I offer classes in smocking, embroidery, heirloom sewing, and silk ribbon embroidery.   All class fees include materials unless kit fees are noted.  Classes change monthly so check to see if there is something you’re interested in.   I will always try to accommodate customers if they are asking for a certain class or a technique they would like to learn.

Please pre-register for classes by calling 513-229-7340 so all your supplies will be ready for you.   Payment can be made the day of the class.

July Classes


Melanie:   This ladies round yoke heirloom, smocked nightgown, from Lyn Weeks, features a lace and Swiss trim embellished bodice, sleeve length of your choice and a simple smocking design of your choice.  The kit fabric is Imperial Batiste but you may choose a more expensive fabric of your choice.  You will learn to create a bodice using laces and Swiss trims with a button front opening.   The piped bodice is attached to a smocked front and gathered back.  Sleeves can be long, short or angel sleeves edged with lace.   This will be a beautiful gift or something for yourself.   A great learning experience in heirloom sewing, smocking and construction. 3 weeks.  7/18,  7/25, and 8/8.  11-3.   $85.00.  All materials (Imperial batiste), laces, thread, floss, piping, buttons, and pattern included in cost.






The First Noel:    Christmas in July.   This will be a 3 – 4 week class/stitch along in gold work and stumpwork embroidery.   This beautiful project in Inspirations #116 is worked on red silk dupioni features stumpwork leaves embellished with gold gilt pearl purl.   The letters are stitched with Japanese gold.  A Swarovski crystal  pendant and beads are used along with gold paillettes. This will be a beautiful addition to your Christmas decorations.  This is an expensive project  due to the cost of the supplies.  All materials provided.  7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6.  $100.00.   If you do not have Issue #116  downloadable instructions can be purchased.







Julia Marie:  This is a romper from The Smocking Horse pattern, Julia Marie’s Daytime Sleeper. This little one piece infant romper, that will be made from Sea Island Baby Knit, features smocking on the front and back, a front button closure and a snaps to close the legs.  The baby’s feet are covered with sweet foot covers.  This class will be a good project to learn to smock and sew with a knit fabric. 3 weeks 7/17, 7/24, 7/31.  11-3  $75.00  All materials provided.










Beginning Smocking:    In this class you will learn the basic stitches of smocking on a pleated insert.   You will learn the cable, outline, stem, wheat, trellis, flowerette, lazy daisy and French knot.   You will also learn to read a smocking graph and take away a few construction tips on smocked garments.  Saturday  7/13 11-3  $35.00.    All materials provided. Beginner smocking plate  and additional inset included for further practice at home.


Picture Smocking:  Don’t let picture smocking intimidate you.    The stacking of cables is easy with the right techniques and knowledge of how the stitches come together.   In this class you will learn to stack cables to form figures, how to change colors of floss mid row and how to get the best results while smocking.   Back smocking is also covered in this class.    You will choose a simple design of your choice to smock on a pleated white inset.  You will be able to complete your piece at home and hopefully insert it into a garment.   Smocking design, inset, needles, and floss included in class along with handouts.   Saturday 7/20  11-3  $33.00.



Pleater Basics:   Do you have that new pleater but need some hands on instruction?  In this class you will learn how to change needles, clean, and use your pleater.   You will pleat a dress yoke, inset, bishop neckline, as well as a curved edge.  You will also receive tips on how to get the best results when pleating After this class you should be more at ease with pleating your fabric for smocking.  Saturday 7/27 11-2.  $30.00  Bring your pleater and dowel.