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Autumn Classes!

    Leaves are starting to collect on the trails and I actually felt like I needed to put on a sweater to go out the other day.  Autumn is sending reminders that it’s on it’s way and with it comes more time to keeping cozy and craft.

   We’re pleased to offer you the Sew Easy Autumn Class Schedule, planned all the way to December so you have lots to choose from!

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   However you may notice that there seems to be a lack of sewing classes.  This is because our most excellent sewing instructor Jill Sullivan will be leaving the Coast.  Jill has been wonderfully supportive, always with a wise suggestion or a new idea, and she will be missed terribly.  We want to thank her for her time and energy and wish her all the best in her new home!

   As such we are now hiring sewing instructors!  We’re looking for friendly, engaging folks who want to help others learn about the joys of sewing.  Some examples of classes we’re especially looking to hold are Beginner Sewing, Beginner Quilting and Machine Sewing for Kids, but we are also very open to ideas of things that you would be passionate about teaching.

   We are also very interested in hiring a crochet instructor.  This is a fibre art that is growing in practice and we would love to help make more happy hookers!  Again, we’re looking for someone open and engaging who loves to share their skills with others.

   If teaching sparks your interest please send us an email with a little bit about yourself, your teaching and making experience and what sorts of things you would be interested in teaching!
I’d Like to Teach!

New Products and a Felting Class!

Hello Crafters!

Below we’ve got information on a super fun Adult Needle Felted Mushroom Scapes Workshop coming up.  Our needle felting workshops fill up quickly so be sure to sign up early if you’re interested in taking part!

We’ve got four new panel projects to show you, Thomas the Tank Engine, Minnie Mouse, Pirates Party Flags and Help Is On The Way! a playmat panel, all pictured below.  Also we have new yarns, some of which were requested by you!  A cotton ribbon yarn with a bit of sparkle, a wool-free sock yarn, itty bitty baby balls of cotton in delightful colours and a DK weight cotton blend for breezy knitting or crocheting through all this fine weather we’re so lucky to have.

 So keep scrolling or come on in to see everything that’s new at Sew Easy!

Adult Needle Felted Mushroom Scapes (1 class)
Whether it’s a home for faeries, an indoor woodland oasis, or just a wonderful exercise in the creative possibilities of felt making these mushroom scapes are going to be tons of fun!  Alexis will teach you how to needle felt around a very simple structure to create your very own cute little mushrooms and foliage inside a piece of driftwood.
Sunday June 19th 1pm-4pm
$40
Materials: Please bring a piece of driftwood to use as your base, the more knobbly the better. No longer than 25cm (10″) please. All other materials will be provided.


Help Is On The Way! is a delightful play mat style panel for whatever adventures your little one can devise and create. Measuring 60cm by 110cm (24″x45″) it’s a manageable size for any machine.  We have two coordinating fabrics for backing or binding. Panel cost is only $12.99.


Introducing Minnie Mouse’s Bowtique, Imagine, Dream & Create!  Minnie Mouse is still such a well known character and looking very good for 88 years old!  The bright, bold colours and brushstroke style make it a whimsical addition to a crib or bed.  She measures 88cm x 110cm (35″ x 45″) and is the perfect dimensions to use as is or add simple border strips to make it larger.  Cost for the panel is $14.99.


Another classic character that never fails to capture a new generation’s interest is Thomas the Tank Engine and his crew!  Our panel features three of the original team and like our friend Minnie is 88cm x 110cm (35″ x 45″) perfect for a crib, bed or snuggling under while reading the stories together.  It also comes with my favourite of the coordinates, a black cotton base with colourful train signals all over.  Cost for this panel is $19.95.


Last of our new panels, but certainly not least is this adorable Pirate themed bunting panel!  Quick and easy to make, you can even make it a no sew project with a heavy fusible interfacing for the back and pinking shears to cut out the triangles! Perfect for a party, a bedroom or (my favourite option) a fort or playhouse. Cost for this panel is $12.55.


A number of you have asked for a wool-free sock yarn; something that’s in the same fun colours and with the same wear life as the wool/nylon blends.  I am happy to say that Regia’s Pairfect Cotton Sock is that yarn! A blend of cotton and a nylon/poly core (think cotton fibres spun around Woolly Nylon) this is a cotton sock yarn with give and bounce.  Coupled with Regia’s Pairfect method of dying their yarns makes it effortless for you to get matching socks every time.  These 100g balls are $20 and make a pair.


Our latest offering from Berroco yarns is their Weekend DK yarn, a soft and affordable blend of egyptian cotton and acrylic. Weekend works up breezy, into easy to care for, garments that will take you from the heat of summer to the warm days of autumn, and they’re only $8 a skein!


We’ve also had requests for a yarn with a bit of sparkle to it, something for the crafter who likes their yarns a little off the beaten path.  Schachenmayr’s Batiko Sun is a long colour changing ribbon yarn with a little bit of shimmer that looks brilliant in the sunny outdoors.  A washable, squishable blend of cotton and polyester that will look lovely in open summer shawls or tops.  One ball will make the shawl pattern on the ball band and they go for $16.99 each.


Finally, my favourite of our new yarns is Schachenmayr Baby Smiles Cotton.  These itty, bitty little balls of buttery soft pure cotton yarn comes in fourteen lovely shades and is perfect for everything baby.  One 25g ball will make a baby hat or socks, and only three balls to make a newborn sweater.  Each little bundle of yarn joy is only $4.

New Classes at Sew Easy!

We’re so excited for the class line up we’ve got for the next few months! We’re especially excited for the launch of our Kid’s Drop-in Knitting and Kid’s Drop-In Hand Sewing workshops with Alexis Bach that we have had in the works for a few months now and are finally ready to get off the ground. Read on for more details and please sign up early to secure a spot!

We also just wanted to let you know we’ve recently had a restock of our wool felt squares (which have been wonderfully popular), as well as a new shipment of upholstery roll ends, many of the fabrics in modern geometric prints and a number of pure linen bases that would be gorgeous for chair seats or curtains.

The Burda Style spring collection is in and full of flowing, fun garments perfect for the warmer weather soon to come, and we’re expecting our Kwik Sew update in the next little while so come in and have a seat with our pattern books for some great sewing inspiration.


Beginner Sewing (3 classes)
Ever wonder what all those stitches on a sewing machine are for? Jill Sullivan, a seamstress and fibre artist, will help you get acquainted with your machine and all the things it can do! From buttonholes to zippers, you’ll leave with the understanding and confidence to start your sewing adventure.
Sunday February 14th, 21st and 28 1pm-3pm
$50
Materials: Your sewing machine, a basic sewing kit inc. scissors, thread, marking tools and measuring tools.
SIGN UP NOW!


Adult Beginner Knitting Classes (4 classes)
At last! Evening knitting classes for us hard working adults. And what better way to unwind at the end of a day than by taking up needles and knitting your first hat or baby blanket with the incredibly awesome Alexis Bach! You’ll learn the basics of knitting, how to read knitting patterns and how to fix common mistakes.
Tuesdays Feb. 16th, 23rd, Mar. 1st & 8th 6pm-7:30pm
This class will be making hats!
OR
Thursdays Feb. 18th, 25th, Mar.3rd & 10th 6pm-7:30pm
This class will be making a baby blanket!
$50 + materials (dependent on pattern chosen)
We can show you the pattern choices in shop, unfortunately we don’t have the permissions from the designers to post photos from the patterns here. Sorry guys!
SIGN UP NOW!


Wet Felted Clutch or Purse (2 classes)
This fantastic, beginner friendly class is going to teach you the techniques of using wet felting methods and a resist pattern to make a seamless clutch or coin purse. Alexis Bach will guide you through all the steps necessary, making the felted fabric the first class, then once your work has had a chance to dry, adding lining and finishing details in the second class.
Saturdays February 20th and 27th 10-1pm
$60 materials included
SIGN UP NOW!


Beginner Crochet
Crochet is a fun and versatile craft enjoyed by millions of people. By learning a few stitches you can make everything from hats and scarves to amigurumi animals. Jill Sullivan will be using the Patons Next Steps book to introduce you to the basics you need to get you started.
Saturday February 20th 2-4pm
$25 + materials
You will need:
– A copy of Patons Next Steps: Crochet
– A 3.5mm, 4mm or 4.5mm crochet hook
– A minimum 50 g ball of worsted weight yarn (no cotton please)
SIGN UP NOW!


Kids Drop-In Knitting Club
We are so excited to finally be hosting the Kids Knitting Club! This is an ongoing weekly drop in session for kids, aged 6 and up, who want to learn how to knit or improve their knitting skills in a fun, supportive environment. Alexis Bach will be guiding our students in learning the basics by making a cute stuffed animal and then in picking their own projects to work on.
Sundays from 1-2pm starting February 21st
$15 per session OR $50 for 4 sessions
Materials: Knitting needles (5mm-8mm) and appropriate sized yarn
SIGN UP NOW!


Kids Drop-In Hand Sewing Club
Did you also know that we’re hosting a kids embroidery and hand sewing club? Well it’s true! Alexis Bach will be teaching kids ages 6 and up how to do three basic hand stitching techniques through making a needle case to hold their tools. Then guiding them in expanding their skills with fun and unique projects!
Sundays from 2:30-3:30pm starting February 21st
$15 per session OR $50 for 4 sessions
SIGN UP NOW!


Beginner Machine Quilting (4 classes)
In this class you Jill Sullivan will guide you through making 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 machine quilting and finally binding, you will learn each step that leads to a finished quilt. These skills are not difficult and we welcome anyone from 12 and up to join us.
Sundays March 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th from 12:30-3pm
$75 + materials, bring your own machine
SIGN UP NOW!

Needle Felted Critters
This all day needle felting workshop is going to teach you to make the cutest most wonderful woodland critters ever, and just in time for Easter!
You can pick between a bunny and a duck and you’ll learn how to make a simple armature, build up a felted base and how to add unique details to your critter.

Saturday March 12th 9:30-3:30 (inc. 1hr lunch break)
$60, materials included
SIGN UP NOW!

December News at Sew Easy!

We’ve got some December specials and news to share with you, as well as our holiday hours (including longer hours leading up to Christmas), and some new products for your last minute crafting and gift-giving. Have a peek at what’s up at Sew Easy!
December Holiday Hours

We’ve got some extended hours leading up to Christmas, and a post Christmas closure, to let everyone know about.

Sun Dec 13th & 20th: 11am-4pm

Friday Dec 18th: 930am-7pm
Mon Dec 21st – Wed Dec 23rd : 930am-7pm
Christmas Eve: 930am – 430pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Closed
Sun Dec 27th: Closed
Fri Jan 1st: Closed

All other hours are normal hours, and we’ll be back to our regular 12pm-4pm Sundays in the New Year.

Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments
Due to the overwhelming demand, we decided to run a second needle felted Christmas ornaments workshop, only to have it fill up, so now we’re running a third session! The workshop is THIS Sunday (December 13th), from 330pm-630pm.

This WILL be the last felted ornaments workshop we run for a while, and we only have three spaces left, so sign up soon to save a place. Cost is $30, which includes all materials and use of class tools. As a perk to taking part in this early evening class, it’s outside of our normal shop hours, so there shouldn’t be too many distractions

(other than maybe some evening shopping at Sew Easy?)

Beginner Crochet Class

Crochet is a fun and versatile craft enjoyed by millions of people.  By learning a few stitches you can make everything from hats and scarves to amigurumi animals.  Jill Sullivan will be using the Patons Next Steps book to introduce you to the basics you need to get you started.

We still have a couple spots left in this class on Saturday Dec 12, from 10am-1230pm, so drop us a line to save your spot! Fees are $25 plus materials (a copy of the Next Steps 5 book, a 3.5mm – 4.5mm crochet hook, and a minimum of 50g worsted weight yarn)
December Specials

For the month of December, all our sewing baskets are on sale! Our large baskets, normally $60, are on sale for $35, and the small baskets are on sale for $20 each (normally $32.50). We’ve even stocked up for the occasion, with some new prints to choose from.

We’ve gotten seven different totally new winter themed flannelette in the store just in time for cozy pajamas, blankets, and any other warm snuggly project you can dream up to give to someone special this Christmas (or even keep for yourself)! Only $6.99 a metre, and we’ve got them on display front and centre in the store to make them easy to find!

We’ve had a big restock on our 8″ x 12″ pure wool felt squares, and also a restock of our Ashford ‘bug’, ‘beagle’, ‘sheep’, ‘flower’, ‘butterfly brooch’, and ‘rooster’ felting kits, which have been EXTREMELY popular among our crafters this season.

After Friday, we’re going to have a display in the centre of the store of great gift and stocking stuffer ideas for the crafter on your list. Make sure you come visit us soon!

One Last Thing…From Us.
In case we don’t see you in the next couple weeks, have a very Merry Christmas from all of us at Sew Easy, and thank you very much for helping to make 2015 such a great year for us!

New for Winter at Sew Easy

We’ve got great things in store for your winter and Christmas crafting.

New this month:

We are now carrying 50 gram braids of unspun Corriedale wool! We’ve got eighteen lovely colours, including four undyed tones, that are perfect for spinning, needle felting or wet felting and are priced at $4.50 per braid.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to use unspun roving, make sure you check out Alexis Bach’s felting classes below!

Our Christmas cottons are in stock and going fast!  Three lovely advent panels, two pocket style and one garland style with Scandinavian inspired mini stockings, plus coordinates to suit your Christmas style.  We’ve also got minkie and furs to embellish your perfect sewn stocking.

If you’re interested in learning to sew a basic stocking, or making up an advent calender, see Jill Sullivan’s classes below!

Many of you have also asked us for wool felt and we’re very happy to say that we’re now able to carry it!  Our felt rectangles are 100% wool and measure 9″x12″ (22.8cmx30.5cm) and we have 75 colours!  These are perfect for small craft projects, felting and for kids crafts.
Felted Seasonal Wreath
Use both dry and wet felting techniques to make a gorgeous seasonal wreath.  Alexis Bach will show you how to wet felt the base of your wreath and then how to craft your choice of seasonal additions to make a wonderfully unique wreath to display in your home or give to someone special this holiday season.
Saturday November 14th and 21st (2-day workshop)
10am-1pm both days
$50 inc. materials
No Knit Scarf
The quickest, easiest scarf you’ll ever create! Using wash away stabilizer you’ll craft a one of kind scarf using trims, ribbons and yarns.
Sunday November 15th 1-3pm
$25
Wash away stabilizer and some trims will be provided, you will need to bring your sewing machine, scissors and any particular trims, ribbon, yarn or decorative thread you wish to use.

Sewn Advent Calenders
Using your choice of panels, Jill Sullivan will guide you through making a reusable advent calendar to house treats, notes or small toys while you count down to Christmas.  This class is beginner friendly and you can either choose coordinates to suit your decor, or simply pick up a kit in store.
Tuesday November 17th + 24th 10-12pm (2-day class)
$40 + materials
A sewing machine is required for this class.
Sewn Stocking Workshop
Using a basic stocking shape you can make just about any style of stocking, from modern to traditional, rustic to chic, the skies the limit! This beginner friendly class will guide you through making a basic woven stocking base that you can customize to your personal style.
Sunday November 22nd 1-3pm
$30 + materials
You will need:
0.4 mt of a sturdy woven fabric (like a cotton canvas weight)
OR
0.4 mt each of a woven outer fabric and a lining
Any ribbons, bells, trims ties etc you may want to use, or you can choose from our selection.

Felted Gnome

Felted Angel

Needle Felted Ornaments
Alexis Bach will show you everything you need to know to make the most lovely felted seasonal ornaments ever.  This class is great both for beginners, who could make a simple ball ornament, or for more experienced felters, learning techniques to make the angel or (my personal favourite) the wee Gnome.
Saturday December 5th 10-1pm
$30 inc. materials
Beginner Crochet
Crochet is a fun and versatile craft enjoyed by millions of people.  By learning a few stitches you can make everything from hats and scarves to amigurumi animals.  Jill Sullivan will be using the Patons Next Steps book to introduce you to the basics you need to get you started.
Saturday December 12th 10am-12:30pm
$25 + materials
You will need:
A copy of Patons Next Steps: Crochet
A 3.5mm, 4mm or 4.5mm crochet hook
A minimum 50 g ball of worsted weight yarn (no cotton please)

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.

Please note: Pre-registration is required for all classes and workshops so we know what our attendance will be.

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!

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

Crafts: Blanket Stitch Embroidery iPod Headphone Cord

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.

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