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HotLanta here we come! The Stitching Sisters are heading back to Discover Sewing in Roswell, GA on Saturday and Sunday, September 8-9, 2012. Click here for information on the event.

Our good friends, Bonnie and Brad Faber are graciously hosting their second Stitching Sisters event. We had so much fun there in 2011 we couldn’t possibly give up the opportunity to work with them again.  Click here to meet Bonnie Faber.

What will be different about this year’s visit? First off – we know more! Every project, every event, every month of stitching teaches us something new. And we love to share that with all of you.  This week, Marie and I are creating new projects, selecting materials and designs for all of our events this fall.  We brainstorm; write outlines, make lists then return to our studios to make the samples.  Once we’re satisfied the projects will delight the Stitching Sisters attendees – it’s time to make the kits. We split those tasks evenly and before you know it, we’re packing our suitcases and heading to the airport for our first event of the season.  Here’s a look at Marie packing the trunks.

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What’s the best part of the events? Well, it depends on who you ask. Marie and I will tell you we love meeting the attendees. We meet so many fabulous ladies – from the West Coast to the East Coast. We’ve met a commercial diver, a motorcycle mama, a grandmother-mother-daughter trio and a candy-maker to just name a few. We’ve learned we all share the same passion for embroidery and everyone has a unique story. A story filled with cherished memories, adventures, love, heartache, trials, tribulations and joys.

If you ask the attendees what they like best about the event, many will say the education and the spirit of the events. But don’t listen to me, read what Gena Allen, a Kansas City attendee said, “I attended your Stitching Sisters event in Kansas City and was totally amazed! It was the best workshop I have attended. Not only did you provide us with an overwhelming amount of info, but you broke it down for us with each project so it was not overwhelming. Both of you were great about walking around to see if any of us needed help. Hope you come back to Kansas soon!”

I hope you’ll join us for a Stitching Sisters event soon. Check the schedule; we might be coming to location near you.  Bring a friend, a sister, or come by yourself.  You won’t be lonely for long because everyone leaves as a new stitching sister!  Look how much these ladies in Connecticut are having.

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Here’s the schedule:

Date Location
September 8 – 9, 2012 Discover Sewing, GA
Click here to visit website.
October 5 – 6, 2012 Steve’s Sewing Center
King of Prussia, PA
Click here to visit website.
October 19 – 20, 2012 Creative Sewing & Vacuums
Charlotte, NC
Click here to visit website.
November 9 – 10, 2012 Sewing Machine Warehouse
North Hills, CA
Click here to visit website.
February 8 – 9, 2013 Sewing Machines Plus
San Marcos, CA
Click here to visit website.
March 1 – 2, 2013 AAA Sewing Torrance, CA
April 30 – May 1, 2013 Moore’s Apple Valley, CA
Click here to visit website.
May 3-4, 2013 Moore’s Orange County, CA
Click here to visit website.

This week’s assignment:

Have you ever attended an embroidery event.  If yes, what did you like best about the experience and why?  Post a comment for a chance to win a Stipple Bridge Club.

The winners of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

The dog days of summer are well under way! It’s the perfect time to stay out of the heat and spend a little extra time in your sewing room! Tell us about the embroidery project you are currently working on (or are about to start). Post your comment for a chance to win a $25 shopping spree to the Designs in Machine Embroidery website.

The winners is: Janet Lumetta!

Janet Lumetta:  “I am working on nursery items and bedding for my second grandchild due in November.”

Congratulations Janet!





  • Liz

    Have a great time. Maybe Tampa some time!

    • Donna Collier

      I too would like to have an agenda, supplies needed list. Do I need to bring my own brother machine? I see the event price, how do I sign up for the hotel?

  • Jeanie W.

    Couldn’t find what is on the agenda. Please let me know how to find it. I LOVE the Stitching Sisters, but I’m not going to sign up until I know what the topics are. Maybe I’m just blind.

  • Sue Winnie

    My sis Margaret and I went to this event. We ,are in the second row. Margaret’s in orange and I am in red.
    We made a variety of things, tshirt,lady bug,napkins, towels, continuous stippling seahorse and many more. Learned a lot about placement and hoop usage. Learned how to change necklines. Worth every penny. Would go again. We also did one day of anita goodesigns at another store. This was ever so much better. More take homes, pleasanter hostess. More information.

  • Dianna Ward

    Do you ever come way down south? I am in Miami, Fl and we never have any good classes here.

  • Rebecca Grace

    My 9-year-old son was looking over my shoulder as I was reading this post, and I commented, “Don’t all those ladies look like they’re having fun at the embroidery workshop?” And my son says, “What if they’re being PAID to look happy?” 😉

  • Marianne

    I attended a Stitching Sisters event a few years ago in Portland, Oregon. The best part of the experience was actually getting to make a ton of projects! Everyone in the group got a chance to make one or two projects – I was lucky enough to make all of them! The ladies in my group were a little intimidated and let me do it all! I learned a ton of new techniques and got great ideas for things to do. I would attend another event in a “New York Minute!

  • Berenice

    I was thrilled to see that a event was planned only 40 minutes away, then I checked my calendar and we’ll be in San Francisco that weekend… Hmmm, maybe Torrance in March…. I don’t think you can pay people enough to look that happy!!

  • kathy

    I have been to a few events in the Buffalo region. They are a great time and nnoyou aren’t happy because they pay you in money but you are paid in comradire, laughs,and unforgettable information.

  • Carolyn Goodworth Ford

    I had so much fun at the Salt Lake City Stitching Sisters Event.
    We worked in groups and shared ideas and experiences. I really enjoyed the learning new techniques and sharing everyone’s
    enthusiasm. It was the best event I have attended!

  • Gail Beam

    Looks like you all have a lot of fun and a lot of stitching!

  • LJ

    Nothing particularly large like your taking about. My local sewing center – where I purchased my machine – offers classes. I attend many of those; I always pick up some tip or piece of information that is worth my time and effort.

  • Bonnie Gray

    I went to the event in CT and am way in the back of the picture. We did so much and learned so much. I would recommend it highly for anyone interested in embroidery. I have gone to quite a few events sponsored by the store where I bought my machine, but this was the best I have attended by far.
    Thanks Eileen and Marie!

  • Gerry Barrett

    Several. I’ve been to Ala. to Martha Pullen’s School twice & loved it. But the best time was when my grand daughter went with me! I stay with my daughter in Huntsville so that saves me hotel cost!

  • Ellen

    Yes I have attended an embroidery weekend
    Learned so much it really helped me grow as an embroiderer
    Hope to attended another sometime

  • Jean

    Yes, I have attended several embroidery events sponsored by the local sewing maching store. Each one has been great and I always learn so much.

  • Sharon Aiken

    I have attended several embroidery events from Louisiana to California that were two to four days long. They were always great fun and very educational. I also enjoyed the trunk shows and the vendors.

  • Elaine Bullard

    Ive been to several embroidery events. One was Stitching Sisters in Tulsa, Ok a few years ago and what I really lived was all the ways you showed us to use our embroidery in ways I hadn’t thought of.

  • Sheryl Jones

    I have attended a few embroidery events, and I always come away with new information. Plus, you get to know some great people.

  • Jackie

    I’ve never attended an embroidery event but would love to and hope you travel up to Canada sometime soon so that I could attend.

  • Dee

    Attended in Portland a couple of years ago. Loved it and would do it again. Great projects and just fun to be with “sewers”.

  • Mary

    I agree with Jackie. The only event I have attended is classes and
    I enjoy every minute. An event in Windsor ON would be wonderful.

  • Becky

    I attended your Texas Sew Down several years ago in Grapevine. It was packed full of information, but I would love to attend one of your hands on events. I would accomplish a lot more of my “bucket list” embroidery challenges that way. Please bring something to Texas again, Austin or Dallas.

  • Debra

    Signed up for Atlanta, can’t wait!

    • eileenroche

      Looking forward to seeing you there Debra!

  • Carol Seavitt

    My mom and I attended the Mesa, Arizona Stitching Sisters and I loved how we made the burp cloths along with the various other items as a team. Of course, I like my own machine while trying your techniques but the team approach gave me others’ perspective.

  • Nancy N

    All the giveaways and the info are great at a stitching event but the high energy and creative environment i don’t find anywhere but there.

  • Dee Dickerson

    I have attended 3 conferences,2here in Indiana and 1 in Vegas ! Loved them all, went as a stranger and lest with lots of new embroidery’ sisters’. Although we are separated by miles,still keep in touch by email.when we met up again,it is like a family reunion. We want to do a cruise next.

  • Dolly D.

    I have not had the chance to attend your stitching event. I am hoping you will be coming back to the western PA area real soon. Looks like lots of fun!

  • Barbara

    I can’t wait for Stitching Sisters to come to Houston, America’s Coolest City! (Don’t take my word for it; check us out in Forbes magazine!)

    Embroidery events are so much fun! The instructors are knowledgeable and high energy,and the participants are amazing! Add to that the opportunity to make something beautiful, and you have the perfect day.

    I can’t think of a better use of my time. Thanks for creating magnificent events!

  • Doris nordbye

    Yes several. It is great to get reinspired and see great examples. So much fun.

  • Paula Roney

    I attended the Stitchin Sisters event in Cranberry, PA Feb 2012. It was two days of fun, education and inspiration. We learned so many new skills, met new friends, and had a chance to meet Marie and Eileen in person. It was a bright spot in the midde of the winter blues. I’d love to attend a SS event again soon.

  • marie zinno

    Thanks to our super fun and friendly students for coming to our Stitching Sisters Events around the country. Eileen and I are well rested and ready to start our fall/winter kick off in a few weeks. We appreciate all the kind words.

  • Dale Fedor

    I’ve gone to a couple of them & can’t wait until you ladies come to the mid-west (Chicago) part of the country. I get inspired when I go to these events & come home excited about trying things I have seen and maybe trying a new technique.

  • MarciaW

    I’ve never attended a separate embroidery class, just the dealer’s class for my sewing machine to learn about the embroidery functions (hoop) for my new machine.

  • Sallie Nold

    Yes I have attended these events. My favorite part is a toss up between inspiration from all the new ideas and all the new friends I make. Sew much fun!

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