Spring 2021 Updates For Sewing With Cinnamon


Hi Everyone!

It's the 5th Tuesday of the month (which means no new content posted) which is the perfect opportunity to share with you updates for Spring 2021.

Next Tuesday, we kick off the April topic Small Scale Smocking For Dolls! I'm super excited to learn from smocking expert Kathy Dykstra and even more excited to have you learn from her too!

More about Kathy: Kathy  learned to sew at the age of 12 by  taking classes with the 4-H club and then continued taking many more classes over the years.  She continued sewing for herself and then took pattern drafting classes in college.

After the birth of their first 2 daughters, Kathy learned how to smock and do French machine sewing.  These quickly became her preferred sewing and she pursued classes over the years from many of the icons in the heirloom sewing world.  

Kathy has been teaching smocking, French machine sewing and related needle arts since 1984 both locally as well as nationally.  She is a SAGA (Smocking Arts Guild of America) certified teacher and has taught at smocking guilds around the country, Martha Pullen’s School of the Art Fashion as well as the national SAGA conventions and retreats.

In addition to teaching, Kathy’s patterns have been featured in Australian Smocking and Embroidery, Les Smocks (French publication), Sew Beautiful and more recently in Classic Sewing Magazine. Smocking and sewing for children continue to be her favorite pastime and passion.

Get prepared for the course: Being that this is a new skill for many of you, I thought it would be helpful to post the list of supplies that you will need to have on hand ahead of time. I encourage you to read over the list and gather up these items so you're ready to jump right in next Tuesday.

Note: The pattern can be redeemed for free with your coupon code, the April code will be posted on April 1st on the Sewing With Cinnamon Bonuses page.

Supply list:

  • Katya Peasant Top pattern by Genniewren
  • 1/2 yd. Imperial broadcloth fabric
  • Grid (provided)
  • Fine tip blue wash-out marker
  • Hand quilting thread in a dark color
  • #7 darner or #7 embroidery/crewel needles (Richard Hemming, John James, or Tulip brands recommended)
  • DMC 6-strand floss #3716, 963 & 369
  • Scissors
  • Plastic canvas, 10 mesh
  • Ruler
  • Tape

For the first time smocker, white Imperial broadcloth is the easiest fabric to learn on. Imperial brand of broadcloth is the highest quality poly/cotton blend with the nicest finish and feel to it. The weight is ideal for smocking.

See you Next Tuesday at 9am Pacific Time!


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SWC Spring 2021 Updated Calendar

Here is an updated calendar of the topics for the remainder of 2021. We've moved the Fairytale wedding theme to August to give us more time to really perfect the art of tambour embroidery and capture more "in-studio" pattern creation! So in may you'll see we've added an Aussie Theme, which has been highly requested since the release of Kira bailey as the 2021 Girl of the Year doll. This will be alot of fun to explore together! We may move things around depending on schedules and content creation, but for the most part, this is what we have planned for the coming year - yay!

  • April - Small Scale Smocking For Dolls
  • May - New! Themed Wardrobe Aussie Style (fun styles with Kira Bailey in mind. New LJ Alice Springs dress pattern will be released with a sew along too!)
  • June - Sewing With Stripes
  • July - Miniature Millinery Summer Hats
  • August -(Moved from May) Themed Wardrobe "A Fairy Tale Wedding", The Gown, The Prince, The Finishing Details, Tambour Embroidery
  • September - Sewing Outerwear. Sew Along New LJ Pepper Hill Raincoat pattern (sewing with ripstop, oilcloth, etc.)
  • October - Sewing with Cricut, Silhouette, and other cutting machines
  • November - Themed Wardrobe "Tiny Gifts", sewing the smaller items (dolls for dolls, tiny purses or bags. Making gifts for dolls to open, etc.
  • December - Machine Embroidery basics (tentative)

We hope this gives you something to look forward to and plan around! If you really want to see us focus on something not mentioned above, feel free to leave some suggestions in the comments below. We may be able to work things in here and there as we fill out each monthly topic!

Thanks, everyone! This community is amazing because of all the amazing people like you that are here!

Cinnamon & The Team Pixie Faire


Hélène Dahl
Hélène Dahl

April 06, 2021

I always wanted to learn smocking, but somehow I never did. So I am looking forward to this topic. I also really want to use my embroidery machine. I wanted it but have been a bit afraid to explore its possibilities. It seems like such a waste! I only wish the topic was much earlier than December. Oh well, patience, patience…..


April 01, 2021

The schedule looks wonderful! Thanks for including Cricut and machine embroidery! So glad I renewed my membership for this year.

Jacquie Corrigan
Jacquie Corrigan

March 31, 2021

I am so excited about the upcoming topics! I have a cricut joy which I have never used! And I just purchased an embroidery machine which hopefully I will have figured out before the embroidery class in December! All I can say is woohoo! and thank you Cinnamon!


March 31, 2021

Always wanted to do smocking, but never brave enough to try it. So glad I’ll have some support in learning how now!

Maureen W.
Maureen W.

March 31, 2021

This looks so interesting! Never too old to learn new sewing techniques. Thank you!


March 30, 2021

I have always wanted to know how to smock and now is the time!!! I am really looking forward to the April Sewing with Cinnamon classes!

Ruth Ann Bryant
Ruth Ann Bryant

March 30, 2021

Exciting. So much to look forward to! Thank you.

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