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Craft and Hobby Association Class in Anaheim

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We will be creating lots of fun wardrobe accessories in my class at the Craft and Hobby Association in Anaheim January 2014. Trash to the Ultimate in Fun Treasure all while cutting up thrift store items with Westcott Brand cutting tools. We have lots of fun activities planned  during class and will even be handing out prizes on the showfloor if participants are spotted sporting their new found treasure. I must say when you get on the Westcott train you are in for a fun ride.


Eat your Fruits and Veggies by Pat Sloan for Moda

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‘Rockin Smockin’ Pillow Project
by Lorine Mason
2/3 yard 45” Fabric + Fabric scraps to cover buttons*
14” Square Pillow Form
Two 1-1/2” Covered Buttons – shank style
Washable fabric marker or pen – two colors
Heavyweight upholstery thread and needle
Coordinating sewing thread and needle
Straight pins
Westcott® titanium bonded precisions scissors & Westcott® scissor mouse
1.     Trim your pattern* using the Westcott® Scissor Mouse.
2.     Poke a small hole at each ● on the pattern.
3.     Place the fabric wrong side up onto a flat surface.
4.     Center the pattern on the fabric along left selvedge edge. Pin the pattern to the fabric, being sure not to pin through any of the ● markings on the pattern. Trim any excess fabric extending beyond the pattern at the opposite end using Westcott® titanium bonded precision cut scissors.
5.     Use the fabric marker/pen to mark the ● directly onto the back of the fabric.
6.        Remove the pattern and draw diagonal lines connecting the ● using the pattern as your guide. Alternate pen colors between rows. Note: marking the rows in different colors helps keep you on track when smocking. 
7.     Number the ● starting at 1 and ending at 56 along the first row, using the pattern as a guide. Optional: Continue numbering each of the four remaining rows, always starting with 1 and ending with 56.
8.     With right sides together, align the selvedge edges and stitch together using a ½” seam. Re-mark ● along seam line.
9.     Begin smocking, starting along the right side of the fabric with the wrong side up. Pinch together the fabric matching ● 1 and 2. Stitch through both ● three times.
10.      Moving diagonally across the fabric, repeat matching ● 3 and 4. DO NOT    cut the thread between stitches. Be sure to leave at least 1 1/2” of thread loose between stitches.
11.      Continue smocking the entire row ending at stitch 56.
12.      Move over one row and repeat until you have smocked a total of 5 rows. Note: taking the time to mark the rows in different colors assures you stay within a row when smocking. 
13.      Turn under app. 1/4” along one side of the pillow and sew through both layers of the fabric using a running stitch and long stitches. Start and end at the seam line.
14.      Pull the thread taught gathering the end of the pillow. Knot the thread securely by stitching into the fabric numerous times.
15.      Stuff the pillow form into the pillow, tucking in the corners of the form and gently stretching the smocking stitches.
16.      Repeat stitching and gathering the opposite end of the pillow; encasing the pillow form.
17.      Cover two buttons* following the manufacturer’s directions.
18.      Place buttons over the center gathers of the pillow; using a large needle and upholstery thread, sew buttons in place being sure to knot the threads securely.
*If covering buttons using the same fabric; purchase ¾ yard and trim 3” from one side of the fabric, set aside this strip to cover buttons. Alternate option; Use large decorative buttons or other items such as flowers, beaded jewelry etc. in place of covered buttons.
Directions and Diagrams provided for the’ Rockin Smockin’ pillow are the property of Lorine Mason and should not be copied without prior permission. www.lorinemasondesigns.com

*If you are interested in a copy of the pattern, leave a comment asking for one and I will send you a pdf .


Rockin Smockin Pillow Class at CHA

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It was a Rockin Smockin good time with Westcott at CHA a week ago. We taught a great group of ladies how to smock a round pillow using a square pillow form. It might sound a little odd but it worked. I need to send out a big Thank you to Fairfield, Moda Fabrics and Prym Dritz as they donated the pillow forms, the wonderful Pat Sloandesigned fabric, the needles, buttons and more.

Have you seen these gorgeous prints yet? Eat your Fruits and Veggies by Pat Sloan. The ladies in class had a difficult time choosing just one for their pillow design. Yummy!

Here is Patt Bell, a dear friend and fellow designer who helped during class. Yes, that was the pattern we used to transfer all of our smocking dots to the back of the fabric.

Did I mention that we used the World’s Favorite Scissors during class? To add to the fun during class, Brenda from Westcott drew names for additional Westcottproduct giveaways.

Here’s Brenda demonstrating the official Rockin Smockin technique to one of our participants.
Yes, I was in class as well. The difference between Brenda’s technique and mine is that apparently I like to stand to demonstrate.
 All smocked and ready to go.
 The finished pillow

I hope you enjoyed a peek into my latest class at CHA. I will be teaching locally at Berger’s Sewing Center on August 17th. We will be creating slippers from my Boutique Slipper book, which is available at Bergers. Check it out at www.bergersewing.com

Boutique Slippers