Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Stonemountain Classics: Japanese Cottons


Suzan Steinberg, Owner
WELCOME FRIENDS!
This week we are sharing our line of traditional Japanese cottons with you. You may recognize these cottons as having been a part of our store for many years, but their style make them absolutely timeless. Do you recognize any of these Stonemountain Classics in your stash?

Thank you for taking time to read our newsletters. We love being able to share our fabrics with you and we hope they bring you inspiration to start new projects and finish old ones.
Creatively yours,
Suzan
JAPANESE COTTONS
This week we want to pay homage to a collection of fabrics that we've had in stock for many years. We're calling them one of our Stonemountain Classics, our Traditional Japanese cottons.

These fabrics have a timeless look and come in a range of calming, subdued shades. Beautiful landscapes, floral designs, playful animals and dynamic prints are the signature look for this collection, which make them wonderful compliments of each other.

Pictured above are just a handful of examples of the range of colors and patterns we offer here in the store.    

SASHIKO is a form of Japanese embroidery, often used in quilting and craft projects. Traditionally used to reinforce worn areas of garments, this technique primarily employs the beautiful simplicity of the running stitch, which makes it friendly to newcomers of the craft.

You may recognize traditional Sashiko as white thread on indigo dyed cotton, but the thread is available in a wide range of colors (Shop here!). The possibilities are endless with Sashiko projects and we have great kits, perfect for anyone from beginner to advanced.   
If you're anything like me, when you find the perfect pair of shoes and they fit like a dream, you buy one in every color! Sewing garments is the same - when you find a pattern that works, you can't just make one, especially if the style is versatile and goes anywhere.  
We love the ease and comfort of Sandra Betzina's Vogue 1336 dress. Laurel and I both made tunics from this pattern for our Sandra Betzina Trunk Show in November at the store. Read more here...  
As many of you know, there are more and more exciting fabrics and patterns to entice us into the world of sewing garments! It is our mission to support all sewists make choices with more confidence and have a higher rate of success. Here in this blog, Laurel, my amazing seamstress, friend and blog partner, shares many tips for sewing each garment that transfer throughout all projects. If you are new to my blog, please take some time to scroll back in time to see the amazing garments we created in 2014! Read more here...
THE YEAR OF THE DRESS: SIMONE DRESS BY VICTORY PATTERNS
We are christening 2015 as the "Year of the Dress!" We will be featuring different dress patterns and fabrics great for dresses on our blog, newsletter, and on our sister blog, Fabriclady.

Independent patterns are kind of an obsession for us here at Stonemountain. We are always looking for companies who have interesting designs and will appeal to us and our customers. Some companies we have carried for many years, like Decades of Style and La Fred. Often, we know the pattern designers personally and some, like Sandra Betzina who has her designs carried by Vogue Patterns, have taught at our sewing school!

FEBRUARY 4
250J: CREATIVE SEWING & FIT LAB WITH TERRY McCLINTOCK
WEDNESDAY 10 AM - 1 PM
Sewing Labs are a great opportunity to finish projects, give yourself a little 'me' time and expand your confidence and skill level. Come use our classroom as your sewing studio away from home!
FEBRUARY 10 
TUESDAY 10 AM - 1 PM
Sewing Labs are a great opportunity to finish projects, give yourself a little 'me' time and expand your confidence and skill level. Come use our classroom as your sewing studio away from home!
FEBRUARY 5 
392A: SERGER PROJECTS WITH TERRY McCLINTOCK
THURSDAY 10 AM - 2 PM
Would you like to do more with your serger than finish edges? Come learn new techniques while making a great project in our new Serger Techniques Class. Flat lock a t-shirt, make a great pair of yoga pants, a set of napkins, or the very versatile Infinity/Mobius Scarf.
FEB 6, 13, 20
102L: MINI BEGINNING & BEYOND
WITH BARBARA BECCIO
FRIDAYS 3 - 6 PM
Beginners, come make a pair of pj bottoms, A-line skirt, apron or a tote bag. You'll learn to read a pattern, select fabric, and other basic sewing and finishing techniques that build the foundation needed to create wardrobe garments. Super fun and flexible for all skill levels.
FEBRUARY 7
777F: QUILT LAB WITH FERN ROYCE
SATURDAY 10 AM - 1 PM
If you have always wanted to learn how to quilt, have a project stalled due to technical questions, or need a few hours to focus on finishing your project, this Quilt Lab is the perfect answer to all of those issues and more. Work independently with teacher support. All levels welcome.
FEBRUARY 10 
525A: PATTERN ADJUSTMENT WITH BARBARA BECCIO
TUESDAY 2 - 5 PM
Have you ever seen a pattern that you liked but wanted to tweak it just a bit? Want to make changes to it, but don't know how? In this class, we will work with your choice of the following basic patterns - KWIK SEW 3829, 3717, 3838 (skirt, vest or jacket). We will adjust the pattern and time allowing, the fabric can be cut out and sewing begun.
FEBRUARY 11, 18, 25 
102M: MINI BEGINNING & BEYOND
WITH TERRY McCLINTOCK
WEDNESDAYS 10 AM - 1 PM
Beginners, come make a pair of pj bottoms, A-line skirt, apron or a tote bag. You'll learn to read a pattern, select fabric, and other basic sewing and finishing techniques that build the foundation needed to create wardrobe garments. Super fun and flexible for all skill levels.
FEBRUARY 16 
99A: ALL ABOUT TEXTILES WITH BARBARA BECCIO
MONDAY 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Learn to identify major types of textiles, content and weaves. In this class, you learn to match and select fabrics appropriate for any project. You will learn to identify synthetic and natural fibers through varied fabric tests, including inspection of weave and drape, fiber content and construction properties. Come explore and get to know Stonemountain & Daughter's extensive inventory of textiles!

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