Jeanies Mask cropped


A few months ago, I had the pleasure of working with Ryan and Diane from Ryan’s Sewing and Vacuum Center. Ryan’s is a sponsor of the Rusty Barn Quilt, Craft, and Sewing Festival held at the fairgrounds in Albuquerque, NM.

Ryan and Diane were kind enough to let me demonstrate The Thread Director and our newest product the NeedleMinder in their booth. When demonstrating The Thread Director, you need to pick the perfect project, too many color changes or too few stitches make the project tedious and draws focus away from the customers. So, I chose the New Venetian Mask Collection from Anita Goodesign, which fit the bill perfectly. The mask pictured above was done with one color of Floriani metallic thread, two layers of Floriani Wet-n-Gone Stabilizer, a Schmetz 90/14 Top Stitch Needle, and of course The Thread Director. After completing the stitch out of the mask I handed it off to Jeannine D. Cde. Baca, who is an extremely talented fiber artist. She completed this beautiful mask that you see above.

If you are ever in the Albuquerque Area, you need to visit Ryan’s Sewing and Vacuum Center. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and the wide selection of great batiks makes this a store that should not be missed. Ryan’s is also opening a second location in Santa Fe. Stop by and introduce yourself to the manager Katy. For more information on Ryan’s Sewing and Vacuum Center go to: