Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion

I am so blessed.  My wonderful husband has supported my attending the School of Art Fashion this year, and I am having a wonderful time.  So far I have completed all of my projects, to the point that they can be completed here, and that alone is fantastic.  If you can afford the trip, I can tell you without reservation that this is a wonderful experience.

Sunday night:  Arrived.  Took a class to learn the basics of heirloom sewing by making a bonnet.  I missed my serger.  I love heirloom by serger, but it can get a bit tedious by sewing machine.  I sure love making bonnets, though.  Talk about a quick sewing fix with lots of completion satisfaction!

Monday:  Start a two day class with Missy Billingsley where we made a sundress with a smocked insert.  The skills I had to either learn or improve: smocking in the hoop – Wow!  it’s terrific, sewing on mini-piping, and even m0re sewing mini-piping inserted into binding.  I certainly wished I had chosen to make a larger size, I made a toddler side 2, when I had to pipe and bind the armholes!  We also made adorable embroidered headbands. I’ll have to post pics of all of this when I get home.   Missy also said that soon she’ll have the embroidery design for the headbands as a free download on her website, so be sure to keep an eye out for that.  They are adorable, and very easy to make.  You do have to have a large hoop, though.

Monday night: A trapunto baby blanket with Sue Stewart.  I loved this quick project, since the end result was classy and we used a pre-made baby blanket.  My free-motion embroidery sure needs work, though.

I am practicing a lot of skills here, that’s for sure. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Tuesday:  Finished the sun dress. WHAHOO!  We also made serger flowers to attach to the headbands.  I tell  you what.  Mini check gingham flying through a serger sure messes with your eyes.

Tuesday night: I’ll be teaching a group of friends how to tat.  What started off as agreeing to teach one friend, ended with several others joining in.  I wish I’d brought more shuttles, but it will be lots of fun anyway.  Maybe I should suggest to Martha Pullen Company that they need to let me offer that as an official evening class next year.  🙂

My challenge to you:  Add one technique you find difficult, such as piping, to your next project.  Reach out and grab for that golden ring.  Practice and don’t be afraid to have it less than perfect.  If we keep practicing, one day we’ll suddenly look at our projects and be amazed at how well we can do, when just a little while ago we thought we could never show that particular skill in public.  So, try a new technique, or an old one that gives you grief.  Start small, and keep building.

I wonder what new techniques I”ll be learning tomorrow. I can hardly wait.

Wishing you a warm, sunny day,




© Sherilyn Siegmund-Roach and Cherished Needle Creations

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