6.01.2016

Sewing: Lisette Dress

Sewing: Lisette Dress
with Eleanor Cotton
Wednesdays, June 1 and 15, 6-8:30 pm 
$65 (pattern included) + supplies
 
Photo via Oliver + S.
This dress is so flattering and will definitely become a staple in your wardrobe! This dress is the perfect pattern to expanded your sewing skills by installing invisible zippers, making cute little pleats and gathers, learning all about fit, and experimenting with different types of fabric (such as rayon!). By the end of the class, you will have a dress that you can enjoy all summer long!
Supplies needed: Fabric (more info when signed up), invisible zipper, basic sewing kit
(two session class)

Knitting: Learn to Knit Two-at-a-time Top-down Socks

Knitting: Learn to Knit Two-at-a-time Top-down Socks
with Amy Gullen
Sundays, June 5, 12 and 19, 1-2:30 pm
$45 + supplies
 
Image bySsedro 
Have you wanted to learn to knit socks? Do you suffer from second sock syndrome or do your socks turn out 2 different sizes? Two-at-a-time, top-down socks are a great way to learn sock knitting and are a fix for common sock issues. This is also a great project to learn the magic loop method for knitting in the round.
During the class, you will knit either a pair of baby so that you can finish a pair of socks over the 3 sessions.
Supplies needed:
· 1 center-pull or 2 smaller balls of fingering-weight yarn- 70 yards total. The average skein of sock yarn will give you plenty of yarn to make the class project and a pair of medium women socks.
· 36" (24-48" will also work) circular needles. US size #1 (or #0 if you are a loose knitter and #1.5 if a tight knitter). You can also use 2 24" or longer circular needles if you prefer not to use magic loop. Gauge is not particularly important for the class project.
· Tapestry needle
 
(Three session class)

Sewing: What the heck is a PDF pattern?

Sewing: What the heck is a PDF pattern?
With Eleanor Cotton
Tuesdays, June 7 and 14, 7-9 pm
$45 + supplies
  


PDF sewing patterns (patterns that you buy online, print out and assemble) are becoming very popular, but they can be a little confusing if you haven't used one before. In the class, we will clear up that confusion by starting from the very beginning (printing out the pattern and assembly) and then use the pattern to make a sewn garment! You can pick from the Lou Box Top (great for sewers who want to experiment with Rayon, Knit or another type of fabric) OR the Sorbetto Tank Top (perfect for first time garment sewers).

Supplies needed:
pattern (Sorbetto is free, but the Lou Box Top must be purchased), fabric, basic sewing kit

(Two session class) 

Sewing: Handmade Style Part 1

Sewing: Handmade Style Part 1
With Olivia Cotton
Thursdays, June 9 and 16, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
$35 + supplies, book

 
 
Anna Graham's new book, Handmade Style, is one of our all time favorites at the shop. This summer we are starting a three part class series making patterns out of the book. This is a great class for sewers looking to learn a variety of sewing techniques and reading patterns out of a book. During the first class we will make the cute Carry-all Pincushion. Perfect for using up scraps.
 
Supplies needed: Handmade Style book, fabric (see book), Anne's soft and stable, interfacing, thread, crushed walnut shells, basic sewing kit.
 
(Two session class)

Sewing: Oilcloth Farmers Market Tote

Sewing: Oilcloth Farmers Market Tote
with Linzee McCray
Saturday, June 11, 1-5
$35 + supplies

This oilcloth bag is waterproof and perfect for hauling veggies from the Farmer's Market or damp towels from the pool. You'll use two pieces of complementary oilcloth, one for the exterior and one for the lining. Learn some of the tricks of working with oilcloth when you stitch this tote, which features an interior pocket. You can decide how long to make the webbing handles.
Supplies Needed: Oilcoth, Thread, Webbing, *Basic Sewing Kit

Knitting: Light, Linen Shawl

Knitting: Light, Linen Shawl
With Karen Carcia
Tuesdays, June 14 and 28, 6-8 pm
$40 + supplies
 

Celebrate summer with this easy, breezy shawl! This sweet shawl is great for beginners, or those already in a summer state of mind! Constructed from the bottom-up through yarn overs and carrying the yarn up the side of the work, this shawl shapes up effortlessly!
 
Supplies needed:
  • two skeins Quince & Co's Sparrow (or equivalent yarn)
  • Green Tea Kerchief Pattern (available on Ravelry)
  • US 5 long length circular needles
  • tapestry needle, scissors
(Two session class)
 
 

Knitting: Summer Lace Scarf

Knitting: Summer Lace Scarf
with Amy Gullen
Saturday, June 18, 1-3 pm
$20 + supplies
 
Image by Scarlet Fleece
Winter has passed but that doesn't mean you need to put away all of your scarves. Using linen or cotton yarn and a lace pattern, you can create a scarf that is light and airy enough that you can wear it any summer day.

Supplies needed:
· Painted Lace Scarf pattern available for free onRavelry.
· 200-400 yards sport-weight yarn. A linen or cotton yarn will be best for a summer-weight scarf, but any fiber can be used. (Get more yarn for a longer scarf, less for a shorter one. This pattern can also be made with DK or Worsted yarn, just use needles 1 to 2 sizes larger.)
· US size #9 needles
· Tapestry needle
 

Sewing: Fen Dress or Top

Sewing: Fen Dress or Top
With Codi Josephson
Mondays,  June 20 and 27, 6-8:30
$65 pattern included
This is such a fun pattern and is perfect for spring. Designed with everyday wear in mind, Fen features a slightly boxy shape for a flattering, comfortable fit. The Fen dress and top feature a choose-your-own-adventure hemline which means either version can be made with an ever so slight drop hem, or switched to the included shirt-tail hem. The necklines can be interchanged and there are optional sleeves for endless variations! This pattern includes sizes 0-20.

Supplies Needed: 
Fabric, Thread, *Basic Sewing Kit

(Two session class) 

School of Sewing (part 1)

School of Sewing (part 1)
With Codi Josephson
Thursdays, June 23, 30 and July 7 and 14, 7-9 pm
$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)

Sewing: Super Tote

Sewing: Super Tote
With Eleanor Cotton
Wednesdays, June 29th and July 6th, 5:30-8 pm 
$65 + materials (pattern included)
 

This tote really is a SUPER tote! It features pockets galore, a recessed zipper on top, cute exterior pockets, piping and pleats. This bag will be perfect for carrying pretty much anything you can think of. Super sturdy, super functional, super cute, super SUPER!
 
Supplies needed:
Fabric and notions (see pattern for details), basic sewing kit

(Two session class) 

Embroidery: Not your Grandma's tea towels

Embroidery: Not your Grandma's tea towels
With Eleanor Cotton
Friday, July 1st, 6-9 pm
$30 + supplies
 

 
Sorry Grandma*, but we are kicking those day-of-the-week-personified-animal tea towels to the curb and whipping up new tea towels using the Sublime Stitching patterns. Using these patterns, you could embroider an anatomically correct heart or a Sexy Librarian on to a tea towel (along with many other options)! You will learn basic (and advanced, if desired) embroidery stitches and leave with one cool towel, guaranteed to make dish washing way more fun.
*Grandmothers are welcome and encouraged to take this class ☺
Supplies needed: One sublime stitching pattern pack, embroidery floss, needles, embroidery hoop, tea towel

Embroidery: Kiriki Press Kits

Embroidery: Kiriki Press Kits
With Eleanor Cotton
Tuesdays, July 5 and 19, 7-9 pm
$40 + supplies

 
 
 
As you can see, this fabulous Kits from Kiriki Press are absolutely adorable and we could not be more thrilled to have them in the shop! During the first night, students will learn all the embroidery stitches needed to complete the kit of their choice*. During the second night, we will hop onto the sewing machines to finish assembling the adorable little figures! This is the perfect class for any embroidery, from novices to experts!
 
Supplies needed: One Kiriki Press Kit, 6 inch embroidery hoop, embroidery needles
 
*Note: A majority of embroidery will need to take place outside of the class in order to finish by the second evening. The instructor can recommend different kits based on how much
outside work each student would like to have.
 

(Two session class) 

Knitting: Cactus Garden

Knitting: Cactus Garden
With Eleanor Cotton
Mondays, July 11 5:30-7:30 and July 18 5:30-6:30
$35 + supplies (one terra cotta pot included)

 
Image from : www.theyarnloop.com

This class is for all of those people who have the miraculous ability to kill literally any living plant. Using this fun (and free!) knitting pattern, you can create your own garden of cacti that will be complete immune to your lack of a green thumb! We will be teaching the basics of knitting in the round on DPNs, finishing techniques, and two types of stitches (moss and ribbing). This is the perfect class for beginning knitters who want to learn a few new techniques and for advanced knitters who just want to whip up a quick and fun project!

Supplies needed:
Approximately 20g of Worsted or DK weight yarn (greenish color recommended) with appropriate DPNS needles, darning needle.

(Two session class) 

Sewing: The Geranium Dress

Sewing: The Geranium Dress
With Codi Josephson
Thursdays, July 21 and 28,  6-8pm
60 + Supplies (pattern Included)
 
The Geranium Dress is a sweet and incredibly versatile dress or tunic pattern that includes two views and endless possibilities for mixing and matching! It can be made in sizes 12 month - 5T.
 
Supplies needed:
Fabric, Thread, Basic sewing kit, fusible interfacing, snaps or buttons

(Two session class) 

Sewing: The Morris Blazer

Sewing: The Morris Blazer
With Olivia Cotton
Tuesdays, July 12 and 19, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
$60 + supplies (pattern included)


Photo via: Oliver and S
 
We at Home Ec are in love with sewing jersey, so every time we find a new pattern we just can't resist. This super cute blazer sews up in no time.
*Please schedule a time to cut out your fabric pieces before the first class.
 
Supplies needed: Fabric, interfacing (see pattern), basic sewing kit
 
(Two session class)
 

5.02.2016

Sewing: Iris Shorts

Sewing: Iris Shorts
With Olivia Cotton
Tuesdays, May 3 and 10, 5:30-8:00 pm
$60 + supplies, pattern included

Have you ever wanted to make a pair of tailored shorts, but are too intimidated to know where to start? Are you in need of an update to your summer wardrobe? Using this amazingly easy and adorable pattern, you will soon be sewing your own pair(s)of shorts, and all your friends will be asking you where you bought them! Please schedule a time to cut out your fabric before the first night of class.
(Two session class)
Supplies needed: fabric (details given when signing up), 9" invisible zipper, thread, and basic sewing kit.

Knitting: Topsy-Turvy Toys: Hedgehog/Squirrel

Knitting: Topsy-Turvy Toys: Hedgehog/Squirrel
With Eleanor Cotton
Wednesdays, May 11 and 25, 6 - 8pm
$40 + supplies
 

 
Image source: RAVELRY 
Using the clever patterns from the Topsy Turvy Toy book, you will make an adorable knitted hedgehog-that flips inside out into a squirrel! Only a basic knowledge of the knit stitch is necessary, and through making the toys, you will learn other helpful knitting techniques, such as increasing, decreasing, and knitting-in-the-round.
 
Supplies needed: Topsy Turvy Toy book, Brown, grey and cream worsted weight yarn, size 6 dpn (double point needles).
 
(Two session class)

Sewing: Fen Dress or Top

Sewing: Fen Dress or Top

With Codi Josephson

Monday May 9 and 16, 6-8:30

$65 pattern included


 


This is such a fun pattern and is perfect for spring. Designed with everyday wear in mind, Fen features a slightly boxy shape for a flattering, comfortable fit. The Fen dress and top feature a choose-your-own-adventure hemline which means either version can be made with an ever so slight drop hem, or switched to the included shirt-tail hem. The necklines can be interchanged and there are optional sleeves for endless variations! This pattern includes sizes 0-20.


Supplies Needed:
Fabric, Thread, *Basic Sewing Kit

(Two session class) 

Knitting: Infinitude Cowl

Infinitude Cowl
With Angie Jordan
Thursdays, May 12 and 19, 6 - 8 pm
$40 + Supplies
Skill Level: Beginner


It is time! You've admired these cowls long enough and hey, if you can knit then you can make one for yourself. This class is geared towards beginners who feel like they have the hang of knitting and want to create something they'll actually wear. Come learn how to purl and knit in the round. Intertwine these new skills to create a richly textured cowl you'll wear again and again (2 session class).

Supplies Needed:
  • US Size 8-10 24'' circular needles
  • 300 yards worsted weight yarn
  • Tapestry needle
  • Measuring tape
 
We look forward to helping you pick out your yarn and supplies!
(Pattern by Jeni Chase, free on Ravelry.com)

(two session class)

PYO Knit and Wine

PYO Knit and Wine   
Thursday, May 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!