Appliqued and Embroidered Wool Beads

Saturday September 30, 2017 .  10:30 - 3:00

Saturday October 14, 2017 .  10:30 - 3:00

Saturday November 4, 2017 .  10:30 - 3:00

Students will learn how to merge wool applique, beadwork and embroidery and how the components of even a single bead can be endlessly rearranged and incorporated into more complex pieces.  Students will also receive tips and techniques for successful use of threads, beads, wool and other key components to create truly unique and personal designs.

The cost of this 4 hour class is $60 and $28 for the kit.  Bring to class your basic sewing supplies and a bag lunch.  If you like you may bring some of your favorite embellishments such as beads, buttons and tiny trims to play with.
Your kit will include instructions, felted wool balls, all the size needles you need for this project, hand dyed wool pieces, pre-cut circles, printed freezer paper and embellishments to enhance your stitchery.  I will provide all the thread needed during class.  If you enjoy the thread, and I am confident you will, it is available for purchase.

The prerequisites for this intermediate level class require that you have some experience with these basic embroidery stitches: Blanket stitch, Fly stitch, Chain stitch and Back stitch. Knowledge of these stitches are a great foundation for this project and will help you to have a fun and productive time in class.
This class is limited to 10-12 students.

I am excited to share this fun and exciting new project with you.
Many thanks,  Sue Wojciechowski



Thursday October 5 - Friday October 6

A special 2-day BERNINA Event

Learn from a BERNINA Instructor and FEAR NO FABRIC!

Register by September 18th for $125 ($25 savings)
Class fee after 9/18 will be $150

Welcome to BERNINA Academy Mastering Challenging Fabrics Course where we FEAR NO FABRIC! Join our team of experts and learn how to successfully sew challenging fabrics such as leather, fur, chiffon, cork, knit and more. Learn seam anf hem finishes and discover ways to make sewing easier using proper feet, stitches and features of BERNINA machines for precise sewing. Let the Creative Consultant, built in the BERNINA machines, be your guide as you learn how to successfully work with unique textiles and traditional techniques.

Create the BERNINA Academy Technique Book as you work through lessons that will be yours to keep as a reference every time you walk into your sewing studio. Sewing tips and free patterns are included on the collectible BERNINA USB stick and all supplies, technique book and machines are provided for you during the two-day course.

Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The class fee is $60

Students will learn the basics of silk ribbon embroidery, how to handle the silk ribbon, which is strong yet elegant and soft, and how to create the basic stitches with silk ribbon which will allow them to do nearly any embroidery they like with silk ribbon. Students should have a basic knowledge of embroidery, but do not need to be experts. We will create a “Christmas Bouquet” on an 8” x 10” piece of white silk moire’ or dupioni using red and gold silks and greens for leaves. A kit will be available. The class will be taught be Karen Hendrickson, who learned silk ribbon embroidery from Judith Montano and has been doing it for over 25 years. Karen loves any kind of hand sewing. She has won awards for her traditional quilting as well as her wool applique, garment sewing and needlework. She leads the Wool Club at Bigsby’s and presents lectures and workshops at local Guilds. Most of all, she loves sharing what she has learned with others.

. Upon registration, a short supply list and other information will be sent to attendees. Class size is limited.

ribbon embroidery
walking foot samples

Walk Into Quilting

It's time to get that walking foot out of the box!  Take it for a drive and see what it can do. Sue will guide you through a series of basics, allowing you to have success with your walking foot. 

Join us for either of two class dates:

Friday, September 29th 10:30-2:30


Saturday, October 7th 9:00-1:00

Cost: $40   


Wool Club

This year's wool club will be led by Karen Hendrickson, who has been a member of the group since its inception, and a teacher for several years.  She has been an avid quilter and hand stitcher for over 35 years, with sewing and embroidery experience going back to her childhood, and loves to share ideas and inspiration with others. 

Wool club members may choose one of two year-long projects to work on, with assistance tips for success, inspiration and encouragement from the teacher and other participants.  All group members will receive a store discount, a first look at new releases and products, and other surprises during the year.

My Enchanted Garden (top photo) by Gretchen Gibbons is one of the projects members may choose to work on in 2017. A traditional block-of-the-month project, there are 9 wood appliquéd blocks plus a pieced and appliquéd border.  This quilt offers lots of opportunity for members to flex their embroidery creativity as they personalize their embellishment of the blocks in this quilt.  Lots of teaching and help in perfecting and learning new stitches will be available.  A pattern book and optional monthly wool kits are offered.

'Round the Garden (bottom photo) by Wendy Williams is the second project being done by wool club members this year.  Less traditional, this project provides lots of opportunities for members to personalize the buildings and landmarks in the quilt to their own community or perhaps to one they fondly remember from their childhood.  The pattern calls for this quilt to be worked as a 56" square whole cloth quilt, but some members may wish to break it down into smaller increments.  A working group will offer ideas.  This quilt is not for beginners. 

Bernina Club

It's fun to share your sewing interests with others!  This club is for owners of Bernina sewing machines, embroidery machines and sergers purchased from Bigsby's who want to share their sewing fun.  Meetings Feature:

*Sew and Tell by club members who want to share their sewing projects* *What's new in the sewing world* * Sewing techniques, tips and project ideas* Class date(s):  3rd Monday of each month Time:  10:30am or 6pm Cost:  1st year after purchase...No Charge Club members receive a 20% discount off regular retail price of most items on club day

Hoopsisters Charmed Adventure

Any embroidery machine can make these quilts.  Join in the fun and create this one-of-a-kind quilt!  

*Paper pieced center
*Blocks take 30 minutes or less to stitch
*Create in your choice of 5", 6", 7", 8" or 9" blocks.
*Amazing One Block Wonder Quilt options and new techniques 

Class date(s): Wed or Thurs classes monthly starting March 22.  See calendar for all dates
Time:  Wednesday classes 6:30pm
or Thursday classes 9:30am

Cost:  $150

Sew-cial Virtual Club 2017

A year-long Bernina Virtual software class.  Each lesson will emphasize a different software technique with practical application.  It's a fun way to learn your software.  Class fee includes a CD with Software Inspirations, Design Works Decoded, All About Embroidery Fearless and Lifestyles Club.

Class date(s):  3rd Saturday of each month

Time:  10:30am-1pm

Cost:  $100/yr

HELP me embroider before I cry!

Do you have any embroidery projects that you're not sure how to finish?  Bring the project to class and get the help you need to finish it.  Bring your favorite snack to share, as we all need to eat while we embroider!!!


The cost for this class is $45.00

*please check calendar page for scheduled classes*

Beginning Piecing / Quilting

Learn the basics of quilting in this simple block.  In the first class we will start by cutting your fabrics and piecing a few squares together.  In the second class we will sew the squares together and discuss the different ways to quilt using the walking foot, quilting in the hoop and meandering on the longarm.  Finished project can be a table runner or 54" X 54" baby quilt.

Teacher:  Koretta

Fee:  $45


Important Class Policy Info!

  •  Our classes have a list of required supplies that you should receive when you pay for the class.  Please be sure to read it carefully so that you are prepared for class.
  • If you find it necessary to cancel a class, you will receive store credit if cancellation is made at least one week prior to start of class.
  • We may find it necessary to cancel a class if minimum  enrollment is not met.  If we do, you will receive a full class fee refund.
  • We have worked hard to offer you great classes with the most up-to-date techniques and information.  All classes require supplies.  We realize that notions, supplies, and fabric can be expensive.  In order for you to have a successful class it is important for you to have all the supplies listed on our supply sheets.  We do not list any unnecessary supplies.
  • We also respect all copyright laws.  If a pattern or book is required, each student in class must purchase their own copy, unless otherwise noted.
  • When you are purchasing class supplies, tell us at the register and you will receive a 20% discount on qualifying merchandise.