Excited to share the latest addition to my #etsy shop: Vintage buttons #black #cardedbuttons #oldbuttons #classicbuttons #metalbuttons #fiberart https://etsy.me/2wNrbWc




Shop my sale: 20% off Summer is ending….sweet sorrow at it’s passing….But the next season is upon us and what to wear for Autumn, Back to School, Back to work can be a ‘dressesed’ , Lol! With a new to you vintage pattern, on sale no less. #beautifulbyredesign #etsyfinds #etsysale #etsycoupon #shopsmall #vintagepatterns https://etsy.me/2ow1sNu

Online Classes

Hello everyone! I hope all is well with each and every one of you, I know that is asking a lot! But I am here to brighten your day!

For starters, I know many of you want to take ongoing sewing classes but find it very very hard to get away on a week to week schedule. So, to that end I am working on putting my classes on line! You can take them anywhere anytime that fits your life style/schedule or lack there of! Lol!

I am currently taking 2 online courses. The one gives me 30 different projects with

downloadable instructions and then my goal is to make tutorial videos to go with these.
These are Licensed Courses from the company, Martha Pullen University, a world class leader in the world, around the world, sewing instructor, whom has gone online herself with her team of wonderful instructors. I will be an Accredited Teacher of beginning sewing 1 and 2, with much more coming such as clothing construction, serger and heirloom.

~Martha Pullen Class Project~

The second class is with Coleen Stanley of CourseCoderscom . I will be releasing a Beta or Pilot course by June some time. Check it out if you have ever wanted to,Teach What You Know, she is great! She is a young , fresh face of a new entrepreneur and has exciting ideas and the know how and tools to help you make it happen.
So I am very interested in your feed back. All I am asking is that you send this email to a friend who would like to learn to sew, or has kids in public or home school who would like to learn these Life Skills of Sewing, cause we all wear clothes!
Gretta Hurst


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Knitting It Back Together


Knitting at the beach

free-sewing-clipart-fptfy-3While everyone one is murmuring about going to the beach in this unusually warm WINTER weather we are having, you could just do something that gives you that negative ion feeling you get at the water’s edge. For me its knitting. I am still working on the project you see pictured above. I am not a speed knitter or production seamstress. I do it for the soothing rhythm. It takes me about 20 minutes to get in rhythm, knitting that is.

For example, this past weekend, I finished a sewing challenge project and today I submitted it to be Judged at our own local fabric shop, Stitch N Time. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed creating my OWL FEATHERS Pillow with Bonnie Christines recent line of fabric. She is Maxine’s daughter. Then Maxine and I chatted  briefly about our family life in common and how I enjoyed her blog where she had recorded and shared some of her life events. We both were teary eyed over our memories, but also built up in our shared experience of sewing creatively. So please don’t wait for a trip to your favorite place for that feel good feeling , when it can be had right here and now!20170227_131558

So, for starters go down to the fabric store, Stitch N Time and have a look at the entry’s for this sewing challenge and vote for your favorite one and get a little inspiration to start sewing your self! Then you can check out my current class schedule and sign up and enjoy the waves too!

Yours Gretta Hurst


Patches Sewing Studio

20160404_143544Hello fellow fiber fans, sewist, seamstresses,tailors and wanna be’s! I am truly
excited today! This is the first Blog of Patches Sewing Studio. Many thanks to my web designer Liz Jones and long time family friend.My son Samuel is soooo glad to be relieved of that duty! My web site is being relaunched as well. As of now it is the same address. Patches.biz . Now with a interactive calendar with pictures….Liz is working on the pictures as we speak. Update! The pictures are working! On the class calendar, click on the class you are interested in  , then click on more details and see a sample picture of the class project. 

So, why blog when my true love is to create with fibers old and new , up cycled, recycled , re purposed , re imagined , re created , with new tools , new patterns, new skills ….well you get the idea! Because I love to share my love for all things fiber and self-made. To share the sense of accomplishment that comes with learning what used to be vital life skills.

That leads us to the next important question. Why should you read my blog? Why should you take my classes? Is sewing and creating of any  real importance to me? Sewing: It is an integral part of your life. What you have on was woven , knitted , designed,crafted by someone. In to sports? Team jerseys are monogrammed their name  and team number even their last name across the shoulders, Horses? Your horse blanket was sewn by a seamstress /sewist in a factory some where. Wedding? Who designed and created your gown, his suit? Quilt or comforter on your bed? Curtains at the window? I do believe your life is surrounded by sewing . Have you needed a seamstress lately to alter you wedding gown? Hem a pair of Jeans? Sewing is a forgotten art. It was always taught in the home in decades past as  a must know life skill! It has seen a renewed interest of late as have all Heritage art. So join in ! Don’t miss out on all the fun! I will keep you posted.