A True Sewing Adventure – Sewing At The Beach

Last week was spent at Sewing At The Beach, in Myrtle Beach, SC.  What a wonderful sewing event that the Stranded Smockers put on!!!  I had a great, though exhausting, time!


The ocean front view (first night) from the room was a bonus!  It’s a good thing that this wasn’t the view from the classroom, or I don’t know how much would have gotten done!  LOL!  Then this was the morning view.


I taught 6 different classes and had some great students in each one of them.  Some were students that I’ve met before, but many were new faces to me.  In each class there were several first time attendees.  I’m pretty sure that most of them will be back!

The classrooms were really nice – spacious, and with all that was needed for the students to work on the projects.  Here’s some shots from a couple of the classes:

Students hard at work on their pinafores…



Different classroom with students working on linen bed pillows and learning heirloom sewing techniques….
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These 2 ladies (Margaret and Gail) are from the Stranded Smockers guild and worked tirelessly (as did all their other members that put on this event!) throughout the week.  Many times they had to leave class early to help set up the break room or help with the lunches.  I’m so appreciative of this guild and all those that put on the event.


I wish I’d taken pictures of all the different ladies that work so hard on this event – but they were always “working” and hard to keep up with!

Each day at lunch there were donated items and/or baskets to be raffled off.  There were a couple of auctioneers during the course of the week, but the most memorable one was Connie Palmer with her special hair accessories!


Then last lunch of the week, all attendees were given a raffle ticket as a chance to win a top of the line Babylock Ovation serger – donated by Babylock, of course!  What a fabulous prize!  The winner was speechless, as you can imagine!  She was a student in my last class and I think she had a hard time concentrating the last half of the day after that win!  LOL!  It couldn’t have gone to a nicer lady and she was thrilled to be able to replace her serger with this fabulous machine.  Just look at that smile!


Our week ended with a banquet and fashion show.  As with the entire week, there were table favors for all the guests and even a centerpiece that a guest at each table won.  Aren’t these handmade dolls cute!


I had the pleasure of sitting at the table with Margo Dukes (you must check out her blog of beautiful creations!) and Jan Kerton – both extremely talented teachers.  I can’t resist showing some of the wool felting done by Margo and being modeled at the fashion show.thumb_IMG_1166_1024

Pictures really don’t do justice to her work.  It’s stunning!

When it was all over and I returned to my room, there was the most beautiful sunset!  What a wonderful way to close out a fabulous week!


You’ll have to pardon the cell phone pictures, but that’s all I’ve got.  This was my first time at SATB, and I look forward to returning in coming years – if not as a teacher, as a student.  If you haven’t attended a sewing event, this is definitely one that should be on your bucket list!!!

It has taken me a couple of days of being home before I could write the post. I’m unpacked and nearly everything has been tucked away where it belongs.  I’ve spent some time revising/improving some of my class notes, which happens each time I teach a class.  Now it’s time to clean house and move on to my next project.  I’m looking forward to some stitching time!


2 thoughts on “A True Sewing Adventure – Sewing At The Beach

  1. Denise Wilson

    Welcome home! I’ve been eager to hear about your week at the beach. What a fun week! I know your students were blessed by your teaching. What a wonderful venue to gather women who love to sew, to learn, and to fellowship together over shared interests. Maybe one of these days……

  2. Rettabug

    What a lovely location, Kathy! It rivals the beautiful creations you taught….loved that pillow & the precious sundress, too.
    Maybe if you’re invited back to teach next year, I could drive there. It is only 10 hrs. away from me!


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