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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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Don’t Miss These CYBER Specials:

  • FAT QUARTER FUN! Save 20% on all African Print FQ assortments, including 10-, 20- and 40-packs, kente 6-packs and black/white 8-packs. Shop Fat Quarters NowFQs
  • Purchase any GIFT CERTIFICATE of $50 or more and get 10% bonus value added to it! For example, order a $100 certificate and we’ll adjust it manually in the amount of $110. They are beautifully packaged with a Fabric Surprise. Please include the names of the Giver and Recipient, along with a preferred color, in the Comments when you order (or just email us these details after you place the order) And yes, Giver and Recipient can be the same person, so go ahead, treat yourself, too Shop Gift Certificates Now
Offers Valid Online, Now thru Monday, December 2 at 11:59pm!

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Many studies point to the seemingly obvious advantages of creative activities for children, and it’s now widely accepted that learning to sew in particular can help children to:

  • develop finger dexterity, fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination
  • build their self-confidence
  • cultivate patience, and an appreciation for the process of creating
  • enhance visual acuity through working with fabrics of various colors and fabrics
  • relieve stress
  • uncover hidden abilities and talents

Requests for children’s sewing sessions at the Cultured Expressions Sewing & Quilting Studio prompted us to include some introductory Young Beginners sessions to the lineup of classes for February thru April.

The Young Beginners classes are project-based, so the students will come away with not only a knowledge of how to use a sewing machine and other sewing basics, but also with a functional item they can show off and enjoy long afterwards.  Students age 8-12 will create an African Print Patchwork Pillow, while the teens will stitch up an African Print Drawstring Backpack.

For details classes, private parties and the Studio’s other unique offerings, download the schedule at CulturedExpressions.com/studio, or call 866-MUDCLOTH (866-683-2568), or visit in person at 1417 Main Street in Rahway.  (HOURS:  Wed 4-8pm; Thu 12-6pm; Fri 12-6pm; Sat 10-6pm)

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One of the many highlights of our recent Wine Lovers’ Quilt Retreat  was our visit to the Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild’s opening reception for “Botanical Expressions”.  The quilts are on display thru September 27 at the Blair Caldwell Library in downtown Denver, CO, and each peace is a true visual treat!  I took lots of pics, these are just a few:

Not only do these ladies show off their amazing fiber art talents, but they’re all so warm and welcoming, complete with gifts for each attendee, games, and of course an inviting spread of snacks and lite fare.  Cultured Expressions is fortunate that their reception has aligned with our retreat dates for the past three years, and we now enjoy a standing invitation to their annual reception.

Congratulations on another beautiful show, ladies!  If you’re in the Denver area, check out their work  ; )  For details on next year’s retreat, August 7-11, 2019, contact us.


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Today I’m thrilled to share the news that I’ll be a part of the mainstage lineup for the 4th Annual Roc-A-Natural, on Saturday, May 13 in NYC!  I’m demonstrating my favorite headwrap and bodywrap ideas, on a variety of live models (I still might have a few openings if you’d like to model, contact me!).  Headwraps aren’t just a fashion choice, they’re a lifestyle choice, and I’ll sow you how you can incorporate your favorite African fabrics into your everyday life. Of course, I’ll be vending too, so come hang out with us for some no-sew fashion inspiration!

For updates, follow @culturedexpressions and @rocanatural.  See you there  ; )

Coming Up May 13: We'll Be Wrappin' at Roc-A-Natural!!

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