Tips and Tutorials: Fall Sewing and Knitting Workshops

I don't want summer to end but it's time to get organized for back to school. The learning never stops and if you're thinking of learning a new skill or sharpening the ones you already have registration is open for my Fall sewing and knitting workshops! All are in New York City and Brooklyn. Here is where you can find me teaching: 

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JCC Manhattan- 334 Amsterdam Ave. @ 76th St. 

Kids Crafts: Wearable Arts + Textile Design: Ages 7-10. TUESDAYS Sept. 5 -Jan. 16 // 3:45pm-4:45pm.

Is your child creative, with his or her own personal style? This class will introduce children to the fun of fiber arts, including knitting, crocheting, embroidery, hand sewing, weaving, and much more. Young artists will spend time learning techniques for each material, which they will then use to create one-of-a-kind accessories and artwork. 

Basics of Knitting: Adults. Section 1 TUESDAY Oct. 3rd 6:30pm-9:00pm // Section 2 TUESDAY Nov. 7th 6:30pm-9:00pm

In this introduction to knitting, students will learn the basics, from casting on to binding off, with simple stitches in between to create a scarf, hat, baby blanket, and more. All supplies included.

Knitting in the Round - Drop Stitch Cowl: Adults. TUESDAYS Oct. 10- Oct. 24.// 6:30pm-9:00pm

Building on the skills learned in Basics of Knitting, students will learn to make a fashionable and cozy cowl scarf to wear all winter long. The drop-stitch cowl is knit in the round with a decorative open stitch. Supply list will be emailed in advance. Prerequisite: Basics of Knitting or comparable knowledge.

Knitted Gifts- Baby Blanket: Adults. TUESDAYS Nov. 14- Nov. 28.// 6:30pm-9:00pm

Do you find that you want to make baby gifts instead of buying them? Hand-knit baby blankets make a special and personal gift to swaddle your nearest and dearest. This class builds on the skills learned in Basics of Knitting. Supply list will be emailed in advance. Prerequisite: Basics of Knitting or comparable knowledge.

Sewing - Mastering the Basics: Adults. WEDNESDAYS Nov. 29- Dec. 20. // 6:30pm-9:30pm

Change the whole look of your living room or bedroom by swapping out the pillows and making your own. This workshop will be a good introduction to sewing for beginners. The pillows are mainly sewn on a machine with some hand finishing. You will learn how to use and cut a pattern, use a sewing machine and various feet, attach piping, and slip stitch by hand. Limited space for enrollment. Supply list for fabric and notions will be emailed in advance.

Click title links for more info and to register. You do not need to be a member to join. 

Brooklyn Stitchery- 458 87th St. Bay Ridge

Join us at the Open House! FRIDAY Sept. 8th // 3:00pm-8:00pm

Learn about the classes offered, how open level classes work plus individual workshops will be announced!! I've got some great ones in the works! 

Adult Open Level: Ongoing TUESDAY/ FRIDAY // 10:30am-1:30pm /// 1 SATURDAY/month 10:00am-4:00pm

Beginners through advanced- work on your own project with guidance, learn how to use a commercial pattern and complete a project of your own! 

Kids & Teens Fashion Club: Ongoing FRIDAYS starting Sept. 15. Kids: 3:15pm-4:15pm. Teens: 5:00pm-6:30pm

Children and teens learn how to sew after school. They have creative control and learn a brand new skill set! Materials are included! 

Click title links for more information and to register. I will announce my Brooklyn Stitchery workshops soon! 

 

If interested and have questions don't hesitate to ask me in the comments. It's going to be a busy fall- time to learn something new! 

 

xo,
Karen

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My Projects: Ikat Beach Bag

My Projects is my place to share my craft as I attempt to make a handmade wardrobe.

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I hate to bombard you with two My Projects posts back to back but summer is flying by and this one is time sensitive. I certainly haven't been to the beach as often as I'd like but I did manage to make this large tote bag in time to use it as my designated beach bag. 

This tote bag fits everything. I love the large size and rounded zipper top. Did I mention pockets? One large pocket in the front and an extra large /wide pocket on the back. Inside I made three interior pockets. It was hard to get a shot of those. I can fit my towels, sunscreen, all the essentials and then some! 

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I chose a medium weight cotton Ikat print from India in denim blue and white pattern. I used blue cotton duck canvas for the bottom and straps. These straps are super sturdy! To give the bag strength and a professional shape, I not only interfaced the lining but also put in a middle layer of canvas. I couldn't be more happy with the results - the bag feels and looks store bought. Exactly what I want to achieve with my handmade wardrobe. 

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For the lining I used a quirky bird print fabric I found randomly one day shopping in the garment district here in New York City. I love the whimsy of it! 

Pattern: Senna Tote by LBG Studio. Available for download at Craftsy. Easy to use, great instructions that lead to a quality product. Highly recommend. 

Fabric:

Ikat Fabric from Vedah Designs. Ships from India- fast but give yourself time. I also made pillows out of this fabric and have a bit left. I may make a clutch.

9 oz. Canvas (both the blue and interior in white) from fabric.com. I actually find it hard to find great canvas and this is exactly what I was looking for.

Bird print lining: as mentioned- from my stash. Found at a random shop in the garment district. 

Well, I'm ready for another beach day! Let's squeeze as many as we can in. I hope you are enjoying your summer! 

xo,

Karen

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All photos by me.  Shot at Long Beach, NY. 

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