The Stitching Sewcial blog provides exclusive tips, tricks, and project inspiration from leading artists, educators and professionals within the sewing and embroidery community like Heather Jones, Destiny Nickelsen and more. We’re proud to share the talent and insights of our team of Sew Specialists and hope these guides, videos and more will inspire you in your own projects!
Anna Aldmon started her quilting journey over 30 years ago with hand piecing, hand quilting, and hand appliqué. A career with computer systems lead her toward digitizing which she fell in love with as it offered possibilities for consistently making hand appliqué designs faster and easier.
Her appliqué designs for embroidery machine are based on works by well-known Hand Appliqué artists, including as Darcy Ashton, Pat Campbell, and J. Michelle Watts. Working closely with each artist, she transforms their hand-appliqué – market proven designs – into “Appliqué in the Hoop” products.
Anna’s designs range in complexity from ‘beginner’ to ‘advanced’, using a simple three step process. Her most recent designs incorporate ‘Quilting in the Hoop’ and simulated ‘Trapunto Effect’ on top of the appliqué fabric. Included, as well, are cutting file formats (FCM & SVG) for cutting machines including Brother’s ScanNCut.
Visit her website annasawesomeappliquedesigns.com
Joanne Banko is a freelance sewing educator and a self-proclaimed sewing cheerleader. She has gained experience working in many divisions of the sewing industry, and has been making her own clothing since her early teenage years.
Joanne has been featured on television programs such as PBS’ It’s Sew Easy. Her teaching segments on this program can be viewed online at itsseweasytv.com. She is also a frequent contributor to Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine and is author of the book Wrapped in Embroidery.
She credits her mother for sparking her passion and motivating her to “make it herself.” Her ultimate goal is to inspire sewing and embroidery enthusiasts to make the most of their machines.
Visit her website letsgosew.com
This is Mathew Boudreaux (AKA Mister Domestic). Originally from Houston, TX, he has managed to live all over the country during his adult life, but finally settled down and calls Camas, Washington home. During the day, he works in the pharmaceutical industry specializing in oncology. He’s an artist by heart and has jokingly referred to himself as an artistic gypsy flowing from theater to modeling to photography and now to sewing.
He had learned to sew as a kid, but never really got into it until he had his daughter, Helena. He thought it would be a great way to connect with her if he could make her cool clothes. Almost 40, he felt that his taste-level had arrived and that he could make some pretty neat-o digs, if only he could figure out how to do it. Before Helena could even crawl, he took a couple of sewing classes at a local sewing shop in Portland, which was the perfect jump-start that he needed because he hasn’t stopped since. His work may be seen on Craftsy, the AGF Creative Blog and the oliver & s blog, as well as his own beautiful blog below.
Visit his website misterdomestic.net
Rebecca Kemp Brent, PhD, is an editor, writer, educator, and designer whose work has encompassed theatrical costuming, apparel manufacturing, and hand needlework. Her editorial work has focused on quilting, sewing and developing creative ways to use computerized sewing and embroidery machines.
She’s appeared on PBS’ It’s Sew Easy and her work has appeared in such national publications as Stitch, Creative Machine Embroidery, Sew News, and The Cross Stitcher. She’s authored four books, including Redwork from The WORKBASKET.
Janice Ferguson is the creator of unique needlework projects. She shares that she loves high-quality fibers and has a strong educational background in heirloom sewing techniques.
She has been a featured author who has written extensively for such publications as Sew Beautiful and Creative Needle. Her creations have been featured on a variety of television shows including PBS’ Martha’s Sewing Room. Additionally, she has designed exclusively for publications such as Vogue Pattern Magazine, Quilt World, and Round Bobbin.
Janice has taught machine embroidery, heirloom sewing, quilting and English smocking around the United States and Australia. A Brother fan for 20 years, the capabilities of THE Dream Machine inspires her; she enjoys using it to create high-quality clothing and home décor for her family.
Visit her website janicefergusonsews.com
Cindy Hogan is an Internationally recognized PE-DESIGN® software expert and author with a BS and MS from the University of TN in Special Education. She was a full time Special Education teacher until 2003 when she decided to change career paths and use her knowledge of PE-DESIGN® and Education to be a training Specialist for the PE-DESIGN® software. Since that time, she has expanded her knowledge base and supports all Brother software programs along with their sewing and embroidery machines as well as ScanNCut machines. She loves to combine all three into fun and challenging classes and projects.
Additionally, she authors books on the Brother software programs, has a class on the Craftsy platform and appearances on PBS’ series It’s Sew Easy. Her passion is sharing her knowledge with others through seminars across the country. She also sends out fun and useful software tips and tricks in her newsletter, The Knowing in Sewing.
Visit her website cynthiasembroidery.com
Heather Jones – self-taught quilter, educator, wife and mother to two young children – authored the recently published Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday and is founder and former president of the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild. A winner of “Project Modern,” a national Modern Quilt Guild sponsored year-long national quilting design competition for three of her quilts and a two-time finalist for the Martha Stewart American Made Awards, she finds inspiration in the everyday, and loved bringing a modern twist to the traditional art of quilting.
Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilting, Quilting the New Classics, Quilty, Quiltmaker, Modern Patchwork, Generation Q, and Love Patchwork and Quilting. Quilters can enjoy her quilting and design workshops at national venues such as Makerie in Boulder, CO; International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, CA; and A Gathering of Stitches in Portland, ME. She also offers online workshops through Creativebug.com, and has also has appeared on Quilting Arts TV. Her work has been exhibited at venues including the New England Quilt Museum, QuiltCon, International Quilt Festival, and the University of Dayton.
Deb Karasik started quilting in November of 2000, when she received a call from one of her daughters that Deb was going to be a grandmother to triplets! She picked up the “quilting bug” with a passion and joined her local quilt guild (the San Francisco Quilters Guild).
Her passion has grown and she is now a quilting educator, teaching at guilds around the US, Canada, Australia and Europe, the International Quilt Festival in Houston and Long Beach, AQS in Paducah, Knoxville, and Des Moines, Asilomar, Quilt Camp in the Pines, NQA, Vermont Quilt Festival, and more.
She co-authored QuiltMavens Perfect Paper Piecing, published by the American Quilters Society, with Janet Mednick. She also authored Quilts with Attitude, also published by AQS. She’s a frequent contributor to publications such as Quilter’s Newsletter, Quilter’s World, and American Quilter.
Visit her website debkarasik.com
Diana Maliqi is a Marketing Specialist at Brother International Corporation. She is responsible for select product and licensing marketing, email management, editorials and consumer newsletters.
Prior to joining Brother, she was an Accessories and Apparel Manager for one of America’s largest retail chain stores. Her hobbies include yoga, art history and traveling. Her most exciting trips to date include Dubai and Hong Kong.
Destiny Nickelsen is a world renowned cosplayer who is most well-known for her iconic Harley Quinn costume from “Injustice: Gods Among Us.” When she was six her mother taught her how to sew and she was instantly hooked, beginning a lifetime of costume building and crafting influenced by the things she loves most.
She has been costuming at conventions since 2003, and has made a name for herself in the community. She has been invited to global conventions and has competed in craftsmanship contests, winning various awards at the master level. Destiny has made more than 100 costumes to date and hopes through her love of the craft, enthusiasm, and hard work, she will inspire others to get sewing.
Visit her YouTube Channel youtube.com/user/DestinyNickelsen
Laura is the blogger and designer of DIY fashion blog Trash to Couture.
Trash to Couture was created in 2010 to inspire a less wasteful approach to the mass-produced fashion mainstream through DIY tutorials and repurposed fashions. Laura is also a sewing educator and specializes in designing content for several craft brands and publications, such as Altered Couture and It’s Sew Easy TV.
Visit her website trashtocouture.com
Angela Pingel is a self-taught quilter who has been sewing for more than 25 years. She made her very first quilt during her senior year in high school for her college dorm room. Author of A Quilter’s Mixology, a new DVD on curved piecing was recently released.
Grand prize winner of Moda Bakeshop’s SLICED competition, she has been published in numerous books and magazines including 101 Patchwork Projects, 99 Modern Blocks, Sweet Celebrations for Moda Bakeshop, Playful Little Paper Pieced Projects, Quilt Now, McCall’s Quilting, and Modern Patchwork.
In addition to working with designers and manufacturers and traveling to teach and lecture around the country, she’s passing on the art of sewing and quilting to her sweet little girl.
Visit her website cuttopieces.blogspot.com
Amy RehBein – born and raised in New Jersey, married to her high school sweetheart, and mother to three daughters – is a Maker. She’s been sewing since she was a little girl, and credits generations of women before her in influencing her creative passions.
Her passion for quilting began ten years ago and she’s developed a unique style that she calls “Vintage Modern.” She honors the past, weaving traditional elements into her modern designs. Her quilts have been displayed in various shows and were featured in the “To Boston with Love” installation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is presently serving as the Vice President of the North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild.
Angela Wolf is a fashion designer and sewing educator who shares her expertise on PBS’ series It’s Sew Easy, as well as in contributions to Threads and Sew Stylish magazines. Additionally, she teaches online sewing classes on Patternreview.com and Craftsy.com
Founder of Angela Wolf Pattern CollectionTM, she authored How to Start a Home-based Fashion Design Business. She won the 2008 Passion for Fashion award and the 2012 American Sewing Expo’s teacher of year.
Visit her website fashionsewingwithangelawolf.com
Now in Its 12th season, It’s Sew Easy is the premier sewing program for sewing enthusiasts on PBS and online. It’s designed for contemporary sewers looking for projects and ideas to enhance their sewing skills and embellish their life with unique apparel and home accents. The focus is on easy techniques that look professional while inspiring our viewers with contemporary fashion. They break sewing into manageable and teachable techniques that result in fabulous finished projects.
Visit the website ItsSewEasyTV.com