Sew Difficult Fabrics

Price: $219.00    Class begins: September 20, 2014

Sew Difficult Fabrics with Sharon Blair, BA, MA, PAA

Saturdays,  September 20-October 11, 2-5 pm

$219.  Includes handouts, patterns, sample fabrics of nap, bias and plaids.

Learn techniques from the schools in Paris. You will learn the basics of couture hand stitching. Then in each of the following classes, learn how to work with nap, velvet, sheer, silky and slippery fabrics – plus bias and plaids. You’ll learn proper layout, cutting, marking, and pressing techniques. You’ll discover how to sew pucker free seams – and end the class with a bias chiffon skirt and velvet pouch to show off your new skills.  Great class to take if you plan to sew a wedding or party dress.

Prerequisite: Beginning sewing.

Available Spaces: 4

Serger Classes

Price: $189.00    Class begins: October 11, 2014


Open to all makes and models of sergers.

Saturdays, October 11-November 1, 2-5 pm, $189 (includes handouts, sample fabrics) 

Make a tote with 4-thread overlock in one sessifabrics)

Start with Basic Serger Techniques.  Find out all your serger can do. Learn the parts of your serger, how to thread and manage the tensions and how to trouble-shoot problems while creating a book of techniques — from overlock to  rolled edge — in the first class. Serge a patchwork tote in the second class, a knit top in the third.


Use decorative threads and fancy serger stitches to create something wonderful.

Move on to Flatlocked Scarf/Wrap:  You’ve mastered your serger, now practice by making this one of a kind scarf/wrap.  We’ll start by embellishing the velvet with heavy re-embroidered lace and pressing into the velvet to create a design that is uniquely you.  Then we’ll piece the scarf together with decorative thread and the flatlock stitch.  It’ll be finished up with an optional hook and button closure.  Easy to make; could be the perfect gift for all your friends!

Open to all makes and models of sergers. Let us know which one you have when you register. Don’t have a serger? Rent one from us!

" I'm really excited to make the tote. You are a wonderful teacher! I love to hear the history of sewing, serging and fashion. You are incredibly knowledgable, but more importantly you make it fun to learn. Thank you for spending your Saturday afternoons with us and your wonderful talent." -- Christine

Available Spaces: 4

Fabric Painting

Price: $219.00    Class begins: October 18, 2014

Fabric Painting:  Screen Printing, Batik Painting, Shibori (Japanese fabric dying) with Cindy Persson, Lisa Silveira and Lynn Weglarz

Saturdays, October 18-November 15, 2-5 pm, $219 + supplies

Open the door to three creative ways to print your own fabric designs.  Beautiful, quick and easy, you can do each of them in just one or two sessions.

Screen Printing with Cindy Persson of StudioSKB, October 18 & 25

In two quick sessions, learn the basic steps to design and hand screen patterns onto fabric.  Use one of two methods with screen filler to put your image onto a silkscreen you will be able to use again and again.  Measure and print the patterns onto fabrics of your choice using fabric pigment.  Use these skills to create fabric, add details and make art on your garments with minimal equipment.

Batik Painting with Lisa Silveira of Wandering Muse, November 1 & 8


Batik painting with wax resist lets you create beautiful, delicate designs.

Create a beautiful silk scarf through traditional methods of batik.  This is painting, not tub dying.  Your results will be much more delicate and controlled.  Learn about the required tools as well as techniques to apply wax as a resist and different methods for adding color.


Try a number of Shibori techniques then design your own fabric.

Shibori (Japanese painting) with Lynn Weglarz, November 15

There are so many beautiful patterns you can create using Shibori dyeing techniques. It's pretty incredible just how much you can change the look of a fabric by simply folding, twisting, and binding. We’ll try out some folding/clamping, handstitching, and wrapping/twisting around PVC pipe. You'll walk away with samples of different techniques.  Use these to create yardage for your own garments.

Available Spaces: 11

Faux Fur Vests

Price: $199.00    Class begins: October 23, 2014

FakeFurVestSewing Faux Fur with Jennifer Holcomb

Thursdays, Oct 23-Dec 4, 6-9 pm, $199 (no class Nov. 6 or Thanksgiving)

Learn a variety of hand stitches and seams designed specifically for sewing with faux fur, as well as proper techniques for pockets, buttonholes, and sewing darts.  Students will also learn to piece, tape seams and finish edges, hems, interlinings.  Learn to work with the nap of fur.  Furrier techniques and definitions will be shown.

Available Spaces: 8

Knock it Off

Price: $96.00    Class begins: November 1, 2014

Knock it off with Cindy Persson

Saturdays, November 1 & 8, 2-5 pm, $96

Bring in your favorite garment; we’ll help you make a paper pattern and coach you through making new versions.


Class policies

Available Spaces: 6