Love To Sew Expo Vancouver

Carley Struve, SewGood, New Westminster, BC 
Carly specializes in teaching sewing to the absolute beginner from kids and teens to adults.  She opened her studio in 2008 and since then has taught over 600 students how to sew.  Her students are local but she has had them from as far away as Nunavut, New York and the UK.  Her multi level program approach focuses on garment construction and proper techniques to build a strong foundation of sewing skills.  She has collaborated with a local Vancouver pattern designer to help create a pattern she uses that is easy to sew and easy to understand.  If you want to learn to sew or get back into it Carley has the experience to guide you along.

Liz Thompson, Janome Canada, Vancouver, BC

Liz comes to us with 25 years experience in the sewing industry and a wealth of knowledge. She is passionate about all forms of sewing, especially quilting and garment sewing. Her biggest challenge is finding enough time to complete the projects she has in her head and the ones in her UFO stash. Liz is the Janome and Elna Educator for Western Canada and has traveled extensively teaching across North America and in Japan. She shared her passion for the sewing industry this spring as conference coordinator for Quilt Canada, by producing the largest Quilt Show ever in Canada. Liz loves to share her knowledge,expertise and sewing machine information online blogging for "Janomelife" and in the classroom.  

Sewing Quilting Knitting Needlework

Kathy Ruddy,, Mukilteo, WA
Kathy is an international sewing celebrity, educator, pattern designer, Serger and fitting expert. Active in the sewing industry since 1962, she is the star of 10 serger and sewing videos and author of 12 Serger and sewing booklets. Her new enhanced printable books on CD are called Three ways to Learn. You can look at pictures of her projects from start to finish, read the words and listen to Kathy impart her experience as she develops her projects. Her specialty is to show how to sew and serge fast and easy without sacrificing quality, fit or fashion details. Her fresh, fun classes are brimming with surprises and ideas.

Lorna ShapiroQuilter's Dream Fabrics, Vancouver, BC
Lorna spent her 50 year career primarily using her "left brain" analytical functions.  With  retirement the "right brain" and creativity kicked in.  Quilting has become her consuming passion from the creative process starting with design and fabric selection, right through to the final hand-finishing of the bindings.  It's not surprising this inspired her to start a business selling a fine selection of Asian, Batik and Silk fabrics. Lorna has shown quilts at Quilt Canada and is known for her quilt design classes and amazing original talent. She is a member of the Fraser Valley Quilt Guild, the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild and she writes a wonderful blog accessible from her web site.

Cindy Rowell, Wonderfil Specialty Threads, Abbotsford, BC 
Cindy has taught a variety of classes for over 30 years combining her extensive background in sewing and crafts into her presentations. She is the author of three books and was the author of the special feature in Threads magazine on embellishment.  Her unique ideas and professional teaching style have taken her throughout Canada, the USA and Europe providing inspiration for students everywhere. Cindy loves to create with fabric and considers herself a surface design enthusiast who loves to play with thread, beads and almost any other embellishment. Her motto is “If it is not embellished, it is not finished!” Cindy shares her creative ideas, exciting new techniques as well as practical and time saving  tips.

Linda Lee, The Sewing Workshop, Topeka, KS 
Linda is the owner of The Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection, a group of patterns for distinctive garments using innovative sewing techniques. Linda writes for Threads, Sew News and Stitch magazines. She travels the country teaching fine sewing techniques and the art of combining beautiful fabrics and distinctive design in garment and home decorating creations. She has written fourteen books relating to garment sewing and interiors. Sew Sensational Pillows won the Independent Book Award in the Craft and Hobby Category and Sew Easy won Honorable mention by the Independent Publisher Book Awards for Most Original Design. Linda is a seasoned teacher for Craftsy, Burdastyle,  Daily Craft TV and Craft Daily. 

Debra Justice, Labours of Love Sewing and Education, Abbotsford, BC
Debra is the owner of Labours of Love Sewing and Education, an internationally known key note speaker, sewing celebrity, author, freelance writer for Sew News Magazine and a Schmetz Needles poster girl. Debra is the star of two sewing DVD's on fine sewing, the author of three books relating to the use of sewing machine feet and needles and the creative talent behind Labours of Love's Sewing Lessons By Email. Debra's inspiring, informative, to the point seminars have made her a sought after speaker and favorite sewing expert nationwide.

Stephanie Perrins, Stitch And Bobbin, North Vancouver, BC

Stephanie owns North Vancouver’s hidden gem Stitch And Bobbin and is a former online business owner selling handmade baby quilts, blankets and buntings.  A quilt shop is her dream come true and her love of sewing and good taste is evident in every corner of her store.  Stitch And Bobbin was featured in an issue of Quilters Connection and she’s currently working on a pattern design for an upcoming book.  Stephanie teachers in her store at guilds and now the Love To Sew Expo. She supports the local Seymour Quilt Guild by providing classroom time at her store for community quilt sewing.

Luveta Nickels, The Junk Jeans People, Clark, SD 
Luveta is passionate about recycling blue jeans. She owns her own company called The Junk Jeans People and depends on family to help manage the operation. She has three books, twenty one patterns and notions like The Big-Jig to her credit. Luveta travels internationally and teaches easy, educational and fun filled classes. She has appeared many times on PBS TV Sewing With Nancy and Kaye Wood and delights in meeting new students. Luveta loves sharing easy but professional techniques.

Classes with these industry experts and our other talented teachers are included with your admission.

Pick a class in each time slot and go, no registration required.  Seating is on a first come basis.

Admittance is closed when the class begins, so don't be late.

Class Descriptions available 8 weeks before the event.

Classes with the industry experts and our other talented teachers are included with your admission.

Pick a class in each time slot and go. There is no registration required.  Seating is on a first come basis.

You can view the Class Descriptions here 8 weeks prior to an event.

Yvonne Menear, Castle's Sewing Center, Surrey, BC

Yvonne is an internationally known speaker, author and educator for guilds, embroidery groups, retreats and stores.  She is a favourite educator at the International Quilt Festival in Houston specializing in computer classes on digitizing along with basic computer skills for the home sewing industry.  She wrote the book EQ With Me, is a teacher for Craftsy and has been a freelance writer for Connections for Quilters and the Canadian Quilter’s Association Magazine.  She’s is a Member of the Langley Quilters Guild, American Quilters Society, International Quilters Association, and the American Sewing Guild.

Ursula Greiner, Fibre Expressions, Sechelt, BC    
Uschi loves wool hand embroidery and has been hand-dying her wool since 2004. She has started a movement for this beautiful wool appliqued with luscious threads and vintage style embroidery stitches.  She is a well known local expert who travels to shops in the lower mainland and on the island to inspire "Woollies Stitching Groups."  She is an invited guest at guilds where she shares her knowledge, talent and amazing trunk shows. She is an owner of Wool Penny Rugs which specializes in selling her hand dyed wool and the supplies used in this popular style of applique.

Cindy Scraba, Cindy's Threadworks, Qualicum Beach, BC
Cindy loves to talk about thread.  When designing she thinks about it in all stages from planning the construction to embellishment and ultimately it's role in creating a projects’ personality.   She is the recipient of the 2008 National Trend-Tex Challenge Award and had a quilt that was in the USA World Tour. She has had a column in The Canadian Quilter (CQA/ACC) a National publication for 6 years and is also a freelance writer for The Quilters Connection Magazine.  She’s teaches at events, workshops and guilds enthusiastically sharing her unique knowledge of threads .

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Lorraine Henry, Conselle, San Diego, CA
Lorraine is a specialist in sewing, fitting and pattern alteration for Conselle Institute of Image Management. With a degree in Clothing and Textiles she has been a university instructor. Teaching pattern alteration and fit is her favorite thing to do. She has done this at international sewing shows for many years. She is the creator of the Two Easy Measuring tape set that has been an aid for achieving good fit for fashion sewers throughout the world. With 40 years experience as a custom dressmaker/tailor/teacher, she has a wealth of knowledge to share with you about sewing and fit.

Steve Malcolm, It Takes Balls To Knit, Vancouver, BC 
Steve is a self taught knitter with 25 years experience turned designer with a collection of knitting patterns.  He's especially known for his amazing cable designs like The Barrington Braid and is knowledgeable in a wide variety of knitting facets and techniques from beginner to advanced.  His other designs include The Barrington Matrix, The Angel Braid and the Decadent Braid.  He is described by Linda Marr of Wineberry Fabrics as "One of the most talented knitters and knitting designers she's ever met.  His mantra - "Knitting the world together, one stitch at a time."

Our Sewing Stars from our 2016 event!