Winter 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 1/29, 6-9PM; Thursday 1/31, 10AM-1PM; Wednesday 2/13, 6-9PM; Wednesday 2/27, 6-9PM; Saturday, 3/9 10AM-1PM; or Monday, 3/25 6-9PM

Fee includes materials.

Absolute Beginners
50.00
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Embroidery à Gogo

Instructor: Andrea Lenci-Cerchiara
Back by popular demand, Andrea’s full class cycle—Intro, Stitch Out Loud, and Thread Garden. Intro covers the prepping your fabric, and the basic stitches; Stitch Out Loud focuses on using your words (in thread); and Thread Garden teaches you to create a rampage of dense, textured blossoms. Take one, or take all three! Materials are included.

Intro Tuesday 1/8 6-9PM
Stitch Out Loud Tuesday 1/22 6-9PM
Thread Garden Tuesday 2/5 6-9PM

Intro Embroidery
50.00
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Stitch Out Loud
50.00
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Thread Garden: Floral Embroidery
50.00
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Winter Embroidery Series
130.00
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TGIF Crochet

Level: All!

Instructor: Marisa Frederick
Been wanting to learn how to crochet? Got a project you need help with? Or maybe you’re just looking for something fun to do at the end of the week! Come hang out with Marisa and get hooked. Pick and choose your dates.

3 Fridays: 1/11, 1/18, and/or 1/26, 6-8PM

TGIF Crochet
25.00
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Kids Can Sew!

Ages 10+

Instructor: Marisa Frederick
Beginner machine sewing for the young maker! Kids will learn to safely operate a sewing machine and make a custom apron—while you have brunch or get some shopping done!

Saturday 1/12, 10-12PM
$50, materials included

Kids Can Sew
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!!
4 sessions: Sundays 1/6-1/27, 10AM-12PM OR Sundays 2/3-3/3, 10AM-12PM (skips 2/17)

Knitting Studio
100.00
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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: Fridays 3/15, 3/22, 3/29 and 4/5,  10AM-1PM

Quilting 101
110.00
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Cabin Fever!

Level: Confident Beginner. You can thread your machine and maintain a steady seam allowance. Perfect for newbie quilters!

Instructor: Julietta Appleton
The Log Cabin pattern is one of the easiest quilt patterns to sew, and will be one of your most satisfying go-tos even when you graduate to intermediate or expert quilter. Traditionally in the United States, Log Cabin quilts were made with a red center and a light side and a dark side, each side consisting of three graduated colors, with the lightest being close to the center and the darkest shades on the outside. But there really are no rules! You can buy fabric and cut 2 1/2" strips yourself, or you can buy a jelly roll and use that, or you can use up scraps if you have them. In this class you'll learn some quilting basics, including rotary cutting, chain piecing, traditional versus wonky blocks, and tips to make your quilting easy and fun.

FULL 2 sessions: Saturdays 1/12 and 1/19, 1-4PM

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Garment Garage

Level: Advanced Beginner and above.

Instructor: Bonny Carmicino
Do you have a project that needs help? Is one of your new year’s resolutions to compete an unfinished sewing project? Perhaps you need some guidance to get started on a new project or help getting a garment to fit. Come and let Bonny help you look under the hood! This workshop is a chance to come and get assistance in whatever form you need, from fitting problems to tailoring and couture techniques to just getting unstuck. Sign up for all four weeks, or pick and choose!

4 Sessions, attend some or all: Wednesdays 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 10AM-12PM. If you choose the “a la carte” option, use the number of sessions you would like to attend in the “Quantity” field, and then note the dates you plan to attend when prompted.

Garment Garage
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Lodo Dress

Level: Confident beginner. You're comfortable with your sewing machine and have used a commercial garment or bag pattern before.

Instructor: Toni Maeck
Learn to sew knits with the easy to sew and wear Lodo Dress from True Bias! You'll learn basic skills for working with stable knits on a regular sewing machine, as well as how to use facings for a professional looking finish. Layers well with tights and a sweater for winter too!

2 sessions: Mondays 1/28 and 2/4, 6-9PM
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Lone Star Variations

Level: Intermediate quilters or advanced beginner quilters with a love of precision and craftsmanship.

Instructor: Sarah Bond

Come join us for a quilt workshop to expand the boundaries of your skills and creativity. Learn to turn out a variety of dazzling Lone Stars that match at the corners and lay flat!

The Lone Star is one of the visually simplest and yet most stunning of traditional quilt patterns. The 8-pointed star is made up of smaller diamonds and creates a visual effect of color and pattern radiating from the center of the star out to its points. The Broken Star and Blazing Star are amped up versions of this classic pattern. Because of their many pieces, these patterns take some time to master.

This class will provide hands-on practice with piecing the Lone Star and Broken Star. The class will start with a small lone star so that students can work through the basic construction techniques. We will then move on to planning and executing a larger version. This is a workshop-style class where the technique will be taught in class and there will be time for quilters to work with their own materials during class. Lunch will be provided.

Saturday 2/2, 10AM-5PM

Lone Star Variations with Sarah Bond
120.00
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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 want to make clothes!

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.

Saturday, 2/9 1-5PM

Easy Peasy PJ Pants
40.00
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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
Before you jet off on spring break, 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. 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.

3 Sessions: Thursdays 2/21, 2/28, and 3/7, 10AM-1PM

Portside Duffle
100.00
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Range Backpack

Level: Advanced beginner/intermediate. You feel confident on your sewing machine and have a several projects under your belt. Students will also need to cut out and interface their fabric ahead of class.

Instructor: Toni Maeck
Learn how to make a durable and beautiful backpack! The Range Backpack from Noodlehead features a foldover top, 2 kinds of pockets, and a professional-looking lined interior. You'll learn tons of useful bag making skills such as how to make adjustable straps, install a zipper, insert a lining, and more!

3 sessions: Mondays 2/25, 3/4, and 3/11, 6-9pm

Range Backpack
100.00
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Lander Pants

Level: Intermediate. You should comfortable working with commercial garment patterns. Students will also be asked to cut out their pattern and fabric prior to class, so that we can get right to sewing!

Instructor: Toni Maeck
Make the high-waisted pants of your dreams! The Lander Pants from True Bias Patterns have deep patch pockets, a snappy button fly, and roomy wide legs that can be made into shorts, culottes, or full length pants. In this class, we'll learn lots of useful techniques including sewing a waistband, belt loops, button fly, and more. Please note that this class will be primarily focused on learning pants construction, although students will also gain insight about any fit adjustments they might want to make for their next pair. 

4 sessions: Tuesdays 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 6-9pm

Lander Pants
140.00
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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 as experienced sewists who want to advance their skills are equally welcome.

Instructor:  Bonny Carmicino
B&F is thrilled to host a reprise of 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, marking, and construction, again utilizing couture techniques, to make the skirt out of fashion fabric, including an underlining, lining, and hand-picked zipper.  

8 Sessions: Wednesdays 3/27-5/22, 10am-noon.  No meeting 4/17.

Atelier Sewing
350.00
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Atelier Workshop

Prerequisite: Atelier Sewing or permission of the 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.

8 sessions: Wednesdays 3/27 -5/22, 9:30-11:30AM. No meeting 4/17.

Atelier Workshop
350.00
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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!

FULL New Dates TBA

4 sessions: Saturdays 2/23, 3/2, 3/9 and 3/16, 2-5PM
$120, includes book

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Bondi Top

Level: Confident Beginner. You feel comfortable on your machine and can maintain an even seam allowance. A great first garment!

Instructor: Toni Maeck
Have you always wanted to move into garment sewing? Try it out with the Bondi Top from Sew to Grow!  You'll learn how to read and cut out a commercial garment pattern, as well as basic garment making techniques such as making a yoke, attaching binding, and hemming. The Bondi Top has just three pattern pieces, but with its sleek back pleat and curved hem, it creates a shirt you'll be proud to say you made yourself!

March 31, 1-5PM

Bondi Top
50.00
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Geranium Dress

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

Instructor: Toni Maeck
Dive into making kids' clothes! We'll use the Geranium Dress pattern (available in sizes 0 - 5T 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: 4/8 and 4/15, 6-8:30PM

Geranium Dress
60.00
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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!

2019 dates TBA

 

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!