Summer Class Schedule

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Absolute Beginners

We're certain to succeed!

Instructor: Toni Maeck
Do you ever wish you knew what to do with all of the beautiful fabric at Beetle and Fred? In this class, you'll learn how to thread and operate a sewing machine, and leave with a beautiful tote bag you'll be proud to say you made yourself! Designed for first-time sewers, this is also a good class anyone who hasn't sat down at a machine since middle school. Trust us, it's like riding a bicycle...

NEW DATES! Tuesday 9/18 or Tuesday 10/16, 6-9PM

Fee includes materials.

Absolute Beginners
50.00
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Sew Together Bag

Level: Intermediate. You know how to use your machine and rotary cut. This class requires pre-cutting and homework between sessions.

Instructor: Katy Hope
4 zippers. 7 compartments. An optional pincushion and needle landing. Endless opportunities for patchwork and embellishment. A great way to use fat quarters, a great opportunity to learn to insert zippers. The only problem with this nifty little organizer is that everyone you know is going to want one! 
2 sessions: Wednesday 8/8 and 8/15, 6-9PM

Sew Together Bag
50.00
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Poolside Tote

Level: Intermediate. You are comfortable with your machine and have some experience following patterns. Requires pre-cutting and homework between sessions.

Instructor: Katy Hope
Have you got a go-bag for the pool? One you keep stocked with a towel, sunscreen, magazine and shades? And is it cute? Well WHY NOT? It's summer, get with the program! This is another great bag from Noodlehead aka Anna Graham: generously sized with interior and exterior pockets, key loop, and plenty of opportunities to play with your favorite prints.

NEW DATES! 2 sessions: Mondays 8/13 and 8/20, 6-9PM

Poolside Tote
60.00
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Thread Garden: Floral Embroidery

Level: A previous embroidery class or experience is helpful.

Instructor: Andrea Lenci-Cerciara
How does your garden grow? In this class, Andrea will show you how to make your very own fresh-picked arrangement, employing roses, daisies, leaves, stems, and more French knots than you ever thought possible. Materials included.

Wednesday 8/29, 6-9PM

Thread Garden: Floral Embroidery
50.00
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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 delighted to continue this in-depth exploration of haute couture technique.  In Bonny's multi-level class, new students 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.  Return students will choose their own projects with the assistance of the instructor and work at their own pace. 

8 Wednesdays: 9/5, 9/12, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, and 10/31. Students who have attended previous sessions meet from 9:30-11:30AM; new students from 10-12AM.

Atelier Sewing
350.00
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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: Wednesdays 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 6-9PM

Quilting 101
110.00
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Learn to Love Your Machine

Level: All. A great class for beginners who have barely 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!

Saturday 9/8, 2-5PM OR Saturday 10/13 2-5PM

Learn to Love Your Machine
50.00
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Taking Excellent Measurements

An essential for beginner and expert garment sewists alike!

Instructor: Hilary Oak
The first step to sewing clothes that fit perfectly is to take excellent measurements. In this class we will go way beyond the basic “bust, waist, & hips." You will learn how to confidently take a detailed set of measurements you can rely on for any kind of garment sewing, whether you are working with a commercial pattern or drafting your own designs. We will also discuss planning for “ease” and accommodating various fabric and garment types. Each student will go home with a complete set of her (his) own measurements. 

Monday, 9/10 6:30-8:30PM

Taking Excellent Measurements
30.00
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Geranium Dress

Level: Confident Beginner. You can thread a machine and maintain your seam allowance; You've made a few simple garments.

Instructor: Toni Maeck

Dive into making kids' clothes! We'll use the Geranium Dress pattern (available in sizes 0 - 5T or 6-12) 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: Mondays 9/17 and 9/24, 6-8:30PM

Geranium Dress
50.00
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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 School of Sewing 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, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17,and 10/24 6-9PM
$120, includes book

Sewing School
120.00
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The Art of the Button-Down

Level: Intermediate. You have made several simple garments from commercial patterns and are ready to expand your repertoire.

Instructor: Toni Maeck
Have you always wanted to make a button up shirt, but felt too intimidated to try? This is your time! In this 4-week class, we will take our time to break down the basic elements of shirt making. You'll learn many impressive skills—button and sleeve plackets, inserting a collar, setting a sleeve—and leave with a beautiful shirt you'll be proud to say you made. You can use either Grainline Studio's Archer Button Up pattern or the Oliver + S children's Sketchbook Shirt pattern for this class.

4 Mondays: 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, and 11/5, 6-9PM

The Art of the Button-Down
140.00
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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 garmentand they make great gifts! 

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Hexie Pillow

Level: Confident Beginner. You are comfortable with your machine and have made at least one quilted project.

Instructor: Katy Hope
The Hexie Pillow pattern from Modern Handcraft takes the timeless appeal of hexagon piecing and injects it with modern verve. It's fun, it's fast, it's going to look great on your couchand it's the perfect use for those tempting packs of mini charms you've been hoarding!

New dates TBD

 

And don't forget about...

THE MAKE OUT!

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!