Dear Sewing Family,
My first thoughts today are with the people in Colorado. I pray all those missing will be found. I pray comfort to those who have lost loved ones. I pray strength to those who have lost everything. I know we are all praying for more rescue workers to be able to find everyone who is stranded. Our Interweave family is headquartered in Colorado and I have been many times to teach all over Colorado. In my college professor days I went once a month to do workshops for teachers in the Denver area. I worked for the Rocky Mountain News. I love Colorado and we all are praying for you.
I HAVE ONE OF MY VERY FAVORITE THINGS TO TELL YOU ABOUT! DID YOU KNOW MY CLASSES ON BEGINNING HEIRLOOM SEWING BY MACHINE AND LACE SHAPING ARE ON DVDs?! WITH THESE, I COME TO YOUR HOME TO TEACH YOU TWO OF MY FAVORITE SUBJECTS! JUST YOU & ME; OUR VERY OWN PERSONAL WORKSHOP!
Making a “movie” of me teaching some of my beloved techniques of heirloom sewing, or French sewing by machine as I have always referred to it, has been a dream of mine for many years. We have had wonderful TV shows demonstrating pieces of these techniques and wonderful books explaining all of these techniques, but with these DVDs, I have the privilege of teaching these techniques – all together – and sending them to your home.
Mastering the basics of heirloom sewing will be clear and easy as you learn how to use the sewing machine to combine laces with entredeux and fabric, how to select and apply specialty stitches that add an heirloom finish, and how to take flat fabric to enticing levels of three-dimensional artistry. You’ll feel like a master designer as you create your own classic Heirloom Party Dress.
I thoroughly demonstrate lace to lace, lace to fabric, lace to entredeux, gathered lace to entredeux, entredeux to flat fabric, entredeux to gathered fabric, top stitching, hemstitching, wing needlework pinstitch, wing needle entredeux stitching, puffing, and double needle pintucks. This DVD is nearly two hours long, and I can’t wait to have a “one on one” class with you which you can re-run as many times as you like.
The second DVD is another one-on-one with me!!! Lace shaping is EASY!!! I have nearly two hours sharing only only the three basic shapes-mitering, curving and flip flopping, but also I share wing needle entredeux stitching as well as combination lace shaping. I believe I have unraveled the “mysteries” of the gorgeous shaped laces in Sew Beautiful magazine for you. Can you stand to have me for a second TWO hour class. Just the two of us?????
I can’t wait to come home with you. I promise these techniques are SO EASY! I look forward to having the pleasure of teaching you – personally – at your home.
We started a new licensing this week. I’ll have pictures on my personal Facebook, Martha Campbell Pullen, all week and will have some for you on this blog next week. I pray for our men and women serving in harm’s way and for their families. I pray for you, my beloved sewing family. Come to see us in Huntsville as soon as you can. I hope many of you will be able to come to our BIG SCHOOL in February. By the way in 2014 Joe and I will be celebrating 40 years of marriage! We married December 30, 1974! I love that man.
God Bless You,
SCRIPTURE FOR THE WEEK
“Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.”
I have an urgent desire to send words of comfort from God to those in Colorado and all of you in need of comfort this week. Everyone experiences pain. Please think back to another (past) situation where you were hurting very badly. Did God bring comfort and healing? God has many methods of comfort. Life situations are not always fixed immediately. We all know that. God is still ready to fill your heart with comfort. Please read your Bible. Please go to church. Have you ever thought about writing down verses of scripture on note cards and putting them all over the house to be read often in the places you go most? I read recently about a woman who did just this. Isaiah 66:33 “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.” Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
SWEET LETTER from Peggy, A Martha Pullen Baby Lock Licensed Teacher
Just thought I would drop you another note to thank you once again (and again, and again!) for the awesome training I received in my Baby Lock Heirloom Licensing program!
Not a week goes by that I do not use the awesome lesson plans we received! My students love the detail in the lesson plans and the precise way that techniques are shown. The projects are just outstanding! The training I got during the licensing also helped me design and run a 3 day christening gown class and I am happy to say that every lady completed her gown and slip. This is truly significant as one had a christening in 6 days and one had one in 3 weeks! Imagine if these gowns had not been done!! Each gown was more gorgeous than the next and a true heirloom for their families! And, the tips you gave us on personalizing the slips were appreciated by everyone! I hope you always continue these licensing programs. In addition to the techniques, tips and lesson plans, I truly value the friendships made there…and of course the continued support from you and your staff!
MARTHA’S BREAKFAST RECIPE – FOR 20 YEARS
I make these muffins about twice a week and have for the last 28 years. It was about this time that Joe and I read a book about the possibility of oat bran lowering cholesterol and we decided to make these muffins to have for breakfast every day. We eat them hot on the day I cook them and split them into three pieces and toast them with spray butter on the other days. They keep in a zip lock bag in the refrigerator for several days. We top with sugar free jelly (or sugar free syrup) and eat fat free cottage cheese with them. Joe says he prefers sugar free syrup so he can pretend that they are pancakes.
MARTHA’S OAT BRAN MUFFINS
· 1 box oat bran hot cereal (QUAKER-OAT BRAN HOT CEREAL-16 oz.)
· 1/2 cup egg whites or egg beaters
· 1 cup skim milk
· 1 tablespoon baking powder
· 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
· 1 cup Splenda (more or less than a cup is good)
· 1/2 cup chopped pecans
· 1 package frozen blueberries (12 oz. size)
Mix all ingredients well in the mixer except for pecans and blueberries. Add pecans and blueberries and mix just a few turns of the mixer. This mixture will be clumpy, very thick and not look very nice. Spray a muffin pan with Pam for baking. Just spoon into muffin pans. Makes 12 muffins. Bake about 18-22 minutes at 350 degrees. Maybe a little longer. We keep the left overs in a zip lock bag in the refrigerator and each morning split one into three slices and toast in the oven. Hint: If you split a muffin into three slices when toasting you think you have more!