**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.**
Years ago, our grandparents and great-grandparents made beautiful quilts using a technique known as “hand piecing.” But they just called it quilting! Prior to the mass production of the sewing machine and long arm quilting machines, quilting was done on a small scale by sewing the pieces together by hand. Luckily, a few traditional sewists and quilters have kept the traditional of hand piecing quilts alive. Now, we’re going to pass it along to you!
Why hand piecing? There is something supremely satisfying about the tactile experience of holding fabric, needle, and thread in your hands and building something step-by-step. But, beyond the sensory experience, hand piecing is portable and takes up hardly any space making it the perfect creative activity for travel or sitting-in-the-car/bus stop/ferry/carpool line, sitting in the garden… you get the idea. The best part: you can pick it up and put it down quickly without a lot of preparation and clean up so you can work on your hand piecing when you only have a few minutes to spare.
Beginners welcome! No previous sewing experience is necessary. We’ll start at the beginning with our pattern templates and cut out the shapes for our very first quilt block. Then, using easy seaming stitches, we’ll build our blocks piece by piece until you have the start of your very first hand pieced quilt. Even if you’ve never done any sewing before, this class will teach you everything you need to get you started as a hand sewer of quilts.
- Know how to thread a needle.
- Hand sewing needle - We recommend quilting needles or sharps.
- Sewing thread in a neutral color – We use Aurifil 50wt thread for hand sewing
- Fabric scissors
- Thread snips
- Pressing tool like the Clover Roll & Press or a Hera marker
- Fabric of your choice
- Registration will close on Monday, November 8th at 9:00pm.
- This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial. Please make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.
- A Zoom link will be sent to the email address you registered with one day prior to the class. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder for emails from BARN.
- Tuition assistance is available. Click here to complete our simple form.
- Skill Level: Beginning
- Ages 14+ Welcome
Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz, the inspired creators of Shibaguyz Designz studio.
The Shibaguyz’ award-winning crochet, knit, and sewing designs have been featured in and on the covers of dozens of domestic and international publications. Together, the Shibaguyz team currently has over 300 published patterns and 11 books credited to their name since their first design was featured on a magazine cover in 2010.
Their fashion and portrait photography work can be seen in four of their books. They are sought-after freelance book-packaging designers, having created books for major publishing companies like Sterling Publishing, Leisure Arts, and Creative Publishing. The Shibaguyz have been teaching adults for 30+ years. Their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought-after teachers in both local and national venues like STITCHES Events, Vogue Knitting LIVE, and DFW Fiber Fest. They also have a wide range of online classes available from Blueprint and Interweave.
Shannon and Jason are proud ambassadors for Aurifil, Clover, BERNINA, Soak Wash, and the Daylight Company. They are working on a new book with C&T Publishing. Look for it in December 2020.
Shannon and Jason live in Seattle, Washington with their three Shiba Inu who, more or less, support their ventures in sewing, stitching, and crafting… so long as enough time is taken for walks and treats.
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