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It’s been a long time, but I’m pleased to report that Fabrigasm, the Magazine for Lovers of African Textiles, is back with issue #7, ending a 3-year hiatus mostly due to the opening of the Cultured Expressions Sewing Studio in Rahway.

This issue includes an interview with Denver-based fiber artist Valerie C. White, three projects, some exclusive CE recipes, tips for headboard decor and handwoven fabric how-to’s, features on sewcial distancing, and much more. My fellow goat lovers will also be happy to see the return of the Goat Gallery ; ). The issue ships beginning December 15 and can be ordered online.

Fabrigasm Magazine, Issue #7, published by Cultured Expressions, Inc

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CulturedExpressions.com Pre-Order Fabrigasm Issue #6 Happiness is…a new issue of Fabrigasm magazine.  Well, for me, anyway, and I hope you’ll feel that way, too, when you see it.  Issue #6 (Spring 2017) has to be my favorite yet!  it’s at the printer now and on its way to CE headquarters.  So we plan to start shipping on April 24, after returning from our Baltimore event on April 22. orders will be fillled in the order they’re received, so be the first one in your creative circle to check it out!

As always, online orders for the magazine always include a little fabrigasmic “treat” so you’ll have something to pet as you read the issue.  We’ve increased the print run this time, but remember, once they’re sold out, only the digital edition will be available.

Pre-Order FABRIGASM #6 today!

Did you miss the first five issues?  You can get caught up now with DIGITAL issues

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Cord Control, African Mosaic Style, #AfricanFabricMonthAfter too long a time fumbling through cords at the bottom of any handbag, I decided it was time for some cord control, African mosaic style. I stitched up an African Mosaic zippered pouch to keep them all together, and out of the way of everything else!  Earphones, assorted charger cords and devices, thumb drives, spare phone batteries, etc. charger cords– the list of everyday essentials continues to grow…  Now, they’re all in one confined space that minimizes the tangling, and makes changing tote bags that much easier.

The project requires (1) 50-pack of 2″ African print squares (from which you’ll choose your favorite 36 prints), an 18″ square of fusible layout grid, black lining fabric, fusible craft interfacing and a zipper.  And optional beads for the zipper pull  ; )  Make the pieced block and create the pouch…for instructions, order Fabrigasm issue #4 (Winter 2015, Page 9).

Of course, your squares can be monochromatic instead of mixed.  Here’s one in just my brick reds and browns…and it uses 49 squares (7 across and 7 down).  Tailor yours to whatever size you need.  You’ll find a zillion uses for these — try one, or a few, during AfricanFabricMonth!

AMQKZipperedPouch Cord Control #AfricanFabricMonth

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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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Just wanted to show off a few pix from our SewJourn to Santa Fe, the IFAM edition.  Not only am I enjoying the company of seven lovely women, and Glen, and our tour guide, Tom, but the weather is flawless, and the art & culture are not to be believed! It’s five days of Food, Fun & Folk Art, Santa Fe style and I may have to repeat this SewJourn next year.  We’ve been “Feeling the Fabrics and Embracing the Cultures” all day long, and we’re going back for more tomorrow.

I’ll prepare a full report of some of my favorite vendors from the 12th Annual International Folk Art Market for the next issue of Fabrigasm, so stay tuned…I love my job  ; )

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Kuba&Batik-DenverBlack-on-black kuba cloth  – Canustandit?  I saw it for the first time in Denver this weekend, and had to have it.   It’s really more of a dusty tobacco color, with the background slightly more faded than the raised, tufted raffia fibers that make the design.   But “Black Kuba” sounds so much more dramatic.  Oh, my…

I then chose a smaller, more familiar embroidered kuba in neutral tones, and a sapphire & charcoal jacquard tie-dye cloth with an ikat feel.  They are stunning.  I could tell you that I only bought those two to keep the Black Kuba company on the trip home, but really, you should know better.  Where did I find them?  Watch for details in the next issue of Fabrigasm, late summer 2014!

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Fabrigasm3DeliveryYAAAYY!!!!  The good news – We just got our delivery from the printer, and Fabrigasm Issue #3 is now a real, real reality. UPS just made it before The Storm!

The bad news —  The snow is just starting, so I probably won’t get to the post office to ship the advance orders until Saturday! (I guess it would take me that long to process these anyway… ) Thanks to everyone who took advantage of our Dec 31 FREE SHIPPING deadline.  If you missed it, you can order your copy online now from Cultured Expressions.

It’s an oversized 36-page issue, with images from the SewJourn exhibit in Ghana! Also, read about our next SewJourn – we’re headed to Santa Fe, NM this fall!  Plus… exhibit reception pix, tips for planning your sewing year, Stuff We Like, two free projects, upcoming events, retail therapy, the Goat Gallery of course, thought-provoking discussion questions, and other inspiring things.

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