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Three-Day Workshop

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Instructor: The School of Making team

Our popular Classic Weekend Workshop is reintroduced as our Three-Day Workshop in a new and improved format. This 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 Alabama Stitch BookAlabama Studio StyleAlabama Studio Sewing + Design, or Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns. We offer a range of options that can be tailored to any skill level. The three-day schedule also includes a tour of the Shoals, history of Alabama Chanin with Natalie, and a studio tour.

Thursday, November 5 – Saturday, November 7, 2020
Workshop begins Thursday at 10:00am.

Alabama Chanin @ The Factory
462 Lane Drive
Florence, AL 35630

$1,495 includes materials, tours, instruction, breakfast and lunch on Friday, Saturday brunch, plus small bites, snacks, and cocktails along the way.  

New for 2020, we are excited to announce that chef John Cartwright of Rivertown Coffee will be popping in to The Factory for private lunches throughout the course of the workshop. Rivertown Coffee has been a staple in Florence for the past 16 years and John joined us in the kitchen for the Supper Club Dinners in 2018. Bringing the interesting (and delicious) cuisine that Rivertown is known for, meals with John will allow you to truly experience our local community.

For more information, contact:, or call: 256-760-1090 Monday - Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm CST

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Three-Day Workshop Itinerary

Three-Day Workshop Itinerary


  • 10:00am: Doors Open and Coffee
  • 10:30am – 11:30am: Understanding Design Choices
  • 11:30am – 2:00pm: Garment and Fabric Library Exploration, Finalizing Project Selections, and Open Lunch at The Factory Café
  • 2:00pm – 2:45pm: Factory Tour
  • 2:45pm – 4:30pm: Dessert and Coffee (Optional)
  • 4:30pm – 5:00pm: Travel to Gold Record Room (Optional)
  • 5:00pm – 7:00pm: Swampette Tour (Optional)
  • 7:00pm: Dinner Reservation at Odette in Downtown Florence (Optional)


  • 8:30am: Doors Open and Breakfast
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm: Physics of Sewing and Getting Started
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch from The Factory Café
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Exploring Techiniques and Embroidery
  • 3:00pm – 3:30pm: Dessert and Coffee
  • 3:30pm – 5:00pm: Open Studio Time


  • 9:30am: Doors Open
  • 10:00am – 10:30am: Brunch from The Factory Café
  • 10:30am – 2:00pm: Construction 
  • 2:00pm – 3:30pm: Dessert, Coffee, and History of the Company with Natalie (Open to the Public)
  • 3:30pm – 5:00pm: Closing Session and Checkout