Do you have a bucket list? I admit, mine is a tad sketchy, but I most definitely have one. Years ago when we were in Costa Rica I was able to check off one thing, probably sitting at around #4 on 'the list'....siting the resplendent quetzal. Since then, nada. Until yesterday.
Yep. I took a class.
If you are at all into the Slow Clothing movement, you are most likely squealing and jumping around just like I was (figuratively, not literally---I tried real hard to compose myself, like the adult I occasionally try to be), because I was in the presence of the Queen of the Slow Sewing movement.....Natalie Chanin.
That is NATALIE CHANIN, herself, teaching the class! (I was SURE we were going to just have a staff person. WHEEEEEEEEE!)
Maybe when I put 'a class with Natalie Chanin' on my bucket list, I might have had in mind the weeklong class in Florence, Alabama at the Factory (at $3,000!!!! eeep. I think not!) or maybe the weekend one ($1250!!!! EEEEEEP! Nope, not that one either.). But, I was very very very happy with the reasonably priced 2 hour class this weekend in Nashville at Craft South (owned by Anna Marie Horner---two 'brushes with fame' in one afternoon!)
The one thing I've always admired about Natalie's philsophy....her art is something she has always been willing to share. She has 4 books that detail her slow stitching process---and she leaves nothing out. You could easily replicate any of her garments. There are no secrets withheld.
For those of you NOT in the know....Alabama Chanin works are 100% organic, using 100% locally grown and processed materials, and 100% hand stitched. No machine. My kind of sewing.
Each item is unique. Each is lovely. And if you want to buy a finished garment you must have very deep pockets. A dress will set you back several thousand dollars.
There were 20 of us (from as far away as Michigan and Iowa!!!) around a big table; each of us with our own pre-chosen, pre-stenciled project in the colour of our choice.
I chose a scarf/cowl.....in grey! (surprise!!!) The brightly colored swatch was our practice piece.
She brought all her inspiration swatch books (you can join the swatch of the month club on her website, which she failed to even mention.)
There was a book signing after class...and a little wine and cheese party.
It was a perfect afternoon.
And I have hours of fun ahead of me!