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Monday Fun – Let’s Get Going

Our fabrics drying in the wind
Here are a few pattern of Shibori from my workshops

Kristen Indigo

Indigo 2
indigo workshop LK
Workshop at National African American Conference 2018

Indigo 1

Sandra blue
I love to teach and see all the new patterns
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Great fun learning the art of Japanese dyeing cotton fabric

Come learn the art of Shibori

Limited Space Pre-Register

Oakland Nov 4        11:00am – 2:00pm  Eventbrite 

Oakland Nov 4           2:00pm – 5:00pm Eventbrite

Long Beach Nov 12  11:00am – 2:00pm Eventbrite

Long Beach Nov 12  2:00pm – 5:00pm  Eventbrite

Santa Ana Nov 26    11:00am – 2:00pm  Eventbrite

Santa Ana Nov 26     2:00pm – 5:00pm  Eventbrite

Great fun learning the art of Japanese dyeing that involves folding, twisting or bunching of cloth and binding it, then dyeing in indigo. 

Shibori is an ancient Japanese dyeing technique using natural dyes, and in this class you will use natural indigo, which antibacterial properties and has been used abundantly throughout history around the world. Learn the fundamentals of this timeless pattern-making process. We will concentrate on folding, tying, and using clamp resists, and dye in a plant-derived indigo vat. All dye materials and several pieces of cotton will be provided.

I am a passionate teacher who encourages students to create unique fabric creations, whether the end product is a quilt or garment. Creating what is important to the maker is a joyful experience that I try to pass on in my workshops. Wherever you are in your design process my goal is to inspire your creative “genius” and improve your techniques.

Please join me at one of my local classes or suggest that your guild hire me for a lecture and workshop.

Time to dry my cotton
What are you using?


Ready to dye 


Job well done
Fun in the sum
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Friday Fun – Wrap Skirt

ASG skirt front
Wrap Skirt

Many time I have found that the patterns that say “Learn to Sew” are not all that easy. If you are the type person who is not familiar with sewing terms you may have a few problems completing the sewing project. In the instructions they assume you know the basic terms and expect you to complete the project with little instructions. Easy means little instructions. But you can do it.

Back of Skirt

So I used fabric I had laying around and made it match.

Side of Skirt

So if you have fabric and want to use it to create a new outfit here is the pattern for you.

Simplicity 8133
Simplicity Pattern



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FREE Adult Quilting and Sewing Workshop Open to all

FREE Adult Quilting and Sewing Workshop Open to All

  • Tuesday and Wednesdays, 4:00 PM to 9:PM

    Santiago Canyon College

    8045 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA (edit map)

  • Santiago Canyon College Room U90 (located on the Newport Ave. side of campus)
  • Come to Class where we have loads of fun and learn from each other.

    8045 E Chapman Ave., Room U-90 T Orange, CA 92869

    Tues & Wed 4:00pm – 9:00pm Wed 4:00pm – 9:00pm

    Come to class to see me demo how to quilt you own quilts to look like they have been quilted by your local long arm quilt professional.

    My open and encouraging teaching style allows my students the freedom to access their creativity and explore new ideas in a fun, friendly environment.

    Solid skills can be achieved through practice over time, but they are just a small part of creating good art.

    By the end of the first class, each student will be able to think creatively about how to express their life experiences through the projects they create. nts and expanding my own creative experience.

    I believe I can unlock the creative potential of every one of my students, and help each of them reach their creative goal.

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Monday Night Sew ~ Sandra’s Fashions

It’s a new year. It’s a new sdress.

So for 2017 I am going to make and wear 25% of my clothing. I would also like to start a group of other people who would like to take on this challenge. Send me a note if you would like to join my group.

I was able to use this fabric from Africa.
The print which has a border at the top and the bottom was great.
This pattern was very easy and I was able to complete it in 5 hours.
Simplicity pattern 1609
After looking at the fabric I was able to see I needed to use the border.

If you would like to purchase this pattern or another pattern here is the link to Simplicity patterns