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Six early April classes to get your stitch on

Posted by Melissa Massello  April 2, 2013 02:00 PM

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School vacation might be right around the corner, but this week it's time for the grownups to go back to class with six crafting events sure to help get your stitch on and shake the winter doldrums right out of your sewing machine.


Fiber Free for All, II
Tuesday, April 2nd
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Nave Gallery in Somerville is offloading the supplies surplus from its craft swap last weekend — for a cause. Bring a donation (canned goods, toiletries, money) to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition to the Fiber Free For All in Somerville tonight (Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, 155 Powderhouse Boulevard, Somerville) and go home with new-to-you fabrics and yarns for spring projects.

Open Knitting Night
Thursday, April 4th
5:30 to 8 p.m.

Warp yourselves over to Worcester for this cozy monthly meetup at Crompton Collective (138 Green Street, Worcester), where knitters of all levels are welcome. Work on your own projects in progress, or learn how to knit for just $10 (materials included) while enjoying complimentary coffee/tea and desserts. (Recurs on the first Thursday of every month.)

Fool for Fiber Sidewalk Sale
Saturday April 6th to Sunday April 7th
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (both days)

Weave your way across the river to Cambridge for the annual fabric and fiber sale at Gather Here (370 Broadway, Cambridge), happening this weekend. Different items will be on sale both days, according to the website, including discontinued fabrics and yarns, scrap bundles, and swatch skeins. Plus, for the quilters out there, Gather Here is offering 10 fat quarters free with the purchase of 10! Who knows, you may just bump into Amy Adams...


GTK Plus: Getting to Know Your Sewing Machine
Saturday April 6th
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Have a sewing machine, but have no idea how to use it? Don't be embarrassed, just head over to Stitch House in Dorchester (846 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester) and the lovely Jeanne Dasaro will hold your hand all the way through this 2-hour workshop, which is just $20. Includes learning how to use your machine or theirs (turning it on, threading it, basic stitches and functions) and caring for a sewing machine, plus Jeanne and the Stitch House experts will also teach you how to take your own measurements and will point you toward appropriate new-sewer patterns, fabrics, and notions so you don't end up frustrated and flustered. Score!

Jean Genie at the BCAE
Saturday April 6th
1 to 4 p.m.

OK, so you've mastered the art of scoring designer denim at Goodwill, but now how to save a fortune at the seamstress getting them re-hemmed? The Boston Center for Adult Education (122 Arlington Street, Boston) has you covered with this one-day, three-hour workshop ($58 per student) designed to help you learn "quick and easy techniques for adjusting waistbands for a perfect fit and how to prolong the life of your favorite pair of jeans by professionally patching and repairing holes." Bring a pair of your own jeans (or two) to practice on!

Cocktails with Colette Patterns
Saturday April 6th
5 to 9 p.m.

Join Grey's Fabric and Notions in the South End (450 Harrison Ave #63, Boston) for a meet and greet with the folks behind indie brand Colette Patterns. Complimentary cocktails will be provided, plus guests wearing one of their own Colette creations can take 15% off everything in the store (10% off purchases for everyone else).

~ Melissa

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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
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