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.
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!
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