Sewing Workshops and Classes
Beehive Sewing is committed to helping you develop and master the sewing skills and techniques you can use to create beautiful things. Our goal is to help you become capable and confident working on your own or with friends here at the studio.
Generally, our workshops feature demonstrations and time for you to practice a technique on fabric we provide. We always supply the thread, machines, cutting tools, irons, and workspace. You’ll also receive a printed reference guide so you can return to the studio and sew on your own schedule.
Our workshops are taught by a team of instructors, each with years of experience and specialized sewing skills. Some are accomplished quilters or apparel designers. Others are known for their home decor items, accessories, or unique approach to textile art.
Remember, we offer flexible scheduling and will happily schedule any of our workshops when YOU want to take them, provided you have three committed participants. Just send a note to workshops [at] beehivesewing.com!
We offer flexible scheduling with “Workshop Wishes.” What does this mean? If you are interested in one of our workshops but can’t make it on the scheduled date, tell us when you CAN make it! Request a date or suggest a workshop by submitting a Workshop Wish. What’s more, we are always willing to host any of our workshops on a date you choose if you have three or more committed participants.
My Workshop Wish
1.5 hours / $40
No experience needed
Daily sessions. See calendar for dates and times. This 1.5 hour session is designed to get you comfortable using Beehive Sewing’s conventional machines and other tools + equipment. You will learn how to create several different stitches, and cut and stitch a small project. After completing Beehive Basics, students should feel comfortable returning to the studio for drop-in sewing and instructor-led workshops. Studio provides material for swatching and learning different techniques, and fabric for a small personal project. Max 3 participants.
2 hours / $60
Advanced beginner and up
Have no fear! Join us for a two-hour orientation to the BabyLock Eclipse SX serger. Overlock machines are great for working with knits and creating professional-quality seams and edges. Use our sample fabric to practice the 4-thread overlock stitch, rolled hems, lettuce edges, and ruffles, then use your own fabric to create a cloth napkin, baby hat, handkerchief, or other small item. This orientation is required before drop-in serger rental.
3 hours / $75
New to sewing? Looking for a stylish and sturdy bag that you can take to the farmers’ market, the beach, or the office? Make our “go-to” tote bag. You’ll straight stitch, top stitch, make a boxed corner and reinforced handles, and practice other basic skills you’ll use again and again.
PIECE OF CAKE: QUILTING BASICS
1.5 hours, + 1 FREE HOUR OF DROP-IN / $40
Whether you plan to try your hand at traditional quilting projects or improvisational designs, learning how to piece your fabric is essential. Learn basic straight piecing techniques and how to safely and effectively use tools like the rotary cutter, quilter’s ruler, and self-healing mat. You bring the fabric; we provide the rest, including a hard-copy reference guide to refresh your skills. The class will include 1 1/2 hours of instruction followed by one free hour of drop-in sewing to work on your project.
APPAREL TECHNIQUES: HEMS
1.5 hours / $40
Have a closet full of ankle-length skirts? Pants that shrunk in the dryer? Sleeves too short? Practice basic alteration techniques for dresses, pants, and sleeve lengths. You’ll learn what kind of hem to use for different projects, how to measure proper length, and basic hems: folded, blind, serged, scarf, and raw. Create samples from our fabric swatches, then alter a garment of your own.
Two – 2 hour sessions (4 hrs total) / $80
Learn how to read a basic pattern and create an A-line skirt for yourself. This two-session class will allow you to measure, cut, stitch, and hem a skirt with the fabric of your choice. The side zipper will be installed by instructors between the two sessions (unless you want to do it yourself!). More details…
MODERN QUILTING BEE
2 hr drop-in sewing event
Join us on the last Thursday of every month for some modern quilt piecing. Whether you’re working from a design or doing improvisational work, we’ll have hot irons, lots of cutting space, 1/4″ presser feet on the domestic machines, light snacks, and lots of modern inspiration. Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated.