Sunday, January 30, 2011

How are other designers using Soft and Stable?

Margaret Travis of Eazy Peazy Quilts writes:

Thanks for introducing me to this wonderful, wonderful product. Makes me want to re-write all the patterns ditching the batting and fusible interfacings!

I've had a great reception introducing Soft and Stable™ to area shops here in Orlando.

I did bring out a pattern using options for Soft and Stable™ and the Double Diamond Ruler in cosmetic bags. Thank you for being open to me promoting your product with my pattern.

It's cool for me to watch the shop owner's faces as they feel the product inside the accessory bags. It's an ah-ha moment. . . and most carry your patterns. They know there are lots of choices for their customers once they buy.

Margaret's new pattern is called Eeny, Meny, Miny & Moe Accessory Bags. She says: These are accessory bags like you’ve never seen before. Use Soft and Stable™ interfacing and the Double Diamond Ruler™ for a great finished look. Four sizes for everything from the Nook or the Kindle to cosmetics, sewing tools or even golf balls and tees. A wonderful gift item.

Photography by Holly Robson, Southern Angel Photography

Thanks, Margaret, for sharing news of your new patterns and uses for Soft and Stable™!


P. S. You can read a great interview with Margaret by Susan Brubaker Knapp here:

Soft and Stable gives bags shape without weight

Connie Gunderson makes high quality bags and purses for sale at art shows and other venues.

Connie writes: "I have made a couple of bags with the Soft and Stable and I am so impressed with the body it gives to the bag's shape without adding a lot of weight. For those of us that make handbags, one of the greatest challenges is finding something to fortify the bag's shape and I think your product is definitely a fabulous step in the right direction. Thank you."

By creating all her own patterns, Connie assures that her creations are unique and part of a limited edition. Most of the handbags are constructed from upholstery type fabric which makes them light weight, durable and attractive to the eye. Color, texture, size and shape all play an important role in the designing of handbags. The inside of each bag is meticulously finished and is supplied with pockets, zipper, key fob and more to make the bag as user friendly as possible.

Let me know how you are using Soft and Stable in your projects, too!


Lazy Girls Designs

One of my favorite designers is Joan Hawley, of Lazy Girls Designs and I love reading her blogs. She has such a terrific sense of humor. I especially like her tag line, "Talk Lazy to me." Too clever.

So, I was thrilled to catch up with Joan at Fall Market in Houston and to show her my new product, Soft and Stable™.

I was even more thrilled when Joan blogged about our encounter on her blog.

Here's what she wrote:
New purse product

I had a few minutes to catch-up with Annie Unrein of By Annie, and she shared her very exciting and brand-spankin’ new ‘Soft & Stable’ bag support with me. Alright Annie – this is going to be an instant hit with our bag-lovin’ crafters. Annie has developed Soft & Stable to use instead of batting in our bag projects. It’s a sew-in product, rather than a fusible like I’ve been using in my bag construction lately. But, it will be easy enough to use in my bag designs, too.

Thanks, Joan, for your kind words! I look forward to seeing how you use Soft and Stable™ in your upcoming designs.

Happy stitching!


An innovative use for Soft and Stable

I love hearing how customers are using Soft and Stable™ in projects from purses and bags to home dec items. Susan Berbec recently shared two great ideas.

Susan writes, "We don't use our fireplaces anymore. Because of our statewide pollution, one can only burn on "burn days". There aren't many of those. However, the heat from the furnace likes to go up the chimney even when you close the flu or block the chimney with styrofoam."

Here's a picture of Susan's living room fireplace covered with one layer of Soft and Stable. Susan used 3M Command Brand Picture Hanging Strips to put it in place.

Here's the family room fireplace with the fireplace quilt in place. It looks great, Susan!

Susan also used Soft and Stable to make a great Halloween costume for her niece.

Susan says, "Here is my 6 feet tall niece dressed as a tube of lipstick and her boyfriend dressed as a mirror. I provided the wood fabric for the wood frame. I did the whole lipstick costume using Soft and Stable."