South County Chainstitchers
The South County Chainstitchers are something of an eclectic group, so we do many different programs. We have garment sewers, doll clothing makers, quilters and crafters. It’s a little hard to pin us down! During meetings, we focus on small projects that we can do without machines, and lots of demos. Lots of knowledge here, so no matter what your interest you will find kindred spirits with the Chainstitchers.
Unless noted, we meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM at the South Precinct of the St. Louis County Police Department, 323 Sappington Barracks Road, Mehlville.
At our July program, we learned about needle felting shapes using cookie cutters. It works best with the individual metal cookie cutters. Start with a small amount of wool roving inside the cookie cutter. Using a single felting needle felt the wool to your project, adding more roving as needed. Be patient and don't add too much roving all at once or it will come out too thick.
Disappearing Nine Patch
For our program in May, MaryAnn and Carol gave us a tutorial on making the disappearing nine-patch quilt.
In March, member Laura presented a program on painting a box with lace, and brought many of samples to show. You paint a box with a base color and after it is dry, place a piece of lace on top and spray paint with a second color. Remove the lace after about 15 minutes so it does not dry to the box. You can also use the technique on bottles or fabric.
In June, we branched out a bit from sewing and learned how to make wire jewelry.
Prairie Point Star
For our April program, Carol showed us how to make a Prairie Point Star Ornament.
At our February meeting member Georgia presented a program on a Small Sewing Kit. She designed the pattern and brought fabric so we could sew a kit at the meeting. It is a simple pattern that is finished with yo yos on the end. Very easy to carry needle, small spool of thread and small scissors.