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…to make seven-inch fabric crafts, that is!  Come hang out with us THIS SATURDAY, April 25 at Yara African Fabrics for our 2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Day.  There, I’ll show you at least 4 different quick crafts using CE’s Jacquard Batik 7″ squares — choose your favorite for a make-it-take-it you can enjoy (and duplicate) at home. seven-inch fabric crafts - jacquard Batik kaie-it-take-its #culturedexpressions #africanfabric Shown here are the Coaster, Bookmark, and Pouch Necklace.   I know you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you can accomplish with these gorgeous little Ghanaian fabric squares and little or no sewing!  In addition to  creating these seven inch fabric crafts, we’ll have lots of other inspiration, Retail Therapy, and of course, great refreshments  ; )

Get the DETAILS… and join us on Saturday for a celebration of African fabrics, and you, our trasured customers & friends.  The event is FREE – but be sure to RSVP

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Well, I have to say that Cultured Expressions’ first SEW BASIC workshop for true beginners was lots of fun and the ladies were quite productive, but once the machine basics were covered and the creativity got flowing, there just wasn’t enough time to complete all I had planned for the 2-day workshop!  A good problem to have, judging from the fresh enthusiasm and various FINISHED PROJECTS and  everyone took home.  Favorites included table toppers and mug rugs, pin cushions and cell phone cases.  I’m so proud!!

Thanks to McCall Patterns for providing KwikSew 3900, a fabric organizer that I demonstrated in a black and cream bogolan fabric from Mali.   I can really appreciate McCall’s dedication to sewing education in its many forms – check out their most recent activities on Facebook.  And thanks to Marcus Fabrics for supplying colorful batik samples for our practice projects; some were mixed with CE’s Jacquard Batik Sampler Pack from Ghana.

Our next SEW BASIC workshop will take place in early 2015, once I figure out the best way to schedule it as a 3-day event — I’m open to scheduling suggestions!  Now, for some hard evidence:

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Most of you know that when I’m not knee deep in bogolans & batiks, I’m doing marketing for Marcus Fabrics.  Well, we had a Sew-Along over the past 9 weeks featuring Marcus reproduction fabrics, and my block (the ninth) was revealed today, complete with instructions, so I figured I’d show you here, too.  The big reveal of the finished quilt cmoes next Friday.

I actaully like this block and it continues to grow on me.  It reminds me that it’s good to occasionally step away from your “usual”, whether it’s color palettes, fabric types or techniques.  Then again, this block WOULD look just as good in Cultured Expressions’ Jacquard Batiks — OK, so I haven’t strayed too far  ; )

Check out my blog post on the Marcus site, and if you leave a comment, you’ll be entered into a random drawing to win this fabric bundle of repros in my signature color palette, and a Vintage Coin Purse Kit.

 

 

 

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ModelRustForestOK, friends, I know this is a longshot, but back on January 5 of 2013, Cultured Expressions was a vendor and presenter at the Supernatural Hair event in South Orange.  Among the many pix we took was one of this lovely model / customer (wrapped by yours truly)   I had a great time picking people from the audience to get wrapped on the spot, and choosing a fabric to match their outfit, or makeup, or accessories, on the spot!

Don’t you love natural beauty? I want to use this photo in a headwrap project sheet (coming soon!)  and I would love to get in touch with her.  If you ARE her, or you KNOW her, please get in touch with me.   And there’s a REWARD, too! If you can lead me to her, you will earn a gorgeous Jacquard Batik Headwrap of your very own  ; )  Thanks in advance  — lisa

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VintagePurseTambraCYou’ll be inspired by this rendition of our Vintage Coin Purse, beautifully executed by Tambra C of Baltimore, MD.  She created this one as a special birthday gift for a special friend.  She first strip-pieced a variety of Jacquard Batik cottons she collected over time thru Cultured Expressions, adding abundant diagonal quilting stitches.  She says, “I love heavy quilting for my smaller items, thus mine is done in this fashion. I finished with a mini felted wool bead and cowrie shell!”

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“Here is a pic of the lining staged with the dollar that goes with the purse. I was taught always give a monetary gift when giving a purse or handbag.”  I’ve never heard of that, but I like it!  Fro the lining she used a ermnant of black kimono silk, for a little international twist ; )

VintagePurse-TambraINSIDEThe Vintage Coin Purse Kit is affordably priced at $10.95 (add your choice of fabric), so once it’s done, consider adding a little something extra inside the purse, such as teabags for the tea lover, a favorite lipstick, a special verse, jewelry or other personal item of significance to the recipient.  You’ll still be well within budget, enjoy some creative time, and give a very special gift.

And you can’t make just one, so pick up a pack of 6 or 12 extra frames and go assembly line!

We LOVE it! Thanks, Tambra!!

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Next Stop:  SewJourn to Santa Fe, New Mexico  –  October 1 through 6, 2014.

This SewJourn is the perfect opportunity to explore the unique cultural mix and creative vibe of the Southwest, with an African twist, or course! Create Nigerian adire cloth, spin  a little pottery, enjoy the local artists, and indulge in some spa time.

Our group size will be limited to 10 participants to ensure a rich, personalized experience. We’ll enjoy a variety of artistic expressions, culturally diverse food & drink, and naturally, we’ll make time for the mineral springs & spa treatments.   Did I mention the shopping?  Treat yourself… Here’s the Brochure!

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