Arts Night Out in May was a night of "firsts": first working sewing machines at Ode, first rainbow in the window...and the Valley's official first look at Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut's creatively instructional DIY book, Improv Sewing. Nicole and Debra encouraged us to take what we know about sewing and "break the rules" (didn't take much to convince us) and throw pattern and caution to the wind. The result: a table of tapestries adorned with beautifully abstract squiggles and circles and expressive shapes. It's a lesson kid and adult alike can learn: sometimes our mistakes can be our greatest creations. Want to learn how-to? Visit Nicole and Debra's Improv diary.