Follow us!

POST ARCHIVES

POST CATEGORIES

Fabric Trunk Show @ Bits of Threads!

Tired of not having a fabric shop in the 202?

Longing to run your fingers through some pure silk and cotton?

Does your fabric stash look like this?

glow closet

(BTW – we seriously doubt this!)

If you answered YES to any of these questions – make haste to Bits of Threads Sewing Studio on Sunday March 16th from 3:30pm – 5:30pm for a FABRIC TRUNK SHOW with Carla Quenneville, owner of Les Fabriques in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Carla will bring bolts from her shop’s collection to inspire your spring wardrobe, including gorgeous silks, cottons, linens, lace, and more! It’s fun, it’s FREE, and it’s a great excuse to hang around beautiful fabric and people who love it just as much as you do.

We know your don’t NEED any more fabric. 

But we also know you WANT some more fabric!!!

See you on Sunday!!

 

Bits of Threads Sewing Studio is located at:

1794 Columbia Rd NW #6, Washington, DC 20009

(202) 642-9622

 

DC State Fair Sewing Contest! Over $200 worth of PRIZES!!!!!!!

September is DC State Fair month at the DC Threads Sewing Lounge!  This month sewists will focus their time at the Lounge designing and constructing aprons for the DC State Fair Sewing Contest!  You can raid the fabric stash at Bits of Threads and bounce design ideas off of your fellow Loungers!  New sewists will learn the essential skills to make a simple but stylin’ apron!  To reserve you spot for the Sewing lounge – head over to  DC Threads  and sign up for our email list so that you can receive notices about Lounge events!

Below are the details about the sewing contest…

DC State Fair 2013 – Sewing Contest Entry Form

The DC State Fair Sewing Contest, sponsored by Bits of Thread Sewing Studio (www.bitsofthread.com) and DC Threads (www.dcthreads.org) is back for a second year! Together, we are presenting the city’s most fabulous apron contest!

Check out last year’s winners here!

My Mode Matryoshka Apron was inspired by-and is a small tribute to-a nation whose storied civilization I was lucky enough to enjoy for over a week this summer: Russia. The country’s colorful culture is reflected in my choice of fabric, which also features a Russian motif. I have done the main panels of the apron in a matryoshka doll print. These nesting dolls are an immediately recognizable symbol of Russia. And just as the matryoshka reveals a hidden surprise, so does my apron: It is reversible. I have sewn the interior of the apron-which can be worn as the exterior-in another print reminiscent of Russia, this time the country’s distinctive architecture. I’m hoping this apron inspires me-and anyone who sees it while browsing the DC State Fair-to recreate some of the delectable food on which I feasted in Russia. But just as my love for Russia goes far beyond its food, I didn’t want to confine my tribute to the country to the kitchen. So I created an apron that can be worn as an item of clothing. I plan to wear this apron over a skirt in a coordinating fabric some days, and over a pair of jeans on others.

An inventive chef and open-minded traveler, my sister-in-law is a new homeowner and I wanted her to have an apron of her own in her new kitchen. I decided to put my sewing scraps to good use and make an apron that would contain lots of little parts of me: some were scraps from a skirt, one fabric I picked up in Africa for a dress, another was cut from an old pair of shorts, etc. Note the secret pockets for spoons and other kitchen supplies, plus the ties at neck and back. The apron is also reversible, the opposite side mercifully only a single fabric with pockets for her hands.

 

http://www.dcthreads.org/2012/09/23/dc-state-fair-sewing-contest-and-the-winners-are/

Once again there will be BIG prizes!!  The first place winner will receive a $100 gift certificate from Bits of Thread Sewing Studio, plus bragging rights for creating the most amazing apron in the entire city. The second place winner will receive a $75 gift certificate from Bits of Thread Sewing Studio and the third place winner will receive a gift certificate valued at $40 from Fabric and Trimmings on-line fabric shop.

The apron must be made from scratch (no altering or submitting store-bought aprons), but you may use any commercial sewing pattern or develop one of your own. Fabric can be new material or can be re-purposed from old clothes, sheets, curtains, or whatever catches your eye. The style, number of pockets, size, and other details are completely up to you. You must be a DC resident to enter, and there is a $5 entry fee. You may submit up to five entries–but please submit each entry individually through this form. To enter the contest, fill out the form below and then deliver the apron plus a brief written statement (typed please!) on your inspiration, fabric choice, and anything else you think we should know about by the extended deadline, 1 PM on Saturday, September 15, to the Bits of Thread Sewing Studio (1794 Columbia Rd, NW Suite 6, Washington, DC 20009).

Register here to participate!

http://dcstatefair.wordpress.com/2013-contests/
Judging will be based on the following criteria:

  • Overall creativity of design
  • Innovative use of color, fabric, or materials Quality of construction
  • Technical prowess
  • Wearability and functionality

Eligibility and Other Details:
You do not have to be a student at Bits of Thread or a participant in DC Threads activities to participate. Bits of Thread Instructors and staff are not eligible to compete. Winners will be featured on the Bits of Thread and DC Threads websites, and will be tweeted, Facebooked, and blogged about citywide!

 

So start those design engines a’hummin!!!!

 

Sewing for the New and the Old!

The DC Threads’ Sewing Lounge’s “Stitchin’ for Change” program continues to be a HUGE success.  Last month nearly 20 sewists – experienced and newbies alike – gathered to stitch infant burp clothes and walker caddies to benefit our youngest and most senior neighbors!

Join Us!!

The Lounge meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Bits of Threads Sewing Studio in Adams Morgan.  Each “Stitchin’ for Change” Lounge will offer  an hour-long beginner’s tutorial from 10am-11am that will cover basic machine sewing skills for those new to sewing. Following the tutorial, the sewists will apply their new skills to that month’s project. Our more experienced sewists are welcome to join us at 10:00 am to dive right into creating the “Stitchin’ for Change” project.  We will provide  instructions and general guidance for the projects as well as all the supplies.  The finished items will be delivered to local community service organizations by our DC Threads team.

The next lounge will be Saturday, July 13th from 10am-1pm

To register for this event, visit this page.

At the July Lounge we will finish our work on infant burp clothes and walker caddies!

Infant “Burp” Clothes

Walker Caddies

As always – we welcome VOLUNTEERS to help guide our sewists.  Drop us an email at dcthreads@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out!

Let’s Stitch Up Some Summer Fun and Goodwill!! 

Best,

Laura and Allison

DC Threads Stitchin’ for Change Continues

The DC Threads’ Sewing Lounge’s “Stitchin’ for Change” program will continue in June, partnering with local social service organizations and charities to provide handcrafted items to their clients and residents!

The Lounge meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Bits of Threads Sewing Studio in Adams Morgan.  Each “Stitchin’ for Change” Lounge will offer  an hour-long beginner’s tutorial from 10am-11am that will cover basic machine sewing skills for those new to sewing. Following the tutorial, the sewists will apply their new skills to that month’s project. Our more experienced sewists are welcome to join us at 10:00 am to dive right into creating the “Stitchin’ for Change” project.  We will provide  instructions and general guidance for the projects as well as all the supplies.  The finished items will be delivered to the respective organizations by our DC Threads team.

The next lounge will be Saturday, June 8 from 10am-1pm

To register for this event, visit this page.

The June Lounge will feature two projects that span the generations:

Infant “Burp” Clothes

Walker Caddies

As always – we welcome VOLUNTEERS to help guide our sewists.  Drop us an email at dcthreads@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out!

Looking forward to stitching together! 

Best,

Laura and Allison

DC Threads Launches this Spring with Stitchin’ for Change!

DC Threads Sewing Lounge returns in April with a new focus on “Stitchin’ for Change” and community engagement in the “202”!! Each month DC Threads Sewing Lounge sewists will meet and create hand-crafted items for our DC neighbors in need.

This new focus brings with it a new format. The Lounge will meet on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Bits of Threads Sewing Studio in Adams Morgan. Each Lounge will offer  an hour-long beginner’s tutorial from 10am-11am that will cover basic machine sewing skills for those new to sewing. Following the tutorial, the sewists will apply their new skills to that month’s project. Our more experienced sewists are welcome to join us at 10:00 am to dive right into creating the “Stitchin’ for Change” project.

The next lounge will be Saturday, April 13 from 10am-1pm

To register for this event, visit this page.

At the April lounge we’ll make spring dresses for little girls living in one of DC’s shelters. These dresses are simple to construct so beginner sewists can apply their new sewing skills immediately to the project and more experienced sewists can embellish their creations to add that extra special touch that will brighten up a little one’s day. In this project, you will learn how to use elastic thread for this fun and easy shirring technique, similar to the one explained in this blog post from Make-it-Love-it. It’s easy enough for complete beginners, but also fun and full of creative possibilities for sewers of all levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bits of Thread will be providing fabric and elastic for dresses made as part of this community service activity, but please feel free to bring your own materials as well to donate to this effort if you would like. To register for this event, visit this page.

We are excited about, and proud of, DC Threads’ new focus on community engagement through hand-crafted creativity. We hope you’ll join us in April to begin the change!!

Fiber and Fashion Are Bloomin’ in the “202”….

Ah – Spring in the District of Columbia – there is NOTHING like it!!  As you venture outside for your post-hibernation stretches consider stopping by these awesome exhibitions, plays, and workshops!  Enjoy!

 

Style in Silk: Tradition and Innovation in Chinese Fashion

The Meridian International Center presents Style in Silk: Tradition and Innovation in Chinese Fashion, a unique exhibition of silk art and fashion in Washington, D.C. This joint U.S.-Chinese cultural project marks the first time American audiences will experience materials from the textile study collection at the world’s largest silk museum in Hangzhou, China.  The Exhibition celebrates China’s time-honored tradition in silk art and will feature 62 silk costumes, paintings, and textiles. Viewers will learn about the materials, techniques, and aesthetics that characterize ancient and contemporary Chinese fashion, as well as appreciate couture clothing by world-renowned designers, such as NE•TIGER, Qi Gang, Qiu Haisuo, and Wu Haiyan.

WHAT:    Style in Silk: Tradition and Innovation in Chinese Fashion

WHEN:    February 1, 2013 – April 14, 2013; Wed-Sun, 2pm-5pm

WHERE:    Cafritz Galleries, White-Meyer House, Meridian International Center; 1624 Crescent Place, NW | Washington D.C. 20009

DETAILS:    The display will be free and open to the public. Click here for more details…

CONTACT:    Lindsay Amini, Exhibitions Coordinator; 202-939-5582 | lamini@meridian.org

 

 

Mary T. & Lizzy K.

“RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE CARVED FROM THE SAME STONE.  WE WERE MEANT TO MEET.”

Writer-director Tazewell Thompson (dir. M. Butterfly, Yellowman) stitches together an insider’s look at the unlikely friendship between First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her talented seamstress, the successful freed slave Elizabeth Keckly. As one woman’s skilled hands work overtime, creating the most beautiful garments of her career, the other’s reality continues to slip ever further from her grasp. Old wounds and new recriminations explode in this riveting drama about loss, love and the importance of promises, both kept and broken. This world premiere drama is the first commission of Arena Stage’s American Presidents Project.  Mary T. & Lizzy K. is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

WHAT:    Mary T. & Lizzy K. – World-Premiere Play; written and directed by Tazewell Thompson

WHEN:   March 15 – April 28, 2013

WHERE:    Arena Stage in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle; 1101 Sixth Street, SW; Washington, DC 20024

DETAILS:    Click here for more details…

CONTACT:    202-554-9066

 

 

Fashioning the New Woman: 1890-1925

From the last years of the bustle to the flapper era, unprecedented changes in women’s fashion took place, which reflected the underlying seismic shifts in women’s roles in American society. The DAR Museum exhibition, “Fashioning the New Woman: 1890-1925,” on display October 5, 2012 through August 31, 2013, traces the evolution of women’s fashion and how it reflected the changing societal roles and activities of women during the Progressive Era.

The exhibition examines the emergence of the “New Woman” as she was dubbed in popular culture. This archetypal woman represented the growing numbers of women venturing out of the domestic arena where society had told them they belonged and pursuing higher education, working in office jobs, playing active sports and working for social reform.

WHAT:    Fashioning the New Woman: 1890-1925

WHEN:    October 5, 2012 – August 31, 2013; Monday-Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday: closed

WHERE:    National Society Daughters of the American Revolution; 1776 D Street, NW; Washington, DC 20006-5303

DETAILS:    The display will be free and open to the public. Click here for more details…  To view the on-line exhibition

CONTACT:    (202) 628-1776

 

 

Kimono Exhibit Celebrates And Supports The National Cherry Blossom Festival

Once again for the seventh time to help celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival there will be an exhibit of Kimono mounted at the Gallery at Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C., located at 1330 Maryland Ave. SW Washington, DC. The Exhibit will be available from March 10th to April 25th.

Paul MacLardy and Tena Turner of Arise Bazaar curate the exhibit. The themes this year are nature motifs used in Japanese textiles focusing on the dying and weaving techniques to create the kimono and the meaning of the symbols used. The natural themes used in Kimono represent the importance of the surrounding landscape to the Japanese and over time have come to take on other meanings important to Japanese culture.

WHAT:    Kimono Exhibit 

WHEN:    March 10th to April 25th; Weekly hours change for the Exhibit based on the hotel’s private use. Call 301-806-0337 to get hours for the upcoming week or go to www.arisedc.net

WHERE:    The Gallery at the Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C., located at 1330 Maryland Ave. SW Washington, DC

DETAILS:    The display will be free and open to the public. Click here for more details…

CONTACT:    301-806-0337

 

 

Create Your Own Silk Scarf

Join artist Emi Kikuchi for this special hands-on silk painting workshop, presented in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Kikuchi employs fine textile paints in floral designs in a style called ezome. For two generations, the Kikuchi family has used the ezome technique to create works which include silk clothing—in 2005 ezome graced the runways of the Paris Haute Couture spring/summer collection. Create your own silk scarf for spring by learning to paint delicate cherry blossom designs. For beginners and experienced painters alike; registration fee includes 100% silk scarf and other required materials.


WHAT:    Create Your Own Silk Scarf

WHEN:    March 30, 2013; 2 – 4 PM

WHERE:    Textile Museum – 2320 S Street, NW Washington, DC

DETAILS:    $45/members; $55/non-members. Advance registration is required. Call 202.667.0441 ext. 64 to register. Click here for more details…

CONTACT:    The Textile Museum; P: 202.556.0441 ext. 64; info@textilemuseum.org ; www.textilemuseum.org 

 

 

Make Your Own Shibori

Shibori is the Japanese art of shaped resist dyeing. Join artist and educator Candace Edgerly as she instructs you how to wrap, twist, fold and stitch your own shibori-style scarf. For all skill levels; registration fee includes materials and scarf.

WHAT:    Make Your Own Shibori

WHEN:    April 5, 2013; 1 – 4 PM

WHERE:    Textile Museum – 2320 S Street, NW Washington, DC

DETAILS:    Free but advance registration is required. Call 202.667.0441 ext. 64 to register. Click here for more details…

CONTACT:    The Textile Museum; P: 202.556.0441 ext. 64; info@textilemuseum.org ; www.textilemuseum.org 

 

Enjoy!

Peace,

Laura and Allison

A New DC Threads is Coming!

Hello Friends of DC Threads,

As some of you have heard, DC Threads is about to undergo a major renovation. Our programs have been running for nearly five years, and we’ve started to feel it was time to revisit the scope of what we do and who we serve. We know there has been more demand for our programs than we have been able to meet (our sewing lounge spots fill in under 3 minutes once we post them!), but as a 100% volunteer-run initiative, we have always needed to work within the limits of our human resources.

After much thought, we have decided that we want to focus DC Threads on the community-service aspect of sewing, and also make the scope of our programs more specific so that we can better manage our events with the volunteers who so graciously lend their time. We are working on a complete list of activities for the year, but expect to offer a community service program monthly, beginning in April 2013. This means there will be no program in March while we finalize plans for the new model of DC Threads.

In its new form, DC Threads will still offer a free sewing tutorial available for first-time sewers at the start of the program, but we will be focusing each event’s activities on a community service-related sewing project, such as making items needed by hospitals, homeless shelters, schools, or other local organizations. We are also looking at ways to improve the registration process so that it’s not such a mad frenzy every month! A full list of activities will be coming soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for more details in the next couple of weeks.

For those of you who loved the DC Threads Sewing Lounge, yes, it will be gone in its present form. However, we are still exploring ways to keep the model of the lounge available in some capacity, most likely through a “community sewing club” of sorts at the Bits of Thread Sewing Studio. We are still evaluating possible models, but if you are interested in participating in or helping to organize a club, let us know.

We know these changes will be exciting to some and disappointing to others, but we hope you understand that DC Threads has always been a labor of love for us, and that we maintain our dedication to the mission of keeping the craft of sewing alive and well in DC. Please feel free to be in touch with any questions.

Best,
Allison and Laura

February Lounge! Looking Forward to Returning to Our Roots

Hi all

Check out photos from our February Lounge.  Thanks to all of our devoted sewists and amazing volunteers, Joan and Becky, and stellar intern, Amy!!!

 

And look for news about some sweet changes coming to DC Threads!   Can’t wait to get back to our roots!!

Peace!

Laura and Allison

Introducing (drum roll please): SCRAP DC!

Nestled in a cozy space in 52 O Street, NW WDC (#L2) SCRAP DC co-founders, Heather and Karen, have created an oasis of creativity!  SCRAP DC’s communal creative reuse center, retail store and re:Boutique are a crafster’s paradise!

The idea for SCRAP was born in Portlandia with a mission to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by offering educational programs and affordable materials to the community.  Translating that vision to the east coast was seemingly seamless!  SCRAP DC offers inexpensive reused art and craft materials and office supplies as well as a workshop space  for individuals and groups.   They also host SCRAPpy birthday parties for all ages!  Yes, adult parties are encouraged!!

Heather, Karen, and their dedicated band of volunteers (and they are always looking for more!) are committed to diverting materials headed toward landfills, providing materials for projects and educating the community through engaging schools and community organizations, and creating relationships within the local arts, reuse, and “green” communities.

In a little over 2 years the folks at SCRAP-DC have:

  • diverted nearly 5 tons of materials from local waste streams
  • opened their retail store at 52 O Street NW #L2, which runs solely on volunteer power
  • attended events and provided materials to kids and adults at eco- and craft shows, community parks, and business-hosted collection drives
  • led creative reuse projects for elementary and middle school students
  • planned, juried and installed art shows at the Center for Green Urbanism
  • opened the Re:Boutique, a little shop of finished work made by local artists

So PLEASE – visit their website, blog and FB page to learn more, to get involved and, most importantly, TO GET YOUR CREATIVITY ON!!!

 

Jammin’ January Sewing Lounge!