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Basic Sewing - Make Your Own Envelope Pillowcase

This is a great class to learn basic sewing skills and practice with your sewing machine. In this three hour class, you will learn how to measure for an envelope pillowcase, lay out fabric, pin, mark fabric, cut and sew together a pillowcase. We are keeping it simple…no zippers! There will be many tips and tricks to help you in your sewing adventure. Envelope pillowcases make it easy to change your home décor for every season. Bring a square pillow you would like to cover, or a pillow form (16” or smaller). Bring your machine and make sure it is in good working condition and you are confident in threading your machine and loading the bobbin. Instructor is Lori Nease. Obtain a supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net.

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Basic Sewing - Make Your Own Mannequin

Have you ever wanted a mannequin in YOUR body shape? Now you can without paying hundreds of dollars! Join this class in creating a mannequin just your size and shape with a t-shirt, Duck® tape, plastic wrap and stuffing. Instructor is Lori Nease. Obtain a supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net.

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Basic Sewing - Make Your Own Tote Bag

Let the fun begin making a tote bag. During this class you will learn many tips and tricks to sewing, cutting, pinning, using a pattern and fabric layout. When you finish learning the basics to making the cutest tote you will want to duplicate it for gifts, books or fancy grocery bags. A $2 supply fee for project pattern is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Bring your machine and make sure it is in good working condition and you are confident in threading your machine and loading the bobbin. Instructor is Lori Nease. Obtain a supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net.

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Basic Sewing- Machine Mastery

Learn to love and/or troubleshoot your sewing machine through this very basic sewing machine class. You will learn how to thread your machine, wind the bobbin, adjust the tension, learn the functions and how to operate your machine safely. Upon completion of this class, you will have the knowledge and confidence needed to use your sewing machine and start on your first sewing project. Your instructor, Lori Nease, is a fashion designer, with a degree in fashion design and pattern making. She has 35+ years of sewing experience and 10 years as a sewing instructor. Important: bring your machine and make sure it is in good working condition! Obtain a supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net.

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Create an English Style Border with Texas Flair

If you yearn for the delicate blend of creative color and flowing forms often found in quaint English cottage gardens in your Texas landscape then you are in luck! By working the soil and using Texas natives and other well-adapted water savers, you can have the garden you’ve always dreamed of. In this course, you will be introduced to an ample pallet of native plants that will not only help you emulate an English-style border but will attract bees, butterflies and birds to give your garden design an important function. Instructor, Michelle Gorham, will teach you basic design concepts and soil improvement techniques, and discuss the features of some reliable native plants. She will provide a sample design and native plant pallet to get you started.

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Crochet for All Levels

Whether you want to learn to crochet or you want to sharpen your skills, this is a great place to learn crochet or improve your craft. Gilberta Turner has been crocheting since childhood and she can teach you a way to enjoy this skill for a lifetime. You will learn the basics or pick up some advanced techniques as you get expert guidance from this experienced crocheter. Obtain a supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net.

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Family Fairy Gardening

Grownups grab your little ones (ages 5-12) and bring them to an afternoon of fairy gardening! Adults and kids alike will have fun choosing their container, picking their plants and fairies and customizing their fairy gardens by using their imagination. Bring your own container (10x10x4 is best) or purchase one from the instructor and come prepared to get a little dirty! A $30 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class and covers all materials for your fairy garden. Registration and supply fee are for one fairy garden. Marianne Rodriguez owns Whimsical Fairy Gardens and has been gardening for over 20 years.

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Grow Your Own Cut Flowers

This class is for the flower arranger who wants to grow their own flowers and for the gardener who knows how to grow but wants ideas to fill their house with their harvest. Your instructor will teach you the best varieties to grow in San Antonio, techniques on soil improvements, and harvesting tips for keeping your flowers fresh longer. Michelle Gorham is the owner of Wallflower Farm and Garden and has over 25 years of experience in horticulture.

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Growing a Fall and Winter Vegetable Garden

Come and learn the simple steps of starting and maintaining a successful vegetable garden on your deck or in your backyard starting in the fall through winter months. Learn how to battle colder temperatures, bed preparation, pest and disease issue and critical dates for planting. Instructor is David Rodriguez, a local gardening expert with over 30 years of practical and hands-on experience.

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Interior Design Tips and Tricks

Are you looking for some quick and easy ideas to update your home? Are you working on a tight budget? Danielle Hoffman is a professional interior designer who takes builder standard homes and turns them into amazing model homes and can teach you how to have Pinterest-worthy living spaces too. She will teach the hottest home trends as well as professional tips and tricks to achieve these looks for less. A $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Basics

If you have ever thought about remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, this is the class for you! You will learn everything from basic design guidelines to more detailed aspects like how to select the best materials for you and your loved ones. We will also discuss important steps in the process such as budgeting, creating a timeline and selecting contractors to help save you time and money. Join residential Interior Designer Danielle Hoffman as she guides you through the principles of creating your dream kitchen or bath. A $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of the class.

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The Art of Home Organization

Are you tired of the clutter? Covered up in stuff? Buying organizing solutions that just don't solve the problem? Discover the real problem behind the chaos and how to get your home in order once and for all. Instructor Brandi Norton is president and chief organizing officer of Neatly Nesting.

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The Dos and Don'ts for Your Lawn

Starting and maintaining a lawn in this climate can be tricky. In this class, you will learn the basics of lawn maintenance through proper nutrition, mowing, weed control and irrigation. Instructor is David Rodriguez.

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Whimsical Fairy Gardening, Advanced

Take your fairy gardening skills to the next level. This class will be more intricate and will include more whimsical items such as a fairy house, miniature gardening, tree-like plants and more. You will learn how to design a hardscape patio/walkway for your garden. Bring your own container that is 12" in diameter. A $40 supply fee, payable to the instructor at the beginning of class, covers all materials for your fairy garden. Marianne Rodriguez is your instructor.

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Whimsical Fairy Gardening, Beginner

Fairy gardening has been gaining in popularity over the last couple of years. These whimsical container gardens offer a mini, planted playspace with endless opportunity for customization and imagination. Learn the basics from plant-picking to maintaining your fairy garden and come prepared to get a little dirty! Bring your own container (10x10x4 is best) or purchase one from the instructor for $10. A $30 supply fee, payable to the instructor at the beginning of class, covers all materials for your fairy garden. Marianne Rodriguez owns Whimsical Fairy Gardens and has been gardening for over 20 years.

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