Monday, January 04, 2010

winter/spring at brooklyn general

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We're pleased to offer the following classes for the Winter & Spring!
Call the shop at 718-237-7753 to reserve your space. Some Classes fill up fast, so sign up today!

This class will teach you all the basics: how a sewing machine works, cutting from a pattern, and how to sew a simple wrap skirt or 50's style apron. With these techniques, you'll be on your way to stitching up all kinds of projects!
(If you are bringing your own fabric please wash it before the first session, fabric is also available for purchase at the store)
Session A: Tuesdays, January 5, 12, 19 & 26 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm Skirt
Session B: Saturdays, February 13, 20, 27 & March 6 @ 9:30am - 11:30am Apron
Session C : Tuesdays, February 23, March 2, 9 & 16 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm Skirt
Session D: Tuesdays, April 13, 20, 27 & May 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Skirt
Session E: Saturdays, May 8, 15, 22 & 29 @ 9:30am - 11:30am Apron

Step up your stitching skills with this very practical "All-Day Tote" bag from Lotta Jansdotter's book Simple Sewing. You'll learn how to do pockets, linings, top-stitching and straps and become much more confident with your sewing.
Beginner sewing skills required.
Session A: Saturdays, January 16, 23, 30 & February 6 @ 9:30am-11:30am
Session B: Fridays, February 5, 12, 19 & 26@ 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Session C: Saturdays, March 13, 20, 27 & April 3 @ 9:30am-11:30am
Session D: Tuesdays, May 11, 18, 25 & June 1 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Make your own dress! Skills covered include pleats, darts and inserting a zipper.
Session A: Wednesdays, January 27, February 3, 10, 17 & 24@ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn to make a fitted blouse with pin pleats and lots of shaped seaming!
Session A: Wednesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 & April 7 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

In Sewing 105 we will make a coat. Skills to be learned include princess seams, loops or Button-holes as closure options & lining insertion. Choose the fabric to match the season you desire. You will walk out of this class in high style and with more sewing skills.
Session A: Wednesdays April 14, 21, 28, May 5 & 12 @ 6:30 - 8:30pm

In Sewing 106 you will learn to sew a fitted pair of pants.
Session A: Wednesdays, May 19, 26, June 2, 9 & 16 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Create a one-of-a-kind garment for a child.
Session A: Tuesdays, February 23, March 2, 9 & 16 @ 10am-12pm

Design and make your own clothes! In this 2-hour class you will learn the basic principles of making your own sewing patterns, and learn how to take your measurements and make a pattern for a T-Shirt or a Skirt that fits your own unique body. With this foundation you'll be able to sew the projects you envision! Basic sewing experience is helpful to get the most from this class.

Materials: a roll or pad of newsprint, drawing paper or pattern-making paper, at least 14" wide; see-through 18" ruler; tape measure; pencil and sharpener (or mechanical pencil); eraser; clear tape; scissors (for paper)
Session A: Sunday January 24 @ 10am-12pm (Skirt)
Session B: Sunday February 21 @ 10am-12pm (T-Shirt)
Session C: Sunday March 28 @ 10am-12pm (Skirt)
Session D: Sunday April 18 @ 10am-12pm (T-shirt)
Session E: Sunday May 23 @ 10am-12pm (Skirt)

You will cut, piece, and assemble a quilt top and then back and bind it to make a complete crib-sized quilt. For novices and more experiences quilters alike. While hand sewing is an option, you may find it useful to have a sewing machine at home.
Session A: Thursdays, January 7, 14, 21 & 28 @ 7pm -9 pm
Session B: Thursdays, March 18, 25, April 1 & 8 @ 7pm- 9pm
Session C: Thursdays, May 27, June 3, 10 & 17@ 7pm - 9pm

Learn how to knit! We'll teach you everything you need to know to make a scarf or another basic project. Skills include: casting on, knitting, purling, binding off, a few pattern stitches, and problem-solving.
Session A: Wednesdays, January 6, 13 & 20 @ 7 pm-9 pm
Session B: Tuesdays, February 2, 9 & 16 @ 7-9pm
Session C: Mondays, March 8, 15 & 22 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Session D: Mondays, May 10, 17 & 24 @ 6:30pm- 8:30pm

Ready for a new challenge? Stuck on something? This class will help you take your knitting to the next level. Decreasing, increasing, knitting in the round, reading a pattern, piecing your work, blocking--these are just some of the skills you might learn while working on your project.
Session A: Wednesdays, January 6, 13 & 20 @ 7pm - 9pm
Session B: Tuesdays, February 2, 9 & 16 @ 7pm - 9pm
Session C: Mondays, March 8, 15 & 22 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Session D: Mondays, May 10, 17 & 24 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Ever looked at some gorgeous fair isle and thought, "I'd love to make that, but I never could!"? Well, you can! Learn the basics of Fair Isle knitting (also called stranded color-work) while making a pair of winter socks/mittens. This will be the perfect opportunity to make a great holiday gift.
Prerequisites: Knitting in the round on double-pointed needles.
Session A: Fridays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Increase your knitting skill while learning the basics of lace knitting including provisional cast on techniques, reading a lace chart, and tips to help you correct, as well as avoid, mistakes.
Pre-requisites: Decreasing (k2tog, ssk) and yarn-over techniques.
Session A: Mondays, January 11, 18, 25 & February 1 @ 7pm - 8:30pm
Session B: Mondays, April 5, 12, 19 & 26 @ 7pm - 8:30pm

Make your own knitted toys! This class will teach you the basics of three-dimensional shaping and have you on your way to knitting toys for all the tots you love. Basic knitting skills required.
Session A: Fridays, April 16, 23 & 30 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Beautifully knit projects can be ruined by sloppy finishing. This class will give you the skills you need to make your knitted garments a success from start to finish.
Session A: Sundays February 28 & March 7 @ 5pm - 7pm
Session B: Sundays May 9 & 16 @ 5pm - 7pm

A fun alternative to a "new moms" group. Bring your baby and come knit with us in a relaxed, supportive, baby-friendly atmosphere. Beginners through advanced knitters--all are welcome! (Join anytime and will prorate your session)
Session A: Mondays, January 11, 18, 25 & February 1 @ 11am - 1 pm
Session B: Mondays, February 8, 15, 22 & March 1 @ 11am - 1 pm
Session C: Mondays March 8, 15, 22 & 29 @ 11am - 1pm
Session D: Mondays, April 5, 12, 19 & 26 @ 11am- 1pm
Session E: Mondays, May 3, 10, 17 & 24 @ 11am - 1pm

For beginners or an advanced crocheters who would like to tackle a new technique (Broomstick lace, Amigurumi, Irish lace, etc.). This class will take a project driven approach to the gorgeous craft of crochet.
Session A: Thursdays, February 25, March 4 & 11 @ 6:30pm - 8:30 pm
Session B: Thursdays, May 6, 13 & 20 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Come with your child (7 year olds and up) and learn a new craft together. This is a great way to get creative together and wind down before starting a new work/school week.
Session A: Sundays January 24, February 7 & 14 @ 5pm - 6:30pm
Session B: Sundays March 7, 14 & 21 @ 5pm - 6:30pm

Learn how to spin and design your own yarn on a drop spindle. Class includes an overview of animal and plant fibers, how to card and blend different fiber types and colors, plying instruction, and an introduction to the spinning wheel.
Session A: Thursdays February 4, 11 & 18 @ 7pm - 9pm
Session B: Thursdays April 15, 22 & 29 @ 7pm - 9pm

Learn the basics of needle felting and let your imagination run wild!
Session A: Tuesdays, March 23, 30 & April 6 @ 6:30pm - 8 pm

In this two hour workshop you will learn basic stitches that will allow you to create either a traditional sampler following the guidelines provided by history or to create a completely unique piece. With the skills learned you will be able to continue making beautiful pieces of art or simply embellish items of your own.
Session A: Sunday January 10 @ 11am - 1pm
Session B: Sunday February 7 @ 11am - 1pm
Session C: Sunday March 14 @ 11am - 1pm

Learn a variety of basic embroidery stitches and simple applique techniques to create a unique piece of art, decorate your clothing, home, toys or accessories!
Each student will have time to work on their own project in class to practice their new skills. (Custom samplers available for class practice or turn simple line drawings into your own custom pattern!)
This class is perfect for beginners as well as those who wish to refresh their embroidery skills.
Session A: Saturdays April 10, 17 & 24 @ 11am - 1pm

In this class, you will learn to create an embroidered piece of art by transcribing a photograph of your own onto a piece of fabric.
Session A: Mondays, February 8, 15, 22 & March 1 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learn to knit two socks simultaneously on circular needles. Students should be comfortable knitting in the round to fully benefit from this class.
You will learn several ways to cast on and be shown how to knit socks toe-up and cuff-down. Using your own foot for this session you will be making custom tailored socks and learn to design patterned socks.
Session A: Sunday April 11, 18 & 25 @ 5pm - 7pm


Sunday, March 7 @ 10 am -12 pm
Anna Hrachovec of Mochimochi Land will show you how to knit the smallest elephant ever! Using fingering-weight yarn and size 1 double-pointed needles, you will learn how fun it is to knit miniatures that require little or no seaming, very little yarn, and hardly any time at all. (Most can be made in under one hour.) Along with the Tiny Elephant pattern, class participants will also receive patterns for Tiny Corn, Tiny Violin, and Tiny Toothpaste. Techniques covered include knitting in the round using double-pointed needles, I-cord, and picking up and knitting stitches.
The workshop will be followed by a very special Mochimochi Land Trunk Show!
Fingering weight yarn in one color, plus small amount of black yarn
Set of size 1 double-pointed needles
Small tapestry needle
(Stuffing will be provided)
Some experience with knitting in the round is recommended.

Sunday March 21 @ 5-7pm
$90/workshop (includes materials fee)
Kata Golda will be teaching you how to make two projects from her book KATA GOLDA'S HAND STITCHED FELT. Included with the workshop, you will receive a signed copy of the book, the felt, stuffing and embroidery floss.
From 3-5pm Kata will be holding a Trunk Show & Book signing.

Sunday March 28 @ 5pm - 7pm
This workshop will allow you to take a guided "stab" at this daunting technique that entails cutting... yes CUTTING your knitting to make room for an opening and create a space to add another piece.

See you at the shop!

Brooklyn General Store

Store Hours:
closed Mondays
Tuesday-Thursday:12 pm - 7 pm
Friday & Saturday:12 pm - 6 pm
Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm


Brooklyn General Store

Store Hours:
closed Mondays
Tuesday-Thursday:12 pm - 7 pm
Friday & Saturday:12 pm - 6 pm
Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm


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