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1  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Novi, Michigan, American Sewing Expo on: August 18, 2009 08:04:38 PM

NOVI, MI – Sept. 25, 2009 – Hands-on classes and seminars to fashion style shows and demonstrations will all be at the 16th  annual American Sewing Expo at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi Friday, Sept. 25 through Sunday, Sept. 27.

“This is the place for beginner and veteran crafters to be inspired for sewing, quilting, home décor, or needle and fiber arts,” said Janet Pray, show producer. “You’ll see and learn something new here every year.” 

Over 125 exhibitors will be displaying fabrics, sewing machines, notions, threads, patterns, yarn, sergers, technology, embellishments, kits, gadgets, embroidery designs, tools, and more from 35 states, Australia and Canada. Showgoers can participate with quick Make and Take projects at some vendor exhibits.

Attendees can learn unique tips and techniques as they make their own sewing and embellishing project to take home at the Sew Experience Café, decorate their own jeans with machine embroidery or reprocess them into different projects at the Re-Construction Zone and participate at the sewing lounge from BurdaStyle.com. Other options to learn new methods, improve skills and find out about the latest products and tips are available at the educational presentations at over 160 lectures, hands-on classes, seminars and all-day workshops led by industry professionals and at over 60 presentations on the free show floor demonstration stages of the largest independent consumer sewing show in the country.

Experts include Kenneth D. King, professor of the haute couture program at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, sewing expert on PBS-TV series “Sewing Today” and author of Designer Bead Embroidery and Cool Couture Construction Secrets for Runway Style. He has designed clothing, home furnishings, and accessories for Elton John and Jim Carrey and will share his resources and ideas during hands-on Cool Tricks, Son of Cool Tricks, Embellishments fit for a King and Royal Tassels classes.

All day workshops will be conducted by New York fashion designer Koos van den Akker who is a master at using garments as a canvas for unusual collaborations of color and creative collage techniques. He is a featured Vogue pattern designer, has dressed Bill Cosby, Cher, Barbara Walters, Stevie Wonder and Madonna, exhibited at the New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and sold fashions at Saks and Bloomingdales.

Corinne Leigh, host of “ThreadHeads” show and Meg Allan Cole, host of “Décor It Yourself” show from ThreadBanger.com will share their passion and secrets for making their own fashion in the Re-Construction Zone. ThreadBanger.com is a network of forums, shows, blogs and newsletters for people who want to create and discover their own style through alternative fashion of recycling, up-cycling and re-fashioning with simple sewing tools and techniques.

Sewing Jackets, 20 Tips to Sewing Better and Easy to Make Great Fitting Clothing are the seminars presented by Pati Palmer of Palmer/Pletsch International School of Sewing in Portland, OR, where she trains consumers and sewing educators. She is a sewing book author and The McCall Pattern Company and Vogue pattern designer.

The Passion for Fashion Sewing Challenge will begin Friday as 12 finalists design and sew their garments for judging on Saturday (similar to Lifetime’s Project Runway and Bravo’s The Fashion Show).

Embroidery Extravaganza Fashion Show sponsored by Creative Machine Embroidery magazine will be held on Friday featuring garments from their publication.

PatternReview.com founder Deepika Prakash will host a Top Ten Challenge Fashion Show and Contest on Saturday in addition to being available at their exhibit.

The Innovation Generation Fashion Show Competition will be held on Saturday for 8 to 18 year olds who know the sewing process and have made their own garments. Entries are prejudged and then worn by the contestants on the Expo Fashion Stage.

BurdaStyle members will present the caliber of their work and designs as they show off their creations at a fashion show Saturday.

A Dream Sewing Room that includes items from Brother will be given away on Sunday. Several special exhibits will display art quilts, couture collections, fiber art and fashion designs.

Rock Financial Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Avenue between Novi and Beck Road in Novi, Michigan.
Show hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Saturday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. 
Preshow workshops are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23 and Thursday, Sept. 24.
Expo admission is $12 and children 16 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.
One-hour seminars are $14, all-day workshops are $98 to $148 and special combination packages are available online in advance.
Onsite parking is available for $5.
[/color][/color][/color]For more information, visit www.AmericanSewingExpo.com or call (248) 889-3111.
2  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Novi, MI:AMERICAN SEWING EXPO on: September 01, 2008 07:33:33 PM
Rock Financial Showplace
46100 Grand River Ave
Novi, MI 48374

Expo Dates:
September 26 – 28, 2008*

Expo Hours:
Friday, September 26 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 27 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 28 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Expo Admission:
Adults $12; Children 16 and under are Free with paying adult
One-hour seminars are $14; all-day workshops are $98
Special combination packages are available in advance online

*Pre-Show Workshops:
September 24 & 25, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

24-Hour Info:
(248) 889-3111 or www.AmericanSewingExpo.com

On site parking is available for $5

The fifteenth annual American Sewing Expo features sewing, quilting,
home décor, needle and fiber arts and includes celebrities, experts,
exhibits, free stage demonstrations, over 100 seminars daily, hands-on
workshops, competitions, young sewer programs, fashion style shows,
contests and over 300 vendor booths.

Special Features:
Join Kenneth King, couturier to Elton John, Jim Carrey and many other
stars, “Sewing Today” TV expert, professor of haute couture program
at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and book author, as he
shares his resources, ideas and creativity Cool Tricks classes and Birth of a
Bustier workshop

Meet the Sistahs of Harlem, Carmen Webber and Carmia Marshall, from
Bravo Project Runway and E Network’s “Look for Less,” as they show off their version of street couture, a mixture of urban street fashion and high Parisian style during their classes on eco-friendly ways to recycle denim or how to revamp your wardrobe with little to no money.

Have fun with sock monsters as seen on HGTV and in the Washington Post
created by John Murphy of Stupid Creatures Toy Company and author of
“Stupid Sock Creatures (Make and Take children’s hand puppet project and
classes on making stuffed toy patterns or weird, wacky and funny sock
creations from cast-off socks)

Decorate or machine embroider at the Reconstruction Zone hosted by ‘Jean
Queen’ Luveta Nichols of The Junk Jeans People and The Thread Heads,
Rob and Corrinne of ThreadBangers.com and turn jeans into different
projects from an iPod case to a tote bag

Notice “Sew Everything Workshop” author Diana Rupp who founded and runs
the New York “Make Workshop” that teaches everything from how to use a sewing machine to spinning your own yarn demonstrate how to sew fabric scraps and thread together to create a handmade greeting card for holidays and special occasions and instruct a class on making designer throw pillows

Watch the Baby Lock Passion For Fashion Sewing Challenge as 12
finalists design and sew their garments beginning Friday and finishing Saturday
at the expo (similar to Bravo Project Runway)

View quilts that were created to be “other than traditional” in nature
for the “A Touch of Magic” Art of the Quilt contest display

Special exhibits will display innovative and traditional quilts, needlework, 2007 Passion for Fashion winner’s collection, wearable art and home décor items.

Enjoy the Innovation Generation Fashion Show Competition as 8 to 18
year old contestants wear their own prejudged entries on the Expo Fashion
Stage (Sept. 27)

Take part in the Sew Experience Cafe and learn unique tips and
techniques while making your own sewing and embellishing project to
take home

Learn new methods, improve skills and find out about the latest products from fashion design to tips for mitering corners at over 100 daily lectures, hands-on classes, seminars and all day workshops led by industry experts

Share the passion on the show floor at the free demonstration and fashion show stages and participate at vendor exhibits with quick Make and Take projects

Sign up to win a Dream Sewing Room that includes items from Bernina
(Sunday, Sept. 28 by noon)

Visit over 125 exhibitors displaying sewing, quilting, knitting, home décor and fiber arts products including fabrics, sewing machines, notions, threads, patterns, yarn, sergers, technology, embellishments, kits, gadgets, embroidery designs, tools, etc.
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