CGW is a club for amateurs and professionals who like to make historical, science fiction, or fantasy costumes.

CGW Workshop: Machine Embroidery: the basics and beyond

1900ArcticNouveauReticuleWhether you are brand new to machine embroidery or already a seasoned practitioner, you are sure to learn a trick or two from Diane’s arsenal of personal experience in making the most out of this extraordinary sewing tool.  Topics will range from what types of (and where to find) stabilizers, needles, threads, and embroidery designs that suit your particular project, to the intricacies of hooping different weights of fabric, utilizing the many aids built into your machine, and what to do when disaster strikes in the midst of a design stitch-out.

A helpful handout will accompany your day’s instruction, and you’ll even get a peek at some of Diane’s favorite finished works as an aid to inspire your own future one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

The second half of the workshop will be devoted to making an embroidered reticule.  You will bring your own fabric of choice and, if you use one of your own designs, you will also bring threads and stabilizer; or Diane will permit a one-time use of one of her designs, as well as threads from her store of same.  Approximately one week prior to the workshop you will receive an e-mail from Diane enumerating all of the equipment and supplies you will need to bring, as well as her address and telephone number.

Date/Time: Saturday, June 18, 2016, 10am – 4pm.

Cost: $5 for CGW members.

Tickets: A minimum of 4 students is required for this workshop to take place. A maximum of 6 students will be accepted. Purchase tickets!

Children: This workshop will be very busy, so please do not bring children.

Food: Please pack a lunch. There will be a refrigerator/freezer and microwave at your disposal.

Location: Residential House in a Greater Los Angeles, CA (near the cities of San Pedro & Long Beach for approximate distance reference)

Parking: Easy parking on a quiet residential street.

Workshop provides:1903PurpleLinenPansies

  • Machine embroidery handout
  • one-time use of an embroidery design

Student provides:

  • Packed lunch
  • Fabric
  • Threads & stabilizer
  • Embroidery design, if you choose
  • Embroidery machine
  • Complete list of supplies will be provided to students one week before class

About our instructor: Your host/instructor Diane Yoshitomi has been sewing for more than 50 years, recreating historical dress for 15, and machine embroidering her own 19th and early 20th century dresses and accessories for the past 10 years.  Many of you will know her from Costume College as fellow student, teacher, committee head, and former curator of the Cavalcade of Costume exhibit.