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Carolyn Trezona

Carolyn’s journey with sewing began at the age of 10, making dolls clothes and eventually her own clothes (how boring!), but then the fun began.
Carolyn discovered quilting which she has enjoyed for about 35 years. In 2017 she completed the teachers’ accreditation course with the South African Quilters Guild, enabling her to share her passion. Carolyn loves sharing with others while giving encouragement to students to achieve what they thought they could not achieve.
Carolyn enjoys hand embroidery as well as traditional piecing and free-motion quilting. Her aim is to teach students to relax and most of all to have fun.

Stupendous Stitching with Carolyn:

This is a fun class for both beginners and more experienced quilters. Students will make a small piece (no larger than 40x40cm) which can be completed in the class.
Students will enjoy using the built-in embroidery stitches on their sewing machines, learn couching and lastly, we will do some very simple hand embroidery stitches (running stitch, lazy daisy, French knots).


*Sewing machine, extension cord, plug, machine manual and card with stitch numbers.


*Couching foot (optional but helpful) or open toe embroidery foot.
Walking foot if you have.

*Topstitch needles (they have a larger eye for different threads).

*Batik fabric roughly a fat quarter. If very large it will be more work and probably not be completed in class. Choose a fabric that is not too busy, but with many colours in a colour-way you love. It should not have definite patterns like leaves, flowers etc. Think 'wishy washy'!

*Co-ordinated threads of every kind. There is no limit here – cotton, rayon, nylon, metallic in a variety of weights and the colours of the entire colour wheel.

*Couching materials – almost every yarn you can think of; if the colour works you can couch it eg: rattail (satin) cording, thin metal chains, No.8 pearl cotton, embroidery thread, baby rick-rack, ribbons, strings of beads, knitting wool, recycled sari yarn with its texture and rich variegated colours – anything that can be zigzag stitched over.

*Embroidery materials – a variety of No.8 pearl cotton hand embroidery threads.

*No.24 Chenille needles (large eye, sharp point).

*Thimble, embroidery hoop, small scissors.

*Fusible interfacing eg Vilene or Pellon. I recommend a heavy-ish weight for the machine embroidery stitches students will be doing. However, not too stiff as there will be hand stitching.

*Fusible fleece or batting the same size as your batik.

*Backing fabric the same size as your chosen batik. Any colour you choose.

*Rattail (satin cord) to go around the perimeter of the final piece (about 2m).

*I strongly recommend that students stitch out on a plain piece of fabric all the decorative stitches on their machines. Once stitched out they look very different to the display on the machine! I made a “stitch bible” to which I can refer when trying to select an appropriate stitch. Keep in mind some patterns stitch out very thick and others are thin. Be mindful of the fact that both the length and width of the stitches can be adjusted.

*A couching foot makes it much easier to couch different materials but they are quite expensive. It is not necessary to go out and buy one! I will show students how to use an embroidery/zigzag foot to do the job! An open toe embroidery/zigzag foot allows clear vision right at the needle.