Tag: trends

Reflections + Predictions: Nydia Kehnle

We asked a big group of sewing industry leaders to fill us in on their reflections for 2016 and their predictions for the year ahead. Looking back helps us celebrate the beauty, the surprises, the fun and the big sewing moments. 2017 predictions get us all excited about what’s to come! First up is Nydia Kehnle telling us what she noticed and what she’s excited about…

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FINAL Reflections + Predictions: Kristin Link

To wrap up our Reflections + Predictions, I’m talking about the contributors to this series–they are what we loved most about 2015! Plus, they inspire us to be the best crafters, entrepreneurs, and people we can be. Also, I share the two things from 2015 I’m most proud of.

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Reflections + Predictions: Bari Ackerman

We’re wrapping up our Reflections + Predictions with sewing industry leaders with Bari Ackerman from Bari J. Designs. Bari Ackerman is the popular fabric designer who also lends her beautiful artistry to wall art, home decor, stationery, cards, wall murals, wall paper, stencils and more. We asked Bari to join us with what she noticed in 2015 and what’s next for her in the new year. Kristin Link of Sew Mama Sew will have a wrap up post tomorrow with her thoughts…

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Reflections + Predictions: Sara Lawson

We asked a big group of sewing industry leaders to fill us in on their reflections for 2015 and their predictions for the year ahead. Looking back helps us celebrate the beauty, the surprises, the fun and the big sewing moments. 2016 predictions get us all excited about what’s to come! First up is one of our favorite designers (bags, fabric and more!) and an all-around lovely person. Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness tells us what she noticed and what she’s excited about…

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How to Pass Quilting Traditions to Millennials

Felice from Sew Scatterbrained has lots of ideas for how to introduce sewing to a whole new generation of quilters. We’re also interested in your thoughts… Are you new to quilting too? Have you passed your love of quilting on to someone younger? Is your local guild, quilt group and/or fabric shop open and welcoming to all? What are effective and positive ways to invite everyone to share creative expression through sewing?…

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10 Ways to Make Your Patchwork More Meaningful

Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock, is the quilt designer, instructor and author of For Keeps: Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living. A seasoned Craftsy instructor, Amy is perhaps most well known for hosting the very first– and very popular– Craftsy Block of the Month series. Amy is here with 10 Ways to Incorporate More Meaning into Your Patchwork, plus a few glimpses of the projects in her book. What about you? How do you incorporate meaning into your quilt making? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments…

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The Fabric Design + Printing Process

Becca Jubie, co-owner of the online fabric store Quilt Sandwich Fabrics, fills you in on the fabric design and printing process. Becca interviewed industry leaders to give you insight into every step in the process of traditional fabric manufacturing. Quilt Sandwich Fabrics is also giving away fat quarters from Lotta Jansdotter’s Follie collection!

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Spring Sewing Trends with Kelley

This marks a year of Kelley Gilbert’s trend spotting posts for Sew Mama Sew! Kelley has a great eye for important trends in the online sewing world, and we really appreciate her updates each month. This time around it’s separates for spring… What have you been sewing?!

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Is It Ever Worthwhile to Work for Free?

Fiona Pullen, author of Craft a Creative Business, also runs the UK-based The Sewing Directory and Craft a Creative Business. She stopped by earlier this year with thoughts on how to cope with a sense of isolation when working from home, and now she’s back with a thorough discussion about whether it’s ever worthwhile to work for free.

What do you think? Do you ever work for free, and if so have you found it’s ever been worth your while? Or do you think working for free under any circumstances no matter how beneficial devalues the industry as a whole? Do you use any calculations to decide if it is worth taking an unpaid job?…

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Pattern Shops, Clubs + More: Online Pattern Sales

Deanna McCool of sewmccool.com is back with lots of information about curated pattern sites, pattern bundles, pattern clubs and more. What are your experiences like when you purchase patterns online? Do you gravitate towards sites that curate the selection for you, or do you stick to a favorite designer? Do you rely on the recommendations of online sewists? Do you take a gamble and try new designs out for fun? Have you had good experiences with online pattern purchases?…

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10 Big Picture Habits for Happy, Successful Sewing

Virginia Lindsay of Gingercake and Gingercake Patterns, is the author of Pretty Birds and Sewing to Sell. Virginia has given us free patterns, plus a thoughtful discussion about “The Balancing Act of Putting a Price on Handmade.” She’s back with 10 Big Picture Habits for Happy, Successful Sewing. What are some big, important things you can do to improve the quality of your sewing time?

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Modern Marsala

Adrianne from On the Windy Side is co-hosting the 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Marsala. We asked Adrianne to share some of her favorite, current Marsala fabrics to inspire you to integrate this Color of the Year into your sewing…

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Support Shops with Sustainable Business Models

More and more “gray market” and non-traditional fabric sellers are competing with online as well as brick & mortar businesses for sewing and quilting industry dollars. We might be getting a great deal on products, but at what cost? Both consumers and manufacturers need to do a better job of weeding out the sellers who threaten the viability of shops with strong business models–those who are growing the industry, contributing to a healthy economy, and providing customers with great products and service .

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Trends with Kelley: Winter Sewing

What are you sewing this winter? Trend-spotter Kelley Gilbert from Casa Crafty joins us each month with a few themes that jump out at her from the online sewing community. Are you sewing spring dresses, lingerie or incorporating metallics in your latest looks?

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Best of 2014 Results: Sewing + Quilting Industry

Thousands of you voted for your favorites in 2014 in our recent polls. Thank you! We asked our social media followers and fabric shop sponsors to nominate their favorites for our initial lists and we had some strong write-in votes as well. It was an exciting year for indie garment patterns, unique quilt patterns, inspiring new sewing and quilting books and beautiful new fabric collections. Here are the results…

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