call us (207.563.5002) to sign up for any class! spaces still available unless otherwise marked!
double zip pouch
with pam richards, tuesdays, june 21 & 28 from 10:30-1
$30, plus materials, intermediate level
Suited for those who have a handful of projects under their belt, this adorable double zip pouch from Sew Sweetness comes in 3 size options. Literally two zippers on top open up to reveal two spacious pockets! The perfect project for featuring gorgeous ribbon and learning to use foam interfacing (if you haven't tried it yet, come check out our many samples at the shop that use it).
class is full! floorcloth class: no sewing required!
with rhea butler, saturday, june 25 10:30-1
Please call to be put on our wait list for this class. $25, plus materials. All levels welcome-- no sewing required!
The floor cloth class is back! We have so many requests for this class and it always fills up fast so don't wait to reserve your spot! Rhea will guide you through the process of making your own fabric floor cloth (maybe you've admired the ones in the shop?) and you'll leave class with a finished floor cloth to take home. Our floor cloths measure approximately 2' x 3'. No prior crafting or sewing experience necessary, but even the most creative souls will love learning how to transform this literal blank canvas into a beautiful floor cloth for your home (they also make excellent gifts).
fen dress: clothing for beginners
with shelby faux, saturdays, july 2 & 9 from 10:30-1
$30, plus materials. All levels welcome!
If you want to make your own clothes, or are looking for a simple summer dress, this is the class for you! Shelby will guide you through tracing your pattern, sewing a dress with darts and pockets, and finishing your seams. The Fen pattern also comes with a simple shirt pattern included, so you'll be equipped to make two garments after this class. The Fen is a cute pull over style dress (no closures to worry about!) with a loose fit, making it an easy beginner garment that works well on any body type. The best part? It looks great in quilting weight cotton so your material options are endless!
with pam richards, tuesday july 5 10:30-1
$25, plus materials. All levels welcome!
Want to learn to perfectly bind your quilts? Pam will show you the way! Binding is quite simple to do but for most people learning to make and attach the binding is a very visual process! Come learn the in's and out's of making those corners perfect.
braided rag rug: no sewing required!
with rhea butler, saturday, july 9 from 2-4:30
$25, plus materials. All levels welcome!
Easily one of our all-time most popular classes, the braided rag rug is a relaxing process that doesn't require any sewing! Learn to weave a small rug (approximately 2x3') with quilting weight cotton that is as beautiful as it is practical.
vintage 9 patch quilt
with pam richards, tuesdays, july 19, 26 & august 2 from 10:30-1
$45, plus materials. All levels welcome!
This class is geared towards beginner quilters... from the total novice to those who enjoy just a little guidance in projects! This pattern by Jeni Baker is versatile and lends itself well to classic or more contemporary fabric choices. Learn about cutting, reading a pattern, piecing your blocks with that perfect 1/4", adding sashing, and you'll be finished with your sweet quilt top in no time!
slow sewing retreat
in spruce head, saturday, july 23 10-4
$50, includes lunch
Join us for a day retreat on beautiful Spruce Head at the Neeson's! Relax the day away sewing, stitching, or knitting on your own project in the company of like-minded individuals. Enjoy a delicious home made lunch and lots of goodies, take a walk down to the beach, or just sit on the porch and take in the view!
lucy boston english paper piecing for beginners
with rhea butler, saturday july 30 10:30-1
$25, plus materials
Have you been seeing our Lucy Boston blocks on social media or in the shop? We can't get enough of this project and no matter how many we make we just continue to be inspired for more! In this class Rhea will teach you how to cut, baste and sew your Lucy Boston blocks, demonstrate "fussy cutting" in depth, and discuss different finishing techniques. Come see what all the fuss is about over Lucy Boston!
embellished embroidery hoops
with nichole vogelsinger, saturday august 6
$45, plus materials
Join embroidery artist and author Nichole Vogelsinger and learn to make adorable embroidery hoops! Nichole taught a very fun workshop last summer that filled up quickly and you won't want to miss this year's class! Her beautiful work speaks for itself, see many more examples of what we will learn on her Instagram, right here: https://www.instagram.com/wildboho/?hl=en
abigail cardi knit along
free! begins saturday, june 11th 10:30-1pm
FREE, but please call to sign up ahead of time! . The Abigail Cardigan is an easy to knit, easy to wear pattern that uses fingering weight yarn. Pattern is suitable for beginners and fast for more experienced knitters. Linda Murdock knit our sample for us and will be leading the Knitalong. Cast on party is Saturday, June 11th from 10:30-1:00. Participation in the Knitalong is FREE and you are welcome to use any yarn you like. Participants in the Knitalong are required to purchase their own copy of the pattern, which is available in our shop. Our sample was knit in Quince&Co.'s Tern Yarn which is a delicious wool/silk blend. See you there!
lucy boston cruise on the j&e riggin
with rhea butler, september 21st through 24th
$759, plus materials. Includes 4 days and 4 nights meals and lodging aboard the schooner J&E Riggin. Please contact the J&E Riggin offices at 1-800-869-0604 to sign up! Spend 4 days and nights sailing the beautiful coast of Maine aboard the schooner J&E Riggin. Instruction will be provided by Rhea Butler on the beautiful Lucy Boston block, made entirely by hand using the English Paper Piecing method. Students will be able to trace, cut and baste their shapes downstairs in the galley of the ship, then migrate on deck and stitch away with the coastline as their backdrop. If you already know how to make the Lucy Boston block, this is an incredible opportunity to take some time for yourself and unplug, unwind and sew the day away aboard a world famous ship with a world class chef cooking all your meals. More information about the cruise and the schooner can be found on the J&E Riggin's website: www.mainewindjammer.com. This cruise is not just for Lucy Boston lovers! Anyone who would like to spend 4 days aboard a Maine windjammer sewing by hand is welcome aboard!!!
the new hexagon millefiori club
with pam richards, 2nd tuesday of the month, 10:30-1pm
One time fee of $65 (includes New Hexagon book, papers for Rosette #1, instruction and membership fee for 12 months, other materials not included) This club meets for the next several months... sign up anytime! Open to all skill levels with no sewing machine or previous experience necessary! The New Hexagon Millefiori Quilt (by Katja Marek) has gained cult status in the quilting community ( the book just recently went into its 4th printing!) and here at Alewives Fabrics, we have drunk the Kool-Aid! Using English Paper-piecing, students in this class will meet each month to share their progress on the various "rosettes" that make up the Millefiori quilt. In this class, we'll discuss how to use the book, how to English Paper-piece, how to "Fussy-cut" and we'll get you started on rosette #1. There is no machine-sewing in this class: the Millefiori quilt is made completely by hand using English Paper-piecing, which means it's a portable project and great for on-the-go sewing. Even absolute beginners are welcome to join this group. We have no timeline for this Sew-Along: you can work at your own pace and be inspired by those around you. Can't make it to the first meeting? Don't worry, you can join us on the second Tuesday of the month whenever it is convenient for YOU! The club will run for 12 months; there is a total of 12 rosettes in the New Hexagon Millefiori quilt, so you can choose to stitch one a month or go at your own pace and complete the ones that interest you most!