International Women’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate accomplishments. Thanks to Sue Ryan and Gail Moorhead for helping complete the ‘cases for caring’ and ‘velux’ bags for hospital patients. Great job! We had fun doing it !

Personally; I completed a full set of sheer curtains ( 60 pinch pleats in a 12 m wide sheer to cover the patio doors. ) Best part is I bought the fabric for $36. curtainsWhat do you think? The pleats do not show up very well here. Pretty proud of myself however.

The Garment Bag got embroidered and here it is. Off to make another one. garment bag 1 Last of all, but the most exciting for me, is the fact I received Honourable Mention in the Contest run by Sandra Betzina. I entered my Jacket V # 1364  SB 1and it won !

I often use the selvedge edges of the fabric as I did in this one, Sometimes the edge is just to pretty to cut off. Of course it takes some play to add the selvedge to curves and corners and a little trim to cover up joins is needed. I love it and now on my way to sew the dress to co-ordinate.

If you want to learn more about this technique I will be teaching a class this Spring so sign up soon. Pick your day.

Pant fitting has also been a popular request so again it will be held Wednesday afternoons for 1-4, so email to register.

This Friday March 11, is Serger Group day so I invite you out to learn more about your serger and see the things we create in the Creative Styling Sewing studio.

Enjoy this wonderful weather and see you soon.



Leap Year

An extra day to sew. Unfrogettable ELThinking of a new project?  Watch for my garment bag with machine embroidery to add a personal touch.

Remember March is pot luck month so plan a day in my studio with your UFO’s.


  • design by embroidery library.

Linen Looks

New ways with antique linens. vestvest backDoilyvest patternI used this Butterick Pattern to create the delightul vest above and added my own touches for fun in the way of recycled linen napkins and table runner. The table topper is a mix of lace and crocheted doilies.

March is fun month to sew up just about anything you can think of.

Join in the creative sewing sessions .,,,,,,Jo-Anne


Valentine’s Day

Huggleby bearHuggleby B. Bear is wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. Hug a loved one, tell those around you how much they mean to you and since Family Day falls a day after, then connect with them and share you feelings.

Machine Embroidery takes up much of my time lately and yet the Serging and Sewing classes continue. The pant fitting classes are filling up the end of the month. The Serger Workshop Feb 25 & 26 still has available spaces. Cloning a Pattern will be postponed until March as I am taking a little mini vacation.

Saturday Feb 27 will be a fun day of sewing for charity so please call and set up a time to sew with me. What child wouldn’t want their hospital stay brightened up with one of these cute pillow cases?

pillow cases doneI am declaring March, Pot Luck Sewing month.

Come sew any item you wish or complete those UFO’s

Enjoy your weekend and see you soon.





New Classes

February Classes and Workshops are now listed!

We are just completing Sewing with Knits Thursday and Blouses and Tops on Friday this week.

Don’t forget that ‘ Sewing for Giving ” will be open to anyone wanting to come and sew Saturday January 30 at 10am. We will be sewing pillow cases for CHEO and other charity projects, so come and meet new friends!

Valentine ProjectFebruary 11 we will be sewing Valentine Gift ideas such as the zippered bottle wrap/wrist wrap. Perfect for carrying keys or change and identifying your own bottled water.

luggage tagsThe luggage tag will be another quick project to complete in an afternoon, February 11 from 1-4 .

See you soon to Sew !







Sewing Classes are running, despite the horrid snow storm I was in last evening. If anyone was on the 401 you would know what I mean!. Grateful to be home after a 4 hour drive.

Sewing with Knits starts this Thursday January 21 /10-1. The photo shows 6 different neckline finishes that complete a simple knit shirt. Sew you own top or just complete the samples for future use. Second session is the following Thursday. knits samples

Learn To Sew begins Saturday January 23 at 10am. Make sure to register in advance   Kits for sewing this Sewing Caddy are available or let me know the project you wish to work on and we can get your sewing going.

caddy 2

The Machine Embroidery get together will be held this Friday so if you have a Baby Lock embroidery machine please join us for inspiring discussions followed by a pot luck lunch.

Contact Jo-Anne to register     Check our schedule under “Sewing Workshops”


Valentine Ideas

As Valentine Day approaches I have some quick and easy ideas to sew for giving. This sweet  wristlet  wristletis a Kwik Sew Pattern that I made more fun by adding some machine embroidery. As it stores change or keys on your wrist it is great for the loved one who enjoys exercising or just going for long walks with the dog.

bottle holderThis one is an idea taken from a picture I found somewhere on line. Just take two men’s ties and sew them opposite points together for about 14 inches from the pointed ends. Fold in half and stich up right sides together for 7 inches each side. Turn RSO and tie narrow ends together and hang over your neck across body to hold your water bottle when walking.

luggage tagsThis last one is a Luggage Tag from Baby Lock. I added some monograms and applique to brighten them up. They wrap around the handle of your suitcase and make it easy to identify on the airport carousel. Sewn out of felt or vellux with the addition of Velcro to fasten.

Don’t forget to register for the upcoming SEWING WITH KNITS WORKSHOP. Thursday January 28 from 10 to 1,  I will be showing you all the tricks to sewing with knits.

Class fee is $45 for the session and  it fills up quickly so book ahead.



January thaw

Seems with rain and mild temps we are having a continual thaw. Shall we think of Spring Sewing ?   Only 68 days away !!

At least let’s think of Valentine Day when we can bring a splash of color into our lives. I will be posting a few ideas for giving on my project page and check out my Sewing Workshop page where monthly classes, time and fees will be listed.

Have you sewn up that lovely red fabric yet ?

Until next week

Sew long




Sewing Sessions

Greetings to all Sewers,

Do you enjoy a schedule in your life as much as I do? Some how I seem to get more accomplished when organized. The beginning of each New Year is a good excuse to start.

Sewing sessions are still available so call and book soon. Pants that fit runs each Wednesday afternoon and Sewing with knits begins January 21.

I will try to run the Serger class on the second Friday of each month which happens to start tomorrow  1-4. Please let me if you are attending so a project for your skill level will be ready in advance. pillow cases

“Learn to Sew” is scheduled for this Saturday January 9th beginning at 10am. This first session is Free of charge as I have several Pillow ‘Cases for Caring’ and Vellux Bags for giving, to sew up for worthwhile causes. BYOL and learn as together we sew, press and serge.

topics of interestBags for giving

You may want to check out the latest Threads on line. there is an article on using your Tailor’s Press for more than just collars. The Free video shows many ways to use this great sewing tool.

Darrell Thomas in Ottawa has a huge Sale on with lots of knits.

Well almost a weekend and still lots of sewing to do.

See you soon