Posts Tagged ‘“jacquard batik”’

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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Luckily, we’re making our way thru winter fairly well here in Rahway, so my thoughts have already turned to the approaching Spring season, and all of the opportunities we have to Create with African fabrics — Birthdays, Proms, Mother’s Day, Women’s History Month, and of course, the still-growing influence of all things “Wakanda Style”!  I’m looking forward to our second season here at the studio, and with that, we release the Spring workshop schedule ; )

In addition to our old favorites, we’ve added three new workshops…

Plus, you can enjoy three new “Drop-In Demos” (spontaneous opportunities to learn and create, each about 15 minutes long and with no pre-registration required!)

You can even arrange our existing workshops to fit YOUR schedule, with a minimum of just 3 people, so grab a couple of friends and get in touch with us  ; )  This is a great option if you’re coming from out of town. Consider making a weekend of it – the brand-new Watt Hotel is one block away, and downtown Rahway has plenty of restaurants and fun stuff happening.  It’s like a custom-designed creative retreat!

It’s almost Spring – leave the house, take a workshop.  As you can see, we’re flexible– as long as you want to create, we’ll work with you to make it happen  ; )  Looking forward to your visit!

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Ready to plan your next creative escape?  Or, maybe your first one? Cultured Expressions is here to help  ; ) with a quick sneak peek for our 2018 SewJourn adventures!  Brochures are coming soon, but you’ll want to mark your calendars and plan to join us in Colorado and Santa Fe/Albuquerque!

We’re planning a fun new twist for our Colorado Mountain Retreat…this year, it’s morphed into The Wine Lovers’ Quilt Retreat.  Think of of as a 4-night sip-n-sew pajama party…’Nuff said!  Learn to pair wines not only with foods, but with your creative projects!  Enjoy time to work on your own projects, along with my mini workshop, a field trip into Denver. It all takes place in the mountains August 8-12, 2018 and the retreat house is located about 1 hour outside of Denver.  Details are being firmed up now.

Save the Dates: SewJourns 2018!

Likewise, we’re switching up our SewJourn to Santa Fe just a bit —  Master indigo artist Gasali Adeyemo returns as our featured instructor — this time, he’s sharing his expertise in traditional batik!  If you’ve taken his adire workshops, this 2-day batik intensive will round out your experience in Yoruba textile arts.  And we’ll soak up the knowledge of other area artisans as well, bringing home unique self-crafted souvenirs…  October 3-9, 2018

Once details are confirmed, we’ll publish the brochures.  If you’re interested, pelase don’t delay – our SewJourns seem to fill up faster each year, and space is limited to ensure a personal experience for everyone.   African fabrics, culture, food and drink with like-minded friends…Do not miss out!!

(Batik photo: Gasali Adeyemo)

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I just listed this on eBay…The Purple One’s symbol batiked on a lime green jacquard weave cotton. I scored it on my last buying trip while shopping with one of my main batik ladies. It’s 3/4 of a yard of fabrigasmic fun.   I figure those of you involved in the Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabric Prince quilt challenge will be particularly interested!

And for those of you who don’t sew or quilt (first of all, shame on you!!), this piece is the perfect size to wear as a scarf, just as it is – don’t even hem it, tis’ fabulous!!!

Most of the proceeds from the auction will benefit a hospital in Ghana, through an organization run by one of our key associates in Accra. Please share! The bidding is fierce, lol, so join in the fun for a worthy cause.

PLACE YOUR BID NOW – scroll on our Facebook page and click on the fabric photo.  Auction ends Thursday, January 4!


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I hope this post finds everyone safe and ready to enjoy the holiday season, to whatever degree you prefer.  As usual, I’ll be taking the laid-back approach, doing as little as I can get away with, but with all of the fun – and work – of the studio launch, there isn’t much leisure time at all for me this December! #nocomplaints  ; )

We’re at 1417 Main Street, Rahway, NJ, in the Arts District.  If you’re in the area, come out to the studio this Saturday, Dec 23.  We’ll be open our usual Saturday hours form 10am – 6pm, and from 3-6pm, join us for some birthday cake and champagne as we also celebrate the release of the winter workshop schedule, and studio progress in general.

The studio is easy to reach from NYC by NJ Transit, and just a one block walk when you get off of the train!  Or, if you’re driving, you’ll love the very affordable covered parking deck, just across the street from us.

Can’t get here?  Check out our online specials, now thru December 31  ; )

We’re ready for 2018!!  Are you???

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#AfricanFabricMonth - Let the Giveaways Begin ; )It’s time for our first African Fabric Month giveaway for 2017, inspired by my “Jamaica Blue Mountain” fabric postcard! It started with a piece if extra firm heavyweight fusible craft interfacing, cut about 4″ x 6″. I fused the background fabric to it and layered the appliques to make the design. Note that the rust/orange sky section and the brown/green earth section are a single jacquard batik fabric!  Jacquard batiks make the BEST landscape quilts.  After it’s all arranged and stitched, I cut a piece of backing fabric about 1/4″ larger all around than the postcard, pressed the edges up and over to the front of the postcard, and stitched the raw edges into place as the binding… I love raw edge applique  ; )  and fabric postcards are a nice alternative to regular greeting cards (have you seen the price of greeting cards lately??!!)  If you want to write a message, fuse plain muslin to the center on the back and write with a permanent fineline fabric pen.

The second postcard shown here is one I did several years ago – it turned out to be kind of a landscape/ seascape look, complete with dimensional flowers.  The size is about 4″ x 6″, perfect for playing around with a new technique in a quick project you’ll actually finish.

What are you working on this African Fabric Month?  Comment below now thru this Wednesday for a chance to win a versatile scrap bundle and postcard interfacing for experimentation!  And whether you win or not, please continue to use the #AfricanFabricMonth and #SewAfrican on your African fabric posts all month long.  It’s our second year, let’s GROW this thing!!! Thank you and Good Luck to All!!

#AfricanFabricMonth - Let the Giveaways Begin ; )

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Check out these pics from our most recent Color Block Bag workshop! It’s one of my favorite classes to teach because just about everyone finishes and carries her handbag home with her, sometimes in use!  Seeing each bag take shape – literally – never gets old for me.  I also love how everyone in class comes up with ideas for their “next” bag, because you really can’t make just one – variations in pockets, closures, size and shape, color combinations, handles and an endless list of other options lets you make this bag your own, over and over again!  And to help them along with these fun options, a copy of my third book, African Accents ON THE GO! is included with the workshop as a take-home textbook.  Just a few reasons why this handbag remains a workshop favorite!

This Handbag Remains a Workshop Favorite!

This Handbag Remains a Workshop Favorite!

This is one of mine.  It started out as a bag, but never quite got finished so I inverted it  and it morphed into a perfectly sized cover for my Janome travel sewing machine.

Ready to make your own?  We have the printed Color Block Bag pattern or downloadable PDF pattern, and the Jacquard Batik squares available online.  Or better yet, arrange a workshop for your guild, or just an informal group of friends.

Contact Lisa for details… then carry a bit of Africa wherever you go  ; )

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UFO Repurpose: Tote Bag to Sewing Machine CoverMost of my sewing lately has been strictly based on a particular need, (like last month’s sunglass case) coupled with the sad reality of having only minutes to sew rather than hours at a stretch.  For my next trick, I offer you a UFO Repurpose: Tote Bag to Sewing Machine Cover

While cleaning up my office, I was repeatedly stepping over my new travel sewing machine and the plain white vinyl cover that came with it. I never thought of myself as the “I-think-I’ll-make-a-sewing-machine-cover” type, but I felt both the machine and I deserved more than plain white vinyl. But with no time to luxuriate in design, measuring, etc, I remembered two jacquard batik quilt blocks there were originally destined to homepg-handbagsbecome another Color Block Batik Bag sample for shows, etc.  These would have been the front and back of the bag, and they had fusible batting applied.  Luckily I knew just where they were stashed, saving even more time…

I stitched the sides of the two sections together, creating a perfect fit around the machine, then turned up about 1/2″ along the bottom, using a wide double-zigzag to hem it.  I didn’t bother with lining since the raw fusible batting provided a nicely cushioned, dust-defying finish against the machine (and lining takes more time!).  Then I stitched the top seam, leaving an opening for the machine handle to come through and finishing the edges of that opening with a wide zigzag stitch. It all took about 20 minutes, or about 3 segments of a “Soul Food” episode, with commercials.

The result? My machine is better protected from dust and knocks, with a cover that’s “quick and dirty”, yet colorful and culturally relevant  ; )  I’ll still be stepping over it as I clean up the office, but now I’ll admire it when I do.  Canustandit??  Now it’s your turn: What half-made projects have you redirected to solve an immediate problem, and how long did it take??  I hope you’ve been inspired to rethink some of your own UFOs…

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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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Thanks to the African American Quilters of Baltimore (AAQB) and to A Touch of Gracye Boutique for a fun weekend! After my informal show-n-tell of recent projects, the group enjoyed a spirited session of Retail Therapy, enjoying an array of Cultured Expressions African fabrics and more.  Luckily, my” asSIStant-in-law” Tiffany was there to help me with the rush  ; )  My playdate in Baltimore was a big success, and we’re looking forward to returning to teach a workshop before long…

My Playdate in Baltimore

Next stop was Gracye’s for our sold-out African Vintage Coin Purse workshop…didn’t they do beautiful work??  And some were sewing beginners…

My Playdate in Baltimore

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