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Gertie at STC Craft: A Stitch-Along!

While I’ve been gearing up to do some ribbon embroidery from the new Alabama Chanin book, I’ve also been thinking of ways we can make my posts here more interactive. And what better way than a little sew-along? Or rather, a stitch-along! I’ve been reading the book Stitch Magic by Alison Reid and it has tons of fun ways to spruce up your sewing. I can’t stop thinking about adding pintucks, pleats, and cording to my projects. Being a lover of vintage fashion, I see these details all the time in gorgeous dresses but have never taken the time to properly learn the techniques.

So here’s what I propose: each week we will do a little stitch sample trying out one of the techniques. I’ll guide you through the how-to and give you inspirational ideas for adding these flourishes to your handmade garments. At the end of the stitch-along, you’ll have a little sample book of swatches to refer back to!

The standard supplies needed will be thread, hand-sewing needles, and some cotton fabric. If you have a sewing machine, that's great. If not, I'll give hand-stitching options for each technique. Here’s what I’m thinking for the schedule (with special supplies needed in parentheses):


Week of 7/ 25: Quilting (six-strand embroidery floss, batting)

Week of 8/1: Pintucks (twin machine needle, pintuck foot helpful but optional)

Week of 8/8: Pleating

Week of 8/15: Cording (cotton piping cord, cording foot optional)

Week of 8/22: Smocking


Are you in? What do you think? Personally, I think this is going to be great fun! Please leave any questions in the comments.

Reader Comments (39)

I think this is awesome! I can't wait to start.

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPameladawn

Hey Gertie! Looking forward to a little kick in the pants to bust me out of my sewing rut with this sew-along! Thanks, XXX Jean (and Butter)

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCurlypurl

This sounds absolutely perfect ... and just what I need! Thanks so much!

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbookboxer

Sounds Great. I'm in. Always wanted to make a sample swatch book for each sewing foot I have. So this will be a great start and I can then take it another notch up. Thanks Gertie.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

I know all about quilting, but as for the rest? Clueless. I'm in!

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I'm in! Thanks for your time.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Oh boy, just in time for my summer projects. I am always trying to teach myself techniques and this will really help! Can't wait.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Smith

I'm the same as Jenny -- quilting, check. The rest, I'd like to learn -- especially smocking. I've been wanting a smocked top for some time now, and haven't had the guts to really try it.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Yay! This is going to be so much fun! Can't wait to get started :)

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuriah

Sounds great! I've never used a twin needle before so I don't know how easy it will be to find one or what type to get. As for the rest, I'm in.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

I'm in! Really looking forward to pintucks and pleats as mine always seem a little...messy.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne

I'm in! Sounds like fun :-)

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnita

When I learned sewing in the sixth grade, we did a sample book of stitches as part of the class so this stitch along brings back some memories! It'll be fun to give it another try and see what my mind has retained!

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHairy Stitches

Ooh count me in please! I've been wishing to add new techniques to my sewing repertoire for quite some time.
Thanks so much for creating this!

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNoirGirl

Sounds like a fun way to boost my sewing skills. Thanks, Gertie, for being our fearless leader!

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I'm in - I got this book for my birthday a couple of months back so it will be great to use it in the stitch along. I've never done a stitch along before. I'm (possibly disproportionately) excited about this! :)

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlisamargreet

Sounds like a great hot-weather diversion! I'm totally in. Thanks for sharing this great idea and your great instructions!

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Sounds like a great idea to learn all sorts of techniques, looking forward to this

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

I'm in! I've been looking for something to help me settle down and sew, and I think this may be just the ticket.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFaye

Great! I recently picked this book up myself, and really like it. I tried the pintuck bag, I think it worked out. A sample book/thing sounds great....can't wait to light that fire!

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarin

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