I’m not a formally trained “teacher”, but I have been teaching and sharing quilting and embroidery techniques for over 30 years on the east end of Long Island. I’m not sure where I learned all I know. I think I can relate it back to learning from my Aunt, Grandmothers, Mother and even Girl Scouts, plus the many teachers my guild used to bring out to our area.
Lately I have been teaching at Hallockville Museum Farm and the program has been very successful. We run simple, low stress try-it-out classes, most of which require you to bring only a pair of scissors. We use a few hours to get you started and trying out something new. We run mostly hand sewing classes, and in many other arts. To see what’s happening on the farm go to www.hallockville.com, they have a calendar page.
Below is my plan for the next few months of classes. I teach at Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead (the only place I teach right now because I’m still fully employed during the week). Keep in mind plans change and adjust as we move ahead through the year as the Museum is a busy place. It keeps us on our toes and we learn to be flexible!
To register go to www.hallockville.com
August 18, 10 am – 1 pm, Applique Sunflower
If you love applique quilts and always wanted to learn this class is for you. Learn English paper piecing and hand applique in a relaxed setting with this Summer Sunflower design. Several techniques will be discussed for setting up your project. Hand applique stitch, whip stitch and ladder stitch will be demonstrated and practiced during class. Fabric supplied
September 15 (Saturday), 1 pm—4 pm: Country Embroidery
Learn basic embroidery stitches to make this simple piece, which can be incorporated into a pillow or wall hanging. You will learn the Backstitch, Daisy Chain, Stem Stitch, Outline Stitch, and French Knot. Time in class is devoted to repetition and improving your stitch while you work on your piece. This piece will only take a few hours and is a nice addition to your home décor. Background, pattern foundation, embroidery needle and embroidery floss included in class. Bring your basic hand sewing kit and your floss if you wish.
October 20, 1 pm – 4 pm: Folk Art Wool Applique Bird Christmas Ornament
Get ready for the holiday gift making with our folk art wool ornament class. This year’s features a red cardinal with pine branches. Embellishment is up to you. Add embroidery, beads, trim, buttons and more. Bring scissors, your embroidery supplies and hand sewing kit. Wool and pattern provided.