The beginning of a new school year marks time more significantly to me than New Year's Eve or a birthday. I've always been a sucker for new school supplies and swoon in a good stationary store.
September is the perfect time to create a new set of goals for me, both personal and business-related. Goals should be revisited throughout the year, not made once and then forgotten. That means a few changes to this space!
New this year, I am offering after-school sewing classes for grades K-8. If you are interested, email me. Hand sewing or machine sewing--I bring all the materials to you.
This summer, along with my new business partner Emma Griffen of Mugwumpee, we started teaching workshops through the Rhode Island libraries. We co-taught a Seaside Sewing Camp in Newport in August and it was so much fun! This week I am teaching a teen embroidery workshop in Newport (Wednesday September 28, 4-6pm--call the library directly to sign up!), and we have several other programs coming up in the next few weeks through Portsmouth, Newport and Cumberland. If you would like to see (free) sewing workshops at your local RI library, ask your librarian to get in touch.
After nearly a year-long hiatus, I am getting back in the groove of artisan fairs. With the re-branding of my product line earlier this year, I am now focusing solely on vending at wool and fiber festivals. Look for an updated schedule on my About Page as dates are confirmed.
Embroidered State Bags!!
The state zippered pouch line continues to expand, with four currently for sale in my Etsy shop. If you would like to see your state, just ask! If you want a certain color, I'm happy to work with those requests as well.
After a summer off, it's time to write again. My new goal is to post once a week, and also get back to my monthly email newsletter. Are you following me on Instagram?? @dancingthreadsri That continues to be a very fun space, and I post once or twice a day pictures of what I'm currently sewing, planning for lessons, or beautiful scenes from around Rhode Island.
I hope that you are also getting a fresh start this time of year, and I are looking forward to all the possibility promised in a crisp blank notebook and freshly sharpened pencil! What new goals have you set this fall??
There's a new business venture I announced via my email newsletter yesterday (sign up on the right hand sidebar if you would like to get my once a month-ish newsletter!). A new shop has opened here in Portsmouth called The Wilson Collective. I'll be teaching one-on-one and group sewing lessons there!
What is The Wilson Collective? When you first enter, you see an art gallery and a framing studio.
But if you look to the right, it's also a yarn and knitting supply shop. All yarn is naturally hand-dyed in house. You can buy some of my products like the circular needle case, sewing supply kit, or a divided project bag.
Within this beautiful space, is also a Makers Studio--the part I'm most excited to tell you about today. The shop owners created this as a place to come and take classes in a variety of handmade arts. You can take a knitting class. Or a shibori textile class. Or a yarn-painting/dyeing class. Or, now you can take sewing classes with me!
I'm offering three classes at the moment, more as interest grows. When you take a class from me, you get to work in this beautiful space, learn sewing techniques, gain confidence with your sewing machine, create a lovely finished product, and go home with a pattern designed by me to make more on your own (usually with adaptations to make a variety of sizes). Available time slots are 10am-12pm, 1-3pm, (through the end of the school year), and 6-8pm throughout the year.
Classes available now:
Also--we are offering a kids summer sewing camp! Details are still being finalized, but the camp will run August 3-7, from 9am-12pm. The focus of the week is "Fashion Sewing for your Favorite 18" Doll." Wink-wink--you all know which doll I mean, but can't say...We will make doll outfits and accessories, a skirt for the participant, and will have a fashion show on the last day. Girls will go home with patterns to make more outfits on their own, all materials will be provided.
Registration is ongoing for all classes, so email me to request a time slot (karenkatin[at]yahoo[dot]com). If you have a few friends and would like to run a group class, I am happy to arrange that too!
Knitters are the best! I knit badly, but I love to sew lovely bags to keep their projects, needles and hooks in order. I also teach sewing, and you can find many sewing resources here. Welcome to my blog Dancing Threads RI.