Sewing School With Claudia Newton

February 1-3, 2018

Join us for our Winter Sewing School with Claudia Newton. This promises to be three days filled with fellowship and fabulous projects!


Kits are $90 and available in Yellow or Pink Lawn, or Pink Floral

Other Kit Options

Using our Children's Corner classic Aprons dress pattern, you will create this precious garment (sizes 6 months - 4) in a fun and challenging class. The bodice embellishment includes mitered lace insertion, released tucks, and heirloom embroidery featuring appliqué cord, blanket stitch scallops, and an openwork technique for the flower centers; embroidery is optional on the skirt.

The bias bands at the neck and sleeves are enhanced with tiny gathered lace edging (using two gathering methods) and a narrow fancy band of lace and entredeux connects the lace edged ruffle to the skirt. You will use several innovative construction techniques: a reduced bulk technique for binding the neck edge; easy french-seamed set-in sleeves; using masking tape and watersoluble stabilizer to reduce the need for marking on fabric; working with a fabric block to add tucks to an existing pattern, and more. The first morning will be spent practicing continuous thread tucks, lace miters, and embroidery; the remaining time will be spent in constructing the garment, with practice time for new techniques and hand embroidery. Basic sewing experience required; some embroidery experience will be helpful.

Kits will be available in a variety of colors.

Extra Supply List for Sunshine

1/4" quilters masking tape
Children's Corner Aprons pattern (included in kit, if you already own this pattern please let us know and we will issue you an $8 credit)
Tissue paper or pattern tracing (large enough for pattern front and back with room for modifications at sides and length)
Stabilizer for buttonholes
Three empty bobbins for your machine
Light/Magnification - optional
Machine feet that will be most helpful (standard, buttonhole, open toe or what you use for rolling/whipping, 5 or 7-groove pintuck foot, 1/4" footor  zipper foot (whatever you use for stitching 1/8" tucks), edge-joining foot
Awl or stiletto

18" of longer clear grid ruler

Plastic finger shield (and/or thimble)

Optional, but helpful
4" hoop for embroidery
Lighting and/or magnification for hand embroidery

Bring if you already own (loaners will be available in class)
Small lace shaping board
Wash away basting thread
Circle template
Bee's wax or thread conditioner
Pastel thread for basting
Scotch tape
Fine-tip green sharpie
Small lightbox for tracing

"Rock-a-Bye Pony" 

Kits are $50 and available in Blue or White linen 

Created as an embroidery project for Sew Beautiful magazine, this precious diaper set teaches the basics of Madeira appliqué. The rocking pony is complete with a little saddle for a tiny rider. The saddle and rocker are filled with chain stitch, and chain stitch also creates the mane and tail. Once the embroidery is finished, you will learn to fold in mitered hems and attach the hems and facings with pinstitch. The diaper shirt pattern was purposely made without side seams, allowing the pinstitch to flow uninterrupted around the hem. Narrow bias bindings finish the neck and armhole edges, with a special technique for reducing bulk at the front neck edges. The diaper cover requires only basic sewing skills.

Extra Supply List for Rock-A-Bye Baby

Round, smooth wooden toothpick (no color)
6” or longer clear grid ruler
Small trimming scissors (serrated blades are great)

Optional, but recommended
Lighting and/or magnification
Bee’s wax or thread conditioner
Pastel thread to use for basting
Small lightbox for tracing


To register for Sewing School, please call us at 615-292-1746 to reserve your spot. Feel free to call or email us at with any questions you may have about Sewing School.


Three-day school is $345 with an additional kit fee for each class. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due at registration. The balance of $245 is due on December 15, 2017.

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