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Quilting Arts Workshop: Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today's Quilter
Smocking, Pintucks, Gathers & More
with Cheryl Sleboda
DVD - 76 minutes
Take your next sewing project to new heights by adding an unexpected twist—fabric manipulation!
Learn the basics and beyond of vintage sewing techniques that can transform your quilts from flat to fabulous.
Award-winning quilter and heirloom sewing expert Cheryl Sleboda takes the mystery out of smocking, pintucks, pleats, and gathers, and will soon have you applying these simple and effective techniques to your own quilts and home décor projects.
After an overview of the history, tools, and materials used in dimensional sewing, Cheryl deftly describes and demonstrates each technique. Her shortcuts and tips simplify the most mystifying designs into easy-to-follow steps. Imagine creating smocked inserts for a sampler quilt, or a charming vintage-inspired pillow with a contemporary flair. Soon you’ll be creating your own dimensional designs using the time-tested methods demonstrated on this video.
I have been a fan of Cheryl's for a long time, and so I was very excited to see this DVD come into being. I have had experience with Cheryl's LED kits, but only knew about her fabric manipulation techniques through a few pictures on her blog.
Cheryl's presentation is extremely well-done, with very clear instructions for every technique, and lovely examples of how each technique can be used to add dimension and texture to quilts and other sewn items.
I watched the DVD one time, and then went straight to my fabric stash and thread and immediately (and very successfully) made a sample of the smocking design called "Arrowheads" - one that looks frightfully complicated, but turns out to be quite easy when you get the hang of it.
Cheryl is a wonderful teacher, and the way she presents her work lets the viewer know that these techniques can be used by anybody - traditional, modern, punk, or any combination thereof.
Well done, Cheryl!
(Posted on 7/17/2014)
(Posted on 7/17/2014)
Heirloom Sewing Techniques For Today's Quilter with Cheryl Sleboda was like a breath of fresh air when it come to adding gorgeous manipulated fabric to the tool box of the modern quilter.
Her delivery, technique and charm was evident from the moment the video started.. and lasted to the very end. I appreciated her obvious knowledge as well as openness to the fact that each artist has their own path and that just because these are traditional techniques there is no reason that they must be relegated to only heirloom sewing.
A winner video!
I had heard of the techniques that Cheryl taught but I had never seen them demonstrated. She does a *great* job explaining them in detail, I got excited and did some smocking while she was talking - that's how inspired I was!
And she covers both hand and machine techniques so there is something for everyone.
I especially love that she offers ideas on how to apply these techniques in art quilts, home decor and other items. It's extremely helpful to see how it can be applied.
I'd recommend her video to anyone interested in learning these techniques, she does a fantastic job!