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NOTE: Workshops and classes are non-refundable. They may be re-booked with a minimum 3 days advance notice.  Materials and supplies are bought in advance by the artists, and also, on many occasions, interested parties are turned away. Last minute cancellations most often cannot be filled.

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Class 4 "Fabrics, Fillers, and Fusion"

Skill Level: Intermediate

Class Duration: 5-6 hours

Items to bring:

  • Sewing machine if you have one
  • Scissors, pins, thread, scraps of fabric if you have them.
  • A 12 1/2" square piece of fabric and a piece of low loft batting (These items are available for purchase from Jeanne if you cannot bring these)

Description:

This class is for those who want to know more about fabrics and the products to use with fabrics. Whether you enjoy regular sewing or quilting, this class will give you the edge on choosing the right fabric and related products. Believe me, the right choice is fundamental in any type of fabric art. This class is necessary if you want to enter the world of fabric art.

For this class you should have basic knowledge on how to operate your sewing machine.

What you will learn:

  • You will be able to identify various fabrics and what they are used for
  • What are fillers and how to use each of them
  • What are fusible and how each are used
  • what are stabilizers

Class 3 "My Tool Box"

Skill Level: Intermediate

Class Duration: 3-4 hours

Items to bring:

  • none

Description:

There are so many exciting and new tools to use for sewing and quilting. How does one know which tool to use? Also, what purpose do they provide? This class is for those who want to traverse the maze of sewing supplies. We will experiment with gadgets and tools in this class.

You will obtain a list of Jeanne's favorite tools and their purpose. If you love tools and gadgets, you will like this class.

What you will learn:

  • Various types of scissors
  • Thread types
  • Machine and hand needles
  • Rotary Cutters, rulers, and mats
  • Fabric Markers
  • Adhesive products
  • Interfacings and stabilizers
  • Seam rippers
  • Just about anything to do with sewing
  • Irons and pressing tools

Class 1- "Sewing Phobia No More"

Skill Level: Beginner

Class Duration: 3 hours

Items to bring:

  • A sewing machine if you have one. It's recommended you learn on your machine. If not, there are ones on hand.
  • Scissors, thread, machine needle, bobbin for machine, and any extra attachment that comes with the machine

Description:

Do you think your sewing mahine is a monster ready to attack you? Learn how to tame the dragon so you can make all those beautiful creations you are dreaming of doing.

This class is for the beginner, wanting to learn the mechanics of their sewing machine. Maybe you have a new machine and need extra help learning about it. If you have never sewn, you need to take this class before taking an actual sewing class. You will be doing some sewing in this class, but will not be making a project.

What you will learn:

  • How to thread your machine
  • The working parts of the machine
  • How to do basic cleaning
  • Setting and threading the bobbin
  • Straight and back stitching
  • What is tension and how important is it
  • Learning about decretive stitching
  • The importance of using the right needle for a project

Class 2 "Sew Basic"

Skill Level: Beginner (with basic knowledge of machine)

Class Duration: All day Class

Items to bring:

  • Bring your lunch as this is an all day class
  • Scissors, seam ripper, pins, your machine in good working order if you have one. Otherwise, there are some on hand.

Description:

You have some knowledge of how to operate a sewing machine, but want to learn how to actually make an item. You will need to purchase a kit from me to make your item.

Project item: A tote bag from cotton fabric

What you will learn:

  • What are seam allowances?
  • How to begin and end a seam
  • Practice sewing a straight seam
  • What is interfacing and why is it used. What kind should I use?
  • How to correct a mistake
  • The importance of pressing
  • How to make a gusset for the bottom of your bag
  • If time allows, a look at other types of fabric

Sewing and Quilting with Jeanne Workman

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