Friday, February 27, 2009

DIY Classes Spring Schedule

Basic Sewing
Saturday April 11th, 12-3pm
Wednesday May 13th, 6-9pm
Fee: $20
One day workshop for all those with an interest in garment making or repairing with little or no experience. Students will learn how to use their machines and with guided practice become comfortable with basic seams and hems. We will also discuss the basics of garment construction. Materials: Your machine and it’s manual. All other supplies provided.

Intermediate Sewing
Wednesday, April 15th, 6-9pm
Saturday May 16th, 12-3pm
Fee: $20
One day workshop. A follow up for students who have taken the basic sewing class, or for those with some experience. Students bring their own machines, and should already know how to use them well. The focus in this class is garment construction. Types of fabrics, notions, and tools are discussed. Design techniques such as draping, swiping, and patern-making are also discussed. Students will complete one garment. Materials: Sewing machine, 2 yards of stretch-knit fabric.

DIY Screen-Printing
Thursday, March 19th, 6-9pm
Thursday April 16th, 6-9pm
Thursday May 21st, 6-9pm
Fee: $25
One day workshop. Learn the best tools and techniques for in-home screen-printing. Through demonstrations explore stretching screens, image prep, drawing and photo emulsion, exposing screens and the printing process. Supplies: all provided.

-All workshops will be held at Fasten in Bay View
-Students are expected to bring their own machines, however, there is a house machine available for a $5 usage fee.
-Students receive a 40% discount on supplies purchased at Fasten during the month of class.
-Students must sign up at least one week before the class date.
-Call 414-747-9229 to pay by credit card, Or mail a check with your name, address, phone number, and the class title to Fasten Collective 2224 S Kinnickinnic Ave. Milwaukee WI 53207

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Craft Night

Wednesday March 4th 6-9pm

Come learn how to print by hand with Stephanie. We will be making easy stencils out of butcher paper and printing on fabric. Feel free to bring design ideas or anything you would like to print on. Materials will be provided.

Bring a friend and snacks if you can. Or come alone, we're a friendly bunch! We meet to craft together every 1st Wednesday of the month.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Featured Designer

This month, we featured Amy Medtlie of AM Jewelry. She's brand new to Fasten, and has with us a great line of earrings that we're excited to carry this Valentine's Day season!

Read our interview with her below.

How was AM Jewelry born?
I guess I described above how I started crafting. The line itself is just my initials. Not super creative. I did have a really awesome/cheesy wordplay slogan based off of the a.m. in the label that I used to put on my display cards. It was "Start your day off fashionably."

Describe your line.
I create pieces that I would want to wear. Which means my color choices are often limited to the colors I like! This also means that my pieces are of high quality materials, very simple and functional but also fun and a little funky. I make earrings that I hope can be very timeless.

What materials do you use most often? Where do you get your beads?
I use sterling silver for all my earring wires and headpins. If my beads aren't Czech glass then they're typically semi-precious stones, like jade or turquoise, or natural materials, like bone, wood, or horn. I get my beads from bead stores and fairs and old necklaces that I find and take apart. My favorite bead store that I have found is in Minneapolis. I have traveled to many states since I discovered that one and still haven't found one I like better.

Have there been any experiences in your life that have inspired you as a designer?
My mom is an artist and my sister is very artistic. Growing up watching them create art made me want to find an avenue to express myself creatively.