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Japanese Bunka-Shishu Embroidery – a fun alternative to cross stitch!

For those of you not familiar with Japanese Tokyo Bunka Shishu punch embroidery, this traditional craft dates back approximately 100 years.  Bunka-Shishu has the appearance of an oil painting and has a special art status in Japan.  It’s fairly simply to get started with only a few tools needed.  Just a wood bunka frame, an N-3 Bunka Punch Needle, tacks and a kit will get you going. The thread used is a silky rayon that is worked on a soft tight polyester gabardine fabric that is printed with a numbered thread placement design (similar to the paint by number kits of your youth).  The needle used is unique to Bunka,...

Quilting goes Green with Quilter’s Dream Batting

The quilting world is fast entering the “green” movement with eco friendly fabrics and fibers.  This latest creation is offered by Quilter’s Dream Batting.  Dream Green is a soft and cozy batting made 100% from recycled plastic pop bottles.  No only is this eco friendly, but it feels wonderful to the touch, your needles easily glide through and it can be machine washed with little or no shrinkage. Quilter’s Dream Green batting keeps 10 pounds of plastic bottles out of the landfill with every pound of batting created.  If you are used to the usual polyester batting, you’ll find that these recycled fibers are indistinguishable from the “virgin” polyester fibers,...

Hinterberg Design Perfect Sewing Caddy

Setting up your sewing room in an organized fashion can save your precious moments for quilting and sewing, rather than digging through heaps of tangled threads, notions, patterns and more! We’re always on the lookout for stylish storage solutions and recently found this Wisconsin-made line of Hinterberg Perfect Caddy cabinets.  Their furniture is solid ash and birch hardwood construction with a natural finish that is an investment in quality to last a lifetime.  No pressboard here! The caddies are available in units with drawers, bins and shelves – just pick the size and style that’s right for you! You can be assured that the cabinets are built with the highest degree...

Amy Butler at Quilt Market 2008

I had a great time this year in Portland visiting my first Quilt Market.  The very popular designer, Amy Butler, was there to show her latest Art of the Midwest patterns and Rowan fabrics.  I was lucky to meet her in person and enjoy her lovely booth. Amy has revolutionized the look of fabrics today, bringing a hip, young look to our quilting and sewing world. She has brought a bold new look to our craft industry with fun, smart looking bag patterns, sleek and simple clothing patterns and large print fabrics....

Della Q bags and accessories for knitting and needlework

Della Q creates a line of high quality bags and accessories inspired by the vibrant colors and rich textures of Vietnam.  Della Q combined style with function in their products to create lightweight yet durable designs.  Every season new styles are released in hot, one-of-a-kind fabrics. Della Q’s products are handcrafted in Vietnam and a portion of the proceeds support Vietnam Quilts, a non-profit organization that trains low-income and rural Vietnamese women in the art of quilting. Care Instructions Your Della Q purchases are beautiful, but meant to be used!  To keep your products looking their best, give them a quick coat of Scotchgard.  This treatment will be repellent and...

Mascot Tutto Machine On Wheels Size Chart

Mascot Tutto Machine On Wheels Size Chart The Mascot Tutto Company has created a wonderful line of bags for the quilter and crafter. The Machine on Wheels bags are available in various sizes to fit just about any sewing machine, embroidery unit and serger. The smaller bags can be securely strapped to the top of the Machine on Wheels bags. The Tutto Machine on Wheels bags are lightweight, collapsible, easy to maneuver and stackable. They are sturdy bags that will not tip over. For your ease of loading in your sewing machine, both the top and side of the bag opens up. The interior has straps to hold your machine...