Today I’m thrilled to share the news that I’ll be a part of the mainstage lineup for the 4th Annual Roc-A-Natural, on Saturday, May 13 in NYC! I’m demonstrating my favorite headwrap and bodywrap ideas, on a variety of live models (I still might have a few openings if you’d like to model, contact me!). Headwraps aren’t just a fashion choice, they’re a lifestyle choice, and I’ll sow you how you can incorporate your favorite African fabrics into your everyday life. Of course, I’ll be vending too, so come hang out with us for some no-sew fashion inspiration!
For updates, follow @culturedexpressions and @rocanatural. See you there ; )
If you’re in the Watchung, NJ area and want to learn hand quilting with the Women’s Art Collective from two stellar area experts, keep reading!
In this exciting workshop you will learn the basics of hand quilting! Whether you have never quilted at all or need helpful hints to improve your hand quilting, this class is for you. Instructors Carolyn Davis and Glendora Simonson, co-founders of the Nubian Heritage Quilters Guild, will teach 4 blocks: two blocks are applique and two are piecing.
Three 3-hour sessions: (You must attend all 3 sessions)
Need some time away? Of course you do, so we recommend you register NOW for SewJourn COLORADO!
Join Cultured Expressions this summer for our second SewJourn in the cool, scenic mountains, taking place August 9-13! Enjoy the big, beautiful guest house with dormitory-style accommodations, well appointed for quilters and sewing enthusiasts, with delicious meals and gorgeous mountain views.
Just pack your sewing machine, quilt projects, knit or crochet yarns, and settle in for a very special long weekend in a natural, peaceful setting, with like-minded friends. Think of it as a creative 5-night pajama party! We’ll break away one day to explore various “CE-Approved” resources to be found in downtown Denver, and visit with renowned artist Valerie C. White as she shares her passion with us. And I’ll teach a mini-workshop, too, leaving you the majority of the time to immerse yourself in your personal projects. Treat yourself.. download the brochure!
Register NOW for SewJourn COLORADO
Yep, these Cultured Expressions favorites are now back in stock! We searched for, and finally found, a new Brass artist in Ghana to handcraft these distinctive coin-style brass accents just for us! Even better, you can now choose the specific style you want.
I love these as stand-alone pendants, and zipper pulls and handbag accents. Or, string together with a few Beads on either side for a fast and fabulous necklace for yourself or a special gift.
Also coming back soon: Brass Adinkra BUTTONS!
I have a piece in this exhibit, the first Cultured Expressions event of 2017…Hope to see you TOMORROW evening! Details below.– lisa
This beautiful piece is by Ife Felix. I love the beige cowrie print in particular:
The Rhythmic Art of Thread
Michael A. Cummings, Shimoda Emanuel, Ife Felix, Laura R. Gadson, Jacqueline Johnson, Jackquelynn Jones, Dinga McCannon, Lisa Shepard Stewart and 2016 Teen Curators of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Curated by Harlem Needle Arts, with support fron NYC Park’s Ebony Society
Wed., Jan.11, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
For more information, call (212) 360-8163
or visit nyc.gov/parks/art
Jan. 12 – Feb. 24, 2017
The Arsenal Gallery
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 Fifth Ave, @ 64th St, Third Floor
Monday–Friday, 9:am – 5 pm
Closed holidays // Free admission
FABRIGASM ALERT!!! So one of my CE People (Cultured Expressions People), we’ll call her “Brenda from Brooklyn” ; ) emailed to let me know that I mistakenly send her only one bundle of our newest specialty FQ bundle, “Records”, instead of the two bundles that she ordered. (I could blame the error on my Welcome-to-the-New-Year head cold, but that’s another blog post…)
Anyway, Brenda included this photo indicating the single bundle she received, and I was just so impressed by its simple artistry I had to share it:
It looks like Brenda is ready to get down to business with her African fabric, and she should have her second bundle tomorrow. She did promise to share with me a photo of her project when it’s done! If you’ve been equally inspired, order your FQ bundle of “records” soon, quantities are limited!
Thanks for the photo, Brenda, and happy stitching.
So…looking back on 2016, how did you do creatively? Were you able to carve out time to sew, quilt, weave, knit, dye or otherwise immerse yourself in your Process? I seem to remember getting in a pretty good amount of stitching time this year in general. I didn’t make as many clothes as I wanted to, but I did get in a few interesting sewing hacks and repurposing projects. I really need to work on some projects using Cultured Expressions’ ABC African Brilliance Collection strip bundles, but happily, many of you know what to do with them on your own.
I ended the year (well, yesterday being December 30) stitching up a few African Vintage Coin Purses for a few friends during our annual January 1 brunch.
It’s worth noting that these little beauties were all cut from a single African fabric (batik) quilt that suffered some damage. I cut away the unaffected areas to create these. (If you have your copy of Fabrigasm #5 nearby, you’ll find pix of the original quilt and the entire story inside.)
And now thru January 7 you can choose your discount — due to the great response from our last promo, we’ve extended our Holiday Savings for an extra week. Enjoy!! — lisa
$5 off $35 OR $10 off $70 OR $20 off $120
PS – Fabrigasm #5 is selling out in print, soon to be available in digital only!
Whether you get all caught up in the Holidaze, or take a more laid-back approach to this time of year (like we do!), the time is right to wish you a happy, healthy and creative season, and the very best in the coming year! I thank you for allowing me to do what I love for yet another year.
I noticed that many of you enjoyed our most recent promo (last Thursday and Friday), and a couple of you missed it, so I decided to extend the offer now thru Saturday, January 7, 2017. Choose your deal:
$5 off $35 OR $10 off $70 OR $20 off $120
Now there’s no excuse not to begin the year with a creative project in hand ; )
and we’re offering $1.00 SHIPPING on all orders of $30 or more! Check out our newest Shop additions, just in from Ghana:
and stock up on your favorite fabrics, kits, patterns and creative supplies! No coupon code needed, so check out the shop today!
We’ve picked our two winners for the Cultured Expressions 2016 Handbag Challenge, so without further delay, we congratulate Alexis Delbridge and Pamela Spears-Bradford!! All of the entries were so noteworthy that we put together a special Handbag Challenge edition of Fabrigasm, and it’s a FREE download! You’ll find the two top honors on Page 3. Check it out, and let us know what you think. This is the prize pack we’ll be sending to Alexis and Pamela >>>
And everyone else who entered receives a $10 CE gift certificate! Thank you all and keep up the excellent work ; ) —————– lisa s