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Wednesday, February 3

A Program with the French Hand Sewers

Learning how to work the Snail Shirring on Swiss Edging.
A Happy Group!
All the ladies in my SAGA guild are nice.  And enthusiastic too!  It was fun teaching my Snail Shirring Bonnet class to them.  We have split the class into two  programs.  This is very good because they can go home and work on their bonnet and be ready for the next step.  My guild likes to learn things progressively.  I think it is a good thing because you really get to learn a technique instead of just try it.


Anonymous said...

Jeannie, is there a rule of thumb for the amount of lace you would use to gather to a fabric piece? Would it possibly be 2 to 1? I always find it difficult to know how much lace to purchase for gathering.

Your work is wonderful and I thank you so much for the fantastic tips and tutorials.

debbie j said...

I very much enjoyed the snail shirring bonnet class and am looking forward to the next session!
Please let me know which Creative Needle magazine the 1920 French handsewn gown was in. It is beautiful and I would love to try it!
Debbie J

Jeannie B. said...

Thank you.

The Circa 1920 gown was in the May/June 1992 issue in my. The article featured my Snail Shirring. The gown pattern is not in there. It will be for sale on my web site in maybe a month. It is lovely.

Jeannie B. said...

Linda, For me, the rule of thumb for "buying" lace to gather would be 2 to 1. In other words buy twice as much lace edging to fit the insertion. But for actually gathering the lace, I am more likely to gather 1 1/2 to 1 or 1 3/4 to one. Problem is you don't know until you start gathering. A straight hem like a basic yoke dress required less lace than a hem that curves up at the sides, which includes just about everything else. And the amount of gathers is a personal choice. This would make a good blog...look for the topic in the future. But for now, where lace is concerned "More is Better"!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Jeannie for your "rule of thumb" on purchasing and gathering lace. I love, love, love lace but avoid using it at times as I am uncertain if certain lace patterns go together or what size of lace would best suit my pattern. An error can be costly.
A future blog would be fantastic.

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