• Gig Harbor, WA


The art of hand stitching is something to be treasured, nurtured and passed on to future generations. Alabama Chanin defines the art of hand stitching and in their school of making you can see the variety of kits and projects that are available, or if you have the money and do not want to hand stitch, they have trunk shows held throughout the country. Their workshops are sold out months in advance and their couture is in high demand. If you have ever had the chance to view their books, you know how beautiful their clothes are. Each piece is a work of art, and the wedding dress--swoon worthy. Check out their pinterest boards but fair warning, you will want one of everything.

Beautiful poncho made by Patti

Beautiful poncho made by Patti

Patti Calande is a certified teacher in the Alabama Chanin hand stitching method. She is coming to Gig Harbor to teach a 2-day workshop where she will teach you how to cut, stencil and stitch using an Alabama Chanin master pattern and pellon. 

Patti will teach the Alabama Chanin take on age-old hand stitching techniques such as appliques and reverse applique. She'll talk about different types of stitches from the basic running stitch to elaborate embroidery stitches and their applicable uses. She has tips and tricks to help make your project a smooth successful sewing experience. 

These are portable projects - you can take them anywhere, no machine is necessary. Sew while you talk to your family or friends, while traveling, or watching your favorite show. 

The high quality cotton used for these projects are soft and durable. I've seen a corset that Patti made and one of the students at the recent Dyeing to Rust workshop was hand stitching a skirt in the evenings. 

For this workshop, you will choose your project from one of the Alabama Chanin books (available through Amazon or Alabama Chanin). The project choices are listed below. 

Alabama Stitch Book by Natalie Chanin (corset, shawl, swing skirt )

Alabama Studio Style by Natalie Chanin (camisole top, tank top)

Alabama Studio Sewing & Design by Natalie Chanin                           (T-shirt top--sleeveless, cap, or short sleeved,  fitted top, fitted tunic, bolero, short fitted skirt, mid-length fitted skirt) 

Sample of handstitching

Sample of handstitching

This Escape includes

  • two days instruction with Patti
  • 2 yards Pellon
  • 2 yards Alabama Chanin organic cotton fabric (two layers, one yard each)
  • Elastic, if applicable to your project
  • 4 spools of thread
  • 2 8"x10" pieces of fabric for sewing sampler
  • spray paint 
  • use of clover chalk, spray fabric paint, assorted stencils, spray adhesive and other tools needed for cutting and sewing
  • two lunches, one dinner

Cost: $385 due upon registration - Minimum of 7 students, maximum of 10


Hotel accommodations are not included. There are many Arbnbs and B&Bs in Gig Harbor Here is a link  for more options. 

This workshop is suited for beginners or experienced sewers. Once you are registered and have chosen your project, Patti will contact you to place your order for fabric which she will order from Alabama Chanin no later than July 25. Below is a sample of projects, all pictures by Alabama Chanin. 



Day 1 - Saturday, August 13

9:30  Class starts. Patti will discuss the schedule, materials and then we begin to size your pattern and cut your fabric. Then we'll play with spray paint and stencils. We'll take time to eat lunch and end the day around 4:30. Dinner will be at 5:30.

Day 2 - Sunday, August 14

9:30 Class resumes, we'll practice hand stitches and techniques on a sewing sampler then progress to stitching your garment. Lunch will be served and around 3:30 we will clean up, share the progress made on our projects before saying farewell. 


Patti Calande is a maker of many things. In addition to being a certified Alabama Chanin instructor, she has  painted walls and furniture; made and taught mosaics, sewn curtains and clothes; soldered copper pipes for garden art and jewelry; taken metal smithing classes and ran a jewelry making business; fused glass and silver; molded clay for ceramics and PMC for jewelry; knitted, felted, and done paper crafting.