Art Makers Denver

I am so excited to be part of the fantastic offerings at Art Makers Denver, September 24-26, 2017. Have a look at the lineup. I wish I could take every, single one of the classes being offered!

On days one and two, September 24 & 25, I will be teaching Cut, Stencil, Stitch from Scratch. Have you ever wanted to create your own beautiful, flattering, comfortable clothing?

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg.

Join me in this exciting two-day workshop as you cut, stencil and hand stitch your very own Alabama Chanin inspired garment from scratch. Using your Alabama Chanin master pattern and Pellon, you will make your sized pattern, then cut your garment from Alabama Chanin’s most wonderful organic cotton jersey fabric.

Next we’ll have fun with spray paint as you stencil your garment and a small sewing sampler with fabric paint.

The second day you’ll practice hand stitches and techniques on your sewing sampler, then progress to stitching your garment. 

During this two-day workshop we’ll talk about tips and hints for a smooth sewing experience. You’ll learn about cutting fabric, stenciling, stitches, techniques, and construction. You will not have a completed project at the end of the workshop, but you will have gained key hands-on experience to complete this and other beautiful, heirloom hand stitched projects. 

You may choose from these projects:

From the Alabama Stitch Book - corset, shawl, swing skirt
From  Alabama Studio Style - camisole top, tank top
From Alabama Studio Sewing and Design - T-shirt top (sleeveless, cap, short sleeved), bolero, fitted top, fitted tunic, short fitted skirt, mid-length fitted skirt

All books are by Natalie Chanin, and available at  or

Once you are registered with Art Makers Denver, contact me by August 21st, 2017 with your project and color choices. I’m here to help you with any and all questions you may have. Your kit fee is $87, and is payable at the beginning of class.

The only thing you need to bring with you to class is your Alabama Chanin paper pattern with corresponding book and fabric scissors. I will supply everything else, including Pellon (1 yard), Alabama Chanin organic mid-weight fabric (2 yards), foldover elastic (if applicable), 4 spools of thread, fabric for your sewing sampler. During class you will also have the use of:  Clover chalk, spray fabric paint, assorted stencils, spray adhesive, paper, rags, pins, healing mat, rotary cutter, rulers, assorted scissors, needles, etc.

On day three of the retreat, September 26th, 2017, I will be offering my one-day workshop, Hand Stitching and Embellishing, The Alabama Chanin Way. The Alabama Chanin Way offers a fresh take on age-old hand stitching techniques. Join me in exploring these techniques, such as applique and reverse applique. We'll discuss different types of stitches, from the running stitch to elaborate embroidery stitches, and their applicable uses. I'll go over the physics of sewing and tips and tricks to help make for a smooth, successful sewing experience. We'll touch on materials, beading, couching; and you'll learn garment construction.

Your tea towel kit, cut from 100% domestic organic cotton, will be your sewing sampler to learn and practice different hand stitching techniques during class.

As an added option, you may bring your own Alabama Chanin DIY kit purchased through Alabama Chanin to class, and I will help you get started on it. Here are a couple examples of what you might choose.

You will not have a finished project at the end of class, but you will have the knowledge to complete your tea towel, to create projects of your own, and to hand stitch beautiful heirloom creations.

After registering for class, contact me by August 21st, 2017 to choose your color and stencil design for your tea towel sewing sampler. The class kit fee is $20, payable at the beginning of class. It will include your cut and stenciled tea towel kit, thread, pins, and needle. You will have use of scissors and rulers during class. It's recommended to have one (or more!) of the Alabama Chanin books as a reference. These books are available at Amazon or  Alabama Chanin.

You'll enjoy how portable these projects are. Since this is all hand stitching, there's no sewing machine required. These classes are suited for beginning and experienced sewers alike.

Art Makers Denver will be providing a catered lunch each day of the workshops. Please contact Art Makers Denver for complete details or contact me with any questions you might have.

I hope you can join us for this inspiring, technique-packed two-day workshop or for my one-day class, Hand Stitching and Embellishing, The Alabama Chanin Way, where you'll meet new friends, enjoy the creative vibe of downtown Denver, all while learning how to create your own beautiful Alabama Chanin styled clothing.

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