Workshops

Jump into one of Ragfinery’s workshops and find inspiration and a lively creative community! Our sewing and crafting classes are taught by local artists and are geared toward helping participants learn creative new ways to keep textiles out of the landfill and to bring new life to things they already own. Browse our list of offerings below and contact us if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.

If you’re interested in a class which is full, please call us at (360) 738-6977 to be added to our waiting list.


 

CLASS FULL – Make Your Own Embroidered Patch

Make a one of a kind, hand embroidered patch. In this 2 hour workshop, you'll make a patch using one of the images created by local artist, Erin Eggenburg. Choose from a moth, mushroom, eye or flower (or bring your own image) to create a patch perfect for a bag or jacket. Impact: These patches ...Read more >

2019-12-09T17:24:59-08:00

FREE: KIDS Drop-In Ornaments

Stop in and make your own heirloom wool ornament out of discarded garments! Make your ornament using one of our many stencils or freestyle it! This is perfect for children, parents with their children, or anyone who is young at heart. Participants will learn how to sew the running stitch to make these stuffed wool ...Read more >

2019-10-07T15:26:36-08:00

FREE: Drop-In Mending

Bring in your garments, gear, and household items in need of repair or alteration and a Ragfinery staff member will walk you through mending them! This drop-in mending session will focus on machine and hand-sewing, and will not include help with darning. This workshop is made possible through grant funding and is a part of ...Read more >

2019-10-07T15:10:54-08:00

CLASS FULL – No-Sew Braided Rugs

Learn how to craft a beautiful no-sew braided rug from old sheets! This four strand technique eliminates the need for sewing braids together and results in a sturdy rug able to withstand the modern washer and drier.  Impact: Worn, torn, or stained fabrics are diverted from the landfill. Participant and Materials Requirements: Please bring sharp scissors, 2 old ...Read more >

2019-10-23T13:06:26-08:00

Introduction to Weaving

Note: This class runs three Saturdays: 1/4, 1/18 and 1/25, 10am-1pm.  Learn to weave with Aurora Lindquist!  In a series of three Saturday morning sessions, learn to plan a weaving project and what materials to use, warp a loom, and create your own 2’ by 4′ rug. Impact: Scraps of fabric and used clothing are saved from ...Read more >

2019-11-10T18:11:54-08:00

CLASS FULL – Needle Felted Gnomes

These adorable little creatures come together like magic! In this workshop you will sculpt wool roving into charming gnomes to give as one-of-a-kind, handmade gift or keep all for yourself. Your gnome can be turned into a magnet, pin or travel sized friend. Ages 7+ Impact: Castaway natural wool roving is transformed into an ornament ...Read more >

2019-12-04T13:54:48-08:00

CLASS FULL – No-Sew Braided Rugs

Learn how to craft a beautiful no-sew braided rug from old sheets! This four strand technique eliminates the need for sewing braids together and results in a sturdy rug able to withstand the modern washer and dryer.  Impact: Worn, torn, or stained fabrics are diverted from the landfill. Participant and Materials Requirements: Please bring sharp scissors, 2 old ...Read more >

2019-12-02T14:37:31-08:00

Introduction to Sewing Machines

Ever wanted to learn how to use a sewing machine? Then this is the class for you! Learn to use and care for sewing machines with this hands-on workshop on Ragfinery's Baby Lock sewing machines. You will receive a take-home chart of common sewing machine functions that are standard for most electronic and computerized machines, ...Read more >

2019-11-10T18:10:48-08:00

CLASS FULL – Coiled Fabric Baskets

This class will teach you to make sturdy baskets from almost any kind of scrap fabric! Thick strips of fabric are twisted and bound together with yarn, strong cotton string, or thin strips of more fabric. Learn this simple technique, then take your new skills home with you and continue creating to your heart’s content. ...Read more >

2019-12-03T11:07:38-08:00

Sashiko Style Mending

Sashiko mending is a Japanese style of visible mending that uses embroidery stitching to create beautiful surface designs. It’s simple to learn, but has endless style variations. In this workshop you’ll learn the basics of sashiko and various sashiko patterns and styles of mending. You will design a sashiko patch, and go home with a ...Read more >

2019-11-10T18:10:05-08:00

Knitting Basics: Scrappy Banner

In this class, you’ll not only learn the basics of knitting, but you’ll come home with your very own garter stitch banner - perfect for bringing whimsy and brightness to any part of your house! This class will teach you all you need to know to start knitting: how to cast onto the needles, how ...Read more >

2019-11-20T14:51:17-08:00

Weaving Table Runners

Note: This class runs two Saturdays: 2/1 and 2/8, 10am-3:30pm with an hour lunch period.  Decorate your table with your very own custom-made table runner! In this workshop, you’ll learn Rep Weave technique, making a lovely and unique table runner. Previous weaving experience helpful but not required. Ages 12+ Impact: Strips of upcycled fabric and yarn ...Read more >

2019-12-10T11:09:30-08:00

Upcycled Glittens: Fingerless Gloves

Learn how to upcycle a sweater into a warm and beautiful pair of glitten fingerless gloves. The option for a mitten top helps with those bitter cold days. Cashmere, merino wool, and lambswool sweaters make for cozy and fashionable cold weather accessory. Ages 12+ Impact: Damaged and discarded sweaters are given a new life as functional ...Read more >

2019-12-09T17:20:30-08:00

Sashiko Style Mending

Sashiko mending is a Japanese style of visible mending that uses embroidery stitching to create beautiful surface designs. It’s simple to learn, but has endless style variations. In this workshop you’ll learn the basics of sashiko and various sashiko patterns and styles of mending. You will design a sashiko patch, and go home with a ...Read more >

2019-12-09T17:27:24-08:00

No-Sew Braided Rugs

Learn how to craft a beautiful no-sew braided rug from old sheets! This four strand technique eliminates the need for sewing braids together and results in a sturdy rug able to withstand the modern washer and dryer.  Impact: Worn, torn, or stained fabrics are diverted from the landfill. Participant and Materials Requirements: Please bring sharp scissors, 2 old ...Read more >

2019-12-09T17:28:55-08:00

Upcycle Sewing

Note: This workshop is held on two consecutive Saturdays, 2/15 and 2/22. This workshop focuses on teaching you to upcycle or alter your own clothes and is taught by the patient and personable, Brigitte. Start with the basics, learning about the care and use of a sewing machine, then jump right into sewing! Students of ...Read more >

2019-12-09T17:32:50-08:00

Beginning Spinning: Drop Spindle to Wheel

Start your skill journey with the ancient craft of drop spindle spinning. Participants will explore the use of the top whorl drop spindle and hear the stories of this old-world essential textile process.  Move on to trying your hand with a spinning wheel for further skill development. Ages 9+ Impact: Mastering this simple skill for ...Read more >

2019-12-09T17:36:29-08:00

Darning & Other Hand Mending

Bring socks! We'll learn a good technique for darning them. If you have other items in need of mending, like a sweater with holes, bring those as well. This is a let's-mend-what-you-got class! Ages 12+ Impact: Torn and worn clothing is repaired so it can be worn longer, decreasing the need for new items. Participant ...Read more >

2019-12-09T17:41:50-08:00