Please note that there are 5 different hand sewing techniques in this book and each one can be taught as a stand-alone class. They are:
English paper piecing (EPP)
Wool hand applique
Bountiful Blooms — Needleturn Hand Applique
From Hand Sewing by Becky Goldsmith
Provide to students:
The center medallion pattern is in the book (page 81) and must be printed on 4 pages, trimmed, and taped together. Student will appreciate it if you make a master pattern and copy it onto larger paper for them to use in class.
1 copy of page 81 per student and 1 self-adhesive laminating sheet (packages available online or at an office supply store) to make templates
Hand sewing is calming—and you will enjoy a deep sense of satisfaction as you use your hands to make something beautiful from fabric.
This needleturn applique class is suitable for all skill levels. You will learn the Piece O’ Cake way to make easy and accurate templates, how to make and use a placement overlay, how to make lovely invisible stitches, and sew much more!
You will practice your skills on the 16” x 16” center medallion block. Use your block in the larger quilt, as a stand-alone wall quilt, pillow, or with other blocks.
Plan a class that suits your own situation. The more skills you teach, the longer the class needs to be. There are detailed applique instructions in the book on pages 54-69.
Teach this as a full day class or break it into smaller classes that cover the following:
Teach all or some needleturn applique sewing techniques that include:
The invisible stitch
Class Supply List
Students will bring notions from home but do show those that you recommend in class and have them available for sale. Quilters love to shop!
The notions I use and recommend can be found at pieceocake.com and are available from Checker, United, and Brewer.
Stock Quilter’s Vinyl on the bolt or in the package for placement overlays.
Book: Hand Sewing by Becky Goldsmith
One 18” x 18” square of background fabric
A variety of large scraps for the flowers, stems, leaves, and baskets
TIP: Provide a ‘scrap basket’ of fabrics for students to pull from, charging a per piece, per bag, or per pound price.
16” x 16” square of clear Quilter’s Vinyl
Hand applique needles: #12 sharp/applique needles
Thread: I recommend 50/2 cotton thread. Masterpiece Super Bob sets from Superior are an excellent choice.
Small sewing scissor
A pencil sharpener (depending on the pencils you use)
A portable light is helpful
Table space, 36” or more.
Access to electricity to plug in a lamp (optional).
1-3 ironing stations to press wrinkled fabric and backgrounds.
Make templates (page 55).
Make placement overlay (page 56).
Prepare background—press and mark (page 57).
Optional: color and design (page 58).
Trace and cut shape #1 (pages 24 and 59).
Finger press—this is a very important step (page 59).
Pin (page 60).
Thread (page 61) and knotting thread (21 and 22).
Teach the invisible applique stitch (pages 62-63).
Outer points (page 64-65).
Outer curves and circles (page 66).
Inner points (67-68).
Cutaway applique (69).