Workshops

Please be sure to check our Calendar page for a complete list of workshops and events.

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Note: When you successfully register for a workshop, a receipt for your purchase will be emailed to you. If you do not receive a receipt, your registration is NOT confirmed. Please contact us.

COVID-19 Update: To keep our members, workshop participants, and instructors safe, we're in the process of the moving our classes online. Please stay tuned for more exciting offerings in the coming months—and check back often for new postings! 

 

Girls' Night (or Day) Out (Online)

Date: Ongoing

Time: Varies with workshop

Workshop Fee: Varies with workshop

Instructor: Varies with workshop

Skill Level: All

Materials & Tools Needed: Varies with workshop

Note: Due to COVID-19, we have temporarily suspended in-person GNO bookings. If you would like to discuss online GNO options, please contact us.

 

Looking for something a little different for your next Girls' Night (or Day) Out? Consider scheduling a private arts and crafts party at Purple Crayon! We've got lots of great workshops to choose from, and, if you don't see what you're looking for, we'll be happy to try to find an instructor! More...

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Beginning Patchwork Quilting (Online)

 

Date: Sundays, 6/28, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, & 8/16

Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM 

Workshop Fee: $120 (Non-Members & Members)

Instructor: Pam Robbins

Skill Level: This course is for women who have little or no patchwork quilting experience. You do not need advanced sewing skills, but you must know how to sew a straight seam using your sewing machine.

Materials & Tools Needed:

  • Sewing machine in good working order

  • Sewing machine needles size 80/12

  • Rotary cutter (45 mm Fiskars or Olfa recommended)

  • Scissors

  • Cutting Mat (24" x 36" or larger)

  • Transparent rotary ruler (6" x 24” recommended)

  • Straight pins (long, thin pins with large heads)

  • Iron

  • Ironing board

  • Seam ripper

  • Thread (cotton, medium gray or tan)

  • Batting (lap quilt size or at least 41” x 52”; 100% cotton recommended)

  • Temporary fabric adhesive / basting spray

  • Fabric

    • For the blocks, choose 3 coordinating, but contrasting, fabrics with smaller scale, non-directional prints. You will need 1 yard of fabric #1, 1 yard of fabric #2 (this will also be your binding fabric), and 1/4 yard of fabric #3.

    • For the sashing and borders, choose 1 understated fabric. This fabric will be going around all of the blocks, so pick something that will set off the blocks but not command much attention itself. You will need 1-1/4 yards of this fabric.

    • For the backing, choose 1 coordinating fabric. You will need approximately 3-1/8 yards of this fabric. To avoid buying too much backing fabric, do not purchase this fabric until your quilt top is complete.

Optional Materials & Tools:

  • Square quilting ruler

  • 1/4" quilting foot

  • Omnigrid® InvisiGrip™ (keeps rulers from sliding)

  • Quilting gloves

  • Quilt design wall

 

*The quilt pattern is available electronically or as a paperback. The paperback version is recommended, as it will be easier to reference while participating in the online course.

 

Description: In this 12-hour, 6-session course, veteran quilter Pam Robbins will cover everything you need to know to start patchwork quilting!

 

In addition to learning patchwork quilting basics, you’ll learn how to make 9-12 patchwork quilt “building blocks.” (The number of blocks will depend on your level of interest, speed, and available time.) Once you have these blocks in your quilter’s tool kit, you can use them to create literally hundreds of different quilts!

 

The last two classes will be spent adding sashing and borders to your quilt, assembling your quilt “sandwich,” quilting your piece by “stitching in the ditch” (this course will NOT teach free motion quilting), and attaching binding. You’ll walk away with a beautiful 38” x 48-1/2” quilt (if you complete all twelve blocks) and the know-how to tackle more complex quilting projects on your own!

 

Notes: 

  • This course skips a week after the first and fifth class to give students time to work on their own.

  • This workshop will be conducted using Zoom, an online meeting tool. You must have access to a computer, tablet, smart phone, or other internet-accessible device, as well as the internet. Instructions for accessing the workshop will be provided after registration.​

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Gentle Yoga for Creativity: Beginner-Friendly (Online)

 

Date: Mondays, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, & 8/31

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM* 

Workshop Fee: $75 (Non-Members & Members)

Instructor: Paige Gilchrist

Skill Level: All

Materials & Tools Needed: There’s no need to buy anything special; you can easily turn ordinary items from home into yoga props!

  • Yoga mat or a soft, supportive surface (A patch of carpeted floor will work fine. If your floor is hard, just add a rug or a blanket.)

  • Two firm blankets or towels

  • Two yoga blocks or sturdy books that are the same size

  • Yoga bolster or some firm throw pillows or a bed pillow wrapped tightly with a blanket (to create a bolster)

  • Music (optional). Many people like to have some gentle instrumental music playing at a low volume while they practice yoga. Liquid Mind Radio on Pandora or Spotify is a good option. You can also find Paige on Spotify (paigegilchrist) and use one of the Restorative playlists in her library.

 

*The first class will run from 10:00-11:30 AM to allow participants time to introduce themselves and begin creating community. 

Description: In these challenging, sometimes solitary times, many of us are looking for new ways to connect and fuel the creative energies that help us thrive. This special 4-week, beginner-friendly course offers you both. We’ll build an intimate community and, together, explore how the ancient, accessible practices of yoga—gentle movement, breathing practices, guided meditations, and more—can support your creative life.

 

Slow, mindful, embodied practices are an especially wonderful way to nurture your intuition and tap into your subconscious. Classes will be welcoming to beginners and nourishing for those with yoga experience. They will feature soothing sequences and restorative poses. We’re limiting attendance to 12 students, so you’ll receive personalized attention and plenty of true connection.

 

Note: This workshop will be conducted using Zoom, an online meeting tool. You must have access to a computer, tablet, smart phone, or other internet-accessible device, as well as the internet. Instructions for accessing the workshop will be provided after registration.​

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