The finished product from the workshop I attended! Made from two thrifted men's T-shirts and some elastic thread.
And here's the workshop teacher, Dana Willard, of the delightful blog MADE, with yours truly at Whipstitch in mid-town Atlanta. Could she be any friendlier? Uh uh. No way. Not possible.
Me and Mod Podge Maven, Amy Anderson. Just one of the many lovely and creative women I met on Saturday. If you want to use Mod Podge, Amy will show you 1001 ways on her aptly named blog, Mod Podge Rocks. Awesome T-shirt, by the way, Amy. Where'd you get it?
Here is the workshop area as the action unfolded. Can't you just hear all the right-brains buzzing and whirring? Dana gave us all a roll of elastic thread, a grab-bag filled with some great fabric pieces and notions, and a Challenge: come up with something fabulous in the next two hours using the technique du jour: shirring.
After some nervous deliberation, I forsook the pretty green woven cotton in my bag and stepped outside of my comfort zone. I chose to whack up a couple of the thrifted T-shirts they provided and try a babydoll shirt for my girls. I did it so I could finally get over my fear of knits while in the company of someone who could walk me through the process so ably (and nicely!). I also learned a brand new skill for me: sewing with elastic thread! So it was quite a productive afternoon. I would have been happy just to soak up the atmosphere, so, you know, bonus.
I got most of the shirring done while I was at the workshop, but I ran out of time. I finished sewing it this afternoon and took a few pictures. Incidentally, does anyone else have to bribe their children with watermelon Mentos to get them to model?
Whipstitch is a great little fabric shop, so I'm glad I had a convenient excuse to drive up to it. They also have an online store at etsy if you want to check it out. I took some time before and after the workshop to browse through their delicious fabrics. I had to have this beautiful red/yellow/turquoise madras (above) and also finally succumbed to the siren song of the latest Stitch mag. The rest of the items you see there are swag we received as part of the class.
Dana brought a bunch of her cute creations so we could look at them in person. It was great to see them up close. I was very inspired to make more Dana-ish things!
Memorable workshop moments:
- The sudden downpour as I parked the car and got out to retrieve my sewing machine from the back. Hence the hair in the photos. Sigh. It's also 400 degrees here with 99% humidity so that helps a lot.
- Hearing the excitement all round when all of a sudden the scary elastic thread started to produce pretty shirring on our projects.
- The embarrassing wheezing/squeaking noises emanating from my machine the whole time I was shirring. I'm so sorry, Tiffany and Varinia! You nice gals who had to sit next to me. I don't know what the deal was. My poor hooptie machine. I don't think it liked the elastic thread on the bobbin.
- Meeting Robyn and Amy who actually read my blog. How cool is that? And Robyn, Robyn wanted to give you props for spelling your name the cool way.
- The nice commercial for Canon DSLR cameras as we stacked up about ten of them when it came time to get a group shot. We ladies do love our cameras.
- Dana pausing to take a still shot of my green shoes. There's a girl after my own shoe fetish. (For those of you who have asked, they are Miz Mooz Devi mary janes. I bought them online, but not sure about availability. Google search, baby!)
- Receiving a swag bag and gift certificate to Whipstitch, as well as a free pattern from Dana! Thanks so much WS and Dana! Yesssss! (pumping fist)
- Leaving the shop and watching part of my sewing machine (the part holding all the tiny accessories of course) spill to the sidewalk because of the awkward way I was holding the machine. Nice. Always love making a memorable exit. After arriving home I clued into the most obvious thing. My machine actually has a perfectly good built-in CARRYING HANDLE. (slapping head) One day I will be cool. I just know it.