My mission is to serve others in their sewing endeavors in such a way that God is glorified as He brings a profit to my efforts. My desire is for The Sewing Basket to be a respected and admired business because of God's Hand in it. It brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart to see the excitement and enthusiasm of my students when they are able to answer the question, "Where did you get that?" with "I made it myself!"
The Sewing Basket is a small business that provides lessons in the fabric arts that include quilting, garment construction, crafts, and home decorating. Lou Ann Rudeseal is the owner and teacher. Her classes include weekly classes for children and teens, monthly classes for quilters, and specialty classes in quilting, garments, and crafts. She is certified as a Martha Pullen Bernina Licensed Teacher which has equipped her to teach heirloom sewing. She is a member of the Home Sewing Association.
Lou Ann has especially enjoyed teaching children and teens ages 8 to 18 in her weekly classes. They learn hand embroidery, cross-stitching, how to use a sewing machine safely, how to read a pattern, how to lay out a pattern, how to cut efficiently and neatly, and how to finish garments and craft items that will be useful and beautiful. Projects include doll clothes, pillow cases, laundry bags, potholders, aprons, scrunchies, scarves, pillows, mini-quilts, and their very own clothes. They have learned how to appliqué, how to use fusible interfacing, how to overcast fabric raw edges to prevent fraying, and how to "press as you go" to insure accuracy and neatness. They have also learned how to make the most of the various types of presser feet for the sewing machines to achieve the best results.
I have absolutely loved this sewing class! It has been the thing that I look forward to most on Thursdays because I knew I was going to see friends, make cool stuff, and have lots of fun. I think my favorite projects have been the clothes for us. It's fun to pick out the fabric and cool to know that when I show off my new skirt, I'll be able to tell everyone that I made it myself! I also liked how you showed us how to do everything and encouraged us when we did something wrong. You are the best sewing teacher ever!
The other joy has been to teach others how to make quilts. This instruction includes rotary cutting, machine-piecing, "sandwiching" the layers, quilting, and binding them. These classes have encompassed those for adults, mother/daughter groups, teens, and children.
The Sewing Basket exists to help you learn to sew and to love it!
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