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Workshops

Explore upcoming workshops at The School of Making. Our 2022 + 2023 calendar of events, range from DIY Workshops and unique making experiences suited to a variety of interests and skill levels.

Three-Day

The Three-Day Workshop opens our studio doors at The Factory in Florence, Alabama, and allows participants to work with our in-house team, a selection of our most loved DIY garment patterns, and our extensive DIY stencil library. Participants create a customized, hand-sewn garment or project of their choice from The School of Making Book Series. We offer a range of options that can be tailored to any skill level. The three-day schedule also includes a Swampette tour of the Shoals music scene, history of Alabama Chanin, and a studio tour.

Classic Studio Week

This week-long event invites participants into The School of Making’s expanded studio for a total immersion into our philosophies, methods, materials, and products. Participants will experiment with several different techniques in hand sewing and will be guided through each step in the process of creating a garment from The School of Making. Techniques include design basics and the physics of sewing, stencil design and creation, airbrush and stenciling of garments, fit and pattern alterations, discussion, and critique. This Monday through Friday event includes yoga sessions, time for sight-seeing, and locally-sourced meals.

Patternmaking Weeklong Workshop

This workshop highlights Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns and focuses on taking measurements, creating a customized sloper using our T-shirt pattern and Drawstring Pant pattern, making alterations to existing The School of Making patterns, and reviewing how to create and adjust commercial garment patterns for cotton jersey. The Physics of Sewing and The School of Making Construction lessons help participants understand best practices when working with cotton jersey, and with hand-embroidery techniques from The School of Making. Pair this workshop with our weeklong Classic Studio Week for our most comprehensive experience.

Individual Studio Day

Spend the day designing with and learning from the Alabama Chanin and The School of Making teams at The Factory at your own personal workshop, which can be tailored to your interests. Choose your own date and receive one-on-one instruction.

Individual Stenciling Day

Spend the day stenciling with and learning from the Alabama Chanin and The School of Making teams at The Factory at your own personal workshop. Explore our unique stenciling process, from beginning to end. Work one-on-one with our stenciling team and get hands-on experience in Alabama Chanin's methods and materials, including the airbrush gun, textile paint, and mylar stencils.

Private Workshops

The School of Making offers custom private workshops for groups. Please contact our team for options and details.