Essential Hand Stitches

Fiber Arts

Essential Hand Stitches

Learn a repertoire of hand stitches commonly used in dressmaking, tailoring, and mending.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Fri, 2/16/2024 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Fri, 2/16/2024

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Class, No Prerequisite

Fiber Arts Studio

Sewing, Quilting


Before sewing machines were invented, all sewing was done by hand. Hand stitching with a simple needle and thread is a basic and very useful skill for every kind of sewing from hemming your pants to constructing complicated garments. There are many kinds of hand stitches for many specific sewing situations, and you'll learn how to do them, along with when and where to use them. You can include this repertoire of stitches with confidence in anything you sew.


Skill level: Beginners are welcome.


Bring a quarter yard of fabric to practice stitches and an assortment of needles, thread, and scissors.

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Laurel Sprigg

Laurel Sprigg brings 30 years of experience running a premier, high-end residential drapery workroom in San Francisco. She has collaborated with many top designers over the years to create beautiful and durable window treatments in fine houses in California, Idaho, Colorado, Oregon, and Hawaii. Known for the best quality sewing, Laurel has made all kinds of curtains, shades, bed covers, pillows, table covers, and slip covers. She has written articles for Threads magazine on pillows and slip covers and has taught textile history and textile applications for interiors for the University of California at Berkeley Extension Interior Design and Architecture Program. She has lectured for the San Francisco Design Center, Academy of Art College, and the College of Alameda Design and Merchandising Program.

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