SEWING 101: USING STRAIGHT STITCHES & APPLIQUES TO CREATE
basic sewing: using straight stitches
& appliqués to create a pillow
so you ended up with aunt edna's sewing machine and it's been
gathering dust in the garage or you’ve forgotten your
home ec. basics from junior high. this is the perfect class
for people who’ve never sewn or need a refresher. we’ll
go over how to thread your machine, load and change the bobbin,
back tack, draft a simple pattern, cut, a bit about fabric,
what supplies you need and simple sewing stitches. we’ll
also focus on perfecting the sewing on appliqués with
the zig-zag stitch, so you’ll be ready to embellish just
about anything. then you’ll use your new skills to create
an adorable pillow accented with an applique.
tuesday sept 13th *
12-3pm @ WORKSHOP in san francisco (this session we make a sock
monster & drink cozy instead of a pillow)
tuesday sept 18th* 6:30-9:30pm
@ STITCHCRAFT in petaluma
AN A-LINE SKIRT
maybe you picked up a cool vintage floral tablecloth at the
flea market, or saw a bold striped cotton print you couldn’t
resist at the fabric store…now the “someday i’ll
do something with this stuff” pile of fabric is spilling
out of its box. bring that fabric down and we’ll turn
it into an a-line skirt. you’ll learn how to draft your
own simple skirt pattern from your measurements, use elastic
for the waistband, hem and even adorn your new skirt with an
as we give you a mini lesson in appliqués or screenprinting
too! the a-line shape is forgiving for just about everyone.
after class you can bring your pattern home and create a whole
army of skirts.
VINTAGE INSPIRED APRONS
next time you’re in the kitchen look super stylish in
your vintage inspired apron. we’ll work with a pattern,
design, cut and sew a full or a half apron with pockets in this
class. your new skills will include how to work with and create
a simple pattern, construct a project from multiple pieces,
create custom fabric covered buttons, techniques for creating
ties, straps and pockets and creating and using bias tape for
trim. you’ll leave with your new apron and all the know-how
to make more aprons at home.
TOTES & PURSES
design, draft a pattern and sew your own handbag, totes or purse.
we’ll look at some examples of different shapes and styles
of simple bags and use them inspiration to sew our own unique
creation complete with pockets and embellishments. you’ll
learn how to construct a project putting together multiple pieces
and how to work with magnetic snaps and other closures.
WALLETS, BILLFOLDS & CHECKBOOK COVERS
create your own custom vinyl wallets, billfolds or checkbook
covers in this class so you can finally say goodbye to that
plain old blue plastic checkbook cover that came with your checks
or the wallet you just can’t get rid of even though it’s
held together with safety pins and tape. you’ll design
your new wallet, create a pattern and then cut and sew your
creation. you’ll learn how to work with vinyl and clear
plastic using a teflon foot on the sewing machine, install metal
snaps, create custom fabric covered buttons and how to construct
a project from multiple pieces.
LAPTOP, IPAD, KINDLE & OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICE BAGS
why can’t laptops look as cool as vintage typewriters?
maybe this class can’t give your computer a make-over
but it will make the sleeve that keeps your laptop safe from
spills and being knocked around as unique as the photos, writing
and music your computer holds. in this workshop we’ll
create a custom pattern to fit your laptop, kindle, ipad or
other electronic device. then we’ll cut, sew and put together
your ultra safe and durable sleeve with or without a strap so
you can tote it around or slip it into another bag. you’ll
also learn how to work with foam padding and how to install
metal snaps. we’ll also give you a mini-screenprinting
and appliqué workshop so you can add images and designs
to your new bag. you’ll leave with at least one finished
sleeve and possibly two depending on your sewing experience
and the complexity of your design.
creating your own natural bath products is easier than you’d
imagine and way cheaper than blowing your money on buying them.
in this class not only will you make 2 sets of your own salt
and sugar scrubs, soy candles, soaps, bath salt sachets, moisturizing
lip balms, essential oil spritzers and lip glosses but you’ll
also get all the recipes and learn the resources for ingredients
and packaging. we’ll focus on organic, natural and easy
to find ingredients. your new products will be fancy enough
to display in your bathroom or give as gifts when we get creative
with packaging using vintage and modern papers and collage materials.
& STENCIL PRINT WORKSHOP
demystify the art of printing and learn the basics of printing
using a silkscreen. you’ll design and print your own stencil
image as well as be able to print with a selection of images
from our pre-made screens. we’ll explore design, composition,
water-based inks, drying methods, layered printing, fabric and
paper mediums. you’ll take home a complete resource list
for supplies, instruction book, squeegee, ink sample and your
own screen so you can keep printing at home. after this class
you’ll be able to print everything from your own stationary,
paper goods or frameable artwork to t-shirts and clothing.
saturday sept 30th* 12-3pm
@ TEAHOUSE STUDIOS in berkeley
is that hand me down original rolling stones shirt from your
pops too big? or maybe your favorite t-shirt from summer camp
is now a half-shirt? or perhaps that tee you “borrowed”
from your best friend had an unlucky incident with a spiked
kool aid and bbq sauce last summer? bring it on! this workshop
is your chance to reincarnate those old tees into edgy tops
that actually fit! so clean out your closet or head to thrift
store and pick up those once unwanted tees. we’ll reconstruct
and refashion your tees through unique techniques in cutting,
sewing, appliqué, ruching, stitching, embellishing, stenciling
and screenprinting. after the class you can take your new skills
to keep on turning your tee duds into studs.
the best part is you don’t need previous crafting or sewing
create your own little eco system in a mason jar in our terrariums
class. learn a bit about the history of terrariums and what
you need to create your own in any sort of glass container.
we'll also sculpt tiny clay figures to fill our mini-gardens.
use moss, dirt, rocks and more to make your very own self-sustaining
plants housed in various bottles.
create one of a kind headbands, necklaces, brooches or hairclips
with felt and fabric. we’ll review samples for inspiration
and you’ll be guided in composition and design elements
as you fabricate your accessories with textiles and embellishments.
we’ll show you how to make retro fabric yo-yo’s
and a few types of felt rosette flowers. you’ll use these
skills and techniques to compose and assemble your wearable
works of art.
create your own incredibly scented container candles and votives
using soy wax – a great alternative to paraffin for a
cleaner longer burning candle that doesn’t release carcinogens.
your finished candles will be gift ready when you decorate the
jars and pair them with a decoupaged matchbox. you’ll
also find out where to get all the supplies to keep making more
candles at home. you’ll leave with 3-5 candles depending
on container size.
saturday sept 30th* 4:30-7:00pm
@ TEAHOUSE STUDIOS in berkeley
TO CREATING HANDMADE PAPER
learn all the basics of simple
diy papermaking in this workshop. you’ll build your own
papermaking mold and screen frame to use in class and take home.
a variety of fibers and textures are explored as we discover
the art of papermaking. we’ll learn how to reuse and recycle
things (like milk cartons & shredded mail) into paper as
well as get creative with embedding things like thread, dried
flowers, seeds, color etc into our paper. use your new skills
to create one of kind business cards, greeting cards, wrapping
paper, art projects, handmade books… the possibilities
are endless after your master these simple techniques.
remember shrinky dinks and
the way they boggled your elementary school senses as they curled
and hardened in the oven? in this workshop we use classic shrink
paper to create necklaces, bracelets, earrings, keychains &
more, but we take it a step further using not only hand drawn
designs but printed designs & photographs for professional
looking jewelry that's one of a kind.
explore collage and simple jewelry making techniques as you
create personalized necklaces, pins, earrings, rings and more
using vintage game (like scrabble, dominos & rummikub) tiles,
photos and decoupage papers. we’ll guide you through design,
composition, color and how to put it all together as you skillfully
craft several one of a kind artsy jewelry pieces protected by
resin that reflect your sense of style.
are there pieces in your closet
that you still love but don't love to wear anymore? a skirt
or pair of jeans with a hole, that ragged tee you 'stole' from
your ex, the sweater nana knit for you, the dress that a bit
too snug or (lucky you) a bit too big... bring in these items
and you'll give them new life as you learn some basic sewing,
applique, ruching, screenprinting and more. explore design &
composition as you reconstruct outdated duds and old stand-bys
you just can't stand behind anymore into new favorites.
HATS & FASCINATORS
in the spirit of spring weddings, garden and cocktail parties
and summer dresses this workshop teaches you the ins and outs
of creating your own fascinator or cocktail hat. utilize random
nicole's personal collection of hat making supplies like vintage
and modern fabrics, delicate netting, felt, lovely feathers,
flowers, moss, trees and tons of other various doo-dads to make
your fascinator the perfect accent for your outfit. from over
the top (think the royal wedding) to classic and understated
your fascinator will reflect your personal style. we'll explore
creating covered buttons and fabric flower rosettes, hand-stitching
and basic millinery techniques as nicole guides you and helps
you sketch, compose and execute the perfect top-off to your
applique techniques give new
life to clothes that have found their way to the back of your
closet because they have a little hole, stain or are just plain
boring. appliqueing is also a lovely way to embellish a new
project. in this class we'll learn and perfect applique techniques
like machine-sewn applique, reverse applique and hand-sewn applique.
the elusive zig-zag stitch will be old hat and you'll explore
interfacing. we'll also create our own bias strips perfect for
trimming neck or hem lines and learn how to sew them onto garments.
you'll leave with all the skills you need to transform a boring
tee, tote, jacket, dress or skirt into a one of a kind object
d'art reflecting your personal style.
please bring: a few garments that need some spicing up. suggestions:
tees, totes, jackets, skirts etc...
COCKTAIL SALTS, SUGARS, SYRUPS & GARNISHES
your house will be the best
bar in town after you become a master of artisan cocktail salts,
sugars, syrups and garnishes. say adios to sweet and sour mix
and goodbye to store bought maraschino cherries. we'll start
by pairing fresh fruits and herbs with gourmet salts and sugars
to create the perfect combinations to rim your cocktail glasses.
then we'll make infused simple syrups and learn how to quick
pickle veggies for a bloody mary that can double as a meal.
your new boozy skills will be put to good use as we make and
sample four cocktails: a jalapeno syrup margarita rimmed with
spicy citrus cilantro salt, a bloody mary with spicy savory
salt and homemade pickled pepper + garlic green beans, pearl
onions and radishes, a scotch manhattan with brandied cherries
and bacon sugar (that's right, BACON sugar) and a raspberry
basil martini rimmed with lavender sugar. you'll leave with
a recipe book and the fruits of your labor: salts, sugars, syrups
& pickled veggies so you can go home and whip out more fancy
sunday sept 30th* 4:30-7:00pm
@ WORKSHOP in san francisco
saturday sept 15th * 4:30-7:00pm
@ STITCHCRAFT in petaluma
ARTISAN FINISHING SALTS
boring table salt beware!
in the race to take pretty much anything you put in your mouth
to an unparalleled level of foodie fantasticness...artisan salts
are kicking table salts' butt. artisan salts can be used on
meats, salads, veggies, pastas, fruits, cocktails or to enhance
the flavors of any dish from mac and cheese to beef tenderloin.
in this workshop you'll get a brief history of salt and an overview
of some exotic salt favorites. you'll learn several techniques
to master creating salts with natural flavors like drying fresh
herbs, fruits and vegetables and how to reduce and concentrate
liquids (like yummy wine & bourbon) to infuse their essences.
they'll be a selection of gourmet salts, tons of fresh produce,
peppers and boozy treats to mix and match. we'll make japanese
green tea matcha salt, provence lavender salt, truffle-esque
woodland mushroom salt, spicy salt, bacon bourbon salt, cabernet
salt and a parsley garlic lemon gremolata salt. then you'll
use your new skills in mixing, blending and flavor pairing to
create your own unique salt combinations. you'll leave with
a collection of 7-10 artisan salts, a recipe & pairing mini-book
and all the skills and recipes to make more salts at home for
yourself or to give as gifts.
DE SEL CARAMELS & FINISHING SALTS
few things taste better than
the unique pairing of caramel and salt. you could just dress
up a store bought caramel with a little fleur de sel (i'll admit,
i've done this in a pinch) or you could take this workshop and
make caramels from scratch then top them with a sprinkling of
your own handmade artisan salt. achieving the perfect body in
a caramel is no easy task but we make short work of it by employing
a simple fail-safe recipe and utilizing the awesome power of
a candy thermometer. we'll make a batch of flawless caramels
from step one followed by a short course in artisan salt mixing
as we whip out cocoa salt, spicy salt and bacon bourbon salt
to sprinkle on our treats just before we wrap them in parchment
paper then tie them with bakers twine so they can travel home
with you (if they make it that far). if they don't, don't fret,
you'll leave with a recipe book so you can recreate all the
fantasticness from class in your own kitchen.
tuesday sept 11th * 6:30-9:00
@ STITCHCRAFT in petaluma
ARTISAN ICE CREAMS AT HOME
remember childhood ice cream
making in the backyard? your dad turning the crank on the wooden
ice cream maker, you carrying the heavy bag of rock salt and
the end result...a slushie flavorless 'treat' melting into a
pool around your birthday cake. ice cream making doesn't have
to be that hard or that boring. in this workshop we'll break
down the science behind achieving the perfect balance of ingredients
to create a well-textured frozen dessert. we'll work with unique
pairings as we start from scratch and churn out kona coffee
& oatmeal stout ice cream, olive oil & sea salted pepita
ice cream as well as a vegan watermelon & lemonade sorbet.
still not good enough? we'll also create toppings that rival
any fancy pants ice cream shop like one step fleur de sel caramel
and a homemade dark chocolate crackle shell sauce. you'll leave
with a mini-book chock full of recipes, secrets and tips to
make killer ice creams at home.
saturday sept 15th * 12-2:30pm
@ STITCHCRAFT in petaluma
sunday sept 30th * 12-2:30pm
@ WORKSHOP in san francisco
build on your basic sewing
skills in this workshop as you sew a simple girls dress for
ages 12 months up to 12 years. we'll start at the very beginning
by creating our own pattern which you can take home to make
more dresses. you'll learn how to create your own bias tape
from fabric to use as a trim, on raw edges and hems. we'll also
learn how to use the zig-zag stitch to add embellishments like
an applique pocket. this is a quick and easy project making
it ideal to make multiples at home for your little girl, niece,
or as a birthday or baby shower gift.