2017 is winding down, but I'm still going strong with classes and sewing projects. In the last month, I've taught a tailoring workshop, a bias class and held a sewing camp. And there's more to come.
For those of you in the Portland area, I have some fun events and classes at Josephine's Dry Goods coming up. I'll be doing a trunk show of my Koos van den Akker inspired garments and accessories on November 28. If you have seen the Koos patterns in the Vogue pattern catalog or been inspired by other designers who have done fabric collage but are still hesitant to try it yourself, join me and see examples of how to combine colors, patterns, textures and fibers into fabulous collaged garments. Here's a sneak preview of the whole rack!
You'll be ready to try a collage project so join me for a class on making a collaged spiral twist scarf or a simple tote bag to practice the techniques. You'll want to make one for yourself and another for a gift.
Stop in at Josephine's or go online to register.

As we approach Thanksgiving, I've been thinking about all that I am grateful for. First on the list is my family and friends who support me always – especially this past year during my breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. I've come through it all in great shape and am ready to embrace a new year.

I am thankful to have a great career that is almost never "work". It is ever challenging and ever changing, but I like it that way. I never want to sew the exact same thing twice. (I say no to bridesmaid dresses!)

I love and am grateful for all my custom clothing clients who give me the opportunity to sew beautiful garments from gorgeous fabrics. Nothing gives me more joy than spending a day in my sewing studio and being able to make clothes that make people happy. Check out the holiday display at the Pittock Mansion in Portland to see a dress and gown I recently created for a client. You'll find them in the dining room.
And I am especially thankful for students like you who come to my classes and workshops. I feel it is important to share what I have learned from my teachers and from my 40 years in the sewing industry. I'm successful when students have their "aha" moments and feel proud of what they have accomplished. I have great students who support one another and make new sewing friends each time they come to a class.

I hope to see all of you back in one of my classes next year. My 2018 workshop schedule is up on my website and all other classes and events will be posted as soon as they are finalized.

If you can't make it to Portland, I'm happy to come to you. Get together your own small group, or encourage your American Sewing Guild (ASG) chapter to book a workshop with me. Pick a topic and I'll be there!

Thank you all and Happy Sewing!