Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Put the NEW in New York

   A NOTE FROM SUZAN                         

I've just returned from a whirlwind trip to New York City, feeling inspired and invigorated by all of the NEW-ness in the Big City. It's such an amazing place - constantly shifting and growing, producing an abundance of fresh things to do and see, all exciting to the senses. Did I mention the incredible FABRICS?!
I was in fabric buying heaven! And the best part is that it's all coming back to Stonemountain for you! Take a look at some snapshots of my trip below.    

In this week's newsletter we want to share some of the NEW that is inspiring us at Stonemountain. What NEW patterns, fabrics and trends are inspiring your sewing this summer? 
Thank you! 
Always Creatively Yours,

Suzan Steinberg,

Pamela's Patterns - The Perfect T-shirt
We at Stonemountain LOVE T-shirts. They go with everything, are easy to make (see our Knit Know How class), travel well, move with you and can be made in any of our delicious knits. Suzan recently discovered her new favorite T-shirt pattern: The Perfect T-Shirt by Pamala's Patterns. This pattern has three neck variations and four sleeve lengths. Need more options? The New Necklines and Sleeves For The Perfect T-shirt Pattern supplements the Perfect T-pattern with four additional necklines -  ballet neck, boat neck, square neck, and funnel neck along with two more sleeve styles, the flare sleeve and bell sleeve can be mixed and matched to fit your dream T-shirt.

On her Fabric Lady blog, Suzan, talks about this wonderful and truly perfect T-shirt. Click here to read more!

We are seeing a resurgence of "women's work" in the next generation of Crafters, specifically the craft of cross stitch. No longer only flowers and pleasant phrases, modern cross stitchers are expressing their femininity and power through provocative words and designs filled with irony, blunt honesty and a little bit of surly swearing.

In 2003, Julie Jackson began cross stitching her true feelings as a means of anger management. Since then she has created a business designing cross stitch patterns and introducing men and women alike to the sassy side of the craft with her company, Subversive Cross Stitch.

We now carry ten different Subversive Cross Stitch kits, which vary in their punk rock attitude from the rather tame to the more explicit. Each kit includes pattern, instructions, material and pre-cut thread - hoops and needles sold separately.

Hand embroidering can be applied to all kinds of crafts, clothing and quilts.
But where to start? Patterns, pattern transferring, the right fabric, those hoops, that thread, which needles, so many different stitches... sometimes you need more than a Youtube video or a DIY tutorial to become comfortable with this versatile art. Our *NEW* classes on this handy-craft are taught by veteran crafter, Dianna LaFerry, choose from three options, or take them all!

430: Learn to Hand Embroider a Tea Towel with Dianna LaFerry - Learn the basics and make a quick gift for someone you love or yourself in this 1 1/2 hour class using Dianna's embroidery transfers. No prior sewing experience necessary!

431: Hand Embroidery Lecture and Lounge with Dianna LaFerry - A short lecture and relaxing Q&A for beginners and experienced stitchers. Learn about embroidery and bring in your own project to talk about and share.

432: Hand Embroidery on Ready-to-Wear with Dianna LaFerry- Learn to personalize and embellish your garments (or a pillowcase) with a pattern transfer of your choice with information on stabilizers, the best stitching methods and more.

For Quilters and The Quilt-Curious  
749: Those Hand Quilting Stitches with Angie Woolman - The hand quilting stitch can be used to take a simple quilt and make it impressive but it needs a full demo and in-class practice. Learn how to transfer a design to your quilt, choose the right thread and batting, and add a design to your quilt top.  

Need more reasons to learn embroidery? Check out Dianna's blog post on the top five reasons why you should get more embroidery in your life.

These pants are made for travel...
Whether you're a beginning sewist or a seasoned veteran, you need not cry out, "What am I going to pack!" We've got a few ideas for fabric choices and some simple garments just the right style for your travel adventures. Let's start by focusing on pants, the "no-brainer" travel wardrobe garment. This must have item can be easy to make and there are tons of great fabric choices - don't over think it!... Read more at

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