Friday, October 19, 2012

Rainy Days & Fridays

I am sitting here in the shop on a rainy Friday morning and my fingers are itching to sew something.  There is nothing like a rainy or snowy day to make you want to hunker down inside and sew away.  I just received 4 brand new book titles and am torn on which book to sew from.  Add to that the fact that I have so much new stock coming in that I SHOULD wait and make samples from the new collections.....but that itch....

Have any of you picked up any of these new titles yet??  Where should I begin??? Thoughts??

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sewing 101

I get so many calls, practically on a daily basis, regarding interest in learning to sew.  What a tragedy that so many school districts have been forced to take out the arts, including domestic arts, due to budet crunches.  People have always felt the need to create and now are struggling to find their path because they are missing that beginning piece of the puzzle that gives them the foundation of skills on which to build.  As I look around I see more and more start up businesses that focus on filling those gaps.  Right here in Collingswood, NJ there is my shop which features quilting/sewing, an overall education business that focuses on a variety of short, informational and hands on classes, and coming soon a kitchen shop that will also have cooking lessons.  While I am a great fan of small business opportunities it is also a sad reminder of the educational gaps in our school districts.  Hopefully, the birth of these new businesses will fill the gap and not exclude those people who may not be able to afford private classes and counted on learning a basic skill within their formal education classes.