Our last Bluprint virtual learning class—The Swing Skirt: Techniques & Construction—has been very popular among our community of makers, and because of it, we’ve welcomed many new followers. We were often asked on the class discussion board for more instruction, and our newest class—Creative Embellishments—released this past Tuesday. The course covers four key stitches and signature techniques from The School of Making and Alabama Chanin so you can embellish any project with beads, sequins, appliqué, and more of the techniques found in Alabama Studio Sewing + Design.


The course is broken into six lessons. The first covers design basics and the materials needed for a project and the process of choosing fabrics, threads, and beads. The second lesson teaches the four key stitches used throughout the techniques in this course. Using the grid template included with the class, you’ll be able to keep stitches even and consistent. Natalie also covers the physics of sewing that will make your projects last for years to come.

The next three lessons cover our most-used techniques including quilting, reverse appliqué, and appliqué techniques as well as beading techniques to add texture and dimension to garments. In the final lesson, you’ll follow along as Natalie walks you through the skills built throughout the course to pair techniques together to create a truly unique project. You’ll see inspiration projects and garments that combine the techniques taught in both Creative Embellishments and The Swing Skirt: Techniques & Construction.

We’re also introducing a few new products today to supplement the class and equip you to experiment with the techniques taught in the course. Our Limited-Edition Printed Fabric has been updated in Ballet fabric printed with Anna’s Garden in grey ink. Since the course focuses on exploring techniques using sample blocks, we have a new Anna’s Garden Stencil Trio. This stencil kit contains three sample block-sized stencils—original, appliqué, and relief appliqué—for practicing techniques at home.

We’ll have more classes coming later this year, so keep an eye on Natalie’s instructor page on Bluprint for the latest updates.

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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. Nicola

    I already have the Anna’s Garden stencil – one of my faves – is it possible to buy just the appliqué and relief appliqué stencils rather than all three?

  2. Sheilah Mathias

    YOU MADE MY DAY!!!!! I have been watching for this announcement for some time!!! Thank you.
    I have already practiced the stitches thanks to the most recent book….The Geometry of Hand Sewing, which is an absolute must!
    Again, Thank you