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6 hours [2 SAGA Artisan Point]
Prerequisite Skills: Knowledge of basic smocking stitches and principles

No little girls to smock for is not an excuse to quit! Learn how to fashionably incorporate smocking into your own garments. Using examples from her own wardrobe and visuals drawn from fellow stitching sisters and commercial sources, the instructor will point out and discuss how to achieve a classic and sophisticated look. You will learn simple steps to incorporate a smocked insert into an existing non-smocking pattern and how to manipulate smocking’s inherent controlled fullness to your advantage. The class will also include worked examples of special construction techniques and suitable smocking stitches, including an original design. Students supply pleated fabric samples for exercises.

Kit contents and cost: Basting tape, additional prepared fabric samples, assorted fun threads (e.g., pearl cotton, overdyed, metallic), smocking rows guide, notebook inserts, detailed illustrated handout. $16.00


3 hours [1 SAGA Artisan Point]
Prerequisite skills: Students should be proficient with basic smocking stitches and principles.

Let’s go outside the box and smock it! Learn how to manipulate fabric to fit a square box top using shadow feather stitch and beaded honeycomb stitch. A self-fabric flower with shaped petals provides an accent. Students may choose to completely cover a provided box or any 6-7ʺ square box or lid. Finishing and mounting techniques will be discussed. Students furnish own pleated fabric or request supplemental kit.

Kit contents and cost: Detailed, illustrated instructions, needles and needle threader, buckram flower base, 6ʺ box to cover. $10.00

Supplemental kit: ¾ yd black cherry dupioni, pleated as required, coordinating seed beads, matching floss and thread. Must be ordered six weeks before class. $25.00
Sudberry House Carol’s Fancywork Box, as shown, may be pre-ordered ($85.00) from instructor six weeks before class.


6 hours [2 SAGA Artisan Points]
Prerequisite skills: Advanced; inherent knowledge of van dyke stitch and smocking principles required.

You’ll be ready for a night on the town carrying this delicate bag designed to hold your keys, cell phone and lipstick. The project features a beaded van dyke smocking design and is embellished with bead-embroidered flowers and finished off with beaded tassels. Experienced stitchers will enjoy stepping outside their comfort zone and learning to adapt smocking stitches for beading while working with specialty fabric and thread. Kit is all-inclusive and there is no pre-class preparation.

Kit contents and cost: Pleated and matching interfaced silk dupioni (choice of color); ecru or black Kreinik silk Bella, cylinder beads and beading thread; needles and threader, beige or black cord, bag finishing materials, detailed illustrated handout. $36.00.


6 hours [2 SAGA Artisan Points]
Prerequisite skills: Experienced beginner; should be comfortable with basic smocking stitches and techniques.

Everyone loves smocked ornaments! They are quick to stitch and easy to complete. Learn how to create and graph your own design using inherent stitch properties and how to calculate number of pleating rows and pleats based on finished size. Start stitching your own ornament using a smocking-in-the-round technique to eliminate a finishing seam. Assorted finishing and hanging methods will be presented and discussed. No pre-class preparation.

Kit contents and cost: Pleated ivory silk dupioni, two spools (red and gold) Kreinik #12 tapestry braid, 2-1/2” Styrofoam® ball, filigree end caps, smocking graphing paper, needles, detailed illustrated handout. $20.00


9 hours [3 SAGA Points]
Prerequisite skills: Knowledge of basic smocking stitches.

Look what can happen when you limit yourself to only one color (red) thread, fabric, etc. With so much to learn your own heart will be pumping through this fast-paced class as you explore differences in thread, fabric and stitch textures. Begin with a quick exercise in curved piecing to create the heart base. Next, two quick and simple smocking designs point out the differences in fabric grain and how it affects manipulation. You then will embellish your heart with the basic embroidery stitches required for the SAGA Artisan apprentice embroidery sampler, including chain, backstitch, lazy daisy, french knot, blanket, fly and feather, but stitched with exotic and fun threads! Learn three different forms of appliqué, including one to decoratively join smocking to flat fabric. Finally, crown your heart with bead embroidery, once again using basic embroidery stitches. The resulting 7" heart is suitable and ready to mount and frame or to attach to something else of choice, such as the flap of a handbag (kit available separately). No pre-class preparation.

Kit contents and cost: All fabrics, threads, ribbons and beads to make the heart are provided and will include two pieces pleated silk dupioni, assorted velveteen, wool felt, silks and novelty fabrics; Kreinik metallic braid and Bella silk, beading thread, pearl cotton, overdyed Au Ver à Soie and Vineyard silks; grosgrain, organza and silk ribbon; assorted seed, bugle and accent beads; needles, base stabilizer and detailed, illustrated handout for the heart. $33.00
Pattern and all materials for the handbag, including onyx black silk dupioni and interfacings, are available as a kit for purchase from the instructor with prior notification 6 weeks prior to class. $30.00


3 hours [1 SAGA Artisan Point]
Prerequisite skills: Knowledge of basic smocking stitches.

Use this delicate silken pouch to protect your valuables next time you travel or make one as a special gift. Its smocked flap, which hides a tiny zipper, is stitched with overdyed floss in a simple curved design made up of waves and cables. Every pouch will be unique because the thread color changes dictate its pattern. Learn how to gauge half-space rows without the aid of pleating threads plus a quick and easy whipped thread trim. The 5" pouch is self-lined and is further embellished with a decorative button and tiny tassel. Kit is complete—pouch is partially constructed with set-in zipper—and requires no pre-class preparation. Finishing at home by machine is minimal.

Kit contents and cost: Pleated silk dupioni (several color choices), matching interfaced silk dupioni to complete project, coordinating ThreadworX overdyed floss, zipper, covered or decorative button, needles and detailed illustrated handout including instructions for making pouch from own fabric. $16.00


12 hours [4 SAGA Artisan Points]
Prerequisite skills: Knowledge of basic smocking and embroidery stitches.

Reduce your stash of fabrics, trims, threads, etc.; reuse pieces of vintage linens or out-of-date clothing; recycle previous class projects that have never been finished as intended. Let Barbara guide you as you plan, lay out and begin to create your one-of-a-kind jacket using basic design principles of contrast, repetition, alignment, proportion. The jacket is strip pieced using two-inch strips and/or four-inch squares. In order to establish a foundation for the jacket, class exercises will include smocking with silk ribbons and threads plus some silk ribbon embroidery. Kit will include all supplies for these exercises. Four different color palettes are featured: ivory, black, ivory/pastel or black/jewel tone. Embellishment ideas will be presented, including favorite embroidery stitches, ribbon manipulation, and button embellishment.

Kit contents and cost: Ivory or black silk dupioni(27" x 36"); matching fusible interfacing, three widths YLI silk ribbon, two weights Kreinik silk threads, seed beads and beading thread, pre-pleated dupioni strips; needles, illustrated handout. $50.00
Optional additional kit: Generous quarter-yard (54”-wide) package of assorted pastel or jewel tone silks. $10.00


3 hours [1 SAGA Artisan Point]
Prerequisite skills: Knowledge of basic smocking stitches.

Victorians delighted in presenting small treats in fancifully embellished cones. This smocked version features the surface honeycomb worked with fine metallic thread and seed beads. It is trimmed with delicate lace and a thread tassel that is formed while smocking, using a technique similar to embroidered turkey work. Felt-lined, the cone is finished off with a twisted cord hanging loop. The class kit comes complete with pleated ivory or pastel silk dupioni and there is no pre-class preparation.

Kit contents and cost: Pleated ivory or pastel silk dupioni, wool felt, lace edging, DMC stranded cotton, Kreinik very fine metallic braid, seed beads, needle and threader, detailed illustrated handout. $12.00


6 hours [2 SAGA Artisan Points]
Prerequisite skills: Students should be proficient with basic smocking stitches.

If there is a wedding or other special occasion on your horizon, this class allows you to choose your project – a ring bearer’s pillow or an elegant classic wrist bag made with ivory silk dupioni. It features a beaded version of Barbara’s applique smocking technique to attach silk satin ribbon to pleated fabric. Delicate smocked feather stitch diamonds flank the ribbon which also features a row of embroidered feather stitch. All stitching is done with fine silk thread in either off white or palest pastels. The project is further embellished with a detachable half-shell ruched rosette. No pre-class preparation.

Kit contents and cost: pleated and prepared ivory silk dupioni; matching silk for lining/pillow back; tear away paper stabilizer; off-white silk satin double faced ribbon; #9 darner needles; pkg Mill Hill Antique seed beads; spool Kreinik Silk Bella thread; half dozen fine straight pins; rosette findings (buckram, pin back, Nymo thread); detailed illustrated handout. $28.00; additional silk satin ribbon is optional for pillow trim ($8.00).