Stage Presentations

Presentations, demonstrations, trunk shows and fashion shows are FREE with your General Admission ticket. You'll get renewed energy, inspiration and lots of how-to's from these lively 30-minute sessions.
 
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Thursday
9:00-10:00
Let the Sewing Party Begin! with Martha Pullen
Special Presentation – ticket required. (Included free with School of Art Fashion Boutique registration, OR click to purchase ticket.)
10:30
Pain-free Sewing and Quilting
Heather Bowdey of Sew-Ergo Advantage
11:15 Creative Grids: New & Favorite Rulers
Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
12:00
Coloring Book of Style Fashion Show
Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop
1:00 Making Fusible Easy and Successful
Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
1:45 Embroidery Showcase
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
2:30
Stitchin' for the Kitchen
Pattie Otto of Great Copy Patterns
3:15 Fit for Hollywood
Joe Vecchiarelli of Fashion Supplies, Inc.
4:00
Secrets to Look Slimmer
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
5:15 Super Prize Drawing

Friday
10:30 Secrets to Look Slimmer
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
11:15
Fabrics Make the Garment
Barb Callahan of Barb Originals
12:00 Proportional Dressing – A Fashion Show
Cynthia Guffey
1:00 Fit for Hollywood
Joe Vecchiarelli of Fashion Supplies, Inc.
1:45 Designer Tips – Taking the Shortcuts
Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
2:30 Help is on the Way!
Judy Phillips of Sew déjà vu
3:15
 
Dye It, Paint It, Sun Print It and More!
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
4:00
Nine Nifty Notions
Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
5:15 Super Prize Drawing
 
Saturday

11:15
Sew! Let's Get Dressed with Fit for Art Patterns
Rae Cumbie of Fit for Art Patterns
12:00 Fashion Show from Virginia Commonwealth University
1:00 Secrets to Look Slimmer
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
1:45
Stretch Your Elastic Imagination
Nancy Cook of FitNice
2:30
Designer Tips – Taking the Shortcuts
Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
3:15
Springboards to Creativity
Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
3:45
Sewing's Next Generation: Youth Fashion & Project Show
4:45
Super Prize Drawing


 
Coloring Book of Style Fashion Show
Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop
Age is nothing but a number when it comes to looking fabulous. And no one does timeless style better than The Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection. Featuring beautiful fabrics in stunning color themes, this showcase of chic fashions will challenge you to rethink how you dress and what you sew. See the latest carefree combinations of daring fabrics, textures and patterns in layers that drape and shape. Linda will show how to read the trends and fit today’s concepts into real wearables for you.


Creative Grids: New and Favorite Rulers

Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
Join Karen to see new and favorite Creative Grid rulers and various projects you can make with them. These are the original non-slip rulers with other must have features that are destined to become your new favorite.

Designer Tips – Taking the Shortcuts
Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
As we design patterns we are looking for ways to speed up the process, make things easier and have fun! We’ll introduce you to shortcuts, techniques and tools that will cut your time considerably and produce a better project. Sometimes it is the little things that really make a difference. Come see if you want to take the shortcut.

Dye It, Paint It, Sun Print It and More!
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
See the newest methods for creating with plain fabric and turning it into a masterpiece! Watch as Cindy dyes fabric right in front of your eyes with a new type of dye…so easy and they don’t stain your fingers! See just how easy it is to silk screen any type of fabric or garment. She’ll demonstrate Inktense for soft backgrounds to embellish on…so much to see and learn!

Embroidery Showcase
Cindy Losekamp of Sew Artfully Yours
Embroidery is everywhere! It’s in quilts, wallhangings, T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, things for the kids and sportswear. In this exciting seminar by Cindy Losekamp, you will see a myriad of quilts, garments, home dec items and landscapes, all with artfully placed embroidery designs to spark your creativity. You'll get tips on hooping, stabilizing and lots of great ideas on how to use your machine to the max! We know you will enjoy learning from this fun and exciting “edutainer” and you'll be itching to get stitching.

Fabrics Make the Garment
Barb Callahan of Barb Originals
Barb will show you different fabrics using the same pattern and how they give a totally different look and feel.

Fit for Hollywood
Joe Vecchiarelli of Fashion Supplies, Inc.
Joe is a fit specialist for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ as well as many other celebrities from television. Joe will share his experiences of fitting the stars and offer fitting tips that you can use at home so you too can have the fit of the Stars!

Help is on the Way!
Judy Phillips of Sew Déjà vu
We have many new and unknown notions to help us make our projects better than ever. Come to see all the help that is available to you in the form of notions, and have some fun too!

Let the Sewing Party Begin!

Martha Pullen
Martha Pullen will tickle your funny bone with her hysterical stories – things that have really transpired as she’s traveled the world teaching sewing. You probably don’t know the heirloom sewing lady is also a comedy specialist – but she is! You just will not believe her real-life stories – all of which have truly happened while she’s been sharing the beauty of stitching French lace and entredeux! Come one, come all…to the pure pleasure of this memorable event, and Martha will start your day right – with a party! We are going to have fun, fun, fun! Special Presentation from 9am-10am: ticket required. (Included free with School of Art Fashion Boutique registration, OR click to purchase ticket.)

Making Fusible Easy and Successful
Connie Spurlock of Sew Wonderful Dreams
Making fusible easy and successful – it’s all about knowing the little tricks. Fusible is easy but you need to choose the right fusible, know the best way to transfer a pattern, prewash, how to enlarge and reduce your pattern, when and how to finish those raw edges and the quickest way to successfully remove the paper. Many tips and a few rules give you great success in applique.

Nine Nifty Notions
Karen Benke of Little Red Quilt House
Join Karen for nine nifty ways to jazz up your quilting projects. Hand out includes all the ideas and instructions!

Pain-Free Sewing and Quilting
Heather Bowdey of Sew-Ergo Advantage
Sewing and quilting is often quite painful unless the equipment is set up to give the user comfortable posture and ease of vision. Tips given on what features to look for in a chair or stool and use with tables or cabinets plus how to benefit from using various tilt-able products manufactured by Sew-Ergo Advantage.

Proportional Dressing – A Fashion Show
Cynthia Guffey
Join Cynthia as she presents fashions that focus on how body proportions can be balanced and visually enhanced by clothing style selections.

Secrets to Look Slimmer
Kathy Ruddy of kathyruddy.com
Lose ten pounds simply by choosing the right style and fit. Sew a high-end wardrobe that fits, is comfortable and will camouflage any weak points. Watch Kathy model a variety of clothes in styles that will “work” for you too, making you look good and feel great. Learn about the secret techniques that really work, are easy to apply and will inspire you to sew. All the tools and tips you’ll need to make the creative process fun.


Sew! Let’s Get Dressed with Fit for Art Patterns
Rae Cumbie of Fit for Art Patterns
Enjoy this trunk show of garments you can make to wear every day. See fun tops, well-fitting pants and comfortable jackets made with Fit for Art’s three basic patterns. Fill your closet with clothes like these and you will enjoy getting dressed every day.


Sewing's Next Generation: Youth Fashion & Project Show

This fashion and trunk show featuring students ages 9 – 18 years of age will be SEW much fun! Get an insight into the interests and talents of our newest sewing enthusiasts as they show off their latest accomplishments. Whether it hangs in the closet, hangs on a wall or hangs out on beds and sofas, the creativity involved will inspire audiences of all ages. Don’t miss it! (If you know a young person who might like to participate, please call 800-699-6309 or click here for more information.)

Springboards to Creativity

Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop
Tired of making the same old quilts? Ready to move beyond the traditional or at least jazz them up but not sure how to get started? Are you stuck and can’t get past “quilt artist block”? Join Marty as she shares examples of innovative quilts and products that offer springboards to creativity. Discover how ordinary items can be just the spark you may need to get the creative juices flowing.

Stitchin’ for the Kitchen
Pattie Otto of Great Copy Patterns
Create gourmet-worthy accessories to decorate your kitchen with a little thread and your embroidery machine. Think pretty hand towels, witty musings to embellish aprons, elegant linens to match your dishes or décor and more. These clever kitchen projects also make great gifts for everyone on your list.

Stretch Your Elastic Imagination
Nancy Cook of FitNice
Three of my favorite elastic applications are how to measure, how to sew and how to manipulate fabric by using elastic! Fall in love with elastic again. It’s sew easy!

Super Prize Drawing
Win fabulous prize packages worth hundreds of dollars! You could win a sewing machine, plus patterns, books, videos, fabric, embroidery designs, notions, tools, and more from the exhibitors you'll meet at the Expo! Click here for more Super Prize Drawing information.