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Sulky of America have been showcased
on the following television shows


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Joyce Drexler
Executive Vice President and
Creative Director of Sulky of America

Carol Ingram
National Free-Lance Educator and
Premier Designer representing Sulky of America

Eric Drexler
Sulky National Educator  

AMERICA SEWS WITH SUE HAUSMANN
AMERICA QUILTS CREATIVELY ON PBS
FONS AND PORTER
KAYE'S QUILTING FRIENDS ON PBS
MARTHA PULLEN SHOWS
QUILTING ARTS TV QNNTV.COM
SEWITALL.COM
And now on the internet:
QUILTING CELEBRATIONS WITH PATRICK LOSE 
 

QUILTING ARTS TV

Show #403- Joyce Drexler

Joyce Drexler, Co-Founder and Creative Director for Sulky of America, and Pokey Bolton, host of Quilting Arts TV, show some of the project samples that Joyce brought to the show.
Joyce introduces a twist to the ever-popular wrapped-cord technique. Using clothesline, Joyce shows a square version of the technique that was designed by Nancy Sapin, a Sulky National Educator. She also shows how to make your favorite feature fabric the center of the square. So often you have a fabric that you love but once you wrap it, it doesn't show off the feature that inspired you to buy it. With this square technique you see the fabric clearly. Joyce shows how to make the square base (or rectangular base if you prefer) using Sulky Fuse 'n Stitch Permanent Iron-On Stabilizer to make a smooth finish to the corded center. She then adds one of her beautiful embroideries from her Great Notions Fern Card #3020GNP (available through www.speedstitch.com). Joyce shows you the trick to making a beautiful finished end so that your square shape remains pure.

It's quick and easy to make trivets, coasters, placemats, bowls, and more. You can easily make a whole coordinated set to match your decor, or for holidays and birthdays (possibly a set for the special birthday person at the table). It's even fun to do with "manly" fabrics for the men in your life. Joyce shows how to use Sulky Cotton Blendables to enhance the project with beautiful stitching.

The Santa Bowl above is another of Nancy Sapin's creations. Doesn't it make you want to get started on Christmas already?! For quilters, take the scraps from your latest quilt and make a matching bowl or box in which to put jewelry and odds 'n ends on a table by the bed. There! You already have a matching gift for the next occasion.

Directions for the corded bowl can be found in the book Quick and Easy Weekend Quilting with Sulky (#900B-16). This technique is addictive! Bet you can't make just one!

Show #403-1 - Fabric Manipulation with Carol Ingram 

Carol Ingram, Designer for Sulky of America, shows us how to tame those beautiful, expensive fabrics that make the most delicious pillows and garments. Using Sulky Tender Touch Iron-On Stabilizer that does not change the hand, feel or look of the original fabric, Carol shows us some secrets couture sewers use to control the raveling and fraying of those expensive fabrics and also how to use this anti-ravel technique for garment making as well. Carol created a "scrunched" silk dupioni pillow that is just breathtaking. She shows you how to create the scrunched fabric, stabilize it, and then make it into elegant pillows. She also shares a hand knit "fabric" which she accented with silk dupioni piping and borders. Knitters beware - you will be addicted!


 
Show #309-3 - Fern Finch Embroidered Clothes with Joyce Drexler

Joyce shows her Fabulous Jumbo Ferns embroidery collection for Great Notions (#3020GNP). Joyce shows a wonderful appliqué design enhanced by one of her fern embroideries, featured in the book An Updated Supplement to Sulky's Secrets to Successful Stabilizing (#900B-17). Joyce designed an adorable chickadee sitting on a log with the tree fern growing out of the log. She places this design onto a sweatshirt, showing you how to determine placement and how and where to embroider the design.
Lots of stabilizer hints for doing layers and embroidering on knits and sweatshirts. How to do "hoopless" embroidery using Sulky Soft 'n Sheer and Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive. The appliqué is built on a non-stick pressing sheet and moved as a finished unit onto the sweatshirt.

Joyce shares her embellishing secrets for raw-edge appliqué, including using Sulky Polyester Invisible in the bobbin for perfect straight-stitch raw-edge applique.

Taking the designs a step further, Joyce shows her beautiful green fern quilt based on the instructions for the quilt in the book, Quick and Easy Weekend Quilting with Sulky (#900B-16).

Directions for sweatshirt can be found in the book An Updated Supplement to Sulky's Secrets to Successful Stabilizing (#900B-17).

Show #306-3 - Pin Woven Portraits with Carol Ingram

Designer Carol Ingram shows how to make a family heirloom using Printer Fabric and Sulky 12 wt. Cotton to pin-weave a family photo. Carol discusses the kind of images to use and the tools that help make this project a success, including Sulky Fuse 'n Stitch Permanent Stabilizer.

Carol demonstrates how to weave the vertical threads around the pins to prepare for the actual pin weaving using Sulky 12 wt. Cotton Thread over the Sulky Fuse 'n Stitch. Then, she shows how to actually weave the cut photograph over and under the Cotton Threads.

Show #305-4 - Transfer Pen Fun with Carol Ingram

Joyce has a poem that has been hanging on her studio wall for many years, which she shares with us. By typing the poem into her computer with a calligraphy type font, she can then print it off on Printed Treasures printer fabric. She can then insert this fabric into her wallhanging.
She thought this would be a great way to memorialize a favorite poem, love letter, song lyrics or any written story that has meaning in your life or a loved one's life. What an amazing graduation or anniversary present that would make!

Joyce's love of trees is shown with her large appliquéd and free-motion-stitched tree, created with a pattern of Sulky Super Solvy and a permanent ink marker. Joyce explains how to stabilize your fabric so that you can do the heavy satin-stitching of the tree branches using two layers of Sulky Totally Stable Iron-On Stabilizer on the back of the base fabric. The tree is stitched using Sulky 30 wt. Rayon Thread.

Joyce introduces one of Carol Doak's free paper-piecing patterns taken from her website: www.caroldoak.com to use as the bottom accent piece of her tree wallhanging. Joyce ran the copies of the paper pieced pattern off on Sulky Paper Solvy which just dissolves away when the block is complete. No more hours of tearing paper away from the back of your foundation-pieced blocks, and no stress at all on the threads.

The grand finale is the beautiful quilting with Sulky Cotton Blendables Thread.

Directions for this wallhanging can be found in the book An Updated Supplement to Sulky's Secrets to Successful Stabilizing (#900B-17).

Show #205-4 - Stand in the Woods by Joyce Drexler

Joyce has a poem that has been hanging on her studio wall for many years, which she shares with us. By typing the poem into her computer with a calligraphy type font, she can then print it off on Printed Treasures printer fabric. She can then insert this fabric into her wallhanging.
She thought this would be a great way to memorialize a favorite poem, love letter, song lyrics or any written story that has meaning in your life or a loved one's life. What an amazing graduation or anniversary present that would make!

Joyce's love of trees is shown with her large appliquéd and free-motion-stitched tree, created with a pattern of Sulky Super Solvy and a permanent ink marker. Joyce explains how to stabilize your fabric so that you can do the heavy satin-stitching of the tree branches using two layers of Sulky Totally Stable Iron-On Stabilizer on the back of the base fabric. The tree is stitched using Sulky 30 wt. Rayon Thread.

Joyce introduces one of Carol Doak's free paper-piecing patterns taken from her website: www.caroldoak.com to use as the bottom accent piece of her tree wallhanging. Joyce ran the copies of the paper pieced pattern off on Sulky Paper Solvy which just dissolves away when the block is complete. No more hours of tearing paper away from the back of your foundation-pieced blocks, and no stress at all on the threads.

The grand finale is the beautiful quilting with Sulky Cotton Blendables Thread.

Directions for this wallhanging can be found in the book An Updated Supplement to Sulky's Secrets to Successful Stabilizing (#900B-17).
 
Show #203-4 - Fiber Felting by Carol Ingram

Carol talks about how to take Sulky Cut-Away Plus Stabilizer and dye it and texture it with rock salt, and then this becomes your background for your fiber artwork.
Carol takes dyed wool fibers that are curly and have lots of texture. The wool is then felted in certain areas and then allowed to be free and dimensional in others. Carol then makes pretty free-motion bubbles over her wool fibers using Sulky Threads.

Carol then stitches a beautiful dragonfly on Sulky Ultra Solvy using Sulky Metallic Threads and hand beading. When the stabilizer is washed away the gossamer wings of the dragonfly remain.

She added pretty sayings to the dyed Cut-Away Plus background by using the Sulky Iron-On Transfer Pens. She copied the sayings from a book of sayings for scrapbooking projects, and traced the words in reverse using the Transfer Pen in one of the 8 great colors available, and then used an appliqué mini-iron to transfer the words to the dyed Cut-Away Plus.

Directions for the fiber art can be found in the book An Updated Supplement to Sulky's Secrets to Successful Stabilizing (#900B-17).


Show #109 - Carol Ingram and her dazzling felted bowls...

Carol Ingram brings art to felted bowls. Starting with a knitted cat bed for her friend, Patti Lee, she took it to whole other level, as Carol often does. The kitties loved the bed, but simply would not abide by the "rule" of sleeping inside, and instead flopped all over the sides of the bowl, which flattened it. So Carol found that by using Sulky Solvy in liquid form (see recipe below) to spread along the whole inside of the bowl using a foam paint brush which creates a stabilizing effect making the sides nice and firm.

Carol demonstrates using a wheelbarrow tire inner tube to shape the bowl while it dries. Then when the wheelbarrow inner tube is deflated, the bowl stands nice and stiff all by itself and retains its shape for a very long time. The liquid Solvy treatment can always be repeated should it become necessary in certain climates.

Various types of embellishments are shown on all of the different shapes of bowls, including felted wool, tassels, beading, hand-stitching using Sulky 12 wt. Cotton Threads, and even a bowl that was embellished with Sulky Holoshimmer on the sewing machine.

Sulky liquid Solvy recipe: 1 yd. Solvy to 8 oz. of water, or 1/2 yd. of Super Solvy to 8 oz. of water. This is just a guideline, there is no exact rule. Carol actually chops up the Solvy or Super Solvy into "confetti" and mixes it with water to a "runny pudding" consistency for this project.

Directions for these bowls can be found in the book An Updated Supplement to Sulky's Secrets to Successful Stabilizing (#900B-17).

Show #105 - Free-motion Quilting with Joyce Drexler

Using sun-dyed fabrics Joyce shows how to do a really simple and fast quilt block that is just repositioned to add interest to the quilt. The sun-dyed fabrics add a contemporary look and serve as a palette and guide for free-motion quilting. By twisting the blocks it gives beautiful motion and flow to the quilt.

Joyce also demonstrates basting your quilt with Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive for no-pin quilting.

The leaves that are sun-dyed into the fabrics, become the pattern to follow when you free-motion, and then you can do tiny stipple quilting around the free-motioned leaves within the center of the block. The Sulky Cotton Blendables look so natural on these hand-dyed fabrics and add lots of texture and dimension. The subtle, random color changes of the Sulky Cotton Blendables add a lot of forgiveness to the stippling stitch (some of us need more forgiveness than others).

Quick tips about getting your quilting designs onto your quilt using Sulky Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizer and a permanent-ink marker, or using a Sulky Iron-On Transfer Pen and Sulky Solvy or Super Solvy to make multiple copies of your quilting design with just one tracing.

Joyce demonstrates how easy free-motion quilting can be using the Fabric-Mover on the Viking Designer SE.

Directions for this quilt are in the book, Quick and Easy Weekend Quilting with Sulky (#900B-16).



FONS AND PORTER

Show #113 - Snippit Halloween Quilt

In this episode Joyce Drexler, nationally-known machine arts expert and creative director for Sulky of America, demonstrates neat techniques for making a Halloween wall quilt. Pattern and instructions are in the book Sulky Secrets to Successful Applique (#900B-14).



Show #411 - Thread for Machine Quilting

In this episode Joyce Drexler, Creative Director for Sulky of America, gives solid advice for selecting colors and types of special threads for machine quilting as well as how to adjust the sewing machine for perfect results.
 
Show #509 - No-mark Quilting Designs 

Joyce Drexler shows how to transfer quilting designs without markers or stencils and tells how to choose the perfect quilting thread.





Show #708 - Thread Painted Scene


Guest Ann Regal teaches the art of turning a photograph into a thread painting. She demonstrates how to prepare your fabric and machine for free-motion stitching and creates various effects with free-motion stitching.



Show #806 - Thread Embellished Border Prints


Guest Joyce Drexler shares several design options for a fun, easy quilt. Start with a border print, and then choose from free-motion thread embellishment, computerized embroidery, or fabric paints to create your own look. Several versions of this quilt are shown in the new Sulky book Quick and Easy Weekend Quilting with Sulky (Book 900B-16).




Show #906 - Fabric Bowls with Joyce Drexler 

National sewing educator Joyce Drexler shows how to use fabric scraps and thread to make three-dimensional bowls. You'll learn how to add yarn and other unique fibers to create coordinated bowls or baskets to go with your tablerunners, quilts, wallhangings, and home décor. This is a technique that appeared in our very first book and has once again become very popular. Amazingly, we still have some of these first bowls from 20 years ago! This fun project is featured in the new Sulky book Quick and Easy Weekend Quilting with Sulky (Book 900B-16).

Show #1106 - Sulky Thread Scarves 

Joyce Drexler, Creative Director for Sulky of America, shows how to make incredible scarves out of threads and yarns and Sulky Water Soluble Stabilizers, as well as WHOLE garments made from thread! This dazzling array of garments and scarves are shown step-by-step in the book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Embroidery (#900B-15). Also in the book, using a similar technique, are thread bowls and boxes, and serger scarves.


AMERICA SEWS WITH SUE HAUSMANN

Show #2912 Free-motion Magic with Eric Drexler 

Eric Drexler, Sales and Education Coordinator for Sulky, is the king of free-motion work. Eric shares his expertise and excitement for this old, but always new again technique. Eric talks about how to do free-motion work on a preprinted batik panel of a dragon. Specifically he shows how to take a drawing and size it to your need, then transfer the drawing to Sulky Soft 'n Sheer Cut-Away Stabilizer to use as a pattern.

The actual small dragon embroidery is done on Soft 'n Sheer Cut-Away Stabilizer and then appliquéd with straight stitching onto the denim shirt.

Eric also shows a pair of jeans embellished with his free-motion embroidery for his daughter, Amber, using Sulky Super Solvy water soluble stabilizer to transfer the design to the jeans, and then Sulky Totally Stable Iron-On Stabilizer to stabilize the wrong side.

Eric then took a digitized computerized design, reproduced it for free-motion work, and drew it on the Soft 'n Sheer. Eric shows the beauty and ease of making your own free-motion embroidered design, that duplicates the computerized design, but brings the singular beauty of free-motion to the work.

Eric explains the quality of the wooden hoops that he uses for his free-motion work and why he chooses them. Also, that he prefers a 14/90 topstitch needle even with the lightweight Sulky 40 wt. Rayon because it reduces the stress on the thread. Eric shows how this work transfers to free-motion quilting or how quilters can so easily do free-motion embroidery if they are already free-motion quilters.

For the Quick Project, Jody Hooker, Viking Educator, shows an adorable gem bag in 3 sizes that becomes the perfect palette for embellishment.

Show #2901 Terrific Pillow Techniques with Joyce Drexler 

Joyce Drexler, Creative Director for Sulky of America, shows some truly amazing pillow embellishments designed by Carol Ingram, Designer for Sulky. Using the Sulky Cotton Blendables together with the beautiful decorative stitches on the machine, Carol has created the most magnificent silk dupioni pillows incorporating lots of different embellishment techniques. Joyce specifically shows, step-by-step, a woven pillow made with padded, decorative stitched strips, woven tightly together over Sulky Tender Touch Stabilizer. Sue offers some terrific tips on using the Sulky Polyester Invisible Thread.

Carol knitted a beautiful entrelac pillow cover and then added a silk piece that was enhanced with yarn using the yarn couching foot. There is also a beautiful knitted, mitered pillow cover that is attached to silk dupioni. It takes your breath away! All knitted pieces are blocked and fused to Sulky Tender Touch Stabilizer.

For the Quick Project, Jody Hooker, Viking Educator, used Sulky Cotton Thread in the serger to chain-stitch over English netting and Sulky Fabri-Solvy to create a fancy, translucent band which is then stitched onto a t-shirt using woven ribbon as a frame for the band.

Show #2810 Cherish the Inner Child Multi-Media Art with Carol Ingram 

Carol takes her artistic talent and refines it so that the average person can reproduce what she has done. Using Sulky Cut-Away Plus™ as the "painter's canvas" reinforced by ironing Sulky Fuse 'n Stitch™ Permanent Stabilizer onto the back of the Cut-Away Plus, Carol creates a firm "canvas" that accepts fabric dye and Sulky Iron-On Transfer Pen Ink perfectly. Once the "canvas" is dyed in multi-colors, Carol then shows us how to stencil using Sulky Totally Stable™ as the iron-on "stencil" to draw wavy lines using a stencil brush and stencil Paintsticks™. 

Many of the design elements, including the coral, the lettering, and the child's face are then traced using the Sulky Iron-On Transfer Pen (in the reverse) so that when placed onto the artwork they will iron on right side up.

Carol then shows how to layer the top "canvas" with batting and a backing fabric using the new, improved Sulky KK 2000™ Temporary Spray Adhesive, and stitch with the Sulky heavy 12 wt. Cotton Thread along the wavy, stenciled lines.

Show #2801 Beyond Corded Bowls with Sulky with Joyce Drexler 

Joyce Drexler and her son, Eric Drexler, now take us beyond the basics of corded bowls from the book Quick and Easy Weekend Quilting with Sulky (#900B-16), into a whole new realm featuring lids, embellished top knots, handles, serged wrap fabric and more. Eric shows some of his bowls that have a spiral look with one edge finished with a rolled hem edge on the fabric using either Sulky 30 wt. Rayon or Sulky 30 wt. Cotton Blendables.

Eric shows an avante garde trivet, and a set of coasters in a matching basket with rolled-hem bows on each handle. A terrific hostess gift! Eric also cut up a pair of his jeans and did a rolled hem on the strips and wrapped those into a nice masculine looking bowl. Eric puts his own spin on the finished edges of the bowls using 3-dimensional loops in one or two rows.

Joyce also shows how to wrap eyelash yarn around the final row of the bowl to add texture and fun. Joyce shows some of Sulky National Educator, Nancy Sapin's bowls which feature nice, stiff handles made with Sulky Fuse 'n Stitch, as well as embellishments for the handles like buttons, fringed edges.

Joyce shows how to make multiple-knot "froggy" handles for the lid; and how to make 3-D, reversible appliqués to show off the beautiful theme fabrics as they are before they are cut.

Show #2713 Fabric Manipulation and Embellishment on the Serger with Carol Ingram 

Carol shows you how to do fabric manipulation to give texture to your project. Stabilizing the fabric for the manipulation with Sulky Tender Touch™ Iron-On Stabilizer. Embellishing on the 5-thread serger using the chain stitch, 2 strands of 12-wt. in the chain looper, and Sulky Polyester Invisible in the main needle (a topstitch 14/90).

Carol also gathered the fabric with the differential feed resulting in beautiful ruched silk dupioni which she turned into a beautiful table runner and pillow.

Carol explains how to use the Tender Touch in other ways such as behind smocking, and on the back of computerized embroideries. Perfect for embroidering on sweater knits.

Show #2701 Clever Corded Bowls and Baskets with Joyce Drexler 

Joyce Drexler, Creative Director for Sulky, her son, Eric, and Sue Hausmann, on the set of "America Sews with Sue Hausmann".

Joyce Drexler and her son, Eric, bring back the ever-popular corded bowl that we first introduced 20 years ago in our first Sulky book, now out of print, but renewed in the current book, Quick and Easy Weekend Quilting with Sulky (#900B-16).

Joyce shows lots of embellishing techniques for the bowls, trivets and placemats:

  • Applique
  • 3-D Butterflies
  • Blooming Bias with bowls and quilts
  • Patriotic Trims
  • Holiday Appliques

Joyce explains the type of cording that works best for firm bowls, as well as other supplies needed for these simple projects.

Joyce also shows a "naked" corded bowl made using bare cord and using the free-arm of the sewing machine, and then how to dye it and put ink designs on the now-dyed bowl.

The Sulky Cotton Blendables (12 wt. on the top and 30 wt. in the bobbin), are the perfect threads to blend with all colors and types of fabrics. She uses a multi-zig-zag stitch (3-step stitch), but just a regular zig-zag machine will do this project well. Joyce's son, Eric, is also introduced on the show and helps Joyce demonstrate how to wrap the cording and is surprised with a "birthday bowl" that Joyce made for him to match the quilt that his 15-year old daughter, Amber, made for him with her grandmother, Joyce's help.

Joyce shows how to make an oval shaped bowl, placemat, or dresser cover, too. And lots of additional embellishments using Sulky Fuse 'n Stitch and Sulky Super Solvy.

It seems people just cannot get enough of this fun and easy technique. Lots of variations are shown on this show. But, as usual, we ran out of time to cover all the fun embellishments on the baskets. So tune into series 2800 to see more.



Show #2612 Fabulous Felting with Carol Ingram 

Carol Ingram dazzles us once again with her creative felting techniques. Carol introduces us to the Cottswald sheep (not a live one, though) and how beautifully the wool of that curly sheep dyes.

Carol takes a plain, ready-to-wear vest and embellishes it with the felting machine. But she doesn't stop there! She then adds free-motion work, hand-work and beading to the felted project.

Carol shares her techniques for transferring the designs to the base wool fabric using Sulky Totally Stable Tear-Away Stabilizer, which gives you the shape of your design and color placement, which makes it easy for a non-artist to create pretty, realistic designs that actually look like grapes and leaves, not just a muddled free-form look.

She then details the grapes and leaves using Sulky Cotton 12 wt. Blendables to add dimension and definition to the individual parts of the project. To apply the design to the felted wool roving, Carol traced the pattern onto Sulky Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizer which easily releases from the stitching with just a wet Q-tip when the embellishing is complete.

She goes one step further and adds beautiful beads to give the project even more life.

Her bonus project shows a knitted bag, which has been felted and then embellished with Sulky Holoshimmer Thread and beads.

Show #2601 Thread Magic with Joyce Drexler 

Joyce shows even more exciting garments made entirely with Sulky Rayon Thread made by Evelyn Byler, Educator and Designer extraordinaire, for Sulky of America. You actually MAKE YOUR OWN FABRIC! She demonstrates how to draw the design onto Ultra Solvy using your favorite pattern. You can stitch it with all white Sulky Rayon Thread and then dye it yourself, or you can use colored Sulky Rayon Threads to make a colored garment without any dying.

Joyce describes all the different weights and types of water soluble stabilizers and what works best for these kinds of garments. She explains how to join the pieces to make it large enough for your pattern.

Many of the samples were stitched on a long-arm machine, but they can all be done on a home sewing machine with only straight stitch capability.

Joyce shares tips to finish the edges of these magnificent garments so that the edges are perfectly clean and straight, and then she explains how to successfully remove this large quantity of heavy Ultra Solvy in your washing machine or bathtub.

Sue's vest which was also made by Evelyn Byler, was done by drawing the design onto Ultra Solvy and filled in with Sulky colored rayon threads. Joyce also shares using this same technique with Sulky 12 wt. and 30 wt. Cotton Threads.

A speedy version using a yarn grid-work is also shown, as well as and a full coat and vest made with that technique, and something as small and quick as a scarf made with yarns and beautiful Sulky metallic threads.

For the quick project, Jill Repp from June Tailor shows how to make easy diamond patchwork.

Show #2501 Sulky Embellished Jackets with Joyce Drexler 

As promised on the previous taping, Joyce shows us how to make the terrific overshirt which is also shown on the cover of our newest book, Quick and Easy Weekend Quilting with Sulky (900B-16).

Simple techniques for turning a plain shirt into a designer wearable, even ways to cover the "dark shadow" left when a pocket is removed including paint, inks, embroideries, and even appliqués. She also gives hints on choosing the appropriate shirt to decorate.

Terrific stabilizer hints for embroidering the designs using Sulky Fabri-Solvy, Sticky+ and liquid Solvy.

Decorative trim is added around the front edges and embroidery and appliqué abounds. Your overshirt is just as pretty on the back as the front!

Show #2413 Trapunto Double Rose with Fabric Mover with Carol Ingram 

Carol introduces her magnificent Girlfriend's Triangle Triumph black and white art deco quilt from the new book, Quick and Easy Weekend Quilting with Sulky, embroidered with designs from her Inspira Embroidery Card "Fashion Hats".

Watch her amusing demonstration with toilet paper on how to properly place flat metallic threads on the sewing machine, such as Sulky Holoshimmer and Sulky Sliver Metallic Threads. She also adds very important tips on how to properly wind a perfect bobbin with Sulky Polyester Invisible Thread.

Carol and Sue show unique free-motion garments that modern, young women today will love, and several wallhangings featuring raw-edge appliqué which Carol created using the new Husqvarna-Viking Fabric Mover with Stitch Regulator.

Carol goes through the steps of doing a quick and easy Trapunto Double Rose pattern on a pillow top, using the Trapunto technique featured in the book Dimensional Concepts in Sulky (900B-12).

Show #2313 Thread Painting On Sulky Solvy 

  • Demystifying Water Soluble Stabilizers
  • Thread Sketched Quilted Indian
Tips and hints from Carol Ingram, nationally known designer for Sulky of America, on what water soluble to use, where, when and how. Use them as toppers for computerized embroidery on knits and towels; use as a design or quilt templates;

Featured project is Cheryl Phillips' Thread Sketched Quilted Indian showing an Indian on a horse which is "thread-sketched" (free motion, straight-stitched) and then quilted with a chevron border. (This is a free project on the Sulky website - www.sulky.com)

Becky Dare, Viking Educator, shows her free-motion project - My Soul is Fed with Needle and Thread.

Quick Project: My Soul is Fed with Needle and Thread - Wallhanging.

Show #2301 Handbag 4 All Seasons 

Guest Joyce Drexler and Patti Jo Larson teach a unique technique for creating a purse or tote with inter-changeable inserts for each season or to match every outfit. Tips for sewing, binding and buttonholes on vinyl, embroidery inserts and more.

Joyce Drexler shows how to make a clear, vinyl tote (made from 20 mil vinyl) which has a changeable inner liner which can coordinate with the seasons or with a special outfit. It also features an outer pocket that fits a 5" x 7" embroidery or it could have a hand-work project, a photo of a family member or beloved pet, a memorabilia item, pretty fabric, a monogram or any item you might want to feature in your bag.

You only make the bag once and then you can make several liners, which are fast and easy, to match each season or each outfit if you're ambitious! Then make several pocket inserts to mix and match. ,Joyce featured her Spring, Summer, Winter, Autumn cards from Cactus Punch as the slip-in, pocket embroideries.

Sue shows how to print the pattern on Sulky Totally Stable using an inkjet printer to make templates for cutting the appliqué pieces to make an appliquéd embroidery of a farm from Joyce's Spring card.

Tips for sewing, binding and buttonholes on vinyl, embroidery inserts and more.

Patti Jo Larson, a Viking educator, shows the construction of the tote bag, as well as using a bias binder, non-stick feet techniques, and an easy buttonhole in the vinyl.

Then Patti Jo does a quick project featuring reverse appliqué which shows the season names stitched out using a contrasting fabric behind a tee-shirt, accented with a beautiful Sulky thread, and then trimmed to allow the fabric to "bloom" and peek through the cut edges.

Quick Project: My Favorite Season Shirt.

Show #2213 Crazy Patch Jacket with dyed-to-match Sulky 30 wt. Rayon Thread 

Carol Ingram shows us how to do a quick and uncomplicated crazy patch jacket using pre-printed Thimbleberries crazy patch fabric and the dyed-to-match Sulky 30 wt. multicolor thread #2210. Friends will think you spent hours piecing the crazy patch fabric, and even more hours changing all those thread colors - NO! It's the magic of the Sulky 30 wt. Rayon Multicolor Thread that does it all for you so quickly. Carol further embellished the jacket by adding the Chenille-It Blooming Bias to make a jazzy and fuzzy decorative edge all around the jacket.

Viking Educator Becky Dare show how to make beautiful morning glory appliqués using batiks, felt and Pearl Cotton and the Viking gimping foot. She also showed how to use the flowers as a home dec accessory free-standing in a vase.

Show #2201 Beautiful Pillows and Jazzy t-shirt with Sulky Cotton Blendables 

Finally an embroidery card that uses the incredible Sulky 30 wt. Cotton Blendables! Joyce Drexler has designed such beautiful flower and bird designs for Cactus Punch (Abstract Florals - Sig #107) that are quick and easy and fun. The card includes 8 designs for 4" sewing fields, and 12 designs for 5" x 7" hoops. These designs are easy but elegant outline stitchouts that have amazing texture and dimension.
Sew easy and sew fast - gifts are ready in minutes. Joyce shows how to make outstanding home-dec pillows using gorgeous batiks, her adorable hummingbird and flower design and the Sulky 30 wt. Cotton Blendables Thread. Many optional quilting designs are shown, as well as other finishing techniques. She further enhanced the hummingbird design for a wearable art shirt by using the Tsukineko Inks to build a beautiful watercolor frame before doing the Sulky Blendable stitchout.

For the quick project, Viking Educator Scarlet Alt shows reinforced straight stitch to make flower stems and flowers created using vintage buttons from her collection, quick and easy with the new button foot and placement tool on the Viking Sewing Machine.

Most of Joyce's cards can be purchased through Speed Stitch

Show #2113 - Embroidery on Paper 

Carol Ingram, artist and designer for Sulky of America, shows you how to do computerized embroidery or stitch on paper for scrapbooking, card-making, framed pictures and more. Tips on choosing the right paper, stabilizer, needles thread and what stitches and designs will be successful with each type of paper. Carol features her newest design card for Cactus Punch Snowglobes (#Sig. 98).

Carol's cards can be purchased on the Cactus Punch website, www.cactuspunch.com either individually or in an embroidery pack.

Show #2101 - Winter Sampler Shirtb 

Joyce Drexler, Executive Vice President of Sulky of America, introduces her Cactus Punch "Winter" season card (#Sig. 82), showing how to take ready-made shirts and embellish them with both decorative stitching or computerized embroidery, with applique on the pockets too. The scroll design is available as a free download on www.americasews.com in either a digitized or traceable pattern.

Joyce's cards can be purchased on the Cactus Punch website, www.cactuspunch.com either individually or in an embroidery pack, or look for them in the Sulky booth at local consumer shows.

Show #2013 Coordinated Fabric Jacket 

Carol Ingram shows how to take a plain sweatshirt and cover it in beautiful, coordinated fabrics to create a one-of-a-kind jacket. This technique by Karen Boutte who wrote, Delightful Diva Designs, will be featured in the upcoming new Sulky book.

Show #2001 Ponchos Knit on the Sewing Machine
 

Joyce Drexler shows how to "knit" a poncho on your sewing machine using Sulky Ultra Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizer and all your favorite yarns and threads. This method uses lots less yarn than traditional knitting, so you can afford to use some of those "special yarns" you've been hoarding and embellish them with Sulky threads. Based on techniques shown in the latest Sulky Book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Embroidery (#B900-15) - pages 109 and 110. Note: The poncho is not shown in the book, but it uses same technique as the scarves shown on these pages.

Show #1913 Travel Remembrance Tote 

Stitch up a one-of-a-kind tote or scrapbook cover to preserve and enjoy the memories of a trip or special occasion for years to come. Guest Carol Ingram shows us how. For step-by-step, full-color instructions on this project, see the latest Sulky Book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Embroidery (#B900-15) - pages 150 and 151.

Show # 1902 Thread Lace Bowls 

There is no limit to what can be made from thread! Joyce Drexler shows how to transform a variety of creative threads and snippetts into beautiful home-dec bowls, and baskets. Learn how easy it is to create with thread and Sulky Water Soluble Stabilizers. For step-by-step, full-color instructions on this project by Wendy Hill, see the latest Sulky Book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Embroidery (#B900-15) - pages 125 through 128.

Other Recent AMERICA SEWS WITH SUE HAUSMANN Shows

1801 The Threads of Fabric 

Learn to make unique fabric for a spectacular designer jacket. Joyce Drexler teaches us to make the fabric with thread. See how simple free motion techniques or digitized embroidery let you create a one of a kind fabric for any project. Learn about base fabrics, fiber contents and more. For step-by-step, full-color instructions on this project, see the latest Sulky Book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Embroidery (#B900-15) - pages 120 and 121.

1813 Create a Comfy Jacket 

Carol Ingram teaches easy ways to use "embroidery orphans". She demonstrates easy techniques for placing embroideries and appliqués on a denim shirt plus special binding and more. For step-by-step, full-color instructions on this project, see the latest Sulky Book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Embroidery (#B900-15) - page 33.

1702 Create a Summer Sampler 

Joyce Drexler shares her creative tips and techniques for successful embroidery and embellishment. Learn to add dimension and glitz. New designs make beautiful quilted wall hangings. For step-by-step, full-color instructions on this project, see the latest Sulky Book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Embroidery (#B900-15) - pages 40 through 45.

1713 Teddy Bear Tea Party 

Carol Ingram creates a way to set a wonderful table for special meals or just any time to show your love for your family with placemats, protective tablecloth, napkins, tea cozy and more. For step-by-step, full-color instructions on this project, see the latest Sulky Book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Embroidery (#B900-15) - pages 55 through 57.

1601 Spring Into the Seasons 

Joyce Drexler teaches new and exciting ways to create special embellishments for banners, wallhangings and garments to celebrate the seasons. Techniques on this project include embroidery, applique, and texture plus plenty of instruction on how to stabilize, thread types and more. For step-by-step, full-color instructions on this project, see the latest Sulky Book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Embroidery (#B900-15) - pages 34 through 39.

1613 Adding Dimension to Chenille 

Learn the basics of fabric chenille, then how to add dimension with applique, embroidery and more. Carol Ingram brings projects to inspire you to try new techniques plus what to do with your leftover scraps. Based on projects with step-by-step, full-color instructions in the Sulky Book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Applique (#B900-14) - pages 119 through 124.

1501 3-D Wool Felt, Appliqued Tote Bag 

Joyce Drexler brings wonderful new techniques for seasonal applique with hand dyed felted wool plus beautiful embroidery and decorative stitch embellishment. For step-by-step, full-color instructions on this project, see the Sulky Book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Embroidery (#B900-15) - pages 141 through 144.
1513 Ragtime Flannel Fun
Carol Ingram brings a variety of ways to create with flannel and wool. A fast and fun flannel fish quilt. Learn how to make impressive yet easy-to-create quilts and more; how to create reversible quilted blocks.

1401 Rag Wool Folk Art Applique 

Joyce Drexler and Kathy MacMannis show the newest in appliqué and embroidery t echniques and threads including the exciting rag wool technique. Learn to create projects fast and easy. For step-by-step, full-color instructions on this project, see the Sulky Book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Applique (#B900-14) - pages 113 through 117.

1413 Customizing Your Projects 

Learn to use decorative stitches, lettering, and embroidery in new ways. Guest Carol Ingram shares new creative ideas for you, your home and for special gift giving.

1301 Autumn Appliqué Wallhanging 

Beautiful embroideries, appliqués and quilting techniques all combine to create a one of a kind wallhanging for your home. Joyce Drexler demonstrates foolproof ways to create with new techniques for embellishment. For step-by-step, full-color instructions on this project, see the Sulky Book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Applique (#B900-14) - pages 80 through 86.

1313 Multi-use Free Form Embroidery 

Combine embroidery designs, appliqué, and free-motion to make embellished ornaments, garments, gift bags and home decorations. Guest Carol Ingram teaches the easy way to combine techniques for fast projects. For step-by-step, full-color instructions on this project, see the Sulky Book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Applique (#B900-14) - pages 148 through 150.

1201 Camouflage Cats and Theme Quilts 

Joyce Drexler demonstrates how to create with the popular animal prints. See tips and techniques for fast and easy quilting and new ways to make a one of a kind quilt or wall hanging with a surprise twist. For step-by-step, full-color instructions on this project, see the Sulky Book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Quilting (#B900-13) - pages 85 through 88.

1213 Happy Halloween Wallhanging 

Carol Ingram teaches new techniques for creating a Halloween wall hanging that will be enjoyed by young and old alike. Tips for creating special fabrics and accessories. For step-by-step, full-color instructions on this project, see the Sulky Book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Applique (#B900-14) - pages 72 through 74.

1101 - Fabric Photo Collage 

Learn creative ways to show off special photos. Carol Ingram demonstrates fabric photos, embroidery and appliqué and how to collage them into quilts and wearables, such as tuxedo vest For step-by-step, full-color instructions on this project, see the Sulky Book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Applique (#B900-14) - pages 94 through 98.

1113 - A Scrap Quilt 

Join Joyce Drexler and Sue to learn quick and easy ways to turn your fabric scraps into beautiful quilt blocks for quilts, pillows, tote bags and more plus easy quilting ideas. For step-by-step, full-color instructions on this project, see the Sulky Book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Quilting (#B900-13) - pages 94 through 96.

1001 - The House That Joyce Built  

See a wonderful new sampler quilt and learn to combine paper piecing, decorative stitching, and specialty threads as Joyce Drexler teaches us the house block. For step-by-step, full-color instructions on this project, see the Sulky Book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Quilting (#B900-13) - pages 60 through 66.

1013 - Winter Fantasy

No matter what the season, you'll want to stitch these darling snow scenes for garments, quilts, and gift items. See easy ways to create landscapes. Guests Joyce Drexler and Carol Ingram teach you how. For step-by-step, full-color instructions on this project, see the Sulky Book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Quilting (#B900-13) - pages 117 through 121.

AMERICA QUILTS CREATIVELY ON PBS

Program #902 "Christmas Cats" Quilt with Joyce Drexler from Sulky. 





Joyce Drexler shows a really simple and fun quilt from the book, Quick and Easy Weekend Quilting with Sulky. This is a perfect quilt for any theme fabric that you want to showcase in a quilt for those friends and family who have "special interests". This quilt goes together in no time. It is quilted with Sulky 30 wt. Multi-color Rayon Thread using decorative stitches and free-motion swirls. Sue Hausmann does a really terrific rotary cutter demonstration, and Joyce demos pressing secrets and chain-piecing, as well as how to use KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive to effortlessly spray-baste your wallhanging before quilting.

Joyce also shows the Thimbleberries fabric version (which is made with a flannel cottage motif) and she accents the beautiful print using Sulky 30 wt. Cotton that makes the feature fabric really "pop". The checkerboard border makes a dramatic frame. Sue Hausmann mentioned, "I also love using Sulky 30 wt. Cotton thread to piece my quilts!"

Notice on Joyce's shirt, the cats jumping over the embroidered snowflakes, which are made from scraps from the quilt. Hmmm....that could be another show! 

In the book, Quick and Easy Weekend Quilting with Sulky, there are also directions for making a matching fabric rag bowl and a cute button-flanged pillow and from the scraps.

Program #906 Creative Projects from Leftovers with Carol Ingram, Sulky Designer. 

Carol and Sue showing off their knitting bags on the set. Carol and Sue at work on the set.
Quilt leftovers, what a great concept, made into coordinating, fun projects. Boy, don't we all have too many of those scraps from past projects that we just can't throw away.

From the book, Quick and Easy Weekend Quilting with Sulky, Carol Ingram, Designer for Sulky of America, shows how to use your leftover project pieces for making additional matching projects. Don't limit yourself to just home-dec projects, wearables are quick and easy to make from scraps too! Nancy Bryant, co-owner of Abigayles Quiltery in Ohio, designed this project.

Carol featured Sulky Super Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizer, Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive and Sulky 12 wt. Cotton Blendables to embellish Sue's shirt with just a quick cutout ofthe floral fabric, which was then stitched raw-edged onto the knit shirt.





Carol's main project is a tote bag made from the quilt scraps of the "Les Grande Fleurs" quilt, which featured the beautiful Lakehouse floral fabrics. The tote bag has 4 easy, large, inside pockets. Sue demonstrates how to apply fusible batting. Look at what else you will get: some wonderful decorative stitching ideas; repositioning appliqué pieces using KK 2000 and then free-motion stitching; and terrific tips for using Sulky Polyester Invisible Thread in the bobbin! Carol also shows placemats embellished with a free-motion floral design using the free pattern from the new book on the Sulky website, www.sulky.com

You'll also be inspired by the matching table-topper and tablerunner made from the scraps. What fun - and another present made for the next holiday, anniversary or birthday. 
There are numerous versions of this quilt in the book, as well as other quilts using theme fabrics and borders.

One example is done with Joyce's Grand Flowers Embroidery Card #43021 by Great Notions, both as a filled version and also an artsy outline embroidered version that is then colored with Tsukineko Inks.There is something for everone in this collage of projects.

Show #804: Joyce Drexler - Square Dance with Blendables 

Joyce shows how to make designer sweatshirts - and you're the designer! It couldn't be simpler. Using one fabric that has a theme with a fairly large design, and then little squares that "dance" around the theme fabric. With the Sulky Blendables you can stitch around the designs with a decorative stitch. The Blendables are so "forgiving" that it makes using decorative stitches a snap. Joyce makes it even easier by providing a grid that transfers onto the shirt using the Sulky Iron-On Transfer pens. Then all you have to do is fill in each little square with your square of fabric that has a fusible web on the back and iron them down. In no time at all, your sweatshirt is done. It's just as easy to make one for a friend at the same time!

Show #805: Carol Ingram - Technology/Art/and Quilting 

Carol shows how to take a favorite painting, photo, or drawing, how to enlarge, enhance it, and turn it into a magnificent quilt. With the technology available with inexpensive paint programs, you can become an artist. Carol enlarged the artwork and printed it on a inkjet printer on 8-1/2" x 11" crepe de chine printable fabric pieces. Carol shows how to highlight the grayscale photo using Sulky 12 wt. and 30 wt. Cotton Thread to stipple stitch, and then applied a pale blush of Tsukineko inks. Smoke invisible thread on the back.

Show #705 - Taming the Minkee™ 

Carol Ingram shows you how to use stabilizers to tame the slinky, Minkee™, slippery fabrics to successfully make perfectly pieced quilts, wallhangings or pillows. She quilted, embroidered on it, pleated, gathered it and with no trouble using stabilizers to make the Minkee behave. Done on a Pfaff Sewing Machine using the IDT, stitch-in-the ditch foot, pleater/ruffler, 1/4 inch foot, and gathering foot. Carol shows a beautiful Moses basket done with chenille and embellished with ribbons and bows, and a precious gift basket filled with baby shower items and decorated with the wonderful Minkee fabric.

Show #713 - Quilting with Theme Fabrics and Sulky Threads 

Joyce Drexler shows how to make a quick weekend quilt using favorite theme fabrics geared to any interest, i.e., golf, soccer, sewing, sea creatures, children's themes - anything that reflects the interests of the lucky recipient of this quilt. Joyce shows 3 versions of the quilt: One featuring wildlife animals, one with undersea animals and fish, and one with the ever-popular Thimbleberries fabrics. The feature block can also be embellished with embroidery or quilting designs, photo fabric, and more. Joyce also shows you how to do beautiful stitch-in-the ditch quilting using Sulky Sliver Metallic Thread or Sulky Holoshimmer Metallic Thread, and how to use Sulky Fabri-Solvy to make a quilt pattern that dissolves away in water when complete. From the new Sulky book, Weekend Quilting with Sulky #900B-16

Show #606 - Winter Sampler 

Joyce Drexler, Executive Vice President of Sulky of America, introduces her Cactus Punch "Winter" season card (#Sig. 82), the fourth in her seasonal embroidery cards for Cactus Punch. Showcased in a beautiful winter wallhanging featuring Sulky Puffy Foam lettering and stitching in the ditch with Sulky Holoshimmer. Joyce shows us how to graph out a wallhanging; how to use Sulky Solvy and new Sulky Fabri-Solvy for free-motion quilt designs; how to remove Solvy with just a wet Q-Tip and more. The holly quilting design is free on the America Quilts Creatively website: www.americaquiltscreatively.com, as well as the layout for the wallhanging Joyce features.

Carol's cards can be purchased on the Cactus Punch website, www.cactuspunch.com either individually or in an embroidery pack.

Show #611 - Sweatshirt Embroidery with Pizzazz! 

Carol Ingram, artist and designer for Sulky of America, shows how to add pizzazz to sweatshirts with fabric applique to enhance her beautiful Cactus Punch Snowglobe embroideries (#Sig. 98). These snowglobes are for every season. Carol jazzes up the fabric applique using a simple triple-stitch (straight stitch) with the exciting Sulky 12 wt. Blendable Cotton Threads. (add link to Blendables) A fun, quick and easy way to add interest and dimension to a computerized embroidery design.

Carol's cards can be purchased on the Cactus Punch website, www.cactuspunch.com either individually or in an embroidery pack.

Show #408: Quilted Hand Dyed Vests 

Guest Joyce Drexler teaches a beautiful quilted vest created with beautiful hand dyed fabric and a variety of piecing and quilting techniques. See how easy kaleidoscope quilting can be.

Show #410: Quilter's Baskets and Boxes 

Combine fabric, batting, threads, and quilt w