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Wearable and Decorative Arts Descriptions

SXW 010 Bauble, Bangle, and Bead Stringing I
Learn to design jewelry through this foundation course in the ancient art of bead stringing. Each session introduces an elegant and unique jewelry project, including a pair of wire and bead earrings. Pearl knotting and other beadwork stitches are included. Tools, resources, and the range and quality of beads and clasps are discussed within the context of design guidelines and finishing techniques. Produce quality pieces, get a foundation to continue on to more advanced techniques, and be a more savvy consumer when shopping for costume jewelry.

No previous experience necessary. Stringing basics for novices. Separate materials fee varies from $12 to $15 per session. Class limited to 20.

Workshop leaders: Sumako Barnes, jewelry designer; Esther Esses, jewelry designer; and Leah Becker, jewelry designer.

SXW 011 Beadweaving for Novices
Learn the foundational bead weaving stitches necessary to developing beaded jewelry pieces. Workshops concentrate on peyote stitch, square stitch, herringbone, tubular herringbone, and right-angle basic weaves. Excellent follow-up to SXW 010 and recommended prior to SXW 012 and SXW 013.

Class limited to 15. Optional materials fee varies up to $50. Materials are available at each session.

Workshop leader: Jeri Schatz, jewelry designer.

SXW 012 Bauble, Bangle, and Beadweaving Techniques

Prerequisite: SXW 011
Use a variety of bead weaving techniques to make unique bracelets, brooches, earrings, necklaces and rings. Each hands-on session utilizes stitches such as brick, herringbone, netting and and peyote. Be prepared to finish at least three projects.
Class limited to 15. Optional materials fee varies up to $50. Materials are available at each session.

Workshop leader: Jeri Schatz, jewelry designer.

SXW 013 Intermediate Beadweaving Workshop
Students in Bauble, Bangle, and Beads: Fundamental Creative Stitch Techniques continue to work in a higher level.

Workshop leader: Jeri Schatz, jewelry designer.

SXW 016 Wire-wrap Jewelry Workshop
Learn the ancient art of wire-wrapping glass, semiprecious stones, and beads to make one-of-a-kind bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. This program introduces you to a variety of wrapping techniques. Start with free-form wrapping to create a pendant using wire and sea glass. As your skills advance, learn to make various styles of earrings and stone wrapped rings.

Class limited to 16. Bring to first class 5" round nose pliers, 5" chain nose pliers both are Allcraft brand, Italian side cutters, and a steel ring mandrel (no grooves). The first three tools are needed for every class; the ring mandrel will be used in the fourth week. Tools can be purchased at All Craft, 135 West 29th Street, second floor. Separate materials fee payable for the first project is $10. Additional supplies will be needed to complete later projects.

Workshop leader: Isolina Perez, jewelry designer.

SXW 018 Advanced Wire Techniques and Cold Connections: Working with Metal without Heat
This workshop offers you the ability to master advanced techniques in wire wrapping; how to create your own ear wires, head pins, pendants, cuff bracelets. Emphasis is placed on using different techniques employing fine and/or argentium silver. Cold connections is the art of combining metals, found objects, and unique elements and connecting them all together by creating a folded join, stitching, rivets, eyelets, nails, and screws to create various jeweled ornaments. You're limited only by your imagination.

Bring to first session: Tools purchased for SXW 016 (round and chain nose pliers, cutters). Chasing hammer half domed, metal block 4x4 or 6x6, metal shears, 1.8mm hole punch, tape measure, cup bur and holder for 20 gauge wire. These supplies can be purchased at AllCraft. Plus 20 gauge wire, copper or sterling silver, 2-3 feet. 4mm beads, crystals for ear wires, (2 for one set of ear wires).

Instructor: Isolina Perez, jewelry designer.

SXW 100 Collectible Jewelry I
Learn to produce elegant, finished pieces through European techniques of knotting, weaving, and stringing with pearls, crystals, and semiprecious stones. This program stresses the principles of style, design, and color as well as custom fitting methods. Tricks of the trade are revealed, including where to obtain materials and tools. Classic larger bead pieces are emphasized. Start by making a bracelet from materials provided in the first class and progress to creating your own necklace torsade and a complex woven necklace in subsequent classes. Techniques for both beginning and experienced beaders are taught.

Bring to class a small white terrycloth towel, curved cuticle scissors, one small non-serrated knife, and a compact-size hand mirror. Separate $30 materials fee payable at first session. Class limited to 16.

Workshop leader: Marian Fay Levitt, jewelry designer.

SXW 110 Collectible Jewelry II and Beaded Wire Earrings

Prerequisite: Recommended Prerequisite: SXW 100
Continue to develop your jewelry skills as you create more complex designs. Learn how to attach pendants, make jeweled tassels, and design elegant multiple weaves and graduated multi-stranded necklaces. Principles of good design, color, and proper fit are discussed. Make necklaces and earrings working with wire and chain.

Separate $30 materials fee payable at first session. Bring to first session a small white hand towel, curved cuticle scissors, one small non-serrated knife, and a compact-sized hand mirror. Class limited to 16.

Workshop leader: Marian Fay Levitt, jewelry designer.

SXW 115 Sterling Silver Link Jewelry Workshop
If jewelry making is your passion, learn to work in sterling silver to capture the techniques necessary for making links and chains. Workshop begins with construction of a classic sterling silver link bracelet. As your proficiency increases, graduate to making a pin or pendant piece. Let sterling silver add a new level of fashion and value to your work.

Bring to first session an industrial style apron, bench brush, brass scratch brush, goggles, bench pin, one pair of flat pliers, one pointed pliers, one saw frame (5” or 6”), # 1 saw blades (2 doz.), and 1 ounce of 2mm sterling silver wire. All materials available at All Craft, 135 West 29th Street, Suite 205. Additional tools, equipment, and materials will be provided, though some additional materials (to be explained at first session) will be required.

Instructor: Garnet Barracks, jewelry designer.

SXW 125 Handcrafted Costume Jewelry I: From Design to Creation

Graduate beyond making beaded jewelry to designing and creating unique pieces in brass, copper, or a combination of both. Start with a pendant that becomes a necklace that turns into a brooch. Create your own design or adapt a historic or ethnic prototype. Work hands-on in a specially equipped lab, learning important metal techniques such as cutting, forming, filing, polishing, and assembling. You'll be amazed at how a simple piece of metal transforms into a treasure as you develop proficiencies shared by working jewelry designers.

Bring to first session The Handmade Costume Jewelry Kit, at a discounted price of $170 at All Craft, 135 West 29th Street, Suite 205. Additional tools, equipment, and materials provided.

Instructor: Vladimir Deming, MA in decorative art; decorative jewelry designer; antiques restorer.

SXW 126 Handcrafted Costume Jewelry II: Studio

Prerequisite: SXW 125
Students who have completed SXW 125 continue to work hands-on, refining their metalworking skills in order to produce beautifully executed, professional jewelry pieces. Program introduces refined techniques and complex projects.

Bring to first class tools purchased for SXW 125. Additional tools and materials provided. Some additional expense for personal project work.

Instructor: Vladimir Deming, MA in decorative art; decorative jewelry designer; antiques restorer.

SXW 130 Intro to Plexi-Fashion Jewelry

This hot fabrication once thought of as purely industrial is the new runway trend and lux style element. Design and make your own set of contemporary jewelry out of clear, colored transparent or opaque Plexiglas; rings, earrings, or bracelets. This course teaches you basic techniques on how to work with Plexiglas, and gives you a start at creating unique, one-of-a-kind colorful fashion jewelry. Work under close supervision with plenty of guidance so that after completion of the course, you will be able to make jewelry at home, which requires a minimum amount of tools and space.

Bring to first class: The kit, at a discounted price of &172.00 at All Craft, 135 W. 29th St. Sutie 205. 212-279-7077. Some additional expense for materials and tools. Additional equipment provided.

Workshop Leader: Vladimir Deming, MA in decorative art; decorative jewelry designer; antiques restorer

SXW 200 Knitting for Pleasure
Learn to make hand-knit, designer inspired sweaters from start to finish. Workshop teaches you to write your own instructions and to measure and convert properly. Assembly and blocking are demonstrated. Recommended for people with basic knitting skills who are interested in producing beautiful sweaters at a fraction of the normal cost. Advanced instruction in more challenging designs and stitches available to experienced knitters.

Bring two sets of straight knitting needles, size 8 and size 9, and two balls of worsted-weight yarn (same color). Some additional supplies required. Knowledge of basic hand knit stitches required. Class limited to 16.

Workshop leader: Arnetta Kenney, adjunct assistant professor, Textile/Surface Design; boutique knitwear designer.

SXW 201 Knitting for Novices
If you long to take SXW 200, but don't knit or haven't in a long time, learn or reacquaint yourself with the basic hand-knit stitches, fabrics, and techniques in this knitting start-up program. Learn knit and purl combinations, how to measure and fit properly, intarsia color knitting, basic cable stitches, seams, and finishing. A small seasonal project is completed. If you are new to knitting, take this program prior to SXW 200.

Bring two sets of straight knitting needles, sizes 8 and 9, and two balls of worsted-weight yarn (same color). Some additional supplies required. Class limited to 16.

Workshop leader: Arnetta Kenney, adjunct assistant professor, Textile/Surface Design; boutique knitwear designer.

SXW 220 Beginners' Machine Knitting

Learn to produce garments with a hand-knit look through introductory machine knitting. Whether or not you own a machine, the basic techniques covered enable you to pursue knit production. Attendees start by making a sweater at their own pace and can advance to additional garments in SXW 230.

Workshop leaders: Kathryn Malik, technologist, Textile Development and Marketing; and Marian Grealish-Forino, adjunct assistant professor, Textile Development and Marketing.

SXW 230 Machine Knitting II

Prerequisite: SXW 220
Continue to develop machine-knitting skills learned in SXW 220 using your own standard gauge tools. Program stresses sophisticated stitches and additional garment construction at the intermediate and advanced levels.

Workshop leaders: Kathryn Malik, technologist, Textile Development and Marketing; and Marian Grealish-Forino, adjunct assistant professor, Textile Development and Marketing.

SXW 250 Advanced Machine Knitting: Hat, Handwarmers & Socks
If you are an experienced machine knitter, or have taken SXW 220 and SXW 230 join us for a weekend of designing and make your own coordinated hat, handwarmers and socks set. Put your previously learned hand and machine knitting skills to work in this fun-filled, creative winter program. After a quick knitting machine refresher begin by following a basic pattern, size and shape. Work for maximum creative expression, comfort and warmth. Hone your machine knitting skills, pick up valuable tips for producing quality work and wear your creations home.
Workshop leaders: Marian Grealish, adjunct assistant professor, Textile Development and Marketing, and Kathryn Malik, technologist, Textile Development and Marketing.

SXW 260 Crochet for Pleasure
Learn how to design and create crocheted sweaters, vests, and jackets—a fashion statement that has made a comeback. This course covers the design and planning process, and teaches you how to do modular crochet—a method that enhances the draping of crocheted garments for a softer silhouette. Recommended for people with a basic knowledge of crochet stitches.

Bring to first class E, F, and G crochet hooks and a pair of scissors. Some additional expenses required. Class limited to 16.

Workshop leader: Arnetta Kenney, adjunct assistant professor, Textile/Surface Design; boutique knitwear designer; Esperanza Zeno, certified instructor, Yarn Council of America.

SXW 320 Bridal Gown Sewing

If you are a professional or highly trained home sewer, learn to make exquisite wedding gowns from commercials patterns, incorporating haute couture techniques. Bring your preselected pattern and fabric to the first session, at which you will discuss your bridal creation and vision with a professional bridal design team, who will guide you in customizing your garment and selecting appropriate trim. From cutting to assembly and sewing, work with direction and guidance, incorporating newly learned finishing skills to create professional-looking gown (project requires some home sewing)

Bring to first session: one commercial wedding gown pattern, fabric based on pattern choice (any fiber content is acceptable), 100% cotton thread matched to fabric coloration, tape measure or ruler, hand sewing needles (5-10 Sharpe needles), and white clay chalk or white dress-maker pencil. Trim to be purchased based on first session advisement.

Instructor: Paula Varsalona, adjunct assistant professor, Fashion Design-Apparel; wedding gown designer.


SXW 400 Learn to Sew Like a Pro I

This basic sewing workshop teaches professional techniques employed in the fashion business. Utilizing the college's industrial equipment, learn how to sew and produce correctly finished, professional looking pieces. The program includes layout, cutting, construction, and finishing of garments. Attendees use a commercial pattern to sew a pajama-style bottom - long, cropped, or capri - working in cotton or cotton-type fabrics. Appropriate sewing techniques for a variety of fabrics and fabric resources are covered.

Separate $10 materials fee payable at first session.

Workshop leader: Joan Endres, professional designer.

SXW 410 Learn to Sew Like a Pro II
Prerequisite: SXW400

Follow-up SXW 400 and advance your sewing savvy as you refine your professional skills. Program includes special attention to button holes, trim details, fit and assembly techniques. Students work in cotton or cotton-type fabrics making a pj style top.

Separate $10 materials fee payable at first session.

Workshop leader: Joan Endres, profession designer.

SXW 425 Hand Sewing, Mending, and Alteration Essentials

1.5 CEU
Learn professional hand-sewing techniques that can save time and money. Lessons include how to do a proper hem for dresses, pants, and skirts, and how to shorten sleeves on tailored jackets. Repairs such as buttons, eyes, hooks, snaps, and zippers are taught. Also included are basting and stitch-style techniques. These skills complement careers in styling, image, events, and wardrobing, and will banish costly alteration fees from your life.

Bring to first session 12" ruler, marking chalk or pencil, embroidery scissors, assorted buttons, hooks and eyes, snaps, 1' of cotton cloth, one yard of plain muslin or cotton, needle, and thread. Additional supplies discussed at first class.

Workshop leader: Ruth Katz, professional wardrobe costumer, stylist; and Pattie Barbosa, professional wardrobe costumer, stylist, and star dresser.

SXW 450 Hats: Design and Make Your Own Fascinator
Spring forward with your own original designed fascinator. Bigger than a barrette, but smaller than a hat, these British-inspired whimsical adornments have become fashion right for celebratory events in the day or at "cocktail hour" no matter the country. This studio workshop introduces you to professional techniques from the elements of good design - what makes a statement vs. just plain silly, to cutting a pattern and constructing a proper buckram mini-pillbox base. Learn hand sewing techniques used in the finest quality millinery and work with feathers, flowers, beads and veiling to embellish your creation to be worn on the front, side, or back of your head. No experience necessary. Skills imparted can be used for future commercial or personal projects.

Basic materials provided. Additional expense for fabric and trim of your choosing discussed at first session.
Class limited to 16.

Workshop leader: Nora Navarro, adjunct instructor, Accessories Design, professional millinery designer.

SXW 460 Hats and Headpieces for Styling, Image and Costume Design
Up your wardrobing, costume design, and styling skills by adding millinery to your repertoire. Hats are the necessary punctuation for all but the most modern silhouettes. In framing the face, hats are one of the fastest tools used by pros to transmit the character’s state of mind, status, and/or virtue. Simply choosing one feather over another or curving a brim just so, the character image can be drastically altered. Program begins with an overview of historic silhouettes, materials, sumptuary laws, and decor. See techniques for creating character through selection as well as how to handle and maintain headpieces, including how to alter, clean,and make repairs. Work hands-on with a modern hat and,
by clever manipulation and decoration, turn a class project into a period piece.
Necessary materials include: basic sewing kit for second class and project to be discussed in first class.

Instructor: Janet Linville, adjunct assistant professor, Accessory Design; millinery supervisor, Metropolitan Opera; fashion and theatrical millinery designer.

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