The end of the year is approaching and the gentlestiches pilot program “mending is better than ending” at the Jika Jika centre has finished. Fear not we will be back with many exciting and stimulating courses in all things stitchy. Check our classes page for more information. Meanwhile we had the pleasure of having a machine sewing lesson with Trish. Her expertise is in decoupage but she is very committed to the “mending is better than ending” lifestyle and showed us many tips and ideas to live a more sustainable life. Her first point was about edging.
She demonstrated with this very smart towel that was in excellent condition except for its edges.
Next she initiated us into the mysteries of bias and bias binding.
She showed us on this diagram that if we want to make something fit tighter or looser don’t mess with the shoulder line.
To finish off she gave us each a tiny pillow slip made of polished cotton that had been started but not finished. She explained how easy they are to make out of any material on hand and invited us to finish our sample one. I have almost finished mine but not sure what to do with a tiny perfect pillow case. Any ideas?