Making Slow
Making Slow
Learning how to live slowly through traditional skills and modern projects.

Making Slow Classes

Cait at Making Slow offers a number of creative classes throughout the year in her design studio located in the North Brisbane suburb of Brighton. You can learn sewing, embroidery, crochet and weaving to name just a few. Scroll down to see current class offerings and dates. You can also rent out studio sewing time outside of class hours if you don’t have a machine or sewing space at home. Find out more about studio time here.


 

Beginner Sewing Classes

Learn to follow a pattern and make your own clothing. Cait wears a mustard yellow jumpsuit she made herself from following Tilly and the Buttons Marigold Jumpsuit pattern.

Learn to follow a pattern and make your own clothing. Cait wears a mustard yellow jumpsuit she made herself from following Tilly and the Buttons Marigold Jumpsuit pattern.


Basic Apparel Construction: Shorts

If you’ve got the basics down pat it’s time to put them into practice in this one day course. Learn how to read a pattern, best practices for sewing apparel and some new skills such as pockets and how to correctly attach a button and sew a button hole and how to sew darts. This class includes a pattern to take home. Don’t forget to bring your lunch!

Class Time: 6 hours (+ 1hour lunch break). Group Class (Max 4 Students): $140.00 pp

Click here for notions required list.


Making Toys

Learn how fun it can be to make beautiful, handmade, plush toys for all the special little people in your life. Handmade plush toys make amazing baby shower and newborn gifts.

Learn how to read a pattern, attach eyes, correctly stuff and ladder stitch. This class includes a pattern to take home. Don’t forget to bring your lunch!

Class time 6 hours (+1 hour lunch break). Group class (Max 4 Students: $140.00 pp.

Click here for notions required list.

Beginner Sewing classes in Brighton, Queensland. I will take you from never having sewn on a sewing machine through to reading a pattern. Classes focus on a range of activities based on your interest. learn to sew clothes for yourself or for kids. learn to sew toys. learn to sew home decor or accessories. group and private classes available. kids classes available.

Intro to Sewing One

Never sewn a thing in your life? No worries! In this small group class we’ll take you through how to thread a machine, sew straight and curved lines, seam allowances and turning corners. You’ll finish with a cute cushion to take home and printed notes to remind you of what you learnt.

Class Time: 3 hours. Group Class (Max 4 students): $60.00 pp

Click here for notions required list.

Intro to Sewing two

Take on zippers in this three hour, small group class. You’ll learn how to sew a regular zipper and also how to sew the ever mysterious invisible zipper! You’ll take home two cute zippered pouches and printed step by step instructions of how to insert zippers.

Class Time: 3 hours. Group Class (Max 4 students): $60.00 pp

Click here for notions required list.


Basic Apparel Construction: Dress

Learn to make a beautiful summer dress in this one day course. You’ll learn to read a pattern, best practices for sewing apparel and some new skills such as pockets, how to correctly attach a button and sew a button hole and how to sew darts. This class includes a pattern to take home. Don’t forget to bring your lunch!

Class time 6 hours (+ 1 hour lunch break). Group class (Max 4 Students): $140.00 pp

Click here for notions required list.


 

Embroidery CLasses

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Settle in for a relaxing three hours learning to embroider in Brighton, North Brisbane. technique focused classes will take you from never having stitched to stitching with confidence. Beginner embroidery kits are available for purchase after classes.

Beginner Embroidery I: We'll discuss fabrics for embroidery, how to correctly put your sampler in an embroidery hoop and how to neatly finish your sample. You'll learn a number of stitches including straight stitch, back stitch, chain stitch and French knots. 

Appliqué Style Embroidery Hoop: In this class you will learn to turn simplified drawings of characters or everyday objects into sweet, layered appliqué style embroidery hoops to hang as wall decorations. You'll learn to transfer your pattern to felt and cut it out, how to position and hold your work in place and how to close in your hoop neatly. In this class you'll learn straight stitch and blanket stitch.

Crochet Classes

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Each class runs for three hours and will cover a range of crochet techniques and skills. In Crochet I a crochet hook and wool will be provided for you to keep. In Crochet II and III you’ll be asked to bring your own materials.

Crochet I: Introduction to crochet. Learn the stitch names and how to hold your crochet hook. You'll learn how to read a crochet pattern and how to single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, and triple. All whilst making your own warm scarf!

Crochet II: (Prerequisite Crochet I or demonstrated ability of all Crochet I techniques). Crochet II is all about Grannie Squares! You'll learn how to read a visual pattern and how to build on your skills from crochet I to make Grannie Squares, the foundation of many crochet projects!

Crochet III: (Prerequisite Crochet I & II or demonstrated ability of all Crochet I & II techniques). Crochet III will introduce you to the world of crochet in the round. In this class we'll learn to read Japanese round patterns that are used when making amigurumi or crochet toys. Our project to get you working in the round will be a beanie, you'll learn to size beanies for newborns through to adults and how to increase and decrease stitches.

 

Woven Wall hangings

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In this 3 hour class you’ll have the chance to relax and get into the weaving zone. All materials are included and you’ll finish the class with a wall hanging to take home. loom kits are available for purchase after the class.

Wall Hanging Weaving: In this class you will learn how to warp a tapestry loom and how to prepare to start and finish your weaving. We'll discuss different types of yarns and you'll learn a number of weaving techniques such as rya knots, looping, hatching and how to wrap warp and weft yarns. 

 
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It can sometimes be hard to allocate a set space for sewing at home. I offer studio hire outside of class times for $15 an hour. This gives you access to the cutting table, the sewing machine and overlocker and of course tea and coffee! You can see available studio times and book time online here.