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Classes are busy, life is too :)

June 19, 2013

With the first week of the youth class, “Kids can Sew” approaching, I’m very busy. People are still calling and emailing requesting info on registration. It’s wonderful and as it’s late for most people to get payment to me, those willing to pay by paypal, may register until Friday evening at 5 pm. After that time, registration is closed for the class beginning Monday. For the 2nd and third session, registration will close 2 weeks prior to the first day of class. What does that mean for you? Register now, for whatever class you daugher/son will be taking.

In addition, all four classes nights at the Hobby Lobby stores have students in them. There are 3 beginners classes and 1 intermediate class. I am trying to put together an intermediate class for Sept. It will probably begin very late in the month. I’m sorry, but we take our annual vacation in Sept and that throws off the class schedule. Here’s what’s going on in the classes.

DSC_0004 DSC_0006 These first pictures are of students in a beginner’s class working on darts. As you can see, I teach the traditional method of tying off darts. DSC_0007 DSC_0109 In another class, you can see that in addition to teaching traditional techniques for sewing, I also teach students to trace their patterns. We don’t always need to trace, but if we want to keep our patterns available for peoples of various sizes, it’s a good idea. DSC_0110 DSC_0111Here are some of the pattern layouts and a student appropriately tracing her pattern. Look, no pins. You’re right, we are using temporary spray adhesive and it eliminates pinning the pattern to the fabric when tracing/cutting out your pattern.  DSC_0113 DSC_0115 DSC_0116 And, of course, from the tracing and cutting out, we go on to sewing our garment together. Monday night, we installed zippers. Tonight, is actually a first night of class at the Chesterfield Hobby Lobby, so we will be looking at patterns, body measurements and how to choose your pattern size, fabric and materials for the sewing studio. We will also cover how to wind a bobbin, and to thread your machine. By the time students leave tonight, they will be sewing straight lines, or know what to practice at home this week, to become better at it. DSC_0117Each student in class, should complete a pencil skirt, including fitting it to herself, or his model.

The next session of beginner’s sewing begins on 7/8 at Short Pump, though that class was full, there was a cancellation, and has one opening. The Thursday evening beginner’s class at Short Pump will begin on 7/18 and there are definitely openings in that class. The 3rd session at the Chesterfield Hobby Lobby has openings also. Hope you will join us.DSC_0012DSC_0052 DSC_0053 DSC_0054 DSC_0056

On a personal note. In my home, I’m working on some new, lined curtains. I’ll try to post pictures as they develop. They are my own design and represent an evolution of ideas. Watch for them in the coming weeks

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