You’ve been asking for them! So here they are! Of course we didn’t want to offer just any old class…so here are two phenomenal classes that you will just love, love love! Class sizes are small – for obvious reasons, where would everyone sit to work? Plus we want to offer as much individualized attention as possible. Please note these particular classes are for adults. We’ll let you know when we are ready for the kiddos! Thanks!
Registering for class:
We are working on a new, soon-to-be live website through which you will be able to sign up for classes, but until then, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and phone number. And, if you need to cancel, please try to give us a 24 hour heads up. I’m anticipating that we will have a waiting list from which I can fill your spot if you can’t make it.
Thank you for your understanding!
The Kelly Tote
Thursday April 18, 6-9pm
Learn to make this fabulous canvas tote bag! Super roomy and durable with lots of pockets for sunglasses and sunscreen OR baby bottles and wipes! You decide how crazy you want to be with the fabric and trim you choose. We used cotton duck and our new Kokka circus print canvas for our samples! Adorable!
FInished size is 17″ wide x 16″ tall x 6″ wide.
Cost: $60. Includes class (and use of our sewing machines and scissors, etc. – or you may bring your own), take-home instructions, interfacing, strapping, magnetic closure, light refreshments.
Not included in the price of the class: fabric and trim.
Class size: 6
Requirements: Must have some sewing experience (i.e., you are comfortable operating a sewing machine!)
Fabric: Medium- or light-weight canvas is ideal. Please have the following purchased and cut PRIOR to coming to class: Two 18″ squares of fabric for pockets, two 18″ squares of fabric for outside of bag, and two 18″ squares of fabric for inside of bag (so 1/2 yard of each fabric). You will also need 1 1/4 yards of ribbon for handles and another 1 1/4 yards of ribbon for additional accents.
If you would like to make one exactly like one of the samples shown, let me know and I can have your fabric ready when you come to class. The price of fabric and trim for the green elephant bag is $33.63 plus tax. The fabric and trim for the blue circus bag is $39.38 plus tax.
I also have tons of other fabric combination suggestions…PLEASE CHECK OUT our next blog posting: suggestions for your tote bag! If you place your order ahead of time I can send you a PayPal invoice and have your fabric ready when you come to class. Otherwise you will have to stop down ahead of time and pick up your goodies!
Your instructor: Kelly O’Toole is the owner and designer of Scarlett O, a handbag and accessory business. Kelly graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Fashion Design. She has been creating unique, well-crafted handbags and accessories for the past 10 years. Her bags are sold at Juma Gallery in Little Italy and can also be found at the Shaker Square farmers’ market on most Saturdays from April through September.
Thursday, May 2, 6-8pm
Don’t your sewing needles deserve a chic little pied-a-terre? Mais bien sur; of course they do! Begin your new love of French cartonnage with this simply elegant needlecase (or porte aiguilles, as our Gaulic girlfriends call them). Cartonnage is the art of covering mat board with beautiful fabric and/or paper to make boxes, picture frames and other functional items. This needlecase has a pocket for storing a package of needles as well as a felted side for storing used needles.
Finished size folded is 4 1/4″ x 3 1/8″.
Requirements: No experience required. This is a beginner level class. Nothing to prepare!!
Your instructor: Betsy Begue is an experienced teacher who lived as an ex-pat in France for five years. While there, she discovered cartonnage, the French art of creating objects from mat board and then covering them with beautiful fabric, paper and trimmings. She studied in the Atelier of Fanchon Grand, eventually teaching international students who were as passionate about cartonnage as she is. In September of 2012, she returned to the Atelier for further instruction, renewing old friendships and returning home with many new ideas and supplies for the cartonnage classes she now teaches in North Canton, Ohio. Betsy will be a featured Instructor at Artiscape, an artists convention in Columbus, Ohio this April 18th-21st.