Ready to Advance Your Sewing Skills? Check out Sew South Retreat

Thinking about upping your sewing game? Check out the new Sew South retreat dates. There's no better way to improve your sewing than spending a few days with expert sewists and your own little sewing machine!

Sew South Retreat | Advance your sewing skills

Sew South: New Sew South Retreats!: I'm so excited to announce the next three Sew South Retreats for 2016/2017! Since 2012 I've hosted Sew South, and I'm so happy...

2016 Sewing Summer Camps in Raleigh, NC

I'm excited to share that be teaching camps at the St. Francis of Assisi Community Center's Camp Francis in Raleigh, NC again this summer! This is my fourth year teaching at this wonderful program that offers half day camps with a lunch program that enables working parents to get full day camp coverage for their children both big and small, with camps for pre-school through high school ages.  See you there! (Ooh! Sign up soon because these camps sell out quickly!)

Felt Friends & Sewing Fun (Hand Sewing)           

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Grades: 3rd-5th

We’ll start with the basics like threading a needle, knots, and simple stitches. Then we will move into several super fun projects including a stuffed felt friend, creative hair decorations and more. New projects will be introduced each day. 

Cost: $150 St. Francis Parishioners $170 Non-Parishioners 

June 13-17 2016   9:00am-12:00pm 
July 11-15 2016   9:00am-12:00pm

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Zip it Up (Machine Sewing)                  

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Grades: 6th-12th

Starting with zipper bags, we’ll zip through the week making projects that involve zippers. No experience or sewing machine required for this class, but if you have your own machine you are encouraged to bring it. 

Cost: $180 St. Francis Parishioners $200 Non-Parishioners

June 20-24 2016  9:00am-12:00pm 
July 18-2 2016    9:00am-12:00pm

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A little information about the Assisi Community Center Camp Francis Program: We support the mission of the Catholic Community of Saint Francis of Assisi and the Community Life ministries within our parish community.  We promise to inspire growth opportunities, offer support, encourage participation, and safeguard the environment as we build our summer family.  We enable our community to renew the spirit within, maintain the physical body, and grow the mind as we enjoy the quality recreational, educational and spiritual activities within our exceptional facilities and grounds. We welcome with joy all those young people who come to us and invite them into the life of our summer community. 

Sewing Library Essentials Part 1 | Books for the Beginner to Intermediate Sewist

In my Beginner Sewing Kit Essentials post, I shared what I considered the definitive resource for the beginning sewist - The Sewing Bible by Ruth Singer. The truth is, there are so many wonderful resources out there depending on what you want to sew and your skill level.

Are you ready? Here are some of my favorite sewing books or what I might consider Sewing Library Essentials ....

The Sewing Bible by Ruth Singer walks you through the essential techniques with great color images.  It also includes many projects where you can test out your new skills!

Diana Rupp's Sew Everything Workshop is great if you are ready to try out garment sewing. It walks you through the taking your body measurements and has projects that progress from beginner to intermediate. What makes this books special is it is contains the the Naughty Secretary skirt pattern which Diana teaches your to sew in her Sewing Studio class on Craftsy.

Jennifer Paganelli's Girl's World contains patterns for those adorable boutique style dresses seen on young girls in those Pinterest-perfect photos that seem to be everywhere right now. I absolutely adore the Tallulah Halter Dress! This book also has a few simpler but super girly decor projects that you might tackle with your young sewist if you are already an intermediate sewist yourself.

Three is a good start!  Watch this spot for the next installments of Sewing Library Essentials!

Six Basic Stitches Every Sewist Should Know | Hand and Machine Sewing Resources

We used this hand stitching resource a lot in Hand Sewing Camp this summer, but it is truly useful for all sewists. You just never know when you will need to mend something or if you want to take a little project on the road with you.
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