Friday, May 4, 2012

Handstitched {Student Kits}

Sometimes having the right supplies makes all the difference.  Have you ever tried to work with pearl cotton, only to discover that you haven't a single needle on hand that's reasonably willing to accept the chunky thread?  Does the task of transferring an embroidery design onto your fabric leave you puzzled?  Or, have you wrestled with snarled thread when hand sewing?  What about that sinking disappointed feeling that hits you when faced with limited felt selections at the craft store?

I've been there. That's why I started to ponder how I could help my students enjoy Handstitched class without being pummeled by these problems.  Learning any new skill takes guts, perseverance, you know - gumption.  But, let's go as easy on ourselves as possible, Ok?

The Handstitched Student Kit is an optional supplies kit that you may purchase along with registration.  It's available to all students for the cost of shipping and handling, that's a $7 flat fee for US students and a table of flat fees for international students, to be announced with registration.  Let's talk about what's in it and why...

Kit Contents

::Pearl Cotton:: Size 8 pearl cotton ball provided by Anchor, recommended for hand quilting, Sashiko embroidery, and decorative stitching. This thick, glossy thread is a delight to work with. Project example: reverse applique stitching for Dogwood Blossom center.

Pearl Cotton 8 from Anchor

::Stranded Cotton Floss:: Embroidery floss color 1702 provided by Anchor, recommended for embroidery and blanket stitch applique. Unlike pearl cotton, stranded cotton floss is composed of 6 strands for easy division so that you can modify the thickness of the thread as desired. Project example: Satin & Jewels embroidery.

::Transfer Paper:: Saral transfer paper in red and graphite, each an 8.5” x 11” sheet, provided by Saral Paper, recommended for transferring embroidery designs. Trace over a design with the paper in between your design and your fabric for a perfect transfer. Project example: Satin & Jewels embroidery.

::Lite Steam-a-Seam 2:: Double sided fusible web (pack of (5) 9” x 12” sheets) provided by The Warm Company, recommended for applique. This web will fuse fabrics together when activated by an iron. Because the web is tacky on both sides, even before being fused, you can stick the applique pieces on your background temporarily while designing a project. Project example: Dogwood Buds applique.

::Wool Felt:: One 9” square of wool/rayon blend felt provided by National Nonwovens, recommended for reverse applique, applique and other projects where a non-fraying raw edge is desirable. Generally best for projects not to be washed. Project example: Eyelet Needlebook.

Wool Felt from National Nonwovens

::Hand Quilting Thread:: 200 m neutral spool provided by Gutermann, recommended for English paper piecing and misc. hand sewing. This 40 wt thread is coated for reduced tangling and increased strength. Project example: Star Blossoms English paper piecing.

::Hexagon Paper Pieces:: set of 19 sturdy 1” hexagon pieces provided by Paper Pieces, recommended for English paper piecing. These precut paper shapes are reusable and time-saving as compared to cutting your own paper pieces. Project example: Hexagon Tree quilt block.

::Kraft Paper Fabric:: 3” x 4” rectangle of natural colored kraft paper fabric provided by Unique & Shiny. This unusual paper acts like a fabric with a paper texture. Not available locally in the U.S. Project example: Stitch Sampler needlecard.

::Needles:: A pair of size 24 Gold Eye Chenille needles provided by Clover, recommended for most hand sewing and hand quilting. This sharp needle has a large eye that easily accepts embroidery floss, pearl cotton thread, and all other types of thread. Project example: umm...everything.

::Embroidery Pattern: The F Fox pdf embroidery pattern provided by Penguin & Fish. Plus a BOGO (buy one, get one free) coupon for purchase of another Penguins & Fish pattern.  Just something I thought you would enjoy!

::Q-snap Coupon:: Free shipping on your purchase of a Q-Snap frame, provided by Q-snap, recommended for hand quilting. I often use the 17” x 17” frame. This spacious frame helps me orient myself with it's square layout (some hand quilt with a large hoop or with no hoop/frame at all).

More Details

On Thursday, May 10th registration will open for Handstitched class at 9 am EST.  Student kits will ship in the order that registration is received, with some kits possibly mailing as early as May 10th and the balance shipping out in a big batch on May 17th.  Since the 17th is more than 2 weeks before class begins on June 4th, this should enable international students to receive kits in time.

Handstitched Student Kit

Many of the supplies in the kit are exactly what you need for a class project.  For example, the felt square is big enough for your needs and the kraft paper fabric is cut just the right size for your needlecard.  So, I do highly recommend your purchase of the kit!  It's designed to save you lots of money in shipping since you can receive all of these misc. supplies from one destination.  I can't recommend the needles highly enough - I use them for all my hand sewing!

You will need more pearl cotton and embroidery floss than is included in the kit, but the colors you'll need depend on your preferences and your fabric choices.  These samples will allow you to experience the Anchor quality.  More details on tools and misc. supplies will be released with registration and during class, with complete project supply lists published over a week in advance of lessons.  All materials needed for the Handstitched class quilt will also be released with registration.

oh my goodness...

And guess what?  You can choose your color of felt and pearl cotton!  I'll ship your choice as often as possible, and substitute with something close when necessary.  The colors are the fun part, of course.  I hope you find something that strikes your fancy!

Are you excited? I am!  Can't wait to show you what I've been working on!!!

41 comments:

  1. So excited! The rainbows of fabric and thread are just killing me!

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  2. It seems like a really nice offering of supplies. Plus, it's always nice to get gifts w/ purchase!

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  3. All of that Pearl Cotton is amazing -- Love those colors! Especially the yellow, which I've never picked up before! I better put that on my shopping list!

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  4. Super excited for this class! Thanks for having enough of your own 'gumption' to put this all together.

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  5. Looks like an amazing class. Can't wait to see details.

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  6. Que lindo!!É um verdadeiro arco-iris após a chuva,ou durante?...Beijos.

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  7. Wow, that is so cool! I can't wait!

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  8. Such pretty and fun supplies! I'm trying to decide if I can swing taking the class...I so want to! If we decide to purchase the class supply kit do we use our own fabrics for the projects or are they also part of the kit?

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    1. You will definitely need to supply your own fabrics for the class. The kit only includes what's shown here. I tried to put together the "odd ball" things that are hard to find, plus really useful tools I don't want you to go without.

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  9. I am super excited. I clicked on this as soon as I saw it in my reader and squealed to me husband. He finds it hilarious how excited I am for this. :) I think the kit will be great as I don't have too many high quality sewing stores near me, so while I could source some of those things locally, some others are next to impossible to get without going online. You are amazing for putting this all together.

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  10. Great idea! Really looking forward to your class. :-)

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  11. Oh my goodness, West Coasters are going to have to get up early.......

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    1. Oh dear, you're right! But, if I change it to later it will be harder on those in other hemispheres, plus I won't be able to ship packages on the 10th, like I hope to. I guess I'll have to stay with the announced time. Honestly, I don't think camp will sell out in the first hour based on how things went last time, so I wouldn't get up too early!

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  12. I didn't think this class could be any more enticing. I was wrong! :)

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  13. Wow this looks amazing. I have been tossing up whether or not I should do the class. This kit will make it so much easier so now I think I have to do the class.

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  14. I am really looking forward to this! My first online class LOL

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  15. I can not wait for this class! I am definitely going to order a kit too! SOOOOO EXCITED!!!!
    Maria

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  16. Love the kit idea! I can't wait to join in the fun! Thanks Rachel.

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  17. Oh, Rachel, I wish I could join you this time. I know it will be a great class, but my life is going to be too crazy this summer. I will cheer from afar : )

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  18. This looks like a lot of fun! have you set a price for the class and the kit yet?

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    1. I am planning for the pricing to be the same as it was for Curves Class - $45 for Basic, $65 for Premium and $85 for Camp. Just as before, there will be a $10 savings if you register for class the first week of registration. Only, this time the savings will not apply to Camp, due to the high demand for this limited offering. So, the first week of registration, prices are $35 for Basic, $55 for Premium and $85 for Camp.

      The kit is free for shipping!

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  19. You put a lot of thought into the kit and it shows.

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    1. Thank, Suzanne. You are always so kind!

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  20. Hi! I'll be taking your course, first time ever for something like this:) I had a question, can you mix the Anchor Pearl Cotton with other brands? I think our Hancock carries it, but it is no. 5, which would be smaller, right? So, IF you can mix brands, is it not wise to use different thicknesses? Just anxious and excited, probably jumping the gun on asking questions, but thank you!!

    Susan

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    1. It should be fine to mix brands! But, mixing sizes will be noticeable. If you like the effect that's fine, but if you want things to look "uniform" than you'll want to stick with one size. Size 8 seams to be most well-loved by everyone. Size 5 is actually bigger than size 8. Size 8 looks more like embroidery floss when used, while size 5 looks chunkier - a little more like a yarn perhaps? It's easy to spot size 8, since it's sold in balls. Your local yarn store might sell it too!

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    2. Thanks so much, thats very helpful! We do have a yarn store, and wasn't thinking "balls". I'm working with No. 5 DMC now on tying a quilt. Wasn't sure if that is "correct", but I'm learning!

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  21. Hi Rachel, I want to take the class and order the kit but I will not have email from 5/11/12-6/1/12. what can I do??? nanak

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    1. Hmm... it looks like you'll just make it. Do register on the 10th of May, hopefully earlier in the day so that I'll be able to email your your class access on the 10th. Class doesn't start until June 4th, so you'll be back in time to catch up and join in. Let me know if you have any specific concerns.

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    2. I will do that. cannot wait. thank you! and can I just say I am totally impressed that you reply to everyone!

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  22. Oh wow! I wasn't sure if I had time for the class, but now I will definitely make time. Your last one was so fun. Thanks for putting this kit together!

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  23. What forms of payment do you accept?

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    1. All payments will go through Paypal, so you can pay with any credit card there or a Paypal balance. Even if you don't have a Paypal account, it's easy to pay through Paypal with your credit card.

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  24. Looking forward to it Rachel! Hoping to convince the bf that splurging on Camp will be totally worth it! Will be refreshing at 8:55 am. :D

    For those on the fence, I took Rachel's Curves class and I had a great time! I opted on premium with the videos, which were worth it.

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    1. Camp is totally worth it Kimi. It was a ton of fun.

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  25. Can't wait for the Handstitched class!

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  26. I am so excited to take your class! Do I need to have my fabric chosen by the time I sign up so that I know the colors I need to order in my kit?

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    1. No, I wouldn't push yourself to try to choose fabrics just yet. The felt is for a stand alone project that uses just a small piece of fabric, I suggest you choose a felt color that you simply enjoy. Same goes with the pearl cotton. Choose a color that you are likely to work with in general, especially since one ball of pearl cotton lasts a long time so you may use it on many projects to come!

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  27. brilliant idea! this will save us a lot of time. thanks for putting this all together!
    jen (piggybaby)

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  28. Eek! I so hope I get in to the camp. We are on the road and I am losing my 3 G service for the next 4 or so hours.

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  29. Are there any more student kits available? Forgot to add it when I registered.

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    1. Unfortunately, they are complete sold out. Sorry!

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