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I’ve been putting in the hours at the new studio, and can’t wait to have you all come visit! Be sure to see the scheduled events for the Preview Weekends in October and November online. I know the end of October seems like an eternity, but rest assured that if you’re experiencing a Fabric Emergency, you can also visit between now and the Dec 1-3 Grand Opening by appointment, and we’ll do our best to administer the proper Retail Therapy to get you through!  (Note that I’m hosting the Santa Fe SewJourn Oct 18-24).  Keep reading for more on our Studio Progress…Name Our Mannequin, Win Some Fabric!

Thanks to the CE Pit Crew for helping me to pull things together for the #RahwayCultureCrawl last Saturday:  Camille, Dolores, Jacki, Kim, Roz, Bern, and Glen  —  You all did a great job decorating and promoting the space to passersby!

Studio Progress...Name Our Mannequin, Win Some Fabric! culturedexpressions.com

Studio Progress...Name Our Mannequin, Win Some Fabric! culturedexpressions.com

The shop is located at 1417 Main Street in the Rahway Arts District, just only one short block from the Rahway train station (on NJ Transit, take the NJCL or NEC lines to Rahway).  I look forward to seeing you soon!

Meanwhile, remember that our African Fabric Month offer for FREE SHIPPING on $60 or more ends tomorrow!  And with one day left, there’s  still time for one last giveaway.  So…our lovely window model (aka the dressform) needs a name… comment below with one or more suggestions, and if we select yours, you’ll win a 6-piece FQ pack of our latest ankara print finds –  and they are GOOD!!!  Comments posted by next Tuesday 3 October are eligible for the drawing…thanks!



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#AfricanFabricMonth Giveaway Updates...Hi Everyone! I had a crazy week, sorry for the delayed #AfricanFabricMonth Giveaway Updates…  First of all, going back to last week’s fabric postcard giveaway, our winner is Daisy from Cottage Grove, OR!

She’s getting a scrap bundle of jacquard batiks and some fabric postcard interfacing for creative experimentation…

Congratulations, Daisy…now get busy!  🤗

Already we’re halfway thru our second official  #AfricanFabricMonth — what’s everyone working on now?  Any handbags, totes, Vintage Coin Purses or other Fabrigasmic accessories to show off?

#AfricanFabricMonth Giveaway Updates...Comment below, or post your pics on Instagram or the Cultured Expressions page on Facebook to enter our random drawing for a free copy of ON THE GORemember to include  #AfricanFabricMonth in your posts so we can find your entries!!  And yes, enter as many times as you like. Even works- in-progress are eligible.  Post by this Thursday 21 Sept for your chance to win!

Good Luck  ; )

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So of course, as I was basking in the glow of our easy-breezy summer SewJourn Colorado Mountain Retreat, I forgot to publish the winner of this mini ABC Bundle giveaway! Thanks for all of your great comments, they were fun to read.  And now, without further delay, the winner of the ABC Mini Bundle is…

Vanessa Peters of Houston, TX!

Congratulations to Vanessa…If you weren’t as lucky as Vanessa this time around, you can visit the CE Shop online for your own ABC fabric bundle.

BTW, the blocks from my garage session are coming along.  I was able to add the first black sashings to each block.  I ended up using real adinkra cloth rather than the silk douppioni…

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After seeing and hearing about everyone else’s exciting projects during three CE events this summer  — namely the African American Quilt Conference in Lawrence, KS, then Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA, and our joint Customer Appreciation Day event with Yara African Fabrics in the Bronx, NY — I decided to stop everything and get back to my own machine.

I set myself up in the garage last Sunday, one of those perfect-weather days, and stitched up some not-so-random blocks using CE’s ABC Strip Bundles… sipped water and wine between blocks, it was fabulous!  The open garage gave me the perfect combination of indoors and outdoors. I need to do that more often… like maybe this Sunday!  Then I’ll be packing up the Janome Jem Gold for our SewJourn Colorado Mountain Retreat, starting this Wednesday  ; )

This is what I have so far – imagine 12 more blocks, with black silk douppioni sashing…hopefully I can move it forward during our retreat.

Enter the Garage Sip & Sew Giveaway!

So what are you sipping and sewing this summer, and where are you doing it? Comment below for the chance to win a mini-strip bundle! All comments posted by Wednesday at 12 noon will be eligible to win…Good Luck!


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handbag challenge prize sewing contest Fabrigasm African fabric

We’ve picked our two winners for the Cultured Expressions 2016 Handbag Challenge, so without further delay, we congratulate Alexis Delbridge and Pamela Spears-Bradford!!  All of the entries were so noteworthy that we put together a special Handbag Challenge edition of Fabrigasm, and it’s a FREE download!  You’ll find the two top honors on Page 3.  Check it out, and let us know what you think.  This is the prize pack we’ll be sending to Alexis and Pamela >>>

And everyone else who entered receives a $10 CE gift certificate!  Thank you all and keep up the excellent work  ; )  —————– lisa s

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Today brings our first #AfricanFabricMonth to a close!  Thanks to all who participated.  Of course, every month is AFM for most of us, but still it was fun to designate a special month!  And we look forward to growing it bigger in 2017 and beyond.  Until then, we wind up this inaugural month with another opportunity to show off, and to help keep the creative energy flowing right into October — I wanted to remind you to enter CE’s Fun and Easy Handbag Challenge!


Bag by Akonnoba Designs

Simply email a photo and 1-2 sentence description, including the maker’s name between now and October 10.  We’ll show them all off on this blog at the close of the Challenge, then choose one lucky winner to receive a selection of handbag-making supplies & goodies, including a copy of my third book, African Accents On The Go!  No entry forms, no fees…no excuses not to enter  ; )  Email your entry to info@CulturedExpressions.com

You don’t necessarily have to make something new for the Challenge now, but if you’re looking for inspiration, check out DIY Handbag Highlights.

We’re lovin’ the entries we’ve received so far, and there is still plenty of time to send yours.  It can be an oversized weekender bag, a wallet, crossover, satchel, zippered pouch, Vintage coin purse, or any size in between.  Mix your favorite African fabrics with accents of upholstery, leather or anything else.

Enter CE's Fun and Easy Handbag Challenge!              Enter CE's Fun and Easy Handbag Challenge!

Enter CE's Fun and Easy Handbag Challenge!

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#AfricanFabricMonth - Hashtag Fridays #2 is TOMORROW! WoodMaskPiece2

REMINDER:  In honor of #AfricanFabricMonth, post your African fabric home dec pics TOMORROW on Instagram to win!  It’s Week #2 of Cultured Expressions‘  joint giveaway with Harlem Needle Arts… Check out the DETAILS here, and start tagging tomorrow at 10am — Good Luck to All!

Shown: My mini wall hanging featuring kuba raffia cloth, upholstery fabric, assorted batiks, twigs and wood mask from Ghana.  Schedule a Wood Mask Wall hanging workshop for your group!

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#AfricanFabricMonth…Win Fabric on Fridays in September!  Take the #AfricanFabricMonth Challenge, co-sponsored by Cultured Expressions and Harlem Needle Arts…

#AfricanFabricMonth - dashiki decorFor four Fridays during the month (September 9,16, 23 and 30), we challenge all African Fabric Lovers to post Instagram photos of your favorite African fabric projects between 10:00am and 12 Noon EST, and be sure to include #AfricanFabricMonth!  All pictures posted with the hashtag will be entered into random drawings for Fabrigasmic fabric prizes provided weekly by Harlem Needle Arts and Cultured Expressions!

Share images of how you use African Fabric in your home décor.  Show off throw pillows, quilts, wall hangings, upholstery, draperies, shower curtains, table settings, etc. in textiles like Ankara prints, Bogolan/Mudcloth, Batiks, Brocade, Adire (tie and dye), Aso-oke, Adinkra cloth, Kuba, and Kente.  Take pics of your existing decor, or create something new just for the Challenge.(Shown above is a daskihi-print-as-tablecloth, and for a little extra credit, a kuba cloth on the upper-right wall. Below, Glen’s  piano bench, which I quickly reupholstered in classic black/cream bogolan.)

Of course, you can hashtag your creations throughout September – then just re-post your favorites during the hours of the Challenge.   And be sure to follow @iamharlemneedlearts and #AfricanFabricMonth - PianoBenchREDO@culturedexpressions on Instagram for great AFM inspiration all month long,and beyond!

Thanks to the illustrious Michelle Bishop of Harlem Needle Arts for co-sponsoring!  You might remember our interview with her in the 2nd issue of Fabrigasm magazine (Winter 2012)

Note: The Challenge is open to US residents only.  Participants may enter any or all of the four drawings, however, each participant can only win once….Good Luck to all  ; )

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Fabrigasm #5 - Printing Now ; )Just got the proof copy of Fabrigasm #5 – printing now ; ) Which means it will be here real soon!  Which means now is a great time for you to pre-order your copy!

I took it as a positive omen that I received the proof copy while were were enjoying our trunk show with the illustrious Valerie White, as part of our SewJourn to Colorado (still in progress!)  If you missed this SewJourn, be sure to join us next year – more on that later  ; )…

As long as this issue took, it’s honestly my favorite issue ever, and I hope you’ll enjoy it, too…inside, we’re launching African Fabric Month, sharing great free projects (including one from Sonji Hunt!), chatting with William Daniels, and much more.

Fabrigasm #5 - Printing Now ; )Blog Giveaway:  If you’re  a regular Fabrigasm reader, comment below for a chance to win one of two Fabrigasmic bundles, including a copy of Issue #5 plus a  fabric prize!  Just tell us your favorite article so far.  Haven’t read them all?  You can order digital back copies of the first four issues, too!



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LisaBatiksThank you to all who took a moment to respond to the Cultured Expressions survey, and the Winners are…all of us!!  I’m already putting some things into action based on your input, and I appreciate you all, as always  ; )  Medaase paa.  And now, Congratulations to the three lucky recipients of $20 gift certificates:

  • Marcia Mitchell of Glen Allen, VA
  • Kitty Dade of Columbia, SC
  • Karen Terry of Auburn Hills, MI

Whether your name is listed above or not, you’ll want to know that we’re planning a special One-Day Online Sale on Saturday, December 5, especially for those of you who can’t attend the Holiday Open House at the CE Studio in Rahway on that day.  DETAIL on BOTH EVENTS.  Hope to see you in person, or online!    —-   lisa



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