Have you ever wanted to explore your crafty side but not spend a bundle on supplies that could just end up at the back of the closet? Think you can’t sew? Not creative? Let us show you differently!

Here’s a short video to give you a glimpse of some of our 2015 classes, make-it parties, SkillSwap sessions, and such.

Below are some current class options. We’ll be adding more based on availability of mentors willing to teach and YOUR suggestions.  Classes will include a variety of home arts and upcycled crafts, not just sewing so check back and/or Like The Bee on Facebook for the latest info.

INTRO TO SASHIKO – February 6, 2016 (10:30AM – 12PM and 12:30PM to 2PM) –
Traditionally used to reinforce or repair points of wear, the simple running stitch technique of Japanese sashiko is now primarily decorative in quilting and embroidery.

Presenter Colleen Dwyer offers two classes to introduce you to the craft she has grown to love for its simplicity and possibilities. BOTH CLASSES ARE NOW SOLD OUT.

RE-VISIONS: CREATE YOUR OWN VISION BOARD – February 27, 2016 (12:30PM – 2:30PM) – Many people take the opportunity of turning the calendar into a new year to set fresh goals. Then, within a couple of weeks, resolve weakens and it’s back to the comfort of old habits.  Sound familiar? Join us to get clear on what you want to bring more of into your life this year by creating a unique-to-you vision board.

The Bee welcomes special guest, Shawn Fink, who you may know from Abundant Mama, as our presenter for this hands-on workshop. Shawn will share a meditative technique to tap into your greatest goals and intentions for 2016, inspiring you to create a clear vision and design your own board to take home. The Bee will provide most of the reuse materials and other supplies you’ll need but you are encouraged to find and bring your own favorite images as well. Magazines are a good source; sometimes the library offers them for free.

Special Note: One or both of Shawn’s daughters will offer a concurrent session for our younger attendees to make Joy Boards. Great for the 8 to 14 age group.

Held at CoWork155, 155 W. Market Street, York
Vision Boards Age: 15 and up; Class size up to 40; Suggested donation: $10
Joy Boards Age: 8-14, Class size about 6; Suggested donation: $5

FUN WAYS TO UPCYCLE A SWEATER – March 2, 2016 (6:30 PM to 9:00 PM) – Join us for a night of upcycling fun with sweaters!  Bring your own sweater or choose one from our stash.   We’ll provide instruction, equipment, and pretty much all the other supplies you’ll need to create TWO projects from ONE sweater!    And you get to choose which two.

Options are:

Pillows (you provide the pillow inserts, or we have a couple on hand, $4 each); if you want two pillows, and you have a specific fabric you’d like to use for the back, bring that; otherwise, choose from fabric we have.

Slouchy hat – this is a handy way to repurpose a sweater that may’ve been shrunk in the laundry.

Lace-trimmed Wrist cuffs, Leg warmers, or Boot cuffs  (we use the sleeves for these three, so choose one)

Class size is limited to 8 participants.

Appropriate for age 12 and up. Some basic sewing experience is helpful.

Suggested donation – $10; pay online or at the door (choose appropriate ticket when registering)  GET TICKETS



Four sessions that will have you taking your first steps in quilt-making.  Read more.


Concert tees, race tees, vacation souveniers. What to do with ALL. THOSE. TEE SHIRTS?  Let us help you pull them together into something you can use and admire.   (Not quite ready to commit to an entire quilt? Let’s talk pillows and scarves!)  Read more.


Join us on occasional Saturdays (stay tuned to our Facebook page or sign up for our emails for announcements) for a fun class where you’ll walk away with your finished product by the end of the session. Classes are held at CoWork155. Times, fees (typically a suggested donation between $7 and $15 dollars per class), and other particulars vary.


Mending 101 Get all your hand sewing basics here: learn to attach a button, darn socks, repair a rip, etc. Bring an item with you that needs some fixing or use what we have on hand. No supplies or previous sewing experience necessary.

Who: Adults and children age 8 and older (with participating adult) capable of using needle and thread and scissors.

When: By appointment. Please contact us to sign up.

Upcycle My Tee – turn your favorite (but “seen better days”) tee shirts into fabulous functional accessories. Bring your own tee and a willingness to learn; we’ll supply the rest. Grab a couple friends and make an event of it. At this time each class is limited to four to six participants; contact us to schedule today.

Who: Adults and children age 8 and older (with participating adult). Will involve using scissors and/or rotary cutter and sewing machine (supplied).

Past Classes (2014):

OCTOBER 21 – Apron Stories, 10am to 12noon (Sold Out!)

AUGUST 16 – Making Bees, 11am to 1pm, on Market Street (FREE)

JULY 19 – Pom Pom Party, drop in anytime between 10am and 2pm

JUNE 21 – Some Thing’s A’Foot, 12pm to 2pm

MAY 17 – Trash Back to Treasure, 12pm to 2pm


Are you an experienced seamstress looking for ways to use what you know to help others? Contact us to become a Mentor Bee.

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