Some repairs, some remodeling, some re-organization! And the shop has been transformed!

I had the pleasure of recently attending Pam Damour’s Boot Camp which teaches drapery workroom techniques. Pam holds these workshops at her home &  workshop in Champlain, NY. These are very exclusive as there are only a handful of students in attendance. During these sessions, Pam shares her 33+ years of experience in the industry. Even experienced sewers like myself come away from these workshops learn the latest techniques and have a chance to practice and sharpen our skills!

As a result of this workshop, I am now certified to teach under the Pam Damour – Damour Drapery School name!

You can learn more about Pam at her website – pamdamour.com

Look for photos of some of my projects and more info on my drapery offerings in the future!

Learn new skills – alone or with several of your friends! We offer a number of classes for all age groups!

Visit the Our Current Classes page for all the latest information!

This year the Saratoga County Fair is July 21-26.

If you plan on entering a Home Arts or Fine Arts project you must have your entry in by July 11 at 5:00PM.

You can do your entry online at:

http://www.SaratogCountyFair.org

You can check out the website for further information

I don’t know about other parts of our country, but here in upstate New York summer means county fairs.  Each week there is a new and exciting Fair.  The closest one to me is 10 minutes away.  It is the Washington County Fair.

People flock to it for amusement rides, competitions, and food. There are demolition derbys, musical shows, and tractor pulls.  Families spend time together.  They show their creative skills and their livestock.

Why do I write about this?  I think it is important for children and adults to share things they create.  Sewing, knitting, weaving, spinning, rug hooking shouldn’t be lost arts.   Put something that you have created in your local fair.  Whether you win a blue ribbon or not you are a winner.  You just may be the one who inspires another.

2015 Washington County Fair is August 24-30.

Entries must by done by July 24

For further info you can go to:   http://www.washingtoncountyfair.com

Fall is finally here and  I am so ready to decorate my home and shop for the season.

Are you looking for something new and a little different?  Have you heard of needle felting?  I have tried it and I love it.  You don’t need a lot of supplies or need a lot of money to take part  in this activity.

This Fall look for classes in felted pumpkins, Indian corn, and maybe even a turkey.  

This October our local yarn shop is offering classes in needle felting.

http://www.CommonThreadSaratoga.com 

 

It is another Monday morning even  colder than the previous.  We are definitely on the road to Fall, but that is not all bad if you can get over the temperature.

For me, one great thing about Fall is that we have an apple orchard walking distance from here.  There is apple picking,  apple cider, and homemade cider donuts.  The aroma flow downhill inviting us to come and visit.  You need to be very strong to resist the temptation.  Those donuts are like potato chips.  You can’t eat just one.  www.Saratogaapple.com

Another great thing about Fall is that it is time for the 6th Annual Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival.   http://www.adkfiber.com   This event takes place on September 27th and 28th from 10am-5pm. Follow the link and get a coupon for $1.00 off your entrance fee.

I have a very full week ahead, so I must get to it.