Wednesday, January 02, 2008

learn something new!

it's a new year, and so it must be time for a whole new roster of classes! isn't it about time you learned something new? there are so many, i'm just listing the ones in january right now, but click on the venue names to see the full winter schedules.

beginner crochet @ Brooklyn General
thursdays 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 1/10, 17, 24 $125 (three 2-hour classes)

learn all the basics of crocheting (chain, single, double and triple crochet stitches) and how to use them to whip up hats, scarves, amigurumi toys and more! shaping and circular crocheting are introduced, as well as stitch pattern like meshes, scallops and bobbles. begin a scarf in the first class and continue on to either a hat or shawl by the end of the session.

supplies: one skein of smooth yarn in a light or bright color (easier to see your stitches) in either worsted or bulky size. for worsted bring a size G or H crochet hook, for bulky a J or K.

awesome applique @ Treehouse
sunday 4-6 pm, 1/13 $40 (one 2-hour class)

the art of creating designs and patterns by applying fabric on top of fabric is a versatile and fun way to embellish your textile creations. applique works hand-in-hand with embroidery, but gives you lots more coverage and impact with minimal time and effort. in this class we will learn 3 techniques for working with knits, wovens and felt. all supplies included.

patternmaking @ Etsy Labs
tuesdays 1-3pm, 1/15, 22, 29, 2/5 $180 (four 2-hour classes)

if you love to sew, but are frustrated by the patterns you find in stores, this is the class for you. you will learn the basic principles of flat patternmaking, and start having fun designing the clothes you picture in your mind! you will draft patterns for a t-shirt and an A-line skirt based on your own measurements. then we will manipulate these patterns into other style variations. we will also cover how to 'rub off' a pattern from a pre-existing garment. basic sewing experience is helpful to benefit from this class.

(see class listing for supply list)

embroidery workshop @ Brooklyn General
tuesdays 6:30-8:30 pm, 1/22 & 29 $80 (two 2-hour classes)

there are so many uses for embroidery; you'll wonder how you survived without it! it's a perfect way to customize items for gifts, for yourself, or for sale. it's also a great compliment to knitting or crocheting. create a sampler of a dozen basic stitches, learn how to transfer designs, and begin your first embroidered project: the classic tea towel.

supplies: one fat quarter (18"x18") of gingham, one or more skeins of embroidery floss, embroidery needle (look for a larger eye), scissors, embroidery transfers, and a tea towel.

introduction to crochet @ Etsy Labs
wednesdays 2:30-4:30 pm, 1/23, 30, 2/6, 13 $120 (four 2-hour classes)

in this class you will learn all the basics of crochet (chain, single, double and triple crochet stitches) and how to use them to whip up scarves, hats, amigurumi and infinite other possibilities! we will learn shaping and circular crochet, as well as stitch patterns like meshes, scallops and bobbles. you'll begin a scarf in the first class and continue on to either a hat or shawl by the end of the session. happy hooking! yarn will be provided; but you'll need to bring a crochet hook, size H/I/J.

sewing 101 @ Brooklyn General
saturdays 11 am-1 pm, 1/26, 2/2, 9, 16 $150 (four 2-hour classes)

this class will teach you all the basics: how a sewing machine works, cutting from a pattern, and how to sew a
simple wrap skirt. with these techniques, you’ll be on your way to stitching up all kinds of projects!

supplies: 2 yds light- to medium-weight woven fabric, 1 pkg extra-wide, double fold bias tape to match, thread to match, scissors, pins and pincushion, seam ripper, tailor's chalk

embroidery @ Treehouse
sunday 4-6 pm, 1/27 $40 (one 2-hour class)

in this one session extravaganza, you'll learn 12 classic embroidery stitches and be off and running to custom-decorate everything you own! you'll make a basic stitch sampler to keep for reference. all supplies included... including tasty treats!

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