|The instructor for this class is Sue Hans. She is a creative soul from the inside to the outside. She teaches all manner of creative sewing techniquesj: machine embroidery, handwork, threadpainting, button and snap covers, beading, fitting, footwork (what to do with all those fancy feet for your sewing machine), bag construction, fabric watercolor painting, crazy quilting, heirloom work, and more and more and more.
The classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Viking Sewing Gallery in Redwood City. It is located inside the JoAnn store. Each class costs $15.
No RSVP or prepayment is required, you can just drop in. Don't forget to bring your machine and some basic supplies (needles, scissors, seam ripper, thread, bobbins - and whatever you're working on at the moment: dress, pillow, quilt).
Some people come one day a week, some two days a week, others once a month. Projects generally take from 2-4 classes to complete and no one is ever working on exactly the same thing at exactly the same time.
Sue's style of teaching is very relaxed, it's kind of like being in kindergarten. A student gets an outline of a project and a list of supplies. Often the supplies can be purchased from Sue or if you'd prefer you can just walk around JoAnn to choose your own supplies or even head up the street to one of the local quilting stores or heck, just bring something from your own stash (you can call ahead to learn what supplies you might need). After the supplies are found (often the classmates share whats left of their suppleis too) Sue gets you started on your project. Need help? You won't have to ask, she'll notice that you have that "I need help" look on your face. Don't like the project and want to do your own thing? It won't hurt her feelings. Like the project but want to change an aspect of construction? She'll help you make your idea come to life.
These classes have really made me comfortable with my machine and a lot more confident in my sewing technique. I have worked on things that don't sound at all interesting at first (The Sunflower Wall Hanging for example) and after spending an hour on it I've thought of ten ways to use the new technique I've learned (embroidering jeans, decorating a handbag, etc). Sue showed others how to make other things from the wall hanging. One person made a farmers market tote, another made a box pillow.
Sue gives either a gentle guiding hand or a strong support depending on the needs and experience of the student. Love that!
The core group of students are all very friendly and varied in age, lifestyle, and personality. It's truly a community, a "sewing circle," if you will.
Oh, and if you don't have a Viking machine - well you'll still fit right in. Class attendees have Janome's, Pfaff's, Singers, etc etc etc....
So if you're ever in the Redwood City JoAnn on a Monday or a Wednesday and you see a bunch of people having fun at the craft table in the Viking corner - well you should see what they are working on and find a spot for yourself at the table. It's only $6 an hour, what do you have to lose? :)