Hello! I’ve got a lot to pack into this post so let’s get started! First off, I’m zipping over to Houston, TX, to visit my very good friend Drew, aka The Crochet Dude. (That’s us above, at TNNA.) What can I say about Drew – I just love this guy. We met about five years ago through the crochet industry, when Drew was first hitting the scene as a designer. We really became friends though once we started working together on Knit and Crochet Now (Drew is one of the crochet experts on the show). These days, Drew is a true crochet mogul with several books under his belt and his own line of Boye crochet tools – he’s a real A-list crochet-lebrity. So head on over to Drew’s blog to see what he has so say about Sewing in a Straight Line, and to see how he’s progressing in his plans to take over the crochet world! Thanks for being part of my blog tour, Drew!
Next up, I’m back in Brooklyn to visit with my bud Nikki Smith on her blog Style Schematic. Nikki and I met several years ago when we worked together at SoHo Publishing. When it comes to sewing, Nikki is the REAL DEAL. She’s a sewing editor and a true expert in construction and fit. Nikki was super important to the making of Sewing in a Straight Line because she was one of the ladies who helped me sew some of the projects for the book (yes, I did have help with all that stitching!). I turned to Nikki for help in working on some of the garments because she is such a garment whiz – and I really don’t think the fashion chapter would have been as strong as it is without her. Not only did she generously share her brilliance on many technical issues (especially on sewing some of the specialty fabrics like chiffon and vinyl, which was not my forte) – but this girl even loaned me one of her sewing machines when mine started to act up close to deadline. Now that is a good friend. When I finished writing the book, I had a short list of people in my head who I knew I couldn’t have done it without – and Nikki was one of them for sure. So head on over to her site to soak up some of her sewing brilliance (including lots of killer tutorials and fashion sewing inspiration), to read her post on Sewing in a Straight Line – and to enter her giveaway to win a copy of the book! Thank you for your post and for all your help, Nikki!
And now, it’s giveaway time! Up for grabs today is this super-duper Simplicity Bias Tape Maker machine (retail value $99.99). Can I just say, this thing is the bomb. I really love it – you feed strips of fabric through the machine, and the little elves that live inside the machine fold the strips into bias tape of any size you need and press it nice and neat, producing yards and yards of finished bias tape in mere moments, while you sit back and drink a cocktail! Or paint your nails! Or whatever relaxing thing you like to do. Seriously, it is awesome. To be honest I’m not always a big gadget person – which I’m sure comes from so many years of living in tiny NYC apartments and learning to work with minimal tools – but this is one machine I would always make room for. It’s just that good.
So! To enter to win this magical invention, leave a comment on this post and tell me what you use bias tape for – for quilt binding, to finish garments, to trim home decor? Or have you never tried it before? That’s okay – there are no wrong answers. I’m loving hearing from all of you about how you craft and sew; what you’re into and what you’re not. A winner will be chosen by random number generator on Monday. Thank you for playing! THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE CHECK CURRENT POSTS FOR CURRENT GIVEAWAYS. THANKS!
And thank you to Simplicity for sponsoring this wonderful giveaway!