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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… 
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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.

NEW IN THE STUDIO…

Bead Packs!
Handbag Handles!
Brass Embellishments!
MORE New Ankara Prints!

1417 MAIN STREET, RAHWAY, NJ 07065   –   www.CulturedExpressions.com

Thanks for your cooperation —

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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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.

FreeSpiritDolls

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!

DOWNLOAD the Dec – Feb Workshop Schedule

 

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Hello Everyone!

I hope this post finds everyone ready for 2019, bcuz ready or not, here it is!  How did you do creatively in 2018?  Did you make time to sew, quilt or otherwise indulge your artistic side?  I hope so, and if not, we have a fresh new year to work with, so let’s look ahead with optimism and make the most of it!!

We’ll committed to doing our part here at CE to jumpstart your creative goals with a blog readers coupon – save 20% on your next online order of $20 or more when you use the code BLOG2019.   It’s valid now thru Saturday, Jan 5…

AND, speaking of “creative goals,” save the dates for our next Wine Lovers’ Quilt Retreat, in the sunny Colorado mountains, AUGUST 7-11, 2019.    ; )  Yes, a wine lovers’ quilt retreat, pairing our favorite varietals with our favorite African fabrics & inspiration, all in a semi-secluded retreat house in the mountains!  Watch for the brochure later this week via blog post and the CE newsletter,,,

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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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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:

Quiltin' in Albuquerque

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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Who’s ready to create some fun new pieces to wear, carry, or enjoy at home?   Our Spring/Summer schedule is here, and I think you’ll find something(s) of interest to spark your creativity ; )  If you’re in the vicinity of our Studio in Rahway, NJ, or your summer travels bring you close by, join us for a creativity break!

And if you see a class you like but your schedule doesn’t quite match ours, let me know – we’re flexible and will try to accommodate you on another date – even better, our custom dates are easier to arrange if you have a group of three or more.

Each project is completed in one session, from 2 hours to 5.5 hours, so if you’re traveling, consider booking two workshops to make the most of your time here.  Not only do we have a discount arranged with a beautiful new hotel one block away, there are also great restaurants and more within a couple of blocks, too!  So, review all of this season’s offerings, and contact us to register or get more information!

#1417mainstreet #RahwayNJ

 

 

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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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We’ve morphed this year’s SewJourn Colorado into a treat for quilters who also enjoy wine, in our first Wine Lovers’ Quilt Retreat!  Imagine a 5-day, 4-night pajama party with like-minded friends, in a beautiful mountain retreat house. It’s complete with well-equipped workspaces, a gourmet kitchen and comfortable dormitory-style accommodations!  It’s just secluded enough to focus on your creativity, without being scary-secluded ; )

In addition to spending days and nights immersed in our favorite projects, with a focus on African fabrics, we’ll spend one day in Denver proper, enjoying a trunk show with renowned fiber artist Valerie C. White, attend the WaShonaji quilt guild‘s annual exhibition opening, and enjoy a few other stops along the way.

New this year: We’ve added wine tastings to the itinerary, for an even more relaxed vibe.  We’ll be pairing wines not only with food, but also with various sewin projects, just for fun!  So register today , pack your sewing machine (ask Lisa how – it’s easy!) and a few projects, and immerse yourself in some well-deserved “me-time”.

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We’ve come up with a fun and easy way for our faraway friends to enjoy the new Studio in Rahway!  It’s called a Virtual Visit – think personal shopping meets African fabrics meets video chat.

Just download the DUO video call app on your phone.  Android users likely have it pre-installed, and it works on the iPhone, too.  Look for this icon: 

Then we arrange a convenient time to video call you, and we take you through the studio, where you can see and shop everything that’s available, form fabrics by the yard to fat quarters and precuts to embellishments to kits to handbag supplies, gift items and more.  We total your order, take your payment information, and generally ship your order within two days!  It’s almost like being at the Studio in person, but without the refreshments  ; )

Email us to arrange your Virtual Visit —

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