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We Did It!

Now that the trail dust has settled, the Texas Sew Down is a cherished memory. We made new friends, taught new techniques, ate Texas barbeque and spotted many Western ensembles.

The Grapevine Convention Center was alive with laughter and it started early on Friday morning when Deborah Jones and Marie Zinno hosted the pre-event class on starting an embroidery business. Wow – what a treasure of information that was! Later in the day, Nancy Zieman told her best blonde jokes in her deadpan manner. I’m still surprised when she spins off from her educational content and throws in a side-splitting blonde joke. Nancy and Mary Mulari, two very professional women, are an absolute hoot in person. If you’ve never had the chance to see them in person, make a note to do so.

My business partner of ten years, Gary Gardner was amazed at how entertaining the presentations were. I said to him, “Did you think we just talked about seam allowance?”

Students learned Nancy’s favorite sewing techniques, Mary’s clever sweatshirt transformations and my latest embroidery tips. Students were impressed with the tons of one-of-a-kind samples displayed in unique settings. Denise Holguin, Managing Editor at Designs, designed the layout of the floor, scoured the countryside for the perfect accessories and created a garden of inviting product. It was so charming; attendees lingered in the sales area until the house lights flashed for the next speaker.


Some of our ladies had a blast glamming it up for the camera. Check out some of our favorites here.




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