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Sewing Texture

with Vanessa Christenson
Whether you're making something new, or livening up something you love, ruffles, pleats, gathers and shirring are easy ways to add style and depth.

Texture is in! Whether you're making something new or livening up an item you've had for years, adding soft ruffles, pleats, gathers and shirring lets you achieve a new level of style. Vanessa shows you basic texture techniques and how to apply them to garments, accessories, quilts and more. Pair each of your new skills with one of Vanessa's projects to showcase the techniques in a beautiful way! Great design is all in the details, and you'll discover all the details right here in Sewing Texture. Proudly sponsored by Bernina!

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, Vanessa Christenson, sewist and author of Make It Sew Modern. Then find out what you'll learn over the course of this class!


Lesson 2. Twisting Technique


Lesson 3. Flower Pillow


Lesson 4. Faux Pleats Technique


Lesson 5. Pleated Baby Blanket


Lesson 6. Ruffle Technique


Lesson 7. Ruffle Quilt Blocks


Lesson 8. Gathering Technique


Lesson 9. Gathered Detail Bag


Lesson 10. Bonus: Shirring

"This class was well worth the money. Vanessa gave excellent instructions and demonstrated techniques that could be used in many different sewing and quilting applications."
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Fairfax, VA

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