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

New Location! - SW 9th Ave in Burlingame neighborhood


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2020 Sewing Camps cancelled

With great sadness, all sewing camps are cancelled.

Given the nature of community sewing and the current need for community safety, we feel canceling is the best and only option. We are so very, very sorry! We will miss you.

COVID-19

Seams Good Studio cares very much about you, your family, and everyone in our interconnected world.

While our doors are closed for sewing camps and most group lessons & gatherings, individual sewing lessons are now being scheduled, while following all state safety protocols. Bookkeeping services will resume in the Fall, and professional organizing in homes will remain on hold for now.

HUGE gratitude to all the healthcare workers, all the critical care providers, all the food and shipping providers, all those on the front lines --risking their own and their family's health, comfort and safety to provide for others.

Thank ​you!

We love you.


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Make Masks to Help our Communities

Here are three kinds and a good resource where to donate them.  

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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.

New Location! - SW 9th Ave in Burlingame neighborhood

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Elsa's Sewing Lesson

Summer 2019


video by artist Beth Lorio


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.

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2020 Sewing Camps cancelled

With great sadness, all sewing camps are cancelled.

Given the nature of community sewing and the current need for community safety, we feel canceling is the best and only option. We are so very, very sorry! We will miss you.

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2020 Schedule 

With great sadness, all sewing camps are cancelled. 


Please find free how-to videos on Fun Fridays beginning June 5 -- coming soon.


Day Camps 

Half-day -- 9am-12pm

Full-day -- 9am-3pm


Week Camps

Half-day -- 9am-12pm

Full-day -- 9am-3pm

Monday-Friday

Monday-Thursday option

Friday-only option


New Location! - SW 9th Ave in Burlingame neighborhood


Custom Packages

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.  


Partial Scholarship

Seams Good Studio is a small business -- founded, developed and run by a local artist, who is committed to giving back to the families in our community.  A portion of all proceeds is donated monthly to The Oregon Food Bank and local PDX Mutual Aid groups.  

Participants from all communities are warmly invited.  

Please click Register and note the Partial Scholarship button if needed.  Thank you. 


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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

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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

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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!

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Lisa K Alan

My grandma taught me to sew at age 7.  My Grandpa Paul helped cut out Margaret's dressmaker designs.  The safe space they provided together to learn and create was foundational for me.  I hope to create a similar space for my students, who inspire me so much! 

In addition to fiber, I've experimented in ceramics, photography, drawing, painting, collage, mixed media, sculpture, dance and music. My 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.

I hold a masters degree in Humanities -- Quilt History, and have 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.

I also facilitate support and inspiration groups for artists and hold workshops for creatives of all sorts. 

I love swimming in the ocean, attempting meditation, walking labyrinths, petting bumblebees, and stitching without a plan.

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