Saturday, December 20, 2008

American Embroidery Conference 2009!


This upcoming April I will have two hands on classes this year in addition to software classes at the American Embroidery Conference. As many of you know I will be teaching the embroidered "Retro Apron" and I have added this adorable crazy quilted fully lined shoulder bag as well.

One of things I love about teaching this type of class is that you can take someone who only knows how to sew a straight line (or almost straight line) and when they are finished with the project, their own family will ask, did you really make that all by yourself! It's so easy to create from the fabric to the zipper insertion.

I love using decorative stitches to embellish with. With the apron class, we are using embroidery as the source of decoration but with this we are using the decorative stitches found on many sewing machines. Even if you have a simple straight and zig zag machine, you can accomplish quite a bit using some of the utility stitches and tweaking them.

Decorative stitches are wonderful around the edges of a baby's t-shirt for instance. Even a little zig zag is so cute. If you are down to the wire of gift giving, remember you can buy a plain shirt, skirt or pair of pants and use those decorative stitches to really jazz things up.

Hoping you are getting close to finishing all your sewing and embroidery projects in time for the holidays... Hugs, Cookie!

5 comments:

Kristen said...

Love the colors you chose.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I saw a bag like that in a shop in NY for almost $200!

Anonymous said...

I love the color palette -- red and black is bold but classic!

Donna said...

Love the combination of color and tectures. Hard to see is it's really a true red or not...looks a little on the orange-red side, but think that it would be a standout with the outfit color of choice a lot of us make: black! It's a nice choice for fall and winter in particular when there's so little color around........

Cookie said...

Hi Donna,
It is actually a true red and not an orange red. Just so you know! I am working at those pictures, LOL!