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Newsletter fall 2018


It's been a great Summer (and it's not over yet!)......BUT it is time to think sewing again!

Here's what Happening in the Macphee Workshop World.....


We have been having super fun with jean jackets...make them short or long....make them with sweater sleeves..... make them with no sleeves... make them with a hood........make them from used Jeans,Ties, favorite fabric scraps and voila...a WINNER!! All you need is JEAN JACKET #295 (click to order) maybe a sweater and a little imagination!


Yes that’s a dyed doily on the back in the second picture!  In the next 3 pictures you will see that I bought two pairs of each kind of capris (they were on sale) and cut one set up to create the matching jacket!  I took the sleeves out of a sweater to create the sleeves and got a bonus sleeveless top!

Another of my Favorite Patterns this season is the AWESOME CREATIVE PATTERN #30 (click to order). My sewing buddy Doreen and I have just gone nuts with this one! We cut the one piece body from our favorite Kasha fabric (click to order) which is the flannel backed satin. With the flannel side up, we covered it with bits and pieces of fabric.....stitched it in place and then proceeded to finish the jacket with sweater sleeves etc.etc. No two are ever the same and they just keep getting better and better. They are contagious!!

Here’s some pictures:


STAY TUNED for more pictures and kits in the next newsletter!!

Here's What it looks like before the jacket's really a QUILTING PROJECT!!


The ANNUAL SEWING AND CRAFTING ALIVE show will be held in Edmonton (actually Millenium place in Sherwood Park) on SEPT. 7 & 8 which is just over 3 weeks away! We will also be at the Calgary sewing show SEPT 21 & 22 (Spruce Meadows) - two weeks later!

We will be there with all our goodies...Lots of NEW GARMENTS......NEW FABRICS...... NEW PATTERNS...... and loads of NEW IDEAS!!!! I will be doing lectures/demo’s and of course our always popular FASHION SHOW.......

It's not like you might imagine a real fashion show to be…....It's a fun filled expression of Creativity shown on real people (like real customers) wearing our garments that make them all look and feel good ....and it's not rehearsed!! Everything is made simply....even some one piece patterns that can be put together sew quickly! Everyone needs some new updates to their wardrobes....don’t miss it !!

Here's another thought…IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP MODEL…..Email me at  It’s a lot of fun!!

23rd Annual Edmonton Creativ Festival WEST…

September 7-8 Edmonton  Friday 9am – 6pm Saturday 9am – 5pm. 

Millennium Place, Sherwood Park

September 21-22 Calgary  Friday 9am – 6pm Saturday 9am – 5pm. 

Spruce Meadows

For the latest information including tickets click this link


This fall we are celebrating our 40th year in business! Time flies when you're having FUN! I'm proud to tell you that we were able to donate $1000.00 from sales of our #67 LOOKING GOOD pattern (the one I dreamed up and created while undergoing CHEMO and RADIATION) to Cancer research.. It has been a GREAT- SELLING Pattern and has been used in many classes across the continent!  I am also alive and well..... Thanks to the great care and treatment I received…..and celebrate every day as a cancer survivor!

Here's a couple of pictures of the pattern on my sewing friend Wanda and me.  I’m also wearing our #370 Salsa Skirt pattern


If you’re within WALKING/RUNNING/DRIVING/FLYING DISTANCE TO THE SEWING SHOWS …… HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!! Wear a garment made from one of our patterns to enter a special prize draw!!

Happy Sewing …… LINDA


Here's a fun project I just created using our wool scrap bags (click to order)......I love Puffins !   


Our slinky ship came in!!

We here at MacPhee WorkShop are always searching out new and unusual fabrics. Sometimes we hit the JACKPOT!

Good quality SLINKY (58-60" 147-150cm wide) has been unavailable for a few years but we recently found some great colours and they just arrived! It won't last long so order soon!

Slinky Fabrics

Here are the colours:

Our SALE PRICE, for colours only, is $15.98 which is 20% off our regular price of $19.98! Sale lasts for the next two weeks or while stocks last.

We have used slinky in sew many of our patterns:

...and many more!


  1. It breathes ! NO STATIC CLING !
  2. It travels ! NO WRINKLES !
  3. It’s SLIMMING (TAKE OFF 10lbs NOW)
  4. It smoothes out all the rolls !
  5. It’s washable + dryable
  6. It’s easy to sew - no hemming needed !
  7. Lets you lose or gain 20lbs - same outfit !
  8. Great for dancing - it really flows !
  9. We have all the easy patterns to use !

Happy Sewing!



Linda MacPhee will be showcasing all her latest garments in a FASHION SHOW LIKE NO OTHER on March 2nd at the VIEWPOINT RV & GOLF RESORT, 8700E, UNIVERSITY DRIVE IN MESA ARIZONA.
                   1:30 in the KOKOPELLI ROOM

Inspiration 2019....a fashion show and tell like no other!  Join LINDA MACPHEE, STAR OF HER OWN T.V. SHOW..."SEW MUCH FUN" who will present (with her live models) EVERYTHING from simple tunics to exquisite jackets and re-purposed unloved garments into winners. Finish your day with a "One of a Kind" experience and a lot of laughs!!

It is part of the Viewpoint annual QUILT SHOW which is from 9-4. It in itself is a fantastic event!  Hope to see you there!!  Bring your friends!!
ps. If you would like to book Linda to come to your sewing group, ASG group, Quilting group etc, send her an email to (Driving distance from Phoenix is preferable)

Adorable little gnomes



Hello again……It must be fall as everyone seems to be ordering lots of supplies so it will be another busy season!  It was great seeing so many familiar faces at both sewing shows in September.….and also seeing so so many new ones!  

Speaking of customers……

A HAPPY CUSTOMER who bought our wool scrap bag and fur scrap bag at the Calgary show and she emailed a picture of her wonderful results!!  The fur scrap bags also make great pom-poms for toques or whatever...


What a great idea and what fun for Christmas presents!


Wool scrap bag

click here to order

Fur scrap bag

Click here to order

Adorable little gnomes



ANOTHER HAPPY CUSTOMER shared her newly finished MUKLUKS with us. ….and what a fine job she did!! 


Remember we have everything  you need and  you know ….the snow will soon be coming!! They are the best boots you could wish for….it’s like walking barefoot in the snow (they are so light) but your feet are toasty warm!  Remember we have all the supplies you need plus the direction book! (click to order)

Click here to order




Speaking of keeping warm…we have just received a bunch of new melton colors.  


Melton is the firmly woven wool (that looks sort of like felt) and is great for any sort of Jacket or Coat or of course PARKA.  


The new colors are a RIch Royal Blue, a nice Heathery Mustard, An Eggplant Burgundy, A Soft Grey,and a lovely Deep Red. These are in addition to our regular colors !  


We also suggest it for the tops of mukluks, wool appliqué on garments, cushions.etc. or even my new PUFFIN PICTURE!  

Click here to see our
selection of Melton




We were fortunate enough to find a beautiful lighter weight melton in Black only that will work nicely for capes, swing coats, blazers and more.  It’s soft and drapeable(same great price) and won’t last long ….


click here to see/order it! We might not be able to find it again….



FUSIBLE KNIT INTERFACING….We sold out of it at the shows and have had to replenish our stock…..


WHY DID WE SELL OUT?  the machine EMBROIDERY people are loving it for the stability it provides at the back of their work.  It’s of course great to use every time I cut the sleeves off or create a hood from the body of a sweater I iron on a strip where I’m going to cut to prevent the cut knit edge from disintegrating!


It’s great if you are making mittens from sweaters too... to hold things stable and make them easy to assemble.  . I’ve had many calls for mitten patterns(from people using sweaters) and I always send them our mitten book(#902) which has complete full sized patterns and directions for 6 different styles. It has been a best selling pattern for years!!

Click here to order



This new jacket was made possible by the use of this interfacing!  It’s the URBAN JACKET# 55. it was inspired by the sweater I found in a thrift store. 



Keep sending your success pictures and we’ll keep sharing them.


Happy sewing till next time!  



100% WOOL - We have Duffel !!

Wool duffel is a tightly woven, heavy weight fabric with a nap on each side. It is easy to work with and very forgiving. It is extremely difficult to get hold of these days but we just got a special delivery!

For a limited time and a limited quantity, we now have off-white Duffel for $64.98 per meter.

duffle fabric 

  • 100% Wool.
  • It is 60 inches wide (150 cm) and is 36 to 37 oz per yard in weight.
  • It's extremely warm and has been used in the parka industry for many years.

Click here to order !


You won't want to miss our fun fabrics (slinky, poly print, sheers, nylons), notions (hot fix metals, crystal zippers, scissors, seam rippers and more!). We will also have our DVD's, Wools, Furs, leather and of course our patterns!

Of course you can also find our one of a kind garments available to purchase!

It's at our acreage warehouse: #7 54231 Range Road 250, Sturgeon county, (just north of Edmonton, AB).

FRI + SAT, MAY 11th + 12th. Hours: 10-4 each day.

DIRECTIONS from Edmonton 4.2 km north of the Anthony Henday On 127th st. turn right into Skyglen from St Albert take sturgeon road onto 127th st. turn left into Skyglen Call 1-888-622-7433 or 780-973-3516 for more info.

Linda's latest YouTube Video!!

Another quick and easy project that I love. THANKS FOR THE SPLENDID RESPONSE FROM OUR LAST NEWSLETTER.

Plastic bags are the plague of this planet so here's how to help!  You need one (or 2 or 3) that are SMALL enough to fit in a purse or clip to your backpack and are able to be WASHED. I first printed this pattern #880 in 1990 and now 28 years later it's still selling like crazy!

What a fine gift for Mother's day and an even greater gift for MOTHER EARTH !!  We are so convinced of it's worth that we did a FUN, INSTRUCTIONAL YOU-TUBE video to inspire and help you.  

Yes we do have KITS AVAILABLE...

The kit includes the pattern, nylon fabric and velcro …... enough to make 2 bags !   

Click here to buy a kit


Nothing spells spring in the air like BIRDS! Although it's a bit chilly in many parts for the real ones….we can make bright and colorful ones to welcome the season.  

I first made them for a CELEBRATION OF LIFE that was held outdoors. They hung happily in all the trees/fences/clothesline, and uplifted our spirits. Everyone attending got to take one home for a parting remembrance.

Sew….the kits includes the pattern, fabric, feathers, eyes, wings and topcomb. For one bird. 

All you need is a sewing machine, some stuffing and a gluegun. 

BONUS….a great  learn-to-sew project for kids wanting/learning to sew!  Anywhere they hang, indoors our out, the air currents will keep them moving so they give them life! Try them in entryways, patios, pergolas and trees... all great homes for your bird/birds.

Click here to buy a bird kit or a finished bird


I recently made shirt aprons for a friend who lost her father. It's such a great memory to create and wear some lovely aprons from his shirts. I just can't honestly think of anything better!


I'm thinking a great idea for all of us who sew is to flood the world with reusable shopping bags and free the world from plastic bags! There are over 500 BILLION plastic bags used world wide each year!, they sit in landfills for a thousand years! 

This has been my obsession for many years now - in fact I first printed my "World's Easiest Shopping Bag" pattern in 1990! (28 years ago!!) ..............