Fall 2019 Classes



Saturday, October 12th
10:00am - 3:00pm (midday break included)


Instructor: Isabella Cowgill

This course is an introduction to bringing back the old traditions from farm to fabric by harvesting and dyeing with indigo. We will explore the sustainable practice of dyeing fabric from the fresh indigo plants that we have grown locally in Cincinnati. Learn the process from harvesting the indigo at our community garden to making the dye from the leaves. Together we will explore different dyeing techniques. We will discuss the importance of natural dyes and the other ways you can dye with indigo. We will also touch on the shift to sustainable practices within the fashion industry and the wonders of creating alongside nature.

This old and often forgotten process will help you reconnect to the magic of nature. The hands on method that will be taught is a perfect technique to easily access the pigment. A salt rub process results in colors from deep sky blues, to rich sage greens. This style with the fresh leaves has an advantage that requires no additives, nor the involved process of fermenting for a dye vat. 

The workshop is for those interested in expanding their creative process by “getting your hands dirty” with this gratifying, hands on method. We will send you home with an indigo seedling for you to create your own natural fabric dye from the beautifully simple steps you’ve learned.

Please bring an item of your own to dye, these items need to be lightweight t-shirt or scarf sized pieces that are made from cellulose fibers (cotton, linen, rayon or hemp etc) these fibers hold the best color. Please limit to 1-2 items. Avoid bulky pieces such as duck canvas, bedding and towels, as this process is intensive and time limited.  All other materials will be provided.

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Intro to Machine Knitting

Sunday, November 10th
10:00am - 2:00pm


Instructor: Terri Martin

In this comprehensive beginner's workshop, explore the world of machine knitting. Learn your way around standard and bulky gauge machines, how to use them and discover the endless capabilities of knitting on a machine. Students will learn multiple "cast on" and "cast off" methods and basic machine techniques by creating small swatch samples that can be applied to any future project. They'll be plenty of time to practice and knit after different techniques have been shown. This will be an intimate workshop with a 1 to 3 teacher / student ratio, which will allow for a hands-on learning and undivided attention from the instructor.

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Intro to rigid heddle weaving

Saturday, October 12th
10:00am - 2:00pm


Instructors: Toby Ganz and Karen Anderson

This comprehensive beginner’s course will teach all of the skills necessary to be a competent rigid heddle weaver.  Topics covered include the anatomy of the rigid heddle loom, how to plan and calculate a project, everything you need to know to weave well on a rigid heddle, and options for weaving finishes.  Students will weave scarves as their beginning project.

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Intro to Card Weaving

2 Sessions
Monday, November 4th
5:30 - 8:30pm

Monday, November 11th
5:30 - 8:30pm


Instructor: Karen Anderson

In this beginner’s workshop, learn how to weave sturdy, patterned bands that can be used for belts, straps for bags or guitars, clothing trim, bracelets, shoelaces and more!  We will use simple lightweight loom cards (also called tablets) to create your “shed” which indicates the pattern for the weave. Woven on simple, warp weighted looms. All Materials will be provided.  Looms will be available for purchase from the instructor after class.

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Patchwork Weaving

Thursday, October 24th
5:30 - 9:00pm


Instructor: Karen Anderson

In this beginner’s course you will learn to weave rectangles on small handheld looms. This is a clever method of weaving so called continuous strand weaves. Once you’ve learned the technique you can weave on any size rectangle loom from 3.5”x7” to 7 feet across. You will also learn techniques for sewing your rectangles together patchwork style to assemble things like scarves, table runners, coin purses, and more!

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Saturday, October 5th
10:00am – 2:00pm

Saturday, November 2nd
10:00am - 2:00pm

Saturday, December 7th
10:00am - 2:00pm


Instructor: Madeleine Tepe Misleh

Join us for a one day class, perfect if you have some sewing experience and you want to broaden your skill set. In this class, you will learn the concepts of industrial versus domestic sewing, why these are vastly different, and when to know you need one versus the other.  You will learn how to use a straight stitch and zig zag machine, a three-thread serger, and iron. You will create a pillow with a zipper which you will take home.

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From Idea To Product

Tuesday, October 29th
6:00pm - 7:30pm


Interested in bringing your product to life? To learn more about the Design and Production Processes and come to our bi-monthly educational seminar: From Idea To Product. 

From Idea To Product is a FREE bi-monthly information session where new designers with big ideas come to Sew Valley to ask questions, and learn the necessary steps required to make their ideas come to life. Over the course of this seminar, you will learn how the production process works, what is needed to get going, and the expenses that will incur over the course of the project.

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