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Sew Something Special: A Week with Great Fabric, a Machine, and Community

June 6 @ 9:00 am - June 10 @ 5:00 pm


Sew Something Special: A Week with Great Fabric, a Machine, and Community

Debbie Maddy

June 6th, 2022 – June 10th, 2022

9:00am – 5:00pm

Workshop Overview

In this workshop, students will sew projects of their choosing utilizing a special fabric. Beginner, intermediate and advanced sewists, this class is for you! Use that special fabric you made in Indigo Shibori Dyeing class, that silk your uncle brought home from Japan, or those vintage fabrics from the flea markets in Kyoto-or maybe you have a special fabric from a favorite designer that you are just hesitant to cut. If you’ve been holding on to that “special stash” just waiting for the right project, this it! Debbie will guide students in construction, trouble-shooting, and learning new techniques.

The “products” made in this workshop will be entirely student-driven. Do you want to practice cut and sew for starting your #memadewardrobe? Or, have you wanted to create a silk table runner or pillow, but do not know how to stabilize the piece for easy sewing? What about that pieced quilt-top for a new baby in your life? This workshop will be one week of sewing with Debbie as your guide and a class community to offer their ideas and support. Debbie will help students choose a pattern or patterns from her offerings. Students are also encouraged to bring their own patterns and can consult with Debbie prior to the workshop on project choices. Students may also choose to hand sew if possible. Join Debbie and your fellow makers for a true sewing retreat!

Need some inspiration? You can see a few of our favorite patterns below. We could see you making The Sydney, The September, or The Workaday from Merchant and Mills, the LB Pullover or Block Tee from Paper Theory Patterns, the now-classic Wiksten Shift Dress + Top, the Dress No. 1 from 100 Acts of Sewing, or our current Spring favorites the Tamarack Jacket from Grainline Studio and Lichen Duster from Sew Liberated

Skills + Techniques

Students will learn:
  • Choose a proper pattern for fabrics
  • Add additional fabrics if necessary
  • Prepare silk for use in sewing projects
  • Cut and sew techniques
  • Cutting and piecing techniques
  • Experiment with a design wall or table to achieve an attractive layout for a chosen fabric
  • Troubleshoot issues as they arise in sewing projects


Debbie Maddy

Tools + Materials

Students should bring:

  • Sewing machine in good working order– be sure to have your cord and foot pedal & any feet that you have for your machine
  • *Sewing machine needles appropriate for your fabric
  • Pattern you wish to use
  • Fabric for your project
  • Sewing thread to match fabric
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutting mat, ruler and cutter
  • *Pins
  • Needle and thread for any hand sewing
  • *Washout marker
  • Chalk marker
  • Sewing gauge or small ruler
  • Seam ripper
  • *Inexpensive muslin About 3 yards
  • *Pattern tracing paper


*Debbie will have some of these for purchase in class

Contact Debbie with any questions you may have. debbie@debbiemaddy.com

*If you do not have a sewing machine, Sanborn Mills may be able to help locate one for use in this workshop  

Material Fee:

  • All materials and supplies are included in registration cost


  • Please read our COVID-19 Policy prior to registering
  • We are honoring each instructor’s specific COVID-19 safety requests. For this workshop, your instructor will allow vaccinated students to attend with no masks, but unvaccinated students must mask while indoors. Your instructor also reserves the right to require additional safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop.

Housing + Meals

Housing and meals will be available on-site in 2022. Please see our Housing page for options.

$550.00 / per student

This Class


7097 Sanborn Road Loudon, New Hampshire 03307

Call Us

(603) 435-7314


June 6 @ 9:00 am
June 10 @ 5:00 pm
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7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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