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craft interests: gifts, holidays, paper-crafts, quilting, sewing

Member Since: 12/23/2009

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Re: Embellishments Special Issue: Check out our latest issue and enter to win!

I have lots of wonderful beads. Learning how to use them with the sewing machine would be a boon.

Re: Enter Our Huge Quilting Giveaway

Oh, my, does this ever look like fun!
Would love to add to stash and library.

Re: Two-book Giveaway

I am happy sewing any natural fiber. Love the hand, the ease and all.

Re: Two-book Giveaway

I am happy sewing any natural fiber. Love the hand, the ease and all.

Re: Book Giveaway: Hand-Stitched Home - Signed by Susan Beal

Threads and Taunton Press have brought me so much good solid info over the years. Once had a chance to buy a shelf full of old Threads and jumped at it! Have a couple of old Pendleton rugs that are well loved. Wish I had more. Lots more.

Re: Enter the 2014 National Sewing Month Giveaway

Hope to dig out the box of linen that is stashed and make some curtains--soon. Maybe in September!

I have a collection of Threads magazines dating back years. Always enjoy them even when life does not let me near a sewing machine.

Re: Huge Handbags Giveaway!

I like making bags of all sizes. Itty bitty to great big. Lots of tech cozies too. Would enjoy getting more information about bag making.

Re: Cheryl Kuczek Pattern Giveaway

Can't wait to see the special Threads edition about making bags. I really enjoy doing just that!

Would enjoy giving the patterns a try also.


Re: Book Giveaway: "Marge's Custom Slipcovers"

This would be a welcome addition to my library! Have inherited several pieces that need to be tied in to everything else!

Re: Enter to Win "Bag-E-Bottoms" Bag Liners

I don't get to sew nearly as much as I should like but when I do, I am generally making bogs of one sort or another. It would be fun to include these in the next projects.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: Threads Issue no.172

Probably when in Junior High. I cannot remember not sewing. Have sewn imported woolens, wedding dress, baby clothes, prom dresses, drapes, and so much more. Got away from it a while then back. Now I am in another unwanted break from sewing but so eager to get back.

Re: Book Giveaway: John Gillow Textiles Titles

Shop when I am out of town? Oh yes! In fact, I am more apt to shop away from home. In another life time, I traveled extensively out of the country as well as across it. Just wish I had been more into stashing then.

These books look wonderful. Sensual. Rich. Colorful. Inspriring.

Re: Book Giveaway: Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion

Well, that dandy cover of the book is surely appealing. Love the mixed colors and patterns.

Re: The Bag-Lady Giveaway: Four handbag books and a quilted bag to carry them all!

Well, I have made lots of bags. I would probably make a large tote. But maybe more tech cozies.

Re: Threads Selects Giveaway: "Easy-to-Sew Handbags"

I enjoy making bags of all sorts. Purses. Totes. Tech cozies. Would welcome this additon.

I am off to deliver an adapted tote to a friend who now uses a walker. This quilted tote is made so that the handles can go over the walker bar or reconfigured for carrying by hand or on the shoulder. Hope she will find it useful and enjoy it.

Re: Enter to Win an Oliso Pro Smart Iron!

First is always press. Press every seam in order. For most things I am using best pressed spray and liking it a bunch.

Next project for a super iron? Linen bags.

Re: Notions Giveaway: Dritz Pressing Mitt

Current favorite is linen. Have some new pieces on hand and itching to sew with them.

Re: Fabric Giveaway: Celebrating Grand Central Terminal's 100th year

I have never been to City Quilter and it has been a long time since I went to NY.

Love the diversity, the creativity, the energy, the tall buildings and bright lights. Love the theater. The hustle and bustle. The crowds. The UN.

It is such a varied experience. What's not to love! At least for a visit.

Re: Win a Copy of Smart Fitting with Kenneth D. King on DVD

I really admire the work of Kenneth King. Would welcome these additions to my own library for sure.

Re: Mystery Game Giveaway

I love mysteries! Funny ones. Serious ones. I read more mysteries than all other types of books combined. I love not knowing and even more figuring it and being RIGHT!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Creating a Successful Fashion Collection"

I have loved garment construction since I was a kid and always enjoy learning more about it. Would love to get back to it!

Re: Magazine Giveaway: Sew Home

We moved in 6 year or so ago and then everything went crazy. We were dealing with 3 elderly parents with many many issues. We are down to only one now and should begin to do those things that never got done early on. We need to do window coverings, decorative pillows and so much more.

Need to have a push and this might just be it.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Improv Sewing"

Well, it is hard to say what I would like to freeform from the book when I have not seen it. I would like to do some girl's dresses. Tech cozies. Home dec. I am open to suggestions for sure.

Re: Mega Quilt Giveaway

Oh, my! Both prizes look grand. I would love to be included. I have not really finished any full sized quilts so feel my greatest experience is yet to come. I was doing a quilt for a friend who died before I could finish.....never had the heart to finish that one. Mostly I am doing smaller projects attempting to incorporate quilting techniques and blocks and feed the creativity monster that lives inside!

Re: Magazine Giveaway: "Threads" Issue #165 (February/March 2013)

I confess to being less than wild about hand stitching in general. There is a certain satisfaction to those last stitches that put the "amen" on the project. I will try to find work arounds to use the machine.

On the other hand, rhythmic stitches from embroidery are fun and relaxing.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations"

I am ready to eavesdrop!

Looks like a fun exploration of style.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Quilt Love"

I have not completed a quilt but have made lots of quilted items --many are tech cozies. Most of my own design.

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: What advice would you give to someone learning to sew?

I would suggest reading thru the directions carefully. Then follow them carefully. Sometimes they seem not to make much sense but following carefully and deliberately generally works out in the end.

Re: Another Way to Make Pleated-Ribbon Trim

Simply beautiful.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: Fashion by Design

Moving in the world of watercolor painting my mentor stressed four painterly components--shape, value, color, texture.

I suspect that in desiging clothing (or anything else) these remain touchstones.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "The Art of Fashion Draping" by Connie Amaden-Crawford

Would love to drape more prom dresses despite the girls having out grown proms!

Re: Win a BERNINA Swag Bag!

Looks like a fun prize. If I leave home, I generally have a need for all the goodies on your list. I frequently drag the Bernina, the laptop, the iPad, the cell phone and a great big thirst!

Re: Book Giveaway: Summer Mystery Reading for the Sewing Enthusiast

Cannot remember when I did not love sewing and did not love mysteries. Sounds like fun combo for sure!

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: A Field Guide to Fabric Design

I think it would be great fun to be able to combine my love of watercolor painting with my love of fabrics and sewing. I am not sure what I might use my own designs for.

My most recent projects have been children's dresses for charity--so it might be fun to use my own designs there.

Also I do small quilted projects of my own design--my own fabric design would be a plus for sure.


Re: DVD GIVEAWAY: Industry Insider Techniques with Louise Cutting Volumes 1-4

Well, it has been a bit of a difficult year so far........winning would really be an encouragement to get back to sewing!

Re: Book Giveaway: "The Big Book of Flax"

I enjoy sewing linen and would appreciate the chance to learn more about it.

Re: How to Sew a Designer Shift

Whoops, did not mean to complain 3 times!

Re: How to Sew a Designer Shift

I really do NOT like your new format and approach.

I have been a print subscriber. Now often buy 2 copies of Threads Magazine--one for me and one for my sister.

I am so unhappy with the blog posts that come up in reader that I am thinking of unsubscribing and leaving the magazines on the newsstand.

I wonder if anyone at Threads will read this!

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: The New June/July Issue of Threads (#161)

Precision Plackets.

I like learning technical approaches to problem solving.

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: Quilt Your Stash!

I don't know an amount. Am afraid to figure it.

But I have too much.
And I have not enough.
Depends on day and project.

I have done some dresses destined for an orphanage in Africa and others for homeless children in my area.

This helps destasth until I add more.

Re: Giveaway: Threads Insider Membership

I would be for your broadening the iPad access. That is what I am most often on these days. I love seeing how things should be done and finding ways to apply high end techniques to simple projects


Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Famous Frocks" by Sara Alm and Hanna McDevitt

Would thoroughly enjoy this book! Not sure whose style I would choose as I am shaped differently from all of them. Maybe Jackie O or Audrey Hepburn?

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: The April/May 2012 issue of Threads magazine!

I think the garment industry secrets might be most appealing to me. But it all sounds interesting.

Re: Giveaway: SewStylish Spring 2012 Fashion Sewing Guide

Would like to learn more effieciency with rotary cutters. Also more about the bag in this issue

Re: Magazine Giveaway: Threads Issue #159, March 2012

Threads is always so inspirational.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Sweet Stitches from the Heart"

Looks like a fun book with lots of inspiration. The first embroidery I remember was a pinafore I wore more than 60 years ago!

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Sweet Stitches from the Heart"

Looks like a fun book with lots of inspiration. The first embroidery I remember was a pinafore I wore more than 60 years ago!

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "The Colette Sewing Handbook" by Sarai Mitnick

This looks so very interesting. I have sewn since I was a youngster--many years ago! Have not done much garment construction in several decades--discounting a few prom dresses. But garment construction calls me again. This would be a super incentive to get back to it.

Thanks for the chance!

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: Threads issue #158

Threads challenges and inspires. Please include me!

Re: DVD GIVEAWAY: Threads Magazine Archive, 1985-2011

Oh my, what a treasure this will be. I have many many years of the magazine but this would be so much better. I would actually go back and look up those bits I remember.

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: "Quick Stuff to Sew"

I am sewing tech cozies. Some will be gifts for sure

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Couture Sewing Techniques" by Claire B. Shaeffer

Oh, my, this looks like a good handbook to add to any sewer's library. I love to see how it is done! Have not done much garment construction in a while but would enjoy getting back into it!

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: A Guide to Fashion Sewing

Well, I do love to sew. Have not done garment construction in a number of years but would like to get back to it. Mostly now I do little quilted accessories with a momentary craze for tech cozies.


Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Underwear Fashion in Detail"

Interesting comments in response to interesting question. A welcome change of subject from the mess in DC these days!

I remember seeing one grandmother and a couple of aunts lace up corsets. My mom wore a girdle. As a young woman I often wore a panty girdle.........yuk!

With the advent of panty hose, we mostly stopped wearing girdles etc.

Now we seem to have come full circle with the skinny young things wearing Spanx.

Now we have lots of good and not so good choices of fabric for effect or comfort.

Who knows what is to come! It will be new and different and somehow the same old stuff.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Little Things to Sew"

I thoroughly enjoy sewing for wee folks! Would love to add the book to my working library!

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: Spacesuit--Fashioning Apollo

My daughter was 10 months old. We were visiting my grandmother who was born in the last century--that is the 19th century! I marveled and wondered at the changes the world had seen in my grandmother's lifetime and at what my daughter would see and take for granted.

We came home from grandmother's and slept on the floor in front of the only television in the house so as not to miss one step or word!

Re: Magazine Giveaway: SewStylish Summer 2011

I need to sew some tech cozies......

Re: Book Giveaway: "Threads Sewing Guide"

The book looks wonderful. Looks like a great reference to have on hand for any and all sewing problems.


Re: Book Giveaway: "Draping Basics" by Sally M. Di Marco

I have not done any of this but have sewn and altered patterns extensively over the years. This looks to be a valuable addition to any library. I would welcome the lessons in the book.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Draping Basics" by Sally M. Di Marco

What a treat this would be. I have done some pattern alterations over the years. Would love to learn draping inside and out!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Embroidered Textiles" by Sheila Paine

It has been a long long time since doing any embroidery. I would enjoy relearning and having a portable project. I have lots of silk ribbon so that should be the next effort.

Re: Book Giveaway: "1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips"

Well, not sure this is the most important but I am sure to have a magnet near my sewing. And to be sure all the pins respond to the magnet. If they don't, out they go. It makes it so easy to pick up dropped ones. The magnet I use came from the big boxes like Home Depot or Lowes. It is about the size of a ball point pen but stretched out, it is about 24 inches long.

Re: Giveaway: Teach Yourself to Sew Magazine and DVD bundle

I am not a new sewer (sewist?) by any means. Been doing it off and on for more than 50 years. The girls in the family have watched and begun to get on the band wagon.

Most of what I have done is garment construction. Most of what I do now is smaller quilted projects. Did have the chance to reintroduce a friend to the world of fabrics, threads and notions that I find so (sew?) exciting. She has been a painter of watercolors and is looking for another creative outlet.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: "Quick Stuff to Sew"


My hand is up and waving in the air.

I have some earlier ones--and of course, the ones by Taunton Press are way better than those by the other folks.

Yes my hand is still waving in the air. Pick me. Pick me.

Oh please.


Re: Book Giveaway: "Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the '40s and '50s"

Please include me! This book sounds fascinating.

Re: MAGAZINE AND DVD GIVEAWAY: "Teach Yourself to Sew"

Have sewn since I was a kid--long time ago. Not as much now to my distress. Wish I had had Threads when I was really doing lots of sewing. That magazine really opened up the possibilities to me.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: Cute and Easy Costumes for Kids

This looks like so much fun! Please include me. thanks.

Re: Book Giveaway: Bags in Bloom

Please include. Love making bags.

Re: Book Giveaway: Stitch-Opedia

Have enjoyed Threads for years.

Would love to have this book. I picture a Harris Tweed jacket (that was my husband's years and pounds ago) with silk ribbon embroidery for my daughter! This should help.


Re: Book Giveaway - Sewing For Children

Okay, I changed it!
Was not so hard.

Have no little people in my life but have been itching to sew for a little girl!

Re: Book Giveaway - The Complete Photo Guide to Ribbon Crafts

Love wonderful ribbons. This would be great fun to use. I make lots of small quilted items and the book would help give inspiration for embellishing.