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Some questions answered

I am getting quite a few emails about how the lessons I am offering at work. So I decided to post the answers here. The crazy quilting class will be starting on February 16 running for 6 weeks and there are places still available.

There are two major components of online classes; the lessons themselves and the forum. The lessons are the guts of the class. They explain both the design and “how to” of making and embellishing a block. They are structured so that you move from stage to stage in coherent manner. The include illustrations and step by step instructions about the process so everything is visually demonstrated. I have also pointed to stitches in my stitch dictionary for stitches as I did not want to simply re-hash what is already online.

The lessons are an Adobe PDF document are disseminated to the students by Each student is given a User ID and password as well as the URL to the class webpage where they are expected to go and download each lesson. There is a one lesson per week.

The expectation is that the students download each lesson weekly and progress through the class. I have included quite a bit of information and ideas in each lesson but I do not expect students to try absolutely everything I have covered. Crazy quilting is a ‘pick and choose’ form of activity. Each week I expect people to pick an idea they like and work it into their block. They can choose to just do a few hours on their block or more. It’s up to the student. Some people are busier than others so I am very flexible.

Each student is invited to register at the forums which is where all class communication takes place. While not real time chat, they can post messages. I will be checking the forum daily to answer questions and join in on he chat. Here too students can post images of their work so I can give them feedback.

Participation in the forums is totally voluntary and Barbara a tells me that not everyone bothers with it. Some people are not interested in chatting and posting of messages part but I think this will be a really fun part of the process as students from all over the globe have joined up.

I hope I have clarified how they work and what is expected.

Linda at Chloe’s place has kindly blogged her reactions to my lessons for class. Linda’s response can be read here

Thankyou Linda

Linda at Chloe’s place has kindly blogged her reactions to my lesson notes that are to accompany the online crazy quilting class I am offering. I sent Linda a copy to proof and possibly review, and her response can be read here

The crazy quilting class It will be starting on February 16 running for 6 weeks and there are places still available.

Needlework books and patterns online

I received an email this morning from Candida, giving me the heads up on a link found via Meggiecat . I love the net and blogs when stuff like this happens so thanks to both I found out that Lambert’s Hand-book of needlework published in 1842. At 290 pages I have downloaded a PDF version of the book as reading this type of material online I find impossible and I have found if it’s going to be read a print out is the only way.

One find always leads to poking about to see if there is other stuff and Meggiecat has highlighted the Women working project again which “provides access to digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard University’s library and museum collections.” So rolling up my sleeves I discovered Guide to needlework by J. Henry Symonds, described as “containing explicit instructions for every kind of stitch, in plain and fancy needlework : together with full directions for cutting and making underclothes : to which are added complete instructions in embroidery and Berlin work .” Once again it is the complete book of 125 pages material. Also discovered is Olive C. Hapgood’s School needlework a course of study in sewing designed for use in schools published in 1892 (254 pages) and Elizabeth Glaister’s book published in 1880 Needlework

Lately while taking a break from piecing diamond shaped blocks for my latest crazy quilt project I have been going though my vintage embroidery patterns, sorting them out and thinking about which are suitable for use on this quilt.

I had decided to take a poke around the net and see what was online also but this mornings discoveries provoked me a bit more. Often in these books you find not only the old stitches used but also the patterns of the era. Recently Linda at Chloe’s place has placed online Craig’s Art Needlework Book.

For actual vintage embroidery patterns Needle crafter has a heaps. To find them go to Library and then Designs. Many are from the 50’s and 60’s but there are a few which can either be adapted or are older. Also Patterns for Needlework houses patterns published in ladies’ magazines dating as far back as 1859.

Often however I like trawling through the old books and print material. Previously I have blogged the Digital Archive of Documents on Weaving and Related Topics since there are over 5,000 books and articles available on the site I am sure to find a few more patterns in the books there.

If anyone has links to vintage patterns online I would love to hear about them. Just leave a comment. After getting myself beautifully side tracked over my morning coffee I am off to do some work in the garden before doing some more work on the online crazy quilting workshops I will be offering via in February.