3.31.2015

Sewing: Metro T-Shirt

Metro T-Shirt
with Olivia Cotton
Thursday, April 2, 5:30-8:30 pm  
$45, + supplies, pattern included


Use one of our super-cute knits to make this shirt.  This T-shirt pattern can be made several different ways. With both short-sleeve and long-sleeve options, you'll get endless use from this easy and quick-to-sew style.

Supplies Needed: Fabric (see pattern for details), Thread and *basic sewing kit

Knitting: Mini Faroese Shawl

Knitting: Mini Faroese Shawl
with Greg Cotton
Wednesdays, April 8, 15 and 22  7 - 8:30 pm 
$55 + supplies



Square, circular, triangular...shawls come in lots of shapes.  Long ago the incredible knitters of the Faroe Islands came up with a sophisticated and very cool variation on the triangular shawl, with shaping around a center gusset and more shaping at the edges, along with very subtle shoulder shaping.  And because of that shoulder shaping, a Faroese shawl won't fall off your shoulders!  No need for a shawl pin.

In this class, we'll knit a miniature version of a Faroese shawl--a neck/shoulder shawl with all of the sweet Faroese shaping.  We'll do all of that unusual shaping and will add in a sweet little lace pattern.  Your shawl will use about 50 grams of a sportweight yarn (100% wool is always best, of course...), which we'll knit loosely on perhaps a #7 or #8 needle (Greg suggests a 24" circular needle).  Skills (which will be taught if you don't already know them) involved will be left- and right-leaning decreases, reading a lace chart, and (possibly) some form of provisional cast-on.
  
supplies needed: 50 grams of sportweight yarn, #7 or #8 needle 

(3 session Class)

PYO Knit and Wine

PYO Knit and Wine   
April 9, 6 - 8 pm 
FREE

 

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

Friday Night Craft Party: Open Wide Zippered Pouch

Friday Night Craft Party: Open Wide Zippered Pouch
With Codi Josephson
Friday, April 10, 6-8:30 pm 
$35 all supplies (and snacks) included!
 
We love all the Noodlehead patterns so much including this perfect zippered pouch. It is super fast and fun to make...We also think sewing with friends is the perfect way to spend a Friday night!

Felting: Fantabulous Flowers

Felting: Fantabulous Flowers 
With Sayuri Sasaki Hemann
Sunday, April 12, 1- 4:30 pm
$60, all supplies included
  
  
Skill/Technique/Level:  Wet felting, introductory. (No wet-felting experience necessary)

In this introductory class, participants will familiarize themselves with the materials, vocabulary and key concepts of this ancient, tactile, time-based process.  
We will see and feel the magic of how the loose fibers gradually turn into one piece of felt!!   
We will make 3 types of felted flowers that could be made into brooches or clipped onto a bag for an accent!
This is a perfect workshop for those who love the tactile.   Be prepared to get your hands soapy wet! ;)


Supplies needed: large old towel, plastic bag.


Knitting: Toe-Up Two-at-a-Time Socks

Knitting: Toe-Up Two-at-a-Time Socks
With Nancy Westvig
Sundays, April 12, 19 and 26, 3:30 -5
$45 + Supplies
  
If you already know how to knit, purl and cast on, you can learn to knit socks from the toe-up, two-at-a-time on two circular needles. Use worsted weight yarn and two pairs of US 4 circular needles (24" or longer).  It helps if one is an Addi Turbo and one is a Addi lace tip needle.  
(class meets three times)
  
supplies needed: * worsted weight yarn * two pairs of US 4 circular needles (24" or longer)

(three session class) 

Knitting: Spring Shawl

Knitting: Spring Shawl
with Karen Carcia
Mondays, April 13, 20, and 27, 6 - 8 pm 
$50 + supplies

 
Photo via Ravelry 

This sweet shawl is perfect for warding off chills from the spring wind. Worked from the bottom-up, this small shawl is the perfect introduction to lace knitting, reading charts, and gaining confidence in your knitting abilities!
(Class meets three times)

Supplies Needed: Romance Shawl pattern (available HERE via Ravelry), one skein fingering-weight yarn or dk-weight (approximately 300 yards), US 7 needles (larger circulars recommended), a tapestry needle. Optional: US 9 needles for casting on. 


Quilting: Block of the Month

Quilting: Block of the Month 
with Codi Josephson
Tuesday, April 14, 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 second Tuesday of each month from March-August. (April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14)  

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

Sewing: The Bias Skirt

Sewing: The Bias Skirt
With Codi Josephson
Wednesday, April 15, 5:30 - 8:30 pm 
$30 + supplies (pattern included) 
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Make a flattering and comfortable fitting skirt that will curve around your curves.  Learn how to draft a pattern based on your measurements and sew a skirt you can work and run around in all year long.  Uses approximately 2 yards woven cotton fabric, thread and elastic.

Supplies Needed: Approximately 2 yards of woven fabric, thread, *basic sewing kit, ½" elastic to go around your waist plus 4 inches.

Spring Birds

Spring Birds
With Codi Josephson
Thursday, April 16, 3 - 5 pm 
$30 all supplies included 
   
Sew up a colorful spring time bird that can hang out in your room on a cute little perch.

Sewing: Spice Market Tote

Sewing: Spice Market Tote 
with Olivia Cotton
Thursday April 16, 5:30-9:00
$40 + Supplies (pattern included)
 
Make this super sturdy bag that can be used daily for pretty much everything! It is easy to make and can be made in two sizes.   This bag has pockets galore (if you want them) and wide comfy straps that run under the bag for extra support. It is a great summer travel or pool bag.

Please cut out pattern pieces in advance (you are welcome to come in and use the workshop).

Supplies needed: details given when signing up   

Knitting: Seamless Topdown Baby Sweater

Knitting: Seamless Topdown Baby Sweater
With Nancy Westvig
Thursdays,  April 16, 23 and 30,  6 - 7:30 pm 
$35 + supplies
  
  
Learn the basics of top-down knitting construction on this small project. No seams or finish work. Knit the sleeves two-at-a-time. Then you'll be ready to take on that adult size sweater with confidence(class meets three times).

Supplies Needed: 2 skeins of worsted weight yarn (approx. 400-500 yards.)Stitch markers and a row counter
Two sets of US 7 or 8, 24" circular needles. (Both needle sets need to be the same size for the sleeves.)
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(three session class)

3.30.2015

Knitting: Green Thumb Mitts

Knitting: Green Thumb Mitts
with Karen Carcia
Saturdays, April 18 and 25, 10 - 12
$40 + supplies

 

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
Photo via Ravelry 
  
Welcome Spring with these fun fingerless mitts. A super-fast knit, you'll be able to finish these and get them on to enjoy the Spring breeze in no time! The easy lace leaf ingeniously shapes the thumb. A perfect project for beginners wanting to learn how to use dpns and intermediate knitters who want to solidify their skills or try a new twist on how to create a thumb gusset.

Supplies needed: Green Thumb pattern (available here via Ravelry), one skein dk weight yarn (approximately 175 yards), US 3 dpns, a tapestry needle.

(two session class)

Beginning Shuttle Tatting

Beginning Shuttle Tatting
with Jorie Slodki
April 18 and 25, 12-1:30
$45 +supplies (shuttle included)
 
Want to add a touch of elegance to your life? Learn tatting, a craft that allows you to make lace that looks delicate, but is actually very sturdy. You can use it to make doilies, table runners, jewelry, bookmarks, or even decorative edgings on clothes. This introductory course will teach you the basic skills you need to tat a beautiful, versatile flower motif.

Supplies Needed: 2 balls of pearl cotton #8 (one should be white or cream and one should be a color) Available at Home
Ec.

(two session class)

Indigo Dye Workshop

Indigo Dye Workshop
with Frankie Schneckloth
Sunday, April 19, 1 - 3 pm 
$35, Dyeing materials are included
  
  

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.


Knitting: Mushrooms!

Knitting: Mushrooms!
with Karen Carcia
Wednesday, April 22, 6-8pm
$20 + supplies

 

  
  
  
  
  
  
Hunt no more! Spring has sprung and so have these funky fungi! Knit your own patch or give some to the mushroom lover in your life! These cute little knits are worked on dpns and stuffed as we go along. We can decorate these with duplicate stitch to create spotted patterns! A great way to celebrate Earth Day.

Supplies: yarn in two colors; dpns (US 5 or 6 for worsted weight yarn, US 3 or 4 for dk weight yarn), tapestry needle.

Sewing: Cross Back Apron

Sewing: Cross Back Apron
With Codi Josephson
Thursday April 23, 5:30 - 8:30
$35 + supplies
  
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.

Supplies needed: Fabric (details given when signing up), *basic sewing kit

Make a Quilt Start to Finish

Make a Quilt Start to Finish
With Codi Josephson
Wednesdays, April 29, May 6 and May 13, 6-8:30 pm 
$85 + supplies (pattern included)
  
Learn to make a small quilt (42"x49") from start to finish using this adorable pattern designed by Cluck Cluck Sew. You will learn cutting, piecing, straight line machine quilting and binding techniques. In order to finish by the end of the three weeks you will have to work on your quilt between classes-it is not a problem if you do not have a machine because you can use Home Ec's workshop space free of charge between class sessions. This class is perfect for both beginners and experienced quilters. (3 session class)

Supplies needed: Fabric (details given when you sign up), Batting, curved safety pins, *basic sewing kit

Repurpose Tree Huggers

Repurpose Tree Huggers  
May 3, 12-2
FREE

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Come and help weave in ends on the many tree huggers that have been donated.  Once the ends are woven in they can be donated to various organizations and used as scarves and blankets.  They have been washed and are super soft and clean!
  
Snacks and drinks will be provided.  

May Flowers Skirt

May Flowers Skirt
With Codi Josephson
Thursday, May 7, 3 - 5:30 pm 
$45 all supplies included

Spend the afternoon sewing and embellishing a skirt that you can wear all summer long. You will embellish the front of your skirt with flowers and birds (or whatever else you can imagine)!