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Fall Classes at Sew Easy

 

We are so pleased to be announcing our latest class list! We have wonderful instructors ready to get you going sewing, knitting and needle felting.

Sydney More, a local needle felter specializes in pet themed felting art works and she is sharing her skills in two classes to make an ornament or a broach. Karen Gaze has been teaching knitting here on the Coast for a number of years and she is hosting some beginner friendly classes to help you take up this cozy art.  Deb Gowling, who has taught a number of classes with us, is here to get you better acquainted with your sewing machine and show you how to make her very popular secret pocket scarf.  Finally we’re very happy to be able to partner with Janna Maria Vallee of Everlea Yarn and host her drop-in tapesty weaving help session.

Please read below to get all the details or you can find the full class schedule on our website under the Classroom tab, or posted individually on Facebook.

Saturday, October 19th
Felting: Animal Face Ornament with Sydney More – $35
Time: 10am-1pm
Supplies are provided as part of the class fee

In this beginner friendly needle felting class you’ll learn the basics of needle felting by creating a pet or animal face into a pre-felted sphere to make a hanging ornament. You’ll learn about blending and layering colours to achieve the likeness of a favourite furry friend. If you have a pet you’d like to depict, please bring a photo for reference.

Sunday October 20th and 27th
Beginner Machine Sewing with Deb Gowling – $50
Time: 12:30-3:30
Supplies: your sewing machine, a basic sewing kit with scissors, a measuring tape, marking tool and stitch ripper, a pillow that you would like to cover

This two session class is designed for anyone who has never sewn on a machine before or needs to get reacquainted with theirs. You will cover the different functions and stitches that your machine has and learn basic sewing practises to sew a pillow cover for the pillow of your choice. You can bring a fabric you would like to use or you can get help picking your fabric as part of the class.

Saturday, November 2nd
Felting: Intermediate Pet Face Broaches with Sydney More – $35
Time: 10am-1pm
Supplies are provided as part of the class fee

This class is suitable for the needle felter who has had some experience or taken Sydney’s first class. You will learn how to build up a 3D felted shape to create a pet head, blending and layering fibre to mimic fur, and adding pre-made animal eyes. The finished product can be worn as a broach or perhaps stitched onto a key chain. If you have a pet you’d like to depict please bring a photo for reference.

Saturday, November 2nd OR Sunday, November 3rd
Sewn Secret Pocket Scarf with Deb Gowling – $30
Time: 2pm-5pm (on the 2nd) OR 12:30-3:30 (on the 3rd)
Supplies: 0.3mt of 150cm wide fabric OR 0.6mt of 110cm wide fabric (we recommend something cuddly like minkie, polar fleece or flannelette), 8″ invisible zipper to match fabric

This class is suitable for a sewist with some sewing experience or who has taken Deb’s Beginner Sewing Class. You will sew a cozy infinity scarf with a secret pocket that can hold keys or a phone or wallet while you wear it. This class is great if you want to learn or practice putting in an invisible zipper.

Saturday, November 16th
Learn To Knit with Karen Gaze – $30
Time: 10am-12pm
Supplies: 25g of worsted weight yarn and 4.5mm needles

This class is ideal for the complete beginner or for a knitter who has put their needles aside and needs a refresher. You will learn how to cast on stitches, make the knit stitch and cast off stitches. Focusing on technique rather than a product during class, Karen will have patterns available which would use the skills you have just learned and start you on your knitting adventure.

Saturday November 23rd
Love to Knit with Karen Gaze – $30
Time: 10am-12pm
Supplies: 25g of worsted weight yarn and 4.5mm needles

The perfect follow up to our Learn to Knit class students will learn the next steps of knitting, the long tail cast on, the purl stitch, increasing and decreasing, and knitting in the round. This class would give students the skills to knit items like hats in the round, simple socks, mittens and many sweaters.

Saturday November 23rd
Tapestry Support with Janna – Pay-What-Works suggested $10-$30
Time: 1pm-4pm
Instructor: Janna Maria Vallee

If you’ve ever dabbled in the world of weft-faced tapestry weaving and are looking for some guidance on your approach to a design, assistance on a particular part of your current weaving or just a nudge to get you back into weaving tapestry this might be the perfect place for you. Janna is offering a laid back environment to weave alongside herself and other weavers as well as assistance and soft instruction as needed.

This evening would pair great with Janna’s online introductory tapestry weaving workshop with the School of Sweet Georgia which is launching in early October. Learn more about Janna at www.everleayarn.ca

First Three Thursdays of each Month
Knitting & Spinning Drop In Help – Pay-What-Works suggested $5-$10
Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm

Andrew Jackson, local fibre artist, hosts a drop-in knitting and spinning (drop spindle or wheel) help class on the first three Thursdays of every month from 3:30-5:30 starting September 12th! Andrew is an avid knitter and spinner and has often dedicated himself to cultivating the love of fibre arts in others. We are going to be offering this session as a pay-what-you-can model with the suggested amount of $5 to $10.


Due to a high number of no shows in the past, class placement is not guaranteed until fees are paid. Fees are 100% refundable up to 72 hours before the start of class.

Want to save or print a copy of the class list? We’ve got you covered.

 

Now Hiring, New Class and Hearts & Hands Initiative

Oh man, crafters. We have so much to talk about this month, and we know there’s a lot going on this time of year as things start up and routines change but bear with us please! We think it will be worth your time.

First, we need to give a huge THANK YOU to Vivien, one of our fantastic staff members at Sew Easy who is leaving us for a new life adventure!  She has been with Sew Easy for 7+ years, sewing samples and solving problems all the while.  We hope you’ll join us as we wish her all the best in her new undertakings!

This, in turn, means that Sew Easy is hiring! We’re looking for another enthusiastic person who can give great customer service and has a passion for the fibre arts. This is a part time position of three days a week that will involve a lot of helping customers find the right fabric and yarn, answering customer calls, using point of sale software to process sales, restocking, and creative problem solving, as well as a bit of display making, kit building and sample making. If this sounds like the right job for you please email your resume to seweasy@dccnet.com or drop it off in person in store.  References are a must and feel free to submit a few photos of your fibre handiwork so we know what you’re into!

We’re also pleased to be letting you know about the first of hopefully a few classroom events going on! Andrew Jackson, local fibre artist, is going to be hosting a drop-in knitting and spinning (drop spindle or wheel) help class on the first three Thursdays of every month from 3:30-5:30 starting September 12th! Andrew is an avid knitter and spinner and has often dedicated himself to cultivating the love of fibre arts in others.  We are going to be offering this session as a pay-what-you-can model with the suggested amount of $5 to $10.

We mustn’t forgot to recognize the hours and hours of knitting help that’s been given so graciously by Linda Brooks over the last five years. (and more!)  Linda has been an absolute champion to many knitters who’ve been stumped by one conundrum or another.  We want to thank Linda for all the time and patience she has given and we look forward to working with her again on new projects!

We’re joining SUBCULTURE Yarn and many other crafty folks to help support True North Aid, a Canadian charity “committed to serving northern Canadian communities with practical humanitarian support”, and we would like your help!

Emjay of SUBCULTURE Yarn and the driving force behind this initiative has worked with the amazing people at True North Aid to come up with a project to create baby layette sets to send to new mother’s in northern and remote communities of Canada. Sew Easy has volunteered to be a drop off location for finished layette sets and to help spread the word!

Items in each layette set can be knit, crochet, sewn, purchased or a mixture thereof, but at least two items must be hand made. The list of items that make up a set can be found here or a printed list is available in store.  Now the list is not short, but as Emjay says if you don’t feel you have the time or resources to make a complete set yourself you can “leverage the power of community” and make a set with friends, family, fellow guild members, or sit and stitch groups!  Individual items will of course be given a home but the more complete sets we can send, the closer we will be to the goal of 50 sets.

These layette sets are to be gifts of love, welcoming and congratulations!  Guidelines have been created with True North Aid to ensure the items sent will be practical for the families receiving them so it’s very important that anyone wishing to participate follow the instructions given.  That being said, they are also the “minimal” guidelines and if you or your group would like to put in extras, please feel free to do so! The guidelines can be found here or printed out in store.

Here is what Emjay has to say…

“Like many Canadians, conversations surrounding reconciliation and our shared history within and outside of the fibre community have touched my heart and prompted action. I yearn to do something that shows love, support and concern for indigenous people. Beyond letters to representatives and Government bodies, I need to do something tactile and enduring with this energy and momentum.”

“Many indigenous women in remote northern communities must travel long distances to give birth, often doing so without the in-person love and support of their families and loved ones. As well, the financial challenges of providing for a newborn are amplified in these communities where infant clothing and basic needs like diapers are incredibly expensive. Imagine how comforting a baby layette bag of handmade woolens, a few necessary store bought baby goods and a personal note of congratulations and encouragement would matter to a new mom. Love, support and hope matter. There are many ways you can get involved and together with True North Aid, we can make a difference, one stitch at a time.” (source)

This has all been a lot of reading, remind me how do I get involved?

Create a layette set either alone or with friends and drop it off at Sew Easy!  If you don’t feel that you can create a whole set alone but you aren’t acquainted with many crafty folks to work with you, you can of course still participate as a solo crafter. (But do read the guidelines first. It’s just really a good idea.)

We will be announcing the date for a social Craft Together at Sew Easy for people participating in making layette items, so look for that soon!

August Long Weekend Sale!

Starting this Friday we’re having a week long sale to make room for all the wonderful new fabrics and yarns we’ve got coming in the next month!  This means that starting today you can get 30-50% off on tons of fabric and yarns, including (but certainly not limited to) bamboo spandex knits, beautiful tencel wovens and all our tablecloth vinyls, as well as Berroco Quechua, Millefiori, Patons Astra and Patons Classic Wool Worsted.  Please come visit us and take advantage of some great deals!

Long Weekend Hours:

Saturday – Regular Hours 9:30-5:30
Sunday – Regular Hours 11-4
Monday – Shortened Hours 11-4

We’ll also be extending our great deals on two Pfaff sewing machines, the Smarter 140s and one of Pfaff’s best selling machines the Passport 2.0! Both will be available for demo so you can be certain you’re leaving with a machine that will fit your sewing needs.

Did you know that we’ve been busy building a classroom space? It’s true!  We’re nearing completion, just the last little details and a few finishing touches to make it a bit more cozy.  We aim to use this space as a drop in space for anyone who needs more room for a project, for our own classes, Thursday craft nights and hopefully soon to have a sewing machine station that any crafter can rent time with.  We don’t have all the details yet, we’ll be sure to post them when we do, but in the meantime if you have specific questions or suggestions please give us a call or send us an email.

We’re Still Here!

We promise you we haven’t forgotten you! We’ve had some staff illness for the last four weeks, and a vacation before that, and some other things going on in the background, so we’ve gotten a little behind with regards to updating this blog, and sending our email newsletters. Remember when we promised we wouldn’t spam you by email? We mean it!

Anyways, upcoming, we have:

(Not actual classroom. Thankfully)

A new classroom! Alton is still working on it as he can, but it’s almost ready. Once we have the space, we’re going to be announcing the details of our drop in to sew program, as well as starting to take names for class requests.

 

Canada Day! We’re always open on Canada Day, and this year is no different. We’ll be open 11am-4pm for all your crafting needs.

If you want to be kept a little more up to date, we tend to post our new product photos either on Instagram or Facebook, so follow along with us over there.

Happy Crafting!

Anniversary Sale!

This Monday April 1st will mark the 5th anniversary of when Sue and Dianne passed the keys to Sew Easy to Alton and Jenny!  We hope you’ll join us to celebrate with cupcakes, giveaways and of course, a sale!

On Monday we’ll be hosting our annual Draw Your Discount sale, where you can get anything from 20% – 60% off your entire purchase*!  We’ll also be offering Cheeky Monkey Cakes mini cupcakes, because they’re so delicious!  We’ll be staying open late on Monday until 6:30pm so that even if you work you can get a great deal!

We’ll also be offering a whole week of anniversary sale deals! You’ll be able to get 50% off on select quilting cottons, polar fleece and yarns!  There will be great giveaways available for you to enter all week too.

We hope you’ll join us next week to celebrate, and even if you can’t we want to say THANK YOU for making great things with us for the last five years!

(*Draw Your Discount excludes Pfaff sewing machines, sorry guys.)

Introducing EMilyINK and Fibres by Andrew!

 

We are so excited to announce the debut of a new local dyer, Emily McPherson known as EMily INK!  Emily is debuting her yarns with us at Sew Easy on Friday September 21st and you won’t want to miss these one of a kind gems.  She’ll be bringing blends of wool with merino, silk or cashmere that are all lovingly dyed in the most delightful array of colours, blends and speckles!

Drop by anytime during the day to see her yarns, or come down between 12 and 4pm when Emily will be hanging out with us, feel free to bring your knitting and stay a while with her!

You can find Emily on Instagram @em.ily.ink

We’re also very excited to be hosting the beautiful creations of Andrew Jackson, a local dyer, spinner, knitter, weaver, wealth of knowledge and general fibre enthusiast!  He’s brought us a selection of his hand dyed spinning fibres and luscious hand dyed and hand spun yarns.

We have several 100g braids of New Zealand Halfbreed ,a mix of merino and English long wool, in alluring jewel and earth tones.  He has also brought us his marvelous hand spun yarn, some unique beauties for a very special project, and a few sets of skeins for something more exceptional!

You can find Andrew on Instagram @fibreartwithandrew

We have so many new products coming in right now and over the next few weeks, this time of year can be so thrilling! I know this email seems very fibre and yarn based but there are new things in the sewing side of things too!  The Burda and Kwik Sew Fall pattern updates are in the mail and on the way.  We’ve got our feelers out for Halloween costume fabrics, including the illusive but always fun fake fur.  We’re carrying Rit dyes in store now, including Rit Dye More dye which will dye items with polyester or a polyester blend.  We’re also changing up our zipper selection to include YKK brand metal zippers, which have a much smoother action than the previous brand, and nylon coil separable zippers for hoodies and light jackets.

For now let me introduce you to our new yarns that are already in store!

Our first additions come from Drops and are all equally enchanting!  Drops Flora is a blend of 65% wool and 35% alpaca, the same gauge as our Drops Alpaca yarn but the wool content gives it a greater loft and body than it’s pure alpaca neighbor.  We have 16 colours available and only $5 a ball.

Drops Baby Merino fills a gap in our inventory of a washable sport weight wool.  Each ball of 100% superwash merino wool is soft and delicate, and would make delightful items for a child or for an adult.  We have 8 soft shades and are $7 a ball.

The next yarn is a workhorse of a yarn, Drops Karisma is a DK weight 100% superwash wool and we’re stocking a glorious 32 colours!!  At $5 a ball we’re certain this yarn will quickly become a favourite for colour work and quick little projects.

Last is Drops Big Merino, Baby Merino’s Aran weight cousin, it looses none of the soft and squishy qualities of it’s finer weight brethren. Big Merino offers sumptuous stitch definition and an ultra smooth hand.  We have 12 colours and they’re only $7 a ball.

Christmas in August!

Our Christmas collections have arrived!

And maybe that news makes you groan and wonder where-oh-where the year has gone, but the best way to avoid the holiday crush is to get a head start.

So for this BC Day long weekend we’re going to debut our holiday collections with 15% off to get you going on your winter projects!

This will include all our new Christmas printed cottons, precuts, and our three panels. We’ll also have last year’s holiday remnants on for 50% off.

BC DAY HOLIDAY HOURS

Saturday August 4th 9:30-5:30

Sunday August 5th 11-4pm

Monday August 6th 11-4pm

Canada Day Weekend Hours

Summer Solstice Sale!

We’re celebrating the beginning of summer time with a sale!  Join us anytime starting Friday June 22nd through to Monday June 25th and get 30%-50% off great fabrics and yarns!

Here’s what you’ll find in store this weekend:

  • 20% OFF Splash Outdoor Fabrics – Buy 5 metres or more and get 30% OFF!
  • 25% OFF Camden solid cotton knits
  • 50% OFF select colours of Bon Bon polyester spandex knit
  • 50% OFF printed Melton
  • 50% OFF select printed cottons, quilting weight and cotton lawn
  • 30% OFF all Fleece Artist and Cascade Heritage handpainted yarns
  • Buy One, Get One 1/2 price Bernat Handicrafter dishcloth cotton
  • 50% OFF Berroco Millefiori Big
  • 50% OFF Patons Beehive Baby Chunky
  • 30% OFF all Comfort Wolle sock yarns
  • 30% OFF Berroco Nebula

And all previous clearance priced items will be 70% OFF!
We hope you’ll join us!

 

World Wide Knit in Public Day with Sew Easy!

Join us for World Wide Knit in Public Day!

 

Next Saturday, June 9th, is World Wide Knit in Public Day and were hosting a get together here at Trail Bay Centre!  Fibre artists of all sorts, not just knitters, are invited to come, share some laughs and create with us from 12-4pm, and Emily McPherson has generously offered her time to teach any willing beginners how to knit. (Thanks Emily!!)

We’ll be inside the mall this year (historically the weather NEVER co-operates when we planned it for outside) so we’ll have tables, chairs and a few snacks available in the hall outside of Sew Easy.  Everyone who comes down to participate can enter a draw to win a $25 gift card for Sew Easy!

So we hope you’ll join us on June 9th to spread the joys of knitting!

The Pfaff Performance Icon has arrived at Sew Easy!

“Inspired by German heritage, the PFAFF® performance icon™ sewing machine represents everything you’ve come to value from PFAFF®—a comprehensive and innovative sewing experience that truly delivers to your highest expectation. For over 155 years, PFAFF® has developed elegant sewing machines distinguished by sophisticated technology, superior results and ultimate design freedom.”

The Performance Icon boasts a 310mm (12.2″) workspace, a super bright LED light panel, self threading technology, larger bobbins, a complete manual (including video tutorials!) all accessed through the 257mm (10″) touch screen on your machine, the list goes on! Starting this week we’ll have one ready and set up for demo so we encourage you to come in and experience it for yourself!

Did you know we carried a swim knit fabric? We do! The Enso swim knit is a nylon jersey fabric with 25% four way stretch, perfect for creating activewear, shapewear lingerie, leotards and swimwear that, because of the nylon content, won’t lose it’s shape in chlorinated water. It has a beautiful silky hand that makes it very suitable for next to the skin wear.  We’re currently stocking four solid colours, black, red and white pictured above, as well as a navy blue. (60″ wide, 80% nylon 20% spandex, $18/mt)

We’re also stocking sew in Dritz Soft Molded Bra Cups for use in your swim wear or formal wear! They come in three sizes A/B, B/C and C/D, and they are made from hypo allergenic polyfoam.