Could you use a little encouragement to try something you’ve always wanted to do? Looking for an excuse to pull out your sewing machine again?

Let our  classes and activities inspire you to discover a host of basic skills and cool creative reuse ideas.

CLASSES

Fabric Field Trip – Walking into a fabric store can be overwhelming. All those choices!  Let us be your guide to the wonderful world of textiles, offering information about types of fabrics, what to look for for specific projects, how to read the end of the bolts, and more.

1 hour tour, $15  |  book it with a friend & save;  schedule a few days to a week prior to a class

Sew Your Own – Wovens 101

Wovens 101 will introduce you to sewing with fabrics like cotton and linen, and using/making a pattern. We strongly encourage you to add on the Fabric Field Trip, giving you a personal shopping guide to help you choose the appropriate fabric for your projects.  Wovens 102 builds on your newly learned skills and offers new challenges, with tips for adapting the basic pattern for lots more options.

Basic Top/Shell – Learn the basics of sewing by machine with this beginner pattern, creating a casual pullover top you’ll be proud to say you made yourself.

3 hour class, $45  |  Date to be announced OR book a class now to suit your schedule

Easy Pants – Perfect for beginners, you’ll learn the basics of sewing by machine by making a pair of pants with elastic waist – and pockets! Wide leg, straight leg, linen or flannel? Your choice!

3 hour class, $45  |  Date to be announced OR book a class now to suit your schedule

Easy Skirt – Learning to sew for yourself starts with an easy pattern and patient instructors. You get both with classes at The Bee and this easy skirt will have you twirling around, thrilled that you made it yourself.

3 hour class, $45  |  Date to be announced OR book a class now to suit your schedule

Sew Your Own – Wovens 102

Make a Tunic – Use the skills from your basic top class and expand them to add sleeves, a new neckline, length, and a split-side hem.

5 hour class (can be split into two 2 1.2-hr sessions), $65  |  Date to be announced OR book a class now to suit your schedule

Pants w/Pockets & Zip – Once you’ve made a pair of easy pants, try the next step. Add a waistband and a zipper (and of course, pockets).

5 hour class (can be split into two 2 1.2-hr sessions), $65  |  Date to be announced OR book a class now to suit your schedule

No-Gather Skirt w/Pockets & Zip – Feeling more comfortable after your easy skirt class? Time to build more confidence by adding a waistband and zip for a perfect-fit skirt you can’t wait to show off to your friends. This skirt will be a pleated or a-line skirt, not the full gathered skirt in our regular class schedule.

two 2 1.2-hr sessions), $65  |  Date to be announced OR book a class now to suit your schedule

Sew Your Own – Knits 101

Knits 101 will introduce you to sewing with stretchy fabrics. We encourage you to add on the Fabric Field Trip, giving you a personal shopping guide to help you choose the appropriate fabric for your projects.  Knits 102 builds on your newly-learned skills and offers new challenges, with tips for adapting the basic pattern for lots more options.

Basic Tee – Me? Make my own tee shirt?  You bet! We’ll share the secrets of sewing with knits and you’ll start with a top so easy you’ll want to make more and more of them.

4 hour class, $60|  Date to be announced OR book a class now to suit your schedule

Basic Leggings – Yes, you can make your own leggings. If you’ve already made the Easy Pants, you have the first step down. We’ll help you hone your sewing-with-knits skills and you’ll be whipping up leggings to keep you cozy all fall and winter.

4 hour class, $60|  Date to be announced OR book a class now to suit your schedule

Easy Skirt – Great on its own or to layer over your leggings, a skater-style skirt looks great and feels even better when you know you made it yourself.

4 hour class, $60|  Date to be announced OR book a class now to suit your schedule

Sign up for all three classes in Knits 101 and take 20% off when you enroll in  Knits 102. 

Tunic – Expand on what you learned in the basic tee class to create an awesome tunic.

4 hour class, $60|  Date to be announced OR book a class now to suit your schedule

Pants with Pockets – Leggings are great, but they don’t have pockets. Choosing a heavier-weight knit and widening the legs will make these pants a wardrobe go-to.

4 hour class, $60|  Date to be announced OR book a class now to suit your schedule

Skirt with Pockets – Who doesn’t brag about a skirt with pockets? Comfortable knit fabric makes it easy to pack for long trips or weekend getaways.

4 hour class, $60|  Date to be announced OR book a class now to suit your schedule

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Chat with the Quilting Midwife – Sundays, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The fall season of Chat with the Quilting Midwife is a six-week opportunity on Sunday afternoons, beginning October 15.

Whether you’re working on your first quilt or thinking of trying a new technique, a Chat with the Quilting Midwife may be just what you need to bring your “baby” fully into the world. Kathy Patterson of Hill Street Quilts will be on hand from 1 to 2 p.m. to answer your questions, brainstorm ideas, and she’ll introduce a new technique each week. Kathy has decades of experience in quilt design and construction, as well as writing/editing approximately 2,000 quilt patterns, and making how-to videos for national online quilting magazines.

No ticket required and no charge for the first hour. If you’d like to book more time – at a suggested donation of $20/hr – with this expert quilter, contact us to schedule.

Make a Tee Shirt Quilt Class – Concert tees. Race tees. Event tees. Have you been holding on to them, thinking about making a tee shirt quilt? Now’s your chance!

This class is offered on Sunday afternoons from late September to mid November. It will take at least several sessions to create your project from start to finish — you choose the dates that work for you. Classes are limited to two people for lots of personal attention. Note: this class is intended to help you construct a small quilt suitable for snuggling on the couch, not a full-size bed quilt. It allows you to learn the techniques, gain confidence, and have time to complete the project.

2 hour session – $30 each* | 2:00 to 4:00, Sundays, Sept. 29, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5

*It will take at least two and likely three to four sessions to complete your quilt depending on your level of experience and whether or not you work on it outside of class. Ticket choices are for two sessions or three sessions; pick the one you think will provide you enough time. If you need additional class time you can add on later by paying us at the time.

Refashion Passion Clinic – Join us for a refashion class using your own clothing. Bring a pair of  jeans , a shirt, or jacket and we’ll help you add elements of interesting details . . . like what you may have seen in our collection during the York City Boutique Week fashion show.

3 hour class, $45  |  Date to be announced OR book a class now to suit your schedule

Schedule an appointment to have us do the embellishment for you – shirts & jeans $35 – $75; jackets, $50 – $150.

Tschotke Pincushions – Vintage knick knacks, whether inherited from Grandma or picked up at a flea market, are great to upcycle into useful items, like, say, pincushions! Don’t have an old tschotke hanging around collecting dust, use a favorite mug (maybe one the handle broke off but you couldn’t quite bear to throw away). For this month’s first DIY Upcycle Workshop, we’ll help you turn your treasured piece into a charming pin cushion you’ll use and enjoy regularly.

1 1/2 hour class, $25  |  Date to be announced OR book a class now to suit your schedule

Make a Flowy Tee Shirt Vest  – This is a super-easy-to-make project that will be a go-to accessory adding casual flair to your wardrobe all year round.  Teens and pre-teens will love it, too.  You bring a large, unfitted tee shirt two or three sizes larger than what you would typically wear. We provide everything else!

3/4 hour class, $15  |  Date to be announced OR book a class now to suit your schedule

 

The Embroidered Life – Whether you are new to, or revisiting, the art of embroidery, The Embroidered Life, with artist Karen Paust, is designed to open up your journey. From chain stitches to more advanced bullion rolls and bead work, Karen’s patience and encouragement will help you hone your skills.  The sessions are set up to build upon each new technique you acquire and, as with most of Bee classes, to provide practical applications for what you learn. Beyond the needlework basics, Karen will act as your guide, leading you along a path of creative discovery. 

 


Here’s a look at some of the Classes We’ve Hosted in the Past.


TURN A CLASS INTO A MAKER PARTY

By now you’ve likely heard of or been to a painting party, right? Familiar with those popular cocktails and coloring sessions?

It’s all about getting together with friends to share a unique experience and build good  memories.

We can help you design a party – for adults or kids – complete with all the materials they’ll need to create a take-away item made with their own hands.  We provide the space, you bring the cake.

birthday party crafts 7th birthday fun together statement necklace


Are you an experienced sewist looking for ways to get connected and share your skills? Contact us to talk about being a mentor or teaching a class.

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