Hand Sewing I

A Virtual Class with Sarah Woodyard

Clothing was hand-stitched for over 30,000 years. Want to try your hands at hand sewing a garment or add hand stitching into your sewing repertoire? Join Sarah Woodyard of Sewn Company in this beginning class to reconnect to yourself, the past and clothe with needle and thread. This class you will make a sample piece to learn how to:

  • Thread a needle
  • Knot your thread
  • Hand sew ergonomically
  • Use a thimble
  • Stitch a running stitch
  • Stitch a hemstitch
  • Stitch a back stitch
  • Applications of these stitches for your sewing practice 

Friday, February 3rd, 2023

12pm – 2:30pm ET

Zoom, a link will be sent to participants
the day before class.


**This class will be recorded. A link to the recording will be emailed to all registrants following the live session.


A kit is available for purchase, which includes:

  • Bohin needles 9 sharps
  • Thread 80/3 linen thread that is contrasting to the fabric 
  • Pins
  • Beeswax
  • Sewing gauge
  • Small, sharp embroidery scissors
  • Lightly colored linen one piece ( 9” x 15” )

Not included in kit:

  • 8-10 inch dress makers shears 
  • Optional but encouraged: thimble 

Sarah Woodyard

Sarah Woodyard is inspired by the labor of historical dressmakers. She spent seven years apprenticing at the Margaret Hunter Millinery Shop in Colonial Williamsburg to learn eighteenth-century mantua-making (dressmaking) and millinery (accessories). After completing her apprenticeship she became a Journeywoman mantua-maker and milliner. Sarah holds her M.A. in Material Culture from the University of Alberta. After ten years of sewing and interpreting at the Margaret Hunter Shop it was time to take this knowledge into the twenty-first century. She opened Sewn Company in 2019. Sewn Company arises from a legacy of hand-stitchers past and present. Through Sewn she teaches historical hand-sewing to historical sewists and modern makers. She is currently taking commissions for hand-sewn items both historical and modern. She is passionate about preserving the skills and stories of hand sewing, through research, design and education. www.sewncompany.com

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