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Offers Valid Online, Now thru Monday, December 2 at 11:59pm!

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HolidayCouple.jpgHappy Holidays, everyone!!  Yes, again, already!!  Which means it’s time to upload my favorite Holiday Couple graphic, so I hope you find them as amusing as I do ; )

I’m not sure where 2019 went, but I hope yours included a good amount of creative time with your favorite African fabrics ; )  If you fell a bit short of your creative goals, there’s still time to immerse yourself at the CE Studio.


Our December thru February workshop schedule gives you several chances to end 2019 and begin 2020 with an interesting project in hand!  New to the lineup is our Free Spirit Doll.  

Choose your batik or African print, and your natural hairstyle – Bantu knots, locks, braids, Afro – then embellish as you like. The class makes a fun Girls’ Night Out project, or even a Mommy & Me creative session.

You’ll also find studio favorites including the String Quilt, Corded Organizer, Color Block Batik Bag, Waistbeads and more, all offered at various dates and times. See you soon!  Register by phone at 866-MUDCLOTH, in person at the studio, or online at CulturedExpressions (click on Shop Online / Workshops)

And be sure to join us at the studio December 13 & 14, 2019 from 1-4 pm for Holiday Gift Make & Takes — Drop in and make your choice of five fast, fun gifts, priced from $5 to $25 each.  Make one, two, or all of them, including: Brass & Bead Necklace, Wine Glass Charms, Batik Bookmarks, Fabric Coasters, Embellished Pouch Necklace. No pre-registration needed. Light refreshments will be served, too. Bring a friend and make gifts for each other ; )  See you soon!

DOWNLOAD the Dec – Feb Workshop Schedule


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Increasingly, since opening the CE studio in downtown Rahway almost 2 years ago (!), I’ve come across other talented people who wanted to carve out their own piece of this exciting industry, but needed some help getting started, or moving forward.
I began to help a few of these creatives toward their goals and decided to better structure my own efforts along the way.
As a result, I’m thrilled to announce Artisan Business Coaching, a new branch of the Cultured Expressions experience READ MORE, and if I can be of service, just yell!

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Hey everyone! Check out these new arrivals at the studio… vivid prints and gorgeous bogolan/mudcloth for pillows, fun tote bags, table settings, headwraps, clothing, quilts and sew much more!  Stop by the studio or call to order 866-MUDCLOTH. Prints are $8 yard and the bogolan pieces are $50 each, measuring approximately 64 x 44″.  If you need more inspiration, download our workshop schedule for May thru July



And here’s the contest:  If you’re a true collector, you probably recognize this print of elegant ladies.  You know the print, they measure about 12″ tall and come in various colors. This combo is my favorite.  Ever wonder what they are discussing, or where they are going, or coming from?  Tell us their story below in THREE SENTENCES or less, and the best narrative (as judged by an independent panel of Cultured Expressions studio associates) will win a yard of the fabric! Reply by Monday, June 3, 2019 at 11:59pm for your chance to win!  Good Luck ; )

UPDATE:  The winner of one yard of fabric is @sisterquilternyc, aka Ghana SewJourn alum, Dee Huffman. Thanks everyone for playing along on Instaram and Facebook!  If you don’t follow us there, check us out @culturedexpressions.





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Have you done your “Sew It, Sign It” block for our community signature quilt project yet?  We need all blocks submitted by Saturday, May 18 (that’s Next Week!!) in order to complete the quilt around June 19, world Sickle Cell Day.  The proceeds from the quilt ($8 from every $10 registration fee) will benefit the Sickle Cell Assn of NJ.


If you’ve already ordered your block kit online, PLEASE be sure to get it back to us by Saturday!  As an alternative, if you haven’t ordered your kit yet, or you won’t get a chance to stop by the studio,  you can still support us with your $10 donation, let us know what message to write on the block, and we’ll “sew it and sign it” for you!  Call us at 866-MUDCLOTH (866-683-2568). 

Thank you for helping us to support Sickle Cell Awareness!!

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Hey, everyone  —  believe it or not, spring is on its way, which means NOW is the time to plan your post-hibernation creative activities!  We just confirmed “Kente & Culture”, a great event with our friend and Ghana’s master kente weaver, Kwasi Asare on Sunday, May 5.


He’ll give an informal presentation on kente cloth and its role in Ghanaian culture, then lead you in creating your own kente sample strip on a hand loom!  PLUS, to keep the vibe flowing, we’ll end the event by serving a light buffet of African-Caribbean cuisine, and it’s included in the workshop cost. ; )

If you’ve joined me on previous Ghana SewJourns, Kwasi will be familiar to you as our kente expert! It’s an event you won’t want to miss…  Register online or call Lisa at 866-MUDCLOTH (866-683-2568).  Space is limited!

(Even better, while you’re here for the event, you can also contribute your block for our “Sew It, Sign It” signature quilt project, benefitting Sickle Cell awareness!) 

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RAHWAY, NJ – It’s estimated that sickle cell disease affects 75,000 to 100,000 people in the United States, and about 6,000 individuals in New Jersey alone.  While the blood disorder primarily affects persons of African descent, it’s also present throughout the Mediterranean, as well as Middle Eastern and Asian countries.

After a casual conversation with two students at the Cultured Expressions Sewing & Quilting Studio in Rahway, owner Lisa Shepard Stewart and associate Edie Browne brainstormed ideas for a sewing-related community project.  Soon, the two settled on a fundraising quilt project to benefit sickle cell awareness, as Edie herself lives with the disease.  Edie is also involved in the Sickle Cell Association of New Jersey, which will be the recipient of the funds raised. This was the beginning of the “Sew It, Sign It” project.


As the name implies, supporters visit the studio to SEW an easy 6” quilt block using colorful African prints (just 2 seams!), then SIGN the block, all for a registration fee of $10, of which $8 will be donated to the Association.  Or they can just sign a plain ivory fabric square to be stitched into the borders of the quilt for a $5 registration fee, of which $3 will be donated.  Of course, participants can donate above these levels by

sewing multiple blocks or making an additional contribution to help cover the cost of finishing the quilt.  The donor can include his or her own name, a personal message of encouragement, a tribute to a loved one afflicted with the illness or other positive sentiment.  Participants will receive a custom logo button. SickleButtonsOnKnete

“We welcome everyone in the community to support this effort,” said Shepard Stewart.  “We encourage folks to come out and experience the fun of working with African prints while contributing to a very worthy cause.”  The public is invited to visit the CE studio to sew blocks from now thru May 18 on a drop-in basis during regular studio hours, or by appointment.  The blocks will be joined into a finished quilt to be displayed locally, then presented to the Association along with the collected funds by World Sickle Cell Day on June 19.

Sew It, Sign It is a great group activity for families, quilt guilds, scouts, churches, civic groups and others. Beginners are especially welcome, and we’ll guide you thru the process of sewing and signing the quilt block, which takes no more than 5 minutes,” Shepard Stewart said.

Yoanne and Edie creating sample blocks for display.

Non-local customers can also participate by ordering block kits online.   The $15 kit cost includes donation, fabrics, instructions, logo button and SASE to return the finished block.

Studio Hours:

Wed 4-8pm;  Thurs 12-6pm;  Fri 12-6pm;  Sat 10-6pm

To schedule an appointment in advance or for further information, call 866-683-2568 (866-MUDCLOTH) or email info@CulturedExpressions.com

Whether you’re a part of Cultured Epxressions’ local community or one of our online friends, we look forward to your participation in this special event!!  Thank you sew much  ; )

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