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 CANCELED – Upcycled Jeans to Apron

Chop up a pair of old jeans and sew a fun and funky apron to use in the kitchen or garden. Denim makes stylish and sturdy aprons while also putting discarded jeans to good use. Impact: Discarded jeans, scrap fabric and other sewing notions are diverted from the waste stream. Participant Materials & Requirements: This class ...Read more >

2019-11-13T15:11:57-08:00

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 >

2019-10-30T12:03:11-08:00

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 >

2019-10-07T15:07:23-08:00

CLASS FULL – 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 >

2019-11-08T11:40:51-08:00

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 >

2019-09-18T11:56:16-08:00

CLASS FULL – FREE: The Stocking Project

Bring material and sewing supplies (or shop before class for deals at Ragfinery) to sew a stocking to be donated to a child or family in need! Patterns and assistance will be provided, though familiarity with a sewing machine is necessary. Stockings will be displayed at Ragfinery and the Firehouse Cafe in Fairhaven, then filled and ...Read more >

2019-10-30T12:52:50-08:00

CLASS FULL – 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 >

2019-11-10T17:52:23-08:00

Upcycle Sewing

Note: This workshop is held on two consecutive Saturdays, 12/7 and 12/14. 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 >

2019-11-08T11:40:26-08:00

CLASS FULL – Scarf Weaving

Note: This class runs three consecutive Saturdays from 12/7 to 12/21 from 10am-1pm. Just in time for the holidays, learn to weave a lovely scarf on our floor looms! Beginning weaving students welcome, intermediate students can try out more complex patterns and designs.  Impact: Ragfinery yarn is upcycled and diverted from the landfill.   Participant and Materials ...Read more >

2019-11-10T17:51:52-08:00

Needle Felted Angels

These beautiful angels look as if ready to take flight. In this workshop you will sculpt wool roving into gorgeous angels to adorn your holiday tree or mantle, or give as one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts. Ages 7+ Impact: Castaway natural wool roving is transformed into an ornament to be used for years to come. Participant Materials ...Read more >

2019-11-12T11:55:22-08:00

Make Your Own Embroidered Patches

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 >

2019-10-04T13:51:45-08:00

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

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 >

2019-11-10T18:01:35-08:00

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 >

2019-11-10T18:11:17-08:00

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

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