Fall 2017 Class Schedule

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Darn It!

Instructor: Bonny Carmicino

Did you find a moth hole in your favorite cashmere sweater? Before you toss it or relegate it to lounge
wear, try darning the hole! The results can be quite inconspicuous. This method works best on small
holes in slightly fuzzy to fuzzy fine-gauge knits such as cashmere and lambs wool sweaters.
To this workshop, bring one or more fine gauge sweaters with small holes, along with regular sewing
thread in a color matching the sweater, hand sewing needles, thread snips or scissors, and reading
glasses, if you wear them. (If your sweater has moth damage, please shake well before bringing to class.) You will leave with a hole darned and the knowledge enabling you to do more darning at home. Stop by the store and see if you can find the darn on the front of the plum cashmere sweater!

Friday, 11/17 9:30-11:30AM

Darn It!

Napkin Workshop

Level: Confident Beginner. You can thread a machine and maintain your seam allowance. 

Looking to set a festive Thanksgiving table while helping the environment? Or maybe you just love fabric and want a simple, useful project to indulge in? Napkins!! In this casual workshop setting, we'll go over a variety of hem techniques, including  simple mitered, fringed, and formal mitered. 

Saturday, 11/18 10AM-12PM

Knitting Studio

Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Instructor: Kit Burke-Smith

Take a seat on the couch, pick up some needles, and learn to love one of the most portable, popular crafts ever. Perfect for complete newbies as well as folks whose skills may have gotten a bit woolly.  Amaze your friends or family with hand-knitted gifts this holiday season!

4 sessions: Monday 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, and 12/18, 7-9PM

Muslin to Pattern and Production

Prerequisite:  Atelier Sewing or permission of instructor

Instructor:  Bonny Carmicino

In this mini-class, we will start with the skirt muslin that we perfected in Atelier Sewing and create a paper pattern for use with high-speed techniques, including production details to facilitate rapid construction.  Instructor will then demonstrate techniques to produce a quick, quality product.

2 sessions: Wednesdays, 11/29 and 12/6, 9:30-11:30am


Geranium Dress

Level: Confident Beginner. You can thread a machine and maintain your seam allowance; You've made simple garments like pajamas or the Scout top.

Instructor: Toni Maeck

Dive into making kids' clothes! We'll use the Geranium Dress pattern (available in sizes 0 - 5T in print and 6-12 in PDF) to create a beautiful dress for a little one in your life. This easy project will give you a surprising amount of practice in basic skills such as gathers, pleats, and french seams. Once we learn the building blocks, you'll be able to whip up endless variations of the dress!

2 sessions: Tuesdays 11/28 and 12/5, 6-8:30PM

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Dove Hoopla

Level: Beginner

Instructor: Maria Bywater

Join us in stitching this little dove, perfect for holiday decorating. We’ll be learning beginner embroidery stitches and enjoying some relaxing Sunday afternoon creative time.  Kids 12 and up welcome! All materials included.

Sunday, 12/3, 1-3PM

Dove Hoopla

241 Tote

Level: Confident Beginner. You can thread a machine and keep a steady seam allowance. You've attended Sewing School, or made a few simple things on your own.

Instructor: Katy Hope

Back by popular demand, the 241 Tote is a mid-size hobo-style shoulder bag with a generous helping of handy pockets. And it's perfect for showcasing some of your favorite prints! Noodlehead patterns are always thoughtful and clearly written, and this one is no exception. Makes an awfully nice gift...

2 sessions: Friday 12/1 and 12/8, 1-3PM

241 Tote

Sewing with Stretch

Level: Advanced Beginner. You have made a few basic garments from patterns. 

Instructor: Katy Hope

Look at your purchased clothes: probably half of them are made from knit fabric. Why? Because it's comfortable, easy to care for, and forgiving. So why are so many garment makers afraid of knits??? Conquer your fear: it only requires a few adjustments to your sewing to discover how easy sewing with stretch can be, even without a serger! This class will focus on techniques for knits on a conventional sewing machine. After we learn the basics we'll put them into practice with the Linden sweatshirt (pattern included in tuition).

2 sessions: Wednesdays, 12/6 and 12/13, 6-9PM


Easy Peazy Pajama Pants



Level: Confident Beginner. You can thread a machine and keep a steady seam allowance. You've attended Sewing School, or made a few simple things on your own.

Instructor: Katy Hope

Pajamas. Do you sometimes wonder why you'd ever wear anything else? Take this class and you might wonder why you'd ever make anything else! Comfy and forgiving, pajamas are the perfect beginner garment--and they make great gifts! 
Sunday 1/13, 1-5PM


Atelier Sewing

Prerequisite:  Basic sewing skills (hand and machine).  Beginners looking to learn high-end techniques from the start as well experienced sewists who want to advance their skills are equally welcome.

Instructor: Bonny Carmicino

B&F is thrilled to host this in-depth exploration of haute couture technique.  Class will begin by discussing patterns and sizing, and then make a muslin of a skirt, in the style done in the French couture houses.  Next, Bonny will fit the skirt to your body (or your designee’s), and show how to make the appropriate modifications to the muslin to prepare for cutting the fashion fabric.  We will discuss fabric selection and then move on to cutting and construction, again utilizing couture techniques, to make the skirt out of fashion fabric, including an underlining, lining, and hand-picked zipper.  Students will work at their own pace.  As the skirt is completed, students will choose new projects with the assistance of the instructor.

8 Fridays 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 3/2, and 3/9, 9:30-11:30AM. Additional mornings will be scheduled if classes are cancelled due to inclement weather.

Atelier Workshop

Prerequisite:  Atelier Sewing or permission of instructor

Instructor:  Bonny Carmicino

In this workshop, students will, with the assistance of the instructor, select and work on projects of their choice, with fittings and guidance wherever needed.  Students may work on garments utilizing couture techniques or choose quicker techniques that still produce quality garments.  Students will work at their own pace.   As projects are completed, students will choose new projects with the assistance of the instructor.

Eight Wednesdays,  1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, and 3/7, 9:30am-11:30am.  No meeting 2/21. Additional mornings will be scheduled if classes are cancelled due to inclement weather.


Quilting 101

Level: Confident Beginner. You can thread a machine with minimal assistance, and maintain a steady seam allowance.

Instructor: Katy Hope

Making Heather Jones' “Fly Away,” you will learn the basics of quilting: preparing your fabrics, using a rotary cutter, basic piecing, layering and basting your quilt sandwich, machine quilting, and binding. Youyes YOUwill complete a 36" square quilt! Ta-da! You're a quilter!

4 sessions: Saturdays 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, and 2/10, 10AM-1PM

Quilting 101

Mastering the Machine

Level: Absolute beginners who have never touched a machine, to longtime sewists who have been tempted to kick theirs!

Instructor: Hilary Oak

Has your tension got you tense? Skipped stitches? Frayed nerves? Your machine can be your friend if you understand the signals it sends you. This class covers: proper threading and tension adjustments; choosing the right needles, bobbins, and thread; accommodating different types of fabrics; using specialty stitches, special feet, and attachments; troubleshooting problems; and basic maintenance. Bring your own machine or use one of ours!
January dates TBA

Sewing School

Level: Beginner

Instructor: Katy Hope
Learn to sew—or remember what you already knew—in a fun and supportive environment! Using Shea Henderson's Sewing School 101 as our primer, we'll cover fabric selection, essential tools, and basic techniques while making a bunch of great projects: pillowcases, aprons, zipper bags, and more!

4 sessions: Wednesdays, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14  6-9PM
$120, includes book

Sewing School

Hawaiian Applique Made Modern

Guest Instructor Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio

Learn how to make the Big Island Blossom block, a modern interpretation of traditional Hawaiian quilts. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare the applique (including folding, cutting and basting) and how to apply the motif using needle-turn applique techniques. Learn how Sheri designed the block so you can design your own templates for future projects. We’ll also review quilting tips and traditional Hawaiian quilting resources. By the end of class, students will have most of the block (finished size: 32” x 32”) basted and will start practicing needle-turn applique.

Sunday, 3/18 12-3PM

And don't forget about...


Thursday nights are craft night! Sewing, knitting, embroidery, whatever you've got, we want to see. We'll be open until 9bring a snack, bring a project, bring a friend! Machines are available at $10 for the evening, make sure to reserve ahead of time.

Class Policies

  • Full tuition is due at time of registration.
  • You may withdraw from a class and receive a full refund up to one week before class begins. After that time, no refunds will be issued, although you may choose to credit your fee toward a future class. Or you can send a friend to take your spot, just let us know who to expect!
  • If we need to cancel a class you will receive a full refund.
  • Class materials are not included except where noted in the class description. Students receive a 15% discount when shopping for class supplies, just let us know at the register.
  • Sewing machines are available for class use or you may bring your own; please let us know which you prefer when you register as this may affect enrollment. If you are bringing your own machine, make sure to arrive at least 10 minutes early so you can get set up and comfy!