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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. 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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Basic Sewing- Make Your Own Apron

Learn sewing techniques and vocabulary as you create an apron of your design. You will learn how to read pattern instructions and what the symbols mean. You will gain an understanding of fabric layouts with a lot of tips and tricks to cutting, pinning and ironing as well as sewing techniques. Gain the confidence to create personalized apron gifts for any occasion or holiday that will be treasured by the receiver! 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, Lori Nease. Obtain a supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net.

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Basic Sewing- Make Your Own Fashion Vest

Learn sewing techniques and vocabulary as you create a fashion vest. You will learn how to read pattern instructions and what the symbols mean. You will gain an understanding of fabric layouts with a lot of tips and tricks to cutting, pinning, ironing and sewing techniques. Gain the confidence to create your own personalized fashion vest to enjoy for any occasion. Bring your machine and make sure it is in good working condition and you are confident in threading your machine and loading the bobbin. Obtain a supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net. Instructor, Lori Nease.

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Basic Sewing- Make Your Own Pajama Pants

Learn sewing techniques and vocabulary as you create adult or child pajama pants. You will learn how to read pattern instructions and what the symbols mean. You will gain an understanding of fabric layouts with a lot of tips and tricks to cutting, pinning, ironing, elastic application and sewing techniques. Gain the confidence to create personalized pajama gifts for yourself or family members that will be treasured by the receiver! Bring your machine and make sure it is in good working condition and you are confident in threading your machine and loading the bobbin. Obtain a supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net. Instructor, Lori Nease.

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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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Do-it-Yourself Landscaping

Before you spend big bucks to hire a landscape designer or architect, there are many things you can do concerning the design of beds around your house and yard. Dr. Tom Harris (who is not a landscape architect) will show you how to do most of the design process yourself. He will help you get started drafting your plan and offer tips on selecting and planting the right varieties.

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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, payable to the instructor at the beginning of class, covers all materials for your fairy garden. Tuition and supply fee is for one fairy garden. Marianne Rodriguez owns Whimsical Fairy Gardens and has been gardening for over 20 years.

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Gardening in Texas

If you have recently moved to this area, you're very quickly going to find that most of those plants you brought from "back home" won't grow here. Gardening here is like gardening in the desert and Dr. Tom Harris will show you how to adapt. He will discuss soils, plants, fertilizers, plant problems, composting, pruning, turf grass and xeriscaping.

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Grow Anything Anywhere in a Container

If your gardening space is limited but you want to grow veggies, flowers, herbs or fruit trees, you can still do it...just on a smaller scale. Portable gardening beds are called containers and you can grow anything in a container that you can grow in the ground. In this class, you will learn about containers, soil, fertilizing, watering and harvesting. Dr. Tom Harris teaches the class and answers questions.

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Haircuts for Your Plants

Pruning is one of those gardening tasks that most people just cannot or will not do. The truth is, however, that plants actually need some pruning to help them bloom, set fruit and/or generally prosper. Plants will respond according to how they are pruned. Dr. Tom Harris will also teach you what not to do and will show you how to sharpen your pruning shears. Bring a pair to class and see how to keep them razor sharp.

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Not That Kind of Drip - This Kind of Drip...Irrigation

Drip irrigation isn't rocket science and it is not all that expensive. All you need is a pair of scissors, some tubing and a few small parts and you are all set. You can build enough in one morning to do all your beds. The neat thing about drip irrigation is that it always puts the water where it's needed and, if you purchase a battery-powered timer, when it's needed. Dr. Tom Harris will show you how to design, build and install your own drip system.

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Plant Diseases: What's Wrong with My Peaked Plant?

Plant diseases are caused by fungi, bacteria, nematodes, viruses and environmental conditions. Instructor Dr. Tom Harris will discuss the causes and treatments of all these diseases with emphasis on identification before treatment. Bring a diseased plant or two for identification by 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 Nitty Gritty of Gardening - Soils, Fertilizers and Compost

Soil is the starting point for gardening. Fertilizing helps plants grow and prosper. Composting is nature's way of recycling the leaves, grass clippings and other vegetative materials that nourish the soil and bring it back to life. This class covers all three topics, plus when, where and why to use compost as a natural supplement. You will learn how to make compost and the details of how soils, fertilizers and compost all work together. The instructor is Dr. Tom Harris.

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Whimsical Fairy Gardening

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. 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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