Trenton’s ‘one-hand sewing man’ showcases at exhibit
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Qaysean Williams is in full alter-ego mode: a hunter blaze orange House of High End cap with Bob Marley-like dreadlocks spilling out the sides, a white sleeveless MNK tank top...
Kansas quilter gifts blankets to Hutchinson hospice centers
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Pamela Yoder's winter hobby has become wrapping people in squares of love.
Yoder, of rural Reno County, has been sewing and distributing lap blankets to a pair of...
Police: Albuquerque girl bit into candy bar with needle
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are encouraging parents to check their children's Halloween candy after a girl says she bit into a chocolate bar with a sewing needle in it.
Police say the 12-year-old was trick-or-treating at a park Wednesday in northeast Albuquerque. Police noted that the girl's mother said a person in a vehicle was handing out candy there, though it wasn't known if the candy bar with the needle came from that person.
Store gets warm welcome from quilting community
WOODBURY, Conn. (AP) — The Running Stitch Quilt Shoppe recently opened in the Pilgrim Mall, and owner Helga Lavan hopes to create a store that is warm, inviting and in keeping with Woodbury's small-town New England charm.
The 1,200-square-foot shop is where Colleen's Hair Salon was, and provides quilters with fabrics, materials, patterns and other accessories. It also holds regular quilting classes and sells sewing machines.
Needle-in-strawberry scare spreads across Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Public fears about sewing needles concealed inside strawberries on supermarket shelves have spread across Australia and New Zealand as growers turn to metal detectors and the Australian government launches an investigation to restore public confidence in the popular fruit.
Migrant tailors stitch together new lives in Italy
ROME (AP) — An American costume maker living in Rome has created a dressmaking cooperative around migrant tailors, an example of initiatives cropping up in Italy to help new arrivals assimilate and make a living while they wait for decisions on their asylum requests.
Spirit of 1905: An Alabama retail dynasty closes down
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Zoghby's Department Store has seen whole eras come and go. At the end of July, Raymond Zoghby will bring the last of them to an end.
"We are closing down," Zoghby said, meaning himself and his wife Rosalie. "Our children are all grown and are interested in other professions."
Featured quilter favors traditional designs
Like most avid quilters, Mona Benson has enough fabric stashed away to last a lifetime.
She's apt to make a dent in her piles of material, though, since she's now retired and has the time to quilt to her heart's content.
Blackfoot Quilt Festival to be held April 6-7
BLACKFOOT - If you haven’t heard about the Blackfoot Quilt Fest you need to come see what all the excitement is about.
Quilt show to offer inspiration and items
BULLHEAD CITY — The Colorado River Quilters will be displaying many colorful and lovingly created examples of their work on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Named “Quilts on the River VIII,” the event will be held at Desert Valley Elementary School, 1066 Marina Blvd., in Bullhead City.
A variety of vendors will be there, including scissor sharpening, at one of the booths.
Handmade: Fabric collector plans to ‘thin out’ stash
When sewing enthusiast Barbara Altwerger and her husband, Nick, moved into a bigger house, her collection of fabric got bigger. "It kept growing," she said, as if it had a life of its own!
Inmates quilt for the homeless
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — On a chilly Saturday in Kelso, Jason Thieleman cradled his shivering chihuahua under the Cowlitz Way Bridge, waiting patiently with other homeless people.
"She goes everywhere with me," said Thieleman, 43, smiling affectionately at 6-year-old Debobella as she nuzzled his chin.
From bobbins to bags, children’s sewing class teaches basics
YORK, Pa. (AP) — Raine Miller, 7, was on the edge of her seat when the "earthquake" happened.
She could barely stay seated while operating the foot pedal for her sewing machine during a children's sewing class at Gusa by Victoria recently in York.
Meanwhile, Meadow Manning, 10, had pressed down hard on her foot pedal, making her sewing machine whir furiously as the feed dogs pulled her fabric across the needle plate.
The sound and the fury made the girls, who had just met, laugh.
Bon Air couple make guitars and quilts in retirement
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Joe and Cherie Lenzi typically say goodbye after breakfast and head to work. They usually meet for lunch and dinner. Sometimes they return to work in the evening.
They put in long days, but they don't mind a bit. In fact, they absolutely love it.
Because, to them, it's not work at all. It's retirement.
Scranton Woman Sews Fabric Into Dolls, Rope Into Baskets
Seated at a tabletop sewing machine in her Scranton home, Aline Fernandes feeds cotton rope by hand along the needle bobbing colorful thread in a zigzag stitch.
She steadily coils the beige rope while angling it upward to create a bowl shape. When it reaches the desired size of small, medium or large, she snips the rope with scissors, fashions the end into a loop and sews it onto the outer edge.
Made By Hand: Scranton Woman Sews Fabric Into Dolls, Rope Into Baskets
Seated at a tabletop sewing machine in her Scranton home, Aline Fernandes feeds cotton rope by hand along the needle bobbing colorful thread in a zigzag stitch. She steadily coils the beige rope while angling it upward to create a bowl shape. When it reaches the desired size of small, medium or large, she snips the rope with scissors, fashions the end into a loop and sews it onto the outer edge. The result: a brightly colored basket — one of Fernandes’ specialties of her home-based business...
Iowa group makes quilts for cancer patients
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Sheila Kroll was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2014. Seven months and 33 radiation treatments later, she selected a red, white and blue quilt from a cupboard at Great River Cancer Center.
"(Getting the quilt) was kind of like, 'OK, it's done,'" the West Burlington resident and Hawkeye Heritage Quilt Guild president said. "I felt like I was finally at the end and I could pick up where life left off."
Popular public TV host Nancy Zieman dies after long fight against cancer
Nancy Zieman, host of the longest-running sewing show on television, died Tuesday morning at her Beaver Dam home after a long fight against cancer. She was 64.
The host and co-producer of "Sewing With Nancy" stepped away from the show earlier this year after learning the cancer had spread and couldn't be treated.
Her sewing and quilting TV show started in 1982 on Wisconsin Public Television and remains popular throughout the country on PBS.
Police: Long Island girl finds needle in Halloween candy
NORTH LINDENHURST, N.Y. (AP) — Police on Long Island say a six-year-old girl found a 2-inch long sewing needle inside a candy bar she got while trick-or-treating on Halloween.
Police say the girl from North Lindenhurst discovered the needle when she bit into a TWIX Fun Size Caramel Cookie Bar on Wednesday. The girl was not injured.
The candy, wrappers and another unopened candy bar have been sent to the Suffolk County Crime Lab to be examined.
These tools come at an expensive price if owned individually. Fortunately, the library has added these among its "Discovery Kits" so that residents can check them out for a week at a time to complete a sewing project.
Thousands attend International Quilt Festival at the Brown Convention Center
Fans of quilting, sewing, stitching and all things cloth flocked to the George R. Brown Convention Center to get their fix during the 43rd annual International Quilt Festival.
The convention, the largest of its type, drew more than 50,000 visitors from 35 countries from Thursday to Sunday for quilting classes, competitions and hundreds of booths selling everything from needle minders to quilting machines.
New workspace in Omaha aims to boost young fashion designers
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha nonprofit has opened a free workspace for fashion designers.
Designers at the Fashion Institute Midwest's workshop will have free access to equipment, cutting tables, a private tailoring salon, fashion books, fabric, thread and a commercial button-hole machine, the Omaha World-Herald reported .
Minnesota sewing group mends clothes for those in need
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A free sewing service is stopping by shelters and housing programs around the Twin Cities.
Known as the Mobile Menders, the group's motto is simple: sewing mends the soul, Minnesota Public Radio reported.
The group fixes everything from pants, shirts, shoes, blankets and backpacks. Items sometimes have missing buttons, broken zippers, holes and waistbands that need to be taken in.
New sewing center to open Aug. 1 in downtown NP
The window chalk reads that “something creative” will soon be next door to the Espresso Shoppe, and Jason Krajewski hopes he delivers.
Krajewski plans to open Sew Creative Sewing Center at 421 N. Dewey St. on Aug. 1.
He’ll sell and service Singer and Pfaff sewing machines. He also hopes to offer scissor sharpening, sewing supplies, notions, thread, needles, pins, quilting supplies and fabrics.
Pocatello Women’s Connection July Luncheon set
POCATELLO - You are invited to the Pocatello Women's Connection Luncheon on July 13 at the Clarion Inn with a social connection time from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., and the lunch and program from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost for lunch is $13. Please RSVP to Lee at 221-4264 or Jeris at 847-5598.
POCATELLO - If you have thought about registering your children or grandchildren for sewing lessons at Pocatello Sewing School, do it now. The school’s summer sewing camps are in full swing now, with openings still available in late June and July.
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A heartfelt finale for Norwalk’s Quilts of Valor ceremony
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Christie Ruiz never viewed sewing quilts for veterans in Fairfield County as a hardship or a nuisance; for her, it was somewhere between a moral obligation and a labor of love devoted to an underappreciated sect of American society.
After three years of Quilts of Valor events, however, Ruiz is reluctantly calling it quits after her business was unable to raise additional funds for the cause.
Seeking a new venue for its 34th annual show, Three Rivers Quilters placed its bet on a betting site - The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.The South Hills-based nonprofit was a winner, drawing an estimated 2,000 patrons over three days - Thursday through Saturday - in its first year at the North Strabane Township facility."It's been wonderful here," Ruth Ann Lowery of Nottingham Township, Three Rivers member and publicity chairwoman of the event, said Saturday morning. She stood near the entrance...
Stitching love and a historic civil rights case into a quilt
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Hearts are beating. Eyes are focused. And hands are working diligently on a March afternoon at the Birmingham Public Library.
Love is in the air, too, courtesy of the Bib & Tucker Sew-Op.
The local nonprofit organization, which aims to build community and nurture sewing skills, has settled into the library's downtown atrium for a session with needles and thread.
If you’re part of the sewing community on Kauai, chances are you’re connected with Eileen Miyasato in some way.
For over two decades, the soft-spoken 70-year-old wife, mother and grandmother has opened her Lihue home to over 3,000 students and continues to teach 10 months of the year.
Her greatest joy in sewing, she says, is passing her knowledge to the next generation of seamstresses and tailors.
Quilting Intro Class at Pocatello Sewing School
POCATELLO - Learn to do simple piecing at a three-hour workshop at Pocatello Sewing School. You’ll learn basic piecing and create a red, white and blue 12-inch block that can be entered in the Eastern Idaho State Fair’s Quilt Block Competition in September. Entries to this competition will be judged but not returned; all entries will be put together into a quilt that will go to a charity.
The 12th annual It's Sew Fine Sewing and Quilting Expo returns to General Butler State Resort Park from April 10-12. The event's keynote speaker will be Elizabeth Burns, who learned to quilt after losing her vision as the result of a near-fatal car accident in 1988. The award-winning quilter will tell her story, "Through Tragedy, Challenge, Perseverance and Triumph: A Quilter is Born," during the event's banquet on April 11. The expo provides sewing enthusiasts a chance to enrich their skills...
Opelika sewing group provides hope, one stitch at a time
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — On every second Monday of the month, East Alabama Medical Center's education center is filled with conversations, needle, thread, sewing machines, fabric and the will to help others get through an illness, one stitch at a time.
A sewing group, a part of the EAMC's Auxiliary, meets to design gifts and instill optimism in hospital patients.
"The meetings are a blessing," said Leticia Guin, chairman. "We relax and do a good deed."
Love of sewing patterns leads to world-class collection
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — If a costume designer wanted to recreate a World War I era wraparound dress, a 1940s zoot suit or even a bodice from 1875, the sewing patterns are in Rhode Island.
The University of Rhode Island has the largest known collection of sewing patterns in the world, according to the collection's curator, Joy Spanabel Emery, and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.
Honor stitches: Louisiana quilting club ‘hugs’ veterans
SULPHUR, La. (AP) — A quilt is like a hug, says one of the Gilded Ladies, a group of Louisiana women who get together once a week for a special purpose: Each Veterans Day they give away their hand-stitched "hugs" to military veterans.
Their friend, Alice Perry, started the effort three years ago in Sulphur, a town of 20,000 promoted as "the Pride of Southwest Louisiana."
DIY pet beds should be cozy, safe
There are as many ideas for do-it-yourself pet beds as there are kinds of pets. Projects range from simple sewing patterns to complex woodwork.
But the goal is a safe, customized bed that suits the pet, so that "your furry family members have a cozy plane to curl up," says Camille Smith, website managing editor for the home design channel HGTV.
In the Suburbs: At last! This novice shares exhibit space with master quilters
The quilting guild my wife and I belong to was invited by our Fairfield University Bookstore to exhibit some of our work during the month of October. I am happy to say that three of my larger quilts and three wall hangings are part of the quilting show and I had to step back in amazement when everything was hung, because, compared to other guild members, I still consider what I’m doing as a work in progress.
Maker spaces providing hands-on technology experience for area students
This past spring, the students in Susie Lavallee's reading classes at Cecil Intermediate School in Canon-McMillan School District partnered with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and Gateway to the Arts to make pillows for children undergoing medical procedures and treatment at the hospital.The students gathered in the school's new maker space, where they met with a child-life specialist from Children's Hospital and spent 10 class periods with fabric and textile artist Amy Masters, learning to...
FAIRFIELD — Summer camp may mean toasted marshmallows and bug bites to many, but to the campers at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, camp means traveling to distant lands, sewing quilts, making ice cream, and museum field work.
Patient: IHS delayed removing dirty sewing needle from foot
PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — An Oglala Sioux woman says in a federal lawsuit that she's suffered a disabling injury after staff at the Indian Health Service hospital in Pine Ridge waited days to remove a dirty sewing needle lodged in her foot.
Karrie Yankton of Pine Ridge is seeking expenses and court-determined compensation in the suit against the federal government alleging medical negligence.
A previous administrative claim for $5 million was denied.
Madison Style: The Electric Needle
They don’t make adult-sized “Little House on the Prairie” Laura dresses, but Jen Mulder’s husband, Jay, wanted them to be Pa and Laura Ingalls for a costume party. Their quest to find suitable calico fabric for Jen Mulder to sew her own costume fortuitously led to her opening The Electric Needle.
Jen Mulder made Jay Mulder go with her to a local retailer to pick out the calico. While waiting in line to have the fabric cut, he noticed sewing machines were on sale...
A Eugene business that sells sewing pattern kits online is taking a Georgia woman to court, alleging in a copyright infringement lawsuit that she’s making money and costing the Eugene company cash by selling unauthorized copies of its products.
Ranita Corp., which does business in Eugene as Sure-Fit Designs, alleges in the federal suit filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene that Oticca Beamer and her business, Fit & Fashion, make and sell a number of clothing design...