Test drive one of our fabulous Janome Sewing Machines.  We have some great discounts on floor models! Purchase of a sewing machine comes with free sewing classes!  We just got in a demo Memory Craft 7700- inquire about the special price!




November Events:


Tree Huggers Installation, Downtown/Northside Iowa City

Sunday, November 4 at Noon

Proof that knitters are incredible!


Knit Nite @ Trumpet Blossom

Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Home Ec. and Trumpet Blossom present Knit Nite at Trumpet Blossom Caf�! Complimentary snack table and � off select wine! Yummy and super fun!

310 East Prentiss Street, Iowa City, IA 52240 (319) 248-0077






Mark your December Calendar:


Craft & Fancy: A Handmade Gift Sale at Home Ec. Workshop

Saturday, December 1, 2012, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Room for the Baby: A story, craft and tea party for people of all ages!

Sunday, December 2, 2 - 4 p.m. at Home Ec. Workshop


Join us in celebration of a crafty new picture book by Michelle Edwards; illustrated by Jana Christy.


Share your love of Home Ec. with your friends and kids of all ages! Bring everyone down to hear Michelle read aloud Room for the Baby, her delightful new story about a Jewish family that reuses and re-makes many cast-off items in order to make room for the arrival of a new baby! Lots of stitching and knitting are involved in this story- and as we all know- crafting can be contagious! Please bring an oddball sock or two and we will help you make your own cast-offs into adorable stuffed toys! The workshop and additional materials are free with the purchase of the book! No prior sewing experience is necessary. Tea and cookies will be provided.


Reserve in advance your own copy of Room for the Baby or A Knitter's Home Companion at Home Ec. Workshop. Michelle will sign books purchased at this event!


We hope to see you there!


Please note: Without purchase of the book, there will be a materials/instruction fee to participate in the workshop portion of this event.





girls sewing
November Classes!
New and popular favorites!
Several special guest teachers!

Classes are small and can fill up fast.  We ask that you register and pay in advance to hold your spot. 

Call us at (319) 337 - 4775 and pay by credit card or stop in to register.  Participants receive a 15% discount on supplies purchased for class.

Cancellation Policy:  If you register for a class and can't come, you must call us 48 hours in advance in order to get a refund; otherwise, no refunds or exchanges.

Knit and Felt Slippers

With Alisa

Saturdays, November 3 & 10, 3 - 5 p.m.

$35 + supplies, Fiber Trends Felt Clogs pattern included!

Make them for yourself and the whole family!  Everyone will love these slippers and they are fun to knit. A fabulous holiday gift!






slouchy beanie

by Jenny Gordy

Mondays, November 5 & 12, 6 - 8 p.m.

$35, supplies sold separately.



Advanced beginner: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, and do simple decreases.

You will learn how to use a circular needle and double pointed needles, how to join in the round, and how to make bobbles.



Adult Women's, one size fits most.



Approximately 140 yards of worsted weight wool yarn



Gauge: 18 stitches and 28 rounds = 4" in Stockinette Stitch  (Please do a gauge swatch before coming to class and bring correct needles for gauge.)



One 16" circular needle and one set of 4 double pointed needles, size US 8 (5mm) or size needed to obtain gauge

One 16" circular needle two sizes smaller than gauge needle, size US 6 (4mm)

Size of needle depends on what yarn you buy.



Stitch markers, blunt tapestry needle, and crochet hook in size H/5mm


See other examples of the hat on my website.




Learn to Knit Anything!

Thursdays, November 8, 15 & 29, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

$40, supplies sold separately


Start with the basics of cast on, knit, purl and binding off and learn to knit your first scarf, cowl or washcloth- or choose any pattern you like to take your knitting skills to the next level.  Learn from the projects other people are making too!





Super Simple Everyday Tote
With Catherine Redford

Thursday, November 8, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

$25 + supplies. Pattern included.


Choose from the delicious range of fabrics available and make a fun and simple tote to use everyday! Add custom pockets or embellishments. The original pattern for this project will be provided during the class.

Catherine Redford, a 2012 Des Moines AQS Award winning quilter will be back in town to teach a few classes this month!


Africa Folklore Embroidery

With Catherine Redford

 Friday, November 9, 5:30 -8:30 p.m.

$48, includes all supplies (including hand-dyed thread)


The most important rule in African Folklore Embroidery is to enjoy yourself! Choose one of the wonderful kits available and embark on your own safari. You'll learn the basic stitches and then add the fun touches that make each piece unique. Your finished design can be mounted as a beautiful picture or added to your favorite bag or wearable pattern.


Catherine Redford, a 2012 Des Moines AQS Award winning quilter will be back in town to teach a few classes this month!


COIL: Wrapped in Scraps!

With Catherine Redford

Saturday, November 10, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

(30 min for lunch)

$42 + supplies (one yard of fabric)


Coil pots, place mats, table runners or even a piece of wall art, all without a potter's wheel, these wonderful pieces are made from fabric and cord on your sewing machine! We'll start with the basic techniques. Everyone will go home with a beautiful bowl. Then the only problem will be which project to choose next! 



Catherine Redford, a 2012 Des Moines AQS Award winning quilter will be back in town to teach a few classes this month!




Bias Skirt
Tuesday, November 13, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
$25 + approx. 2 yards of woven fabric.

Make a flattering & comfortable fitting skirt that will curve around your curves. Learn how to draft a pattern based on your measurements and sew a skirt you can work and run around in all year long.



Favorite Skirt

With Brittany Burggraaf, Those Knotty Sisters

Monday, November 19, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

$35 + 1 yard jersey knit fabric (pattern included)

Learn to sew Knotty Sisters' most popular item, the Favorite Skirt. This flattering A-line jersey knit skirt features a drawstring closure and is extremely comfortable. We will cover an introduction to sewing with knit fabrics and a variety of techniques for a professional finish. This skirt can be sewn on a regular sewing machine or is a perfect opportunity to get some practice using a serger. Pattern for both mini skirt and knee length skirt will be provided.


Needle Felting

Thursday, November 15, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

$35, supplies included.


Use hand-dyed, unspun wool to create an adorable needle felted animal in an evening. These animals are cuter than cute.



Five (Easy) Ways to Appliqu�

With Steff Rose

Monday, November 5, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

$23 (all supplies included)


This class will cover five applique techniques that Steff uses in her quilting. Raw edge, fusible, and light-weight stabilizer are a few approaches students will get to try out. Students should bring a fat quarter of fabric for the base of the project, and the rest of the supplies will be provided. The focus of this class will be on learning how to do various applique techniques and not completing finished project.


Quilt As You Go Striped Throw

With Steff Rose

Wednesdays, November 14 & 28, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

$42 + fabrics (pattern included)


Finished quilt is approximately 60" x 50" in size. This is a quilt project that you can actually get done quite fast because you piece and quilt at the same time. With a little homework in between, you should have your project completed by the end of the second class and ready to go in time for holiday giving. Please bring your own long ruler and rotary cutter.




Quilt Block of the Month

With Steff Rose

Monday, Nov 26, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


This month we will make the final block from Lily's book, Jaunty Star. This block, like all the others in the BOM series can be combined to make a completed quilt top, or with just one block, you can make a placemat. Techniques will include a stack and hack approach to block making. Kits are available for purchase for approximately $5, or you can bring your own pair of fat quarters.

Students must have a copy of Carefree Quilts Joy Lily.  Students are welcome to join the BOM at any point. You do NOT need to have gone to any of the prior BOM classes, or commit to future classes in order to participate in this class.


Kirkwood Continuing Education at Home Ec.!


Check out Kirkwood Continuing Education for the latest offerings at Home Ec. Workshop in sewing, quilting and even a patchwork Christmas stocking!  Classes begin the last week of November!


Kirkwood Catalog & Registration



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