1.31.2016

Crochet: Granny Square

Crochet: Granny Square
With Ann Rushton
Wednesdays, January 20, 27, or Feb 3 6-7:30 pm
$35 + supplies

  
Granny squares never go out of fashion! Learn to crochet this fun and easy classic square. Bring size G or H crochet hook, light-colored worsted weight yarn (let Home Ec help you choose the appropriate colors and yarn types--you'll need something super smooth!), a locking stitch marker or safety pin, and a darning needle to weave in ends. If feeling brave, bring more than one color yarn and you'll learn to change colors!  

Supplies needed:
  • Worsted weight yarn; wool or washable wool in a light color preferred
  • Crochet hook in size G or H
  • Tapestry needle, scissors, locking stitch marker
  • Pattern provided in class
(One session class)

Friday Night Craft Party: Pop-Up Valentines

Friday Night Craft Party: Pop-Up Valentines
With Emily Martin
Friday, February 5th, 6-8 pm
$30 (all supplies included)

 

Pop-ups are easier to do than many people think. Spend a fun evening learning to make paper pop! Make valentines or other cards as you learn some basic paper engineering.

Stranded & Steeked Knit-Along Kickoff Party

Stranded & Steeked Knit-Along Kickoff Party
Sunday, February 7 starting at 1:00
 
Hooray!  We are so excited to kickoff the Flea KAL!  We could not be more excited about the number of people participating and can't wait to see all of these beautiful sweaters in the coming weeks and months.  Be sure to stop by for knitting and oohing and ahhing at all the beautiful color combinations...(and of course there will be snacks...it is a party after all!).
 
 
 Photos Via RAVELRY
 
Supplies Needed: patterns (linked above), Finullgarn, stitch markers, needles to get gauge (probably a US 1-3) scissors, a can-do spirit.

Embroidery-Stacking Dolls!

Embroidery-Stacking Dolls!
With Eleanor Cotton
Monday, February 8th, 7-9 pm
$30 (all supplies included)
 

This stacking doll are so cute and the best way to learn how to embroider! While embellishing the little doll, you will learn several different embroidery stitches and techniques, as well as become inspired to make many more!

PYO Knit and Wine

PYO Knit and Wine   
Thursday, February 11, 6 - 8 pm 
FREE

 

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

Knitting: Cozy Cable Cowl

Knitting: Cozy Cable Cowl
With Amy Gullen
Tuesdays, February 9 and 16, 5:30-7:00 pm
$30 + supplies

Image via Purl Soho 

What's better to keep you warm this winter than a cowl you knit yourself? This cowl will knit up quick due to the thick yarn, which combined with the cables will live up to it's name as way to keep you cozy and warm.
 
Supplies needed: 250-275 yards Super Bulky yarn; US 15 (or size need to get gauge), 24" circular needle; yarn needle; copy of pattern from http://www.purlsoho.com/create/2016/01/04/cozy-cable-cowl/
(Two session class)

Sewing: The Gallery Tunic

Sewing: The Gallery Tunic
with Olivia Cotton
Mondays February 15 and 22, 5:30-8:30 pm
$65 + supplies (pattern included)

 

If you have ever wanted to make your own clothes this is the class for you!  We love the new Gallery Tunic pattern by Liesel and Co.  This relaxed tunic is the perfect addition to any wardrobe and students will learn several basic garment construction techniques.

Supplies needed:
Fabric (see pattern for details), interfacing, thread, *basic sewing kit
(Two session class)

Craft PaRTy! Lovebirds

Craft PaRTy! Lovebirds
With Greta Songe
Friday,  February 12, 6 - 9
$35, supplies (and snacks!) included 
Just in time for Valentine's Day, join us for a night of crafting! Learn to make adorable Love Birds. We'll hand sew felt to create the bodies of the birds and embellish them with beautiful embroidery stitches. These little guys are a perfect gift for any occasion and are a joy to make.

Sewing: Cross Back Apron

Sewing: Cross Back Apron
With Codi Josephson
Sunday, February 14, 12 - 3 
$35 + supplies (pattern included)
I love the simplicity of this apron. There are no ties making it easy and flattering to wear and fun to make. It is perfect for making messes of all kinds.  (Beginner friendly sewing class).
 
Supplies needed: Fabric (details given when signing up), *basic sewing kit

Needle Felted Gnomes!

Needle Felted Gnomes!
With Eleanor Cotton
Monday, February 15th, 7-9 pm 
$30 (all supplies included)


Come learn the basics of 3-D needle felting by making these adorable Needle Felted Gnomes---so cute!

Embroidered/Embellished Jean Jackets

Embroidered/Embellished Jean Jackets
With Liz Munger
Tuesdays, February 16 and March 1, 6-8:30 pm 
$50 + Supplies

We have admired these amAzinG jackets that Liz has been making and could not be more excited that she agreed to teach a class. Learn how to transfer an image onto cloth and different ways to translate the image using 
embroidery, appliqué, and painting. Use your original artwork or work from your favorite existing images (no drawing skills are necessary :) ). 
 
Supplies Needed:  Jean Jacket, Embroidery floss, Needles, Embroidery hoop, embellishments as needed *basic sewing kit
 
(class meets twice) 

Sheep to Yarn, on the Cheap

Sheep to Yarn, on the Cheap
With Greg Cotton
Wednesdays, February 17 and 24, March 2 and 9, 7-9 pm
$95, plus supplies kit ($40)

  
Ever been intrigued by the idea of spinning your own yarn? Ever wonder how wool right off the sheep is transformed into beautiful yarn for knitting or weaving? Ever been unsure if you want to purchase spinning equipment before you know if you will enjoy the process?  
In this class, we'll start with beautiful white wool directly off the sheep. We'll wash the wool, dye it, comb it, and spin it, and all on the cheap...we'll use tools that we'll make or purchase at very little cost. By the end of the class you'll have yarn that is like no other in the world...yarn that is totally your own!

supplies needed: $40 kit from Home Ec Workshop

(4 session class)

Indigo Dyeing

Indigo Dyeing
With Frankie Schneckloth
Wednesday, February 17, 6 - 8 pm
$35 Dyeing supplies included 
*bring 1 yard white cotton fabric
 
This introductory workshop will cover the basics of this ancient natural dye method. We'll review traditional Japanese binding and resist methods and transform plain white fabric into a variety of patterned inky blues. 

Supplies Needed: 1 Yard of 100% cotton fabric

Heads up: wear something you don't mind turning permanently blue if dye vat splashes.

School of Sewing (part 1)

School of Sewing (part 1)
With Codi Josephson
Thursdays, February 18, 25 and March 3 and 10, 6-8
$85 + Supplies 

 
This class will take you back to the very basics of machine sewing. You will learn how to thread a machine, how to choose appropriate fabrics for projects, what sewing tools are a necessity and how to use them. We will work on one project during each session (pillow case, drawstring bag, Zipper Pouch and either an apron OR a lined tote bag (your choice). You are welcome to bring your machine (as long as it is in working order) or you can use the machines in the workshop. You will also have access to the workshop at Home Ec between class sessions to finish up projects!

Supplies Needed: Copy of School of Sewing by Shea Henderson, fabric for various projects, *basic Sewing kit

(Four session class) 

Knitting: Getting Gauge

Knitting: Getting Gauge
With Amy Gullen
Saturday February 20, 2:00-4:00 pm
$20 + supplies


 
Image by Laura 
Are your projects turning out too big or small? Or are you use much more or less yarn than a project calls for? You might have a gauge problem. Gauge, or the number of stitches and rows per inch of fabric, is a key attribute of a successful project. We'll discuss the importance of swatching before starting a project and how to adjust your gauge to match pattern requirements. We'll also discuss how you can adjust and customize patterns based on your gauge.
 
Supplies needed: ~50-100 yards worsted weight yarn and needles recommended on ball band, optional: different sized needles to swatch with and 6" or larger ruler

Sewing: The Baseball Skirt

Sewing: The Baseball Skirt
With Eleanor Cotton
Tuesday, February 23rd and March 1st, 7-9 pm
$45 + Supplies and Pattern

photo via Sew DIY
The Baseball Skirt is a casual, elastic waist skirt featuring in-seam pockets and a rounded hem reminiscent of a classic baseball tee. This versatile skirt will take you everywhere.
The pattern is designed with beginners in mind using the most basic sewing techniques and an easy fit.

(Two session class)

Sewing: Color Block Pouch

Sewing: Color Block Pouch
With Olivia Cotton
Wednesday, February 24, 5:00-7:30
$35 + supplies (pattern included)

 
 
Learn how to neatly insert a zipper and make a zipper pouch using the adorable Color Block Pouch pattern by V and Co. We love them and know you will too! This pattern is perfect for combining all of your favorite fabrics and comes in three sizes. This is a great class for beginners.
 
Supplies needed:
fabric, thread, interfacing and zipper (details given when signing up)

Embroidery: The Original Sampler

Embroidery: The Original Sampler
with Codi Josephson 
Wednesdays, March 16 and 23, 6 - 8 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.  

(Two session class)

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

Knitting: Annis Shawlette

Knitting: Annis Shawlette
With Amy Gullen
Tuesday March 22, 29 and April 5, 5:30-7:00 pm
$50 + supplies


Image via Knitty  
This beautiful shawlette is knit in the opposite direction of most- you start at the bottom edge and work towards the neck. This means you can get to start on the lace edge right away. This project looks great in variegated or solid yarn and can be knit using fingering or lace weight yarn. Since the lace is geometric and only a few rows deep, this can be a great introduction to lace knitting
 
Supplies needed: 370-400 yards fingering or lace weight yarn, US 8 and 10 (or sizes need to get gauge) circular needles (24" or longer), yarn needle, copy of pattern from http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss10/PATTannis.php
, optional: stitch markers or scrap yarn     
(Three session class)

Indigo Dyeing

Indigo Dyeing
With Frankie Schneckloth
Saturday, March 26, 1-3
$35 Dyeing supplies included 
*bring 1 yard white cotton fabric
 
This introductory workshop will cover the basics of this ancient natural dye method. We'll review traditional Japanese binding and resist methods and transform plain white fabric into a variety of patterned inky blues. 

Supplies Needed: 1 Yard of 100% cotton fabric

Heads up: wear something you don't mind turning permanently blue if dye vat splashes.