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The highlight of Cultured Expressions’ SewJourn Santa Fe is our two-day workshop with master fiber artist Gasali Adeyemo.  We immersed ourselves in glorious indigo, learning his batik and tie-dye techniques, along with the cultural significance of indigo in Yoruba culture.

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I always provide the SewJourners with white brocade fabric and rubber gloves to use during the workshop, but I always look forward to the opportunity to dunk my hands into the freshly prepared indigo.  This year, I was accompanied by several of the participants. Who needs gloves when you can experience the undeniable spirit that exists in the dye.

Later that day, we took it to the NextLevel by applying clear nail polish to preserve the indigo dye on our nails only, as the rest of it washed away or wore off…

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We loved he results!  I generally don’t bother with nail polish on my fingers, but this here is different.  i guess it’ll be my once-a-year Indigo manicure.  I wonder how long it will last with a few touchups of clear…

Join me in Santa Fe next year for authentic indigo batik… and manicures ; )  Thanks, brother Gasali!!

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Hey everyone!  Check out all of the Fabrigasmic African fabric and beads featured in our just-published  Nov/Dec/Jan workshop schedule!  Your favorite classes are joined by three new ones:  we’ve added String Quilts, Bordered Batik Panels, and Waistbeads, all inspired by our recent buying trip to Ghana!

Have you been to the Cultured Expressions studio yet?  Be sure to visit as we celebrate our 1st Anniversary, which is officially December 1 but will last all season long ; ).  If you’re traveling some distance, we can help you put together a complete overnight trip, including hotel choices, restaurants, and even a newly-opened yoga studio! And we’re just a 50-minute train ride to or from NYC.

We’re also booking private parties, sip-n-sews and events for the holiday season and beyond.  Details are on page 3 of the schedule – email us for details and dates!   Let us know if you have any questions — We look forward to seeing you…

DOWNLOAD the schedule here

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I’ve been running a lot lately, and except for just ONE more travel-induced studio closing from Nov 1-3 (a private quilting event in CT), I’ll be in the Cultured Expressions studio every Wed thru Saturday as scheduled!!

 

         

My latest trip to Ghana resulted in all kinds of African fabrics and other goodies, so be sure to come by the studio in Rahway, or schedule a fun and easy Virtual Visit – we set up a time for me to call you on a video phone call, and I take you thru the studio so you can see everything and make your selections.  When you’re ready to schedule yours, download the DUO video call app  on your phone — see logo at right –(it works on iPhone AND Android), and contact me to arrange a day & time.

Also, now thru Sunday, you can save 10% on our 10″ Square African Print bundles, Black/White Strip Bundles, and 40-pack of African print FQs!!  No coupon needed, the discount will show in your cart.  ; )

PLUS, FREE SHIPPING on $75 or more…

See you soon – I’ll be unpacking for a while! —-   lisa

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Hey Everyone!

As I promised last week while packing for Santa Fe, this week Cultured Expressions has some interesting specials, so you can stock up and stay busy while I prepare to leave town again (somebody has to do this backbreaking work…)

Cutting to the chase, enjoy these savings now thru Saturday, Sept 29 (in-studio), or Sunday, Sept 30 (online and Virtual visits).

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And please remember that we’ll be CLOSED Oct 14 thru 13, 2018.

The studio reopens with regular hours on Wed, Oct. 17 from 4-8pm, with our Winter workshop schedule.  We’re continuing with your favorite classes, and adding some exciting new ones, too!  Any requests??

 

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We’ve just returned from one of CE’s best SewJourns ever!! Thanks to our participants and partners for another creative and relaxing experience in the Colorado mountains, just outside of Denver. It was our first Wine Lovers’ Quilt Retreat, and definitely not our last!    Check out these pix…

As you can see, African fabrics were the choice for the weekend. I was pleasantly surprised at how much we each accomplished creatively, wondering how the wine theme might affect productivity.  And apparently, it gave us a boost.  We stayed up latest the evening of our wine tasting, beautifully led by local wine experts Karen and Davis.

Add in perfect weather, comfortable accommodations, a fully stocked kitchen,  our field trip into Denver proper for a visit with Valerie C. White, and the Wa Shonaji quilt guild’s opening reception (blog post to follow) plus a few other surprises, and you can just imagine the fun we had…

Overall, I got very little sleep, running on adrenaline, and it was fabulous, lol!

; )   More pix to follow… And if you’d like to join me next year, mark your calendars now for August 7-11, 2019!! Don’t miss it!!

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Thank you sew much to the members of the New Mexico Quilters Assn (NMQA) for hosting me to lecture and teach this past week!  On Monday I presented my “Global Textile Influences for Quilters” trunk show (ably assisted by Judi and Nancy) followed by Tuesday’s African Mosaic workshop:

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Debbie and Sandi went for extra credit, creating African Mosaic borders for centerpiece handpainted mask and mola designs, respectively (below).  We all had a great time, and I look forward to seeing photos of the completed works ; )

To arrange a Cultured Expressions trunk show and/or workshop for your group, contact me.

 

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Who’s ready to create some fun new pieces to wear, carry, or enjoy at home?   Our Spring/Summer schedule is here, and I think you’ll find something(s) of interest to spark your creativity ; )  If you’re in the vicinity of our Studio in Rahway, NJ, or your summer travels bring you close by, join us for a creativity break!

And if you see a class you like but your schedule doesn’t quite match ours, let me know – we’re flexible and will try to accommodate you on another date – even better, our custom dates are easier to arrange if you have a group of three or more.

Each project is completed in one session, from 2 hours to 5.5 hours, so if you’re traveling, consider booking two workshops to make the most of your time here.  Not only do we have a discount arranged with a beautiful new hotel one block away, there are also great restaurants and more within a couple of blocks, too!  So, review all of this season’s offerings, and contact us to register or get more information!

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