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 – 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 >

2020-02-10T10:28:31-08:00

CLASS FULL – Zippers 101: Pouches

This class will demystify the installation of zippers and in the process, you will sew a lovely travel zip pouch!  Zip bags can be made in any size and in most any kind of fabric or material.  Quilters cotton is the easiest to work with but zip pouches can even be sewn from plastic.  You ...Read more >

2020-01-29T10:48:32-08:00

CLASS FULL – Introduction to Weaving

Note: This class runs three Saturdays: 3/7, 3/14, and 3/21, 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 >

2020-01-14T11:10:12-08:00

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 >

2020-01-14T11:09:41-08:00

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 >

2020-01-14T11:09:14-08:00

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 >

2020-02-12T14:29:54-08:00

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 >

2020-01-20T12:58:44-08:00

FREE: Drop-In Youth Workshop

Stop in each month for an upcycled, textile arts workshop for youth! We'll post the details of each activity and age requirements on Facebook before each workshop. Parents, please feel free to join in or shop the store during the workshop. This drop-in workshop is volunteer-led and has limited space, so the workshop is first come, ...Read more >

2020-02-13T10:29:02-08:00

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 >

2020-01-31T11:17:49-08:00

Toymaking: Little Scrap Rabbits

Join in the time-honored tradition of sewing toys from the scrap basket. Inspired by children’s books, little rabbit finger puppets are made from boiled wool and scraps. From basic shapes, learn the fabric preparation and traditional toymaking techniques to finish, personalize and costume your bunny. Think Easter baskets, bouquets, hidden for the garden egg hunt. ...Read more >

2020-01-08T16:47:25-08:00

Tapestry Weaving

Note: This class runs three consecutive Saturdays from 4/4 to 4/18.  This Intro to Weaving class will be quite experimental and fun! Students will learn the basics of tapestry weaving, experiment with new techniques, and will take home a small wall hanging of their own creation. We will be weaving on pre-warped looms – just come in ...Read more >

2020-02-03T21:02:14-08:00

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 >

2020-02-10T10:28:55-08:00

KIDS: Spring Break Sewing Camp

Note: This spring break camp takes place Monday-Friday, April 6-10, from 10 am to 2 pm daily. Spend spring break sewing up a storm! Campers will learn to hand sew with projects such as brooches, salmon stuffies, and a pencil bag. Later in the week, campers will learn to thread a sewing machine, follow along ...Read more >

2020-02-19T13:09:13-08:00

FREE: Drop-In Youth Workshop

Stop in each month for an upcycled, textile arts workshop for youth! We'll post the details of each activity and age requirements on Facebook before each workshop. Parents, please feel free to join in or shop the store during the workshop. This drop-in workshop is volunteer-led and has limited space, so the workshop is first come, ...Read more >

2020-02-13T10:29:02-08:00

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 >

2020-02-10T10:30:23-08:00

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 >

2020-02-10T10:52:36-08:00

CLASS FULL – Upcycle Sewing

Note: This workshop is held on two consecutive Sundays, 4/19 and 4/26. 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 >

2020-02-10T10:50:30-08:00

Fabric Collage Bags

Learn how to sew a sturdy reusable tote bag, customized with your own unique collage work! In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of sewing on a machine, become familiar with different stitches, and create your own fabric collage. This workshop is perfect for beginners or experienced sewers looking to learn a new technique. Ages ...Read more >

2020-02-19T15:57:14-08:00

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 >

2020-02-20T11:52:53-08:00