It’s official: I can now say that I’m a “fiber artist, blogger, and teacher” to describe what I do! Starting April 3, I will be teaching sewing classes at Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville, MA.
Back in January I gave a talk at Ignite Craft Boston (videos still aren’t posted yet) and met Gui Calvacanti, co-founder and President of Artisan’s Asylum. I enjoyed his presentation on how he started the craft studio two years ago and grew it the 31,000 square foot space it is currently in today. It’s an impressive space; I toured it two weeks ago when I went to meet with him and Molly Rubenstein, the Director of Operations, about teaching sewing classes. You gotta see it to believe it – welding, carpentry, computers, and sewing machines all in the same space along with studio spaces rented by local artists. Cool stuff.
I will be teaching two classes that build off of each other starting April 3 and running every Tuesday evening until May 1:
Sewing Knits (Without a Serger) April 3 & April 10
– The idea for this class actually came from a blog post I started writing but never finished. Every knit garment that you see here is made entirely with my straight-stitch machine, and I want to encourage those new to sewing the knit fabric that it is easy and possible without a serger.
Pattern Making: Knock-Off Your Favorite T-Shirt April 17, 24, & May 1
– This class picks up where the other leaves off: now that you know how to sew with knits, how do you make patterns? I’m really excited about this class because it shows how to make a pattern from something that you *know* will fit you well and also explores how to add design elements and change the sloper to create a new design. I’m thinking about showing how to change the neckline, add gathered sleeves, and create a A-line top…just some preliminary ideas.
I can’t wait to start planning these classes and sharing my knowledge with those looking to expand their sewing skills further. Join me for some sewing fun!