Hello everyone, I know it has been a while since I talked with all of
Things have been hectic. Many of you have written to inquire about the
newsletter and I thank you one and all for your comments and well
I have spoke with others who teach their craft these past weeks. I
asked them what advice they would give to someone who is maybe
contemplating teaching sewing or a sewing related topic. Here are a
few of their comments in no particular order.
1. There will always be someone who does not respect your talent.
Ignore them, who knows what their reason is for this. It is a negative
that you don't need.
2. Explore working with all sorts of new fabrics. If you can't afford
to buy these fabrics new, go to the rummage sales and second hand
stores. You can buy silk, velvet clothing, knits,etc. for a couple of
dollars to take home and experiment on. The students will expect and
appreciate this expertise.
3. Old techniques are sometimes the best ones for beginners.
Especially if the student doesn't have all the latest notions and
4. Vintage patterns are full of information. If you see an odd
technique, try it for this may very well make things much simpler for
you and a new method for others.
5. You may not be able to earn a living by sewing, but you could very
well hold seminars or write a booklet on a specific topic. Delve into
this and take it as far as you can.
6. Don't let anyone discourage you by saying it is too much work or
that maybe you are too old.
7. If you do have the chance to hold a class, go in knowing exactly
what you are going to do from start to finish. Be sure everyone has
something to take home that they have completed.
8. Give tips on notions, methods and techniques. Be generous with your
knowledge, it will be appreciated and remembered.
9. You need the support of family.
10. Believe in yourself, you can do this.
Be Sew Stylish magazine put out by Threads is a no go. They will stop
printing as of December of this year. It's a shame, I heard nothing
but good comments on the magazine.
Eleanor Burns sells 6500 (approx.) quilting books a week! Sheesh.
Louise Cutting has sold 40,000 One Seam Pant patterns.
CANADIAN QUILT SHOP:
Secret Workshop has absolutely everything at 60% off. Apparently they
are designing a brand new website. Check them out for huge savings.
Embroider (either by hand or machine) your favourite or most
motivating quote and hang it in your sewing space. It will make you
smile when you see it.
SEWING IS CONTAGIOUS:
SEWING ATHLETIC WEAR:
LINING A SATIN PURSE:
COLOR BLEED AND VINEGAR QUESTION:
BROTHER PED BASICS - I AM LOST:
SEWING CURVE WITH 2MM HEMMER FOOT:
LONG LACE SLEEVES:
AUGUST GARAGE SWAP:
SUMMER INSPIRATION CHALLENGE:
I think that is about it for this week. Please send me your comments
on this newsletter to mar...@gmail.com Until next time stay well, have
some fun and happy stitching everybody.