Hello everyone. I am sure you all thought I fell off the edge of the
world. It has been far too long since I sent out a newsletter to
I hope your holiday season was happy and spent with your favourite
people you love.
Now, it is a new year. Have you set any goals for yourself? If you
don't set goals, you have nothing to work for. Nothing to look forward
to. I am in the midst of a few myself but I am determined to iron out
what is most important to me as far as sewing is concerned. More on
that as I make the decisions.
Have you seen the new Sandra Betzina site. It is lovely. She has had
it totally re-done with lots of nice improvements. She also has all
her newsletters online for anyone to read. If you want valuable tips
and excellent advice on any sewing topic be sure to read her
newsletters. Some of them are very humorous too. She wrote one on
being onboard her boat during a storm. It is priceless. Also, her
inspiration page is quite something. A lot of her own patterns made up
in lovely and unusual fabrics.
Now that the Canadian dollar is almost at par with the U.S. currency,
many sites have lowered their price on patterns. Distinctive Sewing
has significantly lowered the price of all Folkwear Patterns. If you
have been pining over one of these, now is the time to grab it.
Another Canadian website has marked down the price of all their
Textile Studio patterns to 50% off. That is quite a nice saving for
you. These are Loes Hinse patterns which mean casual yet very
tastefully styled. She doesn't use interfacings. These will be on sale
until they are gone as Julie is no longer going to carry them.
SUSTAINABLE CLOTHING/ORGANIC FABRICS:
Hoping to stem the global warming, many are doing their bit by
stitching new garments from old. Leather jackets with knit sleeves
from an old sweater, men's vests made into ladies. Also, organic fiber
is gaining popularity. Have you tried sewing with hemp or bamboo yet.
Both are lovely fabrics to work with. I have hemp pants and bamboo
tops. Did you know that the world's largest seller of organic cotton
products is Wal Mart. This is the trend that is building and we as
consumers should be aware of it.
NEW PATTERN CLUB:
Did you get the message about the BMV Club. There is a yearly fee to
join. Butterick, McCalls and Vogue will be 10% off any sale price once
you join. This also goes for their magazines and catalogs. You will
also receive notices of secret sales. If this sounds interesting, here
is the link.
It is so nice to be back on track and talk to everyone again. My
husband and I have been working very hard lately. I really must slow
down and take the time to enjoy writing these newsletters once again.
Thank you all so much for your kind notes and messages. I do
appreciate everyone of you. Please, if you know of someone who would
enjoy our little newsletter, by all means ask them to contact me. My
email is mar...@gmail.com
Until next time, stay well, have some fun and happy sewing to every
one of you.