Learn how to cast on stitches, purl and knit, decrease and increase stitches, and bind off. You'll need at least one color yarn, but if you like to experiment, bring another complementary color to add some fun stripes to your pattern. Avoid dark colors for they hide the stitches and are difficult to see for a beginner knitter. Pick any yarn (no cotton) that has the thickness of #4 written on the label. Avoid yarns with bobbles, fringes etc. for the first project - go for the 4-ply yarn (Lion Brand, Paton). Bring yarn, long knitting needles, single pointed, size 7 US-4.5mm or size 8 US-5mm. For the slightly advanced knitter, we can visit a variety of stitches and go over patterns if you wish.
Learn to operate your machine like a pro! Using your personal sewing machine, learn skills that will help you master the basics. Learn to select a pattern and material that is appropriate for your sewing project, how to measure material and lay out the pattern, and basic sewing construction skills. You will combine these skills to make pajama pants, a practical, yet fun, beginning project. Bring your sewing machine, extension cord, scissors, thread, test fabric, paper, and a pencil to the first session. A supply list of additional supplies will be provided in class.
Make a pair of pajama pants in less than a week while learning basic sewing skills. Bring your sewing machine, extension cord, measuring tape, and pins to the first session. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of additional supplies.
Bring three corresponding fabrics of 45 inches width, preferably cotton, of 26 inches, 10 inches, and 2 inches. Measure, cut, and pin the fabric in preparation for sewing. A French seam will finish the project. Bring your sewing machine, extension cord, measuring tape, pins, and a fabric marker/wax.
Have an unfinished project hanging around that you can't finish? Come to studio time for individual guidance on your project. No instruction is included but advice and encouragement abound! Sewing, knitting, crocheting, alterations . . . all trouble spots welcome.
Are you up for the challenge to cut your favorite, but worn, T-shirts and turn them into a cozy quilt? If so, this class is for you! Combine your favorite T-shirt memories into one project. You will learn to cut, iron on adhesive, prepare sashing, and sew 12 of your favoirte shirts into a quilt. Bring 12 T-shirts, sewing machine, and extension cord to the first class. Email email@example.com for a list of additional supplies. Outside sewing time will be required to finish your project.
Temari is an ancient Japanese craft that began in the 600’s. Noblewomen used silk thread stitched around a core of rice hulls to create a soft ball, or “mari” that they used for gentle indoor games and for decoration. With the rise of cotton production, the art of temari became attainable for many, and mothers stitched temari for their children. Temari has evolved into a popular craft in Japan and is often given to newly-married couples, on the birth of a baby and at holidays. Outside of Japan, temari is not so well-known, but it has a small, but enthusiastic, following throughout the world. Supply fee of $60 payable to the instructors at the first session.