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APPLIQUE SMOCKING-- A CLASSIC CHOICE

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. $30.00; additional silk satin ribbon is optional for pillow trim ($8.00).


AN OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS STOCKING

6 hours [2 SAGA Artisan Point]
Prerequisite skills: Knowledge of basic smocking stitches.

What better way to learn and to showcase a variety of stitching skills than an old fashioned Christmas stocking! This generous 15" stocking features a toe smocked with interlocking diagonals using metallic thread and a textured reverse smocked cuff, duplicated from the instructor’s stocking in the White House permanent collection. Other decorative features are fagotted satin ribbons plus ribbons couched and appliquéd with versions of fly and feather stitches. The stocking is further embellished with a metal-lic tassel and a ribbon button. In addition to instruction in these techniques, students will learn some quick assembly tricks. Students provide pleated fabric and may choose between forest green or ivory moiré bengaline base stocking fabric.

Kit contents and cost: ivory or forest green moire bengaline, muslin with traced pattern, flannel interlining, cream or black 3/8” double-faced satin ribbon, gold or silver Kreinik ombre braid, gold or silver Kreinik #4 very fine braid, disappearing basting tape, chenille and darner needles, illustrated handout. $25.00

Optional/Supplemental kit: Pleated onyx black, black cherry or ivory silk dupioni. $13.00 [Must be ordered six weeks prior to class.]



M'LADY'S JEWELRY POUCH

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


SMOCKING ON A LADDER

3 hours [1 SAGA Artisan Point]
Prerequisite skills: Familiarity with basic smocking stitches and principles.

Class description: No need to fear heights when smocking on a ladder! This class explores the little-used vertically smocked ladder stitch and takes it into new territory using the smocking stitches to attach ribbons. Be adventurous and learn that it is all right to break a few of the rules as you go backward and forward as well as up and down while you stitch! The class project is a small (2”) delft blue satin ornament stitched with silver Kreinik metallic tapestry braid to attach your white satin ribbons. Other possible applications of the technique will also be offered and discussed. NO pre-class preparation for this class!

Kit contents and cost: Pleated delft blue satin, a reel of silver Kreinik metallic tapestry braid, needle, Styrofoam® ball, and complete instructions including photo of the project. $12.00



FINE FEATHERS

3 hours [1 SAGA Artisan Point]
Prerequisite skills: Familiarity with basic smocking stitches and principles.

Class description: What could be more elegant than a silken evening bag delicately smocked with metallic threads? This class focuses on different forms of the versatile smocked feather stitch—feather wave, slanted feather and diagonal feather—as they are manipulated into a fan shape that becomes the flap for the bag. Each form is stitched with a different weight of metallic thread in either gold or silver. Instructor will share tips and tricks of working with metallic threads. Students provide their own pleated fabric. This is one class project that you will surely want to finish!

Kit contents and cost: Three weights of Kreinik metallic threads in choice of gold or silver, #5 darner needles and detailed instructions including a pattern and photo of the finished project. $15.00

Optional/Supplemental Kit: Pleated and flat silk dupioni for bag in choice of black cherry, onyx black or ivory. $25.00 [Must be ordered six weeks prior to class.]



PLANNING AND PLEATING THE SMOCKED BISHOP

6 hours [2 SAGA Artisan Points]
Prerequisite skills: Familiarity with basic smocking stitches and principles.

Class description: Planning and preparation are essential to every successful project. In this class, students will plan and pleat a smocked bishop dress (size 1-4) using the instructor’s seamless-appearing-seams method. They will also receive pointers on selecting appropriate smocking design and thread color combinations. After blocking and beginning to stitch a chosen design (selected from among four provided or their own), finishing techniques will be presented, including seams, bias binding, plackets, etc.

Kit contents and cost: Illustrated handout to include tips for pleating and construction, four original smocking designs and reusable blocking guide. $15.00



VICTORIAN HONEYCOMB TREAT

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. $14.00

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