• The Viewpoints 9 Exhibit in Houston

    Sulky was honored to be able to sponsor the amazing Viewpoints 9 Exhibit at the International Quilt Market and Festival this year. Viewpoints 9 is an international, invitational, fiber art group founded in 2012. Themes, posed by each artist, consider unique sources of creative inspiration with members sharing their interpretations on a bi-monthly, online blog. The emerging narrative allows opportunities to experiment with new techniques, share each artist’s individual perspective, and glimpse their creative process. Cultural influences, as well as personal experiences, resonate within the work, making the exhibit both beautiful and profound to experience. Here are the quilts in this Exhibit. Click on the picture to get more information…

  • Sulky Supports CPALI

    I am thrilled to tell you about this organization. Every once in a while an opportunity comes up that is just so good, you must participate. That is how we feel about CPALI (Conservation Through Poverty Alleviation, International). This great organization works in Madagascar with rural farmers to develop sustainable livelihoods that support both people and ecosystems. They focus on existing resources, local leadership, community ownership and linking partners to global markets. You may be wondering how a thread company with offices in Kennesaw, GA, is helping this organization on the other side the the world. We give Sulky Polyester Invisible Thread to women working on the CPALI wild silk project. These women have an opportunity to earn…

  • Christmas in July – Christmas Ornaments

    Well Friends, this is the last post in the Christmas in July series. I have truly enjoyed thinking about Christmas in the middle of summer! It’s nice to not have the rush of the season over my head while I create fun new things to decorate my home this season. My tree will look great with it’s new Speedy Spiral Christmas Tree Skirt, my table will look festive with my new Table Runner and my mantel will be fun and cheerful with my Banner Flags. Not to mention my new Spool of Thread Stockings!   The only way to end this series is with Christmas Ornaments! I put up several…

  • Creating Round Robin Wearable Art

    Suzy Seed, Nancy Sapin & Lee Fletcher, all National Educator’s representing Sulky of America, have been working the Sulky booth at the Houston International Quilt Festival for the past 7 years.  After the first year, they decided it would be fun to stretch their creativity and sewing knowledge, work outside of their comfort zone, and begin an adventure creating wearable art the round-robin way.  What is a round robin?  It’s when something gets passed from person to person, each person creating one part of a whole.  Can you imagine the surprise when the garment owner receives all the finished pieces not knowing until the end what the other’s created. Each…

  • Christmas in July Series – Mantel Scarf

    It may be extremely hot and humid outside, but I am dreaming of a white Christmas in my sewing studio! Okay, maybe not white, but bright red, green, pink, orange and blue! I am in love with the new color scheme that I am using for my holiday season decor this year. It started with the Speedy Spiral Christmas Tree Skirt, then the Bonus Projects that I made from the scraps. Now I have dug into Cotton + Steel’s new Christmas line Tinsel. I have always used a very traditional Garnet and Gold color scheme during the holidays (yes, it is because I went to FSU). This year I am…

  • 7 Reasons to Sew Everyday

    Sewing is my favorite hobby. I really would rather sew than just about anything, but life, kids, the house, the hubby , the job…it all seems to drown out that precious time to sew. One the my favorite bits of advice that I received when I asked you to send in advice to new sewists (see that post here) was to sew for at least 20 minutes per day! I love that and have tried to put that great advice into practice ever since then. It has been an amazing change for me in my life! Today I want to motivate you to do the same thing by giving you seven…

  • Quick Gifts – Make These In Less Than An Hour!

    Sometimes you just need a really quick gift. Maybe you forgot about that bridal shower you are supposed to go to this weekend, or maybe you thought Father’s Day was next weekend (it’s not, by the way, it’s Sunday), or maybe you are just really good at procrastinating like me! Whatever the reason, sometimes a quick, yet thoughtful gift is in order. Before I go any further I do want to clear something up. Just because a gift is quick to make, doesn’t mean it isn’t meaningful. I mean you could have just stopped by the grocery store on your way to that shower or Father’s Day lunch, picked up…

  • Eric Drexler’s Top 10 Notions

    Today’s Post was written by Sulky National Educator and Free-Motion Guru Eric Drexler. On a personal note, Eric is an awesome person and friend. You will truly never meet someone as genuine and kind-hearted as he. On a professional note, if I could have a thimble-full of his free-motion talent I would be set for life. In addition to his amazing talent, he is also a sewing machine repairman and has been for more than 30 years. I don’t know about you, but when someone knows that much about sewing and about the machine, I am going to take note of the notions he can’t live without! Eric Drexler’s Top 10…

  • 10 Great Places for Tutorials & Patterns

    In so many ways, the internet has brought the world to our fingertips. The other day, I was watching a TV show and they said a word I had never heard before. I quickly pulled out my phone and looked it up. A couple weeks ago, I was making a pair of shorts for my daughter and I didn’t understand the pattern directions for the zipper so I looked up a How-to video on YouTube and followed it to get the zipper just right. I love having so much accessible at any time, but this can also be overwhelming. Where should I look for what? Is the information correct? Can I…

  • Free-Motion Fun with Eric Drexler

    If you have seen any of Sulky National Educator and Free-Motion Guru, Eric Drexler’s work, then you know what an amazing artist he is. Last summer, he learned how to Zentangle®. The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. When Eric learned it, he immediately thought, “I could do this with thread!” So he did! And he has created some amazing things. (Eric did the above pattern using a FriXion™ pen, but once ironed this amazing pattern is gone!  So, he figured out a way to get the pattern on the fabric and yet still keep it – learn his secret.) So…