2 print cotton fabrics (main & lining)

Coordinating cotton fabric scrap (pocket lining)

Thread: embroidery & matching all-purpose

Lightweight tear-away stabilizer

Mediumweight fusible interfacing

Construct

Load the designs in the correct format onto your machine.

From the cotton fabrics, cut two 15″x22″ body rectangles and one 4″x25″ rectangle each.

From the lining fabric, cut one 10″ pocket square.

From the coordinating fabric scrap, cut one 10″x14″ pocket lining rectangle.

Hoop the pocket square with a piece of lightweight stabilizer. Embroider the anchor design. Remove the stabilizer from the design wrong side; press.

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With right sides together, align the pocket and pocket lining upper edges; stitch.

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Press open the seam, and then align the pocket and lining lower edges. Stitch the sides and lower edge, leaving a centered opening along one edge for turning. Clip the corners.

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Turn the pocket right side out, folding the opening seam allowances toward the wrong side; press.

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With right sides together, align the long rectangles. Stitch each long edge, and then turn the strap right side out.

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Press with the seams along the edges, or like me, go a little crazy and press with the seams 1/3 of the way from the fold so you can see both fabrics when using the strap.

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Hoop one large main fabric rectangle with a piece of lightweight stabilizer. Embroider the Sandy Toes design centered on the rectangle. Remove the stabilizer from the design wrong side.

Fuse light- to mediumweight interfacing to each main-fabric rectangle wrong side.

Tip: Use lightweight cut-away stabilizer when embroidering the design on the bag body. Leave the stabilizer intact after embroidery and skip the interfacing.

Center the pocket rectangle over one lining rectangle. Edgestitch the sides and lower edge. I played around with decorative stitches as I attached the pocket, because why not. Backstitch at the pocket upper edges to secure.

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With right sides together, align the lining rectangles. Stitch the sides and lower edge; press open the seams. Flatten each lower corner, aligning the side and lower seams. Draw a 2″-long line across the corner 1″ from the lower corner. Stitch along the line, and then trim 1/4″ from the seam.

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Repeat to construct the outer bag. With right sides together, insert the lining into the outer bag. Insert the strap between the layers, centered along the side seams with raw edges aligned. Ensure the strap isn’t twisted inside the bag.

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Stitch the bag upper edge, leaving a 6″ opening along the bag back for turning. Turn the bag right side out. Press the seam allowances downward and favor the upper seam toward the lining side. Press the opening 1/2″ toward the wrong side. Edgestitch the bag upper edge, closing the opening with the stitches.

Tote your towel, sunscreen and book to the beach in your snazzy new bag!

In hindsight, my designs got a little lost in my fabric print, so a more subdued print might work better. I just love loud fabrics!

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The bag is completely reversible, so use the lining as the outside to freshen it up.

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Happy Summer and Happy Sewing!

 

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Meet Embroidery & Textile Artist Kirsten Chursinoff

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The Orchard – Artist Kirsten Chursinoff – Photography – Ernst Schneider.

I encourage you to take some time out of your busy day to read the interview with Textile Artist Kirsten Chursinoff and to view a sampling of her work.  I thought you all might like to learn more about Kirsten and her work since she appeared on CME’s back page in the May/June issue. Please visit her on her blog, website or Facebook page, her links are supplied at the end of the interview as well. Please feel free to leave a comment.

Where do you live/from? Are your surroundings inspiring?

I work from my cottage-in-the-sky studio, which is downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The urban environment is exciting, but I’m never very far away from nature, which is my true source of inspiration. Extensive seawall trails, parks and lively community gardens are only a few minutes away.

Can you give us a little background on how/why you got started embroidery and working with textiles.

My mother and grandmothers always had some project on the go: needlework, knitting or sewing. I was initially seduced by the colors of hand embroidery floss, all beautifully organized and bundled in little skeins. I didn’t think I was an artist, but I loved to make decorative things.

What do you find are the greatest challenges in your profession?  Are there any challenges with technology that you find inspiring and/or frustrating?

Professionally, there are so many choices to make when you build your own career from scratch. Deciding whether to teach, submit book proposals, design patterns, or make original work to sell, are huge decisions and I hope to be able to do a combination of those without having to compromise too much of my creative vision.

There are technological challenges as well. My work is made using free-motion machine embroidery on a domestic sewing machine (with the feed dogs removed) and I enjoy the sketch-like/drawing quality of the stitches. I’d like to try a more professional machine but I worry that I’ll loose my signature style.

I also have trouble because I love building up layers in my embroidery. I try and blur the lines between hand and machine work, but it can be difficult stitching through all the layers of fabrics and stitches.  I like to add finishing details by hand and sometimes I have to use pliers to pull the needle through!

In the years you’ve been working with embroidery what is the greatest change that you’ve noticed? Or is there something that you’ve had to adapt to?

I think we all need to try and remain a few steps ahead of mass-produced work. Keep our work personal and creative. We use machines, but the work should reflect the person guiding the stitches.

What is your conception process for a design or project? Do you sketch it out, take a photo etc.

I love to use a collage-type approach to designing. Yes, I take photos, do research, and spread out all the possible colors that might work for the subject; but then I start cutting shapes of fabric and laying them out in different arrangements until I find something pleasing to my eye.

What are your favorite items, textiles etc. to work with? Where do you go to find these items? What was a “I can’t believe I found this” item?

I combine embroidery, quilting, beading and other textile techniques in my work so I can always find something for my stash in any crafting or art supply store. Shopping can be dangerous! Finding materials to build a stash is always exciting. I also find delight in small scraps and castaways from other crafters.

What has been your (to date) greatest/proudest achievement in the creative world?

Seeing my artwork and writing published in magazines was very exciting, and I was interviewed and had my studio photographed for the book Hoopla: the art of unexpected embroidery, by Leanne Prain.

What would be a dream project or commission for you?

I would love to illustrate a children’s book with embroidered pictures.

Between all that you do, where do you find time to actually create?

I was able to pursue my embroidery art full-time for several years before we started a family, but initially I would sneak it in whenever I could. I stayed up late at night, and even did hand-embroidery on the bus while commuting to college.

At the moment, I’m finding it challenging to find time for my embroidery work. My two little boys are full of life and energy. I don’t want to miss a moment of their joy for life, but at the same time, I feel a bit lost without a project in my hand or at my machine. During the early days of their lives I returned to my roots as a hand-embroiderer so that I could work quietly during nap times and at night, but I’m itching to work faster and miss the speed of a machine.

What do you do when you are not at your sewing machine/studio

I take my boys to the beach!

What are your plans for the future?

Build up a body of work for my next exhibition. I’ve been working on some hand embroidered birds. Hopefully I’ll find the time to develop some bird ideas that combine hand and machine embroidery.

Any tips you’d like to share with the Creative Machine Embroidery readers on embroidery, creating or inspiration?

I would like to encourage people to find a way to personalize their embroidery work and try new things. Combining familiar techniques with new ideas can enrich both the work, and the experience.

Lupines Small Meet Embroidery & Textile Artist Kirsten Chursinoff

Lupines – Artist Kirsten Chursinoff – Photography – Ernst Schneider

Fennel Blossoms Meet Embroidery & Textile Artist Kirsten Chursinoff

Fennel Blossoms – Artist Kirsten Chursinoff – Photography – Ernst Schneider

Autumn Allium Duo Meet Embroidery & Textile Artist Kirsten Chursinoff

Autumn Allium Duo- Artist Kirsten Chursinoff – Photography – Ernst Schneider

Almost Ripe Large Meet Embroidery & Textile Artist Kirsten Chursinoff

Almost Ripe- Artist Kirsten Chursinoff – Photography – Ernst Schneider

To see more of Kirsten’s embroidery and textile art:

http://www.chursinoff.com

http://kirstensfabricart.blogspot.ca

Kirsten Chursinoff, Textile Artist (on Facebook)

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