Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Crafty Couture Designers

I love to see innovative mixed media garments.  Last week while walking the Craft and Hobby Association's Summer Show in Chicago image my delight in finding a design contest.  This is a wholesale show geared primarily to paper arts with a bit of cross-over into our sewing world.  The challenge of the CHA Designers was to create original, mixed media Crafty Couture gowns using products, tools and ideas from the craft industry.  CRAFT FUSHION was the result and the name of the wonderful display.  Here are my favorite gowns:

This garment turned heads... and paper.  Featuring ink and a fusion of mixed media, this whimsical dress is an explosive combination of a little vintage, grunge and elegance.

She Turns Pages
Jennifer Priest, Hydrangea Hippo
Can't find your scissors?  Here a solution - a belt of scissors.  A wearable, craft fusion masterpiece incorporating both upcycled and mixed media elements all expertly remixed with Westcott Brand ExtremEdge Adjustable Tension Scissors and accent buttons by Blumenthal Lansing.  An explosive fusion of sassy slashed style creating a decadent couture remix!

Upcycled Mash Up!
Marisa Pawelko for Westcott Brand
Has a tape measure looked better?  This collage dress was inspired by Alexa's love for photography and typography.  Image transfer, stamping and fabric painting and embellishment are just a few techniques used.  The dress was collaged and embellished using Tulip and Aleene's products from iLoveToCreative.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
Alexa Westerfield, iLoveToCreate

There must have been about 20 garments in the challenge.  6 of the dresses will appear in a future issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.  What fun to see them in person.  Check out the SCHMETZneedles Face Book page for garment close-ups and more pics:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/schmetzneedles.   Lots of ideas soon to be seen in your local stores.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Oh So Huggable Cuddle Fabrics

I love fabrics!  All kinds of fabrics - knit, fleece, flannel, silk, velvet, velour, wool - fabrics from A to Z.  One of my favorite fabrics is Cuddle.  Oh . . .  so soft and huggable, in pretty colors, gentle textures and fun patterns.  Even in this unbearable summer heat, a Cuddle quilt is ever so soothing.

Cuddle fabric is a Minky (a generic term).  Cuddle fabric is manufactured by Shannon Fabrics.  At International Quilt Market in Kansas City, MO the Shannon Fabrics booth was ever so huggable with Cuddle fabric rugs, umbrellas, pillows, chair covers, and more than a few Cuddle quilts. . . .  Cuddle fabrics galore! 

Shannon Fabrics
Making the World a Softer Place
I was delighted to meet Pat Wodskow of Shannon Fabrics.  Pat is an avid sewist, quilter and teacher.  Since I have never sewn on Cuddle or Minky, I just had to ask for her needle recommendation.  Based on her vast experience Pat had a definitive answer:

The SCHMETZ Stretch 90/14. 

This summer heat wave is perfect sewing weather . . .  provided you have an air conditioner.  I'm going to grab a cut of Cuddle fabric and make up a quilt.  But . . .  before I insert a fresh SCHMETZ Stretch 90/14 needle, I'm going to watch Pat's YouTube videos on how to make a snuggly Sew A Row Cuddle Quilt.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Sew Much More, Austin TX

Since 1984 Ron and Barbara Goldkorn have kept Austin, TX in stitches with their store Sew Much More.  Recently I made not only my first trip to Austin, but had the pleasure of meeting many Sew Much More customers in my SCHMETZ: Get To The Point classes.  We had a ball in class! 

Sew Much More is an outstanding store winning many industry awards for machine sales and customer service.  For sure customers are in very good hands with the knowledgable and jovial staff.  I was surrounded by creative sewing experts that not only love to sew, but love to share their passion of sewing -beginning to expert levels.

Enjoy a few pics from Sew Much More!

By the way BBQ is mighty fine in Austin! I will be back for stitchin' and BBQ.