5th Saturday Sale

Embroidery Central will be holding their 5th Saturday sale Dec. 29th. What exactly is this, you ask? The fifth Saturday sale means double punch day for anyone buying stitchy stuff. for instance, I purchase a $10 piece of linen and I get 20 dollars worth of punches on my card. Yeah me! If you fill up a punch card, you get a credit of twenty dollars on your account. Yeah me again!

Plus, sales will be going on all day. Just remember, EC will only be open 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday. Their addres is 1638 North 200 West in Logan, Utah. I hope to see you all there, happy stitching!

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It’s all about the fabric; part 1

Every stitcher knows that the fabric determines how your project will look from childish to elegant. In fact, some of us buy fabric just because its so darn pretty. We know that eventually we will find that perfect pattern. We buy it because its on sell, its out of print, its a new line, its sparkly, it smells good, it feels good, etc. Stitchers are addicted to their fabric.

So this series will focus on different kinds of fabric including , how to wash, how to cut, how to buy, and where to buy. Let’s begin with Aida.

Aida is a sturdy even weave fabric. It comes in several different colors including a two metallic weaves – gold and silver. It can be washed with a mild detergent, dye and perfume free, in cool to lukewarm water. It can also be ironed with or without steam. You can wash and iron this type of fabric before and after stitching. Keep in mind that this applies only if your project has no hand dyed thread.

It is also a great fabric for beginners to learn tension because it is stiff and can be used without a hoop. It is also inexpensive and can be found almost anywhere from department stores to craft stores. It usually comes already cut in a plastic tube or a plastic bag and it can be kept in these containers for storage.

There are a variety of sizes ranging from 7 count to 22 count; a twenty count has twenty squares per inch. A seven count is the biggest size fabric while 22 is the smallest size fabric; if I remember correctly.

Aida is the fabric required for most patterns so really there is no limit. Happy Stitching!

Copyright Laws: Selling Individual Magazine Patterns

Today’s topic is patterns in a magazine and it is more my opinion then actual fact.  I do not know what the legality or rules in regards to magazines so I am hoping to get tons of responses.

The topic destroying a needlework magazine to sell the individual patterns on eBay.

I not only stitch patterns but I also collect them.  I collect specific designers and specific magazines.  Sometimes the only place to find the items I am looking for is to go through an online auction such as eBay.  Recently, I found a pattern that I would dearly love to have by Joan Elliott for one dollar.  Her patterns normally run ten to twenty dollars so I was excited; until, I clicked on the picture and read the details.

The details stated that it was a pattern from a magazine.  Let me state that again, it was a pattern from a magazine.  No big deal I thought, I ‘ll just skip dealing with this individual and find something different.  Almost every pattern I thought about purchasing had been ripped out of a magazine.  This is when I got frustrated.

The patterns out of a magazine are absolutely useless to me as a stitcher and as a collector.  I like to see how stitching trends have changed over the years.  I enjoy the different articles.  I even check out the ads.  However, the most damaging aspect of destroying a magazine is you ruin other patterns in the magazine.

Most patterns are not printed back to back.  You are selling a Joan Elliott pattern but whose design on the other side did you destroy a Teresa Wentzler, Passione Ricamo, Mirabilia.  Was it a new artist or designer trying to break into the field?  Was it an article about new techniques, tips, or tools? Was it an article about a charitable organization looking for support?

This might be one of those grey areas when it comes to copyright laws; but to me, no one one should rip a magazine apart and then sell the patterns individually.

Quick and Easy Project: Merry Christmas Embroidery

Looking for a unique gift idea for the holidays or something fun to create for your home. If you are you need to check this project out.

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You can get this fun project from http://embroidery.com/. You need to buy the pattern, the muslin fabric, a friction pen, a jingle bell, a fabric board, and thread through the provided website. The fabric was purchased from Suppose in Preston, Id. Crayons to color in the back-stitching purchased from Family Dollar also in Preston, Id. In total I maybe spent ten hours putting it together. It was easy and fun!

Copyright Laws: Copying

In this series, we explore the Copyright laws and how they apply to the world of needlework. Copyright laws affect what you can and cannot do with your patterns and finished projects.  I am not an expert in this area, this is just information I have picked up from 20 years of stitching.  Hopefully, I can get stitchers, designers, and store owners to comment. We will begin with copying.

In needle work, a copy is a printed duplicate of the original design known as a working copy.  No, it does not do the stitching for you, sheesh!

Imagine you are half way done with your project and the pattern was twenty dollars.  You are sipping on a drink while stitching.  Then all of a sudden, so and so (insert name here) spills your drink on your pattern.  You might be able to save it but you might be buying another pattern for twenty dollars.  Yeah!

What, you don’t want to buy the exact same pattern for twenty dollars?  A working copy allows you to scribble, highlight, make notes, eat, drink, or whatever you do when you are stitching without damaging the original pattern or denting your stitching budget.

As far as I know, designers do not mind working copies.  This does not mean you can make a copy of a pattern and sell it on eBay or to a friend.  I have seen this happen.  You may make a copy of a pattern for someone else or let them borrow your pattern so that they can make a working copy.

Just remember, every copy means a designer does not get paid.  If you have any questions, you can always ask the designer or your local needlework stores.  After all, if they don’t make money, they will stop creating designs and we won’t get the patterns or the product.

Up Coming Events: Embroidery Central

Needlework stores around the world will find new ways to reward loyal customers and bring in new customers.  This is what this feature will be about. If you are a patron of a local needlework store or an owner, send me an e-mail about any events including sales, classes, or get togethers that your store is hosting. I will then post the events for everyone to read and mark on calendars.

Currently, I am only familiar with my local needlework store Embroidery Central 1638 North 200 West Logan, Utah.  Here is a list of events for December.

Embroidery Central has teamed up with The Hearld Journal (local newspaper)  for a Christmas giveaway. There will be one prize given away every week. The catch is you have to go to the store and sign up. The first week give away is cute set of carolers. Other prizes include a craft basket loaded with Donnette’s favorite gadgets, a scroll frame with quilted accessories, and all of the project of the months for 2013.  Started Dec. 1st.

Starting Dec. 6th, they start counting down to Christmas with the twelve days of Christmas needlework style. Every day will have a different item on sale. For example, buy four hand dyed floss get one free. I do not have a full list yet but I will get one asap.

Every Wednesday night at 6 pm to 8 pm is stitch night. All ages and all levels of stitchers are more than welcome to come spend some time completely devoted to needlework. Bring a project you are working on or find a new project in the store. You may show up at anytime between those hours.

On Dec 10th at 11 am, there will be a bobbin lace class. The class is $10 with a $5.00 project fee. There is also a kit to help get you started that is about $30.00. Learn a new hobby and the history behind lace making.

Well that is all the events for this one store. Tell me what is your favorite shop doing to celebrate the holidays?