In this class, we will spend the day together working to design a bracelet, belt or bag strap. Or a couple depending on how fast you work. You coudl also make a strap for an apron or whatever else you can dream up.
We will cut up leather pieces and create one-of-a-kind straps attaching vintage materials. I have found making these straps a great way to use some of my favorite vintage treasures that I have collected over the years. So if you have boxes full of vintage patches, tin types or if you have collected pennants, cloth books or embroidery pieces, bring them with you. This will be a great way to put them to use. But no worries if you haven't been collecting, there are plenty of newer items that would work too. It's never too late to join the hunt!
Keep in mind that you will be sewing these items onto leather so make sure they will go through your machine or you will have to attach them by hand. I have been able to put thin tin type photographs through my machine.
I will supply each person with a basic buckle for a belt and one for a bracelet and leather along with a few goodies. If you need some fun pieces to work with to make your belt special, I will have some items available for purchase. You are encouraged to bring a favorite belt or bag that needs updating as well, or a special belt buckle you find. A great place to find amazing things to incorporate is the flea market. You can find tons of pennants there along with tin types and buckles. Please note, if you are planning on making a belt for a certain pair of jeans, make sure you measure the size of the loops on the jeans and the length that you will ned the belt to be so you can make it just the right size.
The most important part is to bring your imagination!
207 N. Broadway St., Studio L
Satna Ana, CA 92701
- Arrive & Settle: 8:30 :: Time for students to arrive, and settle in.
- Class Segment A: 9:00-12:00 :: Class time with Amy who will demonstrate and guide the 1st part of class.
- Lunch & Stroll: 12:00 PM :: You can choose to brown bag it or take a stroll to one of the many hip and artsy eateries in the historic Artist's Village in Santa Ana, like The Gypsy Den, or Lola Gaspar.
- Class Segment B: 1:30-4:00 PM :: Class time with Amy who will guide the 2nd part of class.
- Show & Tell, Clean-Up & Depart: 4:00-5:00 PM
WHAT STUDENTS SHOULD BRING &
WHAT TEACHER WILL BRING:
- Make sure you bring your stash of collected findings and we'll discuss the elements of design and together, plan unique ways to incorporate them in ways that you may not have imagined before.
- I'll also bring embellishments, but I encourage everyone to bring special things that they would like to include. For example, tin types, fabric pieces, embroidered pieces, old pennants, cloth patches, vintage cloth books, velvets, vintage paintings on canvas, needlepoints, old belt buckles, bracelet buckles, buttons, and beads. Have fun searching on ebay and etsy ... go to antique stores and flea markets, or raid grandma's sewing closet.
- The Studio and Teacher will have a couple of sewing machines on hand for shared use but if you have a machine, it is highly recommended that you bring it, along with an extension cord. This will allow you to create at your own pace.
- Students should also bring: scissors, extra machine sewing needles (heavy duty ones that will go through leather), awl, leather puncher (or Japanese screw punch), something sharp to make holes into leather with, extra threads in colors that you would like to incorporate into your piece, extra bobbins already loaded up with threads, Embroidery threads and needles, eyelets and eyelet setter (only if you already have one ... otherwise you can borrow mine or the Studio's).
- I will have a share pile so if there is anything you'd like to bring to share, please do. If you have a bag strap in mind and want to bring materials to create your bag with, please feel free to do so.
- Amy will have a limited number of art pieces available for sale.
Please read class policies for Studio CRESCENDOh here. By purchasing this class, you are agreeing to abide by the class policies.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Amy Hanna is an artist, author and instructor. Learn more about her here.