Monday, May 23, 2016

Sewing Fun with Gail Doane

Fifteen ladies from as far south as Baltimore area and as far west as Indianapolis enjoyed some creative sewing in New Jersey!!

The Holly Berries chapter of SAGA [Smocking Arts Guild of America] hosted the delightful and talented Gail Doane. Gail hails from Utah but is known around the globe for her beautiful designs, smocking and sewing talent.  The project chosen for the three days was actually featured on the cover of Classic Sewing Magazine's second issue.

Starting with a quilter's 'Jelly Roll'...a package of 2.5 inch wide, by 45 inch long strips of co-ordinating fabrics, the ladies all created their own fabric designs for the front, back and sleeves of the jacket. Some design parts were decided on by Gail who packaged complete kits for us to work on.  Including the soft cotton pique dress which features hem and sleeve caps made from the same 'joined' strips of fabric.

The fun is seeing six same fabric jelly rolls worked in totally different configurations resulting in very cute and sweet jackets. But the lessons learned involved more than just putting strips together. Color watch, design watch, balance of all combinations, things that are not communicated in written directions but rather by example and explanation.  And Gail makes it all sound so easy...excellent tutor!!

Three days, 18 hours plus, and if the first photo is any indication..a good time was had by all. 

SAGA is a non profit organization dedicated to promoting the fine arts of sewing and all things needle and thread. 
Please visit HERE to see what SAGA has to offer!

The Holly Berries chapter meets at the Burlington County Library on the 
Third Wednesday of the month from 12pm-3pm.  
July and August are vacations. 
Find directions here to the Library which is in New Jersey. 
We meet at the Main Library in Westampton.

With this successful workshop completed...we look forward to another one in the coming year, 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Why I stalk the mail man

Yes it is true, I spend way WAY too much time on the computer!!
Often resulting in my own frustration at the lack of stitching, cooking, baking, cleaning not done.  But then there are days when I find fun stuff!! LIKE:

The next issue of saga news is in the mail...this is the cover:

I see/spy some great ideas, along with I know exactly who two of the designers will be!! lol  I will keep my opinions quiet until I see the credits. 

THEN there is this publication in the mail:
Classic Sewing still by heart and soul.
According to Facebook, there are some in the 'southern' states who have received their copies already. Since it is mailed from guess is the 'yankee' truck gets left to last.  [just kidding] I can hardly contain myself for wanting these magazines to arrive!!

The cover dress is a Gail Doane design. She will be here in NJ in May!!

 And then there is this to look forward to in September 2016...SAGA's national Convention in Hampton Virginia.  I do like this Logo...
Now I just realized I have this all written for the Holly Berries blog.  Well it will also appear on my Sewing snips it is all about the stitching....

Monday, November 16, 2015

November Meeting coming up!

The next Holly Berries meeting promises to be a fun one.  Needle Tatting is on the program list.  Amazing technique for creating some lovely edging, motifs, and for those who want, dollies, baby bonnets and more.

We meet the third Wednesday of the Month at the Burlington Library..Pioneer Blvd off of Woodlane Road in Westampton, New Jersey.  12pm to 3pm.
Come see what we are all about!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


5 Pioneer Boulevard
Westampton, NJ 08060
Phone: 609-267-9660

Whopp whoo hoo....can you tell we are excited!!

Our first meeting of the 'new year' is 
Wednesday...September 16, 2015
12pm to 3pm 

JOIN US!! Visitors always welcome...
and yes we hope you will join!!

The most recent issue of our Member magazine. Four times a year. This is probably my favorite issue as it deals with the Community service of Wee Care that SAGA is internationally [yes world wide] involved with.  In a quick summary...we construct, smock, embroider, knit etc baby gowns for premature or infant losses . As a former Maternity/OB nurse, this is close to my heart!!  And lucky for us! our National WeeCare chair is a Holly Berry Member!!
SAGA is also on Facebook with a Saga Smockalong page. OR Smock Across America page.  Currently, we are smocking ornaments for our Troops. 
Check out the website : SAGA and see what this smock a long is all about. You will find this photo which will link you to the directions!! 

On September 16th, there will be some supplies for this smock a long at our meeting. AT THE LIBRARY!! 

Besides smocking, we also do all different sewing or embroidery things. We are dedicated to keeping the fine art of needle work alive. 

"The purpose of the Smocking Arts Guild of America is to preserve and foster the art of smocking and related needlework for future generations through education, service, communication and quality workmanship."

Holly Berries meet the third Wednesday of the month from September to June. We are a daytime meeting from 12pm to 3pm. We also have informal and formal class meetings and programs at other times. 
For more information contact: 
Karin Eveland President at: 609-518-8986 
or Email: 
[please put Holly Berries in subject line].

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A trip to NYC Fashion Fabric district

Some Holly Berries went to New York City on the Train!!
We walked uptown to 37th Street and found Mood!!

This is us going in!!
After 45 minutes...we moved on..There is much too much to look at in Mood...we will go back when we think we have some 'wants'.
We saw Grey Line Linens on West 39th St.  I think everyone bought some linen $9/yd..who wouldn't. 

Two doors up is Weaver's Silk Fabrics [and more]
Wanda had her day in Weaver's. 
Sunny the owner was very helpful and Happy to see us! 

We did cross 39th to two more shops..
Wanda found a pinterest person there!!

I did not get his name. He loved Wanda's button embellished Jacket!! 
So do I.
THEN it was time for LUNCH
 We went back to 37th St. to 
STITCH cafe bar. 
See the sewing machine over the door behind us!!
Great food, it was good to rest our feet from walking the cement of NYC. 

Then we walked up to 40th and 7th Avenue to the two 
Fashion District icons. 

From here we walked back down 7th to the Train Station. 
A perfect day for sewistas in NYC!!

Now let's see what we do with our treasures!!

Monday, May 13, 2013


Just a quick note that this blog will be continued. 
 In just a few days some historical entries about the last two years..and some future notes for all!! 
Including a few photos. Hopefully others will find us interesting!!

See you on the flip side...not the wrong side...but the next page!!

A Chapter of 

Meets on the THIRD Wednesday of the month 
September thru June
12 pm to 3pm 
Upstairs at

in Burlington City, NJ.

Visitors are always welcome!!

Contact: Karin via email with any questions.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

May Meeting Wednesday the 18th

Email news note coming tonight...meeting at Fran's house again. Hope you all will let her know who is coming or not.  WeeCare workshop...for summer projects!

I don't know if I will be there...will try...more news later...Karin