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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. 

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.

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

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.

Instructor: Isolina Perez, jewelry designer.

SXW 018 Advanced Wire Techniques
Continue exploring wire-wrapped techniques in this advanced class. Learn to create your own ear wires, cages, paddle wire, and head-pins. Crochet with fine wire to create unique rings, cuffs, and pendants is also included. Emphasis is placed on using different techniques employing find an/or argentium silver.

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  
Learn to produce elegant, finished pieces to wear or sell 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. 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 $35 materials fee payable at first session.

Workshop leader: Marian Fay Levitt, jewelry designer.

SXW 110 Wire and Chain Necklace and Earring Studio
Recommended Prerequisite: SXW 100
Develop your jewelry skills and create more complex designs. Make necklaces, earrings, tassels, and bracelets using wire and chain. Learn to create pendants, woven bracelets, dangling earrings, and hang briolettes. Principles of good design, color, and proper fit are discussed. Make necklaces and earrings working with wire and chain.

Bring to first session a terry cloth towel, two flat nosed pliers, one round chain nose plier and a wire cutter. Separate $35 materials fee payable at first session. 

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 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.

Instructor: Esperanzo Zeno, certified instructor, Yarn Council of America.

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.

Instructor: Esperanzo Zeno, certified instructor, Yarn Council of America.

SXW 205 How to Design and Knit Your Own Hat 
Whether you are new to knitting or experienced, learn to make your own hats for fashion, fun, or to support serious causes. Begin by learning how to read knitted charts and complete basic hand-knitting, knit and purl combination. Basic cable stitches, Intarsia, and textured stitches are introduced along with how to measure stitch and fit properly. Program features the three most popular methods for making hats; flat, circular needles, and double point needle.

Instructor: Esperanzo Zeno, certified instructor, Yarn Council of America.

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.

Instructor: 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.

Instructor: 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.

Instructors: 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 jacketsa 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. 

Instructor: 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.

SXW 400 Learn to Sew Like a Pro 
This basic sewing workshop teaches professional techniques employed in the fashion business for you to use at home. 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.

Attendance at the first session is mandatory.  Tuition includes $10 for supplied materials.

Instructor: Joan Endres, professional designer.

SXW 410 Learn to Sew Like a Pro II
Prerequisite: SXW400 or discretion of instructor.

Follow-up SXW 400 by making a pajama top or nightshirt as you advance your sewing savvy. Continue to learn and 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.

Attendance at the first session is mandatory. Tuition includes $10 for supplied materials.

Instructor: Joan Endres, profession designer.

SXW 425 Hand Sewing, Mending, and Alteration Essentials
There's more to sewing than using a machine. In this course, you'll learn more than a dozen hand stitches and zipper attachment techniques, as well as button and other closure repair. These skills are not only valuable for day-to-day life, but can easily be applied to future careers in wardrobe. A complete resource guide is provided as part of the course.

Bring to first session 12-inch ruler, mechanical pencil or colored tailor's chalk, embroidery scissors, one yard of plain muslim, No.7 Sharp had sewing needles, and black all-purpose 100- percent cotton thread. Additional supplies discussed at first class.

Punctual arrival and full attendance is mandatory due to the abundance of material covered.

Instructor: Pattie Barbosa, professional wardrobe costumer.

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.

SXW 460 Hats and Headpieces for Styling, Image and Costume Design
Up your wardrobe and design resume by adding millinery skills to your repertoire. This class will appeal to costume designers on a tight budget, wardrobe technicians wishing to up their skills, and fashion milliners pursuing the green techniques of reduce, reuse and recycle. Using existing hats found at flea markets, in attics, etc. students will learn how to clean, repair, and stiffen a sad hat so that it has new life. Students will also learn how to turn these finds into period costume pieces or modern fashion accessories. Along the way, students will learn about period silhouette, millinery terms and materials and, importantly, how choosing the right trimmings or tweaking the silhouette just so can completely change the character of a hat.

Please bring a flea market, attic, or inexpensive hat to the first class. Reimagining this hat will be the basic foundation for our class project. Other materials depend on the project and will be discussed in first class.

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

SXW 680 Introduction to Woodworking Techniques: Side Table 
Learn introductory skills to make objects and wood furniture. Begin with info on joinery concepts and wood physics as well as planes, cabinets scrapers and spoke shaves. You’ll learn how to safely operate woodworking machinery including the table saw, band saw, drill press, and miter saw. How to sharpen, and maintain hand tools is included. The project for this course is a side table with tapered legs finished to your taste. Gain knowledge on how to work safely and independently.

Bring to first class: 12 foot tape measure, dust mask, pencils (6 or 12 inch), combo square, 3/4 inch flat wood chisel, Low Angle Block Plane (Kobalt, Stanley, or equivalent) available at Lowes or Home Depot. Wood and other specialized tools will be provided.

Recommended text: Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship.

Instructor: Steven Ceraso, technologist, Exhibit Design, fine artist and woodworker.

SXW 682 Intermediate Woodworking: Decorative Boxes 
This six-session intermediate-level workshop builds on skills learned during SXW 680. Students develop the ability to work more precisely and safely with machinery and hand tools. How to make a cut list and estimate materials are covered. Marking and measuring for joinery is introduced as well as resawing boards on the band saw and milling lumber. The project for this course is a table saw splined miter box with a hinged lid composed of multiple hardwoods. Gain the confidence to work on more advanced projects that require accurate measurements and precision.

Bring to first class: Shop Fox D3294 scraper set, six-piece set, Irwin Tools Marples woodworking chisel, 3/4-inch, Stanley12-951 spoke shave with flat base; Kobalt adjustable mouth blockplane available at Lowes.com.

Recommended text: Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship.

Instructor: Steven Ceraso, technologist, Exhibit Design, fine artist and woodworker.

SXW 684 Introduction to Woodworking: Modern Chair 
This six-session introductory workshop builds on skills learned during SXW 680. Students learn additional foundation skills to build wood furniture and related objects, incorporating wood physics and joinery concepts. Traditional hand tools, including block planes, cabinet scrapers, and spokeshaves are introduced, as well as how to safely operate woodworking machinery, including the table saw, band saw, drill press, and miter saw. How to sharpen and maintain hand tools is also covered. The project for this course is a modern chair based on an early modern design using basic tap and bridle joints.

Bring to first class: Shop Fox D3294 Scraper six-piece set; Irwin Tools Marples Woodworking Chisel, 3/4-inch; Stanle 12-861 Spokeshave with Flat Base; Kobalt adjustable mouth Block Plane available at Lowes.com.

Recommended Text: Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship.

Instructor: Steven Ceraso, technologist, Exhibit Design, fine artist and woodworker.

SXW 686 Woodworking: Utensil Shaping, Steam Bending, Milling, and Finishing Techniques

Take advantage of this special four-in-one three-day summer workshop ideal for expanding woodworking skills or for novices looking for a new craft. Begin by designing and making your own handmade utensil from a block of hardwood by machine shaping and hand refining with food-safe finishing techniques. Next, learn the artful process of steam bending solid wood for functional and sculptural pieces, including lumber prep, building forms, and bending jigsaw drying racks. The third day introduces wood milling and finishing, which involves flattening up, squaring up, and smoothing rough boards. Experience using these different machines: a joiner, a thickness planer, and a table saw. A variety of traditional and new hardwood finishing techniques are taught, including film finish, natura-oil finish, and stains, as well as eco-friendly techniques such as black soap. Bringing your own unfinished pieces to work on is welcome.

Bring the following materials to program: heat resistant (leather) gloves, safety glasses or goggles, tape measure, pencil, cotton rag, and disposable urethane or rubber gloves.

Instructors: Steven Ceraso, technologist, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design; fine artist and woodworker; and David Halbout, technologist, Visual Presentation and Design; fine artist and woodworker.