Kai scissors are the ultimate sewing scissor. This Japanese brand is made of fine stainless steel with vanadium. The are extremely sharp and hold an edge very well. They can cut the finest of silks to the heaviest of denims without a problem. The handles are ergonomic to prevent fatique and strain. These have been my go to scissors for five years now. The Academy of fine Sewing & Design offers several styles for different jobs. Order on line by clicking on the Events & Workshops tab above and selecting Registration/Order Form.
I use the Model 7250 Professional series 10" Tailoring Shears all the time. Excellent for big or small jobs. They are so smooth every fabric is like cutting through butter! Priced at $125.
Pictured above from left to right.
Model 7205 Professional series 8" Tailoring Shear, excellent for trimming, smaller hands and smaller jobs. Priced at $85.
Pinking shears that actually work! Priced at $50.
Model 7250 Professional series 10" Tailoring Shear as shown above in the close up photo. Priced at $125
Model N5150 MPW Rag Quilt 6 1/2". These sturdy, smaller scissors are great for clipping into heavier seam allowances or clipping rag quilts. Finger holes are slightly larger for bigger hands. Priced at $25.
Model N5135 Embroidery scissor 5 1/2". These are my go to clipping and trimming scissor, an absolute must have! Priced at $20.
Model N5135C Curved Embroidery scissor 5 1/2" These are the same as the above scissor, only with a curved blade. Excellent for trimming or close cutting, trapunto work, rug hooking, machine applique, machine embroidery and cutting away stabilizer. Priced at $20.
Model N5100 Bent Needle Craft scissors 4". These are the cutest, sharpest little scissors! Excellent for opening buttonholes and removing satin stitches from embroidery. Priced at $20.
Model N5100C Curved Needle Craft scissors 4". These are absolutely the best scissors for trimming threads during machine embroidery. They trim close and are easy to work over a hoop. Priced at $20.
We have just completed two jacket workshops with British couturier Jon Moore. The workshops were a real couture experience for the participants. The exclusive wool doubleknit fabric was supplied by an English couture fabric distributor, the buttons were custom dyed and the lining was matching silk. Jon designed and draped the pattern according to student's individual measurements.
During the five day workshops students learned a variety of couture sewing techniques while working on their own jacket. All agreed that couture techniques, which involve a lot of hand sewing, provide control and accuracy.
Jon designed the jacket to be colourful. Students could choose from 45 different colours. Here is the rainbow of beautiful jackets we ended up with at the end of each workshop!
The Academy will be hosting two more Couture Workshops with Jon Moore in spring 2014.
I love making leather handbags! They can be customized to fit your lifestyle but don't have to fit a body.
Here is my take on a very famous unlined leather tote bag which retails for $1500 and up. I drafted my own pattern and purchased the hardware and zippers in New York. The beautiful purple suede goatskin came from Perfect Leather in Toronto. Inside I added a zippered pocket, cell phone pocket, business card pocket and key clip. There is a zippered pocket on the outside. The bottom of the bag is supported with a hard bag bottom, which I covered in matching leather. Feet on the bottom of the bag protect it from getting dirty when I set it down.
An Open Workshop is the perfect opportunity to design your own unique handbag out of leather, fabric or a combination of both. You will learn how to draft a pattern and sew with leather.
The Sewing Leather CD includes a copy of my Master Workshop article for Vogue on Handbags.
This handbag has garnered many compliments during my travels to Toronto and New York. One of the best compliments came from an owner of three designer handbags who wondered where I found a purple version!