Sewing and Fiber Arts

Whether you are creating needlework gifts, recovering your favorite chair, or creating a custom jacket, there is great satisfaction in being able to say, "Yes, I made that!" Our instructors can help you evaluate a design idea and learn the skills to implement it.

Sewing & Quilting

Sewing class at Dale HeightsSewing: Beginning

This course introduces the basics of sewing. The topics covered include operation of a sewing machine, familiarity with essential equipment, choosing and preparing a pattern, information on fabric and interfacing selection, and construction of simple projects. This is also a great refresher course. Individual help is given along with demonstration of techniques.

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Sewing: Intermediate

This course is a continuation of the Sewing Beginning course and includes lectures, demonstrations, and individual help. Students will construct a project of their choice that is at the beginner level from a commercial pattern. Topics include buttonholes, zippers, closures, and some alterations.

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Sewing: All Levels Open Lab

sewing class at Dale Heights

This is a course designed for the student wanting a workspace with sewing equipment for sewing projects. All levels of sewers are welcome. There are no lectures/demonstrations, just individual help with the use of equipment and technique inquiries on individuals' sewing projects.

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Sewing: Individual Projects

This course is designed for the intermediate and advanced sewer. Short demonstrations, lectures and assistance to the student are given in all aspects of sewing. Students select their own projects.

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Sewing Advanced

This course is designed for the student with previous sewing experience. Advanced techniques will be demonstrated and taught. Topics may include: alterations to clothing, adjusting commercial patterns for proper fit, invisible zipper application, understanding interfacing and stabilizers and more.

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making a tufted chairUpholstery

New students begin on a basic project such as a footstool or a small chair, receive instruction in the use of tools and equipment, and learn about the selection, estimation and application of fabric, basic construction processes such as webbing, springs, rolled edges, frames, fillings, and the use of the upholstery sewing machines. Continuing students work on projects and learn intermediate upholstery techniques such as types of spring construction, stitched edges, rolled edges, deck and nosing of seat, channel backs, buttons and tucks, pillows, etc.

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Fiber Arts/Crafts


Hardanger embroidery is the ethnic thread count stitchery of Norway. This class is offered workshop-style with students working on a piece of their own choice or a class project for beginners. Stitches covered are klosterblocks, blanket stitch, double cable, eyelets, satin stitch stars, and open work (cutting, weaving, and lacing). Also, for intermediate/advanced students, variations of klosterblocks, complicated lacing designs (picots, woven flowers, etc.), and satin stitch star variations are presented.

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Knitting: Beginning

This course is designed for the beginning knitter. Students learn to choose and interpret a pattern and select equipment and yarn. Basic knitting stitches and processes, perfection gauge, and finishing seams are also included.

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Knitting: All Levels

This course is for beginning as well as advanced knitters. Beginners learn to choose and interpret a pattern and select equipment and yarn. Basic knitting stitches and processes, perfection gauge, and finishing seams are also included. Advanced students work on projects of their choice. Individual help is provided. Projects may include hats, mittens, socks, sweaters, and shawls.

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Knitting: Sweater Basics

If you knit but have never knitted a sweater, or if it's been a while, this course will cover sweaters from planning to finishing. You will learn how to take proper body measurements and then utilize that information in the proper style and size of sweater for that body type.  Sweater shaping techniques will be addressed as needed as well as sleeve, neckline, and finishing techniques.  You may not complete a sweater in class but you can acquire the skills to do so at your leisure.

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To register, obtain the 5-digit class number from the links above and phone (608) 258-2301, ext 2, or login to your account.

No application is needed. If you have never taken a class here before, you can facilitate enrollment by creating a student account.