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Sewing, Textiles & Fiber Arts Workshops

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., February 9 & 10
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for a campus map.
Register before Jan. 28: $148
Register after Jan. 28: $160
Register two or more: $145 each
plus $15 materials fee payable at registration

register online


Kiki Barrett - see bio and video link below



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.

Sat. & Sun., March 2 & 3
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for a campus map.
Register before Jan. 28: $148
Register after Jan. 28: $160
Register 2 or more: $145 each
plus $15 materials fee payable at registration

register online


Kiki Barrett - see bio and video link below



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.

5 Fri., Jan. 11 - Feb. 8
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before Jan. 28: $150
Register after Jan. 28: $165

register online

 

5 Fri., Feb. 22 - March 22
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before Jan. 28: $150
Register after Jan. 28: $165

register online

 

5 Fri., April 26 - May 24
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before Jan. 28: $150
Register after Jan. 28: $165

register online


Sewing Workshop Series—Register for the full program, all three workshops at once!
15 Fri., Jan. 11- May 24
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before Jan. 28: $435
Register after Jan. 28: $470

register online


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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.





Custom Fabric Printing

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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.

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

Sat. & Sun., March 16 & 17
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2005- Click HERE for a campus map.
Register before Jan. 28: $148
Register after Jan. 28: $155
Plus a $40 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.




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 want to learn how to create a pattern from an existing garment, this workshop is for you. Learn and practice the basics of pattern making, and the tools and tricks for replicating garments.

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!

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 use to create a pattern to the first class. The instructor will work with each student to choose the best option.

Please see the Class Resources web page for a list of materials and tools that are provided in class.

Register Early! Class limited to only 12 students.

Sat. & Sun., March 23 & 24
11 am - 4 pm
Room: 1520
Register before Jan. 28:  $125
Register after Jan. 28:  $148
plus $40 materials fee at registration

register online

 

Kiki Barrett - see bio and video link above



Kimono Workshop

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Create a simple, elegant kimono from the fabric of your choosing, and designed to fit your measurements. This is a great follow up workshop for the Custom Fabric Printing class, 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!

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!

Students need to bring 2 yards of fabric that is suitable for this type of pattern, and their own fabric scissors if they have them.

Please see Extension's Class Resources page for important details about the fabric and supplies required for this workshop.    

Sat., April 27
10 am - 4 pm
Room: 1520
Register before March 26:  $98
Register after March 26:  $110

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Kiki Barrett - see bio and video link above



Refashioning With a Men’s Shirt

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Coco Chanel is known for taking a simple men’s shirt and converting it to an iconic piece of fashion. In this class you will learn about the growing “refashioning” movement and the possibilities it offers for creativity. You will be using classic, oversized men's button up shirts to re-envision and refashion into another garment, and create your own iconic fashion!

Using the men’s shirts you choose, and body forms, sketching or simple pattern pieces, you will learn the best techniques for deconstructing existing garments, and sewing techniques to recreate a new garment.  There will be several examples to help students think outside the box of what is possible.

This class is for experienced sewists looking to push their creative, design and sewing skills further!

Students need to bring two, oversized men’s button-up shirts to class, and basic sewing supplies. Please see the Cabrillo Extension Class Resources web page for a detailed list of items required for class.

Sat. & Sun., May 18 & 19
10 am - 4 pm
Room: 1520
Register before March 25:  $195
Register after March 25:  $225
plus $15 materials fee at registration

register online

 

Kiki Barrett - see bio and video link above



Custom Slipcovers Made Easy!

 

Do you have a chair you love, but the fabric has seen better days? Are you a thrift-store regular who loves to pick up used furniture, but you wish you knew how to make new slipcovers? This workshop will guide you through the steps to create a custom slipcover pattern, as well as a cover for a box (seat) cushion for any sofa or chair. We’ll cover what supplies to use, what types of furniture work best with slipcovers, how to complete all the measurements, choose the right fabric, use cording, insert zippers, and incorporate other design ideas.

On the first day the instructor will complete one demo-slipcover in class so students can see the process from beginning to end. On the second day each student will practice the steps by making a slipcover for a box cushion.

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 should bring enough fabric to cover the cushion to the first day of class.

Please see the Cabrillo Extension Class Resources web page for a detailed list of items required for class.

Sat. & Sun., April 6 & 7
9 am - 12 noon
Room: 1520
Register before Jan, 28:  $98
Register after Jan. 28:  $110
plus $30 materials fee paid in class

register online

 

Kiki Barrett - see bio and video link above



Pearl and Bead Restringing, and Basic Wire Wrapping

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Learn to hand-knot pearls, beads and other treasures to create something new, repair a beloved item, or re-purpose something to give it new life! You can express your style and create unique necklaces, bracelets & earrings, or  restore and repair a broken item.

Learn three methods for attaching a clasp, basic wire wrapping to make earrings, and basic design theory to recycle and combine your broken bead and pearl strands into new creations. Students may bring their own projects from home so we can problem solve stringing challenges or design ideas.

 $40 materials fee covers a kit that includes tools, rose quartz beads and freshwater pearls, clasps, needles, plenty of thread for your projects, a booklet covering all the methods you’ll be learning, and a resource catalogue. No need to bring anything to the first class, except your glasses, if needed.  This is close up work!

Please see ther Class Resources page for more information about this class.

4 Tues., May 7 - 28
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Room: 1605
Register before Mar. 25: $82
Register after Mar. 25: $95
Plus a $40 materials fee payable to instructor in class

register online


Estelle Drinkhaus-Davey 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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