10 thing I Learned from Primitive Gatherings

This past weekend I had an opportunity {thanks mom} to hang out for an evening and then a full day on Sat. with Lisa Bonjean of Primitive Gatherings.  Let me tell you it was the highlight of the month!

I love this gal…and her style…and her personality…and ok. fine. everything!  She was truly a wonderful teacher.  If you have a chance to take a class…you go!  Don’t even think it over.  Run to the counter and sign up!  She has a great sense of humor, is totally relaxed when teaching and is sooooo helpful.  She even told us that she was the teacher, not your friend sitting next to you- so bother the teacher, not the friend.  That’s is what she is there for.  I love that kind of generosity and understanding.  It helps everyone in the class know what to do when there is a question.

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I am thinking that she is up there on my favorite teacher list.  She was that good.


I thought that I would share a little list of 10 things that I learned during my little class with Lisa from Primitive Gatherings with you-

1)  Use a quilters knot when starting with your thread. Quick and easy. {i keep forgetting this one- thanks for the reminder and demonstration}

2)  She uses a surgeons knot underneath when finished with the thread {i apparently was doing half of a surgeons knot.  Now I know ho to do it right!}

3)  Use Steam a Seam when working with wool applique {I loved this!!!  It’s the best stuff and works wonderful with wool. Sure wish I knew about this stuff when I was sewing up the Wool Challenge}

4)  Hold your thread tension with your left thumb.  {I knew this, and do this…but now I know and do it better}

5)  Pillow on your lap {I will go into this better later, but she uses a pillow on her lap when she stitches!!! Helps prevent hunchback stitchers hump}

6)  Twist your thread before your french knot and it doesn’t grow a big tall neck or fall over

7)  Rough cut your applique pieces with the paper on…then after ironing the fusible, cut it out on the drawn line

8)  Use fray check on the edges of wool that are fuzzy or ravel

9)  Sew a tack stitch down in the center of the snowflake stitch

10)  Practice, practice, practice– she works hard at what she does— and it shows.  

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I truly had a wonderful time sitting, stitching, snacking and of course chatting.  If you have a moment – take a look at her blog and say hello– you might find some pics of the sewing class too!

Do you have a favorite teacher?