Monday, May 9, 2011

Time Flies When You're Having Fun!!!

Where has this year gone?  September through December, then January through May has zipped right on by.  We've had lots of productivity and fun this school year.  I taught many students and hopefully they'll retain most of the useful information and techniques.

This year, we celebrated with sewing birthday parties, we made numerous Christmas/Holiday ornaments, we made items to sell at the school bazaar.  In fact, the items were sold out within 15 minutes,  all monetary proceeds were donated to charity.  Good job, girls!!!  Brownie Troops earned their sewing badges,  we made lots of hearts and Valentines,  made fuzzy Easter bunnies and sweet scented egg sachets...and wrapped up the Spring season with beautiful Mother's Day gifts.  Super fun school year!  My girls are amazing.  They work so diligently and are so well behaved!!! 

Now, I'm looking forward to Summer Camps.  Please plan to join us!  You don't want to miss out on the fun and the skills you will learn.  I'll post the schedule later this week.

Best stitches,
Ms. Cathy

Friday, September 3, 2010

Summer Fun and Fall Classes Begin

I trust everyone had a wonderful summer! We had a joyful, productive summer at The Sewing School. There were weekly camps, beginner sewing machine clinics, a few adult and teen classes and most fun of all, our Monster making classes. From what I've heard several Monsters have reached "show and tell" stardom these first few weeks of school. Sewing a Monster remains in high demand!!!
With the school year already underway, this is a good time to register for Fall sewing classes. This is the second year for The Sewing School and it's going to be a great year. To the schedule for this year I've added, due to popular requests, a few adult classes.
New students are always welcome. If your child has a friend who might be interested in attending The Sewing School, please encourage them to join as we begin our Fall classes.
Classes for the Fall begin the week of Labor Day and will continue until the Christmas holidays. At that time, you will be able to register for the Spring classes, which will begin in early January.
I hope to hear from you soon!
We have so much fun at The Sewing School. Come join us!
Any day spent sewing is a good day!
Best Stitches,
Ms. Cathy

Friday, May 14, 2010

Spring sessions close...Hooray for Summer!!!

As the school year comes to a close so does The Sewing School sessions. It's been a fabulous and rewarding year for The Sewing School. Many "little women" have come through the door and left with happy, smiling faces, beaming with pride of their adorable handmade projects as their parents also took much delight in the progress their children had made.

October 2009, The Sewing School started on a whim and a desire to share my passion for sewing. Each week I've been inspired by my student's spirit, interest and love for the craft to create interesting, unique projects compatible with each child's skill level.
I look forward to Summer 2010 classes and continung the after school classes in the fall of 2010.
I have many great ideas and projects planned for the fall and a special community service project I can't wait to get the students started on.

I offer my heart felt thanks to all who have supported, encouraged and inspired me this year. To my super talented daughter, Claudia, thank you for all of your behind the scenes technical support and thanks to Robin, my sweet friend, for helping spread the word and for actually recruiting my first class of "little women".
A very special thanks to all the moms, with their super busy schedules, for giving me the opportunity to introduce this waning art to your children. I pray they have learned a few skills to last them a lifetime and I hope they fondly remember Ms. Cathy and The Sewing School for many years to come.
If you are interested in Summer classes please give me a call. This is a good thing, let's keep it going!!!

Any day spent sewing is a good day! Come join us...we have so much fun at The Sewing School!!!
Best stitches,
Ms. Cathy

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Wrapped Up Winter Sessions. Hopping Into Spring

We've wrapped up our winter session, headed into spring making precious bunny rabbits, piggies and green shamrocks. Two classes have begun basic embroidery techniques and another class is about to embark on learning stitch applications for garment construction. These children are amazingly talented. I am so proud of the progress they've made in just a short time. Parents are also amazed and proud of their progress. I have so many moms say how much they, themselves, wished they had learned to sew. I enjoy teaching the children the skills I learned at a young age and still enjoy using today.

I'm learning new things too...I've found it's best to offer after school sewing class schedules parallel to local school districts yearly schedules.

Spring classes begin March 29th and will continue until May 20th. Plans are for a few summer camp offerings which I will post info about later. Thanks for reading my blog and keeping up with the latest news. Come join us, we have sew much fun at The Sewing School!!!

"any day spent sewing is a good day"

Best stitches,

Ms. Cathy

Monday, February 15, 2010

You want us to do what, Ms. Cathy?

I somewhat introduced my Level II Thursday class to embroidery. I was a bit jaded with my efforts and I think the students were too. The concept flew right over their heads and for the first time I lost their attention.
I spent most of the evening fretting over my failed attempt to teach them to the idea of making stitches in tiny little squares printed on fabric. I'm not sure any of them grasped the concept. This was a huge leap of faith!
Embroidery is a bit more in depth and tedious than the little shapes they're accustomed to sewing. So, I went back to the drawing board and devised a more clear and precise technique for teaching embroidery. I'm confident my idea will hold their attention long enough for them to grasp the concept. I know they will love it once they get it!!!

Come, join us, we have so much fun at The Sewing School!!!
"any day spent sewing is a good day"
Ms. Cathy