Spring Classes Have Sprung!

Our newest class list is now up. You can view the calendar on the left hand side of our website, or by clicking HERE.  For a full list of descriptions, times, instructors, and costs, please see below.

Class Name: Wet Felted Bowls
Date: Sat. Feb 7th
Time: 9:30-11:30am
Instructor: Alexis Bach
Description: Learn the basic techniques to turn lush wooly fibres into dense fabric. You’ll mix and layer colours to make one of a kind felted bowls. Materials are included in cost of this workshop.
Cost: $35

Class Name: Pattern Adjusting 101 – Tops
Date: Sun. Feb 8th
Time: 1-4pm
Instructor: Jill Sullivan
Description: Using a basic pattern for woven fabrics we will be teaching you how to make the changes to create a better fitting top for you shape. By cutting and basting a top from simple fabric you will test and finalize techniques to get a better fitting blouse, t-shirt or vest.
Supplies: Burda pattern 8218 or 7051, enough light to medium weight woven fabric for your sample (reused materials are fine, this is just to make a prototype not a finished product) , scissors, pins, tape measure, pencil, notebook.
Cost: $35

Class Name: Pattern Adjusting 101 – Bottoms
Date: Sun. Feb. 15th
Time: 1-4pm
Instructor: Jill Sullivan
Description: Pants that don’t fit well are uncomfortable and don’t help you look your best. Using a basic pattern we will make the changes required for a better fit customized for your shape and at the end of the class you’ll know how to make any pants fit great everytime.
Supplies: Burda pattern 7068, appropriate fabric for a sample, scissors, pins, tape measure, pencil, notebook.
Cost: $35

Class Name: Learn to Knit
Date: Sat. Feb 21st
Time: 10:30-12pm
Instructor: Linda Brooks
Description: Learn the basics of knitting in a day! We’ll teach you how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off, setting you up for success with your first knitting project.
Supplies: One ball of DK or worsted weight yarn and 4mm or 4.5mm needles. Materials can be bought in store with a 15% discount for this workshop.
Cost: $15

Class Name: Landscape Quilting
Date: Sun. Feb. 22nd and Mar. 1st
Time: 1-4pm
Instructor: Jill Sullivan
Description: Copying your own photos or creating a design free form is a great way to learn new skills and apply old ones to make your own art. In this class we will make a small wall quilt that will give you need to know to move forward in designing and creating your own landscape quilts.
Supplies: Sewing machine for quilting, fabrics (just about anything works for landscape quilts as they don’t get washed, pay attention most to textures, we can swap and share to get the best effects)
Cost: $60

Class Name: Anatomy of a Bag
Date: Thurs. Feb. 26th and March. 5th
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Jill Sullivan
Description: Bags have a few basic shapes that are easy to reproduce. Once you create your chosen shape and size, it is a matter of making straps, handles, pockets, linings, and using the hardware that works best. We will explore some basic shapes and the different materials that can be used to achieve a bag that works for you.
Supply list to be determined.
Cost: $45

Class Name: Beginner Quilting
Date: Sun. Mar. 8th, Mar. 15th, and Mar. 22nd
Time: 1-4pm
Instructor: Jill Sullivan
Description: In this class we will make a small quilt that will give you all the basic skills and language to let you move into more complex projects. Starting with measuring and safely cutting, right through to quilting and finally binding, you will do each step that leads to a finished quilt.
These skills are not difficult and we welcome anyone from 12 on up to join us.
Supply list to be determined.
Cost: $75

Class Name: Sewing Skills: Beyond the Basics
Date: Thursdays, Mar. 12, Mar. 19th, Mar. 26th
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Jill Sullivan
Description: This session is aimed at those that are comfortable using their sewing machine and wish to expand their skills. We will begin by using a pattern to make pj pants or shorts. Choosing the right fabric and pattern, and learning the language of a pattern are all skills that will serve you as you forward with your chosen projects.
Supplies: Basic pajama pants pattern, appropriate fabric can be brought from home or purchased in store with a 15% class discount.
Cost : $60

Class Name: Needle Felted Easter Decorations
Date: Sat. Mar. 14
Time: 9:30-11:30am
Instructor: Alexis Bach
Description: Alexis will teach you the basics of flat and 3D needle felting while making super cute Easter decorations! This class is suitable for ages 12 and up. Materials are included in cost of this workshop.
Cost : $35

Class Name: Learn to Knit
Date: Sat. Mar 21st
Time: 10:30-12pm
Instructor: Linda Brooks
Description: Learn the basics of knitting in a day! We’ll teach you how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off, setting you up for success with your first knitting project.
Supplies: One ball of DK or worsted weight yarn and 4mm or 4.5mm needles. Materials can be bought in store with a 15% discount for this workshop.
Cost: $15

All classes require you to pre-register in store, so give us a call or drop in to make sure you’re signed up!

A New Year

Happy new year to all of our friends and family from us at Sew Easy! We just wanted to let you know that we’re working on new class offerings, which we will hopefully be posting shortly. In the meantime, we’ve changed over to Google Calendar for ease of use, and you can check it out on the left or at the top of this page. If you have a Google account, you’ll be able to add events to your own calendar, or set reminders for upcoming workshops and events.

 

That’s all for now!

Sewing, Knitting, & Felting Classes!

We’ve got a new round of classes to tell everyone about! All the details are below, and if you’re interested in registering, drop us an email or give the store a call. You must be registered and paid up three days prior to the first class unless you’ve talked to us first!

Beginner Wet Felting (1 class)
Alexis Bach

Felting is a versatile art that is limited only by your imagination! Alexis will guide you through the basics of wet felting, learning how and why felting occurs. Then show you how to make 3D objects by making beads two ways, first using a base object then felting them using wool alone.

Materials: Materials will be provided and are built in to the workshop cost. This class will involve submersing your hands in and using water so please dress accordingly.

DATES: Saturday October 25th
TIME: 9:30am – 11:30am
COST: $35

Basic Sewing (4 classes)
Vivien Spry

This is a class for anyone who’s looked at their sewing machine and thought “One day I’ll get around to sewing something.” Well that day has come! Vivien will teach you the basics of how to use your machine, from tension to what all those stitches are used for and get you started on the right track with a beginner project. You will leave with the knowledge and skills to sew at home with confidence.

(If you don’t have a sewing machine but still want to learn we have two machines that you may use, however the class is meant to get you familiar with a machine that you will be using later on your own so it is best to use your own machine. If you would like to use one of ours please call to check availability.)

Materials: Your sewing machine! Material list TBA, registrants will receive 15% off materials for class bought at Sew Easy.

DATES: Thursday, October 30, November 6, 13, 20
TIME: 5:30 – 7:30pm
COST: $75

Beyond the Basics Top Down Sock Knitting (5 classes)
Linda Brooks

Build on the skills you learned in Basic Sock Knitting or simply take your sock knitting to the next level. You will adapt a basic sock pattern to include a cable pattern in the round on 4 double pointed needles. Choose to knit with fingering, dk or worsted weight yarn.

Materials: Please come 30 minutes early to the first class to choose your yarn and needles!

DATES: Thursdays, October 30th, November 6, 13, 20, 27
TIME: 10am – 12pm
COST: $55

Basic Knitting (4 classes)
Jenny Margueratt

Keep yourself and your loved ones cozy this winter by learning to knit! We’ll cover the basics of casting on stitches, knit stitch, purl stitch and binding off as well as the knowledge you’ll need to choose yarns and patterns with confidence. Once comfortable with the motions you’ll pick from a few beginner patterns and before you know it you’ll have made a custom hat, cowl or scarf.

Materials: Materials will be provided for the first lesson, then once you have chosen a pattern materials will be determined.

DATES: Mondays, November 3, 10, 17, 24
TIME: 4 – 5:30pm
COST: $45

Wet Felting Bowls (1 class)
Alexis Bach

Learn to felt a 3D vessel that can be artistic, colourful and functional all at once! Alexis will show you how to build up your bowl using layers of colour so that it will be sturdy enough for everyday use and shape it in a variety of ways to make it unique. Suitable for beginners as well as folk who have tried felting before.

Materials: Materials will be provided and are built into the workshop cost. This class will involve submersing your hands in and using water so please dress accordingly.

DATES: Saturday November 22nd
TIME: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
COST: $35

Drop In Knitting or Crochet Help (ongoing)
Linda Brooks

Got a tricky bit of yarn work that you just can’t get your head around? Just starting out and need some help deciphering a new pattern? Linda has the answers! Come in during our drop in session and get the help you need to tackle any knitting or crochet conundrum.

Materials: Bring your project, pattern and any necessary notions.

DATES: Thursdays
TIME: 2:30 – 4:30pm
COST: $10 per session or $30 for 4 sessions

 

Autumn Classes!

Hello Friends!

Folks have been asking for it and finally it’s time has arrived, an Autumn class schedule is here, hurray! Some of them start very soon so if you are interested in taking a class please give us a call to get your name on the list. Similarly, if you’re interested in taking a class but the time slot doesn’t work for you, let us know! You may not be the only one and if there’s enough people interested we are happy to start another class that better suits your schedule.

Some of you might be wondering “Where are the sewing classes?” please rest assured we are in the works of getting a few started. However we have had some difficulty finding sewing instructors. If spreading the joy of sewing is something you’re passionate about and you’re comfortable speaking and teaching a small group please let us know! We would love to chat with you about it so send us an email or drop by as soon as possible and let Alton or Jenny know you’re interested.

Basic Knitting Skills (4 classes) with Jenny Margueratt

Have you ever looked at a knit scarf and thought ‘I wonder if I could make that’? Now’s your chance to learn how! You’ll learn how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off as well as all about knitting supplies and yarn. Then you can pick from one of four basic patterns to get you started on your knitting journey.

Materials: Materials will be provided for the first lesson, yarn and needles for your project will be determined based on your chosen pattern.
DATES: Tuesday, September 23, 30, October, 7, 14
TIME: 5:30 – 7pm
COST: $45

Basic Crochet Skills (5 classes) with Linda Brooks

This is a class for anyone who has never picked up a crochet hook, or for someone looking for a refresher on beginner techniques. You’ll learn how to start your chain, make the basic stitches and end your work. The first lesson will be technique based and all following will be used to work on a chosen project.

Materials: Please bring a 4.5mm crochet hook and worsted weight yarn to the first class, project materials will be determined based on your chosen pattern.
DATES: Wednesdays, September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22
TIME: 1 – 3pm
COST: $55


Basic Top Down Sock Knitting (5 classes) with Linda Brooks

Learn how to keep your tootsies warm this winter with the fabulous art of sock knitting! Linda will guide you through a provided pattern to knit basic top down socks in the round on 4 double pointed needles. You can choose to knit with fingering, dk or worsted weight yarn and learn everything you need to fill your sock drawer with woolly gems.

Materials: Please come 30 minutes early to the first class to choose your yarn and needles!
DATES: Thursdays, September 25th, October 2, 9, 16, 23
TIME: 10am – 12pm
COST: $55

Basic Fingerless Gloves (4 classes) with Linda Brooks

Solve the problem of how to use your touch screen device on a winter day without cold hands, fingerless gloves! Learn how to knit a basic fingerless glove pattern with thumb gusset in the round on 4 double pointed needles. You can knit them fine to fit under mittens to make up for short sleeves or knit them thick for plain old warmth!

Materials: Please come 15 minutes early to the first class to choose your yarn and needles!
DATES: Fridays, September 26th, October 3, 10, 17
TIME: 10am – 12pm
COST: $45

Beyond the Basics Top Down Sock Knitting (5 classes) with Linda Brooks

Build on the skills you learned in Basic Sock Knitting or simply take your sock knitting to the next level. You will adapt a basic sock pattern to include a cable pattern in the round on 4 double pointed needles. Choose to knit with fingering, dk or worsted weight yarn.

Materials: Please come 30 minutes early to the first class to choose your yarn and needles!
DATES: Thursdays, October 30th, November 6, 13, 20, 27
TIME: 10am – 12pm
COST: $55

Drop In Knitting or Crochet Help (ongoing) with Linda Brooks

Got a tricky bit of yarn work that you just can’t get your head around? Just starting out and need some help deciphering a new pattern? Linda has the answers! Come in during our drop in session and get the help you need to tackle any knitting or crochet conundrum.

Materials: Bring your project, pattern and any necessary notions.
DATES: Thursdays
TIME: 2:30 – 4:30pm
COST: $10 per session or $30 for 4 sessions

Easter 2014 Hours!

Happy Easter!

Sew Easy is under new ownership (in case you didn’t know)! The old owners have decided to retire after nearly 15 years, and Jenny and Alton are the new faces (along with their young daughter Sara). Feel free to stop in and say hi, introduce yourself, and let us know what it is you like to make. We know this website is horribly out of date, and we’ll be overhauling (or replacing) it as soon as we have some time. In the meantime, we are open for parts of Easter weekend!

Good Friday Apr 18: Regular Hours
Saturday Apr 19: Regular Hours
Easter Sunday Apr 20: CLOSED
Easter Monday Apr 21: Open 11am – 4pm

November 11 Hours

Sew Easy will be open from Noon to Four for your after-the-cenotaph shopping. See you there!

Happy November. Love that extra hour today!

I’m off to the store for the Sunday noon to four shift. Will any knitters gather with their projects? There are a lot of knitting needles waiting to be put away. That should be fun! It’s so sunny and beautiful out, but maybe knitters will want to gather anyway!

Summer Crafts: Rug Hooking Project

Rug hooking has always been a fun and easy project for almost anyone. Even grandfathers can do a mean hooked rug for a great handmade gift.

Age: 10+
No experience required.
Time: 4 hours and up
Materials list: ?
You?re probably not ready to rough out your own design on burlap just yet, but we?ve got some great kits in the Sew Easy store in Sechelt. $23.99 includes everything you need to make your first rug-hooked project.?

VIDEO TUTORIAL FROM Herrschners on Youtube:

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Open up your grid. Each grid square is 10×10 rug hooks.
  • Open up your pattern. Your yarn is pre-cut and matches the legend on the pattern.
  • Take a piece of your yarn and fold it around the latch hook with the little lever open.
  • Hold your yard with your opposite hand to keep it taut.
  • Push the latch hook through the hole in your grid, all the way so the little lever has gone all the way through. You?re going to pull it back through with the yarn crossing over the hook below the lever, in between the lever and the hook. When the hook draws through it closes itself and pulls the yarn through in a neat knot.

A more advanced finish:

To finish your edge you can roll it over and whip stitch it with some rug thread and a needle, or you can use iron-on binding to seal it.

Plastic Loom Scarf Knitting Project

Learn how to create a scarf using an inexpensive plastic loom. The tutorial host in the third video is amazing – very well spoken without ums and ahhs, this young person is going far!

Age 10+
Beginner knitting
Materials list:
This project can be done just with a pair of knitting needles or using one of the Spool or Loom kits we have in the store. Choose from our wide yarn selection for style and colours.

Go to approximately 2:00 for the tutorial to start. A bit blurry in places but you get the idea.

This one goes over the basics, and includes hats and scarves, and how to use inexpensive/thin yarn on your loom.

Casting on to the loom and getting started with a ruffled yarn. Good camera angle and instructions for widths.

Fingerless Gloves Knitting Project

Age: 12+
Basic Knitting Experience
Materials list:?This great little boxed craft is in the store, ready to go in a couple of colours. Each box has all the yarn you?ll need to make a pair of fingerless gloves, and the full instructions. At only $15 it?s a great easy-to-do affordable knitting project.

Fingerless Gloves boxed project set Sew Easy Sechelt


Or you can come on in and pick out your own yarn from our huge selection!

They?re great for the fall and the start of school. The combination of stitches separates these gloves from most other patterns. It takes a bit of extra work, but they?re beautiful when complete and well worth the effort.

Make sure to send us a picture of your gloves in action.