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Sewing, Textiles & Fiber Arts Workshops



Modern Macramé Wall Hanging or Plant Hammock

Weaving with macramé has seen many popular phases since the 13th Century for both its utility and artistry alike. Originating from North Africa, migramah, or macramé, is now popular throughout the world for its uses in plant hanging and aesthetic in home design. Using quality USA made 100% cotton chord of various girths, plies, and dyes students will build on their basic skill set by exploring and practicing unique knot combinations and sequences. Students also will have the option of experimenting with driftwood, brass rods and rings, beads, shells, and copper wire.

You will go home with your handmade macrame wall hanging or plant hammock, and leave rejuvenated with newfound creativity and inspiring techniques to make more beautiful projects at home!

Some experience is helpful, but not necessary!

Sat. June 1  CLASS CANCELLED
9:00 - 10:30 am
Room: 1520
Register before May 30:  $88
Register after May 30:  $92
Register 2 or more: $80 each
Plus a $40 materials fee paid in class

register online

 

Hana O’Brien is a Tunisian-American citizen, San Francisco native, and resident of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Hana has evolved her lifestyle into a work of art. Inspired by a lifetime of travel and a career in horticulture, wine, and design she uses her skill, experience and talent to render true botanical paradise. She is the owner of Blue Green Soleil.

 


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., July 20 & 21
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before May 30:  $58
Register after May 30:  $65
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!

 


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.

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.

4 Fri., June 7 - 28
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before May 30: $135
Register after May 30: $148

register online


4 Fri., August 2 - 23
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before May 30: $135
Register after May 30: $148

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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.

 



Pattern Making From An Existing Garment

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Have you ever thought, “I love this so much, I wish I had another just like it”? Whether it’s a favorite skirt that has become threadbare, a favorite shirt you wish you had in another color, or want to learn how to create a pattern from an existing garment, this workshop is for you. Learn and practice the basics of pattern making, and the tools and tricks for replicating garments.

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, great music and good company!

Some limitations may apply, based on original garment, fabric and time of this workshop. Students need to bring 3 options for potential garments they want to use to create a pattern to the first class. The instructor will work with each student to choose the best option.

Please see the Class Resources web page for a list of materials and tools that are provided in class.

Register Early! Class limited to only 14 students.

Sat. & Sun., June 29 & 30
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before May 30:  $148
Register after May 30:  $160
Register 2 or more: $145 each

plus $40 materials fee at registration

register online

 

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.

Sun., July 14
2:00 – 4:30 pm
Room: 1520

Register before May 30: $45
Register after May 30: $50
Register two or more: $38 each

Plus a $20 materials fee paid at registration

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Kaitlin Hebard Bonifacio - see bio

 


Colors from Nature: An Exploration of Botanical Dye

Come explore vibrant, rich color through botanical dyeing with organic materials. Students will learn to prepare muslin fabric for natural dyes, how to ensure the brightest and longest lasting natural colors, and how to coax a range of colors from a variety of natural and everyday materials. Each class meeting we will work with different plants, food, soot, and even insects! We will also explore manipulation of color through after-dye treatments. Students will develop an intuition for how to prepare natural dyes with materials they are able to gather on their own.

Each student will make six 18" x 18" muslin squares colored in six different natural dyes. Students will also go home with the knowledge and experience to create natural dyes on their own from organic materials, as well as the instructions for treating fabric before dyeing.

Please wear clothes you can get mess in, and you may bring an apron if you like!

3 Sat., July 13 - 27
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Room: 1520

Register before May 30: $ 98
Register after May 30: $110
Register 2 or more: $88 each
Plus a $35 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.

 


Making Boro Bags

Boro is a word used to describe Japanese textiles that have been pieced, patched, repaired and passed down from generation to generation. Boro textiles are utilitarian objects that are rich and sumptuous and that, although old in age, possess a contemporary aesthetic. In this workshop students will use one piece of cloth as a sampler incorporating stitching, patching and mending techniques that are specific to Boro and then use that cloth to create a traditional Japanese style bag.

Students will have their choice of creating a tsunobukuro or an azumabukuro, and will receive directions on how to make both. Both bags are equally ingenious designs, simple to make and very different from one another. The finished product will be a bag with Boro stitching that will serve as inspiration for future projects, and is a bag that can be used as a project bag, shopping bag, or a wrapping for a very special gift.

This workshop is appropriate for beginners wanting to learn stitching or experienced artists and makers wanting to incorporate a new aesthetic into their work.

Basic materials will be provided but students are encouraged to bring fabric scraps and thread that will make their bags personal and unique to them. Also bring: fabric scissors, pins, needles in a variety of sizes, and pencil. Students are welcome to bring their own sewing machine for sewing the bag together.

Sat., August 31
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before May 30:  $98
Register after May 30:  $110
plus $20 materials fee paid in class

register online

 

Jody Alexander is an artist, bookbinder, librarian and teacher who lives and works in Santa Cruz, California. She combines textiles and found objects with discarded books, and gives them new life as scrolls, wall pieces, books, sculptural objects and installations. Her current work is inspired by the art of repair, mending techniques, and reuse.

 


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