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Hey everyone!  Check out all of the Fabrigasmic African fabric and beads featured in our just-published  Nov/Dec/Jan workshop schedule!  Your favorite classes are joined by three new ones:  we’ve added String Quilts, Bordered Batik Panels, and Waistbeads, all inspired by our recent buying trip to Ghana!

Have you been to the Cultured Expressions studio yet?  Be sure to visit as we celebrate our 1st Anniversary, which is officially December 1 but will last all season long ; ).  If you’re traveling some distance, we can help you put together a complete overnight trip, including hotel choices, restaurants, and even a newly-opened yoga studio! And we’re just a 50-minute train ride to or from NYC.

We’re also booking private parties, sip-n-sews and events for the holiday season and beyond.  Details are on page 3 of the schedule – email us for details and dates!   Let us know if you have any questions — We look forward to seeing you…

DOWNLOAD the schedule here

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Hey Everyone!

As I promised last week while packing for Santa Fe, this week Cultured Expressions has some interesting specials, so you can stock up and stay busy while I prepare to leave town again (somebody has to do this backbreaking work…)

Cutting to the chase, enjoy these savings now thru Saturday, Sept 29 (in-studio), or Sunday, Sept 30 (online and Virtual visits).

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And please remember that we’ll be CLOSED Oct 14 thru 13, 2018.

The studio reopens with regular hours on Wed, Oct. 17 from 4-8pm, with our Winter workshop schedule.  We’re continuing with your favorite classes, and adding some exciting new ones, too!  Any requests??

 

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Bogolan, or mudcloth as most people know it, has always been a favorite of mine.  (I chose 866-MUDCLOTH as my vanity toll- free number for the business over 15 years ago — that pretty much says it all…)

Anyway, when I’m asked “Can you wash mudcloth?”  my reply is, “It depends…”   Since bogolan is hand crafted, the specific recipe used by each bogolan artists could give you varying results.  Will your finished project be worn or used (like a bag, garment or pillow cover) or safely out of harm’s way as a wall hanging?  Can you find a local dry cleaner willing to work with hand-dyed fabrics?  Are you willing to risk some fading of color?

If you’re making something you want to be able to wash (by hand or machine), I suggest you remove one strip and cut it into a few pieces to test various laundering methods.  Since bogolan is made of separate strips stitched together, you can easily remove one strip with no raveling of the fabric.  If you like the results, you can then pre-treat the rest of the cloth accordingly.

Last night I tested a piece of this bogolan, it’s a striking brassy-olive color.  Everyone who sees this color comments favorably on it! On the left is the test piece, which I threw into the washing machine with other stuff, then right into the clothes dryer, again with other stuff.   On the right is the original piece.  This is probably the best result I’ve ever had (“best” meaning minimal color loss AND minimal shrinkage), which to me made it fully shareworthy  ; )  The hand is also a little softer then the non-washed piece.  I haven’t even ironed it yet and it’s looking fabulous…Of course, others have not fared so well, but if you’re creative and open-minded, you might even like the newly altered cloth  as much as, or more than, the original.

And yes, I do still have a 2-yard piece of this fabrigasmic color available in the studio – unwashed ; )  $60.00.  First come, first served, as they say.  Order it now and receive it in time for #AfricanFabricMonth  ; )

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We’ve just returned from one of CE’s best SewJourns ever!! Thanks to our participants and partners for another creative and relaxing experience in the Colorado mountains, just outside of Denver. It was our first Wine Lovers’ Quilt Retreat, and definitely not our last!    Check out these pix…

As you can see, African fabrics were the choice for the weekend. I was pleasantly surprised at how much we each accomplished creatively, wondering how the wine theme might affect productivity.  And apparently, it gave us a boost.  We stayed up latest the evening of our wine tasting, beautifully led by local wine experts Karen and Davis.

Add in perfect weather, comfortable accommodations, a fully stocked kitchen,  our field trip into Denver proper for a visit with Valerie C. White, and the Wa Shonaji quilt guild’s opening reception (blog post to follow) plus a few other surprises, and you can just imagine the fun we had…

Overall, I got very little sleep, running on adrenaline, and it was fabulous, lol!

; )   More pix to follow… And if you’d like to join me next year, mark your calendars now for August 7-11, 2019!! Don’t miss it!!

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Thank you sew much to the members of the New Mexico Quilters Assn (NMQA) for hosting me to lecture and teach this past week!  On Monday I presented my “Global Textile Influences for Quilters” trunk show (ably assisted by Judi and Nancy) followed by Tuesday’s African Mosaic workshop:

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Debbie and Sandi went for extra credit, creating African Mosaic borders for centerpiece handpainted mask and mola designs, respectively (below).  We all had a great time, and I look forward to seeing photos of the completed works ; )

To arrange a Cultured Expressions trunk show and/or workshop for your group, contact me.

 

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Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and here at CE we’ve celebrating creative moms everywhere with a fun new TOP TEN LIST of ways for you to show your love! Find the perfect gift for your favorite moms, nanas, grandmas, gi-gis, aunties, sisters and friends and others…oh, and if you’re a mom, just forward this list to your family ; )

  • Treat her to our Wine Lover’s Quilt Retreat, August 8-12, 2018 – We still have a few spaces available!
  • Shop the CE Studio (Live far away? You can arrange a Virtual Visit!) We have gifts for sewing & quilting fans AND non-sewers alike, including beaded bracelets, fabric wallets crafted in Ghana, wall hangings and more.
  • Come in and make Mom an Adinkra beaded necklace in just a few minutes.  Or choose a ready-made African bead bracelet if you’re really short on time…
  • Order a 10-pack of Fat Quarter African Prints – we can tailor the selection to her favorite colors.
  • Cover all of the Moms in your life by arranging one fabulous Fabrigasmic sewing or jewelry party for everyone, at the Studio. Contact us for details!
  • Bring her in to select a yard of batik or African print fabric, and we’ll wrap her head on the spot, then take her to lunch or dinner in downtown Rahway!
  • Maybe she needs a new sewing machine! Each machine purchase
  • comes with a CE gift certificate for $25 to $100 in studio merchandise.
  • Stitch up a few African Vintage Coin Purses… they’re 20% OFF, now thru Sunday, May 6!
  • Give her enough creative inspiration to last thru next Mother’s Day with a copy of Global Expressions (decorating) or African Accents On the Go! (handbags & accessories with cultural style)
  • Still can’t decide?  That’s what Cultured Expressions GIFT CARDS are for  ; )

Plus… if you book a Virtual Visit now thru May 15, you’ll pay just $2.95 shipping (US addresses only).

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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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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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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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So, we’re enjoying fond memories of last week’s exciting inaugural African American Quilt Conference in Lawrence, KS.  Thank you to everyone who attended this historic event!  We’re now in Hershey PA for the annual Quilt Odyssey show, taking place July 20-23, 2017.  And I’m happy to say that the ladies in Lawrence nearly cleaned me out, however, I still have some fun stuff in store for the Hershey crew…

Along with the usual Cultured Expressions batiks, ABC Strip bundles, fat quarters, African Mosaic quilt supplies and embellishments, my books and Fabrigasm magazine, this year at Hershey we’re featuring bogolan and kuba, along with masks and upholstery remnants so you can create your own version of these looks.  You’ll find it all (and me) in Booth #307  ; )

 

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