Monday, January 11, 2016

Learning and Creating

We have some great ideas in the works - if you've been thinking about improving your skills or learning some new tricks to keep the creativity flowing, you'll want to consider some of these offerings:  

English Paper Piecing 101 with Jane Buys

Friday, January 15th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Cost: $25.00 
Learn paper piecing techniques with this introductory class!
This introduction to English paper piecing techniques will review a variety of methods and products that can be used to create all kinds of hand pieced projects (tote bags, wall-hangings, quilts, etc.).  Will review fabric considerations (such as value and fussy cutting motifs), various methods of basting papers as well as finishing techniques and ideas for a variety of projects.  

You'll have a chance to try these methods and sample a variety of product options - plus get some construction tips from an expert!  We'll provide 1 inch hexagons to get you started  OR if you have a particular project or paper piecing shape that you want to work with, please bring it and you can get some personalized instruction too.

Sunday Stitch with Suz Litzsinger

Spend a couple of hours to learn a new technique and expand your sewing skills. Suz will share ideas and tips for how to include some extra fun in your creations! Beginning in February and continuing until the end of the year, each month will have a different focus.  These will often fall on the last Sunday of the month, but will vary on occasion.  Let us know if you want a complete list of topics and dates and we'll provide the details.

Each class will be from noon until 2 pm, with an optional third hour from 2 pm to 3 pm. The class time will include a demonstration and sharing of ideas along with an opportunity for some hands-on practice. Supplemental kits may be available, depending on the topic, and some classes will require a sewing machine.

Join the fun, come for one or make it a monthly routine!

Cost: $25.00 per session OR
$20 per session for 3 or more sessions

Here's a look at the first three sessions :

February 28th- Huck Toweling
Create a tea towel with Swedish Weaving.

March 20th- Prairie Points and Scallops
Learn more about these techniques; easy methods and examples of how to use them (like on the top edge of the Gypsy Bag shown above!).

April 24th- Beading Basics
Discussion of beads, threads, and needles. Hands-on practice of simple beading stitches.

Modern Mini Foundation Paper Piecing Class with Leslie Hnosko

Lombard Street
Lantern Lane
Churndash Court

Have you wanted to refine your skills at paper foundation piecing or is this technique on your list of goals?  We're offering three different sessions, each focusing on one of the foundation paper-pieced mini quilts shown above featuring patterns by Sassafras Lane. Build your skills while working toward finishing one of these beautiful quilts. The patterns and foundation papers for the featured mini quilt are included in the class fee.  These are set up to progress in level of difficulty and also provide some chance to work on color and value placement depending on your fabric choices.  A great opportunity to play with color combinations and create a special work of art.  

Classes are offered on the 2nd Friday or the 3rd Saturday of the month, March through May. Sign up for one, or sign up for all three for a discounted price! 
Cost: $35 per session, or $90 for all three

Session 1- Lombard Street 
Friday, March 11th         10 am-2 pm
Saturday, March 19th     1 pm-5pm

Session 2- Lantern Lane 
Friday, April 8th              10 am-2 pm
Saturday, April 16th        1 pm-5 pm

Session 3- Churndash Court 
Friday, May 13th              10 am-2 pm
Saturday, May 21st           1 pm-5 pm

And if you are ready for some fast fun projects these shoe bags are a great gift for anyone who travels, or totes shoes to the gym or office - we added some fancy ribbon to a couple of our versions to make them extra special.  Fabric choices are endless!  

Shoe Bag
Free Tutorial at Betz White
And this embroidered linen ribbon is perfect for a sachet - a great option for your favorite valentines or a treat for yourself!  We have alot of great ribbon choices to embellish projects and create something unique.  
Lavender Sachets

Happy Stitching!

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