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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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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

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

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

Me and Mom (or Dad!) Sewing

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Children ages 7 – 13 and an adult are welcomed into our studio space for a fun, three-hour, learn-to sew date! Neither child nor parent need any experience to attend and will be working on their own machines to complete their own project.

  • No experience necessary

Open Craft Night

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nido’s community craft night is THE place to be every Tuesday! 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.