Showcase Classes

You are never too old to play with Dolls!!

Our showcase this summer is all about Dolls.    Many women who became lifelong sewists started out by dressing their dolls.    This summer we celebrate that legacy with dolls of all kinds on our schedule.    We have three dimensional dolls,  of several sizes and types,  we have clothes and blanket for 18 inch dolls as a Mom and Me for kids,  and of course we have Sunbonnet Sue.   The pattern we will use for her is taken directly from a vintage quilt that is in too bad condition to fix,  so we will replicate.    Check back to this page regularly as we update with schedules and fresh photos.

Also keep in mind that we can run any of these workshops during the semester by appointment too.     Call Diana to schedule   845 758-8541  leave a message if she can’t answer immediately.

Fairy Doll 

 Three hours,  June 13  10:30 am,   $30.00 IMG_2426

She is so much fun to make and play with!!   All you need to bring to make this 3 inch tall fairy is embroidery needles and a small pair of scissors.   If you require magnification to see her tiny magical being feel free.   The Shoppe will provide everything else.    She can also be given fairy or angel wings,  and even a hanging loop or pin back.    You will also leave with a basic pattern and instructions so you could make a whole family.   These are based on the work of Sally Mavor and if you have any of her books bring them for inspiration but they are not needed.    IMG_2425











Chair Yoga for Stitchers   

June 22,  1 pm,   $10.00 

Third Saturdays,  1 pm !!!   July 20,  August 17, Sept 21.

This gentle stretching activity is suitable for just about anyone, but we are focusing on the areas where tension is developed when we stitch for a long period.    My Mandala 2

Wear comfortable clothing, sneakers or other flexible flat shoes,  and please bring a IMG_2439water bottle.     We will also give everyone in attendance a pattern for a yoga mat carrier bag.   You wont need a mat for this class,  but you never know once you get started.   I expect that you will feel so good after class that you will want to do more.    Please pre-register so we can be properly set up.   The more you do this the better it gets!!!





Hello Dolly!,    Art Camp 2019   July 10-13  $120.00



This four day class will use the methods and patterns of Doll Artist Patti Cuelea.

Day one we will make the face/head  bring quality solid color muslin (one half yard is enough for whole doll )  You will also need the colored pencils/ paints of your choice for the features.     You will be taken through the process of drawing your dolls face on paper and then transferring it to the cloth and adding color.

Day Two we will construct the body and attach the head.    Painted clothing will also be added at this point if desired.

Days three and four will cover hair, sewn clothing and embellishment.    You may or may not need a sewing machine these days.

Materials for full project:

Doll body fabric – half yard

Polyfil stuffing, with chopstick or stuffing tool

fabric marking tool (mechanical pencil is my go to tool)

Machine sewing equipment including fabric scissors

Hand sewing tools

Face painting materials:  can be colored pencils, paints, gel pens, or any combo.

Doll clothing and accessories can be made from fabric, ribbons, lace, beads,  hair can be yarn,  fake hair, ribbons,  wool roving, or whatever your imagination dreams up.   We will discuss individual options in the first two days.


Sunbonnet Sue

August 29 & Sept 5,  10:30 am   $60.00 including pattern    (or by appointment)


The pattern we use was reverse engineered from the vintage one that was way beyond repair, pictured above.    Here’s what you will need for our updated version using fusible.   I will provide the pattern.

Sue background – 3/4 yard white

Alternate block – 1/2 yard

Assorted large scraps for clothes and accessories – listed are minimum sizes needed for each piece    dress- 6 x 8,     hat 5 x 5    sleeve or shoe,  2 x 3    hands 1 x 2   (often the shoe, sleeve and hat are the same fabric)

Black thread for embroidery,   floss for handwork, or cotton thread for machine work

Sewing machine in working order,  pins, scissors, pencil,

fusible web or mistyfuse

teflon sheet or baking parchment

rotary mat cutter and ruler

For finishing as a 3 x 3 wall quilt:   One yard backing and batting

1/3 yard for binding,

Quilting thread – hand or machine your choice.   marking tool for quilting.