We recently took a trip to Austin, Texas where we dropped in on our friend, Barbara Goldkorn who was teaching a 3-hour hands-on class. What a fun event!
Students made their own version of the Woven Table Runner featured in Barbara’s new book, Cutting-Edge Serger Techniques. Students made the table runner entirely with their own Baby Lock sergers—this way they’d be comfortable applying the techniques they learned in class on their own at home.
I’ll be the first to admit, I had no idea a serger was packed with so many innovative and creative features! What a great way to spend a day!
As the students discovered, making the table runner was the chance to learn new techniques and apply more familiar techniques in unexpected ways. The end result is not just a table runner—but new skills that can be used on countless other projects. What a great opportunity to expand the use of a serger! And if you don’t own a serger, you may be inspired to purchase one now!
When you think of binding, more than likely you imagine binding the edge of a quilt. But Barbara uses the technique in a more creative manner. Students attached a single fold binder to their Baby Lock sergers. Then they serged the binding fabric to the fabric strips.
The end result – strips of fabric with a beautifully finished edge. These strips will be used for weaving as shown below.
One of the really fun aspects of taking a class is the opportunity to see the different color schemes people select for their projects.
I love these traditional Christmas colors.
On the other end of the spectrum are pretty pastels! What a great way to welcome Spring any time of the year!
Here are some elegant snowflakes.
Holiday prints with red and gold.
Students also learned how to shrink fabric. Yes, shrink fabric! There wasn’t a magic wand involved but I hear it was a seemingly magical product known as Texture Magic.
Here’s a look at the assembly process. There’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment!
I don’t know about you, but I’m eager to create a table runner of my own. The hardest part—deciding what colors to use!
If you missed out on this fun class – don’t fret! Barbara’s book, Cutting-Edge Serger Techniques gives easy-to-follow step by step instructions with photos to ensure success.