Bernina Dealer previews long-arm machine at American Sewing Expo

BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines recently announced that its Ann Arbor Sewing Center will showcase the BERNINA Q 20 Long-Arm Machne at booth 329 this weekend at the American Sewing Expo to be held at Suburban Collection Showplace. (The machine is not yet available for purchase.) It’s reported … Continue Reading →

The American Sewing Expo returns to Novi Sept. 26-28

The much-anticipated American Sewing Expo returns to Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi Sept. 26-28. Guests will have the opportunity to take part in numerous seminars and workshops with fashion and costume designers, couture specialists, corset makers and teaching professionals. New York City Fashion Institute of Technology couture professor Kenneth King and Butterick and Vogue pattern … Continue Reading →

Learn 'Fabric Surface Design' with Cheryl Rezendes

Enter into the wonderful world of creating your own fabric designs with “Fabric Surface Design” by Cheryl Rezendes, who received her training as a painter at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In her recently released book, Rezendes shares with readers “more than 80 fabric-printing techniques using fabric crayons and a variety of … Continue Reading →

Recycled Runway Project set for Saturday

See what can be done with recycled or repurposed items at the Recycled Runway Project, a fundraiser for the Downriver Council for the Arts, to be held at the Grecian Center on Saturday. Featured will be one-of-a-kind fashions made by local artists. Doors open at 11 a.m. Admission is $40 adults and $30 for children … Continue Reading →

Please help me find the top of my desk!

Hmmm…, just wondering if I can get a bit of help clearing some of these craft books off my desk? If interested, just email me at jbrown@detroitnews.com, and let me know what crafts you’re interested in, like spinning, sewing small items, beading, quilting, weaving, knotting, pom poms, metal jewelry making, sewing for the home or dressmaking. I … Continue Reading →

African Bead Festival at MBAD/ABA African Bead Museum Saturday

Bead collectors and jewelry makers won’t want to miss the 10th annual African Bead Festival presented by MBAD/ABA African Bead Museum Saturday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. This year’s event features an exhibit of Kuba textiles from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, live entertainment with a drum performance by Efe of the Bambuti, vendors, tours of … Continue Reading →

Longtime crafter has supplies to give away

Kathryn of Birmingham just called to say she has tons of various craft supplies to give away to individuals or groups. A crafter for “over 50 years,” Kathyrn says her stash includes fabric, wreath forms, yarn, knitting needles and LOTS more. She feels it’s all too nice to toss in the trash, and that there has to be … Continue Reading →

20th annual American Sewing Expo set for Sept. 27-29

Once again, the American Sewing Expo will be held at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The 20th anniversary event will be held Sept. 27-29. Featured will be “accessories, embellishments, one-of-a-kind fabrics and supplies, fashion sewing, fitting, home decorating, machine embroidery, needle arts, quilting, sergers and wearable art. Showgoers will see over 20 exhibits, fashion style shows … Continue Reading →

The Material Girls in Dearborn celebrates sixth anniversary

Join The Material Girls, LLC as it mark its sixth anniversary of its brick and mortar shop by attending a celebration at the store this Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. “We’ll be serving birthday cake and having some specials for that day,” writes owner Barb Fricano. The Material Girls is located at 1850 Grindley Park St., … Continue Reading →

Mark your calendar for American Sewing Expo in September

Sewers, it’s time to gear up your sewing machines for the upcoming American Sewing Expo at Suburban Collection Showplace where you’ll find an amazing assortment of sewing notions, textiles, tools and SEW much more! (This just in) “Beginner to expert sewers and crafters will find fashion shows, classes and shopping,” said Janet Pray, show producer … Continue Reading →