Sewing By Hand Course 1
for beginners and advanced students
Sewing without a sewing machine - hand sewing traditions from all over the world.
Sewing By Hand Course 1 includes a beginner's kit with a selection of quilting-needles, a sewing ring sewn on site, and fabrics we'll need for the joggling ball.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced stitcher, this workshop is suitable for everyone. I will show you how we use the western thimble to our advantage. In a small group, we have enough time to practice the newly learned in a relaxed atmosphere.
When we consider sewing independently from machine sewing, we find ourselves with fabrics on our lap and an activity that is very personal and intimate. Develop your own handwriting with needle and thread!
We can look back on a long textile tradition that managed sewing without machines. These experiences have shaped my use of needle and thread, and as a men's tailor, I was allowed to practice the tricks of the Western needle arts. During my research of the past years about textile handicraft methods from all over the world I became familiar with Unshin, the Japanese sewing method used for Sashiko.
Both techniques allow for a fairly quick and hand-friendly way of sewing, where with some repetition and experience you can develop your own signature with needle and thread. That's what this introductory course is all about.
In Stitching Together 1, we compare Unshin to the western method I learned as a bespoke tailor, which is also helpful for patchwork and quilting. I show insider tricks for threading the needle and how to make the quilter's knot. We will learn why tailors like to sit on the table and practice using the sewing ring. We will sew a juggling ball according to a Japanese pattern. This technique is - as unshin - fast and gentle on the hand.
After completing the hand-sewing-course, you will have the necessary knowledge with which you can deepen your personal relationship with hand sewing. You will be able to work more efficiently and creatively on your own projects.
The workshops are a great foundation for further participation in the Quilting Bee, where you can share and expand your experience with a small group of textile enthusiasts.