Stitch Gathering Sept 2014

Seven exciting workshops with a variety of skill levels - you will complete 2 workshops during the day.

Sheila Donnachie

Mega Pinnie

My Mega Pinnie has been described as “not so much a pincushion, more of a workstation!”
This large cube, with pockets on all sides will help to keep your workspace tidy - I am by nature a messy worker and my own MP helped me to control pins, find my scissors, my chopstick, all the things you reach for daily – you can find room for them in the Mega Pinnie.
With a little bit of advance preparation, this project is achievable during the Stitch Gathering session.
This is a machine sewing class suitable for all skill levels

Julie Rutter

Cafe Apron

Make a fabulous Cafe Apron as a lovely gift or maybe a treat for yourself. We'll learn how to sew pockets and pleats and we'll be using clever hem finishes too.
The class is suitable for anyone who has basic sewing machine experience and with room to put your personal stamp on it with your fabric choices it is fun for more experienced sewers too.
This is a machine sewing class suitable for all skill levels.

Katy Cameron

Tote Bag

These days it's all about recycling and saving the planet, so how about embracing both of these values with this block fronted tote bag. Recycle one of your orphan quilt blocks and use it in this tote, which is perfect for taking to markets or the shops, saving the planet from another plastic bag. Your block is enhanced with a little piping to create a front pocket, while inside there is a zipped pocket, perfect for keeping your keys and purse while shopping. You can even use the block created in Jo's class, or bring along another one you wish to rehome.
This is a machine sewing class suitable for all skill levels.

2014 Class Notes

The Stitch Gathering 2014 event date announced

This year's Stitch Gathering offers a choice of 7 workshops - you will choose two of them - one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
We have picked a wide choice of half day workshops with a range of skill levels and a good mix of machine and hand sewing options. We have concentrated on projects which most people should be able to complete in the class.
We will be asking for your choices in June by email and will endeavour to give everyone at least one of their first choices. Last year the majority of participants got both first choices!

Fiona Calvert

Apple Core EPP

In this class you will learn that EPP doesn't stop at hexagons! You will learn how to English Paper Piece curves to create a pretty little panel that you can turn into a cushion, mini quilt or perhaps the beginning of a handsewn quilt! English paper piecing is a great way to use your scraps and have a relaxing, portable, fun, hand-stitching project that you can take anywhere. The traditional applecore pattern is just a little bit unusual and is a good introduction to curves.
This workshop is suitable for all skill levels

Fiona Calvert

Reverse Applique Hoop

In this class you will learn a reverse applique technique and will create a pretty hanging hoop to decorate your home. This is a hand sewing class where Fiona will teach needle turn reverse applique and show how simple and fun it is to turn a few scraps and an embroidery hoop into a gorgeous piece of wall art!
This workshop is suitable for all skill levels

Jo Avery

Free-hand New York Beauty

Love the spikes and curves of the New York Beauty block but scared of the precision required? Here's a chance to practice the techniques required with the pressure off - as it's meant to look wonky! We will be free-hand drawing our curves and spikes on to a foundation fabric, flip-piecing our spikes, and then using a really easy way to piece curves, that doesn't require tons of pins! The result will be a funky improv-style block and a huge increase in your piecing skills and confidence. Make this block into a cushion, make another 3 and turn it into a stunning wall hanging, or take the Tote Bag class in the afternoon and use it for that!

This is a machine sewing class suitable for all skill levels.

Jo Avery

Patchwork Doggie

This cute little pet can be either machine or hand sewn, though you'll have to be a speedy hand sewer to get it finished in the class! Using a really quick EPP method with glue we will hand sew our squares to make the dog shape before turning him into a three dimensional toy or mascot. Or you could machine piece your squares together for a quicker finish. This is also a great project for using up small scraps. Patchwork pooch measures 8 x 11in but Jo will also be offering a choice of sizes so you can make an ultra cute mini version if you like!

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels.

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