Update: The class is no longer available on Craftsy due to the discontinued pattern; however, Natalie does teach additional online courses that you can find on Craftsy and Creativebug. 

Heirlooms aren’t created overnight, and it’s the time that goes into embellishing and constructing an artisanal garment that gives life to its one-of-a-kind beauty. Join me, Natalie Chanin, for my new online Craftsy class, Hand-Embellishing Knit Fabric: Stenciling, Appliqué, Beading, and Embroidery, and enjoy the process of creating a timeless piece of clothing.

In our first lesson, we’ll look at an assortment of our beautiful hand-embroidered swatches and discuss a vast array of embellishment options for the included Vogue coat pattern. Then, together, we’ll practice a variety of hand sewing techniques to make your coat come together seamlessly. Working with cotton jersey, we’ll cut out, mark, and prepare the pattern pieces for embellishment, using techniques to minimize fabric distortion. Now we are ready to embellish. We’ll create a stencil using the included PDF stencil pattern, and paint designs onto your fabric. After that, I’ll walk you through a multitude of techniques for appliqué and reverse appliqué. We’ll also explore how to sew bugle, chop, seed beads, and sequins onto your garment, and combine beads with embroidery stitches. In our final lessons, we’ll talk through constructing the coat, plus learn finishing details such as adding topstitching, ribbing, and more. Enroll in Hand-Embellishing Knit Fabric: Stenciling, Appliqué, Beading, and Embroidery, and mix and match hand sewing and embellishment techniques, creating a stylish garment that will be treasured forever.

Though my mother once gave me a gorgeous Elna sewing machine, my initial forays into sewing were consistently shaky. Yet, the memories of my grandmothers sewing and creating had long ago taken root deep within my consciousness; these memories eventually bore fruit when I set out , at eighteen years old, for a life away from home to study fashion and design, live abroad, and gain valuable experience as a stylist and designer. When I eventually returned to the ranch-style house my grandfather built in rural Alabama, it was to start Alabama Chanin, my lifestyle clothing and design brand. Alabama Chanin maintains and celebrates the traditions and materials of my grandparents, creating garments by hand, using sustainable practices, and exclusively featuring hand and small lot-dyed organic cotton and recycled materials from local artisans. I look forward to sharing the unique Alabama Chanin process with you in my new Craftsy class.

CRAFTSY-IN-THE-STUDIOMy class was filmed at the Alabama Chanin studio in Florence, Alabama, but you can join me for these lessons from anywhere in the world. Just like the skills you’ll learn, my class is yours to keep—you can watch it whenever and however many times you like. Plus, the Craftsy classroom lets you pose questions so that your classmates and I can get back to you with answers. You can also use Craftsy’s video notes to mark and return to important techniques easily, plus you can utilize the thirty-second repeat feature to loop a technique without taking your hands off your sewing. My class has a wealth of information that I know you will enjoy, but if for any reason you aren’t satisfied, you can receive your money back with no questions asked.

Sign up for Hand-Embellishing Knit Fabric: Stenciling, Appliqué, Beading, and Embroidery, and learn a collection of enduring sewing techniques for unique garments with invaluable appeal. All supply bundles are discounted on our website.

P.S.: Photo of Maggie, Stella, and Natalie by Joe Baran.

P.S.: If you purchase your class from the links on our website, we will earn a small commission from the product purchased through that link. This commission supports our business and helps us stock our 100% organic fabrics, pay our employees a living wage, and allows our teams to continue to design and create the products that you love. What might seem like a small gesture can go a long way for our business, so thank you.


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  1. Angela

    I bought the craftsy class the minute it was advertised to me in my email!!! I am so excited to get my fabric and get started. I have all three of your books and already made a skirt that I finished last week!!!

    1. Elizabeth Ernsell

      I also bought the class, and I’ve watched it all. It’s really wonderful and complete. I was at your Nashville workshop. This online class is definitely the next best thing. Love, love, love it! Again I want to thank you for sharing your beautiful work, your generousity is astounding and appreciated.

  2. Maria

    Natalie – you are a rock star! I already purchased the class and am loving it. Thank you SO much for doing it. You are an amazing teacher.

  3. K-Sue

    I bought the class, too! I was so excited to see it come up on the Craftsy site. I’m looking forward to watching all the videos – my fingers are itchin’ to get started!

  4. Judy

    I have ordered all the materials for the class and am looking forward to getting started, I concur with Elizabeth, thank you for sharing your work in this platform! I am looking forward to the April class in Florence! Thank you!!

  5. Sue Whelan

    Thank you, Natalie, for taking the time to film the Craftsy class. It is fantastic. I have all your beautiful books but seeing you “love” and knot your thread was a revelation. You are a born teacher. I’m looking forward to ordering my jacket kit and a few other goodies.
    As a child of the ‘fifties who grew up before corporations ruled (and became “persons”) you and your business model allow me to believe we will once again see the generous spirit of that era flourish in America.
    Thank you for sharing your work and your vision. You’re an inspiration.
    Re: migraines. I suffered from the birth of my first child (at 22) through menopause (at 52). At that point, the worst symptoms (nausea, body pain, light sensitivity) vanished. I still get the occasional aura and headache but nothing like I used to. I hope Mother Nature will be as kind to you.

  6. Deborah

    I’ve combed BluPrint (formerly Craftsy) for this class and don’t seem to be able to find it. I’ve found three by Natalie: The New Embroidery: Simple Geometry, Beautiful Stitches; Creative Embellishments (seems to be primarily the Swing Skirt), and The Swing Skirt: Techniques and Construction. Can you help? I know it’s been a while since this was posted, so perhaps the class evolved into one of the others. Can you help?

    1. Alabama Chanin

      Thank you for your comment, Deborah. This class is no longer offered on the Bluprint(Craftsy) platform, as it is an older class; however, Natalie’s three classes that you mention do include plenty of information and instruction, covering some of what this class detailed.