Kristin Williams is the owner of Ephemera Paducah. She adores mixed media and messing up her manicures with gesso, paint, glitter and other cool stuff. Valerie Pollard
Valerie is a student, shop sitter, and occasional instructor at Ephemera Paducah. She sews, knits, dabbles in quilting and mixed media. She has always had a love of making things and enjoys reusing and repurposing found treasures.
July 21, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Earlier this year Valerie and I were part of a wonderful group of women hosting our own Art Retreat in The Loft and Ephemera Paducah Studio. Everyone taught the rest of the group something. We felted, made journals, made parts for art journaling, created ancestor art, crocheted beaded necklace, learned some stretches for artists… lots & lots & lots of cool stuff.
But the project that set the 10 of us on fire was making Boho Bags. We were going to spend half a day on them and ended up dashing the afternoon plans so we could do more digging, ripping, tearing & sewing with abandon. Brenda Bliss Delaney was the mastermind of the project with Val as her helper.
Val & I want to create this experience for you!
Using two upholstery fabric samples as the base, you’ll adorn, sew, and add to that sturdy fabric to create your bag. Valerie and I will take you through the construction of your Boho Bag complete with personalized embellishments and parts to adorn it. You’ll dig through the Studio Stash of trim, fabrics, buttons. Use our stamps, stencils and fabric paint to create badges and sayings.
We’ll spend the morning making parts, digging through the stash and figuring out color schemes. The afternoon will be spent sewing and completing your bag. Some may get fancy and line it; other may decide to just go with raw edges inside. It’s your project!
What to bring:
- A Sewing Machine in good working order along with extra needles (heavy duty is best), threads in a variety of colors (black, white, your favorite colors), bobbins, etc.
- Basic hand sewing kit – scissors, needles, thread
- Something sturdy for your bag’s strap. This can be a man’s tie, a belt you pick up at a Thrift Store, braided cotton strap — whatever you like! Bring a couple items to “audition” and we’ll figure out how to construct it!
- If you have elements & fabrics you know you’d like to include in your bag, feel free to bring them. Have too much fabric at home? Bring it for the share pile!
Very basic machine sewing experience is necessary. Seriously this is straight lines and lots of topstitching. Easy Peasy. Minimum age to participate is 16.
Minimum 4 to make the class. Maximum 10.
We’ll take a break for lunch, ordering in from one of our local restaurants. Feel free to brown bag your lunch, as well.