Summer Machine Knitting Seminar

Price: $250.00    Class begins: July 17, 2015

Image 1Summer Machine Knitting Seminar with Lisa Silveira of Wandering Muse

Friday-Sunday, July 17-19, 9:30 am-4 pm, $250

The advanced machine knitting class you've been waiting for!  Bring in your single bed knitting machine, yarn and a project. Dive into the world of punchcard pattern knitting, advanced stitches, garter bar, additional cast-on/off methods, troubleshooting your machine, plus new garment details like pockets, necklines, hems and more!   Pre-req MK 1&2

Available Spaces: 4

Textiles: Secret Life of Fabrics

Price: $289.00    Class begins: September 14, 2015

Textiles with Jade Carlin, materials manager for Nike

Mondays, September 14-October 19, 6-9 pm.

$289 (includes handouts and samples)

Are you confused when you walk into a fabric store? Have you spent hours on a project only to discover that the fabric you chose wasn't the best one for the design? There are more than 100 different fabrics out there and more coming every day. Learn to recognize fabric types as you are given swatches of fabrics to examine and test. Learn which fabrics to use, when, where and how. Find fabric sources beyond the local fabric store. Make a notebook that will be your guide to better results. This class benefits beginner and advanced students.

Part of the Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs.

Class policies

Available Spaces: 12

Knitting by Machine

Price: $419.00    Class begins: September 14, 2015

Make knit garments in hours instead of days.

Make knit garments in hours instead of days.

Machine Knitting for Fashion Design with Lisa Silveira, Wandering Muse

Mondays, September 14-November 30, 6-9 pm

$419.  Includes kit of practice yarns and swatch notebook.

 Featuring Shibui baby alpaca yarn.


Machine Knitting Level 1.

Learn the basic machine knitting techniques and stitches including cast-on, cast-off, stripe, increasing, decreasing, ribbing, and cables.  You will put together a notebook of knit swatches.  No need to own your own machine, Portland Sewing provides the machines and tools for this class.  No experience required, just enthusiasm and desire to create your own knits in far less time than hand-knitting.

Machine Knitting Level 2.

Shape knits and make garments in Machine Knitting 2.

Shape knits and make garments in Machine Knitting 2.

Learn advanced shaping and contouring techniques including godets, short row circular sections, short rows technique, bust shaping, oval shapes, and short row darts to add beautiful contours to your knitwear.  You will construct a hooded sweater vest using these techniques as well as those from Machine Knitting level 1 on mid-gauge single bed machines and a professional linker.  Curious about double bed knitting?  You’re in luck!  Introducing the double bed machine, you’ll learn how to easily make different types of ribbing as well as some circular/tubular knitting. 

Class policies

Available Spaces: 5

Leatherworking 1

Price: $279.00    Class begins: September 17, 2015

LeatherworkingLeatherworking 1

Thursdays, September 17-October 22, 6-9 pm

$279 (includes kit)+ supplies

Widen your sewing skills by learning to select, cut, bevel, stitch and edge real leather. Learn about leather types and applications, hardware, dyes and finishes. Add your personal style and preferences to enhance basic belt and bag patterns with your new skills. You'll  learn options for straps, pockets, lining, buckles, hardware and closures to suit your taste.

Prerequisite: Beginning Sewing

Class policies

Available Spaces: 10

Surface Design

Price: $249.00    Class begins: September 19, 2015

Surface Design:  Screen Printing, Batik Painting, Shibori (Japanese fabric dying) and Devore (fabric etching)

with Lisa Silveira, Cindy Persson and Lynn Weglarz

Saturdays, September 19-October 24, 2-5 pm, $249 + supplies

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

Batik Painting with Lisa Silveira of Wandering Muse, September 19 & 26


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.

Screen Printing with Cindy Persson, October 3 & 10

Screen print a design of your choice onto fabric with a photo emulsion technique allowing you to create a durable screen quickly with an image with fine lines and detail. Class will begin with burning your image onto a pretreated screen. The rest of class time will be spent printing and experimenting with color and technique.

Instructor will provide copier to transfer your image onto acetate and light box to burn image onto screen.  Students will need a few images they would like to use no larger than 10"x16", fabric to print on, screen printing paint suitable for textiles (red, blue, yellow, and white recommended for maximum color options) such as Speedball or jacquard, and an apron.  (The screen printing class charges an additional kit fee of $50.  Kit includes 12"x18" screen pretreated with photo emulsion, a squeegee and sheets of acetate.  Pay the instructor the kit fee the first day of screen printing class.)


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

Shibori (Japanese painting) with Lynn Weglarz, October 17

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.


Devore (aka, fabric etching) with Lynn Weglarz, October 24Devore

This centuries old French technique is used by many top designers for fabulous looks.  We will use a product called Fiber Etch which will remove only plant fibers (cotton, linen, rayon, ramie and hemp) but will not remove synthetic or protein based fibers.  The fibers left behind in fabric blends create wonderful sheer areas.  We'll experiment with different fibers/fabrics and try the fiber etch with a variety of tools (stencils, stamps, brushes).  The obvious fabric is silk velvet, but also think about wool combinations, cotton/polyester or rayon/polyester combinations.  Come ready to have fun and experiment!


Available Spaces: 12

Color Theory

Price: $219.00    Class begins: October 26, 2015

Learn to put color to use in your designs.

Learn to put color to use in your designs.

Color Theory

Instructor: Jade Carlin, materials manager for Nike

Mondays, October 26-November 30, 2015, 6-9 pm


Discover color and its implications for designers and artists. Study ideas of space and the use of color to solve spatial problems. Look at color harmony and the way colors interact, as well as color qualities and combinations.

Upon completion of the class, you will know how to:

  • Develop a working understanding of the essential traits of color.
  • Establish and demonstrate practicable strategies for selecting color palettes and concept-driven color harmonies.
  • Establish and demonstrate skill in color mixing and color discernment.
  • Understand contemporary color specification systems such as Pantone (PMS), RGB, CMYK, CIE.
  • Use of color in apparel design.
  • Apply the physics of color (light), the chemistry of color (pigment), and the impact of color (psychology).

Part of Apparel Certificate and Fashion Forward programs

Class policies

Available Spaces: 15

Couture Techniques

Price: $219.00    Class begins: October 27, 2015

Couture techniques

Create stitches used by all couture designers while you learn to control bias, chiffon, satin and velvet.

Couture Techniques

Tuesdays, October 27-December 1, 6-9 pm

$219.  Includes handouts, patterns, sample fabrics of chiffon, satin charmeuse, velvet.

Discover the basics of couture sewing techniques. You will study cutting, marking, hand sewing, construction and finishing techniques and end up creating a simple garment.

Along the way, you will:

  • The difference between ready-to-wear and haute couture.
  • Basic tools and materials needed to create a couture garment.
  • Basic construction techniques used to sew a couture garment.
  • How to use a toile to create a custom fit.

And, if you want to get into the business of custom clothing:

  • Materials and methods to recommend to clients and customers in order to achieve a desired effect.
  • How to cost materials to meet customer expectations and make a profit.
  • A greater understanding of couture and its place in society.

Prerequisite: Beginning sewing.

Available Spaces: 8

Inside the Fashion Industry

Price: $429.00    Class begins: October 29, 2015

Fashion Work Room

Discover the jobs and the apparel business way of life with "Inside the Fashion Industry."

Inside the Fashion Industry with Emily Weltman, design manager for Big-Giant

Thursdays, October 29-December 10, 6:30-9 pm (No class Thanksgiving weekend)

$219 or $429 with History of Fashion

Learn to speak the jargon of fashion.  Get a solid picture of the apparel design and manufacturing industry as a whole. Learn the various aspects of apparel product development, from design inspiration to making the sale. Learn about price points and market sectors, create a customer profile, keep a journal and find new online and in print resources. Get an overview of all the kinds of jobs available in the industry. Discover a wealth of career opportunities both locally and farther afield.

Available Spaces: 15