It was a wonderful time of stitching with sewing sisters for a great cause. A big thank you to Barbara O'Brien (finestitchery.com) who provided lace for the gowns. Kathy Dykstra lead the workshop and guided members through the steps of attaching lace to the sleeves as well as providing instructions on how to shape lace and pinstitch. Though nobody got to that stage of the process, many were ready to practice the technique and try it out at home.
Everyone had such a great time that nobody even had a thought to take pictures. Ack! Maybe next time!
A big thank you to all of those that continue to learn new techniques and work on these sweet gowns. We are seeing the results of all the learning and sewing/smocking efforts as several gowns were turned in at the workshop.
Sharon turned in 3 gowns.
Notice the pintucks on the hem of this gown - success from our recent pintuck workshop!
Chris turned in this sweet gown.
Sandra made another of her gowns with the embroidered sleeves.
Kathy brought along her example of the gown with lace sleeves and lace shaping as well.
Many families will be blessed by these gowns. Thank you to our giving members!!!
The next workshop is scheduled for May 16th and will be led by Barbara O'Brien from 9am-12pm, to learn the ‘Magic Madeira Hem’ technique using wash-away thread. This hem technique is really very simple and easy and gives absolutely stunning results! We’re going to make a simple tea towel so everyone can have a hands-on learning experience in a short amount of time. Please email Barbara to make your reservation at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some examples of towels that Barbara has made:
Once you learn to do the Madeira Hem on a towel you’ll easily be able to apply the technique to the bottom of a little girl’s dress, a WeeCare gown, your own fancy linens or anything else you can imagine. Here's an example of the technique on a gown that Kathy made:
Barbara will have a supply of colorful cotton towels which cost $1 each, they come in a selection of bright colors – yellow, pink, orange, blue, green or white. OR you are welcome to bring your own cotton (NO terry) towel(s). When you sign up for the workshop. Barbara will need to know if and what color towels you’d like. You’ll also bring a quilting weight cotton fabric of your choice to use for the hem or you can choose one of mine. After you sign up you’ll be emailed a supply list – which is very minimal.
Barbara will have YLI Wash-Away thread for everybody to use the day of the workshop but if you’d like your own spool you can order it from Farmhouse Fabrics http://webstore.quiltropolis.net/stores_app/Show_Big_Cart.asp?Shopper_id=719842095147198&Store_id=198&page_id=15
Come on and join us Saturday May 16, 9am-12pm and learn a fun new sewing technique!