August 2023

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our new website and its first newsletter.   Thank you for all your feedback on the site and the new brands as well as our perennial favorites.   

Now the kids are heading back to school which means more time for our passion and a head start on Christmas sewing.

Besides Spechler Vogel and Robert Kaufman favorites, we have welcomed Timeless Treasures, Hi Fashion Fabrics, Tanya Whelan Fabrics, new patterns from the brilliant designer Judith Marquis as well as silk ribbons from River Silks, and many more French and Swiss laces.  We continue to add inventory monthly so check back often.

Besides our steady customer base of heirloom sewers, we now cater to the general sewing population as well as quilters.   

In October we are starting an interview series speaking with designers we consistently rely on to give us the popular patterns we love to sew.  Our first featured designer is Judith Marquis who has been dazzling us with her spectacular patterns for more than two decades.  

A short introduction to Judith Marquis:

Judith Marquis is probably Canada’s foremost smocking and heirloom sewing instructor.  Her design work has been featured in Chatelaine, Crafts Plus, Canadian Living, SAGANews, Sew Beautiful and A Needle Pulling Thread (needlework) magazine.  She has become a fairly regular contributor to this last magazine, writing articles not only on smocking but embroidery as well.  Judith has authored two innovative books: “Interlace and Lace”, lace-shaped designs inspired by Celtic art, and “Monograms & Flowers” involving monograms worked in French Val lace and embellished with silk ribbon embroidered birth-month flowers.

As a Ryerson University Fashion grad, she has worked in many facets of the fashion industry.  She designed for the Grace L. Knott company from 1991 - 2006, adding new smocking patterns to the company’s line and updating many of the original patterns.  In 1998 she began her own line of patterns, Amberlane Amberpetites, which now includes patterns for adults, children, and dolls. While most of her patterns are for smocked garments, in most cases they also lend themselves to heirloom sewing or just regular sewing.

Over the years, Judith has delighted students at Bernina University, Elna Retreats, Husqvarna’s ‘Canada Sews’, The Pfaff Academy, the Canadian Home Sewing Association, and the CreativFestival in Canada.  She is welcomed at sewing stores in Canada and at American Sewing Guilds throughout the U.S.  Judith has been a SAGA (Smocking Arts Guild of America) member since 1984 and is one of their approved instructors.

Smocking is her passion. Colour, good design and accuracy are the focus of her work.

Happy Sewing,

The Emma Robb Company


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