If you can stomach this, the spring fashion shows are just wrapping up. I use the Style web site to look over the styles, and then I can save the ones I like in my ‘Lookbook”.  It allows me to think about style lines I like, colours or textures that look interesting – a personal collection of design details I might like to try out. I find the hardest part locating designers I want to follow in the long list of possibilities. There’s a lot of junk out there too (IMO). 

There is a day of lectures coming at NSCAD. It’s free to those of us smart people who signed up for the corset class – or any other class for that matter. It’s called Sow to Sew, and I’m thinking that will be an interesting day. If you have been thinking about the environmental and social cost of clothing this may be just what you need to add to the conversation. Now, where to lunch at break? If you’re coming as well, let me know and we can meet.

Sew With Vision has classes listed on their web site. The Great P!

Atlantic Fabrics has classes to check out.

Tandy Leather has classes coming up. They are located in Burnside, and I think there is a lot of crossover info we sewists can use too. I have tried to copy info from and email, and I hope it comes through well enough that you can understand what they offer.

FALL 2013 TANDY LEATHER CLASS SCHEDULE

Tandy Leather is proud to offer leatherworking classes. Each class is available by first come first serve basis so be sure to confirm your attendance in each class. Fees  are due at the end of the class (or end of the first day in case of a course). For more information please call or email the Tandy Leather Factory in Halifax.

Tandy Leather #077 75 Akerley Blvd, Unit #M Dartmouth, NS B3B-1R7 (902) 468-3076 – Store

October 5

4 Week Beginner #1

$40.00

9am–11am

The beginner’s course is an introduction to leather for anyone who has never done leatherwork before. In the first of this 4 part series you will learn about some of the basic tools, how to transfer a pattern or design to leather, case your leather and start a project.
This class comes with a free leatherworking kit with payment of the class for you to keep. You can also buy your own kit and take the class for free!

Lacing & Stitching

$25.00

1pm–3pm

This class will go over threads, needles, lace and hole punches – what to use when and where. You will learn the different kinds of stitching and lacing techniques. How to start and finish seamlessly and troubleshooting. One day class.

 

9am–11am

4 Week Beginner #2

October 12

Week two of the beginners class is basic tooling techniques, how to use a swivel knife and the different stamps to achieve a basic Sheridan tooling pattern.

1pm–3pm

Belts

$25.00

Making a belt from scratch that will last a lifetime. You will learn to cut your belt straight from a hide and finish all edges, set hardware and learn to size a belt appropriately. There will not be a chance to do any dying in this class. One day.

9am–11am

4 Week Beginner #3

October 19

Week three we revert back to elementary school and get out the colours. You will learn about the different dyes available and their many uses. Lots of technique goes into creating different patterns and dyed effects. Finishing and doing flawless edges will also be covered.

1pm–3pm

Dyes & Finishes

$25.00

This class isn’t about making something but rather we focus on one particular step. Colour! This class will teach you about different dyes, what to use when and how to finish your project. Resist dying to get two colours on the same project, different finishes, how to get that smooth back on your belt and more. One day.
 

9am–11am

Beginner #4

October 26

 

The last day of this 4 week course will be about finishing touches. The basics of finishing your project with a laced edge or sewing assembly. The projects that you have been working on at home all month come in today to ask questions, get help and complete a finished product.

1pm–3pm

Flowers

$25.00

Leather Poinsettias for the holidays – Leather roses for your sweet heart. In this class you will do leather shaping and painting and the value of a good pattern becomes clear with the detail of the flowers. One day class.
 
 

 

November 2

 
 
 
 
 
 

9am–1am

 
 
 

4 Week Beginner #1

 
 
 

$40.

 

The beginner’s course is an introduction to leather for anyone who has never done leatherwork before. In the first of this 4 part series you will learn about some of the basic tools, how to transfer a pattern or design to leather, case your leather and start a project.
This class comes with a free leatherworking kit with payment of the class for you to keep. You can also buy your own kit and take the class for free!

 

 
 
 

1pm–3pm

 
 

Intermediate (Horseshoe) #1

 

 
 
 

$40.00

 
 

In this class we take a real steel horse shoe and encase it in leather. This class has more in depth procedure for moulding, tooling, using glues and dyes, and finishing the project. It’s a great next step after finishing the beginner course and learning more techniques.

 
 
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November 9

 
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9am– 11am

 
 
 

4 Week Beginner #2

 
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Week two of the beginners class is basic tooling techniques, how to use a swivel knife and the different stamps to achieve a basic Sheridan tooling pattern.

1pm–3pm

Intermediate (Horseshoe) #2

In this class we take a real steel horse shoe and encase it in leather. This class has more in depth procedure for moulding, tooling, using glues and dyes, and finishing the project. It’s a great next step after finishing the beginner course and learning more techniques.

 

9am– 11am

4 Week Beginner #3

November 16

Week three we revert back to elementary school and get out the colours. You will learn about the different dyes available and their many uses. Lots of technique goes into creating different patterns and dyed effects. Finishing and doing flawless edges will also be covered.

 

1pm–3pm

Advanced (Feather) #1

$40.00

 

If you are really looking for a challenge and to learn some new things we have a 3D feather. This feather is tooled, moulded and raised off the surface without being cut to create a realistic 3D feather. The 3D feather is leather ART.

9am– 11am

4 Week Beginner #4

November 23

The last day of this 4 week course will be about finishing touches. The basics of finishing your project with a laced edge or sewing assembly. The projects that you have been working on at home all month come in today to ask questions, get help and complete a finished product.

1pm–3pm

Advanced (Feather) #2

If you are really looking for a challenge and to learn some new things we have a 3D feather. This feather is tooled, moulded and raised off the surface without being cut to create a realistic 3D feather. The 3D feather is leather ART.

 
 
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