If you're looking for activities as the summer moves along, we are offering all sorts of fun classes were you can learn new skills and make your own unique work! Held right in the back room of the store, you get to meet up with a talented instructor and other interested makers while you are introduced to a new skill set.
Interested in Sewing but don't know where to start? We have been holding a course that could help you out. Sewing Machine 101 - Mastering the Basics is perfect for new sewers or those who simply would like a refresher. Each class is started with a wellness warm-up in which you clear your mind and focus yourself through aromatherapy, a breathing exercise, meditation and yoga. The remaining time is devoted to going over the fundamentals of sewing, using the machine, threading needles, stitching straight lines, and working on ideas for future projects. You can either bring in your own sewing machine to work on or use one of ours.
If two hours isn't enough for you, immediately following Sewing Machine 101 is Fashion Design 101. For an additional two hours, you can continue on with your work while learning the ins and outs of patterns. You will go over different types of fabrics, construction techniques, and how to read and use a pattern so that you can design and construct your own project. The price for each course is $35, and they are held on July 30th, August 13th, and August 20th from 12-4. There are two additional night courses for Sewing Machine 101 on August 10th and August 24th, both from 6:30-8:30.
If jewelry is more your style, we offer an abundance of jewelry making courses. This Sunday, July 31st, you can join us for Handmade Jewelry Findings. Here you will learn how to make your own unique clasps, ear wires, jump rings, head pins and balled wire. You will be taught techniques using a torch, a hammer and wire. The fee for this course is $35, and tools and materials are included, however you are encouraged to bring in your own wire and jewelry pliers.
On August 4th we a featuring BYOB Earrings Make and Take. Grab your maker buddies and your favorite brew and come down to make two pair of unique earrings! All of the tools and materials are supplied, all you need is your inspiration!
Metal Etching is on August 10th, and the very next day we will be hosting Metal Stamping. Come to the Metal Etching course to learn how to prepare, etch, patina and polish your own piece using rubber stamps and acid baths. You will get to leave with two of your own completed pieces! All of the supplies and tools are included, and the fee is $30.
You know that you've admired (or bought!) the adorable stamped necklaces and earrings that we feature...why not make your own? In the Metal Stamping course you get the chance to stamp your own pair of earrings, or two necklaces if you prefer. You will also learn how to hammer steel stamps, patina and polish your work. Then you will be able to sport your own adorable pieces personalized to your liking!
We are always adding new classes, so if there is something that you are interested that isn't listed here, keep checking! You can reserve your spot and check out the full class calendar at www.sparrowcollective.com/class-calendar/. We look forward to seeing you!