Art, Fun & Home Fashion - Online Teacher Certification Information
Whether you want to begin a career as a sewing teacher or advance your sewing career, or just have fun making gifts for your home and family, the Sulky® Online Teacher Certification Training program is designed to enhance your success with the most up-to-date teaching skills. In the comfort of your home you'll learn how to do and teach the most popular creative machine art techniques and how to use the newest creative products as you develop beautiful, inspiring samples; and have lots of fun doing it! Or, maybe it is just time to do something creative and educational for YOU because you deserve it! Lots of people take this course just for the fun of it! Join us everyone is welcome!
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- MORE THAN 5 amazing projects that teach dozens of Machine Art Techniques
- Video instruction by the highly skilled, enthusiastic, Ellen Osten, National Director of Education
- This is an 5 week course, but with access for an additional month to download all course materials and videos, and watch them for as long as you like
- Access to communicate for 2+ months with the Sulky faculty who will be available to answer any question you might have about projects, patterns and teaching methods
- Downloadable Certification Manual which includes a comprehensive, tried and true curriculum, reproducible class handouts, full color photos which show you step-by-step how to create each project, plus Sewing and Business Education.
- An official Sulky® Certified Teacher Certificate, logos, badge and more
- The immeasurable opportunity and status associated with the Sulky name In this economy, a lot of us are using our sewing skills to save money by making clothing and gifts. Some of us are even hoping to sell some of our creative projects. But where do we start? How do we succeed? In this online certification course, served through our sister company, Craft University, we'll show you ways to help you successfully market your projects and/or your teaching skills.
- Receive training on the Business of Teaching: Marketing and Promoting Classes
- Great suggestions on where to teach
- Learn about class pricing suggestions
- Learn about kit fees & class policies
- You'll receive the news release guidelines
- Master teacher preparation
- Learn how to understand threads and stabilizers: where, when, why and how to use them
- And much more!
What You'll Learn:
Lesson 1 - Butterflies of Hope - Sandpaper Art Placemat and Bonus Matching Mug Rug and Oven Mit
Lots of color and design options included: Butterflies, Hearts, Leaves, and Sea Shells. But any simple design could be used. The technique can be used on clothing, quilts, home-dec and anything fabric.
What a simple blessing to make and send to someone you care about. And what a wonderful technique to share with your children and grandchildren, teaching them the joy of sharing their love. Fast, fun, and so rewarding.
We all need "hope" in our lives regardless of the size or content of our battle. Or it can just be a cheery reminder of the blessings in our lives. This placemat can be used for a centerpiece, a single bed tray (or make a set of placemats). They make a wonderful gift for someone who is recovering from any illness. Or just to send love and encouragement. Perhaps just a small mug-rug hug?
- Sandpaper Crayon Design Transfer
- Echo Quilting
- Quilting with a Solvy Pattern
- Insulated Batting
- Binding with Mitered Corners
- Optional Binding Concepts
- BONUS Matching Mug Rug
- BONUS Matching Oven Mit
- ...and more!
Lesson 2 - Not Your Grandma's Bowl
A soft, but very stable, fabric bowl that easily coordinates with your decor. Choose fabrics from a matching quilt, tablerunner, or just colors and fabrics you love. Using McKenna Ryan's beautiful Hoffman fabrics, Designer Carol Ingram has created a fabric bowl that will blow the doilies off grandma's table! Now you can match any décor, even masculine rooms with appropriate fabrics, using this contemporary design and Sulky Fuse ’n Stitch™ Stabilizer.
- Bowl Forming and Stabilizing
- Faux Prairie Point Edging
- Raw-Edge Appliqué
- Decorative Free-Motion Stitching
- with Metallic Threads (or Machine- Fed Decorative Stitches)
- Free-Motion Metallic Dragonfly
- Yarn Couching
- 3-D Elements, Sequins, Beads, Yarns... and more!
Lesson 3 - On-the-Go Tech Tote
We are all hauling around (at the very least) a cell phone, chargers, ear-buds, etc. And every kid in our lives is also carrying around similar devices. So Carol Ingram designed this fun mini-tote that makes a perfect gift for lots of people in your life. It started out as a Doggie Treat Bag – so even the most tech-resistant friend or family member could benefit from this project!
The Tech Tote is a small rectangular tote with a “window” to show fun buttons and trinkets. A themed (un-pieced) fabric can be used for the outside of the tote and the lining a contrasting fabric. There is a flap closure secured with Velcro squares, and eyelet holes at the base of the flap for a shoulder length cord strap.
When used for doggie treats, a clear plastic zip-top bag is secured inside. Perfect for cell phones, school supplies, or just as a lightweight “on-the-go shopping purse”
- Simple Piecing
- Raw-Edge Finishing
- Working with Vinyl Windows
- Inserting Eyelets
- Velcro closures
- Free-motion or Machine-Fed
- Decorative Stitching
Lesson 4 - Happy Place 3-D Travel Tray
Aren’t we always scrounging around for something to put our jewelry in at night in a motel or friend’s house? This snap-together tray, lays flat for packing and snaps together quickly upon arrival. Actually, it’s too pretty not to use at home, too! This is going to be one of your favorite projects! Quick and easy to make. You’ll be making them for every occasion and everyone in your family. This is a great project to make with left-over fabric from a home-dec project like a quilt or pillow. A matching gift for the next occasion!
We originally called this a “Jewelry Tray”, but so many men in our lives demanded one for their wallets, watches, coins, phones, chargers and more that it seemed a misnomer. This is such a fun, easy project. You are destined to make dozens of these for gifts. Use a “manly” fabric such as a fishing or hunting theme for the guys in your life!
Designed by Ellen Osten, Director of Education for Sulky, Ellen incorporates all kinds of hints and tips to make this special.
- Using Fusible Stabilizers
- Decorative Stitching with Metallic Threads
- Quilter’s Guide for Cross-Hatching
- Making a Sulky Sticky+™ Template
- Attaching Decorative Snaps
- Envelope Turn …and more!
Lesson 5 - Hold My Napkin, Please! and BONUS Crochet Edge for napkins, clothing and more
We love "Paying it Forward" with our Sulky Certified Teacher Training events. It is an honor to support the fabric companies and designers who have created beautiful breast cancer research support fabric. It is a joy to create this placemat featuring these fabrics. But more than that, we feel we have a duty to "Pay it Forward". The sewing industry has prospered in difficult economic climates. But, charities at home and nationwide have suffered. Many of us have turned to sewing and quilting for economy, practicality, gift making and community support.
We hope we can encourage you and your friends in your local community to pay it forward and "Create for a Cause". Do what you can, where you are. It's easy to "bloom where you are planted".
For our original project, we once again chose Breast Cancer Support fabric, but the sky’s the limit really. We love Loralie’s prints, and they make a wonderfully feminine addition to any ;placemat or project.
There is a separate “Crochet Edge by Machine by Cindy Losekamp” section which can be a separate class or an addition to this one.
- Raw-edge Appliqué with a Twist
- Free-motion Ribbon Quilting
- Double Topstitching Using Needle Adjustments
- Attaching Buttons by Machine
- Machine-Made Thread Lace-Edging for Napkin (or garments)
Stress-Free, Fun, and Techniques-by-the-Ton
All of the 5 projects included must be completed to be eligible for certification. Create, photograph and post the required projects to the Teacher Certification Blackboard System. The Sulky Certification Teaching Staff will evaluate your projects. Once your evaluation is complete, you will then receive your Sulky Teacher Certification Certificate. Remember, being certified does not mean that you are required to teach.
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