Courses, Course Sales and Sewing Humour

NSCAD Continuing Studies just put out its list of Summer 2015 courses. Not too much on the fashion and textiles section except Beginner Sewing and Weaving, which could definitely be interesting. But lots of other interesting and artistic courses as well!

From Faye, Craftsy is having a class flash sale THIS WEEKEND ONLY. Up to 50% off on almost 700 classes. If you want to focus on sewing classes, please click here instead. THIS WEEKEND ONLY remember! (Apr 11 & 12).

And from Kathleen, a little humour… ūüôā

Thanks Faye and Kathleen!

Tammachat Natural Textiles Sale (Online and in Mahone Bay, NS)

Thanks to Nancy for this, from an email on June 12 2014 that did not state when sale ends.

30% off TAMMACHAT silk fabrics!

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Their fairly traded, handwoven silk fabrics¬†are available by special order at 30% off listed prices! Visit their¬†SHOP page¬†to see what’s available.¬†Contact them to arrange a private viewing if you’re in Nova Scotia.

Perfect for a range of sewing projects: from jackets, blouses, skirts and pants to cushion covers, table runners and more¬†— get your creative juices flowing!

Organic silks are created by growing mulberry bushes organically, feeding these leaves to heritage varieties of mulberry silkworms, then hand-reeling their cocoons. You’ll notice beautiful textures in these handwoven fabrics.

The conventional silks are handwoven using machine-spun threads. They are smoother in texture than the hand-reeled silks and are lighter-weight.

All TAMMACHAT silk fabrics are coloured with natural dyes, made from barks, coconut husk, leaves, even insect resin. The undyed pieces (upper left) are stunning as is or can be easily dyed.


TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles
51 Main St.
Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
B0J 2E0

Phone:(902) 624-0427



Sewing Machine For Sale and Sheets Maker Wanted

Sewing Machine

Our member Anita knows someone who has Kenmore Model 1351 Zig Zag sewing machine in a cabinet for sale. Perfect for the beginner sewer. It is an older heavy weight metal style machine. Anita has one and she loves it!


Sheets Maker

South End Day Care is looking for someone to make sheets for their new toddler beds. They are just rectangular sheets with elastic on the four corners to loop over the legs of the beds. They need 20 and will provide the fabric. 


Please call Anita at 497-8322 if you are interested in either the sewing machine or making the sheets for the daycare.

A Pattern for Collars (Simplicity 1727)

A Pattern for Collars (Simplicity 1727)

I found this new pattern online this morning and thought I’d share why I thought it’d be of value to most sewists, myself included, on my blog. However, I don’t have a review on how good the pattern is, because I haven’t tried it, obviously.

Simplicity is on sale later this month at Fabricville for $1.99 each, if you need one, between Oct 29 to Nov 2. However, Read more

Fabricville’s September 2012 Sale (Sept 4 to 25)

The Fabricville September Sale flyer is out! There are lots of highlights that many people will be interested in. However, here is a summary of some of the highlights I think most people would be interested in.¬†Fabricville does not have an online version to link to, unfortunately, so I have to summarize things here. Just know that I won’t be summarizing in quite this level of details in the future as people will get used to seeing these announcements, if people want them, and go get the flyers themselves.

Here is a list of their Maritimes stores for you to decide which to visit. Just note that while some, possibly most, content are common to most stores, each store definitely have their own unique stock. I certainly have favourite stores from which I buy a lot more fabric simply because they carry more of the styles I like!

Also please note that mistakes may have been made in transferring over information from flyer to this blog post. If the store disputes the information, please check their flyer and do not claim you saw otherwise here! ūüôā

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