3 Cool New Things!

Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers! And Happy New Year!

Lots to share with you!  3 cool new things are in the works:

  • I get my new Bernina 750 Quilter’s Edition very, very soon!  This is my new sweet machine for being a Bernina Ambassador.
  • I will be teaching locally at Bernina World of Sewing in Raleigh again (Oak Park Shopping Center, 6013 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27612
    (919) 782-2945) .  First for Bernina Club this Thurs, at 7 pm., Fri. at 10 am. and Sat. at 10 am.  Yikes, that’s tomorrow- better get my samples and hand out done.  No need to own a Bernina to join in the fun.  Then later on in March, Art Quilting 101.  Call the store to register.
  • Quilting Arts TV has the new 1500 Series available for download-  YES this is the one I am in (squee!!) Click HERE to get yours.
Susan and I on set
Susan and I on set


And now on to this week’s topic:  Superior Threads Glitter thread.  Anyone who knows me, knows I’ve been using Superior Threads for years.  Why, you ask?  Because, they are top quality, and they really do a great job of educating their users.  They have gobs of information on everything related to needles, threads, tensions, bobbins, etc.  Anything you want to know, they have a post or video about it.  Simply go to their website, and look around, Superiorthreads.com.

So way back in 2004, I was working on my Universe Series, and I needed to quilt in some serious bling.  Metallic threads weren’t cutting it.  I started looking and found another type, which shall remain nameless.  Thread breakage, hair pulling, and many bad words occurred.  I must have been at a quilt show and happened on some Glitter thread at one of their booths.  The sales person told me to use a certain needle (Topstitch 90/14), and to lower my top tension to nearly zero, and use a thread holder (like ya do for cones of thread).  All of this to reduce dragging and pulling on the thread.

Superior Threads thread holder


Well I went home, and tried it out and wonder of wonders- no breakage , no hair pulling, no bad words.  Since then, I have bought Glitter in  many colors and used it many times with great results.  It’s especially great for imitating lights reflecting on water, or shining stars. I encourage you to try it next time you need some serious bling.

What follows is a little slide show of different ways I have used Glitter:

Energy #2


Class sample
Class sample
Under the Waves
Under the Waves
Blooming dahlia detail
Blooming dahlia detail
Celestial Celebration

Sorry this one is so tiny, I don’t have any larger ones of this one.

Stay tuned for more cool things happening in the New Year. Enough for now, and let me know if you have tried Glitter, or want to!

As always, a big thanks for reading!


Master Art Quilters Guild 

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The Private Coaching Program for art quilters who are serious about their art making (see below).  But also, I’m adding the Master Art Quilters Guild, the new group coaching program, for those of you who like to work with others.  This Fall’s group is now closed, but for more info, just click HERE for .  Next one will probably start with the New Year.

That’s it from me, hope you have a wonderful, creative week!



I want you to make the most amazing, original art quilts that you can.  That is why I am now accepting private students who are serious about their creative expression in the world of art quilting.  Take advantage of my 15+ years as a textile artist, and speed up your learning curve. To work with me privately, please set up your initial, no obligation,  free Get Creative Call here: Schedule Appointment You can find out more by clicking on the Testimonials and Private Coaching tabs to the right in the sidebar or at the menu at the top.

Did You Know? That I am on Pinterest?  Did you know that there are many amazing art quilts and traditional quilts being pinned every day, just waiting for you to look at? Never before has so much inspiration been in one place.  It’s like having an art museum in your hands.  If you haven’t checked it out, there are many, many types of things being pinned. It’s super easy to get started.  You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.  Once you are on that page, you can click on the Get Started Button to make your own page on Pinterest.  Then start pinning!  I can spend a lot of time on Pinterest, because it’s all visual.  And I have a feeling, you will too!

CUSTOM COMMISSIONS And don’t forget, I make custom commissions too! Read what my client Glenda had to say about her custom commission experience: “Normally, I would be anxious about commissioning someone to do a work of art such as this. However, I felt a connection to you when Leigh showed me your work. It resonated with me and when I met you, you seemed almost a personification of your work. I immediately felt comfortable with you and knew that what you would create would be stunning. And it is!”

About Roxane Roxane-Web-Images-007 Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat. She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world. Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com. If you and a small group of folks want a more private instruction experience, call me. We can work out a studio workshop in my studio. Just drop me an email: roxane@roxanelessa.com Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)


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4 thoughts on “3 Cool New Things!

  1. Congratulations on it all-you are going to be busy!! Love that Glitter thread too-you’ve used it beautifully.

  2. Wonderful information on Superior threads. I have not used Glitter before but will certainly give it a try after reading your newsletter. Thank You, Carol

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