It’s been a busy summer, but it is time I got back to writing about what is going on here at Golden Needles.  Our classes are going strong!  We are finishing up a Beginning Sewing 102, and will start Beginning Sewing 101 again on September 2.

If you live in the Middle Georgia area, we still have a few spots left for our morning and evening sessions.  We would love to have you!  Come have a great time while learning to sew.

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Here are some examples of the projects recent students have completed.

Kim's pretty apron

Kim did a great job on her apron!

Friends Wendy and Freida showing off their new skills!

Friends Wendy and Freida showing off their new skills!

Our Zippered Throw Pillow pattern becomes a beautiful home decor item when our students choose great fabrics!

Our Zippered Throw Pillow pattern becomes a beautiful home decor item when our students choose great fabrics!

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Miranda’s lined tote bag is even prettier with the lace detail she added at home!

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Isabel's duffle bag turned out beautiful!

Isabel’s duffle bag turned out beautiful!

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Isabel is really enjoying learning to sew!

Isabel is really enjoying learning to sew!

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Jill the (Relatively) Reluctant

I’m Karen Golden Smith, the other half of Golden Needles.  My sister Terri is the one usually doing the blogging since I work full time as a school counselor.  I’m counting the days to my retirement.  I love my job, … Continue reading

Sewing Class Pictures

Our latest 101 classes were fun and productive!  Students learned the basics of the sewing machine and sewing tools, the characteristics of fabric and how to prepare it for cutting out a pattern, and many other useful lessons.  With several projects, they learned many useful sewing techniques such as installing zippers, creating buttonholes, topstitching, finishing seams,  forming hems, and creating a casing to insert elastic.

Several of these students have joined us for Beginning Sewing 102, where we are making a lined tote bag and beautiful lined duffle bag, and a cozy zippered hoodie.

If you live in the middle Georgia area, come join us!

Casey did a beautiful job on her apron

Cassie did a beautiful job on her apron

Andrea enjoyed making her apron

Andrea enjoyed making her apron

Miranda's pretty apron

Miranda’s pretty apron

Dana chose a colorful fabric for her apron

Dana chose a colorful fabric for her apron

Mary chose a sturdy gingham for her pretty apron

Mary chose a sturdy gingham for her pretty apron

Miranda at the sewing machine

Miranda at the sewing machine

Dana trying out the serger

Dana trying out the serger

Mary and her grandaughter Savanna working hard at their pressing stations

Mary and her grandaughter Savanna working hard at their pressing stations

Andrea's chevron pillow

Andrea’s chevron pillow

Dana's Japanese print pillow

Dana’s Japanese print pillow

Students installed center zippers at the back of their throw pillows

Students installed center zippers at the back of their throw pillows

A Class Full of Friends

This past summer, we had a group of friends who signed up together for Sewing 101 and 102 classes.  We all had a great time!  Here are a few photos to prove it!

Kathleen and Elise chose the same fabric for their aprons

Kathleen and Elise chose the same fabric for their aprons

Rocky loves to keep us company in the sewing room

Rocky loves to keep us company in the sewing room

Kathleen at the sewing machine

Kathleen at the sewing machine

Julie working hard on her tote bag in 102

Julie working hard on her tote bag in 102

Busy bees Julie, Kathleen, and Elise

Busy bees Julie, Kathleen, and Elise

Elise concentrating on her straight seams

Elise concentrating on her straight seams

Kathleen's pajama shorts

Kathleen’s pajama shorts

Elise models her cute pajama shorts

Elise models her cute pajama shorts

Great Sewing Classes

We have almost finished our latest set of Beginning Sewing classes at Golden Needles Studios!  We added an afternoon class just for this session, so Karen and I have been very busy on Tuesdays, with three class periods.  We have met some new ladies, and we have had the honor to teach some ladies we already knew from church or family.  Students have made aprons, pillow cases, zippered throw pillows, and are finishing their pajama pants.  Here are a few wonderful examples:

Robin did a great job with her apron!

Robin did a great job with her apron!

Mae's apron.  The ribbon on the pocket was her design!

Mae’s apron. The ribbon on the pocket was her design!

Debbie modeling her pretty striped apron

Debbie modeling her pretty striped apron

Kathleen and Elise, ready for the kitchen!

Kathleen and Elise, ready for the kitchen!

Kristi and her pretty zippered throw pillow

Kristi and her pretty pillow.  Students learned to install a zipper in this project.

Heather's plaid zippered throw pillow

Heather’s plaid zippered throw pillow

Teresa shows her pretty pillow.  The students learned to put a zipper in with this project.

Teresa shows her pretty pillow.

A Gallery of Sewing 101 Class Projects

Beth's Apron, Sewing 101 Project

Beth Tolliver’s Apron, one of our Sewing 101 Projects

Terri's Sewing 101 Pillow Shams
Terri Bowen’s Pillow Shams, another of the projects made in our Sewing 101 course

Terri's Pillow Sham

A close-up of Terri’s Pillow Sham; the pillow shams were made in class, then Terri added the monogram at home

Zippered Throw Pillow

This Zippered Throw Pillow is also a Sewing 101 project; the back zipper allows for a pillow insert.

Another example of the Zippered Throw Pillow

Another example of the Zippered Throw Pillow

We are about to start our third set of Learn To Sew courses, so it’s about time that I posted some pictures from the last session.  We had great students and a wonderful time!

I am really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things after the holidays.  All of the Christmas decorations have been stored once again, and the studio has been set back up, ready for Tuesday’s start!

If you live in the middle Georgia area, we would love to have you join us for a class!

One of our Sewing 102 Projects is a tote bag, and this is a beautiful example made by one of our students

One of our Sewing 102 Projects is a tote bag, and this is a beautiful example made by one of our students

Here is another student-made tote bag!

Here is another student-made tote bag!

Classes Continue to Be Popular!

We are just finishing up our Sewing 102 course, and will begin our Sewing 101 again on September 11.  The new night class is full, but we still have availability in the morning class.

The ladies from these first two classes have been so much fun!  They have learned so much, and have had a great time doing so.  In fact, many of them did not want the course to end.  So we are adding an open sewing studio time on Thursday evenings, twice a month!  Students will bring their own projects in for individual advice and guidance.  It should be loads of fun!

Here are some of the things made by our fantastic students!

Sarah’s duffle is just gorgeous! She even had her mom add a monogram!

Martha chose a cream quilted fabric for her tote, and lined it with a brown print. Karen monogramed it for her. Just beautiful!

Stacey’s zippered pillow from sewing 101. She did a beautiful job! (That’s Martha in the background, looking over some instructions.)

Jill made her pretty duffle out of red quilted fabric, the same fabric she chose for her tote. They are both lined in a black and red print. She plans to use it for tailgating this fall in Athens. Go Dawgs!

Sarah’s tote is made from a beautiful French-inspired cotton, with a bright pink coordinating lining. Someone needs to take her to Paris, don’t you think?

Here’s a sample I (Terri) sewed of the hoodie the students are working on now. We will post their jackets as soon as they are finished!

And I just had to share the duffle I made for my mom. She loves Paris, so I knew she would appreciate this fabric. I found it in the home decor section at Hancock’s, and it sewed up beautifully!

Classes are filling fast!

We are so excited about our classes which start June 19!  We are busy, busy, busy getting our sewing space set up and ready.  Sewing machines have been set up and tested, the cutting and ironing spaces have been laid out, and we even made our own table top ironing boards to be used on top of the cutting tables!

Our classes start June 19.  The evening class is full, but we still have space in the morning class.  If you live in middle Georgia, email us for more info.  Make plans to join us!

Sewing Class Sign-up!

We are having a great response from people interested in our beginning sewing classes!  Thank you to all of our Facebook friends for helping us get the word out! We still have some spots open for both of our classes which start June 19.  We will be holding a morning class from 9-11:30, and an evening class from 6-9:30.

Sewing machines are provided, as well as all the tools you will need, and all of your patterns except one.

Taking Learn to Sew 101 and 102 will give you a great foundation to build on, and give you confidence in choosing future projects.

We are so excited about this, and from the response, so are a lot of other people!  Our classes are going to be loads of fun!

For information on price, to ask more questions, or to sign up, email us right away!  golden-needles@cox.net