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An offering of Classes

Classes are provided for all skill levels, from beginning to advanced. Some of our more popular classes are listed here. Individual instruction is available. Class descriptions and pricing are subject to change. Please click on Knitting or Sewing below to download the Class Offerings with pricing and registration information.
 

2017 Class Offerings

 
 

~ Sewing ~

     

Elementary Level - Techniques

     

Sewing Machine Basics

 

Exploratory Sergery

This introductory session is for adults with little or no sewing experience. Learn about sewing tools, terminology, and basic functions of your sewing machine. Bring your machine along with its accessories and instruction manual.

Prerequisite: none
 

Need help with operating your serger? In this class, you will practice threading your machine, learn basic serging techniques, and find out how to adjust tension settings for various stitches and fabrics. Bring your serer, accessories and instruction manual.

Prerequisite: None

     

Elementary Level - Projects

 

 

 

Beginning Sewing

 

Young Sewers Level 1

This adult class is for new sewers or those needing to refresh their skills. You will make a pair of elastic waist pants or skirt using a pattern provided in class. One 6-hour session or two 3-hour sessions, includes pattern.

Prerequisite: must know how to use a sewing machine.
 

This is for young people aged 10 and up who have little or no experience with sewing. Students will make pull-on pants or shorts using pattern provided. Skills such as choosing fabric, determining size, cutting out a pattern, finishing seams, inserting elastic, and hemming will be taught. Proper use of sewing tools (including the sewing machine) will be covered.

Prerequisite: none

     

Intermediate Level - Projects

 

 

 

Fitting Solutions

Neither patterns nor ready-to-wear can accommodate all body shapes. This class will help you to alter any commercial pattern to fit your body using the Palmer/Pletsch method. Discover solutions to fit problems and pick up tips on creating flattering styles. Bring your own blouse, dress, or pants pattern and fabric.

Note: this is a hands-on session based on techniques used in the Palmer/Pletsch Sewing Vacation workshops. Information and dates for 2-day and 4-day workshops here at the Richland satellite location can be found at www.palmerpletsch.com.

Prerequisite: must have completed a previous Palmer/Pletsch workshop or have moderate to advanced skills in clothing construction.
     

Easy Knit Pants

 

Easy Knit Top

Fit and construct a pair of no-side-seam elastic waist pants. Learn techniques for handling knits as you create a pair of flattering pants. The pattern is included with your class fee. Advice will be provided before class about how to choose the appropriate fabric.

Prerequisite: must have moderate to advanced skills in clothing construction.

  Learn techniques for handling knits as you fit and sew a simple pullover top. The pattern is included with your class fee. Advice will be provided before class about how to choose the appropriate fabric.

Prerequisite: must have moderate to advanced skills in clothing construction.

Intermediate Level - Projects

 

Tailored Jacket

Sharpen your tailoring skills by creating a classic lined jacket. Modern techniques make tailoring easier and less time-consuming than traditional methods. In the first session, you will alter your pattern to fit; in session two, cut fabric and prepare jacket pieces. Remaining sessions will be spent on jacket construction. Learn about types of interfacing, plus where and how to use them; how to make perfect notched collars; and more.

Prerequisite: must have completed a Palmer/Pletsch Fit class or have advanced skills in clothing construction.

NOS Sessions

   

Sewing Help Not Otherwise Specified

If you need help with a sewing problem not described in this brochure, call us. Personalized assistance is available, within the areas of Janet’s expertise.
 

Special Sewing Sessions

Plan A: Come for a field trip to Fabrications and enjoy a day designed just for you. We can accomodate groups of up to 20 participants in a lecture setting. Depending upon your time frame, you may choose one or two presentations (call for our current offerings). We will work with you to select a mutually convenient date. There is no charge for this event. Just bring a group of friends for fun and shopping!!!

Plan B: Have your own class! Gather 2 to 4 people to take a class. We will work with you to select a mutually convenient date for one of our all-day or multi-day classes. Regular class fees apply.

Plan C: Let Janet come to you! Would your sewing group like to schedule seminars or workshops in your area? Let us know what topics are of interest and the time frame desired. Fees will vary depending on the presentation, time involved and travel factors. Further details will be provided upon request.
     

~ Knitting ~

     

Elementary Level - Techniques

       

Beginning Knitting

This class is for those with no prior knitting experience. It covers the four most basic steps (casting on, knitting, purling, binding off), as well as the two basic knitting structures (stockinette and garter stitch). Additionally, we will discuss needle types, yarns and gauge.

Prerequisite: none.
 

Intermediate Level - Techniques

 

Introduction to Short Rows

Short rows are made when you turn back before reaching the end of a row, creating pie-shaped wedges for artistic or functional effects. When combined with slipped stitches and bound-off slipped stitches, seamless gussets can be formed to make great looking sock heels and toes, among other things.

Prerequisite: must be able to cast on, knit, purl and bind off, and to follow a pattern.
 

Intermediate Level - Projects

 

Easy Felted Slipper

 
This class teaches how to make a felted slipper that folds flat for easy storage or packing. Techniques include a provisional cast-on, knitting flat for part of the slipper, then joining in the round on a single circular needle. After the toe is finished, a nearly invisible seam will replace the provisional cast-on yarn and will close the back of the slipper. Instructions for felting are included. Both slippers can be knitted in about 10-12 hours.

Prerequisite: must be able to cast on, knit, purl and bind off, as well as increase, decrease and knit in the round.
 

Advanced Level - Projects

 

Top-Down Sweater

 
This class teaches you how to custom-fit a sweater specifically for your body. The sweater will be knit top-down and seamless. Choose from patterns in the Fall Getaway booklet which include several spectacular pullovers and vests, cardigan and capelet, using a wide variety of yarns from Fabrications. In the first session, we will review the pattern, make modifications for your gauge and start to knit. From there, you will continue at home until reaching certain milestones, at which time you will arrange to come in for the next phase (armhole construction, styling, trim, etc.). When you sign up and schedule the class (must be in person), we will select the pattern and yarn.

Prerequisite: must be an experienced knitter who can follow a pattern and perform simple calculations.
 

Toe-Up Seamless Socks

 
This advanced class is for those who would like a rewarding challenge. Most socks are knitted from the top down, use flaps to create the heel, and end with a sewn closure for the toe. Knitting from the toe up eliminates seams and allows a custom fit, even to the point of having right and left socks if you so desire. We will use the single-needle, magic loop method of circular knitting.

Prerequisite: must be an experienced knitter comfortable with circular knitting, who can follow a pattern, perform simple calculations and is familiar with short row techniques (see class on Introduction to Short Rows).
 

~ Crochet ~

 

Elementary Level - Techniques

       

Beginning Crochet

This class is for those with no prior crocheting experience. Learn the basic crochet stitches as well as their abbreviations used in patterns. Additionally, we will discuss hook sizes, yarns and gauge.

Prerequisite: none.
 
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