the amazings: machine embroidered textile accessories
Back in June, I told you about a site called The Amazings. They offer video classes that are high quality, and much like watching BBC. In fact, when I was watching their latest class this week, my dad came in the room and asked "oooh, what show is this?" He was ready to join me, and in fact, as I watched the entire course in my kitchen, many family members came by to watch for a time.
The new Amazings class is from Gilda Baron, who creates stunning textile landscapes using both hand and machine embroidery. For the class, she teaches a form of machine embroidery to make floral necklace, and passes her knowledge on to viewers and Lara, editor of Mollie Makes. I typically prefer hand embroidery, but this is different from standard machine embroidery, having its own look and purpose.
When The Amazings contacted me about this new class, I told them I don't have a sewing machine that does embroidery, so how could I use this? I watched the class anyway, and found out that a regular sewing machine works for this! You only need to change the foot, and make a few adjustments. Then it's just a matter of coloring in your design with the sewing machine! Okay, so it's a little more complicated than that, but after watching all of the segments (there are 12, for a total of 78 minutes!) I felt like this is something I want to tackle.
I still need to go out and buy the correct foot for my mom's sewing machine, and maybe some fancy thread, but (and I can't believe I'm saying this...) free motion machine embroidery...here I come!
And happy news! If you sign up with a paid registration for the class, you can enter to win a sewing machine valued at $450! The contest goes through September 15th, and full details are on The Amazings website. If you're wanting to learn how to use embroidery in a new way, this is a great opportunity to learn, and possibly win an Amazing prize!
By Mollie Johanson at Friday, August 16, 2013