In May, I came across an opportunity to do a Martha Pullen Licensed Teacher training online. The course was called Heirloom I and since I had never done any heirloom sewing, I decided I would give it a go. I am SO pleased that I did. I learned so much during that course. We had several required projects and we had until the end of Septmber to complete them and 'turn them in'. I was done before the end of July. By that time, I was hooked and decided to sign up for a face to face Martha Pullen Teacher Training. This one was for Children's Garment Construction and the course was held down in Florida. So, I packed up my Ellisimo Gold machine and a few other necessities and headed for Florida the end of July. I was down there for a week, and again learned SO much. I came home with a suitcase overflowing (literally) with kits for the garments. I have completed only a couple, and those were actually done while attending the training. Then, I decided to sign up for the Martha Pullen Serger I Teacher Training online. The class is going now, however I have already completed the required projects. I wanted to be able to teach what I am learning and I had to turn in my required projects before I could do that. So, now I am contemplating signing up for the Beginner Sewing II that just opened. This is anothe online teacher training through Martha Pullen. I am thinking about that one, quite seriously.
In the meantime, I FINALLY got the chance to learn how to do hand-smocking. I have wanted to learn how to do this for so very long. I am taking the two part class locally and the second part is tomorrow night. Now I can get out all those doll patterns that have smocking on them and have a go at it. I will post pictures when I get a chance.