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Hi Everyone!

I hope this post finds you navigating life as creatively as possible ; ) It’s been a Blessing to continue to serve you through all of your newly-found sewing and quilting time, the mask-making and more. Your curbside pickups, online orders and virtual visits have kept us afloat and we THANK YOU SEW MUCH! We miss our regular tribe of visitors, and have made sew many new friends in the past few months who are curious to explore the studio, too!
SO…we’re re-opening the Studio this Wednesday, July 8! 
Please see important information below… 
We welcome you back starting this Wednesday with a few simple precautions to help ensure everyone’s safety:
  • To help maintain social distancing, we will serve a MAXIMUM of 3 customers inside the studio at one time.  Please CALL THE STUDIO at 866-683-2568 or TEXT Lisa at 908-553-0196 to let us know approximately what time you’d like to come by. This will help us to give you personal service, juggling with virtual visits, etc.
  • A FACE MASK is required by EVERYONE entering the studio.
  • Please use our HAND SANITIZER, available as you enter, so you can safely enjoy the tactile, Fabrigasmic experience of fabric shopping.
  • Naturally, we must all observe social distancing as much as possible.
  • You can now schedule your Virtual Visits ONLINE! If you’re far away, (or even if you’re just around the corner!) visit us virtually! Check out our new online booking page. Appointments are now generally available Wednesdays thru Fridays.
  • ONLINE ORDERS and VIRTUALS: Due to our higher volume of orders AND increasing shipping delays of the USPS, it may be taking a few extra days to receive your orders. Please keep this in mind if you’re working with a specific deadline.
  • An update on CLASSES:  I’ve decided to suspend all of our in-person classes, events and parties thru the summer, and will revisit plans based on the conditions in September.   Sorry for any inconvenience, but I look forward to booking events again when possible, and am now actively preparing online classes and trunk shows, so stay tuned for details!!

This Wednesday we’ll open for extended hours of 12-8pm, and we’ll start back with regular hours for the rest of the week – Thu 12-6; Fri 12-6 and Sat 10-6pm.  Of course, as regulations and situations continue to change, hours may also change, so please feel free to call, check our email newsletter (subscribe here), and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @culturedexpressions for updates.


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1417 MAIN STREET, RAHWAY, NJ 07065   –   www.CulturedExpressions.com

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we look forward to seeing you soon, in person and/or virtually!

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Here in NJ spring is apparently on backorder, as we’re now in the midst of our fourth “Nor’easter” in as many weeks…BUT, there’s an upside, a definite connection between downed trees and creativity.

The trees that fell victim to these storms are giving us the gift of fresh limbs we can use to hang our fiber art, and more!  If you’ve  been to a Cultured Expressions trunk show, you know how much I love the look of tree branches to hang African fabrics, so when this tree came down at my mother-in-law’s house, Glen and I went over so I could get my choice of limbs before the town came to clean up the street.  Dee and I found some nice ones.

I look for sticks with interesting curves, but not TOO curvy, because they should somewhat be able to rest on nails in the wall.  I also look for a nice, even bark (or no bark).  And I leave behind any with obvious signs of disease or insect damage. These are some of the problems with tree branches that have been in the woods indefinitely, so when then come down fresh from the tree in a storm, you generally get a better quality.

Because they’re fresh, it will take several months in the garage before they are completely dried out – the time depends on the thickness of the branch, etc.  They’re now standing up in a corner of the garage. Some will be used for wall hangings, others can just be stored in a big urn, or one of the big Senegal baskets we use for display in the studio.

Did anyone else find some great sticks after the storms??

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Luckily, we’re making our way thru winter fairly well here in Rahway, so my thoughts have already turned to the approaching Spring season, and all of the opportunities we have to Create with African fabrics — Birthdays, Proms, Mother’s Day, Women’s History Month, and of course, the still-growing influence of all things “Wakanda Style”!  I’m looking forward to our second season here at the studio, and with that, we release the Spring workshop schedule ; )

In addition to our old favorites, we’ve added three new workshops…

Plus, you can enjoy three new “Drop-In Demos” (spontaneous opportunities to learn and create, each about 15 minutes long and with no pre-registration required!)

You can even arrange our existing workshops to fit YOUR schedule, with a minimum of just 3 people, so grab a couple of friends and get in touch with us  ; )  This is a great option if you’re coming from out of town. Consider making a weekend of it – the brand-new Watt Hotel is one block away, and downtown Rahway has plenty of restaurants and fun stuff happening.  It’s like a custom-designed creative retreat!

It’s almost Spring – leave the house, take a workshop.  As you can see, we’re flexible– as long as you want to create, we’ll work with you to make it happen  ; )  Looking forward to your visit!

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If you’ve been feeling like it’s time for a new sewing machine, we’ve got three great options to fit your needs, your wants and your budget.  You can test drive sewing machines at the CE Studio in Rahway…  You’ll receive a $25, $50 or $100 gift certificate with any sewing machine purchase (for a limited time), so you can stock up on some juicy African fabrics to christen your new baby! Plus, after you purchase your machine, we’ll schedule a private 45-minute class to get you up and running on it right away!

First, let’s review the three types of sewing machine to help narrow down your choices…

Mechanical sewing machines will cover “the basics” for just about any sewing situation.  Knobs and dials are used to change the settings.  Mechanical sewing machines are the most affordable, with the higher end mechanicals offering more utility and decorative stitches.  A quality mechanical is a great choice for the beginner and a nice second machine for more experienced sewers to use at home and take to classes, retreats and on vacations…  Because they’re not computer-controlled, they are not subject to any issues during sudden power outages.  We recommend:  Janome Magnolia 7318 — includes a $25 studio gift certificate, valid for 30 days after purchase!

Computerized sewing machines are the most expensive type. These machines not only do a variety of utility and decorative stitches, but have the capability of creating embroidery designs.  Many have built-in embroidery stitches and alphabets, while some accept embroidery design cards, and still others can be connected directly to your computer.  Programmed stitches can also be stored in memory for future use. The computer circuitry involved with these machines allows for a more precise stitch pattern than the mechanicals.  You’ll want to protect your investment by plugging it into a good quality power strip with surge protection (such as you would use with your home computer).  We recommend:  Janome Skyline S5 — includes a $100 studio gift certificate, valid for 30 days after purchase!

Electronic sewing machines are basically a hybrid between mechanical and computerized models, creating a workable balance of bells-and-whistles with affordable pricing. Compared to the mechanicals, these machines generally give you a greater selection of utility and decorative stitches, several types of buttonholes, and conveniences like thread cutters and push-button controls.  Electronic machines will typically have an LCD screen that allows you to make adjustment to your stitches – giving more precision in your sewing. Because of the LCD display, they’re sometimes mistaken for computerized machines, but they don’t have the same embroidery capabilities.  We recommend:  Elna 560 Experience — includes a $50 studio gift certificate, valid for 30 days after purchase!

In general, more expensive machines also come with additional feet and other parts included. Come in and test drive one during our regular studio hours:  Wed 4-8pm, Thurs and Fri 12-6pm, Sat 10-6pm.  Or call us to arrange an appointment.  Location:  1417 Main Street, Rahway, NJ #1417mainstreet

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OK, there’s a little snow on the ground, but the streets are clear and the holidays are over!  Which means it’s time to settle into creative indoor activities, surrounded by African fabrics!  Check out our Winter 2018 Workshop Schedulewith classes where you can make quilts, pillows, handbags, accessories, gift items, a cool bogolan poncho and more!

It all takes place at the CE Studio, 1417 Main Street, Rahway, NJ

And if you are a true beginner with NO sewing experience at all, start with Sewing Machine 101, a 2-hour primer on using the machine – you even make a mini African print tote! It’s just $35 and supplies are included. Bring a friend, or two…

I’ve realized over the years that some of my quilter friends don’t consider themselves “sewers” and many of you suffer from Zippaphobia, an unnatural fear of Zipper Installation!  We have two ways to cure that:  consider the Color Block Batik Handbag (shown), or African Mosaic Zippered Pouch.  Make 2018 the year you conquer the fear…  Seriously.

Register online, by phone at 866-MUDCLOTH, or in person at the Studio.

See a class you like, but the time won’t work?  We can schedule it at our mutual convenience with just 3 students, so grab your funnest friends and we’ll figure it out!

We’re also considering workshops by other instructors and fiber artists for the Spring schedule and beyond.  If you are interested in teaching a workshop, please contact Lisa via email, including a few images of your class idea.





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