February 14, 2019

Summer 2019 here we go!

It's that time of year again...

It may be winter, but everyone is looking at summer plans.

Here at School of Crafts a few things will be changing for the summer of 2019.  In the past I have worked with Arlington County and have hosted my camps at a local elementary school.   This year Arlington has changed some of their requirements and it wasn't too beneficial to tiny little camps like mine.  So, I have decided to go at it on my own.

This summer I will be hosting camps in my home studio (aka my basement).  Due to these changes I have had to modify how I will be doing my camps, but I think you will find it will benefit your kids!

First big change is that I will be downsizing my class size.  My home studio isn't as big as a classroom so instead of 8 campers per camp I will only be having 5. This means much more individualized instruction for your kids! Each child will still have a sewing machine and their own sewing space so there will be no waiting time.

My next big change... Students will sign up as an independent study.  I will not break up my camps and weeks into specific topics like in the past (ex:Intro to Sewing, Modern Quilting, Using Patterns). Since there will only be 5 kids I can much more easily teach individually what kids specifically want to learn.  If students tell me I just want to learn how to sew on a sewing machine, I will teach them my Intro to Sewing curriculum.  If another student wishes to make something they saw a pattern for on Pinterest, I will teach them my Using Patterns Curriculum.

After registering your child I will send you a confirmation email within 24 hours with payment information and a link to a questionnaire I would like for you to fill out with your child.  This will help me plan and have appropriate fabrics and projects ready to go for them.

Schedule:
Like in the past I will have a morning (9am-12) and afternoon camp (1-4pm).  If students register for both the morning and afternoon camp they will have lunch (that they bring from home) during the 12-1pm break.  I will run camps for three consecutive weeks in July.
July 8-12
July 15-19
July 22-26


Cost: $235
Since all camps will be tailored to your child specifically all camps will include all materials (sewing machine, fabric, thread, cutters, notions, etc). Students are always welcome to bring their own sewing machines in order to learn how to use it.  I will be taking the things they tell me in the questionnaire and do my best to make sure I purchase and have on hand all things they would need in order to learn what they wish to learn.

Location:
My home Studio
4135 N. Richmond St.
(very close to Madison Community Center to give you an idea of the neighborhood)

Age:
9 and up

Teacher/Student Ratio:
1:5

Registration:
Registration will begin at 7am on Tuesday February 12th. The link below will go live at that time.

REGISTER HERE

If you have any questions at all please let me know.
I am so excited for another year of sewing and crafting with your kids!
-Natalie

January 24, 2018

We're back!

It has been crickets on this blog for the past year, but School of Crafts is back with summer camps for 2018!  I was sad to have had to take a hiatus last summer, but it was necessary to get acclimated to raising 3 small boys. 
(the reason for my hiatus)

 This summer I will be teaching 6 different camps over a 3 week period.  I have a few Intro to Sewing  camps as well as the popular Modern Quilting, Using Patterns and Open Studio.  
I am so excited to be teaching again and am looking forward to gabbing and sewing with old and new students this summer.  I updated my "Summer Camp" tab at the top of this page for more detailed information.  Registration begins on February 14th at 7am, yay!

January 6, 2016

Happy New Year! Summer Planning underway...

Happy New Year!


It seems a bit crazy that the new year has creeped its way through.  What is even crazier is that the new year always brings summer planning.  It never seizes to take me by surprise.  

This summer School of Crafts will be hosting it's 6th summer camp that will include 5 different camps over a three week period! Read on for more detailed information for what's in store this summer.



 Location:  tentatively at Tuckahoe Elementary School (6550 N. 26th st. Arlington, VA 22213)

Registration: will be through a Survey Monkey Link found at the "SUMMER CAMP" tab at the top of this page.  Registration will begin February 17th at 8am.  



Intro to Sewing:
This class teaches the basics of sewing.  Mainly machine sewing will be taught, though some hand sewing basics skills will also be demonstrated.  Skills covered by this class include safety measures for cutting and sewing, fabric cutting (using shears and rotary cutter), threading a sewing machine and winding a bobbin, and use of a needle and sewing machine.  Students will create at least 5 real-life projects of their choosing to facilitate development of these skills.  Fees include materials.  A sewing machine will be furnished for in class use. Staff to participant ratio 1:8

Session 3: July 11-15
Time: 9am-12pm or 1-4pm
Fee: $230

Modern Quilting:
Quilting is not just for our grandmothers anymore! This class will teach students the basics of quilting using modern patterns and fabric.  Skills covered by this class include safety measures for cutting and sewing, fabric cutting, threading a sewing machine and winding a bobbin, creating and combining quilt blocks or patches, and sewing a quilted project.  Some machine sewing experience is helpful for this class.  Students will complete at least one quilted project by the end of the week.  Fees include materials.  A sewing machine will be furnished for in-class use.  Staff to participant ratio 1:8

Session 4: July 18-22 at 1-4pm
Session 5: July 25-29 at 9am-12pm
Fee: $230

Using Patterns:
Have you seen some fun patterns at the craft store or online, but have no idea where to even start?  In this class, students will learn how to understand and use patterns to create a fabric item.  Skills covered by this class include safety measures for cutting and sewing, reading patterns (including sewing terms), cutting fabric according to pattern instructions, threading a sewing machine and winding a bobbin, and sewing a fabric item according to the pattern instructions.  Basic sewing skills are required.  Fees include most materials.  A sewing machine will be furnished for in-class use.  Staff to participant ratio 1:8

Session 4: July 18-22
Time: 9am-12pm
Fee: $230

Open Studio:
This camp is for students who already know how to sew, but would like to work on independent projects while receiving one-on-one assistance and supervision.  Basic sewing skills are required.  Students must select a basic fabric item(s) to create during class and bring their own fabric.  A sewing machine, cutting tools, and thread will be furnished for in-class use.  Staff to participant ratio 1:8

Session 5: July 25-29
Time: 1-4pm
Fee: $210


July 15, 2015

Great day!

This group of girls have been so much fun!!! Lots of new friendships and project are happening. One of the girls had the idea of doing a time lapse of our day and I wanted to post to share with you. The only thing is that I can't quite figure out how to post a video :( as soon as I figure it out I'll be sure to share. It's super fun!

In the mean time some fun pictures of today's happenings!










Some works in progress and a few finishes :) 



July 11, 2015

Gearing up for 2015


I was able to set up shop a few days ago for our 2015 summer camps! 


We have a great room with nice big tables to spread out in.


  Im getting excited to see all of my kiddos and eager to see what they create       :)

See you all very soon!!

March 12, 2015

More Workshops: April

I am happy to announce 2 more workshops for the month of April.  Details are below. If there are any other workshops you or your kids wish to see please let me know.  I am always looking for some fun ideas!
Hope you can join me in the crafting fun!
-Natalie 


Arm Knitted Infinity Scarf:
This workshop is for kids that already know how to knit or want to learn.  What is great about this project is that you only need 1 or 2 skeins (depends on your preference) of yarn and your arms.  That's it!! It is really fun and addicting.  With the skills learned in this workshop, children will be able to make all sorts of other projects like blankets, pillows, scarves and more.  

Date: April 11th  , 2015
Time: 10 am - Noon
Fee: $50
Class size: 6 kids


Traingle Zippy:
This workshop is for kids that would like to learn how to sew on a zipper.  It is a fun and easy project and a great way to learn a new skill.     Once you tackle one zipper project you will want to make all things zippers!

Date: April 18th, 2015
Time: 10 am - 11:30
Fee: $65
Class size: 4 kids

January 6, 2015

Join me for a Workshop!


I have been itching to start teaching again and I think I have found a nice way to ease myself back into the swing of things... workshops!

I am going to hold 3 workshops, one in each of the next three months in my home studio.  The class sizes will be small and will vary depending on the workshop.  I have included a knitting, an embroidery and sewing workshop to have a little variety.  Also, it is a good way to stay motivated and improve on skills.  Below you will find more details on each of the workshops :)


Arm Knitted Infinity Scarf:
This workshop is for kids that already know how to knit or want to learn.  What is great about this project is that you only need 1 or 2 skeins (depends on your preference) of yarn and your arms.  That's it!! It is really fun and addicting.  With the skills learned in this workshop, children will be able to make all sorts of other projects like blankets, pillows, scarves and more.  

Date: January 31, 2015
Time: 10 am - Noon
Fee: $50
Class size: 6 kids



Valentine's Embroidery Pillow:
In this embroidery workshop students will learn how to create their own design and use simple embroidery stitches to make an ordinary pillow case extraordinary.  Since this workshop is held on Valentine's day, I embroidered a fun heart inspired motif, but with the skills learned in this workshop you can use it for all sorts of holidays or occasions.  Embroidery can be put on any fabric item that you wish to spice up and make one of a kind.  Students will be asked to bring in an item they wish to decorate, though I will be working on a pillowcase.  

Date: February 14, 2015
Time: 10am- 12:30 pm
Fee: $50
Class size: 6 kids


Make your own Pillowcase:
Do you want to learn some basic sewing skills while brightening up your bed? Learn how to make a fun pillowcase that has no seams.  Students will learn how to use a sewing machine (or it can be a refresher course) to complete the project.  A sewing machine, cutting materials and thread will be provided.  Students will be responsible for bringing fabric of their choice for their pillowcase.  

Date: March 14, 2015
Time: 10:00am- 11:30am
Fee: $65
Class size: 4 kids

Registration for workshops will be through email... nothing too fancy :) So if you are interested in registering please email me at schoolofcrafts(at)gmail(dot)com and make sure to include the following information:

name of student
workshop you wish to sign up for
payment method- check or credit card (Paypal)


I'll email you back with how to complete payment. Once I receive your registration fee I will send out a supply list.  

I hope to see you guys this winter at one of my workshops :)