Sewing with Shirley Cunningham

shirleycLast Saturday I spent the afternoon in Shirley Cunningham’s Llano studio watching her design a collage jacket for my mother.

She designed an abstract collage of a favorite cliff on my mother’s ranch. I will then stitch it on an existing jacket.

Reminder: Shirley will share her collage, pants fitting, or other sewing expertise at her Hill Country Sewing Escape Weekend , April 3-7.… Read the rest

Retro bowette belt

Make a bow for your belt, your bag, a pillow…

For the retro bow belt you’ll need:

  • 3 pieces of fabric: the belt main piece is 5” wide and your waist measurement + 5”, the bow rectangle is 6” x 12”, the knot rectangle is 3” x 3”.
  • Fusible interfacing 2” x your waist measurement + 5”
  • 2 hooks
  • 4 eyes
  • Thread to match fabric
  • Sewing machine or hand needle
  • Small amount of ribbon for turning

Read here how to make the bow belt.Read the rest

Favorite place

Check out this wonderful music video by the band Black Books. The video explores the world of sewing. “The aim was to create an energetic, fun and at the same time warm and intimate music video to illustrate the track. Cloth is very symbolic, warm, personal, and of course colorful, so, I chose to explore the world of sewing and play with material and tools.”… Read the rest

The Joy Losee Collection

A wedding outfit of shimmering ikat silk from Uzbekistan and an ornate Indian sari glittering with gold embroidery and crystals will be among the items on display in The Joy Losee Collection: Art and Dress Along the Silk Road, an exhibition of traditional cultural garments from the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas.… Read the rest

Embellished Needle Felting Stiletto

Hi Needle Nuts!

Monday, January 21st, we will be making an Embellished Needle Felting Stiletto that you can use as an
aid in needle felting and machine sewing. This tool will help keep your fingers away from sharp needles.

You will need to bring your scissors and E6000 if you have it in your stash, otherwise we will share mine.… Read the rest

Thursday Night Artistic Encounters

Join us for C3 Artistic Encounters in the Center for Creative Connections to experience art in new ways! C3 Artistic Encounters happen on selected Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Center for Creative Connections Art Studio or Tech Lab (unless otherwise noted).

C3 Artistic Encounters are free with general admission but registration is required.… Read the rest