Stained Glass Windows Workshop

By Judith on February 10, 2021
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This month I’m teaching 2 Twin Needle (live Zoom) workshops.

One of these workshops is a Stained Glass Windows panel, hosted by Crafty Monkies on Friday 26th February. The finished panel can then be turned into a cushion, bag or wallhanging.

Unlike traditional Stained Glass Windows, our background panel is pieced rather than appliqued.

The fusible bias tape is then twin needled in place! But the real magic here is that the quilting and twin needling is all one step!

Fusible bias tape comes in a range of colours and widths. Black is the most common colour for the Stained Glass effect, and definitely suits bright modern prints.

Here are a few more examples of the same technique, using different coloured fusible bias.

6mm Black fusible bias tape and 3mm and 4mm twin needles are available in our online shop.

So what does the workshop cover?

At the workshop I’ll show you…

  • how to set up your machine for twin needling
  • how to piece the background
  • how to apply fusible bias tape
  • how to quilt the panel by twin needling

All those who attend the workshop will receive my comprehensive Mosaic Cushion pattern for free! So you can turn your fully quilted panel into an 18″ zippered cushion cover!

This is a really fun introduction to twin needling, achieving a dramatic Stained Glass Windows project. You’ll be hooked!!

So if you fancy learning a new technique, booking for the workshop is via the Crafty Monkies website, where you will also find the full list of materials needed.

Happy sewing!


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Denim Zippy Pouch Workshop

By Judith on January 4, 2021
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At the end of this month (30th January, 4pm – 7pm) I will be teaching another live zoom workshop for Crafty Monkies.

Their theme for January is all about using what you have available (following the post Christmas slump!) and so repurposing some old jeans into practical zippy pouches fits right in!

During this workshop you will learn:

  • How to prep and repurpose denim
  • Best interfacings to use
  • How to set up your sewing machine (needles & thread) for sewing denim
  • The ‘Quilt As You Go’ quilting technique
  • Zippy pouch construction, including covered zipper tabs, inserting a metal zipper and pouch lining

If you have never sewn with denim before, or if you have some experience and want to get a little more creative, then this workshop is for you!

There are 2 pouches to choose from. Pouch A is simpler in style and uses thinner interfacing, making it easier to construct and beginner friendly.

Pouch B is a little more involved, incorporating more denim features and characteristics and is quilted onto thicker interfacing to give a much more textured look.

Whichever pouch you choose to make, you need to have confident use of your sewing-machine (including attaching walking foot) and how to measure and cut fabric using a rotary cutter & ruler.

Material/Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

*Available to purchase at here

  • Several pairs of non-stretch denim items e.g. jeans, skirts, shirts (a variety of colours is best). Pay particular attention to interesting sections of the jeans e.g. seams, pockets, worn sections, feature stitching, labels, tabs & loops etc., especially if making Pouch B
  • Fat quarter* of cotton lining fabric or cotton shirt (not denim weight)
  • 8” metal (or nylon) closed ended zipper*
  • Co-ordinating Polyester thread (standard weight)
  • Button to decorate (optional)
  • Ribbon or fine leather cord – Zipper pull (optional)
  • Embroidery Thread for Boro Stitching (I used Aurifil Wool 12wt) Optional
  • Pouch A – ¼ metre Heavy Sew-in Interfacing (Vlieseline S13)* & 1/4 metre Light Woven Fusible Interfacing (Vlieseline G710)*
  • Pouch B – ¼ metre Legacy Flex Foam*

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Rotary Cutter, ruler and mat
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Sewing machine
  • Walking Foot
  • Zipper Foot
  • Hand sewing needle (for Boro stitching)
  • Needles*: 90/14 Jeans Needle, 100/16 Jeans Needle, 80/12 Standard Needle
  • 505 Basting Spray*

​If you would like more information about this workshop or to book, click here to access the Crafty Monkies website (scroll down and click on my workshop listing to access more info).

You can also access a printable List of Materials & Workshop Prep here.

I hope you will join me for 3 hours of denim ripping fun!!


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