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Threads eLetter

From the pages of Threads Magazine

The Latest In Independent Patterns

A sampler of designs showcased at the 2004 Sewing and Stitchery Expo

by the editors of Threads

The Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington, is a fantastic opportunity to see newly released patterns by independent designers, along with creatively sewn samples. For those of you who couldn't make it to the 2004 Expo, or those of you who would love to see these wonderful patterns again, we've put together a sampler of designs, currently available or forthcoming, along with contact information.

For those of us who grew up using only patterns from the big commercial publishers, it's a real treat to see how these boutique designers (many of them contributors to Threads) offer unique yet wearable styles, and share their own tried-and-true sewing techniques. Many of these patterns include mini-sewing lessons within their instruction guide sheets, so the user can learn new methods and end up with a beautifully constructed garment, too.

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New Patterns Part 1
These 27 patterns are from the following designers/ manufacturers:
  • Material Things by Cecelia Podolak
  • Silhouettes by Peggy Sagers
  • The Sewing Workshop
  • Excellence in Sewing by Jan Bones
  • Park Bench Pattern Co.
  • L.J. Designs
  • Birch Street Clothing
New Patterns Part 2
These 28 patterns are from the following designers/ manufacturers:
  • The Batik Butik
  • Islander Sewing Systems
  • Clothing Designs by La Fred
  • Cutting Line Designs
  • Petite Plus Patterns
  • Saf-T-Pockets Patterns
  • Purrfection Artistic Wearables
  • Carol Cruise & Company
  • The Sewing Connection with Shirley Adams
  • Lois Ericson, Design & Sew
  • Sewabration, by Gay Gerlack

For more noteworthy items Threads editors found at this year's show, see Sewing and Stitchery Expo 2004.

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