Serger Essentials $55 2 opportunities to take this popular one-session class:
Tuesday February 17 Tuesday March 17
Once you start serging, you’ll never look back. This class will teach you all the basics, from threading the machine, to adjusting tension. Learn to deal with inside and outside corners, curves and differential feed. See just how quick finishing can be when we make a set of rolled-hem napkins.
Wednesday February 18
Make a garment bag with the fabric of your choice! This fun and useful project is the perfect complement to your handmade wardrobe or the first step towards starting one. Students will learn a simple method to install a zipper to complete this fun travel accessory.
Thursday February 19
This design re-creates the classic paper bag silhouette into a fabric bag that is perfect for packing your lunch into, but elegant enough to carry as a little clutch. Made with a canvas exterior and fully lined, it even has a hidden magnetic closure sewn into the opening. This seemingly simple pattern will walk you though maintaining different seam allowances, edge stitching and machine sewing a seam binding.
Starts Monday February 23 for 3 sessions
The Market Tote is a wonderfully large carry-all, featuring 6 large, pleated pockets that allow for maximum organization. This generous bag is fully lined and ready to take you on a jaunt to the farmer’s market, or a summertime picnic. Finished bag is approximately 18”L × 7”W × 15”H.
Starts Thursday February 26 for 3 sessions
Learn eight versatile stitches including Chain stitch, Backstitch, Stem stitch, Running stitch, Satin stitch, Long and Short stitch, French Knots and Lazy Daisy to add a personal touch to your clothing and fabric projects. Using these outline stitches, filling stitches, marking techniques and novel D.I.Y. design sources you will work on an illustrated embroidery sampler and discuss possibilities for your next embroidery project.
Saturday February 28
Design a decorative Somerset Star that will dazzle you with its fun possibilities. This dimensional faux patchwork is created by transforming strips of fabric into folded units that sparkle in a star setting. Show off a collection of solids and tiny prints by making gorgeous ornaments, pillows and decorative accents for your home.
Tuesday March 3
Zippered pouches come in many styles and sizes. In this class, we’ll make two different styles while learning to insert a zipper. We’ll make these pouches with a lining so they’ll be cute inside and out. We’ll discuss how to resize and alter the patterns so you can make a pencil case, a travel case and more. You’ll quickly be zipping up everything in sight.
English Paper Piecing
Saturday March 14
Learn this take-it-anywhere, time-honoured patchwork technique that is completely done by hand! We’ll do English Paper Piecing with the diamond star — a new version that uses multiple shapes to create this pattern. Fun, addictive and a great way to use your favourite scraps!
Sunday March 15
Learn how to embroider a honeycomb smocking stitch, most often used in garments. You will apply a simple grid technique and then reshape your fabric with hand stitching into an elegant sculptured honeycomb design. You can use this technique to incorporate smocking into future projects like accessories, garments and gift items.
Starts Saturday March 21 for 2 sessions
This is the perfect introduction to hand appliqué techniques. Students will make a small fabric banner incorporating needle turn appliqué leaves and bias tape into the design. Learn strategies for stitching irregular shapes and letters, along with helpful tips on drafting your own patterns and templates for future projects.
Starts Saturday March 21 for 2 sessions
The Linden Sweatshirt is a fast favourite. It features a relaxed fit, raglan sleeves, and a slightly scooped neckline. You will learn to work with a pattern and sew with knits. Students have the option of making this garment on a sewing machine or serger, according to their experience. Grainline Studio Linden pattern is included.
Starts Tuesday March 24 for 2 sessions
Learn to use a serger and sewing machine to make your own leggings. This class will cover proper serger settings, needles and thread choices for knits to give you the best results when sewing stretch garments. Students will also learn how to use a twin needle on a sewing machine for professional hemming. Serger Essentials or equivalent experience is required.
Beginner Pattern Sewing
Starts Wednesday March 25 for 4 sessions
Learn to sew from a commercial pattern in this beginner class where you get to choose the pattern you’ll make. This class will cover proper fabric layout, cutting and marking techniques, basic garment construction and seam finishing. We will provide a list of recommended beginner patterns including skirts, tops, dresses and pajamas.
Secrets of the Farmer’s Wife
Starts Thursday March 26 for 4 sessions
Pssst! You’ve seen the Farmer’s Wife sampler quilt, right? Tons of blocks, dozens of templates… How about making all of those blocks, without templates, in a matter of weeks, not years? Secrets of the Farmer’s Wife will reveal a multitude of tricks and & “cheats”; in 4 technique-based classes. Learn practical tips for working with small scale patchwork by machine, including “magic” cutting formulas, several methods for Half Square Triangles, speed piecing techniques and more.
Intro to Hand Work
Starts Satuday April 11 for 4 sessions
Step away from your sewing machine and learn the joy of traditional hand work. Not only is it small, portable and relaxing, but often easier to be accurate. You will learn the basics of piecing by hand to create a Sawtooth Star block. This class will also cover hand quilting techniques to give you the experience you need to tackle larger projects. Your final patchwork block will be finished into a cushion with a zipper closure.
Starts Sunday April 12 for 2 sessions
An introduction to the magical world of dyeing with natural dyestuffs (plants, bugs and minerals). Students will learn everything they need to know to continue an exploration of natural dyes at home, including mordanting, preparing the dyebath, and dyeing with cotton fabric, linen fabric and wool yarn. Basic surface design techniques such as shibori will also be explored. Each student will also complete a dye sample book for future reference. Day 2 will fully focus on dyeing with Indigo and learning shibori techniques.