Oct 30, 2009

Sewing for Halloween - Costumes and Trick-or-Treat Bags

This year I got off easy making Halloween Costumes. My daughter started reading twilight when she was 8 years old so this year she wanted to be one of the character from the movie...the baseball scene. This was an easy costume to make. We bought the cap, she wore her long black pants with a long sleeved shirt and her converse shoes. The only thing I made was the vest and painted stripes down her white socks. She's still in elementary school so she got to dress up for school.

My son wanted to be "ghostbusters". It was less money for me to buy his costume at party city instead of buying the fabric and spending the time to make a jump suite. Since I didn't make his costume I don't have a picture of it. But I did make him something.......

Because he's getting older I thought he deserved a grown up trick-or-treat bag. One that he could collect tons of candy in...because hey, Halloweens all about how much candy you can get :)

How I made the bag: I'm always asking for donations. You never know what you receive if you just ask for it. I had a student who worked for a designer. You know how they say there's no mistakes in sewing because you can use your ripper to have a do over but there are mistakes in cutting that cost you money. Well this designer made a mistake cutting out layers and layers of fabric (that's how they cut things when they mass-produce, in layers-its really fun to watch the process). My student brought in 3 big bags of "oops" cutting fabric from this designer. I used a few layers of this to make the trick-or-treat bag and just used some left over Halloween fabric from years past for the handles.
I am recycle queen :) You can always turn something old into something new. Now lets see how many trips he makes home after filling the bag. Last year it was 3 times his bag was so small.

Sharing time: Do you want to have some Halloween Fun? My kids wanted to find some ghost stories. We did a search about ghost in the White House. We came across a lot of fun reading

The White House has a reputation for being one of the most haunted homes in America. President Harry Truman said the place was haunted "sure as shooting." Kennedy’s Press Secretary James Haggerty admitted to sensing the presence of Lincoln’s ghost in the White House, and Clinton’s Press Secretary Mike McCurry admitted he was a believer: "There are, from time to time, reports that the White House is haunted by mysterious appearances of figures from history, and I believe them. There have been serious people who have serious tales to tell about these encounters, and there are many people who seriously believe that there is a haunting quality to the White House."

Hillary Rodham Clinton said: "There is something about the house at night that you just feel like you are summoning up the spirits of all the people who have lived there and worked there and walked through the halls there." On the “Rosie O'Donnell Show,” the former first lady noted: "It's neat. It can be a little creepy. You know, they think there's a ghost there. It is a big old house, and when the lights are out it is dark and quiet and any movement at all catches your attention."

READ MORE...spooky :)

My son read me this whole article from his cell phone last weekend while I cleaned the bathrooms LOL. I was entertained while cleaning and loving it! Anything to get him to read more. He's not like his sister, she likes reading.

If you would like to see what I've made in the years past click here, and here.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween.....

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,
Cindy

Oct 27, 2009

Sewing Over The Wire 10/27/2009


This is a weekly series where I share sewing news I receive with you. Enjoy your reading.


About People:

Olly Murs' sewing machine hobby
Press Assoc. via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News
Tue, 20 Oct 2009
X Factor contestant Olly Murs is whizz with the sewing machine, his mum has revealed.


Sydenham students sew up clothing awards
Leader Community Newspapers
Mon, 19 Oct 2009
SOME people dream of a career in fashion but these Sydenham students are taking steps to making it a reality.


Cobourg woman hopes Dragons impressed with Elvis jumpsuits
Orillia Packet & Times
Thu, 22 Oct 2009

Eleanor, spouse of Cobourg native Timothy von Boetticher, has been sewing her fingers to the bone and has asked the folks from the Dragon's Den for a little help with finances. She was selected to present her business proposition on an upcoming episode of Dragons' Den, airing Wednesday,


Local workers sew for famous
Valley View Citizen-Standard
Thu, 22 Oct 2009
Remember several weeks ago, when
Chicago was bidding to win the location for the 2016 Olympics? Well, what you may not have known is that a local garment factory right here in Schuylkill County outfitted the committee.


Akshay Tyagi debuts his first solo fashion collection
The Coast
Thu, 22 Oct 2009
Shaun Simpson Akshay Tyagi is in the middle of putting on snaps and sewing zippers, the tedious but crucial tasks he enjoys least about fashion design. He has 16 outfits to prepare in time for THAW , his first solo collection, which debuts Saturday, 7pm
at Bus Stop Theater. But this isnât your typical runway show: Tyagi is partnering with Camerata Xara , the popular young womenâs choir, who will ...


SEWING UP A BETTER FUTURE
Bangkok
Post - Thailand's English news Fri, 23 Oct 2009
It all started with a book that R.J. Gurley read in December 2008, when he already had a tough job on his hands - to enhance the competitiveness of Asean textile industries.


Stitch by stitch: The nearly lost art of sewing draws interest again
Valley News Dispatch
Sat, 24 Oct 2009
Stitch by stitch, two Girl Scouting troops from Lower Burrell recently crafted handmade pillow cases for the Ronald McDonald House under the direction of accomplished home seamstresses from the Guild.


Kirsten Dirksen: Can DIY Become Tradition or is Canning Just the New Sewing?
The Huffington Post
Mon, 26 Oct 2009
Maybe re-learning to make things and grow things needs to be done for the acts themselves. Maybe we'd actually be happier being a bit more connected, even at the price of convenience.



About Businesses:

SVP Worldwide Expands Senior Management Team
Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance
Tue, 20 Oct 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn.----SVP Worldwide, the world's largest sewing machine company
, has expanded its management team with five key executive appointments. Hilmi Kelleci has been named Senior Vice President of International Sales and Business Development; Rick Kerrigan has been named Senior Vice President of Supply Chain; Nikolaus Wöhrle has been named Vice President of Product Development, Barbara ...



Events:

Murfreesboro group schedules second work day for troops
Daily News Journal
Mon, 26 Oct 2009
The Murfreesboro Ladies Sewing Group will be conducting their second workday event for the troops this year at Through the Grapevine located at 630 Broadmor Blvd. Suite #190 Murfreesboro on Tuesday Nov. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Giving Back:

Lyon Township sewing group helps community, seeks support
South Lyon Herald
Thu, 22 Oct 2009
Audrey Roof may be found at the Lyon Township Public Library on Monday afternoons crafting for a cause with her talented friends.


Hundreds set to make a difference
Tribune Chronicle
Fri, 23 Oct 2009
WARREN - Hundreds of volunteers will be out today making a difference in the lives of others through neighborhood cleanups, food and clothing drives and other projects. But for those of you who are not collecting, cleaning, repairing or sewing as part of the annual Make A Difference Day effort, there still are several ways to be part of the 19th annual day of caring and volunteeris.


Volunteers needed for pillowcase project
Bangor Daily News
Mon, 26 Oct 2009
Quilter Sue McIver of Baileyville is asking for pillowcases and for volunteers to sew the pillowcases.




Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,
Cindy

Oct 25, 2009

Week in Review 10/25/2009 - 200 Blog Post

On June 6,2007 I started this blog. It's taken me that long to achieve 200 post. I read some blogs that could do 200 post in less than a year. I started off slow only posting 29 entries that year.

I now try to do at least 3 post a week: Sewing Over The Wire where I share sewing news I receive each week, Week in Review where I share what happened at the sewing center for the week and student projects, and a tutorial to give more information on what I teach in class or sharing information to share my thoughts and life.

I started this blog to share sewing projects and ideas with my students. It moved quickly as a tool for me to give more information to my students. I have "the notes" from the classes I teach on my blog. I found when I printed the notes for the students and asked if they read what I gave them a lot of the times the answer was no. This blog was a way for me to "go green". The thing is most of my readers aren't my students...go figure :)

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We had a fun week at L2S. You would think with Halloween next weekend I would have a lot of people making costumes. I'm actually the only one who's made a costume. Since I've been open I've only had a few people come to class to make costumes. But....there were a lot of fun things made....

7 people took the machine class to learn how to use the sewing machine.
2 people came to cutting class cutting out 2 dresses; one for an adult and one for a child.
16 people attended sewing class making 3 handbags, gift bags, 5 dresses, pants, mans top and a few other projects that don't come to mind right now. It was a busy week.




One thing I like about working with many different people is the different styles. I love to see what people make, what fabric they pick and the design they have in mind. Things they put together I would never do and I'm in awe of that they make. I'm so proud of my students for having the desire to learn the art of sewing. It all begins with the desire... the desire never leaves. There's only been one time when I had someone bring in the same pattern and fabric. We do a lot of the same patterns in class. I think it's wild when the same fabric is used. What are the chances?

Then there are other students who possess so much patience. I'm a little jealous I don't have the time to make things like this. This kind of beading work you do while sitting on your sofa watching TV or listening music. My house would fall apart if I sat on the sofa that much. LOL There was a time in the days of my youth. I can only hope I have the time to sit for hours beading a beautiful bag like this. This student has a few more hand stitches to do before the zippers installed.

I had another thing happen at L2S this week. As many of my students know last year when I moved my business to this location I thought it was a good move. I've had many problems in the building that my students point out to me. I have been looking for a new location the past month. As many vacant places out there, and some for I know of two years, the landlords still want more money than the property's worth. Sometimes I hate the games we have to play when we deal with people who are all about "me" instead of "we". I'm a good tenant, be good to me, give me a deal. - So my landlord came in this week and told me they fixed one of the major problems why I was moving out of the building and said "will that help you to stay?" If things keep getting better at this location I will be staying.... I still have a couple more issues that can hopefully be addressed. I have a couple more months to make the decision. I don't want to move but I don't need to hear the same complaints from students about the location either.

Next weeks Schedule:
Cutting Class Tues. 6-8pm class full
Sewing Wed. 11am-1pm 3 seats available, and 6-8pm class full
Sewing Thurs. 10am-2pm
Machine Thurs. 6-8pm
Cutting Fri 11am-1pm
Machine Sat. 10a,-12noon
Sewing Sat 1-3pm 1 seat available. I'm not having a 3-5 sewing class because I have to get the kiddies ready for their night of trick-or-treating.

I still have a few more things to make this week for Halloween. My son doesn't want the "little" bags I made for them in past years. He wants a "really big" bag. Easy to make :) and... the letters are coming off of the twilight costume. I thought I could get away with just fusing them together. I guess I have to add some stitches.

When I started this blog I ended it with .... and still doing it because it's all about our moments

Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,
Cindy

Oct 21, 2009

Are You Playing Project Runway With Me?

I started my Project Runway Contest when the show started 9 weeks ago. All you have to do is enter a garment or two before November 5th.

As of yet I have no entries to the contests! I'm giving away 20 hours of FREE sewing class for first place - 10 hours for second place and 5 hours for third place.

I've had several people tell me they want to enter. You need to fill out an entry form and bring in your project for me to photograph it.



Learn 2 Sew Project Runway Contest 2009 ~ Entry Form

NAME:
GARMENT NAME:
FABRIC/ MATERIALS USED:
WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR PROJECT?

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO MAKE THIS PROJECT?


RULES

If you want to play all you have to do is:
1) You must be a student at Learn 2 Sew. Anyone who has taken a class or will be taking a class at Learn 2 Sew may enter to win.
2) Sew a garment or two (you can enter as many as you want). You must sew them yourself. I'm going by the honor system on this. I will be able to tell if you had it professionally made.
3) Bring your project in to Learn 2 Sew to have pictures taken of your design. I will also inspect the garment to make sure it was made by you.
4) Describe the garment in writing. Tell me what kind of fabric you used and a little bit about your project like what you like about it and what inspired you.
You can sew your project in class or at home.
The deadline to turn in your design is Thursday November 5.
All the designs will be posted on Learn 2 Sew Florida blog and at the sewing center on November 6 when voting begins. Anyone can vote for your design only one time but can vote one time for as many entries as wanted. Voting will end when Project Runway season ends on Thursday November 19. The design with the most votes will win the prize of 20 hours of sewing class. Second place will win 10 hours of sewing class and third place wins 5 hours of sewing class.
One prize per person. - The winners will be announced on Friday November 20.

ALL ENTRIES WILL RECEIVE $5 OFF ANY SEWING CLASS AT LEARN 2 SEW

I'm not making any money off this contest. I'm doing it for fun and to give back to my students who really give it their all in the art of sewing.

So - hand in your entries if you're a student of mine. Your chances of winning free hours at sewing class are great!

On a parting note: This is my 199th blog entry. My next post will be 200...and boy what a ride it's been! More to come...

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,
Cindy


Oct 20, 2009

Sewing Over The Wire 10/20/2009


This is a weekly series where I share sewing news I receive with you. Enjoy your reading.


About People:

Pine Tree students take home awards at state fair
KLTV 7 Tyler
Tue, 13 Oct 2009
Inspired by photography? Have a secret pickle recipe? Good with a sewing machine
? Pine Tree students answered the call with help from their HS Art teacher, Amy Brown.


Serendipity, many surprises reasons to sew
Bangor Daily News Mon, 12 Oct 2009
It's done at last. I put the finishing touches on a black linen sequined and embroidered jacket I sewed. No, I didn't stitch on by hand thousands of sequins or do the embroidery -- those embellishments were part and parcel of the fabric.


Designers blend old fabrics into new clothes
The Tuscaloosa News
Thu, 15 Oct 2009
By Ashley Boyd Staff Writer Artists Marilyn Gordon and Lillie Mack are designing clothing with a history. Gordon and Mack create new pieces of clothing by sewing together pieces of old jeans and donated pieces of fabric.


Brush Sew N Vac takes over old Duckwall's site in Brush
The Fort Morgan Times
Thu, 15 Oct 2009
Owned and operated by a family that has been in the sewing business for nearly 40 years, Brush Sew N Vac offers sales and service of a broad range of machines.


KC Biker Artist Paints Quilt Machines
KSHB-TV Kansas City
Thu, 15 Oct 2009
Patriotic designs on industrial sized sewing machines
painted by a local artist are part of a ceremonial opening of a quilting convention honoring America's service members.


Dressing for the hook, line and sinker
Toronto Star
Fri, 16 Oct 2009
Menswear designer Philip Sparks has traded his sewing kit for a tackle box.


A lost art
Kentucky New Era
Fri, 16 Oct 2009
When Bobby Huddleston answers the phone at his store, Barryâs Sewing Machine
and Vacuum Co., callers frequently ask, Is this Barry?


Sew so good
The Mining Journal
Mon, 19 Oct 2009
ISHPEMING - Every Wednesday, they meet to knit, stitch, iron and braid their way one step closer to being ready for the annual St. Joseph Church bazaar. The ladies of the St. Joseph Sewing Circle have been contributing items for more than 20 years to the church bazaar, which itself has been held for more than 60 year.



About Businesses:

Storm update: Sewing shop at Coddingtown Mall suffers damage
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Tue, 13 Oct 2009
BY MARTIN ESPINOZA THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Heavy rains caused damage at Coddingtown Mall Tuesday when rain soaked tiles and water cascaded onto merchandise. It was raining as hard in here as was outside in the morning,â said John Furtado, owner of
Village Sewing Center. We've been here eight years at this location and it's leaked every single year.


A stitch in time
Guardian Unlimited
Fri, 16 Oct 2009
In these straitened times, sewing has become unexpectedly fashionable. Should feminists be worried? No, argues Amanda Vickery â domestic crafts need to be rescued from the condescension of posterity


Woman keeping 'old art' of sewing alive with classes
The Daily Sentinel
Fri, 16 Oct 2009
Julie Larsen likes to think of sewing as an old art.



Events:

October 13 friends and neighbors
The Ames Tribune
Tue, 13 Oct 2009
Sewing Guild Workshop on pattern design Pattern designer Lyla Messenger will be the presenter for the Central Iowa Sewing Guildâs fall event at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Huxley.


Studio tour opens art doors
YorkRegion.com News | Richmond Hill
Sun, 18 Oct 2009
It's not often you are able to witness the creation of local art. Watching someone brush paint over a canvas, or sew thread into a quilt; the finished product is often only what is seen and appreciated.



Giving Back:

Girl Scouts sew hope for Honduran children
Bellevue Leader
Tue, 13 Oct 2009
When Becky Bagwell returned home from a mission trip to Honduras in July, she knew what she wanted to do for a Girl Scout project.


Volunteers Make Quilts Of Valor For Soldiers, Veterans
Uptown Gazette
Wed, 14 Oct 2009
QUILTING. Kailey Rendon and Kim Carroll share thread at last year's Quilts of Valor event. âGazette file photo When Max Rooney and Ebru Altuner â both seniors at
Wilson High School â signed up for last yearâs Quilts of Valor event, neither of them knew how to sew.


Homemakers host volunteering event
Hendricks County Flyer
Fri, 16 Oct 2009
The Hendricks County Extension Homemaker Volunteer Community Support Committee hosts Make a Difference Day twice each year. The day is spent sewing bibs, puppy pillows, neck pillows, and baby blankets for area hospitals.


Montville women sewing for a cause
Daily Record
Sun, 18 Oct 2009
MONTVILLE For the past five years, members of the Montville Township Women's Club have hand-stitched more than 4,300 pillows for a special cause.


Pa. women sew up plan to ship 100 quilts to troops
The Evening Sun
Sun, 18 Oct 2009
EDITOR'S NOTE Although the QuiltMakers of Boyertown have finished their project to sew 100 quilts, organizers say assistance with funding for postage to ship the quilts overseas is appreciated. Checks may be made payable to the QuiltMakers of Boyertown and sent to
P.O. Box 214, Boyertown, PA 19512.



How To:

Create homemade costumes with a few inexpensive items
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Sat, 17 Oct 2009
Here are some simple no-sew costume ideas for your children, guaranteed to rock the party, from Family Fun magazine. For more ideas, including a mermaid, octopus, tiger or jellyfish, go to www.familyfun.go.com/magazine.



Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,
Cindy

Oct 19, 2009

Funny thing happened - I'm A WINNER - of a T....

I had to go to the credit union the other day to make a deposit. I like using a credit union instead of a large bank because my fee's are a lot less, they know my name when I walk in and if I ever need to borrow money it's easy to achieve.

So while I was making my deposit the clerk told me to fill out a raffle ticket to win a flat screen TV. She said the didn't have many people's names and my chances of winning were very good.

As soon as I left I called my husband who also uses the credit union for his banking needs. He went by on his way home from work to better our chances of winning the TV.

Friday afternoon I received a phone call. I WON! The phone conversation went like this.

CR: I'm just calling to let you know you won in the raffle yesterday.

Me: Really? I never win anything. (I'm all excited)

CR: Yes - you won a T ( I'm all ready for her to say TV) ....a Tea Basket. You can pick it up Monday.



So I went today to pick up my Tea Basket. It has all kinds of nice things in it. While I was there I told them how they got me. How I thought I won the TV!

I'm STILL LAUGHING!

It was nice to win something since it usually doesn't happen to me. I'm thankful! LOL

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,
Cindy

Oct 18, 2009

Week in Review 10/18/2009

Finally we got some cold weather here in South Florida. It's been wicked hot the past few weeks. You would think it was August with all the humidity. I know people in the north are getting snow but I'm so thankful to cool off if it only last a couple of days.

I had a lot of smiling faces attending sewing class this week. I love seeing what sewing brings out in people. When they start understanding what's being taught they have a glow about them. They jump up and down with big old smiles. And some I know will be having happy dreams about what they will be sewing.

10 people attended the machine class.
3 people came to cutting class to cut what else a dress, pants and a handbag.
8 people attended sewing class making a blouse, tutu for a little one, 2 dresses, apron, top, alterations.

There was one full machine class this week. Usually I have at least one person bring in their own machine to learn on. All my machines were used in this class. I think if you don't know anything about sewing machines it's better to take a class first before you buy one. Depending on what kind of sewing you want to do will determine how much money you spend on a machine. I know a lot of new sewing machines are being bought because a lot of new machines were being taken out of the boxes the past couple of weeks.

Slap my hand, I was really bad about taking pictures. There were a couple of finished products completed. I guess my mind was other places if you read my last post. I was focused on teaching while class was going on and the camera never saw the light of day. I really need to make a sign "remind me to take a picture of your project". But since there were more attending the machine classes then sewing projects there wasn't much to take pictures of.

My sewing this week involved making a twilight Halloween costume. I only had one person in the 3-5 sewing class yesterday so while she was making her alterations to her pants I decided to work on the costume. A little mistake was made LOL umm.. I kind of left out one "I". I should never do things like this when I can't give it my full attention. I guess I'll be making a new back. At least I didn't sew down the armhole facings. And after looking at the picture I think I'm going to make the numbers bigger. I know there was a reason why I bought extra fabric. I'm adding this to the back of the baseball uniform so people know what she is for Halloween. She always wants to be things that people would never figure out. Halloween's in a couple of weeks so I have time to fix this mistake. And don't forget we turn our clocks on Halloween this year.

Everyday when I pick my kids up from school I ask them two questions. Tell me something you learned which usually I get the answer of "stuff". The other question I ask is tell me something good that happened because I want them to focus on the good things in life. I try to focus on the good things but I was a little bummed out this week when my little man had his first band concert and I couldn't attend because I had a full machine class. If there was anything I could change about the week it would be to have a free night to see him play in public for the first time. He said he was really nervous but when he walked out on stage all the butterfly's just flew away. When I walked in the door that night he had a really big smile. But really, why is it when something big like this happens the video camera never works? I charged it - gave it to my husband so I can see him play and there was no memory card in the camera which means no video was taken. If I only had one person in the class I would have so been there...but... such is life. Accept it and move on.

And then you find out the daddy took a video with his cell phone. Who knew :) It's not that great because it was taken with the cell phone. The kids are wonderful - they've only been playing a few weeks. I have a trumpet kid sitting in the back.
Olsen Middle School 6th Grade Band First Concert
video

Next Week Sewing Schedule
Machine Class Tuesday 6-8pm *3 seats available
Sewing Class Wednesday 11am-1pm and 6-8pm *the night class is filling quickly
Sewing Class Thursday 9-11am *early release from public school so I'm having class early
Zipper/Buttonhole Demp Thursday 6-8pm
Machine Class Friday 11am-1pm *no public school if kids want to attend
Cutting Class Saturday 10am-12noon *seats available for those who just took the machine class
Sewing Class Saturday 1-5pm *early session is filling - more room in the 3-5 class.

We have to do the things that brings us the most smiles so we can enjoy our moments. It's all about our moments and what we do with them.... So with that.....

Until next time
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,
Cindy

Oct 13, 2009

Sewing Over The Wire 10/13/2009

This is a weekly series where I share sewing news I receive with you. Enjoy your reading.


About People:

Men prove quilting is sew not just for grannies
Tulsa World
Tue, 06 Oct 2009
The best quilts aren't for putting on beds, at least at Joe Galusha's house.


Make Your Baby's Room Sew Special
BellaOnline
Wed, 07 Oct 2009
Sewing infant bedding is an easy way to put your special touch on a baby's nursery.


Designing lives: Lorraine Parish turns teacher
The Martha's Vineyard Times
Wed, 07 Oct 2009
In a twist on the old adage about a stitch in time, Vineyard Haven fashion designer Lorraine Parish launched an innovative design and sewing class last fall at just the right time for a varied group of
Island residents.


Sewing up the right fit to speed up design
AsiaOne
Thu, 08 Oct 2009
THE Local Enterprise and Association Development (Lead) programme's grant has helped the Textile and Fashion Federation (Taff) offer better training programmes to help members stay competitive in a cut-throat industry.


R Kelly Tour Enjoys Dramatic Moulin Rouge, Custom Designed Concert Draperies From Drapery Providers Rent What? Inc and ...
PRWeb via Yahoo! News
Fri, 09 Oct 2009
R Kelly will perform in front of a dramatic re-creation of the original Moulin Rouge stage drape. This elaborately detailed drape is just one of the many unique stage drapery pieces available thru concert drapery rental provider Rent What? Inc. This unusual drapery element was painstakingly reproduced by Sew What? Inc, a leading theatrical drapery manufacturer in the
USA.


Arts and AntiquesBack to the 1970s: Halloween costume trends for 2009
The Phoenix
Sat, 10 Oct 2009
Getting ready for Halloween? Are you and your children busily choosing easy-to-sew patterns for this year's costumes? My mother was much more skilled at cleaning and cooking than she was at sewing. So, I recall many a Halloween night when my costume of choice (my only choice, really) was to be a ghost for Halloween.



Economy Related:

Sewing rivals needle on Web sites: Plymouth embroidery firm sues
Pioneer Press Sun, 11 Oct 2009
As the lawsuit alleges, theirs is a cutthroat business where the stakes can be high and the ethics can be low. Companies filch designs from others, defame competitors and pepper the courts with claims and counterclaims.



Events:

Quilting popular at Fryeburg Fair
The Lewiston Sun Journal
Wed, 07 Oct 2009
Leslie H. Dixon/Sun Journal Marion Amos of
Dedham, Mass., right, and her friend Bonnie Kenyon of South Royalton, Vt., watch Chris Murphy of Portage hand sew a quilt Tuesday at the Fryeburg Fair's farm museum.


Extension to offer sewing class
The Ottawa Times
Thu, 08 Oct 2009 20:21
PONTIAC â The Livingston County Home and Community Education Association will offer a sewing class from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Livingston County Extension office, 1412 S. Locust St. The class will be for adults



Giving Back:

Girl Scouts sew hope for Honduran children
Bellevue Leader
Sat, 10 Oct 2009
When Becky Bagwell returned home from a mission trip to Honduras in July, she knew what she wanted to do for a Girl Scout project.


Monday, October 12, 2009
Amador Ledger Dispatch
Sun, 11 Oct 2009
Support Our Soldiers, S.O.S., will meet Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make cool ties and helmet coolers for the soldiers at war. The community's help is needed in the assembly of these items. The workshop is sponsored by American Sewing Guild. Materials are supplied by the guild.



How To:

'Sewing spool' furniture is considered folk art
The Wichita Eagle
Fri, 09 Oct 2009
Recycling isn't a new idea. Our ancestors reused bits of cloth for quilts, made clothing out of flour bags, and used old cigar boxes to make chip-carved picture frames and boxes. Their rule was "waste not, want not," so it's not surprising that the bare wooden spools left after thread was used seemed too practical to ignore.



Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,
Cindy