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Rami Kim Perseverance


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!


To the Brim


Last Sunday the movers delivered all our worldly possessions.  Alas, there is not yet a house to put them in, so everything is being stored in Prince Charming’s Man Cave.  It is filled to the brim!  Quite literally.  Who’d a thunk we had so much stuff?

Still, it’s nice to know that the myriad of bits and pieces that make up one’s home are no longer traveling about these great states in the back of a moving truck.  It was a very large moving truck; we were not the only load.

There is hardly and rhyme or reason as to how things are arrayed in the MC.  Yard tools are stacked next to statues.  So far as I could tell, nothing made any untoward clinking or clattering sounds when offloaded, so we are hopeful nothing broke.

We managed to keep a narrow aisle to get to the back of the Man Cave so things like the toilet and sink can still be installed.

Amusingly, one of the last boxes to come off the truck was labeled “Sewing Room Totes”.  It is near the front, with easy access.  That simple phrase translates to having my beading supplies near to hand.  Not sure what is packed in which box, but just knowing that some crafting can now be done has gone a very long way to soothing my soul.

Man Cave



Technically, since this is above ground, I probably shouldn’t call it a Man Cave.  This is Prince Charming’s Workshop.  All his luthier paraphernalia and woodworking tools will be set up here.  And the myriad clamps, presses, vices, rasps, bits and bobs will have a perfect home.

What is a luthier you may ask?  That’s someone who makes stringed instruments.

Prince Charming currently has a guitar in the works.  All that’s left to do are the gazillion coats of lacquer to make it shiny.

I think there are dreams of having a planer in here, as well as some aparatus for steaming/bending wood.

Sew-In Workshop


This year the Sew-In had it’s first ever Special Event Workshop.  It was a whole extra day of quilting and creating with none other than Patrick Lose

Everyone had an opportunity to select from one of three projects to do.  There was a table runner, Flaky Fella,  a banner, Upwardly Mobile and a table topper, Suny Side Up.  I picked Flaky, as table toppers and banners are not my cuppa.

While I maintain that I am not really a quilter, the workshop was a blast!  Patrick has a sly, dry sense of humor, while his business partner Gary did a bang-up job of coraling the verbal chaos…or adding to it.  I forget which.

Both gave as good as they got from the 35 fiesty females attending.

All the projects were fusible applique, a technique I had never tried before.  This made for an opportunity to learn something new!

Patrick also did some demonstrations for the group.  One was how to meet up the ends of your quilt binding so it looks continuous.

I’d read about this process, and seen pictures in books, but it took seeing it in real life for the Eureka moment to happen!

He also showed a method of mitering the corners of binding to lay flat.  This tip alone was worth the class!  Who’d have thought it was so easy, and so simple, and involved sewing right off the edge of the binding!

Of course, with a group this large, not everyone pays precise attention to details…or as I informed Patrick, “I thought the words were only there for people who didn’t understand the pictures!”  Yup!  Guess who didn’t read the instructions?  Moi!

But you know, that turned out to be just fine, as all of our bobbles and blips become design features, making each project creatively unique!  Not once were the words “could have” or “should have” uttered.  The whole day was a delight.

This is how Frosty turned out. I think he looks pretty happy with himself.

This is how he should have turned out.  What can I say, we have wide tables! 



Last Saturday our local Sewing Guild had their Spring Workshop.  They offered a series of four different all-day classes.  I signed up for Tailoring.

Now, there was some confusion, at least in my mind, on just what was meant by tailoring.  In my mind that’s pad stitching and setting the roll line of a lapel.  In fact, the class was alterations – on both completed garments as well as muslins.  Exactly what I was looking for.

Friday night I cut a couple of the patterns I had just traced out of  “muslin”, which for me is just cheap printed cotton.  I used to be able to get this for less than $1 a yard, however along with everything else, it’s gone up in price.  I may actually have to start using real muslin for muslins.  Wouldn’t that be something?

Saturday morning I quickly got them sewn up before dashing off to class.  That’s bright and early Saturday morning, for those keeping track.  The skirt at left is the Hot Patterns Slouch Fly Front.

I also managed to get McCall’s 5934 cut and sewn prior to class.  I think these will both be good all-round skirts.  Even better – now they fit!  Woo-hoo!

Besides having the instructor work on my skirts, I also got to see how to change things like shirts, pants and even a Rennaisance costume.  It was most enlightening.

The pants fitting in particular was totally counter-intuitive.  You scoop the seat in to get more room?  Yes, you do! This light-bulb moment made the whole class worthwhile!