Sewing Lessons & Camps

If you're drawn to working ​wi​th fabrics, experimenting with designs, playing with colors,

embracing kindness, and if you enjoy a bit of freedom in your process,

Seams Good Studio can offer a fun, open-minded and supportive space for success.


Lessons for Kids & Adults

Camps for Kids

Click this text to start editing. This simple title and text block is great for welcome or explanatory text. When writing, try to keep things down to a few lines at a time. Break up your content into different blocks to keep your page interesting.

Click this text to start editing. This simple title and text block is great for welcome or explanatory text. When writing, try to keep things down to a few lines at a time. Break up your content into different blocks to keep your page interesting.


Sewing Lessons

All ages and experience are welcome—from absolute beginners to those returning to sewing.

We'll work together to tailor projects that feel meaningful to you, 

building on each new skill as we go.

You will be listened to and guided with skill and cheerfulness.


Group rates, discounted packages and gift certificates are available.

Purchase Lessons


Camps

Camps offer an opportunity for kids to learn new skills, create their own designs, play spontaneously, work collectively and feel deep pride in their work.  

We begin each day with kindness towards ourselves and end with appreciations for others.  

Structure and guidance are provided, yet participants are encouraged to explore their own thinking and trust their own process to make their experience the most meaningful for them.

Gift Certificates

Click Here to Add a Title

Click this text to edit. Tell users why they should click the button.

Register

2019-2020 Schedule

Day Camps

Half-day 9am-12pm

Full-day  9am-3pm


Oct  4

Oct  11

Nov   1

Nov 11

Nov  25, 26 & 27

Dec  23 & 24, 30 & 31

Jan 20

Jan 27

Feb 17

Apr   6


Spring Break Camp

Mar  23-27

Custom packages & discounts for pre-paid multiple camps available. Other dates are also available to accommodate varying school schedules. Please click Register, then go to the Custom Package section.  Thank you!




Click Here to Add a Title

Click this text to edit. Tell users why they should click the button.

Register

I started quilting when I was 8 with my Girl Scout troop at Lisa’s summer camp. I had so much fun I signed up for more camps and started taking weekly lessons.

I like quilting for many reasons. It is relaxing for me, I can use what I make and I can give great gifts to friends and family. I think I have a talent for choosing colors and patters that go together in exciting ways. [I also like] using a sewing machine…especially when I can go fast. I hope more people get to try quilting and love it just as much as I do. 

Julia

age 11

The things that inspire me to sew are that you can do anything that you want with your work, and you can move at any pace you want. I want my art to go to people in need…in poverty, people fighting for our country and to anyone who doesn’t have the objects they need to create art. Over this summer [at camp] I made a quilt that really made me value life, like an inanimate pep-talk. I found that inspiration to be really amazing and I would like to create more like it for people in my future.

Elsa

age 12

I find inspiration for my sewing in bright, bold colors. I find something usual, then add something to it. I really like to add pockets. Right now, I find overlapping to connect two piece of fabric a challenge. I also find zippers to be a challenge.

A goal I have is to sew clothing for me and others. I would like to see other people wearing my clothing. I have learned everything I know from Lisa. She is really nice and I look forward to every new day of sewing.

Joel

age 9

Click Here to Add a Title

I heard Lisa give an artist’s talk on quilting…[where] she spoke of her grandmother, who taught her to sew. I missed my own grandmothers…both had been quilters, and I regretted not taking the time to sit by their sides and learn to sew.

“I want to learn to quilt,” I told Lisa. I signed up because I had quit my job and [had just] moved to Portland…[without] a clue what I was going to do next. But I could make a quilt, Lisa assured me, even though I had never sewn anything before and had

 “sewing machine anxiety.”

...

For eight weeks…under [Lisa’s] calm, gentle guidance the fabric I chose magically became my own creation. During our first class, she gave me a seam ripper. “You will need this,” she said solemnly. “Everyone makes mistakes, and the first time you use it 

we will clap and cheer.”

Making a quilt is the perfect metaphor for reinventing myself. [In choosing the colors and styles] the possibilities are endless…I get to listen to my heart and my inner artist, 

and find out what she likes.  Mistakes could and would be made.

But in the end, something tangible and tactile and lovely emerges…How grateful I am to Lisa for teaching me that.

—Sheri

Click this text to start editing. This simple title and text block is great for welcome or explanatory text. When writing, try to keep things down to a few lines at a time. Break up your content into different blocks to keep your page interesting.

Click this text to start editing. This simple title and text block is great for welcome or explanatory text. When writing, try to keep things down to a few lines at a time. Break up your content into different blocks to keep your page interesting.

Internships

Are you interested in teaching?

Learn how to guide a group of multi-experienced learners, prepare for lessons, streamline your instruction, adapt to changes, "read the room," and how to hold a kind, respectful and clear space for success.

Ages 12-Adult

Some exceptions for younger applicants, depending on experience.

Please reach out for more info.  Thanks!

Click Here to Add a Title

Click this text to edit. Tell users why they should click the button.

Contact


About Lisa K Alan

Lisa's grandma taught her to sew at age 8.  Her Grandpa Paul helped cut out Margaret's dressmaker designs.  The safe space they provided together to learn and create was foundational for Lisa.  She hopes to create a similar space for her students, whom she finds inspiring and amazing.In 

In addition to fiber, she has experimented in ceramics, photography, drawing, painting, collage, mixed media, sculpture, dance and music. Her mixed media quilts have been exhibited on both US coasts, including Quilts For Arts Sake in Montclair NJ, and The Biennial at Oregon College of Art & Craft.

She holds a masters degree in Humanities -- Quilt History, and has been teaching in classrooms continuously since 1986—as a teacher assistant, private school ESL teacher, artist-in-residence, college-prep and life-skills coach, language arts & history tutor— with extensive experience working with students in alternative schools and students with disabilities.

Lisa also facilitates support and inspiration groups for artists, holds workshops for creatives of all sorts, loves swimming in the ocean, attempting seated meditation, walking labyrinths, petting bumblebees, stitching surprises and dancing for no reason.

Learn More

Click Here to Add a Title

Click this text to edit. Tell users why they should click the button.

Contact