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created 18 May 2016

Sewing 101 Syllabus

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I've taught Sewing 101 at the Hive series of workshops several times, and I've gradually shifted what I teach from actual stitching to much more basic lessons.  I start with things like:

All this could take up a whole workshop and you have still not taken a single stitch! If there's time, I teach running stitch, backstitch, combination stitch, and whip stitch, and when to use each one.  If we're lucky, we might manage to sew a little bag with a drawstring, but we usually run out of time.  I don't worry too much about whether they'll remember how to form the various stitches.  That, they can get from a book.  The other stuff, not so much.

Your servant,
Sue Felshin