3.02.2015

Quilting: Block of the Month Kickoff

Quilting: Block of the Month Kickoff
with Codi Josephson
Tuesday, March 3, 6-8 pm 
$25, + Copy of 100 Modern Quilt Blocks, (by Tula Pink)

 

Join us as we kick off our new block of the month series. We will be using the book 100 Modern Blocks by Tula Pink. Techniques for 2 blocks will be demonstrated each session and participants will have the rest of the time to work on sewing the blocks.  Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in block swaps each month.  Sign up for one class or all six of them and collect enough blocks to make a sampler quilt! Each class will include a bundle of enough fabric to make 3 or 4 6" blocks. The fabrics will be random, but will work well to create a cohesive sampler quilt.  The block of the month classes will meet the first Tuesday of each month from March-August.

Supplies needed: Copy of 100 Modern Quilt Blocks *Basic sewing kit and neutral thread

Days for Girls Sewing

Days for Girls Sewing
March 8, 12-4 
FREE
 

Many of you asked for more frequent sewing sessions to make DFG kits.  We will be hosting a monthly sew in to make DFG kits with the wonderful Iowa City DFG organizers Pam Ehrhardt and Linda Kahlbaugh. Following are the dates and times plus what component we will focus on that month. There are always jobs for both sewers and non-sewers and everyone is welcome for part or all of the time. 
  
Sunday, January 11th, 12-4, shields
Sunday, February 8th, 12-4, liners 
Sunday, March 8th, 12-4, shields

Sewing: The Washi Dress

Sewing: The Washi Dress
with Olivia Cotton
Thursdays, March 5 and 12, 5:30-8:30
$65, + supplies, pattern included

*Please schedule a time to come in and cut out your pattern/pre-washed fabric before the first class.*

 

This is such a flattering pattern with a scoop neckline, comfortable shirring in the back and above-the-knee hemline.  This was our favorite summer dress, and it transitions perfectly into fall and winter when worn over leggings or tights.  This dress can be made with or without sleeves or can be made tunic length.

Supplies Needed: Fabric (See pattern for exact amounts), Optional interfacing, thread, elastic thread and *basic sewing kit

(two session class)

Sewing: The Cute Craft Organizer

Sewing: The Cute Craft Organizer
with Olivia Cotton
Fridays, March 6 and 13, 5 - 7pm
$35, + supplies 
  
 
Get yourself organized, or at least looking really organized, with this super cute craft folio.  Not only does this little folder have oodles of pocket to store, needles, notepads, etc. it also has a place for a pen and a little zippered pouch for all those little notions.  Students can customize the pockets to create the organizer that fits their crafting needs.  This is the perfect project for all those fun scraps, and is a great first project to get started using a rotary cutter.

Supplies needed: Fabric, thread, 14" zipper, interfacing, magnetic snap

Sewing: The Sailor Top

Sewing: The Sailor Top
With Codi Josephson
Wednesdays, March 11 and 25, 6-8:30 pm 
$68 + supplies (pattern included)
  
    
The sailor top, by Fancy Tiger Crafts, is an easy-to-wear & easy-to-sew raglan sleeve top with a sweet gathered neckline. This adorable top will be your new go to wardrobe staple. It looks perfect in a variety of fabrics and prints. The pattern is sized XS-XXL.

Supplies Needed: Fabric (see pattern for specific details), Thread and *basic sewing kit (pins, marking pen and scissors) 

(two session class)

PYO Knit and Wine


PYO Knit and Wine   
March 12, 6 - 8 pm 
FREE

 

Come and knit at Home Ec. with members of Iowa City's knitting guild, Prairie Yarn Over.  
All are welcome! 

Kids: Log Cabin tote bag or throw pillow

Kids: Log Cabin tote bag or throw pillow
(ages 8 and up)
with Codi Josephson
Thursday, March 12, 3-5 pm 
$35, all supplies included

  
Learn how to make a log cabin quilt block.  It is super-fun to mix up zany fabric combinations.  Use your block to make the perfect bag or pillow!

Sewing 101: Pillowcase

Sewing 101: Pillowcase
with Codi Josephson
Saturday, March 14, 1-3
$35 all supplies included


Check 'learn to sew' off your to do list!  In this class you will learn the basics of using a sewing machine and leave with a finished pillowcase. This project is the perfect project for beginning sewists. All fabric is included.

Supplies needed: *basic sewing kit

Intro to Wheel Spinning

Intro to Wheel Spinning
with Janette Ryan-Busch
Sundays, March 15, 12-5 pm and 29, 12-2 pm 
$75, plus $60 material fee (Includes all fiber and Wheel Rental for 2 weeks)
  
 

Janette Ryan-Busch has been spinning yarn for over 25 years. In that time she has taught over 100 new spinners the joyous art of spinning wool into yarn. In the first 4-5 hour class students will learn the basics of spinning. Each student will then take home a wheel and fiber and fill two bobbins over the next two weeks. Students will bring the wheel and their filled bobbins to the second class where each will ply their yarn into basic two ply yarn.
  
2 session class

Knitting: Cozy Socks

Knitting: Cozy Socks
with Karen Carcia
Mondays, March 16, 23 and 30, 6-8 pm
$40 + supplies
Skill level: basic knitting skills--knit and purl-don't worry if you've never worked with double pointed needles, I'll show you how!

 

Ever wonder about the mysteries of sock shaping? In this class we'll learn the basics of a simple top-down sock construction. We'll work with worsted weight yarn and dpns to create a nice, cozy sock that will keep you warm all through the cold Iowa winter.


Supplies needed:
approximately 200 yards of worsted weight yarn, size US 6 dpns 

(three session class)


Sewing: The Little Wallet

Sewing: The Little Wallet 
with Olivia Cotton
Tuesday, March 17, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
$30, all supplies included

 
  
Come hang out and sew for and evening and make this cute little wallet. This is the perfect on the go wallet to store your cash and cards. This super fast sewing project will soon become a favorite go to gift! This class is perfect for beginners.

Knitting: Comfy Cowl


Knitting: Comfy Cowl
with Karen Carcia
Wednesdays, March 18 and 25, 6-8 pm 
$40 + supplies  

  Photo via Ravelry

Learn the basics of stranded knitting with this comfy cowl.
It's extra warm and cozy because the stranding creates a thicker fabric-perfect for this cold Iowa winter! Karen will teach you different techniques for holding your yarn and give you tips on how to secure your floats. Created with two colors of worsted weight yarn, this striking cowl works up quickly!

Supplies Needed: Lodgepole Cowl Pattern by Sara Gresbach (available here via Ravelry); worsted weight yarn (200 yards for background color; 90 yards for pine trees); size 7 circular needles (26" recommended); optional: size 6 circular needles (26" recommended).

(two session class)

Kids: Sewing Sketchbook Bag (ages 8 and up)

Kids: Sewing Sketchbook Bag (ages 8 and up)
with Codi Josephson
Thursday, March 19, 10 am - 12:30 pm
$40 all supplies included (including a sketchbook)

  
  
Make a bag to keep your sketchbook and pencils organized while you are on the go!  This bag has plenty of room on the inside to keep a few sketchbooks and coloring books and on the outside is a pocket to hold pencils, colored pencils and crayons. 

Knitting 101: Learn to Knit!

Knitting 101: Learn to Knit!
with Karen Carcia
Saturday, March 21, 10:30-12:30
$30 + supplies
  
  

In one short session I'll teach you how to cast on and get started clicking away. As I help you master the knit & purl stitches, we'll talk about some basic, yet vital, information every knitter should know!

Supplies
needed: one skein of worsted weight yarn, needles to match yarn (US size 7, 8, or 9). 


Felting: EGG-SHAPED AIRPLANT DWELLING WITH WOOL!!!

Felting: EGG-SHAPED AIRPLANT DWELLING WITH WOOL!!!
with Sayuri Sasaki Hemann
Sunday, March 22, 1- 4:30pm
$65, all supplies included (the airplant too!!)
  
Skills needed:  Wet-felting with a resist, intermediate.
Wet-felting experience not necessary, always welcome.


In this class, participants will learn how to create hollow, seamless forms that would be perfect for hanging airplants using wet-felting technique with a resist.  
In addition to learning the magic of the felting process, participants will be able to play with their design, using wool, silk and bamboo fibers and collaging silk bits & yarn bits.
This is a perfect workshop for those who love the tactile.     
Be prepared to get your hands soapy wet!  ;)

Please Bring:
A couple of large old towels + a plastic bag.

Embroidery: The Original Sampler

Embroidery: The Original Sampler
with Codi Josephson 
Tuesdays, March 24 and 31, 6:30 - 8:30 pm 
$45 + supplies (sampler included)

 


This is the perfect class to try your hand at embroidery (...or fine tune it!). We will be using the Original Sampler designed by Rebecca of Dropcloth Samplers! Over the two class sessions, you will learn a collection of lovely stitches including classic stitches, but also some new and exciting stitches like spider webs, bullion knots and Algerian Eyes.  


Supplies needed:
* embroidery hoop * needle * floss of your choice 

(two session class)

Sewing: Quillow

Sewing: Quillow
With Sarah Lynch
Tuesdays, March 24 and 31, 5:30-8:30 pm 
$40 + Supplies
  
In this two part class (with a bit of homework) you will create a Quillow using your favorite fabrics.  What's a Quillow?  It's a tied quilt that folds into a pillow.  This makes a perfect throw blanket, picnic blanket, nap mat, and much more.  This class is perfect for beginners and fabric lovers.

Supplies needed: fabric, batting, thread, curved needles and safety pins, floss, and basic sewing kit  

(two session class)

Art Quilts of the Midwest Book Release Party

Art Quilts of the Midwest Book Release Party
Friday, March 27, 6-7:30 pm  

 

Stop by to celebrate the publication of Art Quilts of the Midwest, a colorful compilation of the work of 20 diverse art quilters from around the region. The book's author (and Home Ec employee) Linzee McCray will be here, along with quilt artists Astrid Bennett (who wrote the book's introduction) and Erick Wolfmeyer (who is the only Iowa artist featured in the book). There will be a short talk at 6:30, along with snacks and plenty of time to mingle with friends. Books will be available for purchase and signing.  If you would like to reserve a book please stop by or call Home Ec.

Knitting: Elegant Fingerless Mitts

Elegant Fingerless Mitts
With Karen Carcia
Saturdays, March 28 & April 4, 1:30-3:30 pm 
$40 + supplies
  
 
  
Need a quick gift or want to add some glamour to your cold-weather wardrobe? These elegant mitts are easier than they look! In two classes you'll be a pro at cabling and beading and will have some lovely mitts to brighten a chilly day!

Supplies needed: approximately 120 yards of worsted weight yarn, tapestry needle, size US 5 dpns, 25 beads size 5/0 & Purple Rain Mitts pattern by Caryl Pierre (available for purchase HERE (via Ravelry).
 
Photo via RAVELRY
  
(two session class)

Tree Huggers Unhugging

Tree Huggers Unhugging
Sunday, March 29, 12-2

Please come downtown and take your tree huggers of the trees! You can either take them home or donate them to be used for blankets and scarves or a variety of other charity knitting projects.  You will be receiving an e-mail soon with all the details!  Thanks so much for helping make our downtown more beautiful this winter!