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Build a Custom Blouse


with Candace Bischoff

Calendar Sep 10, 2021 at 12:30 pm

Friday, September 10, 2021
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $48

Do you find shopping for a blouse that works for you is just about impossible? The styles are just not right or the fabrics are all wrong, the cost is exorbitant or they just don't fit right. Well, this class will give you the information and skills to take just a very basic blouse pattern and create a wide variety of blouses. What style of collar do you want? Sleeve length? Cuffed? Fitted or not? Long tails or tuck-in length? Hem straight or scalloped? Your imagination is the only limit you have to having a closet full of fun blouses that fit your style, budget and size.

Candace's wardrobe is composed almost entirely of handmade garments. Come begin to learn the tips and tricks to making your own clothes!

The above photo pictures three of Candace's garments, all made from variations of one blouse pattern!

Students need to purchase before the class: 3 yards of fabric of choice, 1/3 yard light-weight interfacing [I prefer iron on], matching thread, 6-8 buttons. We recommend purchasing locally at Mary's Spinning Wheel!  

Bring to the Class: You will need pins, scissors and a sewing needle for some hand stitching. Bring your sewing machine (there will be a couple of machines available at the school too.) You can bring a standard shirt style blouse so we can size your pattern. If you want bring one of your favorite blouses you may want to duplicate or make similar and we may have time to create that pattern for you too.  

About the instructor: Candace Bischoff has been called a crafting fanatic. She sews, knits, crochets, embroiders, and  does cross stitch, needlepoint, and smocking. She's game to try almost any craft at least once, often combining crafts such as sewing and embroidery. Candace says, "My grandmother  introduced me to the sewing machine when I was 10, and I have sewn Barbie Doll clothes, prom dresses, my wardrobe from junior high school to the present, as well as many garments for friends  and family. I get frustrated with the clothing available today in the stores and make most of my own garments or alter the style or fit of store-bought items. I love making things unique to my need and styling. 

I love helping people learn a new craft or just expanding on their knowledge of the current craft. Come join us and see how much fun you can have with this new knowledge and techniques in sewing. 

Linoleum Print Patches


with Nora Rickey

Calendar Oct 2, 2021 at 1 pm

Saturday, October 2, 2021
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $48  Materials: $25

Students will learn how to carve a 4”x6” linoleum block to create prints and patches. Students will learn which fabric and inks are best for printing on fabric versus on paper. If you’ve ever wanted to create multiple works of wearble art, this is a good place to begin! 

Linoleum printing is a long practiced art form, in which you cut a design into the linoleum before printing it with ink. We will explore working with both fabric and paper. We encourage you to use the prints you make on fabric for mending your worn clothes! 

About the Instructor, Nora Rickey: I am a self taught visual artist and educator living in Minnesota. Raised in an artistic household and trained in NYC, I came into my visual arts practice when I moved back to the sweet Midwest. Here, I began exploring and teaching myself different fiber arts skills and incorporating them into my work. Whether a hidden secret or on full display, I love to create pieces that transform the wearer into art. 


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