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Libs Elliott: Weight of Love Workshop

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The Weight of Love pattern is exclusive to this workshop. It is a pattern made up of hex, half-hex and equilateral triangle pieces and was designed randomly using Processing code. Participants will customize and create their own Weight of Love with selections of solids and prints using the Y-seam piecing method.

Libs will also do a quick review and provide a take-away on digital tools you can use to pull colors from your own photographs. All participants will get a good start on the project and leave the class with the knowledge to complete the quilt at home.

Participants should have existing basic machine-piecing skills. This workshop will be taking place at the BCA Firehouse Gallery.

Full details available here.

  • Advanced Beginner

Libs Elliott: Quilting with Code Lecture

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Libs Elliott is known for using computer code and algorithms to create her random quilt patterns. Libs will discuss her ongoing exploration of how technology can transform a traditional craft into modern, functional art. She will show examples of her work and give attendees a peek into her process.

Libs’ lecture will be taking place at the BCA Firehouse Gallery.

  • No experience necessary

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: 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: 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

Knitting for Beginners I

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In this three-part class, learn the basics of knitting while making your very first hat! Begin with swatching a gauge and casting on. Learn to knit and purl in the round on a circular needle. Complete by switching to double pointed needles to decrease and bind off.

*Please expect some at home knitting in order to make it through the project by the end of the class.

  • No experience necessary

House Socks Class

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nido knitting instructor Betsy Freeman put together our sock class with a beginner knitter in mind. This is a great class to take after you have a few projects under your belt but are looking to expand your repertoire. Enjoy knitting your first pair of socks using Quince & Co.’s Lark, a worsted weight wool perfect for Vermont winter house socks.

After this class, students will be able to work comfortably in the round on double pointed needles creating a rib, heel flap, turning the heel, picking up and creating a gusset, decreasing, and using the Kitchner stitch to graft the toe.

Students will go home with one finished sock and enough materials to create another. Our class pattern is written to accommodate four different weights of yarn, giving students the opportunity to make a traditional fingering-weight sock in the future.

*Participants must know how to cast on, bind off and knit. Purling recommended. Expect some at home knitting between classes. The March 22nd class will take place from 6-8:30 to include an extra 30 minutes for the heel.

  • 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

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 June Shen-Epstein 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

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 a fun finished project 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

Kids Holiday Sewing Workshop

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Looking for a kids’ class full of creativity, making and fun? nido’s Kids Holiday Sewing Workshops offer beginners the basics of sewing while constructing fun projects. Learn how to thread/use a sewing machine and create basic stitches to craft holiday gifts.

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!