Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sewing Sunday and 10 minutes

Today included a trip to Goodwill to search for 2 things:  a floor lamp and a white cardigan.  Neither was found, but I did score this ecru pullover sweater for which I had a vision.

Here's the sweater:

I took out the scissors and cut it straight up the front.  Then CAREFULLY took it to the sewing machine, as this is a knit sweater, and the edges can start to un-knit/unravel very easily!


Took out my knit/jersey needles:


And started sewing up the edges, folding in the raw edge as I went.  I sewed with  a zig zag stitch, as I wanted to catch in all the raw/cut edges of the sweater.


And done!



(thought about pressing carefully to get out the 'lettuce edge' look, but decided I liked it.

Got myself a cozy cardigan to layer on these crazy spring days when the weather can't decide what to do....wind?  cold?  warm?  rain?



Thursday, January 17, 2019

New Clubs, Classes for a New Year



We really DO listen to you--our esteemed customers--when it comes to planning stitchy education, and our new line-up for 1st Quarter 2019 has more of what you love. Here’s a snapshot of the line-up:
·         42 classes and events
·         14 NEW classes and clubs
·         15 teachers
·         Expanded machine and hand embroidery events
Here are just some of the new events on our educational calendar:
Collage Quilting with Gail Shannon—This popular Tucson teacher returns to the ‘Q’ with four new collage classes you won’t see anywhere else, including Creating Your Own Collage, using your photo or illustration; Landscape Quilt collage, Dia de Los Muertos collage, and Happy Birthday Frida (a collage celebrating Frida Kahlo.  
Strip Club—Mystery club meets block of the month. We’ll pick the fabrics and pattern, and reveal it to club members at a meet-up. Two days/times for your convenience.  
In the Bag Club—A monthly club where the focus is on bags, totes and purses—and helping you learn the finer points of sewing these popular accessories.
 Learn more about these and our other classes and events at the Classes Expo this Friday, Jan. 18, from 5-7 pm, and Saturday, Jan. 19, from 10 am-1 pm. Meet the teachers, see the samples, and sign up!
Bonus: If you sign up for a class, club or event during the Expo, you will earn a same-day 10% discount on any product purchases. (Note: Does not apply to class, club or event fees.)
Take your stitching to the next level of enjoyment in 2019! See you at the Expo!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Hip Stitch Class Expo



Our first-quarter 2019 line-up of classes debuts in just a few days, complete with samples, class descriptions and even the teachers, who are ready for your questions and sign-ups!

The Classes Expo will be Friday, Jan. 18, from 5 pm to 7 pm and Saturday, Jan. 19, from 10 am to 1 pm, in the Hip Stitch Lounge. The class line-up, which includes several new classes and club programs, is described in a four-color booklet for your convenience. We’re ready to take sign-ups during the Expo, but at the very least, come by to get your copy for future class planning.

Among the new programs this year is In The Bag, a monthly class plan presented by instructor Lorna Loeffler that teaches how to sew specific totes, purses, bags and wallets. And several new quilting classes, taught by instructor Cindy Bruner, offer progressive quilting education designed to help students learn solid—and artistic--foundation techniques.


We’ll see you in T-minus NINE days for the Classes Expo to, ahem, launch a great stitching year!

P.S. While you're perusing the new classes, take a few moments to look over the goods in the Semi-Annual Clearance Sale, which ends Jan. 20. There's always a gem waiting for you!