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Beckley class finished….. New beginnings

August 26, 2015

My August sewing class in Beckley has come to a close. It was a disconcerting last night of class, because there was a glitch at the store and the lights didn’t work properly in the classroom. Fortunately, we had power outlets and were able to make a success of the class. Skirts are fitted and finished. The next sewing class in Beckley will be on Mondays in October, beginning on the 5th and meeting each Monday from 6-8 pm. So, the dates are 10/5, 12,19 and 26.  The last day to register is Sept 20. If you email me, I can send you a registration form. Remember, it has to be returned to me, with payment by 9/20. The cost for the 4-week session is $150/person.

This week, my husband finished tiling my studio here, in WV. It’s been 2.5 years since I’ve had a studio to work in. I’m trying to get settled in, but it’s slow going. It will get done, but for now, I have the beginnings of a place to work and to have friends over to sew with. I’ve already scheduled a quilting playdate in the studio for Oct 14. It’s exciting.

In the process of setting up the studio, I came across lost items. Uncut quilts, un-quilted quilt tops, equipment and many sewing patterns. My goal for tomorrow is to sew something in the new studio. Let’s see if I can make that happen. There is still one of my sewing tables that needs to be moved over tomorrow, but John and I are committed to getting it over there. Here are some pics of the quilt tops, and the “as yet” still cluttered studio. DSC_0016 DSC_0017 DSC_0019 DSC_0021

Beginners sewing class, Beckley, WV

July 9, 2015

i have a beginners class in August. You don’t need to know the first thing about sewing when you sign up. The class is designed to teach you how to use the sewing machine and commercial patterns. The class project is a skirt, but even my male students do this as a first project because of the many lessons associated with it. You will be taught to wind a bobbin, thread a machine, sew a straight line, layout your Fabric and pattern, transfer markings, sew darts, baste, install a zipper, use fusible interfacing and more. Students who have their own machines should bring it and learn to use the machine they will be sewing on at home. Students who do not own their own machine, need to let me know, and I provide one for in-class use.

Cost: $150

Dates: 8/3,10,17 & 23

Time: 6 pm-7:55 pm

Location: Beckley, WV Hobby Lobby

Registration closes on 7/20/15. Forms and fees must be received by end of day for students to be registered in this session.

See “policies” page for make-up policy before registering.

Email me to receive a registration form

Questions? 803-313-9717  and 803-869-7920 try BOTH numbers as we are very rural and service is unpredictable.

New!!!!! Beginners sewing class now offered in Beckley, WV!

April 6, 2015

May marks a new beginning for me. On May 7, I will begin my first Beginner’s class in Beckley, WV. Up to this point, I’ve taught in VA. Now, I’m offering classes in my new home state of WV. It’s very exciting. The class offering will be a kids after-school class, and an adult evening class.  The youth class will be offered from 4-5 pm on Mondays and the adult class will be Mondays from 6-8 pm. Each class session will consist of 4 classes meetings. In May, that will be on the May 4th, 11th,18th and June 1st. It’s very interesting to start out in an entirely new place, because I don’t even know the places to advertise for this area. The wonderful employees at the Beckley Hobby Lobby seem like they are excited about this class, also. Can’t wait. DSC_0019 IMG_1091 DSC_0019 DSC_0030 DSC_0060 DSC_0032 DSC_0040 DSC_0052

Sewing class in Richmond, VA in May 2015

April 4, 2015

I do have beginner/intermediate sewing classes beginning May 7 in Richmond’s west end. We meet in the classroom at the Glen Allen Hobby Lobby from 6-8 pm. Class meets on 5/7,14,21,28 and the cost is $150 for the 4 weeks. It will be a class of continuing students from the March beginners class, and new students who will be absolute beginners. Class max is 6 students, but we are more likely to be 4 students. New students will learn to thread their machine, wind a bobbin, sew a straight line and will make a garment from a commercial sewing pattern. Lessons will include layout and cutout, marking and tracing, sewing darts, fusible interfacing and installing zippers. Time permitting, we will also learn to alter your garment for a custom fit.     Registration closes on 4/20. Contact me for a registration form.

In addition to the adult class, I have a youth after-school class from 4:30-5:30 on Thursday afternoons. We begin on 5/7 also and will meet on 5/7,14,21,28. Cost is $60 for the 4-week session. Registration closes on 4/20. Contact me for a registration form.

Either class does involve purchasing materials and supplies. For your first class session that is usually about $50. After that, it is usually about $35 or less (generally covering the cost of your pattern, interfacing, zipper, and fabric).

Join us for some sewing fun!

Private lessons available on a limited basis. Contact the instructor.

working on another quilt

April 3, 2015

a friend and I are making another quilt for a lady with cancer. keep the recipient in your prayers. she has small children, is a pastor, whose spouse cut out just before her diagnosis. i think of these quilts as blankets of love.  


2015 Summer Sewing Camps for kids in Short Pump, VA

March 30, 2015

I have the dates for the 2015 Summer Sewing Camps for kids. If have a child between 8 and 15 years old who would like to spend a week this summer learning to sew, or working on their sewing skills and techniques, this is a great opportunity.

Session 1:  June 22-26 from 1 pm -4 pm

Session 2:  July 27-31  1-4 pm

Session 3:  August 17-21    1-4 pm

The classes are only being offered at the Short Pump location this year. I teach them in the classroom at the Hobby Lobby store. Cost is $250 per student per week. In addition, each student should have a $50 gift card to pay for their materials and supplies for the class.

New students will learn basic sewing machine use: winding a bobbin, threading a machine, sewing a straight line

As well as use of a commercial sewing pattern: Layout, tracing/marking, cutting out, and assembly of a garment

Students who complete that in time will also learn to install a zipper.

Students frequently take the first class in June and then continue through the other classes, so they not only learn the basics, but use those skills to delve into their desire to create fashion garments for themselves.

Registration is open now, and will close when the class is full, or the 20th of the month prior to the camp. So, registration for the June class closes on May 20, for the July class; June 20 and for the August class; July 20.

In addition to these camps, I am able to do private bookings for groups of girls in your neighborhood, friend-group, or church. Just contact me about dates and you must be willing to provide the location. Groups can be mother/child groups, or just children (or adult groups). All must be booked in consecutive-day clusters. For instance, a Mon-Fri, or Wed-Saturday, etc.

email me for more info or give me a call at 804.313.9717

The Beginner’s Sewing class – Richmond, VA

March 29, 2015

We are having a great time in the beginner’s sewing class. The first night of class, one dear student encountered every possible problem you can encounter on a first night. My philosophy is always that you should make every possible, naturally occuring mistake in class, so you learn to correct them before you are alone at home and have no one to show you how. So, when the mistakes occurred, I used that as an opportunity to teach everyone how to overcome those errors. I think it was too much for that particular student. Phooey. I’m sorry.

The second week, a different student was in that same position. She, however considered each problem a learning opportunity and was able to overcome the embarrassment of having everyone know she had another roadblock in her progress and she learned a lot from her mistakes, as did everyone else.DSC_0015Here, one student is laying out her pattern. Using the solid black fabric is a little different than using a fabric that has an obvious inside and outside aspect of it, but this student is doing great with this.  DSC_0016 Here is an example of a student using the grain line to be sure the linear patterns on the skirt are straight on the skirt. DSC_0017 You can see we have plenty of room for 5-6 students and everyone is fast at work.DSC_0018 DSC_0019Here are the 4 pieces of this skirt once they have been cut out. They are awaiting the transfer of pattern markings. DSC_0020 This student is transferring the dart lines to the wrong side of the fabric, so she can use them to sew the darts. DSC_0021 The darts drawnDSC_0022and sewn (before pressing).

The third week of class, things started to click for everyone! This is a great group of students and I’m LOVING working with such eager minds. The students installed the zippers this week. DSC_0023 One the zipper is installed, students try on their skirts and make any necessary alterations. This student is marking the skirt for cutting, after she has taken it in. DSC_0024 Here is a close-up of her marking for cutting away the excess fabric.DSC_0025This student chose a fabric with horizontal lines. She was very careful about matching those lines up, so the skirt’s pattern continues from front back, and across the zipper properly. Well done! DSC_0026Here you can see one of the students admiring the wonderful job she did on her zipper. DSC_0027 And the great fun of zipping and unzipping the zipper once you’ve installed it successfully. It’s such a triumphant feeling.DSC_0028After trying on and if necessary, altering the skirts, the students fused the facing and interfacing and sewed the two together. We will attach those to the skirts in week 4 and hem the skirts. Everyone is on track for a successfully completed skirt.

I do hope that some of these students will continue on into the May class for more in-depth instruction. It’s such a pleasure working with them.


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