Thursday, November 21, 2013

Santa’s Sewing Workshop

sewingclass A gift to you from us at Charity Wings Art Center! In-person sewing lessons to help build your skills!

Sewing is creative, but it is also a technical skill - with the right knowledge, you can cut down  your frustration level and make sure that the projects you start get done right the first time! This special three week course (one lesson per week, pick Sunday or Tuesday) will cover a variety of topics and skills popular in today’s sewing project trends. Week one deals with the basics of sewing in context (a great refresher even for intermediate sewers); week two adds onto this knowledge base with intermediate skills (taking week one first is recommended if you wish to register for week two); week three is all things hand-stitched; week four tackles machine-sewn embellishments and dimension techniques.

Week One: Sunday 24 November, Tuesday 26 November, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Week Two: Sunday 1 December, Tuesday 3 December, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Week Three: Sunday 8 December, Tuesday 10 December, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Per day or full session, all six days. (The Tuesday lesson is a repeat of Sunday’s lesson.)
Per day: $20 for Silver Wings members, $25 for Starter Wings members, $30 for non-members.
All six days: $60 for Silver Wings members, $80 for Starter Wings members, $100 for non-members


WEEK ONE:  BASIC MACHINE SEWING IN CONTEXT – How sewing works - for beginner/intermediate sewers, none-to-some machine experience. Learn the mechanics behind sewing and get greater confidence in tackling a variety of projects using best sewing practices.
Lab: seam sampler book - a  resource you can refer back to.
Projects: patchwork mug rug; patchwork drink cozy, gift card holder.

WEEK TWO: INTERMEDIATE MACHINE SEWING IN CONTEXT - (Taking week one is recommended as this continues lessons from that week.)  Sew sleuthy - problem-solving and sewing projects. When something’s not working, use deductive reasoning to figure out the problem and get back on track. Techniques covered are common ones used in commercial sewing patterns and tutorials.
Lab: intermediate sampler book - a  resource you can refer back to.
Projects: mini gift stocking door hanger; zippered e-reader/tablet case (must send in your unit’s dimensions before class).

WEEK THREE:  MACHINE-SEWN EMBELLISHMENTS - (Taking weeks one and two is recommended as this continues lessons from those weeks.)  Sewing hacks & embellishments. Learn old and new machine techniques that sewers use to adorn and add dimension to projects. Additional demonstration: an introduction to machine embroidery.
Lab: embellishments sampler book - a resource you can refer back to.
Projects: holiday ornament; decorative pin cushion; small gift bag.


Your teacher will be Stephanie Garrison – garrisondesignarts.  Stephanie first threaded a needle at the age of four, and never looked back. She does private and group instruction in all age brackets, featuring her own patterns and often combining a lecture, lab and projects to make the learning of needle arts fun. She is proficient in all of the following: sketching; garment design; pattern drafting & design; sewing/contruction; machine embroidery digitizing; mixed media; fiber arts; knitting; crochet; needle felting; multiple hand-stitching techniques; clothing reconstruction/upcycling; jewelry making; paper arts & crafts; scrapbooking; eco-friendly crafting… among other artistic endeavors. A life-long learner, Stephanie is always interested in new, and newly-rediscovered, techniques.

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Unknown said...

Its so cute and I want to try them.Its a perfect new ideas for the charity.

the family international are proud of you.