Friday, April 20, 2012

Satin & Jewels

Sometimes stitching takes gumption.  Like when you don't really know if it's possible to finish in time.  When false starts equal hours and hours and hours of "invisible progress" just finding out what doesn't work.  Or even when your victorious finish is muddled by the late realization that you did it the hard way.  Hm....at least my students won't have to.

in which I conquer the Satin Stitch

Yes, this week my stitching took Buckets of gumption.

stitch marathon...

I'm relieved to find at the end that I've made something I can be proud of.  Because it's not like that's guaranteed to happen.

stitch marathon...

Even so there are definitely parts I'm planning to redo now that I've fully conquered the satin stitch.  How perfect do I want it to be? 

Satin + Jewels

May I present to you the next layer of the Handstitched class quilt?

::Handstitched:: this summer

I've dubbed this ring of embroidery Satin & Jewels because she feels a bit like a crown for the Dogwood Blossom center.  Satin & Jewels is what we'll be making during the "Advanced Embroidery" week of Handstitched class.  There will be two other stand-alone embroidery projects that week, since every week the class includes detailed tutorials for 3 projects total (2 stand-alone and 1 installment in the Handstitched quilt).

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Handstitching is not meant to be rushed, and when you take the class, I don't believe it will be especially since you'll have 2 weeks to complete each week of lessons.  But it was rushed this week for me due to those false starts and my self-imposed deadline.  This work became a sort of constant companion. Thank goodness I enjoyed the companionship of several flesh and blood friends too.  That's the nice thing about handwork; it absolutely lends itself to chatting away the night!

up close

A friend who read last week's Handstitched class description was under the impression that the class isn't for beginners.  I declare that it is!  I'll be starting at the beginning:  what needle to use, how to tie a knot, what are the different threads and how to use them, and there will be tutorials for every single stitch we use, right down to the very easiest.  I've already started making those video tutorials for the Premium and Camp class versions.  I think we'll have little videos for every stitch, since that's really the best way to learn them.  And, you know, by and large the stitches are totally easy. It's more a matter of understanding when to use what.  And that comes with experience, actually using them for Actual Projects... which makes a class like this more valuable than a stitch encyclopedia or whatnot.

So, I just wanted to clear the air on that, in case any of you were wondering too.  I know lots of people in real life who admire what I do (the quilting and such), but don't know where to start.  For some people, starting with a needle and thread in hand is just light-years more comfortable than starting behind a humming sewing machine.  I totally get that - that quick-moving machine used to intimidate me too.  If you don't sew at all, you obviously won't be able to take advantage of all of the projects right away, but there will be a project each week of lessons that can be completed without the sewing machine.  These are projects that I know experienced sewists will enjoy as well, but I've made sure they exist as a bridge for you that brand new.  If you take the premium or camp versions you'll have the eBook of Handstitched class to keep, so you can take advantage of the machine-finished projects just as soon as you're ready!

Sound good?  As always, let me know if you have any questions about Handstitched class (after reading the class description).  And now I'm looking forward to machine sewing a skirt this weekend.  You all have a good one!

38 comments:

  1. I gasped when I saw the picture of the piece with the border in place...Beautiful!

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  2. wow!!!! What an amazingly gorgeous project this is! Just beautiful!!!

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  3. You are so hard core! ha ha! That satin stitch can definitely be brutal sometimes depending on the shape you want. Yours turned out great!

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    1. Oooh, hard core stitcher. That's definitely a great epitaph. It wasn't until the 4th "jewel" that I realized what I had to do to really improve my satin stitch. So, yeah, I've got a few to redo...

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  4. wow! amazing! beautiful beautiful beautiful rachel!

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  5. Unbelievably beautiful! Just love it!

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  6. Beautiful! I am really so excited for this class. I don't have any embroidery threads or needles or anything though--would you be able to put together a little starter pack we could purchase through one of your sponsors? :)

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    1. I'm going to be breaking the news "officially" next week, but there is Definitely going to be a starter kit! I think you're going to love it. It won't have lots of embroidery floss, though. Of all the supplies embroidery floss is probably the easiest to find local and cheap. If you prefer, you can also find floss at Pink Castle: http://www.etsy.com/listing/97068064/6-strand-cosmo-floss-starter-pack-by?ga_search_query=floss&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_6190532 and at Sew Love Fabrics: http://www.etsy.com/listing/79432365/radiant-embroidery-floss-by-anna-maria?ga_search_query=floss&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5286662. I actually used mainly floss from both of Anna Maria's collections for my Satin & Jewels.

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  7. I am super excited about taking this class! I didn't think I would like hand stitching because I'm sort of impatient, but I did a little bit recently and found it to be super relaxing since you can't rush it like you can with the machine. Plus, that project looks stunning!

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  8. It is a stunning quilt, it looks very pretty! I love the combination of applique and embroidery. Very appealing!

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  9. I absolutely LOVE what you have done - I tried my first embroidery yesterday and it was bliss - so restful and not stressful. This feels very serendipitous. It`s super hot in the summer where I live and a little gentle sewing may be just the thing!

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  10. Truly amazing! I was thinking about taking your class...I think this pushed me over the edge. :)

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  11. Can't wait to combine my (more honed but rusty) embroidery skills combined with my (new) love of quilting!

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  12. I love handstitching and embroidery...so this project really has a lot of appeal. A labour of love the handstitching, but it sets off the dogwood block so beautifully.

    Jacky xox

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  13. This is beautiful! Can't wait to take this class!

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  14. Can't wait to be a hand stitching camper! This block is just stunning- a perfect marriage of Alabama Chanin & Anna Maria turned into Rachel style. You have super mad creative talents!

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    1. They're both creative heros of mine, so I'm just loving that compliment!

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  15. Wow!! This is gorgeous! I really love the mix of colours and the handstitching. I'll be eagerly looking out for your class to start. :-) hope to do your curves class next year if I have improved enough too! Happy stitching ;-).

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  16. Beautiful!!!! Is this for bloggers only?

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    1. Not at all. The class is open for anyone to take, though it is a paid class. So long as you can access the internet, you can experience the class which is delivered via a password-protected blog.

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  17. Now you have me even more excited for this class!! Beautiful block! And I just happen to have a little stash of FMF just waiting for a project :)

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  18. I am impressed with your self imposed deadlines and gumption!

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  19. Gorgeous! I love it and am excited to take the class. On a totally separate note, I was wondering, I have the ebook for the curves class and noticed that the pdf templates are linked, but once the classroom website is gone, I won't be able to download those, should I just do that now? Did I miss the templates in the book (there are a lot of pages, which is great)?

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    1. You're right - the templates are not in the book, they are linked. I realize now that that was shortsighted. The good news is that I will not make the links "unavailable" pdfs so you should be able to access them indefinitely. If you ever have a problem accessing them, please let me know.

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  20. When I saw you working on this I could tell it was going to be awesome....and it is!

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  21. i love this project more than i ever could say. wish i had the time to join in on your classes. best of luck!

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  22. omg I want to take this class sooooo bad. A-MA-ZING!!

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  23. Rachel - I MUST take this class - when will you open up registration?!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! I'm not 100% certain yet, but I'm aiming to open registration May 7th. I'll announce the day for sure as soon as possible!

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  24. Could you make me more excited for this class?!! Come on just let me sign up already!

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  25. Wow! Even though I've done tons of all different kinds of handstitching, I'm definitely taking this class. I can always use more practice!

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  26. Can you tell us what the cost will be for the classes, premium and camps so that we may start saving for it? Or at least put aside the money for it? Thx

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  27. Wow, Rachel. I am loving the next layer! This is going to be a stupendous quilt!!

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