It’s now only a couple of months until The Sewing Weekender! We are very excited to announce all the talented Sewing speakers and helpers who will be joining us over the weekend. We are also excited to announce the workshop available to attendees during the weekend.
To find out more about this weekend, check out The Sewing Weekender page for all the details. For attendees, we will be sending you the itinerary and all the details you need soon.
Sewing speakers and helpers
To help you with your sewing projects and/or give a talk about sewing, we have the following talented ladies on Saturday and Sunday!
Karen Ball, Did You Make That?
Title of talk: “Bagging A Sewing Book Deal”
Ever fancied turning your blog, vlog, feed or podcast into a book? Find out the mechanics of writing a non fiction book proposal, how to talk publisher, understand contracts and manage the writing process for a commercial non fiction book. With industry insights and expertise from Karen of Did You Make That – a veteran of publishing and blogging, and soon-to-be-author of a new sewing book.
Harriet Johnson, Hobbling Handmades
Title of talk: “Loved Clothes Last“
Frances Tobin, The Maker’s Atelier
Title of Talk: “A brief history of sewing patterns and the evolution of fashion magazines.”
Mass produced sewing patterns began in the 1850’s. This talk will touch on their fascinating history and how they influenced the growth of fashion magazines from then to today.
Sheona McMahon, Sewisfaction
Title of talk: “What it’s really like to set up and run a fabric shop”
Gay Appleby, Loving The Fabric
Gay will be at The Sewing Weekender to help you with your projects. Sewing has been Gay’s life long passion. She inherited her passion for textiles, fabrics and fashion from her artistic and fashionable mother. Gay studied Art History and French at university, travelling extensively in France, Britain and Italy. She eventually settled in Britain and while raising three children, learned a “make do and mend” resourcefulness and indulged in her passion for vintage textiles and fashion.
Gay trained as a Design & Technology teacher in Britain in ’96, which led to teaching Art History and Textiles/Fashion. Teaching and studying fashion, fibres, garment construction, and textiles has provided her a unique and eclectic vision. Gay ran a fashion fabric boutique loving the fabric, on Hill Rise in Richmond and is now working from her studio selling fabric and helping customers achieve their sewing and fashion goals.
We are really excited this year to have Spoonflower provide workshops for all attendees of The Sewing Weekender.
The first company of its kind, Spoonflower was launched in 2008 in Durham, N.C. with the dream of empowering individuals to create, print and sell their own artwork on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. Today, the Spoonflower community has grown to over 3.5 million creative individuals who use their own designs and the Spoonflower Marketplace to make curtains, quilts, clothing, bags, furniture, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners and much, much more. Located in Durham, N.C. & Berlin, Germany.
Spoonflower will be running workshops over the weekend for attendees to learn about fabric design.
The workshop will run for a couple of hours and attendees will be learning the basics of creating a seamless repeat by hand using all kinds of art supplies like markers, collage, watercolors, etc.