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“I realized that here in my community, activities like sewing, gardening, cooking and quilting have never just been tasks. They’re artful endeavors that allow for independence, a way to take direct responsibility for quality of life and simultaneously, they create a bond between individuals and community, between past and present.” -Natalie Chanin

At The School of Making®, we gather to share an open exchange of ideas and creativity, to explore materials and tools, understand supply chains, and to build the skills of making by hand. 

The School of Making seeks to incorporate the best of fashion, craft, and design in one studio: connection, shared values, and inspiration in combination with organic materials, maker supplies, books, kits for garments, and experiences.

Join the growing movement at one of the upcoming events.

Contact the team for details on workshops, assistance with project selections, local dining, lodging, and a range of experiences:

+1.256.760.1090 x 116
workshops@schoolofmaking.com

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Shown above: Embroidery: Threads and Stories, by Natalie Chanin, pages 215-216, Chapter 7 "Road Maps"

BE INSPIRED

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| THE FACTORY

Since 2008, The Factory has been home to the design, production, and workshop teams. In 2013, The Factory Store and Café were opened and continue to host events for The School of Making, Alabama Chanin, and Project Threadways.

LEARN MORE HERE

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| DESIGN, CRAFT, AND MAKING

The Factory is a hub of design and craft—housing extensive stencil, pattern, production, and swatch libraries. The School of Making workshops are full-emersion experiences into these traditions, material cultures, and processes.

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| SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAINS

The School of Making and Alabama Chanin have two decades of experience producing, exploring, and curating a wide selection of organic fabrics, along with notions and tools for making. These materials are the core of our sustainable design and manufacturing processes.

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| OPEN SOURCE DESIGN

The School of Making open sources a wide selection of garment patterns and stencil designs, making it possible for anyone to design and build their own wardrobe. Projects are available for every skill and commitment level—from beginner to experienced and beyond.

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| WORKSHOPS AND LEARNING

The School of Making is committed to provide opportunities for learning and practicing new skills—or refining beloved techniques—while documenting and preserving techniques, material culture, and living arts.

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| A PLACE AT THE TABLE

The Factory Café is the center of the workshop space and the favorite spot at The Factory. The idea is to make a place for any-and-all to gather at the table.

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| JOIN THE CONVERSATION

We provide a place to (deliciously) eat, drink, celebrate, and hold space for conversations.

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| DESIGN, MAKE, EXPLORE

The goal is to create inspiration to design, make, and explore the processes that are critical to making, and living, a sustainable life.

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| ALL ARE WELCOME

These core values are an imporant part of The School of Making—at The Factory and beyond.

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| BE INSPIRED

Convene, make, converse, craft, and learn—life is short, be inspired.

slide image alt text
1/10 
| THE FACTORY

Since 2008, The Factory has been home to the design, production, and workshop teams. In 2013, The Factory Store and Café were opened and continue to host events for The School of Making, Alabama Chanin, and Project Threadways.

LEARN MORE HERE

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2/10 
| DESIGN, CRAFT, AND MAKING

The Factory is a hub of design and craft—housing extensive stencil, pattern, production, and swatch libraries. The School of Making workshops are full-emersion experiences into these traditions, material cultures, and processes.

slide image alt text
3/10 
| SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAINS

The School of Making and Alabama Chanin have two decades of experience producing, exploring, and curating a wide selection of organic fabrics, along with notions and tools for making. These materials are the core of our sustainable design and manufacturing processes.

slide image alt text
4/10 
| OPEN SOURCE DESIGN

The School of Making open sources a wide selection of garment patterns and stencil designs, making it possible for anyone to design and build their own wardrobe. Projects are available for every skill and commitment level—from beginner to experienced and beyond.

slide image alt text
5/10 
| WORKSHOPS AND LEARNING

The School of Making is committed to provide opportunities for learning and practicing new skills—or refining beloved techniques—while documenting and preserving techniques, material culture, and living arts.

slide image alt text
6/10 
| A PLACE AT THE TABLE

The Factory Café is the center of the workshop space and the favorite spot at The Factory. The idea is to make a place for any-and-all to gather at the table.

slide image alt text
7/10 
| JOIN THE CONVERSATION

We provide a place to (deliciously) eat, drink, celebrate, and hold space for conversations.

slide image alt text
8/10 
| DESIGN, MAKE, EXPLORE

The goal is to create inspiration to design, make, and explore the processes that are critical to making, and living, a sustainable life.

slide image alt text
9/10 
| ALL ARE WELCOME

These core values are an imporant part of The School of Making—at The Factory and beyond.

slide image alt text
10/10 
| BE INSPIRED

Convene, make, converse, craft, and learn—life is short, be inspired.

slide image alt text
1/10 
| THE FACTORY

Since 2008, The Factory has been home to the design, production, and workshop teams. In 2013, The Factory Store and Café were opened and continue to host events for The School of Making, Alabama Chanin, and Project Threadways.

LEARN MORE HERE

slide image alt text
2/10 
| DESIGN, CRAFT, AND MAKING

The Factory is a hub of design and craft—housing extensive stencil, pattern, production, and swatch libraries. The School of Making workshops are full-emersion experiences into these traditions, material cultures, and processes.

slide image alt text
3/10 
| SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAINS

The School of Making and Alabama Chanin have two decades of experience producing, exploring, and curating a wide selection of organic fabrics, along with notions and tools for making. These materials are the core of our sustainable design and manufacturing processes.

slide image alt text
4/10 
| OPEN SOURCE DESIGN

The School of Making open sources a wide selection of garment patterns and stencil designs, making it possible for anyone to design and build their own wardrobe. Projects are available for every skill and commitment level—from beginner to experienced and beyond.

slide image alt text
5/10 
| WORKSHOPS AND LEARNING

The School of Making is committed to provide opportunities for learning and practicing new skills—or refining beloved techniques—while documenting and preserving techniques, material culture, and living arts.

slide image alt text
6/10 
| A PLACE AT THE TABLE

The Factory Café is the center of the workshop space and the favorite spot at The Factory. The idea is to make a place for any-and-all to gather at the table.

slide image alt text
7/10 
| JOIN THE CONVERSATION

We provide a place to (deliciously) eat, drink, celebrate, and hold space for conversations.

slide image alt text
8/10 
| DESIGN, MAKE, EXPLORE

The goal is to create inspiration to design, make, and explore the processes that are critical to making, and living, a sustainable life.

slide image alt text
9/10 
| ALL ARE WELCOME

These core values are an imporant part of The School of Making—at The Factory and beyond.

slide image alt text
10/10 
| BE INSPIRED

Convene, make, converse, craft, and learn—life is short, be inspired.

Workshop Details

THREE-DAY WORKSHOPS

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 The School of Making and Alabama Chanin, and a studio tour.

STUDIO WEEKLONG WORKSHOPS

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 sightseeing, and locally-sourced meals.

PATTERNMAKING WORKSHOPS

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 Classic Studio Week for our most comprehensive experience.

INDIVIDUAL STUDIO OR STENCILING DAYS

Spend the day designing with and learning from the Alabama Chanin and The School of Making teams at The Factory. Tailor a personal workshop to your interests with an Individual Studio Day, or choose an Individual Stenciling Day to get hands-on experience in Alabama Chanin's methods and materials, including the airbrush gun, textile paint, and mylar stencils. Choose your own date for either workshop.

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

Work with The School of Making team remotely to develop your hand-sewing skills. The School of Making virtual series, led by the workshop team, focuses on the development of new skills, including the physics of sewing, embroidery, an overview of construction, and other techniques. Suited for beginners and experienced sewers alike.

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