The Sewing Workshop crew recently headed down to Eureka Springs, Arkansas for our annual Sew Arkansas event. We met a lot of lovely new ladies who taught us a few things, even as we were teaching them. It was especially fun to see how many people came outfitted in Sewing Workshop patterns! It is so rewarding for us to see our designs actually sewn and worn in person – with each piece imbued with the creator's personal twist.
We convened every day in the gorgeous light-filled conservatory at the Crescent Hotel. This hotel was once the Crescent College for women and for our weekend we turned it back into a college – this one dedicated to sewing. For three full days our students worked on their chosen Sewing Workshop patterns. Linda worked with everyone one-on-one, helping them perfect their fit, as well as presenting general lectures on subjects like pants fitting, shoulder adjustments, mitered corners and more. Erin, Alex & Betsy floated around, helping where needed. You can see how studious our students were, they even took notes during the lectures!
The weekend wasn't all spent at the sewing machine. One night everyone convened at Linda's house for a post-workshop soiree which included tasty nibbles, drinks and a presentation on the Alabama Chanin slow stitching method, all presided over by Alex.
We were delighted to have the lovely Nancy Shriber join us for a presentation on her work with sashiko stitching. I think it is safe to say that everyone walked away longing to pick up a needle and try sashiko! Below you can see some detail shots of a few of Nancy's beautiful pieces.
I think it is fair to say that some of the most inspiring moments of the weekend occurred during our morning Show & Tell. Each day everyone shared the Sewing Workshop patterns they were wearing (not that it was required to wear our patterns!). Seeing our designs made in a variety of fabrics, with personal tweaks and variations, really impressed upon everyone the versatility of each garment pattern. I think everyone came away with new patterns to add to their design boards! Below you can see just a few of the beautifully made garments worn to the workshop.
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We even had a few finished projects during the workshop! Below is a fabulous Memphis Dress made out of a floral ponte knit. Lovely! We are already planning next year's Sew Arkansas, while we get ready for our slew of summer Sew Kansas events. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again in 2018!