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Sewing, Textiles & Fiber Arts Workshops

Handcrafted Felt Slippers

 

Create a custom pair of cozy, soft slippers just in time for the cool winter months. In this one-day workshop 
students will create a pair of slippers from 100% felt uppers, a leather sole, and a cozy wool insole. The ultimate in comfy, cozy footwear, wool felt is incredibly soft, non-abrasive to the touch, and naturally insulating, keeping your feet cool during the heat of summer, and warm during winter. This ability is thanks to the felt’s fibers, which breathe easily. Students can choose from several different colors of thick, soft felt to create your slippers, and learn about foot measuring, slipper patterning, construction,
and sewing.

Students will go home with one pair of soft, cozy slippers, and the ability to make more at home. A resource list of where to find leather, felt, wool, tools and equipment will also be provided. No prior experience necessary, but some sewing, making or crafting experience is helpful.

Sat., September 28
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before Sept. 9: $98
Register after Sept. 9: $105
Plus a $50 materials fee paid at registration

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Terry McInerney, MSW, is the artist/owner of Nuala, a local leather accessory business. She has been designing and selling leather goods for over seven years in Santa Cruz, and has been working in a school environment for 6 years. She loves to share the unique craft of leatherwork with others. 

 


Beginning Embroidery

Whether you want to embroider delicate flowers, simple line images of animals, creative clever quotes, or something more personal and playful, this workshop is a great way to learn the basics. Learn about all the tools and materials needed for hand embroidery, and five beginning stitches - running stitch, back stitch, chain stitch, satin stitch, and the French knot. We will have lots of time to practice stitches and explore ways to combine them to create patterns and images.

You will choose a pattern, either from those provided in class, or one they bring from home, and begin working on the project in class. Pattern brought from home should be simple, and appropriate for a 4” embroidery hoop.

Materials fee includes a small embroidery hoop, needles, embroidery floss, and patterns. There will be plenty of colorful choices of embroidery floss to choose from. Students should bring a small pair of sharp scissors and your glasses if you wear them!

Sat. & Sun., September 14 & 15
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before Sept. 9:  $58
Register after Sept. 9:  $65
Plus a $15 materials fee paid at registration

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Rebekah Jones - see bio below

 


Embroidery Project Workshop

 

Embroider your initials on a handkerchief, a delicate flower on a napkin, or create a simple embroidered wall hanging of a favorite quote, phrase or saying.

This workshop gives you the opportunity to work on the project that you choose, while getting expert advice, and in the company of fellow stitchers! We will cover intermediate stitches such as chain stitch, lazy daisy flower, stem stitch, and the French knot. We will discuss the projects and some design and technique considerations for each, review images and examples of projects similar to those students will be working on, then each student will start stitching! This is a great class for making a handmade gift for someone else, or a personalized piece for yourself.

Please go to our Class Resources web page for a detailed list of the projects that students may choose from, and the required materials for each.

This class is for students who have completed Beginning Embroidery, or those with basic embroidery skills.

Sat. & Sun., November 16 & 17
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before Sept. 9:  $82
Register after Sept. 9: $90
Register two or more: $80 each

Plus a $15 materials fee paid at registration

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Rebekah Jones has a degree in Business, and works in education, but she fell in love with sewing, embroidery, and fiber arts 10 years ago, and hasn’t stopped since! She has taught embroidery, crochet and sewing, and loves sharing her passion with fellow stitchers!

 


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., October 19 & 20
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for a campus map
Register before Sept. 9: $148
Register after Sept. 9: $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

 


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.

Previous sewing experience, with a sewing machine, is required for this class, or completion of Learn to Sew Basics, above.

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., October 18 - November 22
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before Sept. 9: $195
Register after Sept. 9: $210

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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.

 

 


Jean Jacket Workshop

 

The jean jacket is a wardrobe staple that never goes out of style.  Come make your own in this workshop that will focus on the best construction techniques, including flatfeld seams, faux flatfeld seams, topstitching, collars and pockets.  Students may choose to make their jacket using either the Alina Hampton Jacket pattern or the Named Maisa Jacket Pattern.

Previous sewing experience, with a sewing machine, is required for this class.

Please see the Class Resources web page for important information, including specific fabric and a materials list.

Register Early! Class limited to only 14 students.

Sat. & Sun., Dec. 14 & 15 NEW DATE!
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before Sept. 9: $148
Register after Sept. 9: $160

Register 2 or more: $145 each

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Kiki Barrett - see bio and video link above

 


Great Gifts! Tote Bag and Zipper Pouch

 

Come create a this fabulous and useful tote bag with zipper pocket and a handy zipper pouch in fabrics of your choice.  Create a matching set, or as two separate gifts. We provide lots of space to spread out, sewing machines, basic sewing tools, irons and ironing boards, great music and good company.

To give students lots of creative freedom, and the ability to choose the colors and patterns of their fabric, students provide the fabric for the 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.


Sat. & Sun., November 9 & 10 - CANCELLED
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before Sept. 9: $148
Register after Sept. 9: $160

Register two or more: $145 each
plus $5 materials fee payable at registration

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Kiki Barrett - see bio and video link above

 


Great Gifts! PJ Pants or PJ Shorts

 

Tis the season for a cozy pair of pj pants.  Come make a pair for yourself, or to give as a gift, in this easy and fun class.  We provide lots of space to spread out, sewing machines, basic sewing tools, irons and ironing boards, great music and good company. To give students lots of creative freedom, and the ability to choose the colors and patterns of their fabric, students provide the fabric for the 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.

2 Thu., November 14 & 21 - CANCELLED
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before Sept. 9: $148
Register after Sept. 9: $160

Register two or more: $145 each
plus $5 materials fee payable at registration

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Kiki Barrett - see bio and video link above

 


Shibori Indigo Dyeing

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Indigo is one of the richest and oldest pigments used in dyeing, from ancient times to today’s blue jeans. In this class, you will learn the technique of Japanese Shibori indigo dyeing, a brief timeline of the historical background and science behind the use of Indigo dye across cultures, and create a unique pair of throw pillow covers—all in one day! Learn to mix indigo dye, then experience the excitement and anticipation of the Japanese art of Itajime Shibori, folding and binding the fabric to create geometric patterns. You may also bring small items to "free dye” at the end of class, using your newly acquired Shibori skills!

Come experience the magic of this ancient dyeing technique, and go home with the skills and knowledge to create your own unique Shibori projects! You will go home with at least two 20" x 20" square pillow covers and any “free dye” items you brought to class.

Please check the Cabrillo Extension Class Resources web page for important information about what to bring to this class, and other details.

Sat., October 5
9:00 am – 11:30 pm - NEW TIME!
Room: 1304
- NEW LOCATION!
Register before Sept. 9: $45
Register after Sept. 9: $50
Register two or more: $38 each

Plus a $20 materials fee paid at registration

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Kaitlin Hebard Bonifacio - see bio below

 


Shibori Indigo Dye & Sashiko Stitching Intensive

 

This intensive workshop will cover technique, method, and application of traditional shibori dyeing and sashiko stitching. We will experiment with creating patterns through centuries-old binding and color resist techniques. We will brew a vat of indigo dye, set the dye, and finish pieces with sashiko stitching.

Students will create beautiful fiber arts piece of shibori finished. This piece will be a 14" x 36" linen panel that they have shibori dyed and sashiko stitched in their own design, that can be mounted as a wall hanging, used as a tabletop display, or turned into another textile project. In addition, students will have the knowledge and skill to continue their exploration of indigo dyeing and shibori techniques on their own.

Sat. & Sun., October 12 & 13
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Room: 1520

Register before Sept. 9: $98
Register after Sept. 9: $110
Register 2 or more: $88 each
Plus a $25 materials fee paid at registration

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Kaitlin Hebard Bonifacio, BA, has studied Shibori dyeing in Niigata Prefecture, Japan and has taught workshops through Craftsmen Collective, All Hands, and Mini Mint.

 


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.

The instructor will complete one demo-slipcover in class so students can see the process from beginning to end, and 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.

The foam cushion is provided in class, fabric is provided by students.

Please see Extension's Class Resources web page for important details about the materials required for this class.

Sat., March 7th - NEW DATE
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before Sept. 9: $98
Register after Sept. 9: $110
Plus a $30 materials fee paid in class

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Jenny Freedman has been a sewing instructor with the Sewing and Craft Alliance, and has been a seamstress for over 40 years. She has completed hundreds of custom slipcovers for private clients, and loves to teach others how to sew and create for themselves!

 


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