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.
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.
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.
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.
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.