Class — Clothesline Bowls with Brenda Boudreau

Date October 1, 2016
Time 10:00 AM to 4:30PM (set-up at 9:30)
Where Halifax Christian Church, 51 Farnham Rd Gate
(see map below)
Maximum number of students 8
Cost $35 + $3 for kit

  
Content

Brenda Boudreau demonstrates how she creates her beautiful clothesline bowls. You will make one small white bowl in the class giving you a technique that will allow to design your own bowls  at home.

 
Materials Required

Sewing machine and kit (including scissors, seam ripper, sewing needles, straight pins, thread), open toe appliqué foot or regular zig-zag foot will suffice.

 
Prerequisite

Basic sewing machine skills.

 
Teacher’s Biography

Past president and long-time creative member of the Sewing Guild, Brenda has often shared her enthusiasm, expertise and creativity with the Guild.

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Class — What Goes in Your Purse?

This will be a class on what goes into your purse. There will be 3 possibilities, and you can pick which one you want to complete. All require the same techniques and can be personalized. The first option is a purse organizer pattern that the teacher, Nancy McKenzie, developed. She will email you that pattern if you like for a $5 donation to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers project. The other two options are organizer wallets that can be purchased on the internet. They are from PoldaPop.

Teacher: Nancy McKenzie

Dates: March 15, 2014

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Class — Rain Wear – FULL

This class is now full. Should a spot becomes open, Guild Members will be notified.

In this class you will be working with rain wear material. The pattern is McCall’s #6517.  This will be an unlined rain jacket.  Class will cover seam finishes, fabric types, making seams waterproof, and care of water proof garments.

Teacher: Fay Gunter

Dates: March 1, 2014

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Class — Beginner Serging

This will be a half-day class of basic serger, so if you are new to serging or looking for a refresher course, this is the class for you. We will go over all the parts of the serger, threading for 4 thread basic serging, 3 thread wide, and 3 thread narrow.  This will give you most of the basic threading you will need. If we cover this in time we can do a very simple project with our stitches. Questions and answers about what your serger can and can’t do and how to do it.  Please bring your serger, in good working order, serger thread that matches the threading on your machine, (for example my machine has pink, yellow, green and blue) and 4 cones of whatever basic color you want to rethread your serger with before you go home so you are ready to sew when you get back to your sewing room.  Also bring your serger manual and all accessories that go with your machine, pen and paper for taking notes, and some scissors.

Teacher: Pat Nicholson

Dates: February 15, 2014 (half day)

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Class — Christmas Quickies

Here are the quick things that will be done in the class.
  1. Denim Basket made out of a jeans pant leg and some cotton fabric.  Great little storage item.
  2. Embroidery Hoop sewing Kit. Colourful cotton scraps and a small wooden hoop come together to create this kit.
  3. Facecloth Travel Kit…turn a facecloth into a storage for your toiletries when travelling.
  4. Roll-up Chalkboard. New chalkboard fabric is used to make a great take along for the kids.
  5. Car caddy or Chair caddy… great for travel or keeping things close at home
  6. Mesh Christmas.. work with mesh ribbon to create a simple centerpiece or wreath of your choice.

Teacher: Carmen Faber

Dates: December 7, 2013

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Class — Industrial Sewing Techniques – FULL

This class is now full. Should a spot open up, Guild Members will be notified.

This class is a hands-on class.  A work packet of samples is required.  The technique will be demonstrated and then you will complete your own samples.

  • Sewing Without Pins – 85% of your sewing can be done without pins.  Learn why and how.
  • Curves – Inside and Outside – counteracts the natural tendency of forcing the fabric into the needle.
  • Lapped Zipper – this is the kind of zipper that can be put in the side of a skirt as it is a curved seam and it also covers the zipper and you can’t see it.
  • Centered Zipper – this zipper is inserted without pins and with the facing ready and in position
  • “Burrito” Waistband – this technique is a method to avoid dealing with 6 layers of fabric at the corners of waistbands, cuffs, and collar bands.
  • Perfect Top-stitching – demonstration only
  • Understitching the proper way – is an art form.  We want to sculpt our lining or facings so it forms the structure from which the garment will fall and hang correctly
  • Flat Felled Seam – normally flat-felled seams are a lot of work – sewing it once, trimming, folding it over, pressing etc.  Learn the easy way to sew flat felled seams.
  • Shirt pockets – sew a shirt pocket without pins and stretching of the pocket.
  • Patch pockets – sew an easy patch pocket without pins.
  • Invisible zipper insertion – demonstration only.

Teacher: Fay Gunter

Dates: November 23, 2013

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Class — Yoga Pants — FULL

This class is now full.

This slim fitting pant is in all the fashion stores this year.  Yoga pants are not just for exercise, they can be made in a variety of stretch fabrics  to look like dress pants. It has a slim fitting look with a 2″ waist band.  You should be able to complete this 3-piece yoga pants Silhouette Patterns, #3400 pattern in one class. It can be ordered online via the previous link for $14.00 US, plus shipping. The morning is for fitting and cutting, the afternoon is for construction.

For construction, a pant weight rayon knit is recommended. Peggy Sagers suggests a Ponte Roma.

Teacher: Mary Baxter

Dates: November 16, 2013

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Class — Textile Painting

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN COMPLETED

Learn the uses of and the methods for painting on fabric. This information may be used to decorate a simple canvas tote or an article of clothing for a child or adult. Fabrics should be hand washable and previously washed cottons or cotton blends are recommended.

Excellent examples of suitable fabrics include denim, cotton canvas, and any medium to heavy weight cotton /polyester blends. Other lighter weight fabrics can be used but are not recommended for the beginner. A photo or drawing of your design should be available for reference. Designs using freehand strokes rather than geometric patterns are also encouraged. Themes/ subjects for your designs could be animal studies, flowers, simple scenes or even abstract designs with free flowing brushwork. Each attendee should discuss their fabric chosen and design to be used a minimum of one week before the class to be assured that all is suitable for a successful, completed project. Projects completed will be hand washable. Those in attendance can choose to complete a tote with some or all supplied (kit) or bring some or all supplies for such projects as a decorated jacket or shirt, apron or skirt, etc.

Teacher: Linda Martin

The teacher for the class is Linda Martin who has taught fine arts for over 35 years and has experience with teaching adults ( evening classes) and children from 5 to 18 years old ( public school ) . She had also taught family studies, textiles and foods to children ages 12 to 16 years. Examples of completed work plus a questions and answers session can be done at the September Meeting using about 15 minutes of the evenings time.

Date: September 28, 2013

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Foundations Revealed Site for Corset Making

A friend in the costume studies program at Dalhousie University recommended some content from this Foundations Revealed site to start learning about corset making before the NSCAD class begins in mid-October which was written about in the previous post. The site is only partly free. I don’t know enough about it to recommend paying for it or not, but there is still some pretty serious stuff that is free regarding corset making.

My friend specifically pointed out this PDF called The Corsetmaking Revolution, the New Corset Pattern Drafting Masterclass. She said it was really helpful when she started out, even though she’s tailored her techniques and methods from it with experience and personal preferences.

For those of you taking the class, or just interested in corset making, you might find it and the Foundations Revealed site interesting. Enjoy and tell us how you find the rest of the site!