DAFA (Dallas Area Fiber Artists) Lace program

The general meeting for DAFA on Monday, April 23, will begin at 6:45 PM. Mini Workshop starts at 5:30PM  Guests welcome


Mini Workshop  Member Carrie Noess will teach the mini workshop at 5:30-6:30 on The Basics of Needlelace. The kit fee is $5. Please bring your Go-Kit with basic sewing supplies.

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Clothing Memories

Musings on Memories and Clothing

Love,_Loss_and_What_I_WoreNow showing at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas through March 6, 2016  “Love, Loss and What I Wore by by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron ”

Superstar sisters Delia Ephron and the late, great Nora wrote some of the most popular romantic comedies in history, including Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally.… Read the rest

Tips for Buying Fabric Online

I admit, I fear purchasing fabric on line. I’m one of those touchy feely types. I like to look at fabric up close and personal. Feel it against my skin. Lay it across my arm it to see how it drapes. When one ventures to buy fabric online … you don’t get any of those experiences.… Read the rest

Support us this Holiday season…

…simply by clicking below links or the banners on the right before you shop at the respective sites. Amazon, Craftsy and Fabric.com have some great Black Friday deals going on or about to happen. These vendors will pay us for the referrals, Amazon up to 10%, Fabric.com 8% and Craftsy up to 30% of the sales price.… Read the rest

Quilting in Space

A follow-up on Karen Nyberg’s story, the NASA Astronaut who quilts in space.

 

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg hosts quilting bee from space station

With her long blond ponytail floating above her inside the International Space Station, astronaut Karen Nyberg calmly explains the challenges of quilting in weightlessness.

“Now that I’ve tried my hand sewing in space,” she said in a video released Thursday by NASA, “I can say one thing with certainty: It’s tricky.”

As if being a mechanical engineer and astronaut isn’t significant enough, the avid quilter brought sewing supplies including fabric, scissors, thread, five needles (but no pins) to create a quilt block in space.Read the rest

Entombed Etruscan Was Expert Embroiderer

Last month, archaeologists announced a stunning find: a completely sealed [2,600-year-old] tomb cut into the rock in Tuscany, Italy.

The untouched tomb held what looked like the body of […] an aristocratic woman (not a prince, as earlier reported) buried alongside a spear and her sewing needles.

Analysis revealed that a small bronze box found beside the skeleton in Tarquinia contain the needles — and some thread.Read the rest

Coats and Clark thread through the years

Coats and Clarks celebrated their 200th anniversary last year. To commemorate this historic milestone, Coats & Clark launched a virtual history museum on their website, also available as PDF-download (size: 21.1 MB) and flipbook.

This detailed website chronicles the early days of the company in 1812 in Paisley Scotland, coupled with the events of the era.… Read the rest

Craftsy September Sale 9/14-9/21

From 9/14-9/21, all courses and supplies on Craftsy are on sale up to 75% off! This includes classes, fabric, and yarn.
If you aren’t one of the 2 million members currently experiencing everything that Craftsy has to offer, here is what you are missing:

  • A wide selection of online crafting classes from the best instructors from around the world, ranging from quilting and knitting to cooking and fine art
  • Classes you can watch anywhere, from any device with an internet connection
  • Unlimited access to your Craftsy classes – watch them as many times as you like, as long as you’d like!
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Behind the Scenes: Printing Liberty Tana Lawn

Have you ever wondered how Liberty’s famous Tana Lawn cottons are printed?

Liberty teamed up with Mollie Makes to take you behind the scenes at their Lancaster factory. The video shows you the journey of the Tana cloth from when it arrives in its raw state right through to how it leaves printed with one of the new season designs.… Read the rest

SAGA’s 34th Annual Convention

sagaThe 34th annual Smocking Arts Guild America (SAGA) convention will be held October 23-27 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, Frisco Texas. For registration options, please check the website or this pdf download.

 

SAGA Convention Faculty
Plans for the 2013 Convention include eleven internationally recognized teachers. Judith Adams, Carol Ahles, Jeannie Baumeister, Phyllis Brown, Gail Doane, Debbie Glenn, Barbara Meger, Claudia Newton, Susan O’Connor, Vaune Pierce, and Lyn Weeks will be teaching classes in smocking, fine hand and machine sewing, embroidery, and construction.… Read the rest