We’re just a week away from kicking off our Heirloom I Online Licensing! A few weeks ago, I shared a preview with you of some of the more than 20 beautiful projects included in this curriculum, and today I’d like to focus on another great aspect of the course: all the techniques! You’ll master a lot of heirloom sewing techniques with us during the course — and I do mean a lot! There are written technique instructions you can print out and of course step-by-step video tutorials taught by me, Connie Palmer, Missy Billingsley, Alicia Welcher and Martha Pullen.
We’ll begin with some general sewing instruction techniques. Connie reviews a bunch of basic sewing techniques that we’ll use over and over again in our projects — everything from puffing to piping to plackets to French seams. I’ll teach you our tried and true methods for the basic heirloom sewing techniques used in every heirloom project. Plus, I’ll share some tips and techniques for working with knits. Then we’ll move on to all the specialty sewing techniques that will make your projects so lovely:
Lace Shaping: Hearts, diamonds and bows are gorgeous when shaped with lace. Martha will show you her methods for achieving beautiful lace shapes quickly and easily. Connie will also teach you all about pinless lace shaping.
Shark’s Teeth: This easy tuck treatment is beautiful on garments and home decorating projects. Missy will show you step-by-step how to create it.
Tucks: Folded tucks and double needle pintucks are a great way to add dimension and interest. Watch and learn with Alicia!
Crazy Patch: Fabric scraps have never looked so beautiful as when they are “crazy patched” together. This is one of the oldest and most beloved techniques in heirloom sewing, and Alicia will teach you our method we use often that’s a lot like paper piecing.
Cathedral Windows: I love cathedral windows. They’re inexpensive and can add so much interest to your projects. To make a cathedral window, you use strips of bias fabric to frame a window of lace, ribbon, embroidery or anything you choose to be your “windowpane.” I’ll show you all the simple steps.
Pinstitch and Entredeux:Pinstitch and entredeux stitch are two of the all-time favorite stitches in heirloom sewing. They are the stitches you use to attach your lace so that everything looks pretty. Connie shows you how to replicate these classic decorative stitches on your sewing machine.
Madeira Applique: This is a great technique that encases raw edges of fabric. We like to call it “Magic Madeira” because it is truly magic! Missy will teach you how to achieve this wonderful age-old technique using wash-away basting thread.
Mitered Corners: A lot of people think that mitering corners is one of the hardest techniques in sewing — but you definitely won’t be one of them once Alicia shows you just how easy both single fold and double fold mitered corners can be!
Smocking in the Hoop: Smocking is not just by hand anymore. With an embroidery machine, a pre-pleated piece of fabric and a “smocking in the hoop” embroidery file, you can achieve a very similar look. Alicia will teach you all the tricks!
Machine Embroidery: Machine embroidery adds a touch of elegance to any project, and Alicia will give you a great overview of stabilizers and embroidery tips. We will also give you some embroidery files for designs to use on your projects if desired!
Spanish Hemstitching: This is a fun technique where you use a feather stitch or other decorative stitch to join two pieces of lace, ribbon or even two pieces of fabric. Connie will show you how to easily create this hand-sewn look on your sewing machine.
To receive your teacher’s license at the end of the course, you’ll need to complete some techniques samples and a handful of the course projects. This license will give you shared copyright ownership with Martha Pullen Company for all the projects in this curriculum and their written directions. That means you can teach the projects in your own classes, make them for resale, or just enjoy making them for yourself or as special gifts. Only those who are licensed in a curriculum can teach or sell these projects.
As an added bonus, if you register for the course by midnight tonight (August 6), you will receive a FREE copy of Martha Pullen’s Antique Sewing Techniques video download! Martha loves antique clothes from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. On the video, she shares pieces from her vintage collection while teaching lots of techniques you can use on your own projects — box pleats, folded tucks, release tucks with feather stitching, intersecting tucks, extended lace curves and more.
Visit our online licensing site to learn more or register for Heirloom I Online Licensing. Class begins August 15!
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