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Nature's Insulator: Sew Your Own Wool Blanket Shirt

Course Overview

Tired of synthetic "fluff"? Clad your torso with the miracle fiber: wool. Learn the history of wool, why it works, and how to maximize its performance as clothing with outdoorwear designed by Kevin Kinney, owner of Empire Canvas Wear of Duluth. In this class you will learn the basics of patternmaking and construction as we lay the foundation for a lifelong skill. To craft a Wool Blanket Shirt, we’ll enjoy a history lesson on the uses of this type of wool insulating shirt. We’ll start with thick, fulled woolen blanket and walk through the sequence for measuring and cutting flat textile to fit the human form. Next we will cut panels for a warm tunic that’s the cornerstone of a great winter wardrobe. Savor the joy of stitching by hand or by machine. We’ll build our shirts panel by panel. You’ll learn how to transfer your new skills to the construction of any sewn article. Embellish your creation with antler or stone buttons and leather trim. You'll leave this course with a sound knowledge of garment crafting and a cozy shirt for the winter.


Wed, Nov 15th, 2017  –  Fri, Nov 17th, 2017

Course Details

Length: 2¼ Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: Day 1: 5pm-7pm, Day 2/3:9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: na
Registration Cost: $255.00
Includes materials fee of $70.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

Sharp fabric cutting scissors
Basic sewing kit with sewing snips, needles, pins, measuring tape, marking pencil and any other favorite sewing tools.
Please bring a personal sewing machine in good working order plus bobbins, extra needles, any attachments you have, and owner's manual (if you have it). The school has a limited number of machines, but you would be more comfortable using your own, if you can transport it. If you do not have a sewing machine to bring, contact the instructor to see if there is a machine available for your use.

Optional Tools

Some sewers have preferences for sewing room aids such as magnifying lenses, portable full-spectrum lights, rotary cutters to use instead of scissors, cutting mats etc. All these are welcome, but not necessary.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.