Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Samples for Sew Expo

I have so much fun at my part time job! I spent the last month and a half designing and coordinating samples for the Pendleton Woolen Mill Store Sew Expo vender booth. I can't begin to tell you how much fun it was! I mean, having access to any Pendleton fabric to make any sample I want to make? How cool is that! 

WMS design inspiration wall
My Design Wall for the Woolen Mill Store 
One of the first things I did was to make a design wall in the embroidery room. There are so many gorgeous fabric that I had to pin swatches up to create my mini collections. Once I knew which fabrics I wanted to use and the designs I planned to make them in I set out to delegate: I know a few very talented gals who can sew up a storm. I knew I wouldn't be able to make everything myself and meet the deadline so I enlisted my army of talented sewists to work on this collection with me.

Fastest Bag in the West
Fastest Bag in the West Free Pattern Here
Sugar Skull Applique 1
Download Free Sugar Skull Applique Here
I also decided to make free patterns for any of my original designs. I love helping customers with their sewing projects and it is fun for me to make these free pattern pages. Above are links to two of my new designs: The Fastest Bag in the West (fits a 15" laptop) and an applique template that goes with the new Pendleton Sugar Skulls fabric. I embroidered the skull applique with the Sublime Stitching metallic palette. It was fun to embellish. I think I used every embroidery stitch I could think of!

In additional to designing original projects, I used several commercial patterns and projects from books. I love Burda Style sewing patterns that can be download from their website but it does take some patience to tape the pattern pieces together. Last year all my projects for Sew Expo came from the Burda Sewing Book. The post I wrote about that is here.
Oliver and Madeleine
Plaid Puppy Love (and cute toes!)
Susan Beal of West Coast Crafty suggested sewing the adorable 'George the Puppy' from Girl's World: Twenty-One Sewing Projects to Make for Little Girls by Jennifer Paganelli. They came out just darling! I never would have thought to make these in Pendleton plaids -- Susan is so talented! She has some great tips for making these darling pups on her blog.

The gals at the WMS loved it so much they asked me to make another project from the book so I made the Gigi Ruffled Pillow (photo is on the right side, one up from the bottom corner.) 

A collage of all the wonderful projects we made for Sew Expo!
In all we made three jackets, two skirts, five pillows, three blankets/quilts, two bags and a few other goodies. I made all the samples in the collage except these:

Lower left Corner: An original pillow with neon-embroidered Feathers made by Meridith. Right above her pillow is the Sew Liberated Bohemian Carpet BagMeridith often teaches this bag as a class at  Modern Domestic so check their website for dates and times. 

Center Bottom Row: Pink Jacket make by Teresa of crinkledreams from a Burda Style sewing pattern.

If you are at Sew Expo this weekend make sure to stop by the Pendleton Woolen Mills booth and say hi. They have some gorgeous new fabrics that are priced special for the show. Hope to see you there!

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