Columbus, here I come!

For those of you in Ohio, I’ll be making a visit to Sew To Speak in Columbus on August 28 and 29 (SOON!) as part of my continuing Fabric Shop World Tour. Okay, I’m kidding about the world tour (a little), but I LOVE to visit fabric shops around the country, and Sew to Speak will be my next stop!



They have a great selection of fabrics, and of course I’m super excited to see my friend April again, as well as meet up with other friends. I’ll be teaching a Washi Dress Techniques Workshop on Thursday morning as well as presenting a fun Washi trunk show on Wednesday night.


If you live in or near Columbus, please stop by and say hello!! Here’s the info (from the Sew To Speak blog):

Sewing Garments with MADE BY RAE!!

Wednesday Aug. 28, 6 – 9PM

Come and meet Rae Hoekstra: designer, pattern maker, world famous sewing blogger, and all around lovely lady. Rae will begin the evening with a meet and greet, followed by a presentation and Washi Dress trunk show. Rae will walk you through how she conceives and alters a basic pattern to make many different variations using her many samples of the popular Washi Dress as illustration. She’ll also share some of the things she’s learned along the way about choosing fabrics, taking measurements, and using patterns (both printed and digital PDFs). You’ll be inspired to sew up a closet full of handmade clothing of your own!

Washi with Rae

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Rae’s Washi Dress Techniques Workshop

Thursday, Aug 29, 9AM – Noon.

This workshop is designed to offer time to work on the Washi Dress with Rae’s assistance. Rae will also cover many of the sewing techniques needed to complete the Washi Dress. Possible topics are: sewing a smooth dart, shirring with elastic thread, adding facings, seam and armhole finishing, and hemming. These techniques are commonly used in many other women’s (and even children’s) clothing patterns as well! Please note that due to time limitations, we will not be able to sew an entire dress from start to finish; however, Rae will be available to assist you and answer questions specific to your dress.

Workshop space is limited so call or come in to sign up. (click here for the shop website; the phone number is on the right side of the page)

In addition to this, Rae has offered some time on Wednesday for those of you who would like a private fitting. Call us at the shop to find out more and to schedule appointments.

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Hope you can come!

6 thoughts on “Columbus, here I come!

  1. Enjoy! I discovered this beautiful store while on a road trip to Ohio in May, and absolutely loved it. The class sounds smashing! Can’t wait to see photos of it all.

  2. Yay! I hope I can make it! Just don’t mention you’re from Michigan while you’re down here. 🙂

  3. Awww. I am a born and raised Columbus girl who now lives in Texas. Sew to Speak is wonderful. Hopefully a friend or two of mine can go!

  4. Super excited… Thank you for coming to Sew to Speak in Columbus! I am signed up and looking forward to meeting you and sewing my very first Washi! Love, love your new top too… already excited to try that pattern too when it is available!

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