Fall 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...

Tuesday 10/16, 6-9PM
NEW DATES! Wednesday 11/14, 6-9PM or Saturday 12/8 10AM-1PM

Fee includes materials.

Absolute Beginners
50.00
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Knitting Studio

Level: Beginners/Intermediate

Instructor: Kit Burke-Smith
Have you always wanted to learn to knit? Or maybe you've made a simple hat or scarf and you're ready to try something new? Want to learn to cable, follow a chart, or something even spicier? We keep this class small to accommodate all those desires and more! Grab a seat on the couch, make some new friends, and knit your heart out.

NEW DATES!! Sundays 10/28-11/11, 10AM-12PM

Knitting Studio
75.00
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Intro to Crochet

Instructor: Marisa Frederick
You asked for a crochet class; we're finally delivering! In just two sessions you'll make a simple, cute hat. And just like that, you're hooked!

Tuesdays 10/2 and 10/9, 7-9PM

Intro Crochet
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. 

REVISED DATES! 6 Wednesdays:  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
270.00
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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!

NEW DATE! Saturday 12/1, 1-4PM

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. 

NEW DATE! Monday, 11/12 6:30-8:30PM

Taking Excellent Measurements
30.00
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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: NEW DATES! Wednesdays 11/28, 12/5, 12/12,and 12/19 6-9PM
$120, includes book

Sewing School
120.00
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Darn it!

Instructor: Bonny Carmicino
In this course, Bonny will teach four different methods of darning, including a fusion method that she has developed herself.  The latter method works best on tiny holes in fine-gauge knits such as moth holes in cashmere and lamb’s wool sweaters. Bring one or more garments needing darning.  To practice Bonny’s fusion method, bring regular sewing thread in a color matching the sweater, hand sewing needles, thread snips or scissors, and reading glasses, if you wear them.  You will leave with a hole darned and the knowledge enabling you to darn other holes that life may send you.

CANCELLED Friday 10/12, 10AM-12PM

 

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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. This is a great class for graduates of Absolute Beginners or Sewing School who are looking to get into garment sewing!

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. You'll learn to read a pattern envelope, lay out and cut a pattern, and decode the instructions.

Sunday 10/14, 1-4PM

Easy Peasy PJ Pants
40.00
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Oops.

Prerequisite: Basic sewing skills.

Instructor: Bonny Carmicino
Have you ever cut out two left sleeves, three pant fronts, or not had *quite* enough fabric?  What to do? Take this class! Bring your "oops' pieces to class (along with your scraps of fabric and any coordinating fabrics you might have) and we will try to figure out how to salvage the project.  Piecing methods (both inconspicuous and as a design element) will be covered.

Friday 10/26, 10:30AM-12:30PM

Oops.
45.00
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Cleo Skirt

Level: Confident Beginner. You can thread a machine and keep a steady seam allowance, you have made at least one basic garment like PJ pants or a simple top from a commercial pattern.

Instructor: Katy Hope
Cleo is a terrific beginner skirt pattern that offers multiple length and styling options and, best of all, POCKETS! It's also a shape that can be radically transformed by your fabric choices—picture it in whispery lawn, everyday chambray, or crisp party taffeta. 

2 Tuesdays, 10/23 and 10/30, 6:30-9PM; Pattern is included in tuition.

Cleo Skirt
60.00
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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 Jeni Baker’s “Giant Vintage Star,” you will learn the basics of quilting: selecting and preparing your fabrics, using a rotary cutter, basic piecing, layering and basting your quilt sandwich, machine quilting, and binding. You—yes YOU—will complete a 36" square quilt! (You may also choose to make the snuggly 74” version, but this will require extra sewing outside class hours.) Ta-da! You're a quilter!

NEW DATES 4 sessions: Saturdays 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, and 11/17, 12-3PM

Quilting 101
110.00
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Creating with Freeform Lace

Confident Beginner: You must be able to operate a sewing machine and have basic sewing skills. Crochet experience not required!

Instructor: Margaret Huber
Do you have a drawer full of ancestral doilies that are too beautiful to part with, but too precious to set under a casserole? Are you drawn to the piles of delicate, laboriously crafted antique crochet at flea markets, but unsure what you’d do with it? Or do you just sitting on a hoard of lace you’d like to use? The solution is this class: create a glorious upcycled cardigan or wrap under the tutelage of the legendary Margaret Hubert! One of the world’s foremost masters of freeform crochet, and the author of more than 20 books, for this class she’s putting down the hooks and will show you how, with sewing machine and a fusible wondercloth called Mokuba, you can transform gossamer to garment.

Sunday 10/28, 10AM-5PM
$125 fee includes Mokuba cloth, instruction booklet, and lunch. Lace sufficient for the project may be purchased for an additional $20.

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Portside Duffle

Level: Advanced beginner/intermediate. You feel confident on your sewing machine and have made a few simple projects. You’ll need to cut and interface your pieces before class.

Instructor: Toni Maeck
Just in time for holiday travel, learn how to make a beautiful and sturdy duffle bag! Mix and match your favorite canvases to make a bag you'll be proud to show off to your loved ones. You'll learn how to use strapping and bag hardware, insert a lining, and other basic bag making skills. We'll use the Portside Duffle pattern from Grainline Studio. Makes a great gift too! 

2 Sessions: Tuesdays 11/6 and 11/13, 6-9 PM

Portside Duffle
60.00
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Planned and Unplanned: Intro to Improv

Level: Intermediate. You have made a few quilted projects and are ready to experiment!

Instructor: Melanie Tuazon
No pattern, no problem! Learn how to improvise as you start to piece a quilt top. We'll talk strategies, like how much to plan and how much to leave to serendipity. Find where you are comfortable and where to push your improv to the next level.

Sunday, 11/11 1-4PM

Planned and Unplanned
60.00
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Granny Squares

Level: You know the basics of crochet.

Instructor: Marisa Frederick
This class will teach you to hook and seam Granny Squares, a classic crochet design with tremendous versatility. Depending on color and scale, they can be homey and old-fashioned, or modern and graphic, or anything in between! Use them in blankets, pot holders, accessories, or clothing.

2 sessions: Mondays 11/12 and 11/19, 6-8PM

Granny Squares
50.00
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Four Winds Quilt

Level: Advanced beginner/intermediate. You feel confident on your sewing machine and can maintain an even seam allowance. A great second quilt!

Instructor: Toni Maeck
Let your quilting skills soar with flying geese! In this class you'll learn a speedy and foolproof technique to make flying geese blocks four at a time. These jumbo blocks are fun to make and forgiving to piece. We'll use the Four Winds Quilt pattern from Fancy Tiger Crafts. 

3 Sessions: Fridays 11/30, 12/7, and 12/14, 10AM - 1PM

Four Winds Quilt
100.00
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Poncho!

Level: Confident Beginner. You know single and double crochet and are ready to add a few new stitches.

Instructor: Marisa Frederick
Effortless chic—easy to make, easy to wear! Treat yourself or make one up for a holiday gift; you’ll be the most popular elf in town.

3 sessions: Mondays 12/3, 12/10, and 12/17, 6-8PM

Crochet Poncho
75.00
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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 couch—and it's the perfect use for those tempting packs of mini charms you've been hoarding!

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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 9—bring 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!