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Sewing, Textiles & Fiber Arts Workshops

Custom Fabric Printing

fabric printing

Have you ever wanted to create your own fabric, design your own print, or hand cut stencil and stamps for applying to fabric? In this weekend workshop students will design original motifs that become printed patterns on your own cotton yardage, or use existing stencils to start practicing the technique. Either way you can create your own custom hand-printed fabric, and mix your own colors!

Students will hand cut stamps and stencils to use with textile ink and thickened dye. Learn about color harmonies and making dye mixtures on your own.

This is a great class to take before the Learn to Sew workshop, or to make fabric to use for your own projects. All levels welcome.

Sat. & Sun., May 19 & 20
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2008- Click HERE for an interactive map of campus. Click on the buildings to see room numbers!
Register before Mar. 26: $148
Register after Mar. 26: $155
Plus a $30 materials fee paid in class

 

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Victoria May received her MFA from San Jose State University where she studied Installation Art and Photography. She is based in Santa Cruz and teaches at many local colleges. In 2010 she received a Santa Cruz County Rydell Fellowship. Her work has been published in FiberArts and in the Princeton Architectural Press publication By Hand.

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The Art of Textile Repair and ReUse:
Looking at Mending and Repurposing Traditions in Various Cultures

 

Mending, reusing and repurposing textiles exists in many cultures but each possesses a unique aesthetic. In this workshop we will look at Japanese boro textiles, Indian kantha cloth, Chinese ge ba quilts, Australian wagga quilts, and the quilts of Gee’s Bend for inspiration.

Learn various mending and stitching techniques and apply them to your own textile pieces that will contain your own personal history and narrative. Experiment with surface design techniques that include block printing, stenciling and image transferring. You will be encouraged to bring a garment to deconstruct, fabric that is meaningful to them, ephemera, other mixed media items, and low relief found objects to incorporate into their pieces. The class will look at contemporary artists working within this aesthetic for additional inspiration. There will be digital images projected, actual samples to look at, demonstrations and exercises.

Register Early! Class limited to only 15 students.

Sat. & Sun., July 28 & 29
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Room: 1520- Click HERE for an interactive map of campus. Click on the buildings to see room numbers!
Register before May 31: $195
Register after My 31: $210
Plus a $20 materials fee paid in class

 

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Jody Alexander is an artist, bookbinder, librarian and teacher. Her pieces celebrate collecting, storytelling, and odd characters. She is the 2015 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship and has taught book arts at UC Santa Cruz and the Center for the Book in San Francisco and New York City.

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Intro to Surface Textile Design with Adobe Illustrator

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Learn to create detailed, professionally illustrated patterns for fabric using Adobe Illustrator. Whether you draw detailed designs by hand, want to create a fabric pattern from your photos or draw freehand using Illustrator's tools, this class will teach you how to get your pattern ready for fabric.

Illustrator is a large application and this is your chance to focus on Surface Textile Patterns to be printed on fabric. Techniques most useful for graphic artists & Surface Textile designers will be covered. Find out how to vectorize your pencil or ink drawings, add and control colors for related designs, trace and edit your design and turn it into a usable repeating pattern design for printing on yards of fabric. Learn where and how to print or license your surface textile pattern.

Bring a flash thumb drive and line drawings if desired.

This class will be taught on a Mac, but is adaptable to Windows.

3 Tue., June 12-26
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Room: 317 - Click HERE for an interactive map of campus. Click on the buildings to see room numbers!
Register before May 31: $95
Register after May 31: $110

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Alixandra Mullins
has been a professional media and graphic designer for over 10 years and has taught Digital Media at Gavilan and Cabrillo Colleges.

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Learn to Sew Basics

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If you’ve always wanted to learn to sew but didn’t know where to start, this weekend workshop will take you through all the sewing basics of how to use a sewing machine, proper pinning and use of tools, as well as how to layout a basic pattern.  We will be making three simple projects: an herbal heating bag, an infinity scarf and a tote bag. All three projects are perfect for the newbie sewist, as well great creative gifts.

One-on-one instruction will be given to each student. Sewing machines will be provided for the students.

Please follow this link to our Class Resources page for the required supplies and materials lists for our classes, as well as other important information.

Sat. & Sun., June 2 & 3
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for an interactive map of campus. Click on the buildings to see room numbers!
Register before Mar. 26: $148
Register after Mar. 26: $160
Register two or more: $145 each
plus $15 materials fee payable at registration

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Kiki Barrett - see bio and video link below

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Learn to Sew Workshop - Simple Projects

 

 

Take your basic sewing skills to the next level! Knowing the basics, you will now learn to read, interpret, and successfully use a pattern, create a gathered waistband, put in a zipper (yes, you can!), complete box corners, and use interfacing and bias tape. Learn these important skills while completing two simple, guided projects. Students will complete one tote bag, and may then choose between PJ pants or shorts. The skills you’ll learn in this class will be part of many, many patterns and projects in your future, so this is a great opportunity to master the skills with expert guidance.

We provide lots of space to spread out, sewing machines, basic sewing tools, irons and ironing boards, great music and good company. You provide the fabric of your choice for the 2 projects. Before you buy any fabric, please read the Class Letter that is posted to the Class Resources web page for details about what types of fabric will work in these projects, what to bring, and other important class information.

This class is designed for those who have completed Learn to Sew Basics, or who have equivalent, basic sewing skills.

Please follow this link to our Class Resources page for the required supplies and materials lists for our classes, as well as other important information.

COMING SOON!
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for an interactive map of campus. Click on the buildings to see room numbers!
Register before Sept. 10: $148
Register after Sept. 10: $160
plus $15 materials fee payable at registration

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Kiki Barrett - see bio and video link below

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Sewing Workshop

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Come meet up with other enthusiasts for this hands-on workshop for all sewing levels, from beginners to advanced! You provide the sewing projects of choice, and we provide a creative, supportive environment, skilled guidance and a spacious area for you to create in. Weekly tips and special tutorials help you grow your sewing skills and complete individual projects. Tutorials include reading and using a pattern, sewing French seams, fitting and alterations, proper clothing construction, zippers, etc.

Our classroom is a great space to create and sew, with Bernina sewing machines, large cutting tables, ironing boards and irons, as well as some basic sewing supplies.

Students need to bring the sewing project of choice, either in progress or to start in class.

Please follow this link to our Class Resources page for the required supplies and materials lists for our classes, as well as other important information.

4 Fri., June 22 - July 13
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before May 31: $135
Register after May 31: $148

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4 Fri., August 3-24
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before May 31: $135
Register after May 31: $148

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REGISTER FOR BOTH SUMMER SEWING WORKSHOPS FOR JUST...
Register before May 31: $260
Register after May 31: $285

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Kiki Barrett is a local designer and sewing instructor with a passion for helping others get past the fear and frustration of sewing with a sewing machine. She has shown ready-to-wear collections locally since 2013 and looks forward to continuing to grow as a designer and seamstress.

 

 

 

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Pattern Making from an Existing Garment

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Have you ever thought - “I love this so much, I wish I had another just like it”? Whether it’s a favorite skirt that has become threadbare, a favorite shirt you wish you had in another color, or you just want to learn how to create a pattern from an existing garment, this 2-day workshop may be the answer. Students will learn and practice the basics of pattern making, and the tools and tricks they can use for replicating garments.

Some limitations may apply, based on original garment, fabric and time of this workshop. Students need to bring 3 options for potential garments they want to recreate to the first class . The instructor will work with each student to choose the best option.

Our classroom is a great space to create and sew, with Bernina sewing machines, large cutting tables, ironing boards and irons, as well as some basic sewing supplies, great music and good company!

Please follow this link to our Class Resources page for the required supplies and materials lists for our classes, as well as other important information.

Sat. & Sun., June 23 & 24 - CLASS FULL
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for an interactive map of campus. Click on the buildings to see room numbers!
Register before May 31: $148
Register after May 31: $160
plus $40 materials fee payable at registration

register online

 

Sat. & Sun., August 11 & 12
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for an interactive map of campus. Click on the buildings to see room numbers!
Register before May 31: $148
Register after May 31: $160
plus $40 materials fee payable at registration

register online

 

Kiki Barrett - see bio and video link below

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Pattern Making - Create a Custom Fitted Skirt

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Create the right skirt, with the right fit, from the right fabric! In this 3-day workshop your learn some of the basics of pattern making by creating a skirt sloper and custom fit skirt from your own measurements!  A sloper is a basic pattern without seam allowances or ease, and made specifically to fit your body.  In this class students create their own sloper, then use that to create a skirt pattern, then a muslin skirt, and finally a skirt made from the fabric of their choosing.  

Skills covered include, testing fit, basic construction, attaching a waistband and zipper installation. Our classroom is a great space to create and sew, with Bernina sewing machines, large cutting tables, ironing boards and irons, as well as some basic sewing supplies.

Students need to bring 2-3 yards of woven fabric, thread and other important supplies.

Please see the Class Resources web page for the Class Letter, which includes a list of materials and tools that are provided in class, and those that must be supplied by students.

Please note there are some limitations regarding certain patterns and types of fabrics, which are detailed in the Class Letter.

COMING SOON!
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for an interactive map of campus. Click on the buildings to see room numbers!
Register before Sept. 10: $195
Register after Sept. 10: $225
plus $40 materials fee payable at registration

register online


Kiki Barrett - see bio and video link below

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Custom Kimono Workshop

kimono

 

In this one-day workshop you will create a simple, elegant kimono from the fabric of your choosing.

The simple design for this kimono will show off the fabric you choose, and will be designed to fit your measurements. This is a great workshop for anyone who has 2 yards of beautiful fabric they have been hoping to use, or if you just want to create a beautiful kimono designed and sewn by you!

Required: Please bring 2 yards of fabric that is suitable for this type of pattern, and your own fabric scissors.. Our classroom is a great space to create and sew, with Bernina sewing machines, large cutting tables, ironing boards and irons, as well as some basic sewing supplies.

Please see the Class Resources web page for other important details about materials and supplies required for this workshop.

Sat., May 19
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for an interactive map of campus. Click on the buildings to see room numbers!
Register before Mar. 26: $98
Register after Mar. 26: $110

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Kiki Barrett is a local designer and sewing instructor with a passion for helping others get past the fear and frustration of sewing with a sewing machine. She has shown ready-to-wear collections locally since 2013 and looks forward to continuing to grow as a designer and seamstress.

 

 

 

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Pearl and Bead Stringing Made Simple

pearl stringing

Are you are looking at your well-loved broken strands of pearls and beads in your jewelry box, and wondering if you can learn to repair them yourself? The answer is YES! You will learn the "lost art of hand knotting" during the first class. There are three methods of stringing that we’ll cover with a great deal of patience and humor.

The kit includes all necessary tools, beads and findings you will need to learn the methods in class, plus extra findings to repair your own broken strands of pearls & beads from home.

Additional materials will be available for purchase during class.

COMING SOON!
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Room: 1605
- Click HERE for an interactive map of campus. Click on the buildings to see room numbers!
Register before Sept. 10: $62
Register after Sept. 10: $72
plus $40 materials fee payable to instructor in class

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Estelle Drinkhaus teaches the lost art of hand knotting and has provided a restringing service to many local jewelers for over 20 years.

 




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