More Tuffets Finished

April 3rd, 2016

Second Tuffet RetreatWe finished our second tuffet retreat earlier this month.  There were 11 gals in the class and we finished 11 tuffets.  Everyone loved their tuffet, and we loved how different they all looked.

Take a tuffet class with us and know we will be there with the right equipment to get your tuffet finished.  Our next class is June 28th - 30th, but it is currently full.

Call us at 830-896-8088 and we will be glad to put you on our waiting list.

We have just scheduled another Tuffet Retreat for Tuesday, August 23rd - Thursday August 25th.

The class begins at 1pm on Tuesday the 23rd.  We’ll sew that day, all the next day, and finish with lunch on Thursday, August 25th.  The cost of the retreat is $270.00 which includes two nights stay at The Main House, all of your meals, and unlimited sewing time.  We would be delighted to have you as a day student for $170.00 which includes all your meals and unlimited sewing.  We have two instructors who will help you complete your tuffet.  Each student has 3 tables to work on.  Our studio is large and has great lighting.

We have the tuffet foundation pattern available for $29.98 as well as the tuffet kit for $129.00.  You must have a kit and pattern.  Other supplies you need are minimal and a complete supply list will be sent upon registration.

If you want to do a tuffet on your own, you can order the pattern and kit on our website at Tuffets.

Warehouse Sale — Success

April 2nd, 2016

blog-warehouse-3001.jpgPictures are truly worth more than words.  We are so grateful for all our customers who came to help us celebrate.Our 38th Anniversary event was amazing.  We think everyone came expecting a crowd and they weren’t disappointed.  We sold fabric at unbelievable prices and offered some great Horn cabinets.  Our sale had it all.  There was stuff from antiques to eclectic  ”junk” to old shop hop decorations.  It was great fun.

We have a few ideas for next year to cut down on the “over crowding” we experienced. (After all, our warehouse is only 4,000 square feet.)  Mark your calendar for our 39th Anniversary which we will hold March 31st and April 1st, 2017.

One of a kind buttons, closures and embellishments

February 6th, 2016

buttons-picture.jpgEvery once in a while you find something so different that you are thrilled to be able to bring it to your customers. This is the case with Crone Art.

Actually, they found us and that is even more exciting. The sisters at Crone Art contacted us to see if we would be interested in their beautiful buttons and closures. They found our website and thought we might want to work with them. How right they were… We love the unusual.

You will have to visit the shop in person to see all the items we currently have from Crone Art, but I have a few pictures to give you a close-up.

buttons-blog.jpgbuttons-blog-2.jpgbuttons-blog-3.jpgbuttuon-sblog-4.jpg The items will change often, and we will not be able to reorder any specific items.  That’s why you will want to circle by our display each time you come to the shop.

These are the kinds of items you build an outfit around.  Get the buttons and then find the fabric and pattern.  It’s fun to work in reverse.  Hope you will come by and take a look.

Tuffet Retreat at The Main House

January 10th, 2016

blog-tuffet.jpgWe have finished our first Tuffet Retreat at The Main House. There were a total of 16 finished tuffets, but we had some gals who finished and left before we could get this group shot.

Our retreat was 2 nights, 2 days of stitching, meals and lots of fun.  It was wonderful to see how different all the tuffets looked.  We hope you will be able to join us in one of our future tuffet retreats.

Our next retreat is March 22th - 24th.  The class begins at 1pm on Tuesday the 22th.  We’ll sew that day, all the next day, and finish with lunch on Thursday, March 24th.  The cost of the retreat is $270.00 which includes two nights stay at The Main House, all of your meals, and unlimited sewing time.  We would be delighted to have you as a day student for $170.00 which includes all your meals and unlimited sewing.  We have two instructors who will help you complete your tuffet.  Each student has 3 tables to work on.  Our studio is large and has great lighting.

We have the tuffet foundation pattern available for $29.98 as well as the tuffet kit for $129.00.  You must have a kit and pattern.  Other supplies you need are minimal and a complete supply list will be sent upon registration.

If you want to do a tuffet on your own, you can order the pattern and kit on our website at Tuffets.

blog-tuffet-debbie.jpgblog-tuffet-gilda.jpgblog-tuffet-kate.jpgSixteen gals were in our tuffet class and 16 left with finished tuffets.  These close ups show you there are endless possibilities for your tuffet.

We have a summer retreat scheduled beginning Tuesday, June 28th - Thursday June 30th.  You can register by phone at 830-896-8088.

Should you have to cancel a Tuffet Retreat, your refund will be given in the form of a Creations’ gift card.

Machine Classes for March

January 2nd, 2016

                                        The Dream Machine

Wednesday, March 30th 10:00 - 4:00 pm

Lunch provided by The Main House

$80.00 + supplies   If you purchased your machine from Creations, we will have a $20.00 gift card for you as our thank you for your support.

quattro-dream-machine.jpgIf you have THE DREAM MACHINE then you will love this class. We will work with features that ONLY this machine has. These are the features that set it apart from every other embroidery machine available.

You will learn how to scan in a drawing and have your machine stitch it out. You will be able to scan in your handwriting as well.

This machine can help you with your quilting, and we will show you how it can quilt just the areas you want!!

Even if you took this class before, I bet you could use a refresher.   We always have new things to show each time we do a class so don’t miss this one.

Decorative Sewing with the Circular Sewing Device

Thursday, March 31st  10:00 - 4:00 pm

Lunch provided by The Main House

Class fee $80.00.  If you purchased your machine from Creations, we will have a $20.00 gift card for you at the end of the class.

circular-sewing.jpgcircular-sewing-2.jpgThe use of the Circular Sewing Device and decorative threads has endless possibilities for creating wonderful designs on your sewing machine.

We will work with metallic threads, and heavy threads.  We’ll stitch over cords and ribbons.  The most fun is bobbin work which allows you to use lots of different threads that would never go thru the needle.

The circular sewing device sells for $119.00 and you will need it for this class.  It comes with two extra feet that we will also show you how to use.

Even if you have taken this class before, we know you will want to come again as we have new stitches and ideas. We will show more bobbin work this time around as it is so much fun!

If you would like to register for any of these classes, please give us a call at 830-896-8088.  Hope you will find one that works for you.

Western Fabric Drought is over

December 19th, 2015

blog-2015-western.jpgWe have been in a Western print drought here in the shop. It seems when one company does western, they all do.  And then there is a long dry spell.

We are gotten in western lines from Moda, Maywood, and Blend fabrics.  Each line has it’s own personality.  Moda actually has two lines, Texas Proud and Sundance Trail.  You will find bluebonnets in the Texas Proud line and some great western prints in Sundance Trail.

Maywood’s line is called Hold ‘em or Fold ‘em.  Blend fabrics came thru with brightly colored boots and horseshoes.

There is something for everyone NOW!!!!

Great selection of batik fabrics will always be found in our shop

December 19th, 2015

blog-2015-batik.jpgThis picture shows only a portion of the batiks we stock. You will find fabrics from the latest collections by Hoffman, Robert Kaufman, Moda, Anthology and Island Batik.

We always have finished quilts to show how these fabrics can be used together.

While you are wandering in the shop, be sure and see all the wonderful antique spool cabinets we have.

Australian Fabric is a “basic” in our store

December 19th, 2015

blog-2015-austrailian.jpgWe have carried Australian prints for over 10 years in the shop. Our inventory has steadily increased as the interest in these unusual and dramatic prints has risen.

One of our favorite quilts to use with these prints is BQ4 by Maple Island. It allows you to present these great prints and showcase them in a quilt.

We hope you will visit our “Australian” department and see what great things you might create with these fabrics.

While you are pondering which quilt to make, you could easily be tempted by some of the great jewlery we have displayed with these fabrics.

Along comes a notion….or two!

June 13th, 2015

Once in a great while, a wonderful new notion comes along. This time we actually have 2 fabulous ones. We all have lots of useful tools but, we know you will love both of these new gadgets.

bobbin-buddie-blog-300.jpgThis looks like a pretty simple little plastic thing. It is, but it really fixes an issue anyone who uses threads and bobbins has run into. It’s always a struggle to keep your bobbin and spool of thread together. With the funky little “Bobbin Buddie” it is no longer an issue.

Squeeze the open ends together and stick them thru your bobbin.  Wrap the loose end of the bobbin thread around the”bobbin buddie”.  Squeeze the open ends of the “Bobbin Buddie” and stick them into your spool of thread.  They will expand to fit any thread opening.

bobbin-buddie-in-use-300.jpgIf you don’t have a way to keep the thread on your spool from coming unwound,  bring the loose end of thread up and around the “bobbin buddie”.  This will keep everything neat and tidy.

The first 100 we received were purchased by one customer.  The next 100 we received was split by two customers.  We now have plenty of them in stock.  We have them in bags of 20 for $7.99.  You can find the Bobbin Buddie on our website under Notions.  To go directly to the Bobbin Buddie page click here.

The Thread Director is a thread stand that attaches right to your bobbin winder or an upright spool pin on your machine.  We have waited for years for someone to “invent” this wonderful helper.  If you use metallic threads, you need this one.

thread-director-illustration-300.jpgThis illustration shows how this goes on your upright thread spool or bobbin winder.  The Thread Director allows your difficult threads to come off the spool evenly so they don’t twist like a garden hose.

Thread will feed off smoothly so now all those embroidery projects and decorative sewing techniques that call for metallic thread will be a breeze.  The Thread Director sells for $24.99.  You can find it on our website under the Notions. To go directly to the Thread Director page, click here.

Bird of Paradise Machine Embroidery

May 4th, 2015

blog-bird-of-paradise.jpgIf you haven’t been by the shop lately, you will want to stop and take a close look at the marvelous quilt.

It was made by Elaine Granstrom of Leakey. She did it on her Quattro Brother Embroidery machine.   It could be done on any embroidery machine with at least and 8 x 12 hoop size, but the Brother made it so much easier with the use of the built in camera.  She was able to see where her placement was actually going to be.

Now I am not saying this is immediate gratification, but Elaine stuck to it and made this incredible quilt.  The quilting, by Serena Manning, is just the finishing touch. We are so proud to be able to display this piece…. Come check it out and let us help you get started on yours.  To order the Bird of Paradise Embroidery Cd, click here.