June 21, 2016

The best kind of summer school

We are so, so excited to announce that we have added sewing and stitching classes to our roster of knitting and crochet classes. We have always tried to offer a range of classes — both in terms of projects and skill levels — and our sewing classes are no different, though we are starting with beginner-accessible projects, we hope to expand our selection. So, what classes are we offering, you ask?

Sew Your First Pillow Case
— This is a beginner class with a capital B. We cover the basics of machine sewing, how to sew straight seams, and how to turn, hem and press your work. It’s not fancy, but it’s the perfect class to set you up with the basic skills you’ll need to move on to bigger projects. Plus, it’s a great way to use your favourite quilting-weight Cotton + Steel prints to make something fun for your home. (One-day class; $59.99 including materials)

Sew Your First Tote Bag
— So, you’re not a total beginner, but you’d like to brush up on your skills before tackling clothing — why not start with a tote bag? Take your finishing to the next level by learning techniques like how to sew tidy French seams, mitred corners, and top-stitching. Plus, you’ll end the class with a great canvas tote bag — perfect for the beach, groceries or holding your next big knitting project. (One-day class; $65.99 including materials)

Sew a Picnic Blanket
— If you were to take these classes in order, you’d see that we’ve been building to this: a cushion cover, a tote — clearly we’re building to an afternoon in the park, and all we need now is the picnic blanket. If you have quilting aspirations, this is a great place to start. Learn the basics of patchwork with simple squares that let you play with colour and pattern collection from the Cotton + Steel, as well as giving you practice sewing straight seams, working with big pieces of fabric, and even a little hand sewing. (Two-session class; $272.99 including materials)

Hand-Sewn-Stripes Blanket
— Take your quilting to the next level with this gorgeous hand-stitched quilt sewn in a combination of Liberty Tana Lawn and Cotton + Steel lawn, with stitching in colours of DMC embroidery floss. Learn how to baste, turn your edges, and sew even stitches hand. This class is beginner-friendly, and the result is a beautiful blanket you’ll want both want to keep for yourself and proudly give as a gift. (Two-session class; $165.99 including materials)

Learn to Cross-Stitch
— If you caught the stitching bug (and, we warn you, it’s very contagious as crafting bugs go), take your skills to the next level by learning the art of cross stitch. This beginner-friendly class will cover all the basics: how to centre your design, how to form your stitches, how to read a pattern, and even how to turn your own images into cross-stitch design. (One-day class; $60 including materials)