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Do you love to sew but constantly find yourself in a battle with your sewing machine?

Just what is the deal with tension anyway?

Have you purchased those beautiful rayon and sparkly threads but find them frustrating to use?

Are you confused about which threads to use when?  And what about those needles??

Threads 101 is the class every seamstress, quilter and crafter needs to develop superpower stitch skills and rule over their sewing kingdoms. You will be Queen of your Machine!

We begin with a review of the need to know but, maybe never learned them all, basics of thread, needles, stabilizers, fusible webs, and sewing machine tension. Then we take what we know and start to break the rules a little: sewing with our tension a wee bit off for fun effects, putting heavy threads in the bobbin, exploring how many ways we can appliqué and getting creative with edge finishes.

We will work small on sample ‘pages’ so you can experiment and play with techniques without a huge investment in materials. You should be able to find most of what you need in your stash already. My book, Threads: the Basics and Beyond is recommended but not required.

Are you ready to become Queen of your Machine? 

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Thread Tastings are a fun way to learn about new threads. WonderFil Specialty Threads has the broadest range of threads available in the market and you may not know the best ways to use some of these fabulous threads. Each month we pair the unique properties of one of the WonderFil thread lines with wine and chocolate and create a project using the featured thread of the month. If you can't join me in Colorado Springs you can still join the fun with this online version of each workshop!  We have kits available for each project so you don't have to run around gathering supplies other than the wine and chocolate of course. 

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Welcome to the Fabric Embellishing Book Study with Liz Kettle and Ruth Chandler! We couldn't fit all the information we wanted to in the book and we know that everyone learns more when they actually try the techniques instead of just reading about them so Ruth and I wanted to create a fun way to solve those two issues. Our book study was born! We have had a lot of groups work through Fabric Embellishing together so gather your friends or work alone. Have fun and PLAY! The book study assumes you have a copy of  Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond but even if you don't have it you will learn some fun techniques. Become a member of The Creativity Playground to get FREE access to all tutorials and the Fabric Embellishing Book Study.    

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In this section you will find tutorials for fun and functional projects and a few techniques that will get your creative juices flowing.  Become a member of The Creativity Playground to get FREE access to all tutorials and the Fabric Embellishing Book study.