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Big List of Online Canadian Fabric, Pattern and Notion Stores

Thanks to our member Kathleen for finding this huge list of online Canadian fabric, pattern and notion stores from The Finished Garment blog.

At the time of this writing, their list was last updated on January 6, 2015. I imagine they will update it as time goes by.

For your future reference, you can either bookmark the page the link above goes to. Or if you use our site, it is now an item in the drop down LINKS menu at upper right of our site. Click on the Canadian Online Stores choice and it will take you there!

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Introducing Seamwork Free Online Magazine

from Kathleen

The text was sent to Kathleen and she asked it be shared with all of blog readers. It is about an online sewing magazine called Seamwork, with some free content and some more in-depth subscriber content, that is coming soon. There is also a PDF of a Table of Content “page” at the end to give hints at what is coming in more detail. Enjoy and thanks, Kathleen!

Seamwork is almost here! We’ll be launching it Monday morning as we drink our coffee, and I hope you’ll join us for a little caffeine and sewing geek-out, wherever you are. I’m sure we’ll be talking about it on the blog, facebook, and twitter.

Today, I wanted to share one last peek with you at the table of contents and one of the stories.

This short story on bridal designer Elizabeth Dye offers a peek into her studio and process. You might recognize it from last week’s email, where I shared a screenshot of the web version of the same story.

This one is from the downloadable version of the magazine, which will also be available on Monday. It’s in PDF format, so you can read it on your computer or tablet, with or without an internet connection, and regardless of what sort of device you have.

We often see looks at designers in their studio, but little is said about the technical skills involved in designing clothing, or how those skills influence the creative process. I’m excited to talk to more designers about how they actually design and create – the nerdy stuff – in future issues.

The first page is the table of contents from issue 01, so you can see all the stories we’ve included. It will probably also give you a few hints about what sort of patterns will be available in December when you subscribe. I think you’ll love them (I do).

By the way, we’ll be drawing names for the pattern subscription giveaway on Sunday, before the launch, so all winners will be notified before Monday morning.

See you on Monday!

Sarai

Link to PDF Table of Contents

Class and Learning Options Outside the Guild

Courtesy of research by Tory and Marcia…

Guild Classes

The Guild had just announced our classes for 2014-15. These two are guaranteed, plus other potential ones to be determined.

  1. Pocket Techniques, with Anneke Henderson (Oct 4, 2014)
  2. Making a Body Double, with Josée (Nov 15, 2014)

However, there are many other options for classes around the Halifax area, as well as online. There are also many other learning resources besides classes, where there is no interaction involved but just instructions. The following list of sewing related resources might interest you.

Local Classes (Halifax area)

You might consider these local options for classes in the Halifax Regional Municipality and Nova Scotia area:

Continental Classes

If you were willing to travel for some classes, treating it as either a serious trip or vacation, you might want to consider these options:

Online Classes and General Instructions

These sites offer classes and/or general instructions online:

There are also plenty of other YouTube channels you may want to search for to find instructional videos. For video instruction, you might actually be better off searching from the YouTube site, rather than using a search engine like Google, Yahoo or Bing.

Blogs

Blogs tend to be are more personally produced instruction, compared to business or professional like instruction, although some blogs are quite phenomenal. They also tend to be more a mish mash of topics and may not be as well organized to find specific items like sewing instruction videos. But those things can add a personal touch and connection business sites tend not to have, and be more entertaining with a real life touch to them. It really depends on what you like. Here are some Guild Members like a lot:

When you read blogs, be sure to look around, often on the side, for links to the authors’ favourite sites, blogs and such. Some will likely be related to sewing and they can serve as your lead to find out more of what is out there! If you liked the authors’ blog, chances are, you’ll like his/her taste for other enjoyable and/or useful blogs, too!

Share Your Favourite Sewing Resources with Us!

If you know of great class and/or instructional resources not mentioned here, please do let us know. We will update this post, as well as our Classes page on this site. Thank you.