Once again, it's time to look to our 3 Muses: The Crafter, the Quilter and the Garment Maker,
to see what they're up to. Perhaps you are in the middle of a sewing
whirlwind, or maybe you're itching to start something new. Either way,
we have just what you need.
This week we want to give you the inspiration you need to get going, keep going or finish up your projects.
Always Creatively Yours,
Space Themed Eco Cottons
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Robots and stars and moons! Oh my! Come by and check out these adorable new organic cottons. Great for baby blankets.
A fun and easy introduction to quilting. Make a small quilt
while learning the "quilt as you go" method. You will quilt small
sections of your quilt and then sew them together. Some sewing will be
required outside of class. This process of quilting is great for
beginner and advanced quilters alike. Machine skills necessary.
We have a great
selection of Halloween-themed cottons in stock. Everything from cute
trick-or-treaters to frightening zombies and more! Perfect for making a
themed quilt for that Halloween fanatic in your life!
Just In: Ikats! Ikats! Ikats!
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just got in some seriously beautiful 100% cotton ikats from India.
These amazing textiles are perfect for anything from dresses and tops to
Trims can dress up a
plain item and give it a whole new personality! Use ribbon to create
your own trims to embellish clothing, accessories and home décor.
Trims and flowers can save a garment or hide imperfections. Different
sewing techniques and stitches are employed to make innovative flat and
dimensional trims as well as a wide variety of flowers.
Be sure to check in at fabriclady3.blogspot.com to see what's inspiring Suzan this week. You'll find plenty of fresh inspiration to get you excited to sew.
This week on the blog...
There are a lot of us who haven't sewn a single stitch for a
long, long time, much less make an entire garment. Even if you sew a
lot, there are bound to be times when you put the machine away for a
period, moving on to other creative ventures. Or perhaps you have an
extended break from your sewing routine when life got in the way. Or
maybe you've had a more pleasant interruption, like a nice long
this point, your holiday sewing planning should be in full swing. We're
a week into October, the days are growing shorter and it feels as
though time is passing faster than ever. Before we know it, Thanksgiving
will be here! But, don't worry because Stonemountain is here for you
with new patterns, fabrics and fresh inspiration.
this week's newsletter, we have some great offerings to keep you moving
on all your sewing throughout the season. Enjoy fun classes, workshops
and some great blog entries from the sewing studio and beyond. Happy
Always Creatively Yours,
SANDRA BETZINA IS BACK WITH A TRUNK FULL OF NEW CLOTHES AND PATTERNS TO INSPIRE YOU!
Join Sandra and FabricLady,
Suzan, for this inspiring event. Give your fall sewing a shot in the
arm and come to an evening class with Sandra Betzina. Sandra will show
her latest pattern designs, give an update on new fabrics and tips to
improve your sewing projects. Don't miss your chance to meet Sandra and
Suzan at this small and intimate event. And of course, enjoy a 20% off
discount during our shopping break. Lots of inspiration promised!
"Before cutting pieces from the final fabric, a dressmaker may
test the fit of a garment, using an inexpensive muslin fabric, thereby
avoiding potential costly mistakes. This garment is often called a
'muslin,' and the process is called making a muslin. In this context,
the term, 'muslin' has become the generic term for a test or fitting
garment, regardless of what it's made from.
"In previous posts, we have mentioned the importance of making a
muslin, especially when you're using a pattern that you've not tried
before. No matter how much you sew or how many garments you have made,
pattern designers all have their own concepts of how a particular
garment should fit. Making a muslin is the only way to insure that your
garment will fit you the way you want it to. Isn't that why we sew for ourselves, anyway?"
Read all about Laurel's trip to Paris and the
sewing inspiration she found there!
confine ourselves to shopping in department stores, outlet malls and
discount retailers we will always be able to find something to wear
that is popular, perhaps even "trendy". If we only buy our wardrobe
online or from the dozens of catalogs stuffed in our mailboxes, we will
probably find something at a bargain price that suits our fancy, but
not without a modicum of hassle and a lot of time. This is why I
sew...I'd rather spend my precious time constructing a garment that fits
me, fit's my style and doesn't always squeeze my pocketbook. And I am
usually guaranteed of a good outcome, especially because my precious Stonemountain, my "muse", is just a freeway away..."
fun and easy introduction to quilting. Make a small quilt while
learning the "quilt as you go" method. You will quilt small sections of
your quilt and then sew them together. Some sewing will be required
outside of class. This process of quilting is great for beginner and
advanced quilters alike. Machine skills necessary...
to personalize new or thrifted ready-to-wear garments for adults or
children using iron-on embroidery transfers and outline embroidery.
Bring a garment to embellish and a transfer of your choice. If you don't
want to bring a garment, please bring at least one new (or gently used)
pillowcase in a light color for practice. We will go over placement,
stabilizers, alternate transfer methods, and best stitching methods...
curtains! Learn how to make standard curtains
or start a pair of pleated drapes to be completed at home or in a
subsequent 250 Sew Lab. By following the measurement guide in the supply
list you will be able to determine the correct amount of yardage for a
plain curtain with a header or yardages for pinch pleat
Do you want to add pockets to a
garment but you are not sure how to do it? In this class you will learn
to make a basic Patch Pocket with rounded corners and Corded Piping,
Line a Pleated Patch Pocket with square corners and a Foldover Flap, a
Patch Pocket with an elastic top, a Basic Side Seam Pocket with a French
Seam, a Slant-Front pocket, and a Welt Pocket...