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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!
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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!

Customer Appreciation Specials

November 27th is Black Friday in North America. Primarily an electronics shopping day which started in the USA, more and more Canadian shops of all types are getting on board with specials for their customers.
 
November 28th is ‘Shop the Neighbourhood’, a Canadian day to recognize small businesses and shopping locally, supported by Yellow Pages. Over 50 businesses in Sechelt are taking part that day, us included.
 
It will also be Customer Appreciation day on November 28th in Trail Bay Centre, so most of the shops are doing special sales and events to say ‘Thank You’ to everyone who shops with us so it is going to be a weekend not to be missed!
 
Read on for more information about what kind of specials we’ll be offering you that weekend at Sew Easy.

Pfaff Trade-up Event

Now is the season to get into a new Pfaff sewing machine or serger! Between Nov 27 and 29, trade in your old sewing machine, any brand, working or not, and receive a $75 credit towards any sewing machine in the Pfaff line, which we already price below MSRP!
If you already own a Pfaff machine and are looking to upgrade, you definitely want to talk to us about your options. Pfaff owners receive a minimum $100 off a new machine with their trade in, and possibly more depending on the age and condition of the machine, and if it’s on our trade-in list!
Talk to Alton or Jenny for more details! 

Shop the Neighbourhood

Saturday November 28th marks the third annual national Shop the Neighbouhood campaign, is a local shopping event that’s all about celebrating small businesses and making your community thrive.

Thousands of business all across Canada are participating in the one day shopping event, including over 50 shops and services here in Sechelt. You can easily find out who’s offering deals that day by going to the Shop the neighbourhood website and downloading the app on your iOS or Android smartphone.

On November 28th, Sew Easy will be offering 10% off everything in store!

Excluded from this deal are Pfaff sewing machines and sergers (but not their accessories), as well as service fees and class fees.

Help Keep Our Homeless Warm!

On October 17, 2015, Sew Easy and m1tog (Make One Together) invite you to help keep fellow Coasters warm this winter. Your skills can provide hats, scarves, mitts and blankets for those who will be using the cold weather shelter this season. There are many ways to participate, during the event and leading up to it.

If you’re available, you can come down to Trail Bay Centre on Saturday, Oct. 17 anytime between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and knit or crochet in the company of others. Come for a little while or stay the whole day. There will be tea, coffee, snacks and giveaways. Come alone or bring a friend. Yarn, needles and hooks will be available for you to use if your donation is simply your time. You can drop off yarn (machine washable only, please) at Sew Easy anytime before Oct. 17.

You can bring also finished items to Sew Easy anytime before Oct. 17. You can join the Blanket Brigade and knit or crochet a 12-inch square prior to or on the event day. More details and patterns are available on m1tog.ca – a resource for people who wish to donate handmade items to local charitable organizations – and at Sew Easy, both in-store and at facebook.com/seweasysechelt. Come join in the spirit of giving and help make the Sunshine Coast a caring, cozy community for all.

Download a printable brochure to pin up on the fridge or share with your friends

Download suggested stitches for knitted blanket squares

Autumn Classes

Hello Makers!
The clouds have rolled in for a while and it’s starting to feel like Autumn could be just around the corner.  Our fall and winter yarns and fabrics are starting to arrive and we can’t wait to show you all the new things we’ve got for you to create with!  We’ve also got a class schedule for September and October with great new workshops so be sure to read about them below or pick up a class guide in store.  There’s needle felting and wet felting with Alexis Bach, yarn dying and bag making with Jill Sullivan and for the first (and hopefully not only) time Caitlin Ffrench will be here for a day to teach natural solar dying and knit shawl design.  Please make sure you call or come in to reserve your spot in advance.
On September 19th we’re going to be heading up to Powell River Town Centre to hold a Pfaff sewing machine event!  We will be bringing our inventory of Pfaff machines for you to try out and (fingers crossed) we’ll be able to offer basic servicing on existing machines.  Look for more details on this event being sent out soon.
Attention Parents! Many of you have asked after classes for kids and we’d like to start offering a Kid’s Knitting club and Kid’s Hand Sewing and Embroidery club but we need some feedback from you first.  If you’ve got a child age 6 or up who you think would like to take part in either of these fun activities please take a few moments to fill out this survey to let us know what days and times are going to work best for the most families.
If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us in person, on Facebook, Ravelry or by email.

FALL CLASSES AT SEW EASY

No Knit Scarf (1 class) with Jill Sullivan
The quickest and easiest art scarf you will every create!  Using water soluble stabilizer, your sewing machine, and some creativity you’ll learn how to turn scraps of fabric, ribbon and wool into a fantastic no-knitting-required scarf.  This is a great project to use up bits of left over favourite fabrics, ribbons, decorative threads and yarn left overs and is beginner friendly.
Materials: Your sewing machine, any bits of scrap fabric, yarn, roving, ribbons or decorative threads that you would like to use.  We will provide some material as well and we can share what we bring to get the best effects.
Dates: Sunday, October 18th
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Cost: $25
Needle Felted Pincushions (1 class) with Alexis Bach
Did you know you can sculpt almost any shape out of wool? This beginner friendly needle felting class will show you the basics of shaping and felting 3D wool objects.  You’ll blend colours and textures to make your very own one of a kind felted wool pincushion, be it a pumpkin, a cute critter or free form sculpture Alexis will guide you through the process that will get you started making all sorts of needle felted creations. 

Materials:  Cost of materials are included in this workshop

DATES: Saturday September 19th
TIME: 10am – 12pm
COST: $35
Knitting Cables for Beginners (1 class) with Jenny Margueratt
Knit cables can seem intimidating, but they don’t have to be!  Using only knits , purls and a simple cable needle you can make gorgeous cables too.  We’ll talk about the different types of cables, how they are represented in written and charted knitting and make a simple mug cozy project that will get you practicing two types of basic cable.

 

Materials:  25g of worsted weight (#4) yarn, 4.5mm needles either straight or circular

DATES: Saturday September 26th
TIME: 10am – 12pm
COST: $20
Yarn Dying with Wilton’s Icing Dyes (1 class) with Jill Sullivan
**Back by popular demand! Sign up early!**
Ever wondered how yarn dyers make such great colours?  You can do it too!  This super fun workshop is going to teach you how to dye basic wool yarn with food safe dyes in a microwave to make the most amazing custom mixes of colour.  Please wear old clothes, an apron and kitchen style rubber gloves.

 

 

Materials:  Materials are included in cost of this workshop.
DATES: Sunday, September 27th
TIME: 1pm – 3pm
COST: $25

Custom Sewn Bags (1 class) with Jill Sullivan
Having a great bag can sometimes make or break an adventure.  In this class you’ll learn about different kinds of bag shapes and how to construct them, different hardware options to make your bag look professional and techniques to craft your perfect bag.  This class is suitable for less experienced sewers as well as those with more than a few projects under their belt.
Materials: Your sewing machine, scissors, pins, measuring tape, marking utensil, any medium to heavy weight fabric and/or webbing or strapping you may already have and want to use
Date: Sunday, October 4th
Time: 12pm – 4pm

Cost: $40 plus any materials (class materials will be given a 15% discount)

Wet Felted Purses (2 class) with Alexis Bach
Learn the tricks and techniques of resist wet felting to make a one of a kind wool change purse, clutch or small bag.  Resist felting, using a barrier to keep fibres from felting together, allows you to make seamless felted objects like bags and hats.  You will design and create the fabric for your purse in the first class, then once your creation has dried you can line it, add clasps or buttons and complete your purse in the second class.
Materials: Wool, fabric and tools will be provided, however feel free to bring buttons, small pieces of fabric for lining or other accessories if you have specific things you would like to incorporate into your design.
Dates: Saturday, October 10th and 17th
Time: 10am – 12pm
Cost: $50
Natural Solar Dying (1 class) with Caitlin Ffrench
We are super excited to have Caitlin Ffrench coming up from Vancouver for a day to give workshops, and we are especially thrilled that she’s going to be teaching Solar Dying for you all.  Here is what she has to say about what you’ll be learning:
“Learn to use the sun and time to naturally dye yarns.  In this workshop you will learn the health and safety of dyeing, which dyes you can wildcraft from your landbase, and how to achieve natural and beautiful colours.”
Materials: 2 – 50g skeins of undyed protein (animal) yarn, 2 – 1L mason jars and lids
Dates: Saturday, October 24th
Time: 10am – 11:30am
Cost: $35
Lace Shawl Design Workshop (1 class) with Caitlin Ffrench
Be your own knitwear designer!  Caitlin is going to be teaching you about how to design your own triangle shawl from start to finish.  You’ll make small swatches, based on your choices, and learn how to assemble your favourites into a completed shawl.
“In this two hour workshop you will learn to use a ‘fill in the blanks’ triangle shawl pattern.
You will choose the look of the shawl:
  1. Increases
  2. Spine and wingspan patterns
  3. Lace patterns
  4. Edging
Once you’ve gotten your design layout ready you get to go home and knit your own custom lace shawl pattern! You will also receive tips on how to self-publish on Ravelry and how to photograph your work.”
Materials: A small variety (at least 4) of yarns in weights you want to work with and appropriate needles to go with them.
Dates: Saturday, October 24th
Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Cost: $35
Drop-In Knitting Help Session (ongoing)
If you’ve got a knitting problem Linda Brooks has the solution.  Join Linda at Sew Easy on Thursdays from 2:30-4:30pm or Fridays from 3-5pm and get your knitting back on track!  Please bring your project, pattern and any notes you have so you can get the best help possible.
Drop-In Knitting costs $12 per session, or $30 for four sessions. Payment accepted in cash or cheque ONLY.
Final Thoughts

As always, feel free to share this with your friends, families and loved ones. The more people that know about out workshops, the more opportunity we have to build on them! You can follow our most up to date information on our Facebook page or in store.

Summer Sundays at Sew Easy

We hope you’re all keeping cool as the gorgeous weather continues!

We wanted to let you know about a great new workshop program we’re starting up in July, Summer Sundays at Sew Easy!  Summer Sundays at Sew Easy is going to provide you with a new workshop EVERY Sunday starting at 1pm through July and August. We’ve laid out the schedule below, please pre-register with us either in person, phone, email, on Facebook or Ravelry.  Payment must be made by the Friday before the workshop.

We would also invite feedback about workshop dates and times.  While it’s impossible to have a time that fits for everyone, we would love to be able to schedule workshops that work for as many people as possible so please let us know if you’re interested in a class but the date doesn’t work for you! If there are a few people with the same interest we can often reschedule or run another class for a time that works for your group.

SUMMER SUNDAYS AT SEW EASY

Yarn Dying with Kool-Aid (1 class) with Jill Sullivan

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Ever wondered how yarn dyers make such great colours?  You can do it too!  This super fun workshop is going to teach you how to dye basic wool yarn with food safe dyes in a microwave and in a pot to make the most amazing custom mixes of colour.  Please wear old clothes and if you have an apron please bring it too. This class will also be run on August 9th if you cannot make this session.

Materials:  Materials are included in cost of this workshop.
DATES: Sunday, July 5th
TIME: 1pm – 3pm
COST: $25

Super Simple Jersey Skirt (1 class) with Vivien Spry

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You’ll learn how to easily draft, serge and sew a simple skirt from an easy wear jersey fabric in just one day!  Pick your own fabric and length and customize your skirt to fit you.  You’ll have the chance to go over basic techniques and if you’ve never tried a serger before this is a great chance to give it a go.  Maxi, midi or mini, this base skirt design can be adapted to fit your whole summer wardrobe!  This class will also be run on August 9th if you cannot make this session.

Materials:  One meter of light to medium weight jersey knit fabric, scissors and basic sewing tools

DATES: Sunday July 5th
TIME: 1pm – 3pm

COST: $15 + cost of fabric

Carry All Beach Bag (1 classes) with Vivien Spry

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Make a beginner friendly beach bag to carry all your summer essentials in just a few hours! Using basic techniques and simple instructions you’ll learn to make this great bag out of water proof vinyl fabric with loads of pockets, perfect for the beach or errands in town.

Materials:  Cost of fabric is included in the workshop cost, please bring your own sewing machine, scissors, and a temporary marking tool.  If you don’t have a sewing machine we can provide you with one for the class, please let us know prior to the class that you will need one.

DATES: Sunday July 12th
TIME: 1pm – 3pm
COST: $25

Intro to Circular Knitting (1 class) with Jenny Margueratt

Socks, hats, sweaters, and cowls can all be knit faster and easier with the addition of knitting in the round.  We’ll cover knitting on double pointed needles and circular needles, preparing you to jump into circular knitting on your own or following up with any of our intermediate knitting classes later in the season.

Materials:  Please bring 25g-50g of worsted weight (#4) yarn in any fibre you prefer.  Needles will be provided.

DATES: Sunday July 19th
TIME: 1pm until we’re done!
COST: $15

Simple Jersey Dress (1 class) with Jill Sullivan

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Using about one metre of jersey knit fabric you can make a quick and easy dress or tunic! Like our jersey skirt class, this is going to show you how to draft and sew a dress fit to you in an afternoon using beginner friendly skills and techniques.  It’ll give you the framework to expand and embellish later at home.

Materials:  One metre of jersey knit fabric, your sewing machine and basic sewing tools.  If you do not have a sewing machine you may be able use one of ours, please speak to us if you need to use a machine.

DATES: Sunday July 26th
TIME: 1pm – 3pm
COST: $15 + cost of fabric

FREE Drop-In Cross-Stitch or Embroidery for Kids with Jenny Margueratt
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This is going to be a fun and simple drop in activity for elementary school age kids and their parents to play with thread and needle together!  We’ll have a variety of templates  and oodles of thread colours to choose from so kids can get used to hand embroidery and cross stitch either through making their own design or making a colourful sweater for a little animal friend. Pre-registration is not necessary for this workshop only.

Materials:  All materials will be provided!

DATES: Sunday August 2nd
TIME: 1pm – 3pm
COST: FREE

Yarn Dying with Kool-Aid (1 class) with Jill Sullivan

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Ever wondered how yarn dyers make such great colours?  You can do it too!  This super fun workshop is going to teach you how to dye basic wool yarn with food safe dyes in a microwave and in a pot to make the most amazing custom mixes of colour.  Please wear old clothes and if you have an apron please bring it too. This class will also be run on July 5th if you cannot make this session.

Materials:  Materials are included in cost of this workshop.
DATES: Sunday, August 9th
TIME: 1pm – 3pm
COST: $25

Super Simple Jersey Skirt (1 class) with Vivien Spry
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You’ll learn how to easily draft, serge and sew a simple skirt from an easy wear jersey fabric in just one day!  Pick your own fabric and length and customize your skirt to fit you.  You’ll have the chance to go over basic techniques and if you’ve never tried a serger before this is a great chance to give it a go.  Maxi, midi or mini, this base skirt design can be adapted to fit your whole summer wardrobe!  This class will also be run on August 9th if you cannot make this session.

Materials:  One meter of light to medium weight jersey knit fabric, scissors and basic sewing tools

DATES: Sunday August 9th
TIME: 1pm – 3pm

COST: $15 + cost of fabric

Final Thoughts
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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!

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