Embellished bags for needlework supplies and projects, often referred to as “sewing frivolities”, were especially popular with Victorian ladies. The flap of this exquisite white linen, rolled case features a blue ribbon bow nested above a satin stitched edge. Outlining, Richleau bars, and blue organdy inserts add a touch of color and set off the design elements on this nostalgic bow case.
In this six-hour class, students will learn how to prepare open areas, create stabilized bars, add insertion fabrics, and finish pre-cut edges using a shortened zig-zag stitch. Debbie’s simplified edge stitching technique eliminates the tedious application of a separate padding cord yet, produces a clean, stable edge without the stabilizer fuzzies often associated with machine work. Instead a series of straight stitches pad and then later outline the satin stitch work adding dimension and camouflaging any minor stitch imperfections. After completing three small notebook samples, students begin work on a modern frivolity, which holds three pairs of embroidery scissors and has a generous pocket for additional storage or is customized to accommodate jewelry. Students are encouraged to bring their embroidery scissors to class so the pocket shapes can be adapted to accommodate their personal collection.
Techniques: Australian Windowpane, simplified satin stitched edges (one and two layer), stabilized Richleau bars, edge stitching
Tea Time Cozy
(6hrs, Fine Machine Sewing, All)
Redwork is a form of outline embroidery stitched in a single color. Our nostalgic, rickrack trimmed, tea cozy cover features a perky teapot using a straight stitch worked in red pearl cotton to replicate a hand outline stitch. Embroidered accents, added by hand in matching red floss, give the entire project a hand made appearance. Students learn how to transfer a motif to fabric, stabilize the design area, and recreate the blanket stitch using Debbie’s easy one step straight stitch and the French stem by satin stitching over gimp using red DMC Broder machine thread. Quick construction and delightful results make this one project you’ll be sure to enjoy!
Techniques: Debbie’s easy one step straight stitch technique using pearl cotton as top thread, rick rack application as an in seam piping replacement, perfect linings (how to create linings & under collars that enhance)
Silk Ribbon Puffing Bonnet
(6hrs, Fine Machine Sewing, Intermediate- Advanced)
FMS basics will be reviewed but students should already have mastered the following techniques
roll and whip, joining lace to lace, entredeux to flat fabric, and entredeux to gathered lace
If you love puffing but hate pulling threads, cutting strips, raveled raw edges, bulky rolled seams, and tricky trimming... silk ribbon puffing may be the answer to your dreams! In this 6 hour class we'll discuss puffing applications and sewing techniques (traditional, supported, lace edged). Students will complete notebook samples and construct a precious Japanese lawn baby bonnet embellished with silk ribbon puffing, lace and entredeux... this sweet confection is sure to be a cherished addition to baby's wardrobe!
Techniques: Making, gathering blocking, and stabilizing puffing strips; attaching puffing to lace and entredeux, reinforcing puffing strips, shaped puffing (curves & corners), bonnet construction including curved lace trimmed piped crown, entredeux as a trim, and fancy removable bonnet ties.
Join Debbie for 4 days of machine magic and learn some of her unique techniques for recreating handwork by machine. Class time concentrates primarily on mastery of these new techniques. Students make reference samples prior to beginning garment construction. Confidence gained making samples leads to successful completion of class projects as well as the incorporation of the new techniques into future projects.
You must bring your own Sewing Machine- which must have an adjustable length & width zig zag, blind hem, blanket (heirloom appliqué, picot), or pin stitches (Point de Paris, Parisian hemstitch= stitch looks like ½ of a ladder) are required.
***Please do a stitch test to verify that your machine has pin stitch which makes 3 vertical stitches between pt A and B (forward, back, forward) then 2 horizontal stitches between B & C (to the side, and back) and that the length can be reduced to 2.5 and width can be reduced to 1.5 While this is optimum you can substitute a pin stitch with 5 vertical stitches (forward, back, forward, backward, forward) or 4 horizontal stitches (to the side, and back, to the side, and back); any more repeats will look too heavy.
An alternate stitch which may be used is the blanket stitch. Please do a stitch test to verify that your machine has a blanket stitch which makes 1 vertical stitch between pt A and B (forward) then 2 horizontal stitches between B & C (to the side, and back) and that the length can be reduced to 2.5 and width can be reduced to 1.5
Expand your heirloom skills while making a lace trimmed satin batiste Gertrude style topper and matching panties for a special summer baby! A dainty shell hem neckline, lacy scalloped hemline, “hand” whipped bodice release tucks, and an old fashioned shoulder button closure are just a few of the features which set this precious set apart. Students learn how to replicate whipped tucks by machine (to mark fabric, thread a machine for no tie release tucks, and stitch precision tucks), sew lace to a stabilized trimmed edge using Debbie’s unique two step corded pin stitched lace application, and create a delicate shell hem edge.
Techniques: Shell hem, whipped release tucks, and corded pin stitched scalloped lace edging
La Petit Jardin Circa 1920
Join Debbie for a day of machine magic and learn how to transform a simple yoke dress into a precious Parisian baby frock with distinctive European flair. While the pastel embroidery creates a dimensional flower garden in both these dresses, it’s the balanced design and haute couture details which make them “extraordinaire”.
Beautiful blue baby couture daygown -both sides of the full length front placket are edged gathered French lace, a fully lined and interfaced yoke supports the weight of the pin stitched serpentine hemmed skirt, inside as beautiful as the outside with the tiniest French seams and lace bound armholes, perfectly symmetrical white lace trimmed Peter pan collar and banded puff sleeves…and almost everything is embellished with precious pink granito posies!
These Italian organdy and French lace confections incorporate vintage details from several dresses and bonnets in
Debbie’s personal collection. Special features on the bonnet include two drawn thread hemstitched tucks set off
by machine featherstitching (like those found on a“bonnet blanc pour bebe du premier age” from
a frothy triple lace frill (inspired by a c.1890 Ayrshire bonnet), luscious silk satin ribbon rosettes, and an easy to
construct gathered crown (similar to that on a 1920’s Parisian nightcap). The daygown has the sweetest inverted V
yoke trimmed in pin stitched lace insertion embellished with pinwheel roses and wisps of floral embroidery. A
simple neckline frill, double lace and beading trimmed puff sleeves, and inverted side tucks make this a sweet little
dress, but it’s the elaborate drawn thread hemstitched tucks alternating with rows of feather stitching and embroidery
on the skirt that transform it into a stunning christening gown fit for a royal Miss!
Students will learn how to prepare fabric for machine drawn threadwork, remove the appropriate number of threads,
adjust machine stitches to replicate hand work, and secure tucks using the basic hemstitch, use a pleater to create
stroke gathers, adjust a machine feather stitch so it looks handmade, apply cut away lace without fuzzies, make ribbon
rosettes, pinwheel roses, and so much more. This special French inspired heirloom set is sure to make baby look like
a little cherub on her special day!
Techniques: Drawn thread work & feather stitch by machine,
hemstitched tucks& lace neckline, pin stitched lace
application & placket, mock stroke gathers, ribbon rosettes,
and pinwheel rose embroidery