Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tipsy Tuesday: Sewing Spool Caps and Foam Discs

Every Tuesday I share tips to sew (#tips2sew) on Instagram. We've talked about investing in a walking foot attachment, adding moisture to brittle thread, and how to store rulers & cutting mats. This week I thought I would talk about those dohicky spool caps and foam discs that you might've noticed when unpacking a new machine. Of course every machine and package are different- but I'd take a guess that they could've been found in a plastic bag tucked in a table drawer or along with any additional sewing feet. 

Happy #tipsytuesday! When threading your machine do you use a foam disc & spool cap? It's importante to utilize these bits as they help reduce vibration and prevent your spool from moving around. 
1. Place foam pad on horizontal pin first (foam cushions spool) 
2. Next- the thread tail should come up over top of spool like a waterfall 
3. Then choose your spool cap depending on what size spool of thread you're using. 
4. Finally place the flat side if cap against spool on pin.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Make Fabric Using Washi Tape

I feel like I am seeing washi tape everywhere, and to be honest if my darling friend Marisa from Omiyage hadn't introduced it to me a few years ago- I probably never would've given it a second thought. Washi tape is a high quality masking tape made of rice paper. But more than that, washi tape is a material which is beautiful yet useful at the same time. You can tear it, stick it, reposition it, write on it... The low tack adhesive makes it extremely easy to use (and reuse).

Last year at the Craftcation Conference the entire hotel was decorated with washi tape elements.  I've even seen it used as a sewing tool- but never sewn on. So while I was putting together my mixed media sewing journal class for BERNINA University I began tinkering. My hope was to introduce the amazingly talented quilters to a new mediums where they can apply the same vision and challenge them to create outside the box. Today I'm sharing with you a portion my class-

You'll need:
Washi Tape
Medium/Heavy Weight Interfacing
Mod Podge (optional)

1. Cut medium/heavy weight interfacing to size needed for your project. 

2. Next, cover the interfacing with washi tape in any pattern. (We even experimented making quilt blocks in class!)

3. No pins are needed to hold tape in place- so you can move onto sewing the raw edges down onto interfacing. (When sewing on washi tape I choose to use an old needle and remember to change it before your project.)

Tip: I taught this class on a Bernette Chicago 7 which boasts more than 200 decorative stitches! We had a lot of fun experimenting with designs and creating our own with mirroring and elongation options. You can also do free motion stitching, zig zag, or a combination of any or all of the above. 

4. Have fun with mixing patterns, creating layers, and even applique!

5. Use your finished fabric to sew up your favorite projects- make an iphone case, wallet, notebook cover, reusable snack bag, luggage tags, mug rugs and more. Waterproof your creations by adding a coat of Modpodge.

What will you make with washi tape fabric? Tell me in the comments below-

Sunday, September 7, 2014

BERNINA University 2014

This past summer I traveled to Nashville, TN along with hundreds of BERNINA associates, dealers, and brand enthusiasts to take part in their annual dealer event: BERNINA UNIVERSITY. The event was held in the Opryland Resort, a spectacular space that includes secret gardens, waterfalls, eateries, boat rides, and was home to fanatical sewing enthusiasts for an entire week!

Are you wondering what happens at BERNINA University? I wish I could tell you but what happens at BU- stays at BU. Just kidding! BERNINA University is part convention, part class, and full on fun. With cocktails, fancy swag, and plenty of new products- it's an event you don't want to miss! While there I sat in on some sewing classes instructed by the most experienced and entertaining teachers, hung out with my industry friends, and taught 2 classes of my own!

 Getting there... well that was another story. I missed my flight- had to buy a second ticket, take a cab to Trenton, take the train to Newark, and catch another flight South. The whole ordeal cost me 15 hours in the airport and missing out on my first day of classes. But hey! I got there and that's what matters most.

Nashville is known for a few things- country music and BBQ are the first to come to mind. My son is a HUGE fan of the TV show American Pickers and their Nashville location along with the Johnny Cash Museum were on my list of places to see while in town. Unfortunately I didn't get to visit either, but discovered the World Famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge. 
I'm lucky to be apart of this amazing family- and you better believe I'm already looking forward to next years event in Scottsdale, Arizona. Later this week I'm going to be sharing some of the techniques I taught on the Bernette Chicago 7 a combo embroidery/sewing machine- including how to turn washi tape into sewable fabric!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Mercantile Home is Where the Heart is.

If you're local (ish) I want to invite you to come out tomorrow night September 6th, 2014 to Mercantile Home for the opening reception of their newest collection Gypsy Caravan. I'm giddy with excitement to collaborate with Ron and Ken, partners and owners of this eclectic open space studio/gallery. Mercantile Home is located downtown Easton, PA at 140 St. Northampton in the Grand Eastonian Suites Hotel, and that is where they design and produce artful personal and home accessories utilizing new, organic, and recycled materials.

Photo Credit: The Morning Call

So often we talk about cultivating community and making genuine connections with those around us- and I want to tell you that is exactly what these guys are doing! I'm totally smitten. In addition to running a successful business of their own, Ron and Ken celebrate and support local shops and commerce. Mercantile hosts a Distinctive Music Series (Live at the Gold Room) featuring nationally touring musical acts, manages a Community Garden in collaboration with the West Ward Neighborhood Partnership, teaches Sunday afternoon “Home Ec” classes in their studio, participates as weekly vendors at the Easton Farmers’ Market, and has spearheaded a number of  Easton community art projects. A vibrant pulse flows from their 400 square foot store front and is the heart of a growing art movement downtown in Historic Easton. If you're not lucky enough to drop in you can still catch up with their inspiring works and connect on Facebook or Instagram.
Watch the video below for a look inside!

With the storefront windows cloaked in black, the guys are diligently remodeling the entire layout, stock, and decor in preparation for tomorrow opening. Quarterly focused collections are masterfully planned and the business shuts down a week in advance to set up. I had a chance to step inside Wednesday while dropping off stock and I can already tell you there are some purchases I need to make! The Gypsy Caravan collection promises art, objects and curiosities celebrating the gathering together of creative energy and the arrival of autumn! How wonderful does that sounds!? Welcoming the talents of artists Joseph Ryan Gourniak and Tom Schottman and my TrashN2Tees upcycled creations.
Opening reception from 4-7pm, I hope to see you there!


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