​​​Here you will find a list and description of all of our current Special Interest (Guest Teacher, Naptime, and Serger) 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 Special Interest Classes. Please familiarize yourself with them. Please refer to each class below for a list of supplies.

Prerequisites for Naptime Classes:

  • basic sewing machine experience
  • Non-mobile babies are welcome to attend with their parent.
  • All fabric and supplies can be purchased in store or provided by yourself.  It is recommended that all fabric be wash prior to the class date.
  • Minimum registration is 3 students. Maximum is 5.

Prerequisites for Serger Classes:

  • Sewing Machine Basics or equivalent
  • Minimum registration is 3 students. Maximum is 4.

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.

Special Interest (Guest Teachers, Naptime, and Serger) Classes


 Serger Basics 1

​Do you have a love hate relationship with your serger? Are you too afraid to use it? Maybe you just can’t figure out how to get started. 

Do you want to rent the store serger to use outside of class hours?

If so, our beginner serger class will teach you the basics of serger use including the following techniques:

  • Threading the machine.
  • The purpose of 3 or 4 threads and how to convert to a rolled hem.
  • How to sew inside and outside curves.
  • How to make gathers with the differential feed.
  • How to finish a hem and make a neck binding (time permitting)
  • How to use the Coverstitch machine (time permitting)

**The studio has two sergers available for students, and this class is required for renting the serger by the hour in store.**

****If you want to use one of our sergers during the class, please select the appropriate ticket when checking out.  We CAN NOT and DO NOT guarantee that we will have one available for use during class if you do not select the 'Borrow our Serger' ticket.*****

The class fee includes a Sewing Club card which entitles the holder to 10 prepaid hours in our sewing studio (a $65 dollar value). At the end of the class, students will be given a 'Serger Certified' card that entitles them to use the store sergers during studio rental time.

Supply List:

  • Serger and instruction manual
  • 4 different coloured spools of thread
  • Fabric for practicing
  • Notebook 

March 14th

April 6th

May 4th


Mordant Printing with Julie Sinden

In this class, Julie will show students how to use three different thickened mordants, and two dyestuffs, to create pattern on fabric with natural dyes.

Students will use freezer paper to create stencils, then paint the thickened mordants onto the cloth.  It is also possible to print with lino cuts, woodblocks or silk screens.  After the mordant dries, we take it through the "dunging" process, which fixes it on the fabric, before dyeing each piece in either cochineal or weld.

All dye supplies are included.  Light refreshments will also be supplied, but students should bring a lunch if they desire.

Students will need to bring fabric to print on.  We suggest a solid, light coloured fabric such as quilting cotton or muslin.

Julie is an award winning textile artist originally from the quiet shores of Lake Erie, now living and working in Toronto. A lover of the fibre arts since she was a child, she studied textiles at the Kootenay School of the Arts, a small and eclectic school in the mountains of southeastern British Columbia, where she learned about the wonders of boiled wool from a fellow student. She began making her line of felted hats and accessories in 2006.
Aside from hat-making, Julie is passionate about natural dyeing (with plants and bugs and barks and such) a world she has been exploring after she fell in love with it in her first week of art school, back in 2002. In 2018, she launched The Love of Colour, a place to celebrate colour, plant dyes and making. She teaches dye classes across Ontario.
Please note that no refunds are possible for classes with guest teachers.  If you find you are unable to attend, please contact us.

May 2nd

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Indigo Dyeing with Julie Sinden

 

Indigo is the world's only natural source of colourfast true blue. In this day long workshop, we will begin by learning the history of this magical dye plant. Each student will then create their own organic fructose indigo vat. We will also explore some basic shibori and surface design techniques for creating pattern on cloth, and dye our bound, stitched and bundled pieces with the indigo.


All dye and supplies are provided, students bring their own fibres to dye and can dye anything they like - fabric, yarn, garments, etc. Light refreshments will also be supplied, but students should bring a lunch if they desire.


Julie is an award winning textile artist originally from the quiet shores of Lake Erie, now living and working in Toronto. A lover of the fibre arts since she was a child, she studied textiles at the Kootenay School of the Arts, a small and eclectic school in the mountains of southeastern British Columbia, where she learned about the wonders of boiled wool from a fellow student. She began making her line of felted hats and accessories in 2006.


Aside from hat-making, Julie is passionate about natural dyeing (with plants and bugs and barks and such) a world she has been exploring after she fell in love with it in her first week of art school, back in 2002. In 2018, she launched The Love of Colour, a place to celebrate colour, plant dyes and making. She teaches dye classes across Ontario.


Please note that no refunds are possible for classes with guest teachers.  If you find you are unable to attend, please contact us.


May 3rd

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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.

Please note that no refunds are possible for classes with guest teachers.  If you find you are unable to attend, please contact us.

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

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Modern Punch Needle Workshop with Danielle Folkerts

Punch Needle is an easy and addictive method of rug hooking! Using colour, composition and texture this traditional fibre medium is back with a modern twist. In this comprehensive Punch Needle workshop, with Danielle Folkerts, you will broaden your creative tool kit and discover all the materials, techniques, and resources needed to get started and create your own work of punch needle art!

You will learn how to create your own design, use a template, and transfer a pattern. Discover how to thread and use a punch needle tool, work with colour and texture, and use various techniques and tips to create a unique fibre artwork. Plus, dive into materials and uncover your creative style through an in-depth personal inspiration questionnaire! Danielle will show you how to troubleshoot any arising issues, and how to finish off your piece in a clean and professional way. Register today!

The class fee includes:

Pattern Template – Prairie Scene (Optional to use)

  • Create your own Pattern Template (You can choose your own image)
  • Foundation Cloth
  • 5” Embroidery Hoop
  • The Travelling Artisan Punch Needle Guide
  • Yarn to complete the project
  • Glossary & Resource Guide
  • Find Your Inspiration/Style Quiz

* Punch needles are borrowed during the workshop and may be purchased at the end of the class. Additional materials are provided to help complete your final project. This class is great for beginners. No experience required.

We have all the supplies and material that you may need after your workshop for your next project!

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

“When I'm not in the studio painting or buried under a pile of wool working on textile projects, you can find me developing and instructing creative workshops. I’m known for my expressive paintings, travel-inspired textiles, upbeat and comprehensive workshops, and vibrant large-scale murals for Lululemon and more. I discovered punch needle 3 years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since! I’ve taken several workshops in Toronto, worked alongside avid “punchers”, and I’m thrilled to finally share this beautiful and addictive craft with you all!” - Danielle Folkerts

Learn more at: www.daniellefolkerts.com

Instagram: @thetravellingartisan & @travellingartisanworkshops

Please note that no refunds are possible for classes with guest teachers.  If you find you are unable to attend, please contact us.

June 27th 10am-1pm

June 27th 2pm-5pm