Cynthia has owned a fabric and design studio bearing her name in
Baton Rouge, Louisiana since 1983, and her designs have been worn everywhere
from the opening of the Met to governors’ inaugurations to Acapulco. Her
fitting and sewing expertise is derived from a mathematical background, and her
constant search for the simple and the obvious. And although her precise sewing
techniques are not short-cuts, she saves you time by helping you get it right
the first time. She shares her effective, practical and simple fitting and
construction techniques with students throughout the United States, offering
seminars and workshops filled with information that results in beautifully
fitted, custom-look clothing. Cynthia’s design philosophy involves creating
lines that multiply opportunities to fit and enhance a figure type. www.cynthiaguffey.com
Sue has been sewing since her first 4-H project at the age of 10. Her proficiency in this art resulted naturally from a lifetime of sewing for herself, and her home, her four children, and now ten grandchildren. Her enthusiasm for sharing the lifeskill of sewing and quilting with others is her passion, and for more than 40 years her profession focused on sewing education.
Sue and her husband Herb travel together presenting “Sew and Quilt with Sue” programs across North America and sharing her expertise at Edutainment and Teaching at dealer and consumer trainings. This year she loves teaching the Sulky Embroidery Zen program.
Before retirement Sue was Executive Vice President of Consumer Motivation for a major sewing machine company. She has produced and hosted more than 600 public broadcasting programs and has 33 books to her credit including Sew Fast, Faster, Fastest, published by Rodale Press. She was Executive Producer of the America Sews with Sue Hausmann, America Quilts creatively and Sew Young, Sew Fun Public Television series. Sue received the 2002 American Sewing Guild “Sewing Hall of Fame Award”, the 2007 “Master CSE award from the Sewing Education Alliance” and was inducted into the Sewing Machine Hall of Fame in 2012. Sue attributes much of her success to the encouragement and support of her husband of 54 years, Herb, and is thrilled he joins her in the mission of sharing the joy of sewing and quilting and the joy of life!
San Diego, CA
Lorraine is a specialist in sewing, fitting and pattern alteration for Conselle Institute of Image Management. She has a degree in Clothing and Textiles and has been a university instructor. Teaching pattern alteration and fit is her favorite thing to do. She is the creator of the Two Easy Measuring tape set which makes it easy to get accurate body measurements when you follow the instructions in her “Measuring Made Easy” booklet. She has also written for Sew News Magazine. With 30 plus years of experience as a custom dressmaker/tailor and teacher, she has a wealth of knowledge to share with you about sewing and fit.www.conselle.com
Quilting From the Hartland
A veteran quilter of 30 years, Shar Jorgenson is a familiar face to thousands of television viewers. Her PBS television series, Quilting from the Heartland and Quilting with Shar bring innovative techniques to quilt makers of all skill levels. Her enthusiasm down-to-earth style and extensive experience guide viewers through the steps of creating beautiful quilts.
In 1988, Shar created her first set of laser cut, acrylic templates. Her time-saving method of rotary cutting several layers of fabric into customized shapes brought accuracy and convenience to quilt makers. Without sacrificing the beauty of traditional designs, Shar teaches methods for accurately reproducing ageless quilt patterns with ease and efficiency. Her step-by-step instructions, based upon her own hands-on experience, take the mystique out of quilting and insure successful results.
In addition to the 130 quilt programs she has taped for PBS, Shar is the author of dozens of books. She has developed over 40 template patterns and a full line of stencils. She exhibits and teaches at over 20 quilting events annually. Through filming, writing, and teaching, Shar continues to share her knowledge and love of the art with quilt makers everywhere.
Shar was named Quilter of the Year in 2009 for Minnesota Quilters, Inc. This award is given to those who have done much to promote the art of quilting, both in Minnesota and internationally.
Abbotsford, BC Canada
Labours of Love
Debra Justice is the president and founder of Labours of Love Heirloom Sewing Supplies Inc. An online mail order company based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. Debra's interest in sewing began at age 10, when she was enrolled her in some sewing classes. By the age of 20 she was teaching classes in quilting, a subject that she covered for several years during her off hours as a civil and municipal draftsperson.
With a love for the Victorian Era it was only natural that Debra would fall in love with Heirloom Sewing. Labours of Love was opened in 1990 offering a selection of Vintage styled patterns, fine old fashioned fabrics, French Laces and her own how to DVD "Precious Petticoats" an Introduction to Heirloom Sewing. Her first DVD was received with rave reviews and Sew You Want To Get Fancy her second DVD soon followed. Her DVDs and patterns have been featured in publications such as Sew News, Sewing Decor and The Creative Machine. In 2004 Debra wrote her first book Modern Machine Techniques which has already turned into a best seller. Her newest book on sewing machine feet called Learn to Sew With Your Feet was released in March of 2009.
With the success of her two books she has been retained by Sew News Magazine as contributing writer for their foot column. She will share lots of ideas and new techniques on how to use the feet that came with your machine. Debra teaches others how to recreate vintage clothing and teddy bears inspired by the Victorian Era. Her no nonsense approach and fun seminars have made her a favourite key note speaker and respected sewing expert nationwide. She resides in Abbotsford, British Columbia with her boys Taylor and Spencer. www.laboursoflove.com