The gift of learning will last a lifetime. Learning skills that can be perfected and expanded upon through the years is sure to bring pleasure and exciting challenges. The School of Making’s sewing workshops in the coming year allows you to gift these joys to the maker in your life.

The Intro to Hand-Sewing Workshops on March 13th and August 14th of 2020 is ideal for the beginner hand-sewer wanting to hone their skills. All makers will receive instruction on the physics of sewing, the reverse applique technique, and the basics of garment construction.

Our One-Day Embroidery Workshop on October 9, 2020 pairs instruction from The School of Making team with Natalie’s latest book, The Geometry of Hand-Sewing. Every maker will be instructed on the physics of sewing, a variety of embroidery stitches, and garment construction basics. Practicing the embroidery stitches will utilize the die-cut grids found in The Geometry of Hand-Sewing.  This workshop is intended for both beginner and experienced sewers alike.

The Three-Day Workshop opens the studio doors to both experienced and beginner sewers and allows attendees to work with Natalie, our team, a selection of our most popular DIY garment patterns, and the extensive stencil library. The itinerary of the Three-Day Workshop also includes a Swampette tour of the Shoals music scene, a lecture on the history of Alabama Chanin from Natalie, and a studio tour. There are two sessions available: May 21 – 23, 2020 and November 5 – 7, 2020.

During the Classic Studio Week, scheduled for July 1st through 5th, each maker will be totally immersed in Alabama Chanin’s philosophies, methods, materials, and products. They will experiment with several different techniques in hand sewing and will be guided through each step in the process of creating a garment from The School of Making. Yoga sessions, sightseeing, and delicious, locally-sourced meals are also included in this event.

Finally, our Patternmaking Weeklong Workshop, happening June 15 – 19, 2020,  highlights Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns and focuses on taking measurements, creating a customized sloper using our T-shirt pattern, making alterations to existing The School of Making patterns, and reviewing how to create and grade garment patterns for cotton jersey. Attendees will also receive instruction on the physics of sewing and various hand-embroidery techniques.

Included with all of our workshops will be a customized DIY Kit that each maker will be able to work on during the workshop.

To purchase any of these workshops as a gift (or for yourself), visit our Workshops + Events page here, or give us a call at 256-760-1090.


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