Wednesday, January 27, 2010

X's and Oh's - Oh my!

X's & Oh's is a needlework company that began with cross-stitch, and has since branched out into counted needlepoint and hardanger!

Designer Joanne Gatenby is the owner and operator, ably supported by her husband Bill and their family. Their goal is to bring new and original designs to market, and to that end Joanne has been working with artists for many years, licensing their work to convert to cross-stitch along with her own artwork - to the delight of both their fans!

And since she wasn't nearly busy enough, Joanne is also a frequent contributor to magazines (such as The Cross Stitcher), and since 2008 has been a feature contributor to A Needle Pulling Thread, providing designs in every issue!

There's always something new from this dynamic company, so be sure to visit their booth and sign up for a make and take!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Event Features that make your visit a better experience!

Bingemans is an excellent venue for a sewing and needlework event. It's the little details that help make your visit a more enjoyable experience.

ATM on site: The automated teller machine means instant access to cash if you need it, right at the event.

Free Parking: Ample outdoor parking at no charge so you don't feel dinged before you even get to your event.

Children's Programs: Not sure what to do with the kids? Bingemans Funworx indoor playground might be just the thing to keep your spouse and children occupied while you enjoy a class or browsing the show floor. Visit for information on facilities, admission fees and food facilities.

Snack Bar: The snack bar is located on the show floor. You can take a breather, have a bite to eat and recharge yourself. Prices are kept reasonable to avoid that concession stand rip-off feeling.

Washrooms: Clean, bright and roomy. Yes, there may be line-ups at the busiest times but they won't last long.

Wheelchair Accessibility: An important consideration for those who use mobility devices.

So make a day (or two) of it with your sewing friends or family!

Monday, January 25, 2010

K-W Sewing Machines and Janome are participating!

K-W Sewing Machines has been serving the Kitchener-Waterloo area for over 30 years. From basic starter models, to top of the line embroidery machines, they feature the largest selection of Janome Sewing Machines in the area. K-W Sewing Machines also carries Industrial models for the professional sewing enthusiast.

Have you been thinking about getting one of those new sergers that goes beyond finishing seams? Then check out the Janome 1200 D. It provides all the tools you need to create great ready-to-wear garments. It is three machines in one: an Overlock, Cover Hem, and Top Cover Hem. It is versatile, incorporating many flatlock, blanket and overlock stitches, as well as the chain and coverstitch. You won't need to change the needle plate or foot for a rolled hem (yes!), and the upper looper system is easily converted for a cover hem or top cover hem. The 1200D automatically selects the tension settings (yeah!)for each stitch so you can sew with comfort and confidence. You'll also find 28 optional feet (28!) and attachments. With all this, you are only limited by your imagination.

Juki Corporation - Home and Semi-professional Sewing Machines

A great reason for attending SewFest West 2010 is to test drive a JUKI. Whether you are a garment sewer or a quilter, if you are looking for accurate stitching and performance, you should definitely look at the JUKI home sewing and semi-professional machines.

The feature rich TL98P Perfection caught my eye. They have incorporated the engineering of industrial sewing machines into a portable to deliver accurate stitching with low vibration. It has a built in thread trimmer that you can activate with a touch of a button or with your foot pedal. It sews through thick and thin layers. The easy to find drop feed dog switch, needle threader, large extension table, needle up down feature and knee lift for the presser foot, all make this a top of the line sewing machine. Look at the list of standard accessories included: 1/5 and 1/4 quilting (free motion) feet, even feed foot, compensating foot, zipper foot and standard foot.

JUKI also has an impressive line up of sergers and computerized sewing machines.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Kayla Kennington - Feature Fibre Artist

Kayla has been creating one-of-a-kind garments and showpieces for individual clients, galleries and shows for over 30 years. She won the "Crème de la Crème" Award in the Bernina Fashion Show in 2001 with the "Butterfly Coat," and again in 2002 with the "Fire Blossom Phoenix," and received the Bernina Hall of Fame Award in 2003. Kayla won another international award at the Fashion Fantasia competition in Australia, in 2004. Kayla then created two more Bernina showpieces (but not for judging) in 2003 and 2004, and was then a judge at the 2005 Bernina Fashion Show. Kayla created “Fantasia Fleur du Soleil,” a fanciful Cirque du Soleil-like showpiece for the 2006 Bernina Fashion Show (again, not for competition). A national speaker and educator, Kayla travels widely, holding workshops, retreats, trunk shows, fashion shows, and inspirational slide presentations. She also writes for national sewing magazines; she is a contributing author for Threads, Designs in Machine Embroidery, Belle Armoire, and Fiberarts magazines. Kayla has also has been featured on DIY and Oregon Art Beat, and in various books. Watch for postings on Kayla's classes and stage shows on this blog.

Northern Pine Designs joins the list of exhibitors

Linda Lachance is the designer behind the name Northern Pine Designs, a business she started in 1987, initially with a line of counted cross-stitch designs. The business has grown and now includes many different charted canvaswork *needlepoint* designs which incorporate a variety of wonderful threads, stitches and textures in the creation of geometric designs. Many of Linda's themes are drawn from nature and the idea of windows is found throughout her work. The nature themes include many designs of loons, pine trees, lakes and sunsets, snowflakes, butterflies and so on.  Be sure to visit the Northern Pine Designs website to preview her amazing designs. I am particularly enamoured with Abalone which incorporates a real shell into the needlepoint.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Marnic Designs - original cross-stitch designs

Visit Marnic Designs' website to see the range of terrific designs for cross-stitching.  There is something here for everyone!  Turn your treasured photos into designs, commission a custom design, custom frame your cross-stitch treasures and more.  Marnic Designs will be exhibiting and hosting make & takes at their booth. 

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Grantham Books will be there!

Who doesn't love poring through the many and varied books at the Grantham Books booth at needlework shows?  Knitting, machine embroidery, embellishment, quilting, sewing and more:  the selection is always terrific.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Creative Sewing Centre

Kitchener's Creative Sewing Centre will be showing their Husqvarna Viking lineup of terrific sewing, quilting and embroidery machines at Sew Fest West 2010!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Lots of great reasons to come out for SewFest West 2010!

So many reasons to visit SewFest West 2010:  Carolyn Mitchell Designs and Christine's Swedish Weaving and their fabulous stitchery products and designs will be there!  Dye-versions' hand dyed yarns and fabrics are to dye for!  Jonny Seww innovative stabilizer products make sewing, quilting and embroidery so much easier.  Creative Sisters Quilt Studio, Ruti's Needlebed and Country Patchworks Fabrics & Quilts will delight you with their selection of fabrics and patterns.  And Herrschners has so much to offer for those interested in yarn and crafting!  Links to the exhibitor websites are provided on the left hand side of this page.  Check them all out and plan your visit to their booths.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Sew-Sisters Quilt Shop signs up as an exhibitor

The Sew Sisters, Judy and Karen, have been selling fabric online and at shows since 2003.  They opened the doors to their store at 3961 Chesswood Drive in North York (Toronto) Ontario, Canada on September 12, 2007. The Sew-Sisters Quilt Shop offers a large selection of top quality quilt fabric as well as books, notions, patterns and more. Visit them online through the link posted in our exhibitors directory to the left and come out to SewFest West to meet them in person.

Kallisti Quilts joins the list of exhibitors

Established in November 2000, Kallisti Quilts specializes in international and contemporary fabrics and patterns for creative people.  They were the winner of the Best Booth Award at the Fall 2009 Creativ Festival.  Visit their website using the link on the left side of this page to see all the wonderful fabrics and patterns they offer.

Farthingales has joined the list of exhibitors

We are pleased to advise that Farthingales will be exhibiting at SewFest West 2010.   Farthingales offers an extensive line of products that appeal not only to the theatrical costumer but the professional dressmaker and creative home-sewer as well. A link to the Farthingales website is located in the exhibitors directory to the left.  Check out their unique fabrics and supplies for making corsets and historical garments.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

New exhibitors added to directory

Exhibitor applications continue to come in and we are pleased to add Impressions in Wood and Bytowne Threads to our Exhibitors Directory located on the left hand side of this blog.  Click on the exhibitor name to visit the exhibitor's website and see all the great products they have to offer.