The Relaxation of Crafting and Sewing

Do the holidays or even everyday life cause you stress?  Normally we can go shopping to relieve some stress but not during the holidays. During the holidays shopping can cause more stress than it could ever alleviate. Because it is true that it is not the stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it that kills us; I am writing this blog to propose a way to react to the stress you may be faced with; I propose you try a sewing or craft project to help keep stress levels low. Sewing and crafting can be a great stress reliever as long as you choose a project that is not too challenging for you.

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Many people use sewing as well as other types of crafts and or hobbies to relieve their stress. My mother (also the mother of my 12 siblings) always had her knitting bag with her wherever she went; this  was after raising all of us. When she would come visit she would be knitting away as we talked about what had been going on in our lives. If we went to anywhere that involved sitting in one place and not eating, she would be knitting. She knit so much that she had her items for sale in a few stores. Not only was it therapeutic for her it was also very rewarding. She loved when people would go on about how beautiful her work was and would ask if she could make something for them.

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When people find that they are bored, lacking enthusiasm, or they just need something to keep them busy, they should try sewing
and/or crafting to relieve their symptoms. Sewing and crafting are both great ways to keep busy and avoid being bored. If you do not know how to sew there are numerous sewing classes out there such as the free online classes at www.craftsy.com/Sewing and at youtube.com (use search at top of Youtube’s page). There are the classes that meet up locally including the ones offered at Sew From the Heart and at Sewing Nuts both located in Scottsdale. These classes usually cost money. And there are numerous volunteer opportunities out there that can be quite rewarding emotionally.

Need an idea for a project?

Go to www.pinterest.com/sasfabricssuperstore and browse the many tutorials, project ideas, patterns, etc. to find an inspiration. Make a list and get started.

Ready to get started? The first place to start is a visit to

SAS Fabrics Superstore

9840 N 19th Avenue Phoenix, Arizona 85021     602-943-7777 

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At SAS Fabrics Superstore you will find all kinds of fabric, notions, and other related items. When you go to SAS Fabrics Superstore be sure to allow yourself about one hour of time to browse the isles and find your treasures, inspirations and to just get your creative juices flowing. Once you decide on a project or two gather the items needed and get started.

While at SAS Fabrics Superstore be sure to take a moment to check out SAS Fabrics Superstore’s Customer Showcase Window. It is located to the right of the store entrance. The Customer Showcase Window is where customers of SAS Fabrics Superstore can display their work and promote their business’. You can even sign up to have your work displayed in the Customer Showcase Window.  Who knows you may be on your way to discovering a hidden talent that even you did not know you have.

Be sure to share your finished project here or on our Facebook page. www.facebook.com/sasfabricssuperstore

Thank you for reading SASsy Sewing’s blog.

Take Care and Happy Sewing.   : )

Summer 2015 Featured Fabric

FABRICS

Our Featured Fabric this summer is Challis:

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Challis is sometimes referred to as challie or chally, it is a lightweight woven fabric, originally a silk-and-wool blend, which can also be made from a single fibre, such as cotton, silk or wool, or from man-made fabrics such as rayon.

Apparel made of Challis should be loose fitting and comfortable; not body hugging. Items commonly made of Challis include dresses, loose or baggy pants, shorts and tops.

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Being that SAS Fabrics Superstore is located in the Sonoran desert it gets pretty damn hot making Challis a fabric of choice because of its lightweight and free flowing characteristics. Challis comes in many different colors and patterns.

We currently (July 2015) have colorful Challis for only available for $3.99/yard

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Click here to learn a little about many different fabrics.

There are many advertisements on the page so try to not let those distract you.

Take Care & Happy Sewing!

SAS Fabrics Superstore – Word Search Puzzle

SAS word searchThis post is just for the fun and challenge of it. I created this word search puzzle filled with at least 24 words that represent, in one way or another, products we sell.   See if you can find these words.

elastic                              rhinestones                              leather                                     lycra

beads                               sequins                                    upholstery                               fleece

lace                                  remnants                                 tie backs                                  foam

cotton                              fashion fabrics                        satin                                         tulle

taffeta                              zippers                                    wool                                         poplin

trims                                thread                                      faux fur                                    vinyl

 

 

 

Hidden Characteristics That can be Found in Fabrics

I was looking at the colorful, lacy, stretchy, crochet-like and somewhat hippie fabric we have in stock at SAS Fabrics Superstore this Spring of 2015.

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As I was checking it out and brainstorming for ideas and ways to display this fabric in our storefront I discovered it has hidden character. I do not know if this is common with fabrics of its type or not. I do know, however, that I do see similar techniques used often in upholstery fabrics.

It is easy to see that the fabric has the obvious pattern of colors in a geometric theme that you see when you simply glance at it. These colors and patterns remind me of hippie apparel. I am not really sure if anyone else would relate the appearance to the 60’s hippie fashions but I do.geometric pattern

When you look at the fabric you see that it resembles crochet work as it has an open weave.   When you look closer you may even ask yourself if the holes (open weave) are an intentional character of the fabric or if maybe they were unintentional and caused by an insect of some type. Well, these are the things that went through my mind anyway.

As I was doing my brainstorming I thought maybe this fabric would benefit by being backlit. So, I held it up where it had some good backlighting (I had a piece of white satin behind it already) and what I saw took me by surprise. My reaction to what I saw was something like “What the heck, check that out?”

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I saw that those ‘holes’ in the fabric were not only intentional but they also created a paisley pattern. I have no clue what the fabric designer may have envisioned when incorporating  this character into the fabric but I can see that if used in the right application it could create a very unique result. IMG_8472

As you can see when you look at the fabric under these backlit conditions, the paisley pattern becomes almost more dominant than the colored geometric pattern.  Before I discovered this hidden character in the fabric I was thinking of using a shimmering fabric behind the lacy hippie fabric to create a long flowing skirt. It would look something like this.

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The fabric will work great in an application of this type. But, I am really curious what a professional may be able to do that would show-off the otherwise hidden paisley pattern.  For now I will just wonder and hope that one of the readers of this article will be inspired enough to run over to our store to pick up some of the fabric and create an item that brings out the paisley pattern then takes the time to share the results with us.

I hope you enjoyed learning about the hidden characters that can be found in fabrics.

Take care.  : )

4th of July Decorating Ideas

Are you going to be celebrating this 4th of July holiday? Celebrating or not it is easy and fun to show your love for our beautiful country, USA. I found some fun and simple projects you may want to check them out. I kept it to only 2 links that have nice decorating ideas. I know there are many, many more projects out there but did not want to overwhelm you guys.

Before we go to the links let me show you some of the patriotic fabrics currently (June 2014) in stock at SAS Fabrics Superstore located at 9840 N 19th Ave. in Phoenix, Arizona 85021. Phone: 602-943-7777

Photos are of some of the patriotic print fabrics currently in store. We also have patriotic ribbons, trims, cords and more.

This link is represented by the image below.  Pretty cool looking don’t you think?

http://www.finecraftguild.com/10-gorgeous-4th-of-july-wreaths/

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The next link is for burlap covered candle jars but I live in Phoenix and I can’t imagine wanting a burning candle on the 4th of July.  So for the next tutorial I suggest using clear plastic cups (smallest you can find – like shot glass small) and wrap them with burlap & decorate with fabric shapes, like shown in the link, then mount the cups over the bulbs in a string of Christmas lights.

http://www.craftsunleashed.com/seasonal/summer-projects-seasonal/4th-of-july-crafts-candle-wraps/

 

Enjoy your 4th of July holiday and be safe.

Take Care. : )

Upholstery Fabrics

Examples of upholstery fabrics we carry. Stock is constantly changing please visit our store to see our current selection.