I think I already said that I just LOVE going to this Conference. I really did not want to leave this year – was having such a wonderful time with Elna, Haus of Stitches staff & teachers as well as all the lovely folk who congregate at St Peter’s Abbey, Muenster for the Conference. Wendy is the owner of Haus of Stitches in Humboldt, Saskatchewan which is about an hour & a bit east of Saskatoon. Wendy is one of our successful Elna dealers but we do have many Janome customers who attend the conference and bring along their trusted and reliable machines for the various classes they choose to attend.
I have already given Wendy ideas for classes I might teach next year – Wild horses would not keep me away! I taught Serger 101 and Coverhem 101 this year as well as covering lots about feet & accessories for the EL664 serger & EL444 Coverhem machine as well as other Elna sewing machines. (Janome equivalent sergers would be the XG43D & 4DLG; 4DLR + CPX1000 Coverpro machine). Keep tuned to this blog as well as Wendy’s website to see what I and other teachers are “sewing up” for next year!
Here are some pics of the 2013 action:
- Group pic taken the day I left to come home. Yours truly (second from left in front row with the other “shorties” !). Wendy is the owner of Haus of Stitches in Humboldt, SK – she is second from the right in from row. This is the 11th annual SK Stitches Conference and everyone is agreed: we love Wendy – Keep these Conferences coming please Wendy!
- Sally Melville from Ontario gave a wonderful presentation the one evening on WHY DO WE KNIT? She is a knitting instructor and has published quite a number of books on knitting. Substitute the word QUILT; SEW, etc for knit. It was very interesting to have her help us analyse & consider why we do what we do & why it is actually/factually so very good for us!!
- Jacqui Van Fossen of Edmonton taught a real creative & fun class on Gold; Glitter & Glam. Here her students show off the results of their labours in the 2 day class. Jacqui is far left in the pic. Linda (second from left) & Elaine (second from right) have been featured on this blog before – so a search in the search box for Trip to Bali & SK Conference 2012 Challenge Competition to find out more.
- Beverly Johnson is the extremely popular bra making instructor. Here she is seen demonstrating some of the finer points about constructing a custom fitted bra. Beverly & one of her assistants, Margaret Ferguson, are winging their way to Sweden in August to teach bra making there. I hope to feature more about what Beverly does in a future post. She is based in Hamilton, Ontario
To find out more about Beverly & bra making check out her website.
SO – as you can see – LOTS to learn, lots to share, lots of fun and definitely 100% not a sewing/quilting/knitting/bra making event you should miss. If you have not ever been before, you might like to consider attending in 2014. You will NOT be disappointed…..I can assure you of that. Check out Wendy’s store website and be sure to keep checking back for the 2014 schedule which will not be there yet but you can see in the meantime what was offered this year. Check out the HAUS OF STITCHES Facebook page as well.