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Sewing Supplies This is fun and I want you to bring what excites you!

Choose from this list according to whether you want to work by hand or machine or both:


For machine sewing:

Sewing machine, cleaned and oiled in good working order with knee lift (if you have one)

Appropriate extension cord, multi plug / adaptor

Normal sewing feet, including a 1/4 “ foot.   Optional specialist open-toed embroidery feet, or any other you like working with.

Machine needles: choose according to your fabric. Schmetz 80 for cottons, 60 for silks or fine fabric, 90 for heavier fabrics.

Threads: neutral sewing thread for piecing, threads to match, and to contrast with your fabrics.

Optional: a variety of metallic, embroidery or heavy threads.

Sharp scissors

Fusible, stabilizer and batting. Batting size will decide how large you work.


For hand sewing:

Hand sewing needles that you can use for fine and heavy threads.

A variety of threads, both thick and thin, including machine stitching thread, stranded embroidery thread, perle cotton.

Sharp scissors, embroidery hoop.



A variety of fabrics in colors of your choice, both hand-dyed & commercial in solids, subtle tone-on-tone prints, stripes, checks or strong graphic patterns, maybe some that include strata, rock or stone-like designs.

Make sure you have a range of lights, mediums and darks.

You may choose to include silks, velvets, linens and textured fabrics that might add richness and subtle variation to enhance your wonderful rock-based designs.

Remember, the greater the choice you have, the greater the possibilities for your work!



LOOK EVERYWHERE AT ROCKS AND STONES! They may be sharp, smooth, jagged, layered, even old and weather-worn, or ancient monoliths. Any of these can be the beginning of a wonderful design!  You may even choose to bring a few rocks or stones that can be your starting point, or that you can even incorporate in your work. Find and bring images that excite you and that combine the solidity of rocks with the vitality of unexpected combinations, shapes, richness and movement, and come ready to roll along with them.

The possibilities to ROCK ON in your individual unique work are endless. I can’t wait to see what happens 

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