Haydee and Friends in PR

Haydee, center, and friends

Some time ago, I wrote about the talent and charm of the ladies I met while teaching in Puerto Rico.  Haydee, a particular friend, has excelled in machine embroidery applique’ and has kindly shared pictures of  her projects and those of her friends.   I assume that the classes were held in San Juan, but I am not certain.

This set of photos shows a class making an A-line child’s dress with a fish applique. The pattern looks like the A-line dress from Martha’s Favorite Applique’s, but it could be any one of several.

But there is so much more to see here–check out the details.  Nestled into these vibrant underwater scenes are those extra details that make a garment grab our attention.  The 3-D button eyes stare right at you.

bBushing the chenille brings up the nap.

Brushing the chenille brings up the nap.

The dresses are lined, piped and trimmed with rick rack, with a riotous combination of bright colors.  Together, they look like part of a happy, carefree aquarium party.

This was probably the promotional display for the class. What appealing projects!

The chenille water plants are likely made with a product called Chenille by the Inch.  I’ve seen it for sale in packages similar to the rick rack and seam binding you see on racks.

After searching my favorite sites, I was only able to find it at Kari Mecca’s on-line store.

matching brother Jon-Jon suit

The chenille trim is even more enchanting with the tiny beads sewn on, mimicking air bubbles or fish eggs. This detail is best viewed by enlarging the boy’s suit in the photo.

The texture these elements lend to a garment always pleases a child.  And, after all, isn’t that usually our goal when sewing for children?

I always enjoy seeing pictures of sewing classrooms and this was no exception.

This young lady at the cutting table shows that the Puerto Rican women are passing their skills down to the next generation.

It seems to me that, in general,  their approach, appreciation and enthusiasm for  needlework is far greater than that of average American women. It’s always reassuring to see some youth in sewing classes.

Just look at that gorgeous pin cushion!

It would be nice to have a close up of this lady’s pincushion.  Sewing notions have always interested me, and this one looks particularly lovely.

These photos really pushed me into second gear to schedule a sewing getaway or at least take a class.

For years, I faithfully enrolled in one event each year.  But then I got busy and now I feel stale.  Classes are always so motivating.

Have you been to any great classes?  Can you recommend a place or event?  My time is so limited, but I would love to do this.  Let me know if you have any recommendations.
Thanks, Haydee, for sharing your pictures and projects with us!  Happy sewing to all.

4 responses to “Haydee and Friends in PR

  1. I love Chenille by the inch. It will make the project pop with excitement.

    If you cannot find chenille by the inch to purchase or the color you need, which is usually the case, you can make your own. Cut 3 squares or rectangles (more if you want it fluffier) from the same color fabric (on grain). (Note: The fabric needs to be a natural fibe for it to bloom best. You might want to do a test sample first.) Stack them on top of each other and mark a line with a water soluble marker along the bias. Stitch on this line with a short stitch. Continue to sew lines 3/8 inch apart . Slash the fabric between the stitching lines. Stitch the still FLAT chenille fabric into position. Spray with water and let it Bloom by brusing with a wire brush…It’s Magic!

  2. I’m from Puerto Rico and I know this store! It’s located south of San Juan and it is the most extraordinary heirloom supply store in Puerto Rico – Heirloom Sewing Studio in Caguas. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for letting me know! I’ll have to check that out if I get back to San Juan.

  4. Thanks for this good info, Judy. I’ve never tried chenille but with your clear directions, I think I might try it.

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