Book Reading/Signing and Pom Pom Making Party

A Hat For Mrs Goldman 
Book reading, signing and pompom making event with local author Michelle Edwards 
Saturday, November 26, 1:30 PM


Let's Celebrate the season of giving with pompoms and a new picture book about both.  Join us on Saturday November 26th at 1:30.  Michelle Edwards will read from her new book, A Hat for Mrs Goldmana story about knitting and love. After, we will make pompoms of all colors and shapes.  Bring a hat to decorate.  Donations of caps will be taken too.  If you would like to reserve a copy of the book, please call or stop by Home Ec.

Book Release Party

Feed Sacks: A Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric 
by Linzee McCray
Book Release Party
Saturday, December 10th, 6 - 7:30

Stop by to celebrate the publication of Feed Sacks: A Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric, a 544-page visual extravaganza published by UPPERCASE. The book celebrates the resourceful women who transformed humble cotton bags that once held feed, seed, sugar, and flour into clothing for their families and useful and decorative items for their homes and farms. Author (and Home Ec employee) Linzee McCray will give a brief talk about the making of the book (including finding and photographing the more than 850 included images) at 6:30 and there will be 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 call or stop by Home Ec. 


Knitting: Christmas Ball Ornaments

Knitting: Christmas Ball Ornaments
With Amy Gullen
Saturdays, November 12th & 19th1-3 pm
$40 + supplies

Make this stranded colorwork pattern that's like a knit cozy for a glass ornament. They're quick to knit and make great presents.  Just be worned that they're like potato chips and you'll have trouble stopping with just one! We will provide you with the first glass ornament.
Supplies needed:
  • 55 Christmas Balls to Knit by Arne & Carlos
  • ~22 yards total of fingering yarn in 2 colors
  • US 1 dpns or circular needle(s)(or smaller if you're a loose knitter- you'll want to have a fairly dense fabric, so go down a size if you're in doubt)
  • Tapestry needle & scissors
(Two session class)

Knitting: Barley Hat

Knitting: Barley Hat 
With Angie Jordan  
Saturdays, November 5 and 123 - 5 pm 
$45 + supplies
Photo via Tincan Knits

Let's make a hat! You know how to knit, now you're looking to make your first wearable project?  Use your skills to knit and learn how to purl in the round to create a simple, elegant hat designed impeccably by Tincan Knits.  We will expand on your knitting abilities by teaching you the rib stitch, decreasing, and knitting in the round. The pattern is free on Ravelry.com.
Supplies needed:
  • US 8, 16" circular needles
  • US 8 double pointed needles (dpn)
  • ***OPTIONAL: US 6, 16" circular needles for a more snug fit along the ribbed edge
  • 200 yards worsted weight yarn, light, color suggested
  • Scissors, place markers, & tapestry needle
(Two session class)
We are happy to assist you in picking out your supplies at Home Ec. Workshop a few minutes before class.

Knitting: Knit 101

Knitting: Knit 101
with Angie Jordan
Saturday, November 5th, 1pm-3pm
Saturday, November 12, 1-3

*100% of the 11/5 class fee benefits Grant Wood Elementary School's PTO
$35 + supplies
Skill level: Beginner

You've witnessed a friend or family member, perhaps even a work colleague, pull out their knitting and marveled at the ease in which they've created such customized, functional works of art. You've said to yourself, "I want to learn too!" Whether it's learning a new hobby or dusting off your knitting skills, this class is for you. We will click-clack our way into the world of knitting first by learning the basics: terminology, casting on and the garter stitch. You will leave this class a knitter.
Supplies Needed:size 8-10 light colored worsted weight yarn. We look forward to helping you pick out your yarn and supplies!

Sewing: Winston Baby + Toddler Bloomers and Pants

Sewing: Wiksten Baby + Toddler Bloomers and Pants
with Jenny Gordy, designer of Wiksten patterns
Sunday, November 612-4 PM
$55 + supplies (patterns included) 

These sweet bloomers and pants are sure to become a favorite wardrobe staple for any baby or toddler.  Learn to make heirloom quality baby garments with French seams and other simple techniques.  Included with the class are two beautiful patterns with color instruction photos.
Supplies Needed:
-light to medium weight woven fabrics such as voile, lawn, chambray, quilting cotton, double gauze, linen, and cotton/linen blend (see pattern for yardage)
-matching thread
-2 safety pins
-for bloomers: 1 1/2 yd of 3/8" wide knit elastic
-for harem pants: 1 yd of 3/4" wide knit elastic

Knitting: Cozy & Cute Wrist Warmers

Knitting: Cozy & Cute Wrist Warmers
With Karen Carcia
Mondays, November 7th & 14th6-8 pm
$40 + supplies
Want to learn how to knit with more than one color at a time? Need a quick, but sweet gift? In this class we'll talk about ways to hold and tension your yarn for colorwork, how to carry and tack down a second color, and how to knit small circular projects (i.e. never knit in the round?-this class would be perfect for you!).
Supplies needed:
  • DK weight yarn (in 4 colors, or purchase mitt kit from Home Ec.)
  • US 4 double pointed needles or 2 US 4 circular needles
  • Tapestry needle, scissors, stitch markers
  • Pattern provided in class
(Two session class)

Mitered Corner Cloth Napkins

Mitered Corner Cloth Napkins
With Codi Josephson
Wednesday, November 9, 7-9
$25 + fabric and thread
Spend the evening making cloth napkins. You will learn a simple technique to finish napkins without raw edges or bulky corners. This is the perfect project to brighten your holiday.
Supplies Needed:  Fabric, Thread and *Basic Sewing Kit

Alterations: Pants

Alterations: PANTS
with KarlÄ“ J. Meyers 
Thursday, November 10, 6-8 OR Tuesday, December 20, 6-8
$30 + supplies


Doing Alterations is not a secret art. We can fit, pin and sew up your pants and jeans hems together.  Bring in those pants that are just too darn long!  Note: You will be putting the pants on for the fitting.Starting with pants, I will show you how to do your own alterations on those clothes that "Almost fit." s. 

Supplies Needed: Dress pants and Jeans you want to
alter; thread, seam ripper, marking tool, clear ruler, scissors.

Alterations: Shirts

Alterations: SHIRTS
with KarlÄ“ J. Meyers 
Thursday, November 17, 6-8 OR Tuesday, December 27, 6-8
$30 + supplies


Alterations are not a secret art. Learn how to take in your dress shirt with back darts or make mens shirt into an "athletic cut".  Bring a button-down dress shirt that is to big to fit your figure.

Supplies Needed: Shirts you would like to alter, thread,  seam ripper,  marking tool, clear ruler, scissors.

Sewing: Felt Bird Ornament

Sewing: Felt Bird Ornament
with Greta Songe
Saturday, November 19, 1 - 4
$35 all supplies included
Just in time for the holidays, join us for an afternoon of crafting! Learn to make an adorable bird ornament (or two:)). We'll hand sew felt to create the body 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.

Craft Party: Screen Printed Potholders

Craft Party:  Screen printed potholders
with Codi Josephson
Friday, November 186 - 8:30
$35 all supplies included for two potholders


Choose from our library of images to screen print onto fabric and then sew it together with fabric prints to create a potholder.  These are useful, cute and make the perfect holiday gift! (No sewing experience? NO PROBLEM! :))

Sewing: Wanderlust T-Shirt

Sewing:  Wanderlust T-Shirt
With Codi Josephson
Sunday, November 20, 12-4
$55 + Supplies (pattern included)

This breezy, boxy tee by Fancy Tiger Crafts, exudes effortless style. The a-line shape means a closer fit in the shoulders, keeping a put-together look without being clingy. A wide neck and slightly cropped length finishes off this design for a modern look. Whether you have a day of errands or a dinner date on your calendar, you'll be looking smart and feeling cozy in your new favorite tee! 

Supplies Needed:  Light to medium weight knit fabric, thread and *Basic Sewing Kit

School of Sewing (Part 1)

School of Sewing (part 1)
With Codi Josephson
Tuesdays, November 22, 29, December 6 and 137-9 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: Christmas Stocking

Sewing: Christmas Stocking
With Linzee McCray
Wednesday, November 306 - 8:30 pm 
$25 + supplies
The possibilities are endless with this cute, cuffed stocking. Choose any two contrasting fabrics-one for the exterior and one for the inside and cuff-and you'll be ready to stitch up stockings to suit your home and holiday. Home Ec has a great selection of bold, graphic fabrics for a modern look, as well as fabrics for a more traditional feel. 
The stocking incorporates straight and zigzag machine stitching, as well as sewing and clipping a curve. This project is perfect for advanced beginners and more seasoned sewists. 
Stocking pattern is included in the class fee. 
Each class member must bring a basic sewing kit.
Supplies Needed:
*1/2 yard lining fabric (non-directional); 3/4 if fabric is directional
*1/3 yard exterior fabric (non-directional); 2/3 if fabric is directional 
*For lightweight fabrics, like quilting cottons, you may want to use interfacing.
*8" trim for hanger
*Thread to match or contrast with your cuff fabric

No School Sewing Party: Owl Pillow

No School Sewing Party:  Owl Pillow
With Kelly Moore
Wednesday, November 16, 12-3
$40 all supplies and a party snack included
Ages 7 and up

Spend your afternoon out of school making this adorable stuffed owl using an array of colorful fabrics.  Embellish with embroidery stitches, felt, and other delightful textile goodies. 

Children's Knitting 101

Children's Knitting 101
with Natasha Otteson
Saturdays, December 10 and 172-3:30
$55 all supplies included (needles, choice of one ball of yarn and gift packaging)
ages 8 and up

Kids, come to Home Ec and join us for a Children's Knitting 101 two-part class. Learn how to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off, all while making a loved one (or yourself--we don't judge) a stocking stuffer for the holidays. Supplies included . Ages 8 and up. $55 for two-session class.

Knitting: Intermediate Treads Fingerless Gloves

Knitting: Intermediate Treads Fingerless Gloves
With Angie Jordan
Fridays, December 2 & 96pm-8pm

Photo Via Ravelry and can be found HERE

This class is for a knitter who wishes to increase his/her knowledge on textures.  A firm grasp on purling and knitting is important as we cover rib stitch with a twist, a couple lateral braids, and the linen ridge stitch while shaping a thumb andknitting in the round.  Victoria Anne Baker was kind to make this a free pattern on Ravelry.com

        -US 5 double pointed needles
        -150-200 yards worsted weight yarn
        -place markers
        -tapestry needle
(Two Session Class)

Knitting: Daina Mittens

Knitting:  Daina Mittens
With Amy Gullen
Sundays, December 4th, 11th and 18th, 1-3
$60 + Supplies

Photo and pattern by Tuulia Palmela via RAVELRY

Learn how to knit these Latvian-style mittens. The all-over geometric pattern is easy to memorize and the picot cuff adds another special touch. Some experience with stranded colorwork is helpful but not necessary.  Any intermediate knitter can make these mittens.
Picking out your colors might be half the fun.  Go subtle by picking 3 monochromatic colors, bolder with 2 neutrals and one color that pops, or pick 3 contrasting colors for mittens to brighten even the grayest winter day.
Supplies needed:
  • Fingering or Sport yarn:  ~180 yards in main color and contrast color 1; ~60 yards in contrast color 2 (Quince & Co Chickadee or Rauma Finullgarn would be great for these mittens)
  • US 1 (2.25mm) needles or size needed get 9sts per inch in pattern, in whatever style you prefer for circular knitting (1 or 2 circular needles or dpns)
  • Tapestry needle, scissors, ~12" scrap yarn (sport weight or lighter)
  • Pattern provided in class

Sewing: The Beatrix Top

Sewing: The Beatrix Top
With Olivia Cotton
Tuesdays December 7th and 14th5:30-8 pm
$65 + supplies (pattern included)
Come learn to make this adorable button back top.  The Beatrix Top is the perfect top for learning new techniques; darts, curved hems, and button holes galore!  This is the perfect pattern for that beautiful rayon you've been eyeing. 

Supplies Needed:  Fabric, thread, *basic sewing kit