|Nancy Cornwell is the author of several books on Polarfleece and was the speaker for the Albuquerque ASG's fall seminar. The timing was very fortunate, as the weather has finally started to turn!
Nancy began the day with "Meat and Potatoes," concerning the practical basics of sewing with polarfleece--how to test for quality in the store, sewing techniques for sergers and conventional machines, inserting zippers, making buttonholes, trims, and edge finishes. Also easy "Cheater Techniques", that give the look of more complex methods but are a lot easier to do (i.e., Lycra binding).
The second part of the program was the "Gourmet" side, emphasizing embellishment ideas like sculpturing, pintucking, polar ribbing, embroidery on fleece, trapunto, and faux chenille. Lots of easy gift ideas too.
The seminar included a trunk show with garments, accessories, pillows, and throws. As a special feature, our local Hancock's store also came to the seminar to sell Nancy's books, notions to use with polarfleece, and lots of fleece. Nancy works for David textiles, which is a large fleece manufacturer whose line is carried by Hancock's.
In the past, Nancy and her husband owned a Stretch and Sew store, so a lot of her tips could be applied to general sewing or sewing with knits, as well. She has a very upbeat manner and her emphasis was on having fun with this fabric. I had a great time and picked up a lot of good information, as well as a book and 3 pieces of fleece!