Thursday, May 10, 2012

::Handstitched:: Registration Opens Today!

***Encore class offerings available here***

Hooray!!!  Today registration opens at my shop for Handstitched Class at Stitched in Color!  Class begins June 4th.  Oooh, I am so ready to tell you all about it!

::Handstitched:: this summer

We are modern sewists, and we do so love that sewing machine.  But, actually, there are still beautiful effects that are best realized needle in hand.  There's also something simply delicious and inexplicably relaxing about the slow, steady pace of handwork.  I hope you'll consider joining me for some slow stitching this summer, making beauty stitch by stitch, and developing new skills piece by beautiful piece.

I'm pleased to invite you to a 9-week online class, spanning June 4th through August 3rd.   It's 5 weeks of instruction alternating with 4 weeks of "space", allowing you room to enjoy each stitch.  All instruction is delivered via a separate password protected blog that allows you to access the lessons at your leisure, with posts delivered day to day during instruction weeks.

This is the class you can take with you on vacation - both the instructor and the projects! This is the class that doesn't mind if you take a break. This is a class that wants to fit into the nooks and crannies of your life to inspire you to pick up that needle and create.

Handstitched class quilt

Handstitched, which caters to both beginner and intermediate sewists, starts at the very beginning discussing needles, knots and threads.  Each week we'll focus on one category of handwork moving from Reverse Applique through Embroidery, English Paper Piecing, Applique and Hand Quilting with full, detailed photo tutorials and many downloadable templates. Each week you can choose from 3 very different projects for one that really fits your experience and interests.  Quilters will love that each week one of those projects is an installment in a handstitched masterpiece, the Modern Medallion quilt.

Here's a bit more detail on what we'll cover each week with a project preview...

Eyelet Needlebook project

Week 1:  Reverse Applique - Think of applique as a simple way to achieve any shape you desire. With reverse applique, the shape emerges by layering two fabrics and cutting away the top fabric to reveal what's underneath. Much easier to master than patchwork piecing, applique also allows for unbroken backgrounds and unbroken prints with no distracting seams (see the Dogwood Blossom at the center of our class quilt).  I love that!  This week we'll be using felt, knit jersey and quilting cottons for reverse applique.  Projects will cover raw edge and turned-under edge reverse applique.  And, no, it's not needle-turn applique. I'll show you an easier way!

Sashiko coasters project

Week 3:  Embroidery - Throughout the entire class you'll be learning basic skills essential to hand sewing such as which needle to use, what threads to consider, and basic stitches including the back stitch, running stitch, French knot, blanket stitch and whipstitch.  In this week we'll focus on techniques unique to embroidery such as options for transferring patterns, as well as experiment with alternative embroidery materials.  You'll also be taught a bunch of special embroidery stitches such as satin stitch, chain stitch, split stitch, herringbone and Pekinese stitch.  I have some fun ideas for "stitch sampler" projects that are designed to be used, rather than hung on the wall.  Plus, it's your chance to finally try Sashiko embroidery!

 Star Blossom project

Week 5:  English Paper Piecing - Patchwork addicts, like myself, are always charmed by the perfect points and difficult seams made simple by English paper piecing.  This method of patchwork is entirely handstitched with the use of paper printouts that establish perfect geometric shapes.

offset Star Blossomblock

I've designed an original English paper piecing motif, my "Star Blossom", which makes a large hexagon block.  There's also one project that combines this technique with embroidery and applique! Fun, fun.

Loop de doo project

Week 7:  Applique - In "regular" applique, as opposed to reverse applique, the desired shape is layered over a background fabric.  I'll show you how to use fusibles to simplify applique and make it more durable.  In addition to applique with fabrics, the Loop de doo project works with continuous lines.

Loop de doo...

Ok, I'll confess, I'm entirely smitten with this skirt.  You can use this simple technique to embellish any hem (skirt or dress) or even a tablecloth.  Oh, the possibilities!

Modern Medallion class quilt

Week 9:  Hand quilting -  Learn all the ropes to hand quilting, from hiding those knots to using a thimble.  I'll be demonstrating all hand quilting with pearl cotton, that chunky, luminous thread that we modern quilters love.  One project is designed to hone neat, even stitches.  Otherwise we'll be experimenting with how to use hand quilting to add beauty to your quilts and patchwork.   My Modern Medallion quilt is not hand quilted... yet.  But, I've included a generously sized solid frame (shown in gray) that's ripe for the quilting!

Choose your class!  June 4th class begins on several distinct private blogs where I can answer questions in the comments.  The super affordable Handstitched Class includes everything you're used to seeing from me in the way of detailed, step-by-step picture-packed tutorials and access to all projects (15 total, including all 5 installments on the Handstitched class quilt) at $35/$45.  Handstitched {Premium} adds extra helpful (and time-intensive) features like numerous video tutorials (including videos for most stitch techniques) and an eBook of the class for your reference at $55/$65.  And then there is a smaller, more exclusive Handstitched Camp for folks that want it all, plus lots of interaction, more of a community feeling and the give and take encouragement you'd experience in a real in-person class.  Each Handstitched Camp ($85) is limited to 20 campers and will enjoy (5) live community chats, each an hour in length, where we'll have a blast getting to know each other.  Campers also earn "merit badges" for completed class projects.  Yep, it's corny, and I love it!  If you earn 5 merit badges (one from each week of class) for projects completed by August 31st, I'll be sending you a little something handmade by me as a souvenir of Handstitched Camp.  I hope I get to make one for each of you!

There is an early registration discount of $10 for Handstitched Class and Handstitched Premium, only applicable during the week of May 10 - May 16th.  Prices are live and accurate at my shop.

Class runs June 4th through August 3rd.  Your access to the class blog will remain open through September 15th, during which time I will continue answering questions.  After September 15th the blog will be closed and you will no longer be able to login.  This provides much-need motivation for us to get everything we can out of the class in real time, rather than leaving it open ended for "someday."

FYI, I do not currently plan to sale the eBook separately in order to protect the value of this class.  I may, however, sell a few individual patterns separately.

ta daI hope that every single one of you who are interested in learning the art of hand sewing will find a place that meets your needs and your budget.  Registration also includes access to the Handstitched Student Kit.  The kit is free, but you must cover shipping and handling costs.



So, Ta Da!  Please join in.  We're going to have a blast!

68 comments:

  1. Whew, I have a busy day so I set myself up to be here at 9:00 am and I'm in with a kit! So excited! Thanks for creating another great class!

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  2. I just discovered your blog the other day and I'm very excited to have the opportunity to take this class! Signed up for the class and kit.. I can't wait for June 4th! :D

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  3. I signed up complete with a kit! Can't wait to get started...

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  4. I jumped in and signed up for the camp, and grabbed a kit too!! Can't wait!

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  5. Not only are your classes so organized, sign-up is a breeze too!

    What a wonder you are.

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  6. 6 am is pretty early here on the california coast but I did it! Can't wait for the class to start. Is it almost june 4???

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  7. Wish I could do camp again. It was so much fun. But I will have to stretch projects out possibly longer than the 2 weeks between projects and I'd be so sad if I couldn't keep up. So the premium class it is. : ) Really excited to learn some new stuff. I don't do much hand stitching, but I soooo want to hand quilt.

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  8. Signed up right away! Thanks for offering a class again so soon after the Curves class! I'm really looking forward to this class and handstitching this summer!

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  9. So excited Rachel! Your projects are gorgeous.

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  10. Just signed up for premium with the kit. I am so excited to start this class! LOVE that quilt.

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  11. Just signed up for my first online class! I can't wait to start!

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  12. I just signed up for the camp and picked up a kit! Can't wait for this to begin :)

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  13. Another camper with a kit! Looking forward to learning all I can about handwork!

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  14. I just signed up for the camp - my Mother's Day present to myself! Can't wait!

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  15. signed up for my first online class - super excited, especially about all the pretty things i'll be making but mostly the supplies i'll have to get in :) yay!

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  16. Just signed up for the camp and kit. Can't wait!

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  17. Just signed up for the camp and kit! Happy Birthday Gift from my hubby! I've really wanted to learn hand stitching, I love the idea of traveling projects! Not that I travel much, haha. Also excited to meet you Camp ladies.

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  18. I'm in :) Thanks again for putting this all together. It looks like there are lots of us who want to learn more about hand stitching. Is it June 4 yet??

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  19. Just signed up for the premium and grab a kit too. This is my first online class and I'm really excited! Can't wait!

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  20. Just signed up for camp with a kit. SO excited! I totally regretted not doing curves, so I'm NOT gonna miss this one, despite having a baby in the middle.

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  21. Hey Rachel! I'm all signed up for Premium again with a kit too! You had mentioned that the materials for the class quilt would be released with registration. Will those be on a different blog or are you emailing them to those who sign up? Thanks - can't wait!

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    1. There's a lot of info waiting for you all at the class blog today! I'll be sending you access as soon as possible. Thanks for joining in!

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  22. Just joined rhe Premium Class too, your first class was so much fun and this craft is totally new to me. Class kit in the basket and now waiting, looking all goofy and exited!

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  23. Just joined in on the Handstitched class! Really excited about learning some new techniques and making that beautiful medallion quilt!

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  24. Happy Mother's Day to me!!! (I love picking out my own presents.) Can't wait for class to start.

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  25. Signed up for camp and a kit! I am so excited to try all the projects.

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  26. I'm pretty excited! I've never taken any type of sewing class before so I am really looking forward to the whole experience. I'm in for the class and a kit!

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  27. I'm in Rachel and more excited too.
    I'm looking forward to start and for my kit I hope it will arrive for the middle of June ... Italy isn't really back to the corner ^__^

    Smiles
    Gabriella

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  28. Will there be a button for our blogs?

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    1. Sure! I'll work on that and update you all through the blogs.

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  29. If this class came with an extra hour a day I'd so be there :) This looks fantastic Rachel, and all the projects are so colourful and happy. If this course is only half as good as your Curves Class then it will still be amazing. But of course I know it will be better! Good luck with it all.

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    1. Oh my, an extra hour in the day would be brilliant. I'll organize that for next time ;0) Thanks so much for your vote of confidence, Kristy!!

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  30. Oooh I did it! Never mind that it's going to be a crazy time of year and we might be moving to another state the week the class starts, I'm looking forward to this!

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  31. I joined in at 9:00 this morning!!! So excited! This will be my second class ever. I know it will be so much better than the first one!!!

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  32. This sounds like fun, so I just signed up for the premium class. Can't wait to learn something new, and for a new button for my blog!

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  33. I signed up for the premium class and bought the student kit, needles, hera marker and your wheel quilt. Excited for all of it.

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  34. So excited Rachel! Signed up for the premium class, Was going to get the student kit but postage to Australia was a bit much so going to try to find the items here. Already have a fantastic shop here for wool felt and quite a selection at home already.

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    1. Perfect! Yes, shipping was steep. I'm glad you have local access.

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  35. I am all singed up and bought the kit even though postage to Australia is crazy. I am offically excited. Woo Hoo

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  36. Just signed up for camp! (I'm on using a different email address. Is there a way to change my contact info address?)

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  37. I was another one of those super excited ones to sign up at 9am this morning!

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  38. Just signed up for the basic. Looking forward to another class Rachel! I would have signed up for camp but the summer is just going to be too busy, but I MUST make that amazing quilt!

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  39. Rachel! you are such a hard worker, and creative, and awesome. Hope the class goes fabulously. I'm sure it will!

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  40. Whoo, I got the date wrong. I thought it was Friday morning! Thank goodness I checked your site before going to sleep. Camp, here I come! SO EXCITED!

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  41. I signed up for the premium class. It was your post on Wholequilts that did it, I need to learn the skills to be brave enough to tackle the hand quilting. I can't wait.

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  42. Just signed up for camp! Very excited! My first online class.

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  43. I signed up for the premium class, yipppeeee! :) Can't wait to get started!

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  44. I decided to join in! I am very excited. And the skirt might have cinched it for me. ;) Your projects look lovely, Rachel!

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  45. Dang it. I missed the premium class, hopefully the regular one will still be available on the 15th!

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    1. The Premium class is actually available again. I realized I need to cap the total number of students I take, not how many Premium students I take. I'm near my total student threshold. There are actually about 10 spots left and then all versions will close. Hope that makes sense!

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  46. Hi there, does the Camp also include the video tutorials?
    Lisa S at Sunset Seams. (Melbourne, Australia).

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    1. Yes! Camp includes everything that Premium includes (so videos and the eBook), plus more.

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  47. Hi! I signed up for the premium class, so looking forward to relaxing new projects!
    I've done machine sewing but not much hand-work. Love the idea of portability in the summer. This will be the perfect balance to all the various outdoor activities that come with summer. Thanks!!

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  48. I am so sad that the class is full. I was counting down the days until we got paid (Military) so i could sign up and it is sold out! I am crying! Do you think the next time you arrange for this class that you could announce it on or around the first of the month to possibly coincide with most peoples pay days? Is there a wait list? I would love to be put on it if there is. I will even pay to hold my spot. Thank you for considering it. Piece, Natalie. natmax@earthlink.net

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  49. Hi! I went to buy the basic-level class and saw that it was sold out and I am bummed (today was my payday and that was what I was waiting for). Can you let us know if anything opens up or you decide to take more basic-level students (since the interaction with us is more minimal). I took your curves class and really enjoyed being able to go to the blog on my own schedule. Thanks!

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  50. Is it really sold out already? I just found out about it from sweet diesel designs... Are you going to open a 2nd session?

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    1. I'm sorry to have bad news! Yes, as of earlier this week, all class versions are sold out. I felt it wise to cap the total number of students I took in (the total across all class versions) so that I'm able to be a good teacher and am not overwhelmed by too many questions at once. I'm sorry to disappoint you. I did not expect to sell out so soon.

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  51. Rachel,

    I am thrilled for you that a class you worked so hard to put together has filled up, but I am sad for myself because I did not enroll in time. I, too, hope you decide to offer a second session, perhaps later in the year. The quilt the class is going to create is simply beautiful.

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  52. I'm INSANELY sad that all the classes have filled up because I'm really interested. Boooooooo. I mean, HURRAY for you, but BOOOOOO for me. Hopefully I'll be able to get into the next one!

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  53. I was also late to the party and missed a spot...quite the crash as I read through the description and pictured myself doing some handstitching this summer at swim meets and on my front porch. Soooooooo hope you can offer another fab class like this...or maybe put me on a waiting list if something opens? (taclmaron@ptd.net)
    Will DEFINITELY be reading through your new-to-me blog and enjoying your expertise!
    Annette

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    1. I'm sorry for the disappointment! I've added a note to the top of the post so that people won't have to wait until later to find that the classes are sold out. Yes, I'm sure I'll offer it again, sometime in the future.

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  54. I'm so bummed that I missed this. That's what I get for taking a break.

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  55. Rachel

    I've bought the fabic and I'm sorry I couldn't sign up in time but I've been sitting Shiva because my sister passed away. Is there any way you could fit me into a class please?

    Love
    Patricia

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  56. P.S. One day I'll learn how to read. This was for your last class - sorry to panic so much.
    Love
    Patricia

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  57. It says that all classes are sold out but that was for last June. So please register me for the January class.
    Love
    Patricia xxx
    (aka Patti )

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