January 24th, 2012

Craftcation Conference logo


 Craftcation is a three-day indie business & DIY conference featuring lectures and DIY workshops with leading industry professionals on art, craft and food-centered small business in Ventura, Ca March 22-25 2012. Craftcation features more than 50 workshops, lectures and events led by over 30 presenters like Jenny Hart, Kathy Cano-Murillo, Cathy Callahan, Christine Haynes, Lauren Venell, Nicole Vasbinder (that’s me!), Aida Mollenkamp, Evan Klieman, Rena Tom and The Urban Craft Center.

If you want to start, maintain or grow your indie business or take a break from your routine and learn new skills while networking, then Craftcation is for you! Craftcation will ignite the entrepenurerial business spirit and strengthen skills and abilities of both seasoned business owners and newcomers to indie craft business.

Events and topics include:

Indie Business: how to start a crafty business, maximizing social media, blogging, in’s & out’s of indie craft shows, etsy, wholesaling, merchandising, accounting, legal issues, branding, website design, marketing on a budget and more.

DIY Workshops:  screenprinting, sewing, canning & preserving, cheesemaking, needle arts, terrariums & edible gardens, organic bath products, jewelry, embroidery, bookbinding and more.

Community: meet & greets, pop-up shops, yoga, bbq & cocktail socials and so much more!

For more info please visit or find us on facebook

New classes with special guest teacher Nicole Stevenson of LA’s The Craft Kitchen!

February 9th, 2011

I am so thrilled to announce that Nicole Stevenson (yes, another Nicole!) is going to be teaching classes here at StitchCraft! Check out all the awesome classes she has planned!

Sewing Tutorials for CRAFT Zine!

June 22nd, 2010

I have had the pleasure of writing several tutorials lately for CRAFT zine. Check out the Sewing 101: Hems article from a couple of weeks ago where I discuss 6 types of hem treatments, including working with bias tape and twin needles.

And then there is the new Sewing 101: Zippers that just went up today where I show you how to install both regular and invisible zippers.

Stay tuned for Buttonholes and Buttons!

Colette Patterns

May 28th, 2010

I am so excited that we are now carrying Colette Patterns! This amazing pattern line is designed by Sarai Mitnick in Portland, OR. Sarai has been sewing clothing for 12 years and she developed Colette Patterns to help others create their own signature clothing. Visit her personal blog, Sweet Sassafras, for amazing sewing tutorials and inspiration!

From their website comes this beautiful mission statement:
“Colette Patterns’ mission is to help you create clothing that feels both beautiful and personal. While it’s all too easy to find cheap, cute, disposable clothing meant to be worn for weeks or months and then discarded, making your own clothing is an entirely different experience. It’s something cherished, something chosen, something entirely you. These patterns are designed to be made into clothes that you will love forever. They are timeless, beautiful designs that can be made in a variety of fabrics to suit the season. They are wearable, practical, and pretty.”

Colette Patterns come with full instructions, and are available in sizes 0 to 18.

StitchCraft shop remodel!

March 24th, 2010

StitchCraft shop remodel!, originally uploaded by queen puff puff.

Well, it only took a year but I finally got the new shelving that I have been wanting for ages. And look at all the empty space there is that is just waiting to be filled up with new fabrics (which will be arriving in April).

Also, if you look closely you may notice some new patterns. More about those later!

Design Your Own Handbag!

March 13th, 2010

Handbags 101 Class, originally uploaded by StitchCraft.

Coming up next Saturday is our popular Handbags 101! Ever wanted to make your own cute handbag? Then this is the class for you sugar! In this class you will make a pattern and sew a handbag of your own fabulous design! All sorts of little tricks and secrets to making a professional looking handbag will be covered. You will learn how to make and adjust handbag patterns, how to use fusibleinterfacing to make bags stiff, tips on choosing fabrics & trims, about different types of closures and handles plus sewing and pressing tips.

Saturday, March 20th
12pm to 4pm

Only 2 spaces left!

Joel Dewberry’s Modern Meadow

March 6th, 2010

Joel Dewberry’s Modern Meadow, originally uploaded by StitchCraft.

Oh, I just love this fabric collection. So pretty and springy! I can’t wait to make dresses and skirts and bags!

Ah, poor neglected blog….

March 5th, 2010

It seems that I have neglected the StitchCraft blog in favor of quick updates on Facebook. If you’re not a fan yet, you should to get first notification of class schedules and new product!

But there is lots going on at StitchCraft. We just celebrated our 2 year anniversary! Wow, it’s gone by so fast! We have lots of new and exciting classes coming up for spring. I am excited about the Amy Butler Sun & Surf Halter class. This is a great pattern that comes in both girls and ladies sizes so it’s a fun Mommy & Me project.

We are also doing a great followup to the Serger Basics class called Serge a Tank. You will make a simple camisole style top that not only looks fantastic in knit but sews up so quickly! You become a serging convert in no time!

Lots of new fabrics have come in to the shop lately. We got the new Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow collection in, Jessica Levitt’s Timber as well as some new Alexander Henry and Amy Butler prints.

Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart Vendors

November 10th, 2009

Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart Vendors, originally uploaded by queen puff puff.

Check out all the amazing vendors we have lined up for the Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart!

tension experiment

August 12th, 2009

tension experiment, originally uploaded by queen puff puff.

Sarah had some good feedback about the tension on the elastic thread. Other tutorials say to wind the bobbin with NO tension while the thread instructions say to use loose to firm tension. So I decided to do a comparison. The sample of the left has absolutely no tension while the one on the right is pretty tight. Both of them were sewn wth a stitch length of 3mm, jtop tension set at 4 and on the same light muslin.

And….. the results look pretty similar; although I do think the gathers are tighter on the sample with the tighter tension. But I actually like the softness of the one on the left.

What do you think?