​​Here you will find a list and description of all of our current Advanced Beginner classes. Scroll down to see all the options and when you see the one you want to take follow the Book Now link to be taken to our Booking site to reserve your spot.

The following prerequisites and class policies apply to all Advanced Beginner Classes. Please familiarize yourself with them. Please refer to each class below for a list of supplies.

Prerequisites:

  • A couple of Beginner classes such as Infinity Scarf, Triangle Scarf, Cocoon Wrap, Envelope Pillow Cover or Pet Bandana
  • All fabric and supplies can be purchased in store or provided by yourself. We recommend washing fabric before the start of class.
  • Minimum registration for this class is 3 students. Maximum is 8.
  • These classes are for those ages 16 and up.

Space in our classes is limited, therefore in order to reserve your seat, a 100% non-refundable deposit is required. You may register for a class in person, online, or over the phone (613-854-9091) with a credit card.

There are no refunds for classes. Please note that we reserve the right to postpone and reschedule a class because of unforeseen circumstances. ​We will make every effort to contact our students to inform them that a class has been cancelled and arrange makeup classes.

Please refer to our Class Policies for more information before scheduling a class.

Advanced Beginner Classes 


Wax & Wool Tote

A classic and sophisticated tote featuring waxed canvas. This simple and elegant tote will look great with anything and will keep your must-have essentials close at hand. A divided front pocket is perfect for stashing keys and a phone. Don't let the name fool you, this tote is great in all types of fabrics! 

This bag features divided exterior pockets, interior slip pocket, and a durable waxed canvas contrast bottom.   Learn about applying interfacing, and perfect your top-stitching!

Supplies:

  • 0.75m exterior fabric such as cotton or blended canvas, waxed canvas, denim, wool, twill, home dec.
  • 1m lining fabric (non-directional) such as cotton or blended canvas, waxed canvas, denim, wool, twill, home dec
  • 0.5m yard contrast bottom fabric such as waxed canvas, oilskin, or heavy canvas
  • 2m fusible woven interfacing (Pellon SF101 - 20" wide)
  • (2) 1”-wide leather handles or cotton webbing, 28” long (or longer if you want longer shoulder straps)
  • coordinating thread

February 19th & 26th

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Visible Mending with Foxprint Fibres

Using sashiko stitches and boro patchwork methods to repair denim garments. Students are invited to bring in denim jeans, jackets and skirts that have holes, tears, frays, etc. and that they would like to repair in a functional and aesthetically pleasing way. This workshop takes students through all the stages of making a repair that will withstand use, approaching each “wound” as a separate case requiring a unique strategy. Students will learn how to use a grid to make even and visually stunning sashiko stitches to secure patches, and will also explore how free-hand stitches can add playfulness to their repairs. To make the repairs we will be using sashiko thread pre-dyed by the instructor with natural dyes. By observing the varied repairs we encounter in class, students will gain the confidence to tackle other repairs at home and be proud of their own efforts to create a sustainable wardrobe.

Andrea of Foxprint Fibres is a textile artist practicing out of Saint-Lazarre, Quebec.  Specializing in eco-dyeing textiles, threads, and yarns to enhance your handworked embellishments, she can be found on Etsy and craft shows across Ontario and Quebec.

Materials provided to the student to take home: Sashiko needle set (2 needles of different lengths), pre-dyed sashiko thread, a wash-away marking pencil, and denim patches cut to the size of their unique repair(s).

Materials provided by the instructor for use in the workshop only: Thread and needles for basting patches, tools (such as scissors, rulers, etc), iron, ironing board

Students are required to bring in (a) denim garment(s) in need of repair.

February 22nd 10:30am - 1:30pm, and 2:00pm - 5:00pm

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Eco Dyeing with Fox Print Fibres

Using the raw materials of natural dyes (including dried marigold flowers, logwood bark, cochineal beetles and onion skins) and the steam-bundling method of dyeing, we will “paint” a beautiful landscape of colour on a silk habotai scarf. Students will learn the basics of natural dyeing on protein fibres, including scouring and mordanting, and will come away with a wearable finished object as unique as they are; it is a memorable introduction to natural dyes as the results are always quite stunning.

Andrea of Foxprint Fibres is a textile artist practicing out of Saint-Lazarre, Quebec.  Specializing in eco-dyeing textiles, threads, and yarns to enhance your handworked embellishments, she can be found on Etsy and craft shows across Ontario and Quebec.

Materials provided to the student to take home: an 8” X 54” rolled-hem silk habotai scarf

Materials provided by the instructor for use in the workshop only: A variety of natural dyes, equipment for steam-bundling (cooktop, tongs, string, gloves, etc.)

Students are requested to bring in an apron and to wear older clothes as dyes may stain.

February 23rd

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Underwear for Kids and Adults!

In this class you'll learn how to make underwear for men or women! Use up your scraps to make super comfy, customized and colourful underwear. This is the ultimate in 'sew instead of doing laundry' project.

You can purchase the briefs/women's pattern by clicking here.

You can purchase the boxers/men's pattern by clicking here.

You can purchase the kid's pattern by clicking here.

Please bring the printed out and taped together pattern. Each pattern has the option of only printing the size that you need!

Supply List:

  • 3/4m of cotton lycra jersey for the body of the underwear (depending on size)
  • 1/4m of cotton lycra jersey with at least 5% lycra if you are making the waist and leg bands, can be the same fabric as body (depending on size)
  • matching thread as desired

March 23rd


Boxy Pouch

Deceptively basic, this Box Pouch (also known as Dopp Kits, or Toiletry Bag) really shines in its simplicity.  Make it in a pattern canvas for a fun gift, or in a twill for a rugged and hardwearing travel companion.

Supplies:

  • 1 fat quarter of mid weight fabric such as quilting cotton, twill, or lightweight canvas for outer fabric
  • 1 fat quarter of mid weight fabric such as quilting cotton, twill, or lightweight canvas for lining fabric
  • 12inch zipper
  • 0.5m of fusible interfacing such as SF101
  • 4inch by 6inch scrap of complimentary fabric for zipper plus 
  • coordinating thread

March 27th