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.
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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or give me a call at 804.313.9717
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.Here, 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. 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. You can see we have plenty of room for 5-6 students and everyone is fast at work. Here are the 4 pieces of this skirt once they have been cut out. They are awaiting the transfer of pattern markings. This student is transferring the dart lines to the wrong side of the fabric, so she can use them to sew the darts. The darts drawnand 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. 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. Here is a close-up of her marking for cutting away the excess fabric.This 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! Here you can see one of the students admiring the wonderful job she did on her zipper. And the great fun of zipping and unzipping the zipper once you’ve installed it successfully. It’s such a triumphant feeling.After 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.
We live in and are rennovating an old farmhouse. In that process, we are trying to increase it’s energy efficiency. As a part of that effort, we are adding doors to the kitchen, living room and hallways that would otherwise be open. It doesn’t make sense to me to put up so many wooden doors in room we just want to “not heat”, rather than rooms that need privacy. So, I have begun making a set of 3 “soft doors”. They are quilt panels just larger than the door that are on hinged quilt racks so they can be swing open and closed.
This is the view of the soft door from my kitchen, but when it swings open, it hangs over a bare section of wall across the hall from the front door. So it becomes a piece of functional art, viewable to all guests who come to the front door.
This project turned out to be better than I thought. My husband will extend the rack, as it is about 3.5″ too short and I’ll have to install a sleeve at the bottom of the door to insert a weighted rod, as the room has such a positive airflow that it billows out even though it has batting and is quilted!
This panel represents my first efforts at crazy quilting. I enjoyed crazy quilting and will do more of it once my studio is more functional. Until then, I’m too messy with crazy quilting to keep the work out so I can work on it continuously.
Though I did the piecing, designing and sewing of the quilt, It was hand-quilted by a friend, here in WV.
This year, I’m only offering the Summer Sewing Camp for Kids at the Short Pump Location. If you want a kids summer sewing camp and these dates don’t work for you, you can put together a group of 4 -6 kids and have it at your home or church on dates that suit you. Just get in touch and we’ll see what we can work out.
Here are the dates for 2015:
June 22-26 from 1 pm -4 pm
July 27-31 1-4 pm
August 17-21 1-4 pm
Kids can be beginners, semi-sewists, or intermediates to join this class. Cost is $250 for the week-long camp. In addition to the class registration fee, each student will spend about $50/week and so should have a Hobby Lobby gift card to purchase whatever needs arise.
In the past, I could upload a registration form on this blog, but wordpress seems to have changed that, so I’ll have to look see if I am still able to do that. Otherwise, email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you a registration form.
Registration ends when the class fills, or on the 20th of the month proceeding the start of camp. June camp registration closes on May 20, July camp registration closes 6/20 and August camp registration closes on 7/20 (unless the camp fills prior to those dates).