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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 2 workshop, or to make fabric to use for your own projects. All levels welcome.

Sat. & Sun., Feb. 24 & 25
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 Jan. 29: $148
Register after Jan. 29:$155
Plus a $30 materials fee paid in class

 

register online

Victoria May - see bio

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Learn to Sew Basics

sewing

 

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 24 & 25
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 by Jan. 29: $148
Register after Jan. 29: $160
plus $15 materials fee payable at registration

register online

 

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.

Sat. & Sun., March 10 & 11
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 by Jan. 29: $148
Register after Jan. 29: $160
plus $15 materials fee payable at registration

register online

 

Kiki Barrett - see bio and video link below

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Sewing Workshop

sewing

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.

6 Fri., February 2 - March 9
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for an interactive map of campus. Click on the buildings to see room numbers!
Register by Jan. 29: $195
Register after Jan. 29: $210

register online

 

5 Fri., March 30 - April 27
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register by Jan. 29: $180
Register after Jan. 29: $195

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.

 

 

 

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Sew Nerdy! Geek Crafts, Costumes, and Character Construction

costume

 

Calling all cosplay, LARP, sci-fi, and Ren Faire costumers! Come join this one day workshop for costuming and creating just in time for Emerald City Comicon, or any spring event you may be planning for. Bring your costume supplies and ideas, and we will provide great space for cutting, constructing and building your costume, and a few basic supplies. Whether your costume is still a vision, or you have an in-progress concept or costume to work on, this is a great place for you to make progress.  We will provide sewing and garment construction advice, and basic sewing and project tools will be provided. Come join our creative group of like minded folk full of fantasy and fun to bring your characters to life! 

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

This class is open to students 16 years and up!

Sat., February 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 by Jan. 29: $78
Register after Jan. 29: $85
plus $15 materials fee payable at registration

register online

 

Kiki Barrett - see bio and video link below

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Pattern Making from an Existing Garment

sewing

 

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., March 24 & 25
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 by Jan. 29: $148
Register after Jan. 29: $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

skirts

 

 

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.

Fri., Sat. & Sun., May 4, 5 & 6
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 by Jan. 29: $195
Register after Jan. 29: $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 by Mar. 26: $98
Register after Mar. 26: $110

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.

 

 

 

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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.

4 Sat., April 28 - May 19
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Room: 1605
- Click HERE for an interactive map of campus. Click on the buildings to see room numbers!
Register by Mar. 26: $62
Register after Mar. 26: $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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Radical Embroidery

embroidery

 

If you’ve been interested in incorporating embroidery into your artwork but it seems too finicky, you are not alone! This workshop will explore how to successfully use stitching to expand the vocabulary of elements you can integrate into your textiles or mixed media compositions.

In this weekend workshop you will learn to use thread or fibers to create and embellish mixed media artwork. We will discuss and practice different possibilities for materials to stitch into, as well as various needlework techniques appropriate to a range of media.

Register Early! Class limited to only 15 students.

COMING SOON!
10:00 – 4:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for an interactive map of campus. Click on the buildings to see room numbers!
Register by Sept 11: $195
Register after Sept. 11: $210
Plus $20 materials fee paid in class

register online

 

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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Intro to Surface Textile Design with Adobe Illustrator

textile

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.

COMING SOON!
6 - 9 pm
Room: 317 - Click HERE for an interactive map of campus. Click on the buildings to see room numbers!
Register by Sept. 11: $95
Register after Sept. 11: $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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Tea, Rust and Burn for Textile Artists

tea r b

 

This innovative class addresses the techniques of rusting, burning and dying using tea to color, enhance and embellish fabric, fiber and paper.

Adding these simple, earthy elements to your toolbox will provide you with a lovely neutral palette that could springboard a new direction in your creative work.

We will burn marks, designs and patterns into fabric using incense, torches and wood burning tools. We will rust using steel wool and to create pattern on fabric and paper. Adding tea to the mix incorporates another beautiful neutral and when combined with rust produces black.

Various fabrics and paper will be provided and you will want to bring in your own paper, fabric or garment to customize your work. Besides working on individual elements you may also bring an existing garment to alter.

Come away with elements for collage, quilts or garments, and complete a sample book of all your experiments.

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.

Register Early! Class limited to only 15 students.

Coming Soon!
10:00 – 4:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register by Sept 11: $195
Register after Sept. 11: $210

Plus $50 materials fee paid at registration

 

register online

 

Daniella Woolf holds an M.A. in Textile Structures from UCLA, and was a founding partner at Wax Works West. She taught encaustic for R & F Paints, and continues to teach in many corners of the world. She is a 2007 recipient of the Gail Rich Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the 2008 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship.




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