Upcoming Classes

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Class List Calendar

Jan 5, 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

Jan 7, 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.

Jan 7, 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

Jan 9, 2015

one-day crochet: simple scarf

one 2-hour class // $80 + supplies (list to be emailed upon enrollment)

learn all the basics of crochet! perfect for first-timers or those needing a refresher. we’ll teach you how to work the foundation chain and the basic stitches like single crochet and double crochet, as well as increasing/decreasing to create a shaped piece of crocheted fabric. after this class you’ll be able to use your new skills to start your first “real” project, a fashion-forward neckwarmer as shown here or a classic scarf or you’re welcome to bring in a pattern for a project you’d like to make and we’ll get you started.

Jan 10, 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

Jan 10, 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).

Jan 10, 2015

knitting 101: infinity scarf

two 1.5-hour classes // $80 + supplies (list to be sent upon enrollment)

this class covers all of the how-to-knit basics, namely casting on, knit, purl, binding off & finishing, while starting your first “real” project, a fashionable infinity scarf. perfect for first-timers and those of you who need a refresher.

Jan 11, 2015

home lab: learn-to-sew series

 

New York Magazine 2009
“BEST OF NEW YORK: SEWING”

 four 2-hour classes // $275 + supplies (see below)

by popular demand: a learn-to-sew series that teaches all the basics of sewing for your home in one easy package!

the plan is to meet for two hours once a week for four weeks. this structured curriculum is offered for those of you who want an intensive and progressive introduction to the world of home decor sewing, with a focus on:

  • how to read (and successfully follow!) a commercial pattern
  • layout and cutting fabric the right way
  • developing good machine sewing skills and working habits
  • professional seam finishing, pressing and hemming techniques
  • a first-time intro to patchwork/machine quilting
  • sewing with trim such as piping and bias tape
  • making one-step buttonholes

project I: fabric napkins or tea towels

take your basic machine threading and sewing skills to the next level by learning how to cut and layout a simple pattern on fabric and to measure, pin and press hems the right way–which is key for almost every type of sewing there is. the end result? super cute earth-friendly napkin(s) or tea towels for you or your favorite host or hostess. one 2-hour class.

project 2: cafe curtain

stitching a cafe curtain is the perfect continuation to the hemming-intensive skills gained with project I (see above.). although similar in terms of construction, this time around you’ll also be learning how to make a casing for a curtain rod, plus a few tips and tricks for working with larger pieces of fabric. the best part? although a cafe curtain is smaller in scale than a curtain you might need for a window that runs from floor to ceiling, you can simply use your new-found skills to scale up this version to custom fit ANY bare window. one 2-hour class.

project 3: patchwork potholder

a quick and fun intro to the basics of machine/patchwork quilting including how to bind raw edges of fabric with bias tape successfully and easily. one 2-hour class.

project 4: pillowcase/mini-duvet

a home lab series would be incomplete without learning to make a duvet cover. during this workshop we’ll make a scaled-down pillowcase-sized version of a full-sized duvet–this way the yardage will be manageable during the learning process but still leave with something you can use around the house. buttons and buttonholes for an enclosed closure just like the duvets you buy in the store will also be demonstrated as well as how to stitch french seams. one 2-hour class.

note on sewing skills: if you’re more or less comfortable threading a sewing machine, you’re ready for this class. if you’ve never worked on a sewing machine, or don’t remember how to (which is not uncommon) then you’ll need to take an intro to sewing machine before starting the home lab.

if you have any questions about your skill level, please refer to the intro class description (click on link above) or send us an email. we’ll be happy to advise you!

SUPPLIES (FOR OUR FIRST MEETING):

  • 1 yard cotton printed fabric (you’ll have extra material for making more napkins!)
  • all-purpose thread to match fabric
  • scissors (new or used only on fabric)
  • pins
  • pincushion
  • tailor’s chalk in contrasting color to fabric or air-soluble fabric marking pen
  • 18″ transparent sewing ruler
  • sewing gauge (optional)

Jan 11, 2015

sewing I: make a skirt (naughty secretary)

three 2-hour classes // $200 + supplies

ready to get started with your first fashion project? we’ll show you how to make a cute and very wearable naughty secretary skirt. you’ll shop for fabric and gather a basic sewing kit together before class, and then be taught how to layout, cut, and follow a pattern, as well as basic sewing techniques like darts, seam finishing, installing an invisible zipper and how to handstitch a couture-quality hem. elementary tailoring tricks will also be demonstrated to adjust the pattern to fit your body if need be.

note: this is a project-based workshop. please be acquainted with winding a bobbin and threading a machine before signing up. an intro class (see above) will teach you all you need to know! this class can also be taken as part of the fashion lab series.

 

Jan 11, 2015

sewing II: make a dress

three 2-hour classes // $240 + (supplies)

(psst! you can also find a pattern and instructions for this dress in 
SEW: sew everything workshop
)

an original design by make workshop founder diana rupp: the girly go to dress! this project was created to teach you all the beginning-to-intermediate sewing skills you’ve been wanting to learn, with professional-looking results:

  • how to follow a pattern
  • properly layout and cut fabric
  • stitch darts
  • install an invisible zipper
  • insert a bodice lining

the best part? you can make many more after the class is over, so your wardrobe will be complete!

this is a level II class so basic sewing machine experience is mandatory; please be comfortable threading and stitching on a machine and a ideally few simple projects under your belt before enrolling. homework is sometimes required for this class. if you have any questions or concerns about your skill level, please email us. this class can also be taken as part of the fashion lab series.

 

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