Thursday, August 23, 2012

Quilting Classes at Stonemountain with Angie Woolman and Ann Tarabini! Come explore quilting in the Bay Area!

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Choose an icon of your choice to learn one method of machine appliqué. After making a few blocks, students embark on building a large freeform background. Learn to improv in this fun and encouraging class. 
(711) Sept 7, 14, 21
Fridays 6 - 9:30 pm  
 $105 - 3 Sessions
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Quilting is all about putting fabrics together - Here are a few fabric combos to inspire!        
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         Here's another fun class - Log Cabin Crazy Quilt! 
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In this class, students learn how to piece a crazy log cabin block.  Unlike the traditional log cabin block, this block requires very little  measuring. All types of fabrics can be used which allow students to have  fun "playing" with fabric to produce a one-of-a-kind block. The  finished block can be framed, made into a pillow, or make many blocks  for a quilt. This workshop is good for all levels.  
(723A) September 1, Saturday 10:30 am - 1:30 pm        
$20 Workshop Fee
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           Paper piecing is a sewing technique that can be used to help with  accuracy. You can use this technique to make small blocks or large  blocks in quilts/borders/pockets. In this class, you will learn to piece  some small traditional blocks. By the end of the class you will have  three or more small blocks. All sewing will be done with instructors  help.                     
$20 Workshop Fee          
(719C) Sept 9, Sunday 5 - 8 pm

We love our "Indie" Pattern Lines - Check out Kayla Kennington's great Garments to Make!

Stonemountain & Daughter - Special Labor Day
Store Hours
              10:00 AM - 5:30 PM  - Monday Sept. 3rd. 
 Kayla Kennington is a pattern maker, but she is so much more!
For many years, inspired by The Bernina Art-to-Wear Fashion Show, she created museum quality garments. They are truly amazing, inspiring, and take sewing to a whole new level!
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Magnifique Fantasia Fleur de Soleil.
The top of this Bernina Show piece is based on Kayla's Fantasia Top #518. It is made of rectangles, triangles, and squares just like her other modular design patterns. Below is the Fantasia Pattern made up as a jacket and as a wedding dress by Kayla Kennington to show you its versatility.
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Here is the same pattern made up as a gorgeous wedding dress..  
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For many years in Houston, Texas, Bernina sponsored a fabulous art-to-wear fashion show. In 2001, Kayla sent in a portfolio to see if she could qualify as one of the fifty designers. She was chosen and for the first year she set to work to create her butterfly opera coat.

The theme was "Renaissance" and she thought of it not only as a time period but also as a resurgence of ideas and technologies. That made her think of transformation and of the butterfly.

 Further inspiration came from a book from the Art Institute of Chicago - "Clothed to Rule the Universe - Ming Dynasty Textiles"
filled with silk robes with beautiful embellishments.

Her goal was to make a piece that was theatrical enough for the stage, intriguing enough to view closely, and refined enough to actually wear.
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Well, she aced her goals - her piece won top award in the show - The Creme de la Creme award and she took home a top of the line Bernina sewing machine with embroidery software!

Kayla says that winning the award was wonderful, but perhaps the best part was having a venue to show her pieces!

For 2002, the theme's show was "Masquerade" and Kennington created a stylized image of a Phoenix as a tribute for a small village in Vietnam where local weavers create silks on looms that are over 100 years old. This piece also won the Creme De La Creme award for 2002.
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Kayla was in Seventh Heaven. She knew she had done her best work to date! She always strives to create museum quality work, to make something never before seen, but ultimately the challenge is with herself to create the best she has ever done, and that is really what it is all about!
For 2003, The theme was "Fantasy" and Kayla created Madame Dragonfly.
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She was awarded Bernina Hall of Fame Award. Since then she has exhibited as a non-competitor and in 2005 was one of the judges. 
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Want to learn to design unique garments? Here are a few classes you will love!
Learn the principles of good design, garment terminology  and flat and figure sketches. No previous drawing experience needed!
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Class - Intro to Draping and Pattern Drafting I
Learn to drape and basic bodice in muslin and then make a paper pattern from the drape.
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Class - Draping II
Turn your ideas into real garments! Your basic bodice morphs into different patterns as details are added. Learn to add princess seams, gathers, pleats, and tucks, and collars for fitting and style.

            Class - Designer Details
Learn to make your own custom bias tapes, piping, covered buttons, and ruffles!
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Here is Kayla Kennington's Lanai Top. This top is on display as part of her trunk show. This top is very geometric and yet still fluttery.
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Lanai Top and Perennial Pant
Kayla named this top after the Lanai Restaurant in Maui where she enjoyed wearing this design as the sun went down. The top was created with modesty and comfort in mind  for the warm days of summer or enjoying your favorite resort.
The Perennial Pant pairs well with all of Kayla's design. This is a very versatile pant. It has no side seam. For an elegant evening look, Kayla likes to make this pant up in a silk crepe de chine.
Stonemountain has silk crepes in beautifully classic colors..
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taupe, pink, salmon, and grey
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and a few fun patterns..
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Kayla's Angel Top is made simply with rectangles, roll-hem serged on edges of each  panel and   connected with a decorative dot stitch. Pattern  includes instructions for roll-hem serged  edges.
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This is a good design for beginners  thru advanced. An illustration for nearly every step! Here is the Angel Top from Kayla's trunk show, it is made up in a velvet.
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Pattern - Kayla Kennington Angel Top
This top was part of Kayla's cruise-wear collection, and it inspired her to make the pattern. This top is very romantic, great for weddings or to wear on an exotic vacation. The angel top can easily be extended into a dress.
As the pieces are modular, it can be easy to confuse them. Once the pieces are cut out, Kayla likes to pin the pieces directly into her dress form.
This is beautiful designer silk charmeuse print from Italy.
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For a fabric that is 44" wide you need:
1 3/4 yard to 2 1/2 yard
(sizes XL - XXL)
This unique charmeuse is wide at 54" so depending on your layout,
you may be able to use less!
The pattern is made of simple rectangle panels - so think about your layout in terms of highlighting your fabric's design.
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Fabulous Summer Dresses You Can Make! Stonemountain & Daughter has the Fabric, Pattern, Notions and Sewing Classes - all you need!

Last time we flirted with summer sundresses, and now we follow up with knit dresses! Here are a few patterns from Vogue. 
A little more slinky and sassy  -  let's have a look!  
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Vogue 8685 - Knit Dress
This is a close-fitting, mid-knee length dress with cap raglan sleeves. The bodice has fitting pleats in front and darts in back. It can also be made with a fuller a-line skirt. This dress would be nice in a classic, high quality, Ponte de Roma polyester knit.
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We have white, black, grey, and every color of the rainbow!
Or how about something a bit more unconventional?
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These charming polyester prints would fit the bill. 
Looking for something with a bit more Va-voom?
 How about giving an asymmetrical knit dress a try?
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 The bodice can be asymmetrical as above or there is also a variation with a slight cowl neck. This lined dress can also be made with a flared skirt. It can be made sleeveless, short sleeved or long sleeved. Lightweight double knit, lightweight crepe, and tropical wool are great choices.
We think it would be exciting in a fabulous polyester knit print.
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Taylor, one of our sales associates, dares you to be bold...
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...with an amazing polyester knit print!
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This dress would also be nice in the Ponte de Roma Polyester.
 Ponte is a double knit, which makes it a stable knit. Ponte is  strong enough to handle the topstitching in this dress and to hold its shape during the multiple piecing of this pattern. 
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While we are talking knits - you must try Pamela's Patterns!
Pamela's Patterns are made to fit!
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This T-Shirt pattern is unlike  any you have ever tried before! It is made for a "real" woman, and  addresses the most common fitting issues we face - high round back,  forward shoulder, full hip and bust, and a good fit through the shoulder  and neck. Design details include an "essence of waist", flattering  shirt tail hemline, three necklines, and four sleeve lengths.
Want to learn to sew knits? Consider taking Terry McClintock's serger class. This is a great class! You will no longer be intimidated by your serger - in fact, Terry will teach you to love it! First and foremost you learn to use and thread your machine. By the end of class you will feel very comfortable threading (and re-threading) your machine at home. Best of all, you learn all sorts of tips and techniques so that you will have to do that less and less - Hooray!
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390 - Intro To Serger / Overlock Sewing Machine
Terry teaches the four thread hem stitch, the three thread hem stitch, narrow hem, rolled hem, and how to flatlock!
You walk away from this class with your samples of five stitches.
TIP: If you don't own your own serger then consider that you can take the class, get  comfortable using our sergers in class, and make an appointment to rent time ($5/hr) on our excellent
in- store Bernina sergers.

 Now that you have the Intro class under your belt, you are ready to dive in and make a project! Continue on to make a great project in our serger techniques class. In Serger Projects of your Choice, Terry McClintock helps you flat lock a t-shirt, make a great pair of yoga pants, a set of napkins, or the versatile Infinity/ Mobius scarf. Terry is also a big fan of Pamela's Patterns, she has made many of them, and she can help you with these great patterns for knits!
Tips for Sewing Knits From Terry McClintock
1) Use a small zigzag stitch (length 2 / width 1.5) to sew seams. Do not back stitch; this will keep the fabric from getting jammed in the throat plate.

2) When making a t-shirt, stabilize the shoulder seams with Design Plus fusible seam tape. This small step will prevent wavy shoulder seams, and keep your tee looking like new longer.

3) Finish hems with a double needle. Simply thread two top threads through the thread guides, and remember to stitch right side up! (Most zigzag machines can use a double needle.) The bobbin thread will create a zigzag stitch for a nice finish that will stretch with your knit fabric. 
HINT: To help your hem lay flat, lower the upper tension one number when stitching with a double needle.
Come to Class and Learn More.
Terry is here to help you love to sew knits!
Join us: Sewing on Knit Fabric - Knit Know-How
Spend an evening and two days with Sandra Betzina making Vogue 1291 and Vogue 1292. These patterns are designed by Sandra herself, and nobody knows them better! You will go home with am outfit that fits you and guarantees loads of compliments! During construction on your project you will work with knits and slippery fabrics, flawless neck bindings, skirt linings, and a new elastic technique.
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Want to make these dresses with some help? You can make them in Beginning and Beyond 101 where you would have four or five sessions to complete it! If you have less time, you could make part or all of a dress project in our Mini Beginning and Beyond 102 which is nine hours of sewing in two or three sessions.
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If you need help fitting your dress, we recommend Pattern Adjustment with Barbara Beccio or the Fit Lab with Lynda Maynard. For fitting or construction assistance you can also take one of our popular Sew Labs! Our Sew Labs are created to assist you on any phase of your project, so you get the help you need!
Sneak Peek
Our next eNewsletter will look at:
Kayla Kennington's Designs!
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In the meantime -
Come by the store to see her trunk show!