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Workshops + Events

Education

Founded on the ideas of cultural preservation of education, The School of Making™ is our platform for an open exchange of ideas, maker skills, supply chain transparency, and education. We invite you to be a part of the growing movement and join us at one of our workshops at The Factory or away—for a unique learning experience with our team.

Intro

Our Intro to Hand-Sewing Workshop includes discussion of the physics of sewing, reverse appliqué, and an overview of garment construction and other techniques from The School of Making. This workshop is suited to beginners and experienced sewers alike. Work with The School of Making team to create a hand-sewn project from a selection of custom kits. After the workshop, join us in The Factory Café for lunch, including a selection of gourmet sandwiches and salads, Southern-inspired sweets, and an assortment of teas and coffees. Spend the remainder of your afternoon at The Factory, taking advantage of our store resources and our studio tour at 2:00pm.

One-Day

Work with The School of Making team to develop your hand-sewing skills. Choose between our classic One-Day Workshop or our One-Day Embroidery Workshop. Our classic One-Day Workshop includes discussion of the physics of sewing, reverse appliqué, and an overview of garment construction and other techniques from The School of Making. The One-Day Embroidery focuses on embroidery stitches and techniques from Natalie’s newest book, "The Geometry of Hand-Sewing". Both suited to beginners and experienced sewers alike. Enjoy a locally sourced lunch from The Factory Café—a selection of gourmet sandwiches and salads, Southern-inspired sweets, and an assortment of teas and coffees.

Three-Day

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 Natalie, 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.

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.

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.