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Festival Update

What are you doing this summer? Expanding your creative horizons? There are so many wonderful ideas on Pinterest for everything you can imagine, for knitting, sewing, quilting, crochet, crafting, painting and home decor ideas… WE LOVE IT!!! We continue to see a resurgence of old ideas come back around, how about this for ThrowbackThursday:

Macramè is seeing a big comeback, but with a modern twist. The origin of Macramé dates back to the 13th century and was used for decorative purposes. Later, sailors practiced tying knots during their long time at sea, making use of Macramé for more practical purposes. Then during the Victorian times, it was used in lacemaking techniques. Macramé is the art of making knots without the use of needles or hooks. Easy to do, with complicated options, like many handwork activities, we now see Macramé being used for home decor, jewelry and artwork, using fabrics, yarn, leather, metallic threads, ropes and recycled tee shirt fabric. Embellished with beads, feathers, gems, buttons, rings and shells to texturize and make this technique a whole new form of art.

We are seeking a teacher to offer Macramé classes at the Festival in March. If you have done this years ago and would like to offer a basics class, or have been creating some exciting new pieces, we would like to see your work! Please email us at

Reminder!  The Steel Valley Yarn Crawl starts tomorrow! Dates and participating stores can be found at this link.

With Warm Regards,

Barb and Ann

Fabrics and sewing techniques have come a long way too. Taking time to stop into local fabric and quilt shops, I am amazed at the burst of color and choices of fabrics. If I had time to sew….it would be dangerous. Easy how-to books and videos make sewing a desirable option for those with little time and love of creating.

Book Review:

SEW many DRESSES, sew little timethe ultimate DRESSMAKING GUIDE byTanya Whelan 

Tanya believes that dressmaking is easier than most people think, but sewing books are more complicated than they need to be. This book presents a revolutionary approach that makes designing dresses easier than ever. Tanya offers interchangeable pattern pieces to be mixed and matched to create an endless variety of classic dress styles. The author gives readers clear instructions and easy-to-follow step-by-step diagrams that allow them to use the enclosed pattern pieces to create up to 219 fitted dresses, including retro and vintage looks, simple strapless designs, sheaths and halter gowns. Simple to classy and classic, Tanya has covered it all. Covering sewing essentials, bodices, necklines, collars, sleeves, skirts, fitting and alterations, this book is a must have for every level sewer. We are offering this book as a giveaway for one lucky winner and 2 hand dyed pieces of fabric for another lucky winner, each 45 inches, pictured here:

To enter Book Giveaway Sweepstakes: email with the subject line “Sew Many Dresses” by August 11, 2015.

To enter the Fabric Giveaway Sweepstakes: email with the subject line “Fabric” by August 11, 2015.

Winners will be announced in the next newsletter

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