Member Since: 12/22/2010
A knuckle biting moment of terror!
Finally, a manufacturer who understands viewers like cliff-hangers and drama.
Ruth belongs atop the highest peak in sewing-land.
Her balm can calm thread, and sewer, alike.
No more double-thread dread here.
Mine is a patchwork out of fabric samples (how many of those have we collected?), and lined it with an old pillowcase. Stitch with a, "When will I ever use this color?" spool of thread, and it's a virtually no-cost project.
The reality exceeds the promise.
The handle, that pocket, and don't get me started on Nestor's rivets - you are a maestro at orchestrating show-stopping compilations. The lining was yet another turn at incorporating the unexpected, and elevating the entire effort.
Thank you for sharing this with us.
A huge fan
WOW!!! This is like a designer label showing us how the magic is made.
The progress is impressive, as always.
Senor King, looking forward to the completion of this project in 2016, and all of your upcoming creations and techniques.
Ring the bell, school's back in.
Again, you tie things together, and fitting makes vastly more sense.
In reviewing the M. C. Hammer video for "U Can't Touch This", the pants the men are wearing have ballooning about the thighs, but taper to more traditional pants about the calves. The fabric-rich area above allowed for maximum movement, in keeping with what you described.
Thanks for breakin' it down.
Looking forward to your upcoming videos.
You never cease to demonstrate that anything can be de-created and re-created - on behalf of my fellow Threads readers, thank you for that.
Your taste in hides and patterns proves flawless. While still in pieces, what you have constructed conveys the double-distilled elegance found among a select group who have the means for anything, but discerningly choose only timeless statement pieces.
Eagerly awaiting the rest of the series!
Brilliance made actionable! Bias made accessible.
Bramson is well-received by test audiences, time to give her mutli-episode installments (where she creates different garments with the tubes).
Evmez, you continue to discover talent which delivers; apply your vision and create a new star (just in time for the new year, and in a genre which intrigues but hasn't been able to pull in the audiences, until now!).
If there's one thing you've done right all along, it's this, "Build the brand, feed the legacy.".
Refined boldness has always been your calling card, why waiver now?
One of your many man fans
Dear Well Known,
Your audience is hoping for low dutch angle long shots (practicing that brooding pout), up-lit close-ups, and footage of places in the heartland and out west as they stand today with your voice-over narration of how things were (a boarded up department store would speak to your growth and staying power).
Candid comments by your clients, voiced-over, describing wearing the garment, interspersed with your on-camera dissection and discussion of various attributes of each garment.
Running commentaries from colleagues and curiosities alike (sort of a semi-circle panel discussion including Khalji/Neukam/Lappin et al) with enormous images of you arced behind them (so in a 3 camera setting, you are always visible, and un-upstagable - affectionately singling out, and protecting you from, la diva Neukam).
Vicki reading reviews, mentions in publications, and quips off of websites, with you responding to them (her machine-gun delivery will precipitate a sort of interview/interrogation/pop-psychology therapy session, and not some exercise in back patting).
There...it's practically story boarded. The pace is varied, it offers enough time with you, where you've been, and some of who know you and and your work. Throw in what ever she originally envisioned, and something straddling a bio-pic, documentary, and art-house film will unfold and make cinematic history.
One of your FANS!!
My sewing wish list includes another great year of Threads Magazine (oh, the day it arrives!!! There have to be other readers who can actually put that feeling into words. Best I can say is that Threads is the plasma which connects and fuels us far-flung creative-types. We're out there, others are out there, and we now have a way of finding our herd, and learning new things.)!
The on-line content is outstanding. Video clips and tutorials are always a must see.
Then there's the comment sections - fun to read, and contribute to.
Great interview! Vicki is your kind of gal; creative, tenacious, and putting out a product of the highest caliber.
It's always exciting when Thread's introduces us to the people behind something.
Delighted that you were chosen to view the screening and write about it. Your articles are a first read with every copy of Thread's.
One of you fans
Great video vignettes! They are educational, informational, and sensational (isn't that the definition of (pause), YOU?).
Is a video in the works from your Toronto trip? A travelogue with a demonstration on some technique you took away from the experience?
And not to beat a dead horse, while you've waxed on about your steam iron, wide-awake viewers have yet to see a demo, or comparison with a regular iron. Surely you can show us what we're missing, hmmmmm?
One, speaking on behalf of,
All The King's people
You, north of the border, who'd have thunk it.
I'll be on the other side of Lake Erie (and a bit further south), but there in spirit.
Perhaps you will indulge us an article on sewing with suiting? Tailoring tips and tricks that your experienced, and knowing, eyes gleaned? A recap and travelogue of Toronto's vibrant sewing, fiber, and other scenes, from a gentleman's perspective?
Yet another one of your fans who confuses being an unsolicited editor with a display of adoration
I am most enamored by how nature builds things.
There is a simplicity/efficiency/beauty to everything (unlike women's separates at some national retailers - no names, no names).
Glued to my screen - I'm now a reluctantly admitted "sewing voyeur" (and you're to blame, Senor King!).
Creating shapes and combinations of color and texture are liberating.
I want to make a linen shirt.
I am a man.
I made a voo-doo doll out of orange gingham on my mother's singer. I think that was equal parts amusing and disconcerting to a mother of a son in the early 70s.
Color me one more fan in line craning to see you rock the frock.
Actually, my favorite sewing project was some quirky hand puppets for some little hands.
I'm salivating for the seamless lace article. Just watched the video and, as always, Judith Neukam tantalizes the uninitiated, and corrals the spurned skeptics.
In this video, Judith utilizes her diplomatic skills to all but reunite divided countries. Lace was never easy, nor inviting, but Ms. Neukam rewrites the future of this fabric.
Can "man lace" be far behind?
Looking forward to the devore' topic, it seems so intimidating and perilous.
When I try devore', I want the experience to be fraught with success!
Mine is closet clutter; a device in need of a driven operator.
These DVDs could change all of that.
Can one be the king of mismatched seams?
I could watch these two all day!
What the world needs is a showing show variety hour - are you listening Evmez???
It sounds as if there are some serious learnin' moments in this book.
I'm a UGE (so big, there isn't room for the "H") Claire fan!!!!
Claire's latest book is what everyone wants, though for me, it's more of a need (please pick me as the winner!).
SO looking forward to that upcoming issue of the Threads Magazine (complete disclosure: I constantly feel that way, and have no intention of seeking treatment to alleviate the condition).
Turning my leather "1/2 of a sectional" into some beautiful bags would be wonderful. Of course, first I have to win this book.
Of winning, and creating, I ask you, is that too much to dream of??? Hmmmm??
The ends of a scarf, or maybe a handbag; beads hold a quirky fascination, as use of only a few can personalize an item.
I want to come back as Ruth in my next life.
I'm all gut and no butt.
Talk about issues!
Judith, you are without a doubt as amazingly gifted as you are giving.
This award acknowledges what Threads' readers have long since known, you are the pinnacle where sewing meets sharing meets surprises.
P.S. You had me at your teeth chomp when describing the bite of a zipper, you had me at your teeth chomp.
View C, so straightforward and classic.
View B reeks out loud of, "more sewing talent than taste".
View A is sharp, but the staying power is questionable.
A friend has a collection, which includes a bag with a vintage ad and recipe on it (Tapioca!). I LUV IT, I LUV IT, I LUV IT!!!
Ruth Ciemnoczolowski is the Houdini of sewing! Though she keeps a secret about as well as an unlocked diary.
Inventive, with utterly unexpected answers, that are easily understood - Ruth is the wild card which cannot turn up enough.
Either a pair of pajama bottoms and a robe from IKEA fabric, or or some market bags from my on-going denim patchwork pile (it grows and grows!).
I have to say it, I would LUV a year of Threads Magazine...what man wouldn't???
I'm a true believer in the "file pile" method.
Anything would help.
The mix of fabrics and utility of the project entice me into creating bags.
Evmez is not the Selwyn of our time, she's the Selznick of our times!!!
Ms. Neukam is featured in this long-needed, career boosting, short; showcasing the breadth of Judith's ingenuity, as well as the depth of her skills.
Plenty of close-ups, no other cast members to clutter the shots, or take the focus off of this long reigning "queen of the lot" - the not-so-secret recipe for a showcase performance.
Brilliant directorial direction can reignite a star's popularity - Evmez knows better than anyone else how to create buzz (and come to think of it, awards season isn't that far off, now is it???).
Being innovative and industrious plants you furthest from laziness, or any similar descriptors.
It's always a pleasure to see how you make fabric yield and submit to your wants.
Of course, your i500 also delivers, and you clearly know how to use it for stellar results.
As always, in awe of you.
Judith and Tim in the same place?!?!?!?!!!
Sewing history was made.
Mine is a world in need of a gentle "refreshing".
This book might even prompt me to make my porch furniture "FUNiture"!
The vocal intonations, the way she plays to the camera, her exquisite timing and delivery - Judith Neukam continues to pick her vehicles carefully, and deliver not only what her public expects, but always a little more.
Clean your machine first! Lint, threads, and what-not are not going to make any project faster, easier, or more enjoyable.
The music, the title segment, and judicious use of a studio staple with star power - all add up to why Evmez is the Selwyn of our time.
I'm using mine as closet clutter. So need more than the manusl it came with.
Another inventive, and amazingly instructive, work of art, from your creative hands.
THAT bag! It's got personality plus!
Off to find some blue wisteria (have to wrap my lunch),
I only trust Evmez Productions.
Senor King, you just outdid yourself (that's the equivalent of setting up a KOA campsite on Mars, and keeping it full).
As for YOUR having to learn to make coffee - without sounding like a meddling out-of-towner, the phrase "boyfriend probation" comes to mind.
Nothing more than a helpful other
I'm a Kenmore, White, and Singer owner. Euro-brand lust is something I don't want to dwell upon (it sometimes turns to envy, but I reassure myself that my machines are doing right by me).
Most of my machines are vintage, but my Kenmore from the 90s (model 385 17824090 - bought it new) works beautifully and is my "go to" machine.
A vintage straight stitch should be in everyone's collection (ode to the Singer 201).
Quality never disappoints, and that's doubly true with sewing machines. Test drive what you can, and you will just know the right machine(s) for you almost immediately.
Gladly will she fit,
and gladly will she teach.
Judith could make at-home brain surgery look easy.
Pay no attention to the skies and sidewalks, this is the summer of Senor King!
Form fitting clothes, which flatter, and dare I say flaunt a gents curves and contours can be fascinating.
Such clarity! You leave me with the inspiration sensation, never you mind the "cross-draping" anticipation.
A fan full of creative elation!
A messenger bag out of old jeans, mens business casual pants. Or leather from an unloved sectional sofa.
Senor King is a one-man tour de force, embodying creativity, ahead-of-his-time thinking, and moxy.
KDK's contributions are almost as vast as his imagination.
I continue to applaud him while wistfully ignoring that doing so will likely lead to a repetitive stress injury (Senor King is THAT talented).
Yet another loyal fan
Congratulations on taking the reigns.
Please use your power to initiate, Threads Person of the Year.
You know, acknowledging a great person in sewing, their mug on the cover, an insightful interview with a timeline picto-gram visually telling their story, and of course, never-before-seen photographs.
Such wisdom in ensuring that the fabric not compete with buttons.
Soft sculpted shoulder pads situate a smart silhouette.
Awaiting the final installment in this sewing adventure; the big reveal! How about some location shots?
My inner-designer needs to bloom and grow, bloom and grow.
Gertie is all knowing!!!!!
These videos are as beautiful as they are useful.
Creative congratulations are in order.
Now about that steam iron chatter; is such a device involved in taming a rug into a coat? Have we been privy to your steam iron antics vis-a-vis a poignant review, and I missed it?
A steam driven fan of yours
You have a keen eye for BOTH style and design. "Perpetual awe", is the state you keep me in.
Now being a bit rough, and seeking to become somewhat acceptable, I'm off to saddle soap and mink oil my person.
Better for your every blog
My trick is to iron both side of fabric, it lays so much better. Try it and see.
I would make crisp creases with an Oliso iron on all my sewing projects, particularly at the hems.
Louise Cutting is sewing royalty!
There, someone finally said it.
No tips or tricks, just questions.
Enjoyed your travelogue, and hope you showcase and dissect more garments. You capture the details in words and pictures so well.
Hungry for eye candy
Working with linen, linen and cotton blend, or a linen and silk blend.
Of structure and stiffness, information and inventiveness, you educate as you elucidate.
A raving fan!
The 1988 movie "Chocolat", it's a French film, takes place in Cameroon in the 50s, the mother is laced into a strapless gown by a male servant. It's a great scene, and an even better dress (so confining, yet revealing).
The dress reflects the excess and elegance which could not be sustained. It's the zenith of 20th century refinement. Find the movie if you want to see something quite remarkable.
I'm with JennnyEbner - so many tips and gentle guidance in your ever contribution. Big shout out to Lynda!
A fervent fan!
For want of a subscription...
Senor King is my super hero (though he seemingly opts out of all things spandex - pity).
Ode to rainy days in December, curious cats, and learning new skills.
Doesn't my screen name say it all????
Such an integral piece of the piecing puzzle.
I camp out in the Internet to be one of the first to see these videos!
Excellent presentation of the mechanics of this stitch.
[one can never elude the punctuation police]
The elegance of a single piece of fabric is a testament to your tenacity.
One days drive beyond impressed
I would like to do a "found objects" fashion line, only with "found fabric", like burlap coffee sacks from coffee shops.
SEWING NATION - ARISE!
Khalje/King in 2016!
Once more with feeling...ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME!
Not to be too course, but ME!, ME!, ME!, ME!, ME!, ME!, ME!
Senor King just created a new "MUST HAVE" on my sewing budget!
You make the tedious a breeze, you bring manners to obstreperous fabrics, and you offer hope to those of us cowering where cloth meets thread.
It has been said that a man never stands as tall as when he stoops to cut loops.
Ergo, you sir, are a giant.
Great step-by-step how-to!
Please keep these "video shorts" coming our way, and don't shy away from more full-length features (showcasing your contributing editors and, of course, the Taunton Press Players).
Slip covers, curtains, pillows - there are so many "first things" I would do to doll up my dump.
I can use all the help I can get.
Patricia MORE than dodged a bullet - she peddled a cheesy rendition of a cocktail napkin sketch which would make any celebrity (and offending designer) tabloid fodder. The whole get-up screamed, "clunky go-go dancer".
While Richard rocked the fringe, I think several others could have won this week's contest.
You just won the "It's so hot I'd wear it, and I'm a guy" award!
LUV these tutorials!
This one showed the sewing machine and serger working together, sharing screen time, for a stellar result. So often, the serger is treated as a stand alone, not a co-star.
Evamarie, you need to request a cigar and a studio in Hollywood - you have vision. Please bring Threads to the big screen, pronto.
Senor King, you know when to dig in, and when to say when.
Great use of grommets!
Another voice in the choir to see "Kenneth D. King - male model".
I've tried in the past, but could use a guide. This book would be a wonderful creative sherpa.
If I make the leap, rest assured, the world will have it's first Judith Neukam drag queen.
Can't wait for the Reliable i500 post! Sewing appliances - such an attraction!
Victoria and Evamarie, you did it again!
My sewing universe has been expanded. Thank you!
It looks like a fascinating read.
I'm tossed between darning (so practical), and the picot stitch (kind of intimates the rough-N-tumble existence of blankets on the prairie).
(sigh) So many things scream "loving hands at home"!!!
Such a cordial critique.
Great tutorial, as always.
Luv, luv, LUV THIS!!!!!
Sandra, I for one am looking forward to more of these video tutorials.
Victoria and Evamarie did an outstanding job producing such a clear and clutter-free video.
Threads imparts, and we improve.
I am quilting with jeans, including using the pockets. It's a crazy quilt. Quilting with old pants gives thicker, but aged, fabrics a second life. Plus, they aren't so delicate that I'm afraid to use them.
All the details revealed!!!
Thank you Susan, for this, and all of your contributions to Threads Magazine.
Wishing everyone at Threads, and my fellow readers, an exponentially happy 2013!
You have a shopper's eye, a model's stance, and a stunning south-of-the-border find.
A tip of the sombrero, and a knowing nod.
This makes too much sense - all the silhouette, without the rigid limitations.
That was amazing!
The ease of creating something from nothing is truly a talent.
Your practical pefectionism can slay any dragon (and there be dragons out there).
Bold, brilliant, and breathtaking!
Senor King, you are neither bounded, nor barricaded, by conventional thought.
Breakthroughs are your stock and trade.
Susan's world is full of amazing people and intriguing techniques.
Her siren's song sung, the upcoming issue is all I can see, as it's full speed ahead into the rocks of a bookstore cash register.
Another tutorial, and never a retread of something pedestrian.
Thank you for this and all of the innovative techniques you have shared with us.
Another stupendous tutorial!
You continue to astound and amaze your public, with thread, forethought, and your unerring eye for style.
Can't wait to see what you do next.
Senor King, you take the quirky and disconcerting, and make it sensible and stress-free.
Mucho gracias for your patterning geometry tutorials.
An explanation of good design could only motivate me beyond my current skill level (rudimentary).
Oh, the company you keep!!!
Every contribution Claire Shaeffer has made has been informative as well as inspiring.
Thank you Threads Magazine for being a forum for top talent in sewing to reach so many interested others.
Kindly, take this to the water cooler, "More articles from Claire Shaeffer can't appear too soon!".
Embroidery done right!
What a dress! Those shoes, and Emma herself, flawlessly showcase your creation.
I would like draping demystified, and this looks like the book to make that possible.
Me likes, a whole bunch!
She did it again! This time it's fabric manipulation made understandable.
Mostly magic, with a little mischief, that's Judith Neukam.
While the voices in my head scream, wail, and moan in the background, I am big enough to congratulate you on your win.
Of course, if any quotable comments from said voices are overheard, rest assured, they shall be strewn artfully amongst the lilacs and lace.
Those button holes are truly stellar (and your tutorial on bound buttonholes may actually motivate me to learn something new).
Forget the "long suffering, and just sign me,
The hand crank and foot pedal are both brilliant.
Total flexibility with this iteration.
Senor King does it AGAIN!!!
They say genius is making the difficult look easy. These instructions took a complex fitting situation and made them understandable.
That said, one wonders what he could do by focusing on global economics?
Well, well, well, if it isn't another message from the Wall Drug of home sewing, Laura Mae. Everywhere I look in cyberspace, there you are, and in yet ANOTHER splendid effort.
I'm back to thinking you are a quirky sewing group, with a pert model, and a pooch-as-prop. One person can not possibly have the time, talent, and tenacity to create the volume and level of output as you purport to do. Never you mind the fiction of a full-time job, and rich rewarding life outside of sewing. Your storyline is tantamount to the accomplished comic strip character Mary Worth, toting pockets full of dexies and reds (and though fictional, she'd STILL be dragging behind you).
For the record you can color me impressed (those button holes!), while on the QT I'm nothin' but skeptical; all raised eyebrows, and second thoughts.
Some of the people, some of the time, sister.
Your man fan
April, you've done it again!
Daring others could "wallpaper" an accent wall (ceiling?) with enough bits and pieces of patterns.
Lampshade layering, concealing a damaged wooden carrying case or treadle lid on an older machine, or papering the back panel on a bookcase/display cabinet. Even a folding screen could be recovered and made into something noteworthy.
Boxes of "assorted patterns" are now affordable wall paper - who knew?
The warm season has just begun, and one never knows is a jaunt to DC is in the offing.
Since everything old is new again, best to know what was.
This book sounds like a wonderful source for reference and inspiration.
The horn toggle elevates the bag from art, to high art.
It amazes me how the pattern can be described, not drawn, and yet the finished product could be duplicated. There is genius in simplicity.
First: from the washer, shirts should go 10 minutes in the dryer, enough to take the wetness out, but leave you a fairly unwrinkled perfectly damp specimen (some people hang them up to dry at this point, and later touch up where needed - it does work if you'd like to spare the shirts time in the dryer, and yourself time at the ironing board).
Next: I iron them inside out to get a large areas smooth.
Lastly: turn in right-side-out and work the sleeves, back, front, and collar (inward and frontward last). Have a mister handy to spritz and create steam on the surface fibers.
This is essentially a double pressing, but it makes for a great presentation, especially on dress shirts.
It may be time for a road trip.
Senor King continues to demystify the universe, when he isn't expanding it.
Wonderful effect, and a great way to showcase those stems, Senor King.
Khalje and King are reason enough to buy a copy, everything else is GRAVY!
How does she do all this? A corselette?!?! Dyed to match underlining? And then she models her own creations, to stellar effect.
I fawn over her at the Burda website (she's now on the short list of people I'd like to come back as - not that I knew I had such a list, or belief - she sews THAT well!).
Now Laura_Mae is here, with an armload of prizes and notoriety to boot. When awe turns to envy, it is NOT a pretty thing.
Though I am happy for her, happy I say.
With a clenched, but poised smile (like every runner-up at the end of a beauty contest),
A Laura_Mae man fan
Leave it to Susan Khalje for sage advice, understandable know-how, and long-lasting results one can be proud of.
Winning this book would further my sewing knowledge and abilities. Plus, winning is FUN!
The coat exudes charm. Those details are inspiring; horizontal darts - who knew?
Claire is an excellent writer and student of design.
I would like to learn more about couture hand sewing stitches and techniques.
It's amazing how Vivienne Westwood changed her focus and made history. A lesson to us all.
Thanks April, for another good steer from you and Threads!
HIS BOLDNESS blazes a path for all.
Used sewing machines, old fabric, new ideas, and a desire to create all add up to one site worth visiting and revisiting.
Peter Lappin in 2012!!!!!!!
He's doing it again!!!
He is doing it again!!!
Senor King continues to elevate and innovate sewing.
Thank you Threads Magazine for featuring such a talent!
Having only draped a robe, I could use a greater understanding of draping. Experienced drapers make it look like a spontaneous action, but it's clearly a practiced art having tried it. With miles to sew before I sleep...
Luv, Luv, Luv it!!!!!!!
Senor King continues to astound while stretchig all metes and bounds.
Every innovation is someone kicking a hole into whatever keeps us from the future. Kenneth King again opens a portal with the sheer strength of his imagination and fortitude.
Watch the runways to see if any hair garments, or real fur given a perm, don't skate before you.
Thank you Threads for this gutsy article.
Creativity serves as inspriration in every form.
Thank you April, you share wonderfully eclectic things with the readers of Threads Magazine.
After too many years of making the bookstore pilgrimage I actually became a subscriber, and you're efforts are part of what motivated me to do so.
As for the New York gown modeled in the back of a garbage truck - PRICELESS!
How'z about more post-mortems on fashions of old. Deconstructing and exploring the inner workings of vintage and designer outerwear and dresses. Construction concepts are vital to expanding a sewer's knowledge.
A showcase on several of your contributing editors methods of finishing the arm holes on sleeveless garments (they can't all do it the same way). It's always the visible and simple which really makes a garment evade the scrutiny of the "Store-bought or home-made?" police.
The paperbag waist in its many incarnations: tall, flouncy, and novel. Show pants and dresses which have utilized this feaure. Listing suggested suppliers for any necessary stuctural materials.
A denim chemise out of thrift store jeans, or one's old jeans. Sort of a something-out-of-nothing article. That would fit well with the times.
At my junior high, they started making everyone take sewing and cooking, as well as woodshop and drafting. It was ALL beneficial. Other than art classes, very few things were hands-on learning.
The stigma of gender-specific activities has lessened or in some places vanished.
Teaching design and repurposing of garments and fabrics would be both practical and timely.
Textile arts are another means of expressing creativity, and should be encouraged at home, as well as at school.
Schools could teach the making of quilt squares, and the efforts could be donated. That would be teaching many lessons at once.
What a show!
Can NOT imagine you two pal'n around - what kind of scandalous comments were exchanged??
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