Alas another year is fading into the history books, and we will soon have new challenges and adventures as we embark on 2015. Bear Threads was busy throughout the holidays, and all indications point to a great winter and Easter season. If I gave titles to our Bear in Mind issues, I would call this one ‘Let it Snow’, because it is full of ideas for small projects that are perfect for a snowed in vacation! We have baby pillows, quilts and doll dressing…all small hand projects perfect for a chair pulled up to the fireplace – as well as a New Years Snow Ball! Easter is April 5th this year, so you have plenty of time to sew, sew, and sew in the snow! Just plan your projects ahead of the weatherman’s evening announcement. As shop owners, several classes are surely already on your calendars, and as students you have time for learning a new technique, practicing and then turning your new skills into a wonderful spring frock for yourself or a loved one. All of the ideas in this issue are not only perfect for using small bits of lace and fabric; they are perfect for learning new techniques.
We are excited about our new monthly column on doll dressing. It is a popular hobby today, especially for those who miss sewing for their babies and toddlers. It is another great way to use small bits of fabric and lace, and a fabulous way to create imaginary adventures of your own. Of course a big plus is no dirty or torn clothing, wiggling fittings, or fussy selections. To make this monthly feature more interesting for you, our readers, we are introducing our friends Annabelle and Ping. Ping is from Singapore, and will be staying with Annabelle, who lives in Connecticut, for a year. We hope you enjoy their adventures as much as we have enjoyed creating their stories. Perhaps you might start a doll club in your store with monthly themes and storytelling for young girls and their moms to make doll clothing.
Before reading further, make sure Sunday January 11th is on your calendar. This is the day of our semi-annual Creative Sewing Market in Birmingham, Al. Note: IT IS A 1 DAY ONLY MARKET so plan to arrive early with shopping list in hand. We missed you all in September so this will be an especially big show with lots of new items to show you. And of course I will have lots of unique and vintage goodies.
Happy New Year to one and all, and enjoy another packed issue of Bear in Mind, with lots of sewing ideas for the cold winter months.