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In 2010, Amy published her book Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide To Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion & Fun. This book was a departure for her - it was not a sewing or craft based project book. Instead, it was built around the materials of The Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences, a school that opened in the early 1900s.


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This February marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Institute and we are celebrating all year with posts and exciting new projects. Be sure to follow Amy on Facebook and Instagram where she will be sharing pieces from her archive of Woman’s Institute materials and follow along her blog as she delves into the history of the Institute. Also, stay tuned for an exciting announcement in the next few weeks for our new projects!




As Amy says, "Vintage Notions is the union of all of the things that are important to me as an artist, entrepreneur, and homemaker. I have collected the very best vintage material from the Institute’s newsletters and married it to my own extensive collection of vintage textiles, needlework, illustrations and memorabilia."




Each chapter of Vintage Notions represents a month of the year and features seasonal recipes, crafts, decorating and beauty tips plus some of my own thoughts about the material. There are twelve easy-to-make, chic sewing projects. Each season has its own storage pocket, a clever place to stash away clippings, fabric swatches, and any little notion that inspires you in your creative pursuits. In honor of our kickoff to the Woman's Institute Centennial Celebration, we are offering one lucky winner a copy of Vintage Notions! Tell us who introduced you to sewing - was it someone in your family, or a favorite teacher?

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Michelle Ferracciolo on

I love vintage!

Dawn S on

My teacher taught me how to sew, I got really interested in it with my mum & nan, when they showed me some ‘fancy’ stitches!

DJ on

My Grandmother taught me to sew when I was little.

Linda Cartwright on

My Mother taught me how to sew.

Paula on

Love reading sewing books and looking at pictures of sewing projects from years ago to present.

karyn fellion on

I especially love crewel embroidery.

SandyO on

I do love vintage. I remember my grandmother letting me do some sewing on her treadle. My mother was the one who taught me to sew. Also did some sewing in grade school. I love to quilt especially applique and love the old quilts and all the beautiful reproduction fabrics that are available.

Marjorie Ann Hendrich on

I love all things to do with fiber arts. Excited about this opportunity to maybe win!! Thank you so much for keeping the sparkle in anything to do with needle and thread.

Teri on

Love all things vintage! Love vintage fabrics, the style the romance. Learned to sew on my grandmother’s treadle!

Karen on

I began sewing sitting on my great-grandmothers lap and she used a treadle machine.

Ginger on

My Aunt taught me to sew

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