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I'd like you to meet my 'close, personal friend' Kenneth King.  We met in the '90s through Marcy Tilton's San Francisco fiber and fashion tours.  Kenneth was designing clothes, hats, bags, etc., and dressing the Stars, from his San Francisco studio.  A highlite of visiting his studio was trying on some of his magnificent, beaded hats; Elton John was just one of his prominent clients.

Shortly after that, through the auspices of my business, Stiches, Fiber, Fashion, Fun, Kenneth came to MN to teach and inspire sewists with his expertise.  Everyone who has ever taken his classes raves about his knowledge and ability to teach.  His irreverent sense of humor always makes it Fiber, Fashion and FUN.

Kenneth has continued to expand his class repertoire and now criss-crosses the country teaching in many Cities.  After meeting up in NYC a year ago, decided I wanted/needed to take a class with Kenneth; he has now relocated to NYC.


Kenneth King returns to MN for the first time in 20+ years.

So, I pitched the idea to Textile Center of MN and they are excited to host a three-day September 22-24, 2017, weekend with the 'King of Couture'.

Kenneth's Hands-on Classes:

• Cool Tricks Take Manhattan

• Trouser Drafting

• Friday Evening Greatest Hits Presentation

Oh, did I tell you there is a private, evening shopping excursion?  Well, there is, to Treadle Yard Goods.  Details are on the class registration site.


Textile Center offers discounted lodging at Hampton Inns and Suites, just one block away. Park your car once and walk to class.

Note: drop your sewing machine off at Textile Center before checking in.


Am so looking forward to meeting new and existing friends at Kenneth's workshop.  Register now as class size is limited.  CLICK HERE.

 See You Soon    




Need convincing to take a sewing class?  Read on...

Claire Shaeffer

Is a Hands-on Sewing Class Worth It?

Take a Sewing Class!!!

It is so much more than you ever expected.

Even Sewing Teachers take classes.  At my recent class, looked in an adjoining classroom and spied a familiar red head that turned out to be Sandra Betzina, buried in pattern puzzles and having the time of her life.  As she puts it so succinctly, "You never know enough."


Recently, The Association of Sewing and Design Professionals held their 2015 Conference, The Fine Art of Sewing and Design, in Minneapolis.  Although I'm not a professional sewist, I jumped at the chance to take a sewing class, especially as the conference was so convenient.

I've gotten out of the habit of taking classes, thinking I know everything!   8-)                   And, don't have the time!  And, it's too expensive!  And, can take an online class!  And, can follow books/DVDs.  And, and, and...

This time I had the time, an online class was not available, and I freed up the money. Funny how that can work out.

Also, a 1997 vintage Linton Tweed is desperate to become a wearable jacket on my back.

Therefore, I chose That Chanel Jacket by Claire Shaeffer, a two day, hands-on class.

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