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Rami Kim Perseverance

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It was waaay back in the Fall of 2016 that our local sewing guild had Rami Kim, Queen of Fabric Manipulation present a workshop.

She showed us many, many different ways of folding, stitching and otherwise twisting fabric to achieve texture and depth.

The workshop project was a tote.  We were instructed to prep our fabric before-hand, cutting various pieces to size.  Rami was quite the task master.  She would demonstrate a particular technique, then we would have 45 minutes.  Or 30 minutes.  Or 15 to replicate things.

This may sound a bit stern, but it was necessary if we were to learn everything she wanted to teach us.  Goodness there was a wealth of knowledge to acquire!

Each section of the tote featured a different type of fabric manipulation.  And once the fabric was cajoled in to the appropriate shape, it could be further embellished with beads or embroidery.  I chose beads.

We learned different types of smocking, fabric pinwheels, a new take on flying geese triangles, and many, many other methods.

By the time Saturday evening rolled around, we were exhausted, educated and very happy sewists.  We all swore we would finish our totes, and have  a show-and-tote at a meeting in the future.

Perseverance was key in completing the tote.  There was considerably more hand sewing (see smocking mentioned above) than I had done in years.  All that smocking?  Yup, sewn by hand.  All those beads?  By hand again, though adding beads was my choice.  By the time it was finished my hands cried uncle and my fingers felt blistered.  Perseverance may be overrated.

The future is here!  I’ve finished my bag!

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Sewing Camp – Redux

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Sewing camp once again did not disappoint, neither with views or camaraderie.

The first three days were lovely and crisp.  The last day we had a beautiful fresh snowfall.  Snow which did not deter us or dampen our spirits one single bit!

Usually I post about all the projects that were finished, accomplishments achieved, endeavors entertained.

Alas, this year while I was at sewing camp, my Sewing Mojo was off on holiday sipping fruity drinks.  She made brief, sporadic appearances then just as abruptly departed.

All this is a very round-about way to say I have not much in the way of finished items to offer.  There was one wadder, which has been disposed of.  One completed project (which was started at the March workshop), one pattern traced, one shirt waiting for a decision on buttons and one shrug partially completed.

I would have the shrug to show, except the plan in my mind’s eye did not mesh with reality.  Still, I was glad to have done the experimentation.  It seems the pleather I had was not suitable for an edge binding.  Glad to have found out on scraps, still haven’t decided what to use.  Oh, and the shrug is reversible.  With pockets.  On both sides.  Requires more thinking…

Guildy Gals

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It’s been mentioned quite frequently that I am a member of the American Sewing Guild.  They are a national organization which promotes sewing as a life enhancing experience, and I can agree with that – sewing has greatly enhanced my life.

It’s also no secret that I originally joined to get the 10% discount that being a member of ASG gets you at Joann’s fabrics, as well as local retailers.  I was a member for years and never attended a meeting, or took advantage of all the other wonderful events and discounts offered.  Until I took a class at a local shop, which was taught by another guild member.  Sue C – you’re responsible for this!

I can say it literally changed my sewing circle.  Instead of working in a total vacuum, I had like-minded individuals to get together with.  It didn’t matter if our sewing preference was garments or quilts or charity or just puttering around with odd pieces.  There was someone local, who I could physically connect with.  There was a wealth of experience to draw on when I ran into a problem…and even more surprisingly, there were folks out there who wanted the knowledge I had to offer.

This also lead to workshops and all manner of events.  There was Emma Seabrooke, who taught the first workshop I attended.  There was Louise Cutting, Peggy Sagers, Linda Lee, Mary Mulari, Patty Palmer, Mary Lou Rankin, and Bobbi Bullard the Queen of Bling.  Many others as well, whose names don’t come to mind at the moment.

I took a class to make a pants pattern – fit to my exact measurements, which I still use today (withe a few tweaks added for these additional pounds).

There was the Sew-In – a high point in the summer doldrums of Cactusville.

Part of being a guild member also means the opportunity to attend neighborhood groups.  Local folks who meet on a monthly basis, sharing skills, perhaps with a demo or a program or something of interest to all.  Last Tuesday, I attended my final neighborhood group meeting in Cactusville.

We made a party of it!  Phyllis, our group leader who had been ill was able to attend.  There was pie and cake and munchies and drinks.  Therisa showed us how to refashion t-shirts, and talked about using dyes to go from washed-out white to a rainbow of colors.  It was wonderful.  Amazing!  Thank you for enriching my life so.  I shall miss you all.

Farewell, but not goodbye.