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Sewing, Knitting, & Felting Classes!

Wet Felting Objects from Alexis!

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

Summer craft: 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

Plastic Loom Knitting Project Sew Easy Sechelt

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

fingerless gloves summer 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.

Crafts: Blanket Stitch Embroidery iPod Headphone Cord

embroidery headphones craft

If your house is like ours, there are at least five pairs of headphones in it and they are all white. Stop the fighting over headphone cables by customizing them with wool or embroidery thread!

Age: 10+
Time: 1-2 hours
Materials:?
Plan on buying 3-4 skeins of embroidery thread at $.99/ea.?Beads: customize with beads or buttons. We have a selection in-store and Sunstone Beads on Cowrie Street has some inexpensive starter beads right up to beautiful signature beads if you?re making them as a gift for grown ups!

Set up each ear bud as a separate wrapping project. You can also put a band of black or alternate coloured floss in the middle of the right earbud so you can easily see at a glance which is left and right.

BASIC PATTERN FOR HEADPHONE CORDS

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Tape your headphone jack end of the cord down on to a board, book or table to keep it still.
  • Find the middle point of your first skein and slide it up under the headphone cord up to the top where it is taped.
  • Right handed: start from the right (left handers do it opposite)
  • Slide the right side of the floss under the headphones and take it over the other side of the embroidery floss
  • Then take the left side of the floss and cross it over the top of the headphone cord and pull it through the loop made by the right side
  • Pull it from both sides to make it taut, and then just gently pull it up to the top

REPEAT.

  • If the knot begins to twist, swap the right and left and follow the same method as before.
  • When you reach the divider for the ear buds, double knot at the end by the divider and cut the floss.

*To add beads, just loop them through the end of the line wherever you want them to be included.

Send us a picture for our Facebook page!

Get Punk’d – Punky the Monkey Hits the Road

sew easy sock monkey mascot

sew easy sock monkey mascot

 

Meet Punky, the Sew Easy Mascot Monkey

Punky is going on a road trip around the Sunshine Coast for the next couple of months and we’re going to play a game of ‘Guess who got Punk’d!’

We’ll post photos of Punky exploring secret places on our Facebook page… guess correctly where he is and you’ll be entered into a weekly draw for Punky Stuff.

And hey, if you know where Punky is hanging out in this picture, have a guess!