Jay’s Mystery Revealed!

by Laura on January 18, 2010

Jay & his Super Cute Class

We had a great day on Saturday during Jay McCarroll’s Mystery Bag Class! Just look at those smiling faces! Everyone was very excited to get know Jay, and hear what he had to say about color, design, and the creative process.

Jay & the Mystery Bags

Last week, Jay and I made up Top Secret Mystery Bags filled with beautiful fabrics from Spool’s stash and Jay’s Woodland Wonderland and Germania lines. The ladies opened up their bags, and got their assignment: Create a one of a kind patchwork fabric to make into a versatile tote bag.

Liz Loves the Rotary Cutter

We set up design walls for each student to arrange their fabric pallets. Jay did demonstrations on using fusible web for applique, and rotary cutting fabric quickly and efficiently. Liz loved it ( as you can see above!) and says it will totally change her sewing process!

Creative Ladies!

With Jay’s help, the students got to work collaging and stitching their fabrics. They worked hard and created gorgeous patchwork tapestries! Great job, ladies!

Jay, Rachael & Rachael's Tote

By the end of class, everyone was well on their way to finishing their unique totes. Here’s Rachael posing with Jay and her new bag. So cute!

After class, Jay gave each student a gift bag with adorable items from his web store. Pictures were taken and autographs signed. Jay told me he loved meeting this group of talented women, and is looking forward to teaching more classes at Spool – so stay tuned for upcoming dates!

Thanks to everyone who came, and thanks to Jay for making it so much fun!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Courtney January 18, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Laura, Jay, Olga, and other Mystery Bag ladies–

Thanks so much for a truly wonderful afternoon! We loved it so much!



Eve January 18, 2010 at 8:05 pm

sigh. I sure wish I lived in Philly. One day, I will visit and take lots of classes!

Kristen January 19, 2010 at 11:54 am

I live right next door to Loop and Spool and was hoping to see a glimpse of Jay but sadly I missed it. wish I was more of a sewer or knitter and I’d be at the stores all the time. Some of the best window displays in the whole city!

Laura January 20, 2010 at 10:10 am

Thanks, Kristen! You’re sweet! We have knitting & sewing classes running all the time, so when you’re ready, maybe we’ll see you for a class!

Laura January 20, 2010 at 10:11 am

Thank you for coming, Courtney- all the way from Boston! It was great to meet you and hopefully we’ll see you soon!

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