Free Webinar! 30-minute Infinity Scarf

We are kicking off the new year with another FREE webinar: 30-minute Infinity Scarf – Made with Sulky Water-Soluble Stabilizer.  In just one hour, learn a fun, fast, and fabulous technique with “infinite” possibilities – that’s completely free!  Plus: You choose what live date works best for you – or watch it on demand!

Free Webinar: 30-minute Infinity Scarf

Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Time: 2:00 PM EST

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Time: 7:00 PM EST

Featuring:

Ellen Osten, Sulky Director of Education
Patti Lee, Sulky VP of Consumer Relations

Do neither of those dates work for you?  No worries!  You can still sign up and watch at your own convenience – and don’t worry, it’s still free!

Free Webinar: 30-minute Infinity Scarf

  • How to make a one-of-a-kind infinity scarf on your sewing machine in less than an hour using Sulky Water Soluble Stabilizers
  • How to choose the right yarns and threads that work well together
  • Other ways to use these techniques to create beautiful things!

  • Downloadable step-by-step instructions for the scarf
  • Each step has pictures (For all of us visual learners)!
  • PLUS: A bonus discount for our upcoming Sulky Sensational Scarves – Certified Teacher Continuing Education Online Course
  • PLUS: A bonus Free Project for another scarf
  • Great trunk show from our upcoming Sulky Sensational Scarves Online Course
  • A chance to win the Sulky Sensational Scarves Online Course (a $199 value!)
  • If you watch on one of our LIVE dates, you’ll receive an exclusive web-special offer!

We hope you will join us!  Remember, if you can’t make our live dates, you can still sign up to watch at your convenience, plus learn all the great techniques, receive the downloadable instructions, and more!

 




Online Class: Upcycling with Denim!

Upcycling with Denim

A Start-Anytime Online Class

With Kelly Nagel, Creator of Opportunities

Sulky’s newest Online Class: Upcycling with Denim is all about denim! For only $39.99, you will learn how to upcycle your favorite pair of old jeans, jacket, or even thrift-store finds. In addition, learn how to deconstruct denim into wonderful use-able elements, and show you some great techniques for making denim easier to sew in several great projects!

Your Instructor:

Upcycling and redesigning are passions for Kelly Nagel. She has been sewing and upcycling for almost 40 years and in that time she has created lots of fun projects and upcycling techniques.

Kelly says, “For as long as denim has been around, we have found ways to reuse it and upcycle it! Denim is such a great fabric for so many things, and I especially love it when it has been ‘worn-in’. That is when denim has the most character. It can, however be tricky to work with because of the thickness and the stretch. In this class, I will show you how to use both of those properties to your advantage!”

In this class, she will share with you the tricks she has learned for working with denim, stabilizing denim, and choosing the right denim items to upcycle. She will go through step-by-step how to make a cool backpack and a pillow cover. You will get full instructions and videos for these projects, as well as a fun and inspiring trunk show that will give you some great ideas on other denim upcycles you can do.

BONUS: Kelly is giving you a free pattern of her upcycled denim journal cover.  It makes a great gift!

Benefits of this course:

  • Learn the basics of denim and how to choose the right denim for your project
  • Learn how to stabilize denim to make it easier to sew
  • Learn how to deconstruct a pair of jeans.
  • Learn the proper tools to use to make all your denim upcycling projects easier.
  • Get step-by-step instructions for two great upcycled denim projects and the bonus journal cover project.
  • You can sign in and read the materials, watch the videos, DOWNLOAD THE MATERIALS AND VIDEOS TO KEEP FOREVER, and work at your own pace, whenever and wherever you want to. We’ll be here every step of the way to help you with any questions or problems during the course.  You can submit photos of your projects through the course for our input and suggestions, too.  Share ideas, questions and comments with fellow students within the course, if you want to.
  • Instructions include videos and step-by-step written and full-color photos of the process for:
    • The Upcycled Denim Chevron Pillow cover
    • The Upcycled Denim Drawstring Backpack with a front pocket (with a hidden secret and zipper
    • Bonus instructions for the Upcycled Denim Journal cover
    • An inspiring trunk show by Kelly to show you lots the ways you can use the techniques you learn in this class in a variety of different projects.

What you will you make:

Upcycled Chevron Pillow

People have been saving used jeans for projects ever since jeans were invented. We’ll show how to deconstruct a pair of jeans so you can reuse the denim, and show great uses for all the different parts of the jeans, jeans jacket, or skirt. We’ll discuss using threads and stabilizers on denim, needles, and combining denim with other fabrics. We’ll do some hand stitching and machine stitching on denim, too! This denim pillow is a great way to use denim pieces especially when mixing different denim colors.

Upcycled Back Pack

This versatile and trendy little backpack is cool, sturdy, and you would never know it was made from old jeans until you peak inside. Check out that super pocket-surprise inside the zipper!

& more!

THINK YOU’RE TOO BUSY?

This online course is designed to fit into even the busiest of schedules! The course has no set meeting time. It is available to you anytime from the day you sign up, day or night, for one full year! And because we include full-color, step-by-step downloadable written directions, and step-by-step downloadable videos to accompany each technique, too, you can practice the techniques again and again anytime in the future, long after the year is over (And the price point is unbeatable!).

So sign up today! We promise you won’t regret it! 🙂




Free Webinar: Holiday In-the-Hoop

Free Webinar: Holiday In-the-Hoop

Embroidery Quilt Block Projects & More

with Lisa Archer

 

Join us for this FREE webinar: Holiday In-the-Hoop!  Lisa Archer, Owner & Creative Director of Pickle Pie Designs, will teach you how fast, fun and easy it is to make machine embroidery in-the-hoop projects. Lisa is the master when it comes to in-the-hoop projects, and she will share her tips and tricks for success.

She will explain the purpose of each step of an in-the-hoop project as she walks you through the process of making a whimsical Snowman Coaster entirely in the hoop. That’s right, no machine sewing required!

 

Get the details:

Title: Holiday In-the-Hoop

Date: October 10, 2017

Time: 9:00 pm EST

Duration: 1 hour

Special Guest: Lisa Archer of Pickle Pie Designs

You will learn:

  • All about in-the-hoop designs
  • The best way to trim appliqué while it’s in the hoop
  • How to hoop a baby bib
  • Tips & techniques for perfectly trimmed appliqués
  • How to turn our whimsical quilt blocks into 9 different projects

You’ll Receive:

A free Snowman Quilt Block from the Baby It’s Cold Outside CD Set by Pickle Pie Designs – AND a free Ducky Applique design from Lisa’s book: Modern Machine Embroidery.

Dont forget!

Great kits and items will we be on sale following the initial webcast, for 24 hours ONLY – so be sure to check those out at www.sulky.com!

Can’t make it? You can still sign up! After the initial webcast, it is available as a Start-Anytime course – meaning you can watch it at anytime at your own convenience!

 

free webinar: holiday in-the-hoop

Register today!

 




Quilting in the Tropics – Book your Cruise!

Quilting in the Tropics

with Ellen Osten

Book your Cruise!

Combine the warm tropical breezes of the Eastern Caribbean with the fun-filled days of quilting with Ellen Osten and you have the perfect vacation.  Join us for this amazing adventure on the high seas.  This is a great ship to invite the family along to enjoy their activities while you enjoy yours – Creative Quilting and Stitching!

Here are the details:

Date: July 15-22, 2018 (7 nights)

Ship: Royal Carribean – Oasis of the Seas

Royal Carribean – Oasis of the Seas

Featured Educator: Ellen Osten

Ellen Osten, Sulky National Educator

Sponsored by: Sulky of America

Package Includes:

  • 7 Nights Onboard Accomodations
  • Port Fees and Taxes
  • Prepaid Onboard Gratuities
  • Quilting and Stitching Classes
  • Complete Project Kit
  • Group Onboard Activities
  • Group Dining
  • Onboard Entertainment
  • Giveaways and Goodies
  • 2 Private Group Cocktail Parties
  • Machine Provided by Janome

Itinerary:

Roundtrip from Port Canaveral

Ports include:

  • St. Maarten
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Labadee, Haiti

3 Quilting Days at Sea

A couple of photos from past quilting retreats!

Pricing:

Pricing is per quilter, based on double occupancy.  Non-Quilters may deduct $350.00 from advertised rates.

Oceanview: $2150

Central Park Balcony: $2250

Oceanview Balcony: $2350

Monthly Payment Plans Available

$250 due at time of booking

 

Invite the family to enjoy their activities, while you enjoy yours – Creative Quilting & Stitching!

Book your trip here!

 




It’s Back! Fearless Free-Motion Stitching II

free motion stitching Eric Drexler

Free-Motion Stitching

with Eric Drexler

In just six 15-45 minute segments, you can learn from Eric Drexler, the Master of Free-Motion, how to easily move beyond the basics of Free-Motion Stitching so you can enjoy more intricate Thread Painting, Quilting, Print Embellishment, Turned or Raw Edge Appliqué, and much, much more!

free motion stitching Eric Drexler

Eric introduced you to the basics in “Fearless Free-Motion Stitching I – For Beginners”:

free motion stitching Eric Drexler

It was an incredible success and we thank you.  He covers some of the basics again in this course (so you do not necessarily have to take the first course before this one); and we include a free, 26-page hand-out from the basic course to help you along on this adventure if you haven’t taken it (and for those who have as well, as a refresher).

Inspiring! Mesmerizing! Captivating! Entertaining! These are a few of the words that thousands of Eric’s students all over the country use to describe his teaching style.  Eric loves life and he loves to teach and share his exuberance for all things Free-Motion.  He is passionate about inspiring students of all ages so they can discover and enjoy a lifetime of creative fun.  Eric learned this technique from Joyce Drexler (co-founder and Creative Director of Sulky – now retired) when he was just 10 years old!

free motion stitching Eric Drexler

One of Eric’s thread-sketched dragons.

Here are a few words from Eric himself:

“As you may or may not know, I was taught how to do Free-Motion Thread Painting when I was very young, like 10 or 11. Like all of us, as I got older I fell away from the fun. I replaced fun with school, work, and, of course, girls (a totally different version of FUN). When I was settling back down and had a child of my own, I picked it back up again. This has really helped my quilting skills, so important when I became a Sulky Educator more than 10 years ago. After all, Thread Painting is just moving the material under the needle, much like quilting.

The taping process is more fun than you could imagine. Of course, I geek out on this stuff. I want to know what the camera people and producer are looking for, and how they are capturing it. I think, without knowing, it has given me better on-camera demos. I feel like part of a big entertainment team! (But no, I will never get used to makeup!)  Below is a shot of the control room.  Hmmm…could those be cookies on that laptop?

I think you will enjoy what I chose in this second course to challenge you a bit more after Beginning Free-Motion Basics. This is just a few more steps beyond, and it gets into how I do my actual Thread Painting, too.”

– Eric

free motion stitching Eric Drexler

This Ash Tree Wallhanging is one of the highlight projects of the course

Interested in signing up for Fearless Free Motion Stitching II: Beyond the Basics?  You can enroll here.

P.S. Here is a quick video of Eric explaining this awesome course:




Sewing Hack: How to Extend a Wedge Ruler

Have you ever wanted to do a project but you didn’t have the perfect tool? I have to be honest, this happens to me all the time. I am not a gadget girl so I don’t have a ton of different rulers and tools in my sewing studio. More often than not, I find something on Pinterest or a free project in an email, but I don’t own the specialty tool that they are using in the instructions.

This recently happened to one of the blog readers. She wanted to make this Christmas Tree Skirt.

It’s one of the Free Projects on Sulky.com. (Check out all the free projects here)

This projects calls for the long version of the 9 or 10 degree wedge ruler. The one she had was only 12 inches long. (FYI – Here is where to get the long version that I used for the project)

The good news is for this particular ruler, I have a fix! If you have a wedge ruler that isn’t a long as you want it to be, this is how to still get the angle without rushing out to buy a new ruler.

The Fix!

Let’s say you have more strips sewn together than you have ruler.

Place the small end on the edge of the strip set and be sure you are lined up correctly.

Now take another ruler and line it up on one side of the wedge ruler the full length of the strip set.

Use a super fine point pen (I used a super fine FriXion® pen –  which disappears with the heat of an iron), to draw the line from the edge of the wedge ruler up to the end of the fabric.

sewing hack, wedge ruler

Move the ruler and draw down the edge of the wedge ruler to the bottom as well.

Do the same on the other side of the wedge ruler.

sewing hack

Now you can use your full length ruler and cut right on the lines you just drew and you have the perfect wedge as if your ruler were longer.

Happy Sewing!




Get Scrappin’ with Free Webinar: Scrap Quilting Made Better with Stabilizers

free webinar, scrap quilting, stabilizers

Scrap Quilting Made Better with Stabilizers 

For all you scrap lovers! Have piles of scraps around your sewing room, and need a little inspiration for what to DO with all those wonderful scrap pieces? Then our newest, FREE Webinar: Scrap Quilting Made Better with Stabilizers is perfect for you! Our Special Guest, Judy Gauthier is the author of “Quilts for Scrap Lovers” and “Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers”.

Judy will amaze you with her beautiful scrap fabric quilts, as she demonstrates how easy (and fun!) it is to delve into your scrap bins so you, too, can make gorgeous quilts from all those leftover pieces. Not only that, but you will learn template techniques, stabilizer techniques, and applique tips to help make scrap quilting easier, AND save you money!

free webinar, scrap quilting, stabilizers

Get the details…

Title: Scrap Quilting Made Better with Stabilizers

Special Guest: Judy Gauthier

Date: August 8, 2017

Time: 9 pm EDT

Duration: One hour

Cost: FREE!

Register Here

ADDED BONUS: If you watch the webinar on August 8th, you’ll receive a special coupon that’s good for 24 hours! You won’t want to miss it!

free webinar, scrap quilting, stabilizers

What you will learn:

  • How to organize and “bust” your scrap fabric stash for quilting
  • How to use the Fast 2 Cut Simple Square Templates to cut odd-shaped scraps
  • Judy’s secret way of using Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy Stabilizer to improve your quilting (and save you money!)
  • Applique tips and how Judy uses stabilizers on specialty fabrics that cannot be ironed

PLUS: You will receive a FREE scrap fabric quilting pattern!

 

free webinar, scrap quilting, stabilizers

 

Can’t make it? No worries! After the initial broadcast, this webinar will be available as a Start Anytime course!

Register now to save your spot!




Not Your Typical Table Topper Courses 50% off Month of July

Who doesn’t love table toppers? They can match your décor, make a statement, or celebrate a holiday, birthday, anniversary, and more!  Not to mention, they’re SO much fun to make!  And guess what?  This month only, you can get 50% off all of our “Not Your Typical Table Topper” Courses with coupon code: SULKY50

The inspiration for these projects came from my own desire to have some new items to decorate my home that were different and a little more modern. I started by making this set of 3-dimensional pieces. These guys are perfect for holding coffee filters, fabric, rotary cutters and the big one is perfect for a wine bottle! The best part is once you take the on-line class, you will be able to make these so quickly, they will be your new go-to gift for friends and family.

Next, came the Matchsticked placemat. I love matchstick quilting and what better way to practice and get really good at it than to make a beautiful set a place mats. To take this project over the top, I added a cool border, some big-stitch hand quilting, and a binding technique that you will love learning how to do. 

Since I have a round table in my breakfast area at my house, I wanted to be able to put a round table topper on it. So, I set my mind to figuring out the easiest way to put together a round table topper without doing any math at all (I hate math!), and yet have the project stay flat. You can learn this cool method without all the trial and error that I went through! The best part is, you can do a round table topper as big or as small as you want with this method. Yay for flexibility! 

The last project, the Minimalist Table Runner, may seem to be the simplest, but it is my favorite. Partly because the sample is made in my two favorite colors, but mostly because it teaches how to create your very own unique modern design that perfectly fits your style and personality. NO longer do you have to follow a pattern or be limited to another designer’s imagination. It’s your project and you make all the decisions. I show you how with step-by-step instructions!  (And guess what?!  The background fabric is denim!)

Sale price for the entire Course Collection, which includes tutorials on how to make ALL FOUR table toppers, is only $49.50!  And each Individual Course (you pick which table topper you want to make!) is only $17.50!  (You save $20.50 when you take the Course Collection).

Learn All Of This And More!

  • Four fabulous, trendy and unusual Table Toppers that you will thoroughly enjoy making. They will inspire you to design your own versions that have your personality and creativity written all over them.
  • Kelly Nagel, Creator of Opportunities at Sulky of America, guides you step-by-step through these projects, making them easy-peasy. Go beyond the typical table runner to improv, circular, and even 3-dimensional pieces.
  • These modern projects teach you valuable sewing techniques, inspiring you to “kick it up a notch” if you want.
  • This class is designed for both beginning sewists and more advanced sewists looking for professional finishing tips.
  • The projects are all simple, with optional more challenging techniques.
  • ·Whatever end of the sewing spectrum you’re on, you are going to LOVE these home decor projects. You’ll be making these for your friends and family, too. And best of all…none of these have to fit beyond the size of the table!

Patti Lee, VP of Sulky, says: “I don’t know about you, but I’ve reached the stage in my life, where I just like making smaller projects now. Maybe it’s because I have too many UFO’s to finish even if I live to be a hundred! So, for me, making table toppers is just the ticket! They’re fun and ‘finishable’, probably even in time for the special event! So, I hope you’ll find these as much fun as I have.”

Even More “Stuff” You Will Learn:

  • You will learn exactly how to set up your machine (and you can use any well-maintained machine, you don’t need a fancy, expensive machine). Older machines with just a few decorative stitches will be fine, as well as top-of-the-line brand new machines, which you’ll see in the videos.
  • You will learn all about different weights and types of threads to use for quilting or free-motion embellishment or decorative stitching.
  • Quick lesson on free-motion machine set-up and quilting.
  • Proper needles, SO important to success.
  • And lots of ideas on how to take these techniques even further.
  • You can sign in and read the materials, watch the videos, DOWNLOAD THE MATERIALS AND VIDEOS TO KEEP FOREVER, and work at your own pace, whenever and wherever you want to for one full year!
  • We’ll be here every step of the way to help you with any questions or problems during that year. (And in reality, we at Sulky will always be here to help in the future, too.)
  • You can submit photos of your projects for our input and suggestions, too.
  • Share ideas, questions and comments with fellow students within the course, if you want.
  • There are wonderful full-color, step-by-step instructions for you to print and keep for each project.
  • Includes a bonus video by Ellen Osten, Director of Education for Sulky, for Magical, No-Show, Perfect Binding every time!

Sign up today!




Why You’ll Love This Cotton+Steel Webinar

Cotton + Steel Webinar

Sunshine Pillow


cotton + steel webinar: why you'll love it

Want to add a little extra cheer to your home or office? Maybe you’re looking for a neat gift for a baby shower, wedding, or birthday! Whatever the occasion, the Sunshine Pillow project by Cotton+Steel is your winner. Here’s why…

  1. You get to watch how it’s made in a FREE webinar!

  2. You get to hang out with Devon Iott, Captain of Creative Communications at Cotton+Steel! (And we all know how cool those gals are!)

  3. If this fabric is too bright for you or doesn’t fit the occasion, you can change it out with whatever fabric suits your style! (Like these other fun Cotton+Steel Fabric Collections)

  4. You’ll get to see the new Cotton+Steel Thread by Sulky in action

You will learn…

Why You'll Love This Cotton+Steel Webinar: Sunshine Pillow

Register Now!

Once you register, share the registration link with your friends on Facebook with hashtag: #cottonandsteelwebinar to have your name in the hat to win a 6-pack of Cotton+Steel Thread by Sulky!! (Make sure you use the hashtag so we see it!)

Can’t make it? You can still sign up and receive everything that’s included in the webinar AND watch the recorded webinar at your convenience anytime in the future.

Added bonus: Following the webinar we have a special discount running on the Sulky website that you have GOT to see!

See you there!Why You'll Love This Cotton+Steel Webinar: Sunshine Pillow




April Spools Day – Tame the Tangle

April Spools Day! We love spools here at Sulky so much that we put our hand embroidery thread on a spool! No more dealing with that tangled mess of floss, no more separating strands (one strand of our 12 Wt. Cotton thread equals two strand of regular embroidery floss) and no waste!

It’s the same, great, Sulky Solid Color and Blendables 12 wt. Cotton Thread you know and love – but on a “petite” 50 yd. snap-end spool.

sulky cotton petites thread

We all know the “threadaches” that can come with floss thread. Our Sulky Cotton Petites Thread are the perfect remedy. Here’s why:sulky cotton petites thread

  • One strand is equal to two strands of the typical embroidery floss
  • No separating threads
  • You can cut it to any length
  • No more tangled floss
  • Tidy storage
  • Available in 130 Solid Colors and 30 Multi-Color Blendables on 50 yd. Snap-end Spools

sulky cotton petites thread

Not to mention they are perfect for hand and machine work, including…

  • Hand Embroiderysulky cotton petites thread
  • Applique
  • Quilting
  • Cross Stitch
  • Crazy Patchwork
  • Couching
  • Hand Sashiko
  • Blanket Stitch
  • Needlepunch
  • Candlewicking
  • Smocking
  • Heirloom Sewing
  • Redwork
  • Bobbin Work
  • and much, much more!

Tame the Tangle! Today only, get each of our 12 Wt. Cotton Petites Thread Dream Assortment kits for only $79.99.*Offer ends at midnight EDT. 



Happy April Spool’s Day!