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Stephen West Book Signing

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Meet Stephen West, purchase a copy of his latest book Westknits Bestknits, and have it signed. Stephen’s shawl designs and innovative colorwork have helped him become a widely recognized and respected designer. His designs have been published in Knitty.com, Malabrigo Book 3 and in Jared Flood’s Wool People. He also self-publishes his own series of popular knitting books including this newest collection of 13 popular Westknits designs. Stephen will also lend his color theory tips for your future crafty projects. Have in mind your next creation and get a little pop of color advice courtesy of Stephen himself!

Tickets available here.

Marled Magic with Stephen West

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Come experience the colorful world of Westknit’s and learn all about Stephen’s Marled magic tricks for combining multiple yarns. Participants will experiment with holding 2 strands of yarn together to create fabrics that look like painted works of art. Choose between Stephen’s Marled Magic shawl design OR Samen shawl. Digital pattern included. Materials list available here.

  • Beginner

Salt & Still: Sashiko + Visible Mending Workshop

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In this 2.5-hour workshop, participants will learn the basics of sashiko stitching and visible mending. Sashiko stitching is a traditional Japanese technique that is ideal for creating decorative patterns, practical mending of clothing and home goods, and hand-quilting. We will also discuss the history of sashiko and how it applies to modern life and craft.We will examine a variety of traditional sashiko patterns and participants will be provided with sashiko thread and needles to experiment with stitching these patterns on fabric. Participants are also asked to bring a pair of jeans, an item of clothing, or a home textile that could use some sprucing up to practice visible mending techniques during the workshop.

Class is limited to 8 participants.

  • No experience necessary

Salt & Still: Bundle Dye Workshop

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In this 2-hour workshop, participants will learn the basics of bundle dyeing with natural materials. We will work with natural dyes including local, everyday dyestuffs like onion and avocado skins and sourced materials like madder root and logwood. Participants will also learn how to choose and prepare textiles for dyeing, how the process of bundle dyeing extracts color from natural materials, and how to fix color to cloth. We will look at my personal collection of bundle dyed swatches for color inspiration and participants will use the techniques learned in this workshop to create a bundle dyed scarf.

Everyone will leave with a bundle dyed scarf and the knowledge of how to bundle dye at home. Class is limited to 8 participants.

  • No experience necessary

Salt & Still: Indigo + Shibori Dyeing Workshop

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In this 3-hour workshop we will create an indigo vat from scratch using only sugar and natural materials – no chemicals. We will discuss the chemical reactions that take place in an indigo vat and how to maintain a vat at home. We will also go over the basics of shibori, a Japanese resist technique that uses folding, binding, and stitching to create beautiful patterns on cloth. Participants will be provided with textile to dye and experiment with and we will also go over how to select and prepare fabric for dyeing with indigo. Participants may also bring a pre-washed, small textile made of a natural fiber like cotton, linen, wool or silk to dye in the vat.

Everyone will leave with an array of shibori textiles dyed in indigo as well as the knowledge of how to create a natural indigo vat at home. This workshop can get messy so wear clothes you don’t mind getting dye on.

Class is limited to 8 participants.

Our Indigo + Shibori Dyeing Workshop with Alison Smith will be taking place at the BCA Firehouse Gallery. Further details about the event will be given upon registration.

  • No experience necessary

Salt & Still: Advanced Shibori Workshop

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In this 3-hour workshop, participants will build on the itajime shibori techniques learned in the basic shibori and indigo workshop. Additionally, we will explore new surface design methods that utilize stitching, pleating, and binding to create beautiful, intricate shibori patterns.

We will work with natural indigo vats to dye shibori pieces and a range of textiles like cotton, linen, and silk will be used to explore the relationship between different textiles and indigo dye. Participants are also welcome to bring a pre-washed, small textile made of a natural fiber to dye in the vat.

Everyone will leave with an expanded knowledge of shibori techniques and an array of large dyed pieces and samples. This workshop can get messy so wear clothes you don’t mind getting dye on.

Class is limited to 8 participants.

Our Indigo + Shibori Dyeing Workshop with Alison Smith will be taking place at the BCA Firehouse Gallery. Further details about the event will be given upon registration.

 

  • Advanced Beginner

Spinning Tales with Fiber Folk: Thread & Ladle

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Mark your calendars for the next guest in our Spinning Tales with Fiber Folk series: Beatrice Perron Dahlen from Thread & Ladle, author of MAINE Knits.

Join nido as we continue to make connections between fiber farmers, spinners, natural dyers and local purveyors in our community with the next guest in our Spinning Tales with Fiber Folk series.

Beatrice Perron Dahlen is a pattern designer based in Southern Maine. Her knit designs have been published in Knitscene, Interweave Knits, Knit.Purl., amirisu, Pom Pom Quarterly, Berroco, Quince & Co., Swan’s Island and Tolt Yarn and Wool. Beatrice’s latest pattern release, MAINE Knits, is inspired by the Sea, Farm, and Wild of Maine. It’s full of 16 beautiful patterns, all designed by Maine makers.

Join us for a trunk show, meet & greet, and talk with Beatrice about her journey of creating Maine Knits.

$5 event ticket available by cash at the door. Ticket includes a breakfast treat + coffee.

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Learn to Sew I

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This class is designed with absolute beginners in mind. Come make a basic tote bag and learn how to use a sewing machine, including how to adjust tension, stitches and other basic settings.

  • No experience necessary

Learn to Sew II

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The Learn to Sew II class is the follow up class to nido’s very popular Learn to Sew I.

In this class students will learn new sewing skills such as piecing, sandwiching and quilting while reinforcing skills  and techniques that were taught in the first class.

  • Beginner

Make it Sew!

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Interested in widening your sewing machine skills beyond basic hemming? Join instructor Anya Byam for a 4-week sewing series that will introduce beginner sewists to several new machine skills.

Students will become very comfortable threading a sewing machine, winding the bobbin, using the rotary cutting system, designing projects to their taste, and most importantly developing the skill base that will give them the foundation and confidence to move forward with solo projects.

Projects include: a drawstring bag, apron, zip pouches, a nine patch pillow and more.

  • No experience necessary

Garment Sewing 101: Willow Tank

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Sew a Grainline Studio Willow Tank with us!  In this 3-part class, learn the basics of garment sewing from pattern prep to fitting your tank, all while making this versatile wardrobe staple. Perfect for first-time garment sewers!

Participants will learn how to read a pattern and take body measurements to choose the correct size for their body. Properly prepare, trace and cut the pattern and fabric.

Willow is fitted at the shoulders and falls into a relaxed fit below the bust. Techniques include sewing a straight seam, darts, hemming, and applying bias facing. Participants should have basic sewing knowledge and machine skills or have taken Learn to Sew I.

  • Beginner

Garment Sewing 102: Marianne Dress

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Sew a Christine Haynes Marianne Dress with us!  In this 3-part class, learn the basics of garment sewing with knits from pattern prep to fitting, all while making a casual dress. Perfect for first-time knit + garment sewers. Learn the tips & tricks of sewing with stretch knit fabrics without a serger.

Participants will learn how to read a pattern and take body measurements to choose the correct size for their body. Properly prepare, trace, and cut the pattern and fabric.

The Marianne is a casual knit dress with a figure skimming silhouette, above the knee length, round neckline with binding, and either 3/4 length or kimono cap sleeves. Techniques include adjusting machine settings to sew with knit fabric, hemming, applying interfacing and clear elastic on shoulder seams and creating contrast cuffs with decorative button detail. Participants should have basic sewing knowledge and machine skills or have taken Learn to Sew I.

  • Beginner

Made for Me Skirt Kids Class

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In this class, participants will learn how to use a sewing machine and go over basic stitches, including straight lines, zigzag and top stitches. Participants bring home a personalized Made for Me Skirt at the end of class.

Ages 9 – 14

* Parents drop off kids prior to class and pick up at the end. You are welcome to bring water bottles and snacks for your child.

  • No experience necessary

Kids Learn to Sew

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In this class, participants will learn how to use a sewing machine and go over basic stitches, including straight lines, zigzag and top stitches. Participants bring home zipper pouches at the end of class.

Ages 9 – 14

* Parents drop off kids prior to class and pick up at the end. You are welcome to bring water bottles and snacks for your child.

  • No experience necessary

Open Craft Night

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nido’s community craft night is THE place to be every Tuesdsay! Bring a project to work on, a snack to share and join us for a fun, all inspiring evening of snacking, sewing, knitting, socializing and sharing.

We open up our studio space and provide a relaxing environment, cutting tables, iron, ironing board, and tools. If you wish to use a sewing machine, you may either rent one of ours for $14 for the evening, or bring in your own. Sewing machines are reserved the day of the craft night, so be sure to call early if you are planning on using one!