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Ragfinery

1421 N. Forest St., Bellingham, WA

Phone:
1-(360)-738-6977

Website:
www.ragfinery.com

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Upcoming Events

Ragfinery's Sewing Rodeo

sewing, Craft Show, Community Event, Social Event

Call to Artists: Ragfinery’s Sewing Rodeo LIVE Sewing Challenge Bellingham’s nonprofit textile reuse hub has a new event this Fall to satiate our appetites for showcasing creative reuse: the Sewing Rodeo! In celebration of National Sewing Month in September, Ragfinery will invite six teams of two to enter this friendly 2-day, fun-filled, nail-biting, LIVE sewing and design challenge. Teams will be given their design parameters, and have one evening to envision their project, doing a mad dash to select materials, and one day to sew at Ragfinery! The competition will culminate with an in-store fashion show on Saturday, September 23rd, and prizes will be awarded in three categories: People’s Choice, Best Interpretation of Theme, and Best Performance Under Pressure. The inspiration for the Sewing Rodeo celebrates the ‘get it done’ cowgirl spirit of our local artists and seamstresses. Ragfinery customers never cease to amaze. The creativity! The strength, perseverance and sense of adventure! No matter what fabulous creation these sewing cowgirls (or boys) decide to rustle up, they will surely be inspired by the passion, sassiness, humor and grit of the mythic cowgirl. The challenge will open for artist registration on Friday, August 25th. There is no fee to register, but challengers will be responsible for the purchase of their desired materials from Ragfinery and must bring their own sewing machines for use in the competition. There will be a cap of just six teams, so early registration is encouraged. Individuals interested in participating can sign up in person at Ragfinery (1421 N. Forest Street, Bellingham) and up-to-date details about the event can be found at ragfinery.com. Mark your calendars, grab a buddy, and get ready to amaze and be amazed, as spectator or challenger! Ragfinery is a Bellingham nonprofit organization that diverts unwanted textiles from the waste stream and upcycles them in a training business that provides transitional jobs for low income clients of our partner social service agencies and schools. We collaborate with local artisans and community volunteers to repurpose unwanted garments and textiles into a variety of upcycled goods that showcase the skills and talent of our collective. END

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• Fri 8/25/17 at - 10:00 AM

Introduction to Weaving

Textiles

Note: This class runs three consecutive Saturdays from 8/26 to 9/9. The first workshop will be from 10am-noon and the last two will be from 10am-1pm. Learn to weave using a floor loom with Aurora Lindquist! In a series of three Saturday morning sessions, learn to plan a weaving project and what materials to use, warp a loom, and create your own 2’ by 4' rug.

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• Sat 8/26/17 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Felt Geode Earrings

Textiles

This basic wet felting technique is simple enough for kids, but produces gem-like creations sophisticated enough for adults. Using small pieces of wool roving you will form precious felted geodes and design your own unique pair of earrings!

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• Wed 8/30/17 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Introduction to Weaving

Textiles

Note: This class runs three consecutive Saturdays from 8/26 to 9/9. The first workshop will be from 10am-noon and the last two will be from 10am-1pm. Learn to weave using a floor loom with Aurora Lindquist! In a series of three Saturday morning sessions, learn to plan a weaving project and what materials to use, warp a loom, and create your own 2’ by 4' rug.

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• Sat 9/2/17 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Sewing Bootcamp

Textiles

Note: This workshop is held on two consecutive Saturday mornings (9/2 & 9/9) from 10am-1pm. Learn to upcycle or alter your own clothes in this beginning sewing “bootcamp” series! Get familiar with the care and use of your sewing machine and solving basic sewing problems, take accurate body measurements and learn to fit items to your own aesthetic and body type! Sew a knit cap in the first class, and move on to constructing a garment or other project of your choice, such as a knit or woven dress, top, skirt, or pant. We will focus on embellishments and finishing touches specific to your project, i.e. pockets, zippers, buttons/buttonholes, hems, etc. Take away a short guide and reference list to assist you in applying your new skills at home. Please note that you will be working on the Ragfinery Baby Loc machines and we will not be working with patterns.

Information:

• Sat 9/2/17 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
• Sat 9/9/17 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Introduction to Weaving

Textiles

Note: This class runs three consecutive Saturdays from 8/26 to 9/9. The first workshop will be from 10am-noon and the last two will be from 10am-1pm. Learn to weave using a floor loom with Aurora Lindquist! In a series of three Saturday morning sessions, learn to plan a weaving project and what materials to use, warp a loom, and create your own 2’ by 4' rug.

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• Sat 9/9/17 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Collage Nuno Felt Scarf

Textiles

Collage is always fun, but have you tried it with silk and wool? Participants will create a scarf in colors and fabrics of their choice, using pieces of reclaimed silk and wool to match. Then the fun begins as we design unique wearable art scarves!

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• Sat 9/16/17 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Coiled Fabric Baskets

Textiles

This class will teach you to make sturdy baskets from almost any kind of scrap fabric! Thick strips of fabric are twisted and bound together with yarn, strong cotton string, or thin strips of more fabric. Many possibilities await!

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• Wed 9/27/17 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Needle Felted Sweater Skirts

Textiles

Come learn how to upcycle a sweater into a warm and beautiful skirt! Cashmere, merino wool, and lambswool sweaters make for a cozy and fashionable autumn or winter wardrobe. Needle felting adds a touch of wool embroidery that makes for a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art. Materials available for purchase at Ragfinery. Shop well in advance for best selection.

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• Sat 9/30/17 at 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM