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. Check out our summer classes meeting live via the web.

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Floral Embroidery

embroidery

Embellish your wares! Embroidery is a great way to spruce up old worn garments or simply give them a fresh appearance. It's a great time to be thinking about prints and patterns, too. Learn some easy-to-follow embroidery techniques to create your own embellishing patterns. This is also a great way to learn the basics of embroidery so you can take more advanced courses in the future.

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Fabric Collage Compositions

fabric collage

Free your mind and exercise your creativity with an easy project. Play with color, print, and texture while composing a hand-sewn fabric collage. Embroidery, mending and other stitching techniques will be utilized to embellish and add dimension to the piece. Final piece can become a wall hanging, a tote bag, a pillow or other item. Students provide their own supplies.

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Selling on Etsy Intro

Are you crafty and interested in selling your handmade items online? Learn the ins and outs of establishing a shop on Etsy, from creating your own store and entering product descriptions to choosing keywords, uploading photos and presenting a professional storefront. Intermediate-level computer skills required.

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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

knitting

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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Sewing & Quilting

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Sewing: 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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Alterations: Ready to Wear

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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Upholstery

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Upholstery

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/Textile Arts

Hardanger

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

knitting

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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One-of-a-kind Shibori Scarves Workshop

Come empty-handed and leave with several beautiful, one-of-a-kind cotton scarves. We will use light gauze cotton to create unique patterns with the ancestral Japanese Shibori technique. This is a great opportunity to try the technique and see if you would like to explore it further.

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Continuing Shibori Techniques

If you’ve taken our introductory workshop, you’ll want to learn more about the potential of this ancient dyeing process. We’ll dive deeper and work with variations on some of the most well-known classic techniques. You will need to bring 2 ½ yards of 100% cotton muslin or items of clothing or other items to dye as an experiment. Students are expected to have taken the Shibori Scarves Workshop or have some prior experience with Shibori dyeing. Supplies and materials are included in the class fee.

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Blockprinting on Fabric: Making Your Own Stamps

Learn the art of making your own stamps, as well as the beauty of creating rhythms and patterns on fabric. Students will learn to create stamps with a variety of techniques and then transfer them to fabric. Emphasis will be put on the concept of repeat and how patterns are created and later repeated on fabric. No previous experience necessary. Students will provide fabric and some supplies.

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Registration

Use the links above to find a class and register online or phone (608) 258-2301, menu option 2 for registration assistance.