It feels like forever since I’ve actually finished a new embroidery project. I’ve been in a total creative funk. Partially due to this year being stretched in so many other ways and partially reeling with the fact that my eyes just aren’t what they used to be.
I’ve been longing to do a series of hoops based off of the paper pieced Dresden plates idea. I spent most of the last few months stitching these circles together and finally was able to embroidery the quotes in the middle and finish them all up.
I live in Big Orange Country so I knew I needed to do at least one orange related hoop and I’ve long been wanting to do another yellow “You are my Sunshine” hoop.
In addition, I also finished up a little baby quilt for a friend’s newest little girl coming soon. My friend is from South Carolina and I stumbled upon this collection on Hawthorn Supply called “Charleston” and figured it would be a perfect fit.
I wanted colors that weren’t screaming girl, but just a simple feminine vibe. I’m sort of wishing that I would have chosen a different solid besides the white.
I pretty much followed the tutorial in School of Sewing for making the squares and I’m totally sold on this type of quilt to get rid of scraps for sure. It was super quick to piece together and I could see many more quilts happening this way. Binding a quilt has probably become my most favorite thing to do though. I could probably sit and bind quilts all day. It’s the most tension relieving thing ever.
This Saturday I am embarking on teaching my second all day School of Sewing class. The class is basically a combination of 3 classes that I’ve taught over the past few years for adults: pattern reading, get to know your sewing machine and a simple sewing 101 for adults. It’s a six hour session where we start out at the very beginning and work our way through so much information and end with making simple elastic skirts.
I combined information from the excellent book by Shea Henderson called School of Sewing and Abby Glassenberg’s also excellent Get to Know Your Sewing Machine e-book along with my own experience and some help from other blogs online and created this packet that I use for teaching my class.
One of my favorite parts of the class it talking through pattern envelopes, different types of fabrics and just general fabric vocabulary.
I created this interactive activity where each person receives a set of fabric squares and other fabrics making this a hands on activity. There’s nothing like being able to actually touch the different types of something that makes learning a little bit easier. I’ve also found that talking through the different vocabulary of fabric (grainline, selvage, bias etc) is most helpful when students can actually hold the bias and pull it etc.
Interested in working through the packet yourself or even sharing it with your own class? Here’s a schoolofsewingpacket just for you!
And because I have to say it – please don’t copy these and sell them.
It’s actually been a quiet year when it comes to sewing classes, but with all my new responsibilities this past year I’ve honestly been a bit relieved. That said, it’s been good to start teaching again.
I’ve had a couple of private lessons with some little ladies over the past few months and it’s such fun to work with them on a one to one basis rather than trying to split myself 8 ways in a group class.
The biggest perk has been being able to teach in my new space. I moved back downstairs to our basement this past fall and I’m still in the process of figuring out how to organize it and decorate my little corner.
A few weekends ago I did my first 5 hour School of Sewing intensive and it was such fun.
We worked through the basics of how our sewing machines work all the way up to making skirts in the end.
I’ve got a few Saturday Sewing classes for youth coming up this Spring; one per month from April to June.
And then I’ve got one kids sewing camp in July.
You can find all the info and registration here.