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Announcement: Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing & Fabric Crafts Launch Party and Free Heart Shaped Potholder Pattern!

We're excited to announce a fun event being held by our friends at Martha Stewart (along with sewing machine companies Singer, Husqvarna Viking, and Pfaff).  In celebration of their new book, Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts, they are having a festive gathering of sewists called Stitch Fest and you're all invited!

Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing & Fabric Crafts Launch

Starrett-Lehigh Building, 601 West 26th Street, NYC

Thursday, April 01, 2010 6:00 – 9:00 PM

$30 admission to the Stitch Fest includes your own copy of Martha's new book, plus cocktails and treats. The fun-filled evening will showcase a wide array of creative projects straight from the Encyclopedia's pages - from fabric crafts and easy sewing projects to embroidery, dyeing, and appliqué demonstrations.

$200 includes admission to Stitch Fest, PLUS Tote Bag 101- the evening's hands-on Introductory Sewing Workshop (taught by one of Martha's favorite sewing instructors!). Bring home the custom tote bag you make in class, Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts, a pair of Martha Stewart Crafts Scissors, AND the Singer sewing machine you learned on! All materials included. Sewing Workshop seats are limited!

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.  We hope to see you there!

Here are some images of a few of the super cute projects in the book.

Shell Printed Sheets

Summer Sarong

Baby Shoes

We think this event is going to be so great because Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts is sure to become a classic.  This book is covers a very wide range of techniques and is very well explained.  It includes beautiful illustrations and photography that clearly guide you through all kinds of sewing techniques, from applique to quilting, to how to cut a straight line.  It also includes 150 beautiful projects with full patterns and instructions like the adorable baby shoes above.

As a special treat for Purl Bee readers Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is sharing this adorable pattern for Heart Shaped Potholders. We think these would make perfect housewarming gifts!  To find the complete pattern, please click here

The book will be released on March 30, 2010, if you'd like to pre-order a copy from us you can do that right here, or if you'd like to read more about the book you can find it on Martha's website right here. Happy Sewing! --The Purl Bee


Reader Comments (15)

This book looks wonderful ! I love Martha. The Encyclopedia of Crafts book is great too.
March 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersteph
Yay! Thanks for the post, just bought my tickets!
March 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJackie
OK, you make me want to live in New York. :)
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBookaholic
¡un gran libro! gracias por la información,
un abrazo,
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersiona
this book is going to be wonderful! i really wish i was closer, or it was on a weekend so i could go to this event.
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbrandeye
Another reason to pack up and move to New York. Sounds like so much fun, I wish there was a similar kind of show on the West Coast!
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmandaBoo
Reading the posts above: I really AM moving to Manhattan (on Monday!!), and DID just sign up for the Stitch Fest!! I hope to meet some really nice new neighbors! Thank you for the event!
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarni
of course this is happening during the one week we are out of town! maybe worth canceling vacation for...
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer
Aaarrggg I really want to go to this, but it's just not that easy to get to when you live overseas. I sure hope that someone posts LOTS of pics from the event. I can't wait for the new book!
March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMandy
Hi, it sounds exciting! But is it possible as to I know in advance that which model of the sewing machine I can bring back home? And i didn't find the link for the ticket purchase for $200, (the link is available for only $30 ticket) but can I book the ticket through your store?
March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNeo
Thank you, again, Purl Bee, for keeping us posted on Martha! I was able to go to her sewing show thanks to you, and now this! Yes, I plan on trudging down as long as work doesn't keep me here. You are awesome!
March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTina in Boston
Woo hoo! Martha DOES know everything! Love those booties! So cute!
Lila Ferraro
March 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLila Ferraro
thanks for the tip! just signed up - can't wait!
March 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbadecca
Oh, how I wish! But I am nowhere near NYC! What a great event!
March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
I'll have to buy the book JUST for those baby shoes. They are fabulous and nothing about them looks handmade!! Love your website, BTW!!
March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWHATUPDUCK

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