Sunday, March 27, 2016

What happens when you travel

you have parcels waiting for your arrival at your accommodation!

Our first stop was at Fife, in Washington State which was 10 minutes from the Sewing & Stitchery Expo.

When we checked in the front desk has 3 parcels for me which I had ordered before leaving home and knew I would not be able to easily source them myself during my 3day stay in the USA.

Parcel No. 1
You know about the purchase of my Juki M0-1000, well I also learnt that like the Bernina oerlocker it has a number of specialty feet available.  I can purchase them here in Australia, however the cost is pretty high so for the cost of say 3 feet here, I have

but wait,

There are actually 8 feet,

  • Blind Stitch Presser Foot Part No. 40138091: (for Right Needle) for making blind hems.
  • Elasticator Elastic Metering Presser Foot Part No. 40138095: To attach elastic tape to stretch fabrics
  • Cording Presser Foot Part No. 40138099: For attaching nylon string or wire on edge of fabrics.
  • Piping Presser Foot Part No. 40138103: For sewing piping.
  • Beading Presser Foot Part No. 40138106: For attaching pearls and beading with overlock stitching,
  • Gathering Presser Foot Part No. 40138121: For gathering and sewing with differential feed
  • Universal Blind Stitch Presser Foot: For making right/left needle blind hems and flatlock.
  • Curved Beading Presser Foot: For attaching pearls, sequins and beading with overlock stitching

  • Now I need to do so some serious playing.

    Parcel No. 2
    This next parcel might seem a bit odd, but one of my Christmas presents was the Dk-93 Manual Snap Press which I just had to have after reading about it on Lena's blog.

    So this parcel from Minkus Margo (at Etsy seller) was 2 sets of dies - a 9.5mm nipple rivet die and 9mm cap rivet die. This is the actual size of the rivets.

    Parcel No. 3
    Two pieces of 1oz HpyerD Diamond Ripstop in Moroccan Blue and Burnt Orange.

    The ripstop I purchased for my Minoru is not water proof and after reading about Morgan's Denali Vest  over at Thread Theory I decided to place an order with Ripstop by the Roll and purchased enough of the blue for another Minoru and the burnt orange for a vest.

    Now I have them home, they are very light so my plans may change.

    I also dragged Mark along to Jo-Ann's to have a look around and this is what followed me home

    Not my normal fabric, but a pair of Carolyn Pajamas will make me smile every time I wear them.

    Then we headed to visit family and friends in Canada, so two more Canadian suppliers packages were waiting for me.

    Parcel No. 4
    I have dabbled in bra making with a Watson and really want to make my own bras for various reasons.  I already have the three  current Beverly Johnson's Bra Making Classes on Craftsy and had heard that her manuals were very good.

    Parcel No. 5
    I have made Mark two versions of the Strathcona Henley t-shirt by Thread Theory and Morgan had talked about this luscious Canadian-made 100% cotton interlock fabric so I thought I would purchase a kit to see what Mark's thinks of it.

    Of course since I have returned home there were a few more packages I could have had organised but there will be a next time I'm certain.

    2016 Stash Out: 0 m
    2016 Stash In: 15 m

    Sunday, March 20, 2016

    Sewing & Stitchery Expo, Puyallup

    When Mark first mentioned our ski trip to Canada he didn't quite understand my enthusiasm as the dates worked out perfectly for me to spend the weekend at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo at Puyallup in Washington State, which I had last visited back in 2011.

     I booked myself in for 4 classes over the 2 days:
    • Best Tools & Notions of the Trade.
      I just love this sort of thing you always find out about a new notion or two.
    • The Three Crotch Figure!
      Wow this was amazing!  One of them is the one we are all familiar with but the front and back armscye are the other two.  Lorraine Henry is an amazing teacher and she spent more time with me after the class which was very generous.
    • The Sheath Dress and Upper Body Fit.
      Again a lot of information that I need to take some time to review.
    • Sheila's Knitting Techniques and Tips.
      This was an informative class and again have quite a bit of information to review, however there were 50 attendees which was just too many.  I did submit this feedback to the event management.

    This venue is huge and I did find that I needed to plot who I wanted to see to make sure that I managed it in the time frame I had.

    This is late in the afternoon, and I am standing at one end of Row 4 (8 Rows in total plus some stands like Vogue Fabrics that are at the very end) with approximately 70 exhibitors.

    Now for the goodies that followed me home.

    Wraps Per Inch Knit-Kard and WPI Took Kit
    Magnetic screwdrivers for your sewing machine- computer safe
    2 skeins of Tiger Merino wool Fancy Image Hand-dyed Yarn
    4 yards of Eggplant zipper chain with 16 pulls from
    Clover Press Perfect by Joan Hawley

    Kai Scissors Model 7250SE 10"/25cm Tailoring Shears
    Cutting Line Designs - One Seam Pants
    and My Hearts a'Flutter arrived home separately
    BravoBella underwires
    Lorraine Henry Measuring Made Easy
    3mm masking tape

    I attended the Cutting Line Designs fashion parade and have always thought this pattern line was a little bit too boxy for me.  Louise had very cleverly selected a range of models and one was a slim petite lady who looked very stylish in these designs, so I thought I would try them out.

    I also purchased a 3 pack of fabric from Marcy Tilton in a dark navy colourway.

    Before leaving Australia I had been in contact with PattiB from PatternReview who I had met up with previously in 2001 and we organised to meet up again this year.

    Whilst Patti and I were sitting and chatting I spotted Carolyn, Dairy of a Sewing Fanatic who had told me she was attending and said she would like to catch up.

    PattiB, me, Carolyn
    The photo was taken by either Niema or Gaylen

    Niema, Gaylen, Carolyn and I
    It was a such a treat to meet them, I have followed Carolyn's blog for many years and it felt like friends catching up, we all chatted and laughed and now I have two more blogs to follow.  Oh and you can see what Carolyn got up to here.

    2016 Stash Out: 0 m
    2016 Stash In: 4.5 m

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

    Canada and the USA - travel wardrobe

    We have just arrived home from our trip to Canada and the USA and thought I'd share my wardrobe as this time I had to pack ski gear as well.

    Time away:
    16 days

    Where to:
    Canada and Puyallup in the USA.

    Winter heading into Spring, however it was still snowing in Silver Star and Revelstoke when we visited and I planned for a temperature range of -2c to 17c.

    For the first two days I got to explore Vancouver checking out the various fabric shops that I could find, before meeting up with Mark and then driving the 2 hours south crossing the border into the USA to spend the weekend at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo, at Puyallup, Washington State.

    Then it was back across the border to Silver Star where we stayed with Mark's sister. Unfortunately I had a skiing accident which thankfully only resulted in a bruised calf but this put a stop to my skiing activities.  Mark had plenty of runs both at Silver Star and Revelstoke with family and friends.

    Colour scheme:

    What I packed:
    (each garment is linked to its original construction post - left to right, top to bottom)

    McCalls 8522 coat in aubergine wool (never blogged)
    Simplicity 2603 cardigan in brown merino wool (to be blogged)
    Grey leather gloves
    Taupe loafers
    Brown boots
    Orange gortex ski jacket
    Black ski pants
    Black boots
    Black snow boots

    Not pictured are my pyjamas, lingerie and my thermals for skiing.
    I also had a separate boot bag for my ski boots and helmet.

    Oh and I did purchase a puffy jacket on sale which turned out warmer than my McCalls Coat.

    Silver Star Village, look at the snow depth!

    Again this wardrobe worked very well for me, all tops went with the bottoms and the yoga pants and hoodie were perfect for breakfast in the morning with family and friends and good to get into after a day out to wind down after a full day.

    We did wash twice whilst we were away and this is part of our trips so no bother at all.

    A selection of jewellery did accompany me and feel this changed the look of some of the combinations.

    Before I left I found The Sewaholic Guide to Fabric Stores in Vancouver  and had this printed out for my 2 days in Vancouver before Mark arrived.

    Some of them were a bit further afield for public transport but I did manage to find:

    and these two pieces of paisley rayon followed me home:

    and across the road was Atex Fabric Store which had some gorgeous wools but I did behave myself trying to remember all the wools in my stash at home.

    Then around the corner was Button Button,

    where some special buttons came home with me, you will have to wait for these.

    I will be back soon to share the rest of my trip.

    2016 Stash Out: 0 m
    2016 Stash In: 3 m