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Tambour Beading workshop

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Tambour Beading is a professional hand beading technique that is performed with a hook in a holder. This holds a shortened French Cornelli needle, and is used to bead onto fabric that is stretched over a frame.
 
Samples and demonstration of the art of Tambour Beading are done in French Haute Couture Embroidery at Lesage in Paris. This is the technique used to embellish couture garments for the fashion industry in Paris.
 
This technique is rarely practiced outside of the Paris workrooms. The Sewing Room will be conducting introductory workshops to the art of Tambour Beading on the Saturday 14 August 2010 and Saturday 6 November 2010.
 
Places are limited so if you are interesed in coming to one of these exciting Tambour Beading Workshops please contact us via email on penelopeleonard@thesewingroom.com.au.
 

Written by Penelope Leonard

April 20th, 2010 at 6:57 am

Refashion a vintage pair of jeans from the op-shop.

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We refashion all sorts of things at this class, students brought with them everything from skirts, dresses, a pair of jeans to a denim jacket. Armed with a pair of scissors and loads of confidence we cut inches of fabric off hems, made garments smaller, shortened straps, unpicked waisted bands and even used the cheese grater to make the denim look woren on the demin jacket.

Astell Teen Sewing Class Cutting Fabric The Sewing Room

Astell sewing her way to a whole new level of chic.

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Prue made this Jigsaw dress shorter and smaller , doesn’t she look fantastic!

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Tessa cut about 10cm of this demin jacket and frayed the edge with a comb. Then cheese grated the sleeves and back to give a more lived in look to her denim jacket, before appliqueing these gorgeous little birds on the back and sewing on beads for their eyes.

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As you can see we are very relaxed at The Sewing Room and it is lots of fun.

Written by Penelope Leonard

April 15th, 2010 at 12:43 am

Teens Chic T-shirt Manipulations

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Claudia's gorgeous tshirt design Teen Sewing Class The Sewing Room
 
This was so much fun, I enjoyed it as much as the young ladies who came to the Chic T-shirt Manipulation class. In this workshop we explored appliqué, pintucking & ruching, modern day smocking & shirring. Armed with a pair of scissors and loads of confidence we cut, folded, sewed and appliqued our way to a whole new level of everyday chic with some fantastic results as you can see.Claudia reshaped her t-shirt by opening up the neck and chopping off the long sleeves from her white t-shirt. She sewed, gathered, ruched these gorgeous circular designs and applied them to her t-shirt adding buttons and beads to the circles. Georgie's gorgeous tshirt design Teen Sewing Class The Sewing Room

Georgie went wild with colour and shape to create this simple divine Owl.

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Written by Penelope Leonard

April 14th, 2010 at 12:35 am

KIDS CLUB: Softies 6+

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Monster Felt Softies Childrens Sewing Class The Sewing Room

This simple and fun project had everyone creating their very own soft toy companion in no time at all. We provided everything the children needed to make a weird or whimsical creature at the holiday program at the Sewing Room this week. The Sewing Room has created an exciting range of felt softies to sewing by hand. It is such a great way to introduce children to design, by creating their own unique creature. We use brightly coloured materials that enhance the enjoyment of working with them.

 Milly Felt Bird Bag Childrens Sewing Class The Sewing Room


Milly looks absolutely beautiful with her newly created Penny Wren bag, as you can see Milly also came to our owl T-shirt class. She is looking very coordinated wearing her owl t-shirt and sporting her new bag. I was so impressed with Milly’s sewing skill very stitch was perfectly formed.

 Annie Childrens Sewing Class The Sewing Room

Annie is concentrating very hard and doing a beautiful job.

Molly and Annie Felt Bird Bag Childrens Sewing Class The Sewing Room

Friends Annie and Molly (only 6 years old) made matching bags at the Sewing room on Friday morning. Don’t they look gorgeous!

   Andrew Owl Felt Softies Childrens Sewing Class The Sewing Room

Even the boys go into the act with the fun felties this week. 

Grace Owl Felt Softie Childrens Sewing Class The Sewing Room 

 It was a pleasure having Grace at the Sewing Room. This was the first time Grace picked up a neeble and thread, and she was fatastic.

 The Three Wise Owls Childrens Sewing Class The Sewing Room

The three wise owls (Andrew, Jemilah & Lolu) made beautiful owls.

As you can see we make such beautful things at The Sewing Room and it is lots of fun.

 Children's sewing classes The Sewing Room Felt Softies

Written by Penelope Leonard

April 12th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

We recieved three medallions at The 2010 Australian Wool Fashion Awards

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We are very excited here at the Sewing Room as Jean and Penelope Leonard demonstrated how wonderful wool is as a natural fibre for all seasons and all occasions with their garments being paraded and winning three medallions at 2010 Australian Wool Fashion Awards at Sydney Royal Easter Show.
 
 The annual competition is open to all ages and skill levels. Sponsored by the wool marketing, research and development body Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), the awards have been raising the awareness of wool to designers and consumers alike for 29 years. 

Awards founder and organiser Liz Foster has helped hundreds of budding designers through the competition. As a woolgrower Mrs Foster also wanted to encourage and educate younger people about the natural fibre so important to many country areas.

“Merino wool makes such beautiful fabric and it is great to see what these young minds are capable of doing with the new wool textiles available today. To see these country students come to the city and be involved in this way continues to be amazing for me,”

Based at Armidale on the fine wool growing New England Tablelands in NSW, the awards have evolved into one of Australia’s most enduring and challenging fashion competitions with hundreds of entries across many categories.

Over 300 invited guests, entrants, industry leaders and VIPs packed the Fashion & Style Pavilion at the Sydney Royal Easter Show on Wednesday evening to celebrate the latest innovations in Australian Merino Wool, with the showing of The Australian Wool Fashion Awards collection.

100 finalist entries in eleven categories including Secondary School Student, Tertiary Student, Knitwear, Woven, Women’s Ready To Wear, Recycled Wool, Childrens wear, Wearable Art, Evening and Bridal Wear in front a large media contingent.

We are awarded three medalloins.

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Written by Penelope Leonard

April 11th, 2010 at 1:27 am

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Teen Sewing Classes.

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Georgie Teen Sewing Class Cutting Fabric The Sewing Room
 
‘Like ducks to water’, the teenagers who attended the Sewing Room’s holiday program on Tuesday afternoon created amazing sling bags. Our Teens Sewing Classes are a fantastic way start the exciting journey of learning to sew. Young sewers receive lots of individual attention to give them the confidence to go on to create beautiful things. Jamie and Lucy both in Year 6 were completely new to sewing. We acquainted them with sewing machine and its features, dials and buttons. And they were off completely confident to create their own sling bag.
 
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Lucy’s attention to detail was fantastic and her Japanese inspired bag was simply beautiful. Georgie Teen Sewing Class The Sewing Room

 
 
All they need to bring was 1.5 meters of woven fabric or 75cm of two different fabrics if they wanted a contrast between the outside and inside of the bag, matching thread and 1 button about 2cm in diameter. Georgie made her bag in this pretty bright pink spot and when she was finished was as pleased as punch as her abilities to create beautiful things. It wont be to long before you see her at Paddington Markets selling her amazing creations.
 Jamie Teen Sewing Class The Sewing Room
 
As you can see we have lots of fun at The Sewing Room by the smile on Jamie’s face.

Written by Penelope Leonard

April 9th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Wise Old Owl and Monsters t-shirt Children’s Sewing Classes.

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We appliquéd wise old owls or monsters on to cool T-shirt at our school holiday workshops in the first week of the Easter School holidays, using simple techniques for a fantastic effect, we cut out pretty fabric in the shape of owls and monsters. We appliquéd these shapes on with simple running stitch with gorgeous bright embroidery thread and learnt how to stitch a button on for their eyes. It was loads of fun.
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 Angela is doing a brilliant job stitching around her wise old owl’s eyes.

 Tia Childrens Sewing Class The Sewing Room

 

Tia looks simply gorgeous in her new creations.
 
Andrew Monster Tshirt Childrens Sewing Class The Sewing Room 

A good time was had by all, we had a few Mum’s with the children 8 years & under. So it was lovely to be able to enjoy their company as well.
All sewing equipment and materials was supplied so all you have to do is turn up and have fun.

Even the boys got involved with this scare monster. The colours were all chosen by Andrew. The colour combination looks fantastic in this quite complicated design but the finished T-shirt looked amazing and was properly worn home.

Written by Penelope Leonard

April 8th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Monday Night Sewing Class.

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I think Monday night is my favourite day of the week as I get to spend 3 hours with 6 really amazing ladies. Learning to sew has never been so much fun when you can chat with interesting people as you toile away at beautiful new creations.
 Dead Sexy Sue The Sewing Room Sewing Class Sling Bag

 

Dead Sexy Sue created this most exquisite bag in a fabulous fabric from Tessuti’s on Commonwealth Street Surry Hills. It was such a hit that she has had orders from friends and family. I want one too, Sue choice of fabric, lining and accessaries are just Dead Set Sexy. Her sewing is absolutely amazing. Watchout for her range of aprons and beautiful things coming soon from the Dead Sexy Sue.

 Dr Jemma Golding The Sewing Room Sewing Class Sling Bags

Jemma have taken to the sewing machine like a natural, it must be all that hand stitching practice she has done in emergence at Royal Princes Albert Hospital. Jemma used a beautiful Japanese fabric and her sewing is beautiful.

So yes, thank you my Monday night Ladies it is so much fun teaching you all to sew.

Written by Penelope Leonard

April 6th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

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The School Holiday Program @ The Sewing Room

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Teens 12+
The Sewing Room is offering a great range of classes for teenagers, to suit both beginners and those wanting to undertake more challenging projects. Develop skills with textiles, add to your folio, or just make something completely unique. Classes are run in the bright and busy Sewing Room and are led by friendly and experienced Sewing Room instructors.Teens are also encouraged to join in on our range of regularly scheduled open age classes.

Children’s Classes 5+
The Sewing Room offers fun, educational and inspiring classes for Chrildren aged five years and up. Children can simply have fun, create something of which they can be proud, or learn skills that will last a lifetime. Classes are run by friendly and experienced Sewing Room instructors.

“Sew” join one of our fantastic classes spanning many different areas of interest:

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Beautiful bird brooch / Buttons hair pins 6+
Tuesday 6th April 10am to 12pm

Sew your own beautitful bird brooch to dress up any outfit. Ages 6+
Please note: Parental supervision for children 8 years & under is required.
1 x 2 hour session
$40
All sewing equipment and all materials will be supplied.

Wise old owl (girls) and monsters (boys) t-shirt 6+
Wednesday 7th April 10am to 12pm
We will appliqué a wise old owl or a monster on a cool organic T-shirt. Using simple techniques for a fantastic effect.We are going to cut, paint, fold, sew and applique’ your way to an in terribly cute new t-shirt. This is loads of fun. Ages 6+ Please note: Parental supervision for children 8 years & under is required.
1 x 2 hour session
$55
Arm yourself with a apron.
All sewing equipment and all materials will be supplied. Just tell us what size t-shirt when you book please.

 Wise old owl tshirt Children Sewing Class

A5 Journal Cover
Thursday 8th April 10am to 12pm
In this three hour class you can construct an attractive cover for a A5 Journal that will last for years.
Personalise it with the fabric of your choice and re-use the pattern to cover anything you want! Ages 6+
Please note: Parental supervision for children 8 years & under is required.
1 x 2 hour session
$40
All sewing equipment and all materials will be supplied.

Felt Softies 6+
Friday 9th April 10am to 12pm
This simple and fun project will have you creating your very own soft toy companion. We will provide everything you need to make a weird or whimsical creature of your own imagination. Ages 6+
Please note: Parental supervision for children 8 years & under is required,
1 x 2 hour session
All sewing equipment and all materials will be supplied.

Teens Learn to Sew: Basic Sewing Module 1
Tuesday 6th April 2pm to 5pm

For those who are completely new to sewing. This class will be led in a simple and easy to follow format. First you will be acquainted with the sewing machine and its features, dials and buttons. You will learn to confidently set up the machine for sewing, how to insert a needle, thread the machine, and wind and load a bobbin. In the three half of the class you will make your own sewing satchel, whilst learning handy construction tips.
1 x 3 hour class (Please bring a snack and drink for a short break during the class).
$60
 BYO: 1.2 mtrs fabric (non-stretch), matching thread and 1 button (max 2cm diameter).

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Teens Sewing Basics Module 2: 3hour Zips & Buttonholes
Wednesday 7th April 2pm to 5pm

Learn to finish your garments with working and professional looking closures. This class will give you the information you need to confidently sew in zippers and buttonholes. You will leave with great pencil case incorporating all these wonderful new techniques. After this class, there’ll be no stopping you!
1 x 3 hour class $60
All materials supplied by The Sewing Room.

 Teens Chic T-shirt Manipulations
Thursday 8th April 2pm to 5pm

Surface manipulations in fashion this workshop exploration in appliqué, pintucking & ruching, modern day smocking & shirring etc. We will look at techniques and methods used in current fashion trends and use these to inspirer and demonstrate the potential of the techniques. Arm yourself with a pair of scissors and loads of confidence, You’re going to cut, fold, sew and applique’ your way to a whole new level of everyday chic that will be applied to a t-shirt.
1 x 3 hour session
$85
All materials supplied by The Sewing Room.
Just tell us if you would like one of our cool organic T-shirt when you book please.

 Teens Chic T-shirt Manipulations

Refashion a vintage pair of jeans from the op-shop.
Friday 9th April 2pm to 5pm

We are going to refashion a pair of jeans or garment from the op-shop armed with a pair of scissors and loads of confidence. You’re going to cut, fold, sew and applique’ your way to a whole new level of everyday chic.
1 x 3 hour session
$85
Bring with you: A pair of jean or simple garment from you local op-shop. Sewing equipment and all materials will be supplied.

For more information regarding classes you can call Penelope on 0432 688 536 or email info@thesewingroom.com.au or see our blog www.thesewingroom.net.au.

Written by Penelope Leonard

April 1st, 2010 at 9:00 am