28 Sep

R2R 3 Days

Join creative thinkers and community builders for three days of dialogue, workshops, and exploration.

Link to conference agenda: http://www.ruralcreativity.org/conference-agenda/

REGISTRATION INCLUDES COURSE FEES ONLY. 
If you are uncomfortable with online registration, please call 226-523-1419.

 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 
 

 
 

 

22 Jul

OPEN STUDIO: Tambour Work & All Projects Time!

 Tanya 2Come see a Tambour artist at work! Tanya White will be on hand for this Open Studio to demo her technique and answer any questions you might have about the practice. Tanya White is a graduate of the Ryerson School of Fashion with a BA in Fashion Design and an MA in Fashion. In her Master’s research she began studying and practicing tambour hand embroidery to interpret portraiture.  Her training included going to the Lesage School of Embroidery in Paris, France in 2011 and 2012. Besides teaching at Ryerson in both the undergraduate and master’s programs, she has worked in the Canadian Bridal industry in mass-market production and custom markets.

Tambour work/beading is hand embroidery executed with a tambour hook (ari) using chain stitch to secure beads, sequins and pearls. The fabric is stretched within a wooden frame to give firm and consistent tension. The beads/sequins that are used are purchased already strung and then transferred to the practitioner’s spool of thread. The chain stitch can be used for other techniques such as metallic and silk thread work using various stitch lengths to achieve designs and patterns. This method was used historically and currently predominantly in France (haute couture industry) and India to hand embellish garments, furniture, linens, etc.

What you need to bring:
Any project you feel like working on whether it be from one of the classes or one of your own devising.

Materials: $0

Cost: $10 (Register Now)

This Open Studio is Free if you've registered for or attended any of the FACTS classes on July 18, 19, 20, 21 or 22.

 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 

21 Jul

OPEN STUDIO: Tambour Work and All Projects Night!

Tanya 2Come see a Tambour artist at work! Tanya White will be on hand for this Open Studio to demo her technique and answer any questions you might have about the practice. Tanya White is a graduate of the Ryerson School of Fashion with a BA in Fashion Design and an MA in Fashion. In her Master’s research she began studying and practicing tambour hand embroidery to interpret portraiture. Her training included going to the Lesage School of Embroidery in Paris, France in 2011 and 2012. Besides teaching at Ryerson in both the undergraduate and master’s programs, she has worked in the Canadian Bridal industry in mass-market production and custom markets.

Tambour work/beading is hand embroidery executed with a tambour hook (ari) using chain stitch to secure beads, sequins and pearls. The fabric is stretched within a wooden frame to give firm and consistent tension. The beads/sequins that are used are purchased already strung and then transferred to the practitioner’s spool of thread. The chain stitch can be used for other techniques such as metallic and silk thread work using various stitch lengths to achieve designs and patterns. This method was used historically and currently predominantly in France (haute couture industry) and India to hand embellish garments, furniture, linens, etc.

What you need to bring:
Any project you feel like working on whether it be from one of the classes or one of your own devising.

Cost: $10

Materials: $0

This Open Studio is Free if you've registered for or attended any of the FACTS classes on July 18, 19, 20, 21 or 22.

 

 

 

20 Jul

Sustainable Fashion Design– Fit and Redesign

3 dresses letter sized posterSo many times we throw out clothes because they do not fit properly or styles have changed. This sustainable fashion class teaches you how to alter your clothes to fit you better, flatter your shape and reflect current trends. Demos will also include how to merge two pieces of clothing into an entirely new garment. Depending on the request of the participants, we will look at such techniques as altering darts, tucks, internal seams, armholes, sleeves, necklines and changing hems as well as examining how to add details such as pockets, collars, cuffs and decorative finishes. Sewing machines and sergers will be available for participants to use. The class offers both inspiration and knowledge about how to renew your wardrobe – you may not finish anything during the class but you will leave with lots of ideas! Projects can be worked on during any remaining Open Studio Nights on July 21st and 22nd.

This class is part of the FACTS Pattern Drafting and Apparel Design Class Series.

What you need to bring

Up to 5 pieces of clothing you would like to alter or change. Matching thread colours. Pencil, eraser, notebook, measuring tape, scotch tape, paper scissors, fabric scissors, straight pins, tracing wheel, stitch ripper, French curve, Imperial quilting ruler. (Sewing Supplies can be borrowed or purchased from instructor)

Instructor: Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston

Materials Cost: $5 (payable day of class)

Class Cost: $30 (Register Now)

 
 
 

 

20 Jul

Pattern Drafting – Collars – Convertible, Two Piece & Roll

convertible, roll, two pieceThis course will show you how to measure and draft convertible, two piece and roll collars. You can draft collars to fit onto your basic bodice block, on an existing garment or change the collar on a store bought pattern. Bring in ideas for the collars you would like to try or the garments you would like to redesign with a new collar. During class you can draft up and sew a mock-up of the collar from one of the three listed styles. At the end of the session you will have a set of instructions, patterns and a muslin mock-up of a collar of your choice. Demos will include various garments and styles as well as manipulating store bought patterns.

No previous experiences necessary

This class is part of the FACTS Pattern Drafting and Apparel Design Class Series.

What you need to bring

Pencil, eraser, notebook, measuring tape, scotch tape, paper scissors, fabric scissors, straight pins, tracing wheel, stitch ripper, French curve, Imperial quilting ruler. (Sewing Supplies can be borrowed or purchased from instructor)

Instructor: Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston

Materials Cost: $5 (payable day of class)

Class Cost: $30 (Register Now)

 
 
 

 

 

 

19 Jul

Pattern Drafting – Collars – Stand, Mandarin & Flat

stand mandarin flat collars squareThis course will show you how to measure and draft stand, Mandarin and flat collars. You can draft collars to fit onto your basic bodice block, on an existing garment or change the collar on a store bought pattern. Bring in ideas for the collars you would like to try or the garments you would like to redesign with a new collar and during class you can draft up and sew a mock-up of the collar from one of the three listed styles. At the end of the session you will have a set of instructions, patterns and a muslin mock-up of a collar of your choice. Demos will include various garments and styles as well as manipulating store bought patterns.

No previous experiences necessary

This class is part of the FACTS Pattern Drafting and Apparel Design Class Series.

What you need to bring
Pencil, eraser, notebook, measuring tape, scotch tape, paper scissors, fabric scissors, straight pins, tracing wheel, stitch ripper, French curve, Imperial quilting ruler. (Sewing Supplies can be borrowed or purchased from instructor)

Instructor: Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston

Materials Cost: $5 (payable day of class)

Class Cost: $30 (Register now)

 
 
 

 

 

 

18 Jul

Pattern Drafting – Skirts

skirt-squareThe fitted skirt block is the basis for developing the majority of skirt styles in pattern drafting. In this introductory class, develop a fitted skirt draft that fits you perfectly. Using your own measurements you will draft a fitted skirt with darts, build the skirt in muslin to perfect the fit and alter your block for future use in skirt and dress designs. At the end of the session you will have a set of instructions, your own personal skirt block and a muslin sample.

No previous experience necessary.

This class is part of the FACTS Pattern Drafting and Apparel Design Class Series.

What you need to bring

Pencil, eraser, notebook, measuring tape, scotch tape, paper scissors, fabric scissors, straight pins, tracing wheel, stitch ripper, french curve, imperial quilting ruler. (Sewing Supplies can be borrowed or purchased from instructor)

Instructor: Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston

Materials Cost: $ 15 (payable day of Class)

Class Cost: $30 (Register now)

 
 
 

 

 

 

16 Jul

Wet Felting

wet-felting-squareDuring this day-long workshop you will learn how to make a pair of felted wool slippers. The entire process will be explored and examined, including different techniques of laying out wool, shrinkage tests, using a resist and fulling and finishing techniques.  Many examples of different felting methods and wools will be on hand to examine and compare. You will leave with a unique pair of slippers and a record of your felting experiments. The wool being used for the class will be from local farms in the Upper Canada Fibreshed.

No previous felting experience is required.

What you need to bring:
3-4 old towels, notebook and pencil.

Instructor: Jennifer Osborn

Materials Cost: $50

Class Cost: $60

 

 
 
 

 

 

14 Jul

OPEN STUDIO – Mending Party

mending party squareDo you have a pile of clothes that need to be mended? Jeans that need to be patched? Skirts or pants that need to be hemmed? Buttons that have to be replaced? Sweaters or t-shirts that have holes in them? Come to the mending party!  

Not sure how to fix and revive your clothes? Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston, who has spent years mending costumes for the theatre, will offer up advice, examples and ideas on how to mend and renew up your clothes. Sewing machines, sergers and irons will be available along with basic mending and decorating supplies.

All levels of experience welcome.

What you need to bring:
Clothes that need mending, matching thread, basic sewing kit if you have one. Or any project you feel like working on whether it be from one of the classes or one of your own devising. .

Cost: $10

Materials: Supplies and mending supplies can be purchased from instructor.

This Open Studio is Free if you've registered for or attended any of the FACTS classes on July 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15.