The Stitching Sewcial blog provides exclusive tips, tricks, and project inspiration from leading artists, educators and professionals within the sewing and embroidery community like Angela Wolf, Joanne Banko, Laura Pifer, Emily Thompson, 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.
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
Jane Monzures Clauss is an EMMY Award winning television host and radio personality. Currently, Jane is the host of “Creative Living” airing nationally on the Yurview network; she is the host of “Living Healthy Chicago” on WGN TV as well as the host of Arizona Living. She can also be heard on her “Creative Living” podcast.
She contributes her whip smart UpCrafting ideas as a guest expert on TV shows across the country including; The TODAY Show, Houston Life, Indy Style, AZ Family, We are Austin, The List, PBS It’s Sew Easy, FOX Chicago Good Day LIVE, ABC 7 Windy City Live, FOX Grand Rapids Morning Mix, and Create & Craft TV.
Jane is the founder of LIVE. LOVE. LIFE. Foundation a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to raising funds for rare degenerative brain disease research and create awareness for brain donation. For more information or interest in helping the cause, please contact Jane.
If you are still reading, Jane is a newlywed! She married Kurt Clauss on October 19, 2019 in Chicago. You can follow Jane on Instagram, FaceBook, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest or learn more at www.janemonzures.com
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.
Emily is a stay at home blogger who loves to sew, cook and craft all kinds of things. Her husband and three kids keep her busy when she’s not pursuing creative projects. She blogs at lifesewsavory.com and loves designing and sharing free sewing patterns, upcycling projects and all kind of fun ways to sew for your family. After living overseas and traveling the world for the last 14 years she and her family have recently settled in CO.
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.
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