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Deana May, Roxbury, CT, US

Hi! I am the former editor of Threads magazine, and I stay involved with the magazine and website as an occasional contributor or story editor. I have been sewing since I was a little girl. As a child, I was always working on some type of craft or art project; crochet, knitting, calligraphy, cross-stitch, rug-hooking--and of course--sewing! My mother taught me how to sew, and I made clothes right from the start. She says I insisted on dressing myself at about age 5, so my love of clothing and fashion started very early. I love to sew clothing for myself and sew gifts for my friends and family.

craft interests: crochet, embroidery, fashion, gifts, knitting, paper-crafts, quilting, restyle, sewing

Gender: Female

Member Since: 11/20/2008

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How to Make a Watch Wrap

It's time to turn your watch into arm candy with a flowy fabric strap.

How to Sew a Satin Headband

Get couture-chic with these runway-inspired headbands.

Sew a Cozy Reversible Cover-Up

Get two great jackets in one by sewing it in a reversible fabric.

How to Sew a Pleated Pouch

This soft clutch goes dressy or casual with a switch of the fabric.

2011 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Fashions

There were some hits and some misses this year on the red carpet. Which dress was your favorite?

The November/December Issue of Threads is on Sale!

The latest issue of Threads hits the newsstand today. Here's a glimpse at what you'll find in this next issue.

Did you miss Kenneth D. King on Martha Stewart?

Here's the video clip of Threads' contributing editor, Kenneth D. King, on Martha Stewart presenting his silk lotus flower technique.

What were you sewing in 1985?

Issue 151, October/November 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of Threads. Show us what you were sewing in 1985 for a chance to be featured in the next issue.

Assistant Editor Wanted

Do you love to sew garments, and have a passion for writing and editing? If so, you may be our next Assistant Editor.

Chat with me on

Come on over to on Weds. 8/25 at 8pm (EST) for a live chat with me on "Behind the Scenes at Threads".

Help us Choose the Next Cover of Threads Magazine

Take a quick survey to pick your favorite cover.

The August issue is on sale!

Check out the highlights of the August/September issue of Threads. And, if you've already received your copy, tell us what you think.

Help us Choose the Next Cover of Threads Magazine

Tell us which image and coverlines speak to you!

Check out the Threads June/July Issue

Here are some of the sewing highlights you'll find in the latest issue of Threads.

Project Runway - Finale Part I

Tim Gunn travels to the 4 remaining designers' homes to check in on their collections, and Mila and Jay compete to take the last spot for the chance to show at Bryant Park.

Project Runway -- Welcome to the Circus

In this last runway challenge before the designers head home to create their collections for Bryant Park, they must create a look inspired by life under the big top.

Project Runway - Hey, That's My Fabric

In one of the coolest challenges ever on Project Runway, designers got to create their own textiles.

Help us Choose the Next Threads Cover

Cast your vote for your favorite June/July Cover of Threads.

Project Runway - NY State of Mind

This week, project runway contestants team up to create a day and evening look inspired by 4 distinct neighborhoods in Manhattan.

Project Runway - Earth, Air, Fire, and Water

This week on Project Runway, the designers are challenged to create a garment based on the 4 elements.

Project Runway - Nuts and Bolts

Project runway goes (back) to the hardware store.

Teach Yourself to Sew

We're excited to announce the launch of our new DVD and online video series.

Help us Choose the Next Threads Cover

Cast your vote for the cover that appeals to you most for our April/May 2010 Issue of Threads.

The Winner of the Fancy Fabrics Challenge is...

Announcing the winner of the Threads Fancy Fabrics Challenge!

Threads February/March Issue is on sale now!

Get the highlights on the latest issue of Threads magazine.

Happy Thanksgiving from Threads!

A special thank you to all of our readers.

Enter to Win: Fancy Fabric Challenge

We want to see your fanciest garments made from the fanciest fabrics. Enter for your chance to win great prizes from Ottlite and The Ribbon Store.

2009 Halloween Costume Contest Winners

Find out which five costumes are taking home prizes in the Halloween Costume Contest.

Help us choose the next cover of Threads!

We want your input! Take our quick cover survey and let us know which cover you want to see on the cover of the February/March issue of Threads.

You voted, we listened

We asked you to help us choose the cover of the next issue of Threads. Here is the result.

Project Runway Episode 9 -- Let the sequins fly!

For this star-studded challenge, the designers had 2 days and $300 to create a stage look for Christina Aguilera. Who do you think should have gotten the spotlight?

Help us Choose the Next Threads Cover

We want your input! Take our quick cover survey and let us know which cover you want to see on the December/January issue of Threads.

Latest Issue on Newsstands Now!

The October/November Issue of Threads Magazine hits the newsstand today. Check out what's inside.

Winner of the Summer Sewing Challenge

Find out who expressed themselves in linen and took home the big prize in our Summer Sewing Challenge.

What are you sewing now?

Take a look at what some of our talented Threads readers are making.

Enter the Summer Sewing Challenge Today!

Check out some of the amazing entries in our Express Yourself in Linen Challenge. Think you can do better? Go ahead and enter!

Tips on Sewing with Linen

This article by Susan Khalje will give you an edge on creating a linen garment for our summer sewing challenge: Express Yourself in Linen, and get you that much closer to winning a new serger from Janome.

Check out the new issue of Threads

The latest issue of Threads (August/September 2009) hits the newsstands today!

Join Threads on Facebook and Twitter

Be a part of the growing community of Threads magazine fans on Facebook and Twitter

A Special Trip to Mary Jo's Cloth Store

Get to know this 58 year old fabric store gem.

Editors On the Road -- North Carolina

Join us as we visit the offices of Coats and Clark to investigate how thread is made.

Special Fitting Issue

Just in time for Spring! Check out the latest issue of Threads Magazine, on newsstands now.

Vintage Jackets Abound

Check out the amazing vintage coats created by member Pattern_Nut and posted in our Reader’s Closet Gallery. Post your own garments and you could be featured, too!

Do you know the way to Puyallup?

This Threads editor will be hitting the road later this week to attend the 2009 Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington. If you haven’t got this amazing event on your radar, then you should. This consumer sewing trade show is a sewer’s paradise, and they’re celebrating their 25th anniversary to boot.

recent comments

Re: Video: How to Create a Beautiful Lace Top

Thanks for all your comments. The neckline edge can be finished 2 ways. I mention in the video that you can apply the scallop edging at the neckline the same way you do for the bottom or sleeve hem edges. Alternatively, you can apply a fine trim. The trim technique is detailed in the accompanying article, which we are in the process of posting on our site. We'll be adding a link to the post above as soon as it is ready. You can also find the full lace top article, after logging in, on the It's Sew Easy website at Thanks again and let us know if you have any further questions!

Re: Download a Free Alexander McQueen Jacket Pattern

We've updated the post to feature the garments on a lighter background. It should be easier to see the garment details in these new photos. And, we'll be adding more detail photos shortly. Thanks for all of your comments and we hope you enjoy the link to the free pattern!
Best regards, Deana May, Editor, Threads Magazine

Re: Threads seamstress contributed to jacket on display at Winterthur Museum

Norma wrote a blog post on this a while back, when she first finished the project. Here's the link again:

Re: Oscar Fashion 2011

Thanks for all of your varied thoughts on these Oscar fashions. I love seeing everyone's different perspectives--it's what makes the world go round. My personal favorite was Cate Blanchett's. It made me want to get up close and see the detail and figure out how those beautiful textural flourishes were made, and it stood out to me as something different, and artful from a sewing perspective. And, I loved the contrasting color. Overall, I think that all of these dresses and of course the celebrities in them, were stunning. There weren't really any low points for me.

Re: The Felted Wool Sweater--Updated

Kenneth has graciously taken a photo of the finished sweater for you all to see. We've added it to the top. Thank you, Kenneth!

Re: Magazine Giveaway: "Quick Stuff to Sew"

It is available in stores. It goes on sale officially today. Look for it at Borders, Barnes & Noble, or your local fabric retailers.

Re: Stack Petals to Create a 3-D Applique Belt

Here's a link to where you can get the templates:

Re: Sewing findings on securely

Here's the link to Susan's recent post on covering snaps:

Re: And the Winner of the Inspired by Threads Contest is...

Congratulations, elfstone!

Re: Kenneth will be on Martha Stewart!

Yes, we will post a link to the show if it becomes available on

Re: Kenneth will be on Martha Stewart!

That is great news, Kenneth! We'll be sure to watch!

Re: Video: How to Sew Buttons, Snaps & Hooks

To Julie_in_Ohio: The focus of Threads magazine is absolutely for advanced sewing techniques. We do have a department in the magazine covering fundamentals, but by and large it is aimed at intermediate to advanced skills. By contrast, we created The Teach Yourself to Sew video series so that the new sewers we were hearing from and who were coming to our website have a place to go for information. Check out the site for further details. You'll see that lots of new sewers there are looking for direction. We do promote our new beginner video series on in hopes that the more experienced sewers like yourself can spread the word to someone just starting out and lend a hand in helping the newbies along. We hope you'll help us out in that effort.

Thanks to everyone for your comments!

Re: Add style and flair with pleats

Thank you all for pointing out this mistake and keeping us on the ball! This was meant to be corrected, but accidentally got through and published. These are not cartridge pleats. We have adjusted to text appropriately and apologize for the error.

Re: Help us Choose the Next Cover of Threads Magazine

Thanks, Kharmin!

Re: How to Create a Lapped and Embellished Seam

To answer your questions on hemstitching, the article on hemstitching from a past issue of Threads is now live on the site. See the link at the bottom of the post above. I hope this helps!

Re: How to Create a Lapped and Embellished Seam

I just wanted to give you the heads up that we have read your comments and questions. We have a great article from a past issue of Threads all about hemstitching that we'll be posting soon. We'll let you know when it's up.

Re: Sewing Perfect Matchpoints on Intersecting Seams

langas, I included a link above to Clover's website where you can purchase these pins. A quick google search will also yield many results on where to buy these.

Re: How to Create an Interlocking Seam

The other winning garments from the seam challenge, and the instructions for how to create the seams are shown in the latest issue of Threads, #148 April/May.

Re: Help us Choose the Next Threads Cover

Thank you for all of your comments and feedback. Your input is greatly appreciated!! We have made our decision. Look for this issue to hit the newsstand in early March.

Re: Project Runway Season 7 Opening Night

I agree! I thought the judges were right on this time with choosing Emilio. His garment was stunning, wearable, and I thought his construction skills were amazing.

I'm so excited to see the show off to such a good start!

Re: Choose the Winner in the Fancy Fabric Contest

Thanks for all of your comments. If you're not sure how to decide between the finalists garments, my suggestion would be to vote for your favorite garment. You may also consider the criteria we used to narrow down the finalists:

--the mastery of construction techniques shown (as seen in the photographs)
--the design that best accentuates the fabric being used

Good luck to all of the finalists!

Re: Unraveling Party Fabrics

Thank you all for you comments regarding this post. It was, in fact, originally written for Sew Stylish which is geared toward a beginner to intermediate sewing audience and easing the initimidation factor of expensive, dressy fabrics was foremost in mind. We posted this to support our fancy fabrics challenge, in which sewers of all skill levels, including beginners, often enter. Look for more posts, and more advanced techniques, regarding fancy fabrics to come soon.

Re: Help us choose the next cover of Threads!

Thank you for your votes and for your feedback! We have made a decision, and we'll let you know which cover we chose before it hits the newsstands.

Re: As a sewist, what are you most thankful for?

I am grateful for being able to work in a creative environment where I get to write and read about sewing everyday!

Re: You voted, we listened

That's great! Thanks for your input oldjack.

Re: Announcing the SewStylish Fall Fashion Challenge Winner

Congratulations, Very Prairie! Great Job!

Re: Help us Choose the Next Threads Cover

Thank you all for your votes and your thoughtful comments. You've helped us choose our next cover. Look for it on newsstands in October. Thanks!

Re: Winner of the Summer Sewing Challenge

Laura--you are absolutely right. It IS a professional job. I would also agree that most often, garments made by home sewists are better than store-bought because of the attention to detail and overall contstruction. We didn't mean to imply otherwise. The point we were trying to make here is that this garment in particular was so perfect in its execution, that it actually looked like a commercial garment in the most positive way.

Re: The many blogs of David Page Coffin

Thanks for the updates, David. We're so glad you like the post!

Re: Join Threads on Facebook and Twitter

Hi snoble, Welcome! Let us know if you have any questions.

Re: Bias Tops from July 2009 magazine

These look great! Thanks so much for showing them off in the gallery.

Re: Tapestry and denim jacket

Beautiful! love the pleated trim!!

Re: Embroidered Trench Coat

I love your embroidery design. It's simple, elegant, and just enough embellishment to take this trench to the next level.

Re: Recycling and Keeping Fabric Clean

Great idea!

Re: Canal Street 1

Wow! This is amazing. How did you do this?

Re: Shell Hem Edge

I'm so glad you like this technique. Check out the latest issue of Threads (#143 June/July)for even more edge treatments from Anna Mazur. If you don't subscribe, it hits the newsstands early next week.

Re: Shell Hem Edge

I'm so glad you like this technique. Check out the latest issue of Threads (#143 June/July)for even more edge treatments from Anna Mazur. If you don't subscribe, it hits the newsstands early next week.

Re: Blue and natural canvas bag

This is a great looking bag! I love the print. Thank you for sharing your design!

Re: Sarah Dress

Yes, it'd be great to see more photos of this.

Re: Frosted Florals

I agree, this is gorgeous! Thanks so much for posting and sharing your work.

Re: lace festival 2006 part 2

Wow! This is amazing. Thanks for posting.


This is very interesting. It's hard to see everything that's going on. Please tell us more about the design.

Re: chantilly womens skirt

Thank you for sharing this Ellene! It's beautiful. So soft and ethereal looking. Perect for Spring.

Re: Editors On the Road -- North Carolina

Thank you all for your comments! I'm so glad to hear you are interested in seeing how thread is made. It is a fascinating process and yes, we took lots of pictures! You won't be dissappointed.

Re: Fluid Fabric Challege Chiffon Tutorial

Great tip, April! Thanks so much for sharing this.

Re: Do you know the way to Puyallup?

Hi Celeste,

I'm so glad to hear that you've enjoyed the Threads booth in years past. As you can tell from this post, we think the Sewing & Stitchery Expo is a superb sewing event and we have always been proud to have a booth at the show. Our decision not to have a booth is in no way a reflection of the quality of this fine event. But, like so many others, with the economic climate being what it is, we need to be conscious of our spending. So, we have decided to focus our resources on continuing to put out great magazines and websites while cutting some costs in other areas. While it is dissappointing not to have a booth, I am thrilled to be attending the show and can't wait to meet all the Threads and readers who are there! If you see me there, please stop me and say hello.


Re: Threads Announces New Editor

Thank you all so much for your kind words of welcome and of course for all of your great ideas for Threads! Keep em'coming! I'll definitely be taking all of your ideas into consideration as I work on future issues and as we develop new content for the website. Feel free to continue to post your ideas here or, as this post fades away, in the Gatherings forum. I've started a thread there where you can send me any ideas, questions, or concerns anytime. I may not always be able to respond right away, but I'll definitely be listening. Thanks again! It's so great to hear from all of you.

Re: Do you know the way to Puyallup?

Hi Runa, Unfortunately we don't have a booth at the show this year. But, I will be there, so keep a look out!