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Advanced Smocking Stitches and Design

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Teacher: Nancy Malitz

Lessons: 5
Points: 10
Area: SMK
Price: $97
COST: Individual $97.00 (includes $60 teacher's fee, $22.00 text & postage and $15.00 SAGA administrative fee. Group $54.00 per student (includes te
Are you tired of the same old thing? Would you like to learn some fun, new things to do with your smocking needle? Do you feel you could design for yourself or others, if only you knew a bit more about how to do it? Have you reached the point where you want to experiment with stitches on pleats? If you have been nodding your head as you read this, This Is The Course For You!

Advanced Smocking Stitches and Design is a five-lesson course for individuals or groups. It will cover 15 different advanced stitches and many more suggested variations. First, the students will stitch and experiment with these 15 stitches on a sampler. An extensive bibliography dealing with design, smocking, and embroidery stitches is included to enable the student to expand her knowledge along her lines of interest. Next, after a comprehensive discussion of color and design, the student will create an original smocking design using the advanced stitches she has learned. She will then stitch this design on a garment. The angel-wing bishop dress pattern is offered through the course.

Advice to Artisans

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Teacher: Nancy Malitz


Lessons: 5
Points: 10
Area: SMK
Price: $97
COST: Individual $97.00 (includes $60.00 teacher fee, $22.00 text & postage and $15.00 SAGA administrative fee).
This 5 lesson course will focus on letting the student know the criteria used by the Artisan Level II evaluators to grade Artisan Submissions. Students will stitch the required stitches on a sampler. Students will learn about color and design theory and will apply this knowledge to the creation and stitching of an original sampler. Students will then learn to graph and write directions for their original sampler. Students will receive information about construction techniques required by the Artisan Level II, as well as a bibliography of sources of information for further study. Students will learn to use smocking to manipulate a smocked piece into a shape without distortion. Students will learn about pleating different types of fabrics, as required by the Artisan Level II. All student work will be critiqued after each lesson using an evaluation tool similar to those used by the Artisan Program Evaluators.

Although course critiques of student work will use the same criteria as Artisan Evaluators, completion of this course is in no way a guarantee that you will pass the Artisan

Beginning English Smocking

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Teacher: Nancy Malitz

Lessons: 5
Points: 10
Area: SMK
Price: $97
COST: Individuals $97.00-(includes $60.00 teacher fee, $22.00 kit, text, domestic postage and $15.00 SAGA administrative fee). Groups $54.00/student
While stitching the course sampler, the student learns eight basic smocking stitches, as well as some combination stitches, accent stitches, and the stacked cable stitch used in picture smocking. The student will also learn how to read a graphed smocking design and how to center a design on a garment. The student will learn to use her new skills to smock and construct a girl's bishop dress in the size of her choice (1 - 12). Directions for every step of construction will be provided including blocking, hand rolled hems, French seams, and thread button loops. No previous smocking experience is necessary, although this course is also an excellent development tool for those who have already had a taste of smocking.

NOTE: If the 1st lesson is downloaded, student must provide their own pleated sampler fabric and floss.

Classic Girls Lined Jumper and Blouse

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Teacher: Lezette Thomason

Lessons: 3
Points: 6
Area: REL
Price: $85
COST: Individual $85.00 (includes $36.00 teacher's fee,$34.00 text,pattern, cording for piping, domestic postage and $15.00 SAGA administrative fee)
Picture perfect construction work is a must in tailored children's clothing where there is little fluff to hide mistakes. In this 3 lesson course, taught on an individual basis, you will make a girl's lined jumper with buttons on the shoulder, and has patch pockets set into side seams and with contrasting ties. The blouse buttons down the back, and has puffed sleeves with bias bands and an eyelet trimmed collar.

This course is for the intermediate beginner and those who wish to sharpen their technical sewing skills. The methods presented are those that the teacher has found are the best ways after almost 25 years of teaching and hopes the student will incorporate with their own skills to improve their sewing techniques.

Exotic Smocking

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Teacher: Darcy Fechner


Lessons: 5
Points: 10
Area: SMK
Price: $107
KIT INFO
Kit Fee: $0
(COST:Individual $107.00 ($60.00 teacher’s fee,$32.00 text, postage, kit, $15.00 SAGA admin fee).)
To take this course you should be proficient in the execution of basic smocking stitches.
This course will provide an opportunity for you to work with some “off the beaten path” fabrics and flosses. In lesson 1 you will pleat and smock Linen with cotton threads and flosses, lesson 2 is Wool and Wool threads. Featherwale corduroy with cotton and nylon flosses are in lesson 3 and lesson 4 uses silk fabric with silk flosses. The final lesson, 5, is your choice of fabric and a hand dyed floss to stitch your design. This course is designed to stretch your imagination and try flosses and fabrics you don’t see used in smocking everyday. The smocking graphs are included in the course for lessons 1 thru 4, in lesson 5 you may use your own design or a published one.

Fine Machine Sewing Basics©

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Teacher: Nona Pontiff


Lessons: 5
Points: 0
Area: FMS
Price: $138
KIT INFO
Kit Fee: $0
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basic sewing skills
This 5-lesson course takes you through beginning heirloom techniques step-by-step. In addition, each lesson includes information your home economics teacher probably never told you, concerning topics such as machine maintenance, threads, machine needles, tension theory, and the anatomy of a perfect seam. Techniques include pin tucking, rolling and whipping, joining laces and entreduex, construction of a fancy band, and more.
The student will create a sample notebook that will become a valuable reference tool, and in the final lesson will construct a beautiful neck roll pillow incorporating heirloom techniques learned in previous lessons.

Flawlessly Boys Shirt with Button-on-Pants

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Teacher: Lezette Thomason

Lessons: 3
Points: 6
Area: SMK
Price: $85
COST: Individual $ 85.00(includes $36.00 teacher's fee, $34.00 text, pattern, cording for piping, domestic postage and $15.00 SAGA administrative fee)
The prettiest smocking or needlework deserves picture perfect construction work. In this 3 - lesson course, taught on an individual basis, you will learn to improve your sewing skills and learn some new techniques, as you construct a boy's shirt that buttons down the back, has a piped front yoke, collar and cuffs, and a pleated shirt front. The lined pants button onto the shirt and have side plackets.

This course is for the intermediate beginner and those who wish to sharpen their technical sewing skills. The methods presented are those that the teacher has found are the best ways after almost 25 years of teaching and hopes the student will incorporate with their own skills to improve their sewing techniques.

Perfect Picture Smocking with Claire Meldrum

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Lessons: 5
Points: 10
Area: SMK
Price: $105
KIT INFO
Kit Fee: $0
(Wonderful informative handout.)
This course is appropriate for anyone with a knowledge of English smocking who want to learn picture smocking or to upgrade their techniques.
Perfect Picture Smocking will show you how to do your most beautiful picture smocking ever! The course is easy to follow and one you will be thrilled to take. Several of our testers decided to take the full class after testing the material! We never had that happen before so that should give you some idea of the usefulness of this course. You will make small samples of various pictures using a single color, then changing colors during the stitching. Picture Smocking is terrific for all kinds of garments, samplers, ornaments and sewing items such as needlebooks. Claire will provide 5 evaluations to let you know how to improve your stitching. You should have some experience with smocking prior to the class.

Practically Perfect Pleating

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Teacher: Nancy Malitz

Lessons: 5
Points: 10
Area: SMK
Price: $97
COST; $97.00 - includes $60.00 Teacher's fee, $22.00 text and domestic postage and $15.00 SAGA administrative fee.
Have you ever wondered how other smockers can get their pleaters to consistently pleat on grain, pleat over French seams, or pleat more rows than their pleaters provide? Did you look over the vague instructions that come with your pleater and think there has to be more to know than this? If you want to learn tips and tricks for convincing your pleater to do what you want it to, then this is the course for you.

Practically Perfect Pleating is a 5 lesson course for individuals. Through this course you will gain experience in on-grain pleating of batiste, calico, stripes, gingham, plaid, silk, wool and corduroy fabrics. You will find out how to double pleat to make 30 rows. You will learn how to care for your pleater, performing minor maintenance. You will be able to pleat over French seams as well as Seamless Appearing Seams. You will also learn the criteria used by Artisan Program evaluators to assess Level 1 and 11 pleated samples. Your work will be critiqued five times for on-grain pleating, tying off to size, free standing French seams, finishing of seamless appearing seams, and

Simple Stitch Effects

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Teacher: Darcy Fechner

Lessons: 5
Points: 10
Area: SMK
Price: $97
COST: Individual $97.00 (includes $60.00 teacher's fee, $22.00 text, domestic postage and $15.00 SAGA administrative fee)
This course explores the use of fabrics and floss colors for dramatic variations of one simple smocking design. You will be challenged to try to discover new combinations and discover how simple it is to customize smocking designs to match your fabric. To take this course you should be proficient in pleating fabric and the execution of three basic smocking stitches, the cable, trellis and wave. For Artisan program participants the lesson samplers and pleating will offer practice for your Smocking Level I submissions.

The course text is included in the text fee while all other materials for the course will be provided by the student. Materials required are five pieces of fabric, floss, pleating thread, needles and additional materials may include pins, needle threader, scissors, pen, pencils and paper. Simple Stitch Effects is a five-lesson course taught for individuals only.

Smocked Laces and Design

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Teacher: Nancy Malitz

Lessons: 5
Points: 10
Area: SMK
Price: $97
COST: $97.00 (includes $60.00 teachers fee, $22.00 text, domestic postage, and $15.00 SAGA administrative fee)
Are you an experienced smocker looking for a fun way to experiment with smocking stitches? This course will be of interest to intermediate and advanced smockers who would like to play around with design, and to apply what is learned in this course to the creation of smocked lace designs. Students must have a working knowledge of the basic smocking stitches and may be familiar with the more advanced stitches.
Smocked Laces and Design is a five-lesson course for individuals. It has six overall goals:
To teach more advanced stitches to students, while noting the required form of each stitch for Artisan Program members
To teach students how multiple layers of smocking in different stitches, and variation in the number of strands used, can give a lace-like effect to smocking
To teach students the basic elements and principles of design
To aid student graphing and instruction writing
To encourage students to apply their designs to a finished product
To provide useful information about the techniques evaluated at the Artisan Program, Level II, Smocking
Student work will be critiqued three t

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