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HolidayCouple.jpgHappy Holidays, everyone!!  Yes, again, already!!  Which means it’s time to upload my favorite Holiday Couple graphic, so I hope you find them as amusing as I do ; )

I’m not sure where 2019 went, but I hope yours included a good amount of creative time with your favorite African fabrics ; )  If you fell a bit short of your creative goals, there’s still time to immerse yourself at the CE Studio.


Our December thru February workshop schedule gives you several chances to end 2019 and begin 2020 with an interesting project in hand!  New to the lineup is our Free Spirit Doll.  

Choose your batik or African print, and your natural hairstyle – Bantu knots, locks, braids, Afro – then embellish as you like. The class makes a fun Girls’ Night Out project, or even a Mommy & Me creative session.

You’ll also find studio favorites including the String Quilt, Corded Organizer, Color Block Batik Bag, Waistbeads and more, all offered at various dates and times. See you soon!  Register by phone at 866-MUDCLOTH, in person at the studio, or online at CulturedExpressions (click on Shop Online / Workshops)

And be sure to join us at the studio December 13 & 14, 2019 from 1-4 pm for Holiday Gift Make & Takes — Drop in and make your choice of five fast, fun gifts, priced from $5 to $25 each.  Make one, two, or all of them, including: Brass & Bead Necklace, Wine Glass Charms, Batik Bookmarks, Fabric Coasters, Embellished Pouch Necklace. No pre-registration needed. Light refreshments will be served, too. Bring a friend and make gifts for each other ; )  See you soon!

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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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The quilts for Cultured Expressions upcoming exhibit in Accra are beginning to arrive here at the CE office, and I couldn’t wait to share a few detail shots with you…a total of about 35-40 pieces will be displayed! Some of the artists will be in Ghana with me, others will not, but the representation of fiber artistry will be fabulous… Remember, there is still time to choose your favorite perk as a Thank-You for supporting the exhibit through our Indiegogo campaign, now thru August 26!  And please share the campaign link with friends & family…



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