Upcoming Classes

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Class List Calendar

Jan 31, 2015

fabric dyeing : tie-dye and shibori

one 3-hour class // $100 + some supplies (see below)

the focus of this textile design workshop is exploring pattern, color and imagery thru tie-dye/resist dyeing using dyes on both cellulose based fibers, namely cotton, linen, rayon, as well as protein fibers such as wool or silk.

working with these natural fibers, you’ll learn simple tying, binding and wrapping techniques that will create controlled yet not, patterns of color. this class will allow beginners and pros alike to experiment with pattern and color and begin to develop a unique style of dyeing.
students will work with the most ecofriendly and colorfast of all synthetic dyes, which we will be providing for your use in class. you’ll also be taught safe studio procedures as well as how to make an array of colors from the primaries.

SUPPLIES:

  • $10 supply fee payable to instructor the day of class
  • bring 3 items to dye. can be blank tee(s), bags, scarves, fabric, anything that is made of natural fibers. check out dharma’s website for all kinds of blanks
  • a few large plastic containers with lids for dyeing (shallow and wide, about the size of a cat litter box is good)

Jan 31, 2015

soapmaking workshop

one 2-hour class // $80 + $15 supply fee as noted below

discover the fun of cold process soap making. you’ll learn:

  • how to design and formulate your own recipe
  • the proper use and storage of lye
  • basic properties of essential oils, natural additives and botanicals, coloring, molding and curing
  • plus share helpful hints and favorite supply sources

SUPPLIES FOR STUDENTS TO BRING:

  • rubber gloves (the dishwashing kind)
  • eye protection
  • a safety mask that covers mouth and nose

supply fee: $15 supply fee will cover the cost of the materials for the group to make three batches of soap; you’ll divvy up what’s made (payable to instructor during class.)

Feb 1, 2015

sewing for baby and kids: pinafore dress

one 5-hour class // $200 + supplies

take your fabric prep and machine skills up a notch by learning how to cut and layout a pattern, pivot, stitch around curves and make a fully lined dress with buttonholes. the end result? a super cute dress that’s an ideal gift for your favorite girl. before enrolling please know how to thread a machine–if you’re a bit rusty that’s okay–or pass the intro to sewing machine class.

SUPPLIES

  • new look pattern 6578 (can be ordered online at sewingpatterns.com. you’ll want to bring a paper pattern with you to class, not the downloadable version.)
  • 2 yards of cotton fabric. one yard will be for the dress, the other for a full lining. I recommend shopping at city quilter on 25th between 6th/7th.
  • scissors that are new or have only been used on fabric. if you’re buying scissors, we highly recommend gingher stainless steel shears
  • all-purpose sewing thread to match dress
  • pins + pincushion
  • two 5/8″ buttons

 

Feb 1, 2015

zip-o-riffic pillow (with French seams)

one 2.5-hour class // $100 + supplies (see list below)

the pièce of résistance: a pillow cover with an invisible zipper and tidy French seams that would rival any similar style found at high-end home furnishing boutiques. magnifique!

this workshop is designed to teach a number of valuable sewing skills from invisible zipper installation with an emphasis on professional-looking results.

beginner sewing machine experience required; please be able to wind a bobbin and thread a machine. if you don’t know how, sign up for an intro to sewing machine class first (see above) and you’ll be good to go!

Feb 1, 2015

intro to needlepoint

one 2-hour workshop // $60 (supplies included!)

nee’dlepoint’, n. 1. a fun and relaxing way to pass time. 2. decorative needlework stitched on open-mesh canvas. 3. the perfect gift and future heirloom. 4. an exercise in Zen meditation. 5. one of the best weight loss tools ever.

if you’ve been wanting to try your hand at needlepoint this is the class for you! learn a few basic stitches and the best tools and supplies, plus tips and tricks for getting original designs onto canvas and successfully completing a pre-packaged kit. the class fee includes supplies.

Feb 2, 2015

kids' clothes

one 5-hour class OR two 2.5 hour classes // $200 + supplies

take your fabric prep and machine skills up a notch by learning how to cut and layout a pattern, pivot, stitch around curves and make a fully lined dress with buttonholes. the end result? a super cute dress that’s an ideal gift for your favorite girl. before enrolling please know how to thread a machine–if you’re a bit rusty that’s okay–or pass the intro to sewing machine class.

SUPPLIES

  • new look pattern 6578 (can be ordered online at sewingpatterns.com. you’ll want to bring a paper pattern with you to class, not the downloadable version.)
  • 2 yards of cotton fabric. one yard will be for the dress, the other for a full lining. I recommend shopping at city quilter on 25th between 6th/7th.
  • scissors that are new or have only been used on fabric. if you’re buying scissors, we highly recommend gingher stainless steel shears
  • all-purpose sewing thread to match dress
  • pins + pincushion
  • two 5/8″ buttons

 

Feb 2, 2015

intro to sewing machine

if you’ve never ever touched a sewing machine, or the last time was in junior high school home ec, here’s the perfect workshop to develop some basic machine sewing skills. identify the parts, what to look for when purchasing a new machine, and how to make a simple fabric wallet.

note: feel free to bring your own machine if you’d like to learn how to use it, otherwise we have have one for you!

good news: this class or equivalent experience is all that’s required for signing up for beginner project classes like pillow making, our sewing I workshops or the fashion lab

Feb 3, 2015

tapestry weaving

one 3-hour workshop // $100 + $20 supply fee

this workshop is designed to teach the basics of hand weaving with yarn, fabric and raw wool. in addition to learning how to create fabric and one-of-a-kind works of art using a variety of patterns and techniques, the supply fee includes a picture frame loom that you can take home so you can continue weaving long after the workshop ends.

our lovely guest instructor, weaver/educator kira silver, has also taught at TAC (Textile Arts Center).

Feb 5, 2015

intro to embroidery

with MAKE workshop founder diana rupp, author of embroider everything workshop

one 2-hour class // $60 (all supplies included)

by mastering just a few easy stitches you’ll have the skills to create original works of art using a variety of methods, perk up your wardrobe like jeans and tees and/or be able to complete a design by your favorite needlework artist.

includes all supplies, plus a sampler kit with a heat-transferred pattern on fabric that you can take home with you.

Feb 6, 2015

skip the tailor: simple alterations

one 2-hour class // $80 (all supplies included except as noted below)

tired of paying a tailor 20 bucks to shorten your skirts and pants? we’ll teach you some tailoring basics including hemming (both by hand and on the machine), and how to make simple handsewing repairs such as sewing on buttons or fixing torn seams. please bring some sample garments you’d like to alter to class for discussion. no sewing experience necessary! includes all supplies.

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