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General News · 29th September 2019
Manda Aufochs Gillespie
A Folk U Friday Workshop: Sewing with Jade Jordan

We have had to move this class series back by one week in order to finish painting the floor in the room. This class has been so popular, we are considering adding a Saturday series (October 12 through November 16). Interested?

Fridays October 11 through November 15, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fees: $120* for Folk U Class-Pass members and $140 for others (Two partial bursaries available, contact for details)
Material & Supplies: $15 if you have your own fabric or $25 otherwise, bring your own sewing machine for the duration of the series (if you need to borrow one please contact
There are limited spaces. Register soon to reserve your spot.

This in-depth 6-week class series is a great sewing intro for a true beginner, a brush up and expansion of knowledge for an intermediate sewer or a fun time and chance to pick Jade’s brain for an advanced sewer. All levels are welcome as there is always something that we can learn from each other and having people in the class making more advanced projects is great for the newcomers to see.

In this class you will learn the sewing basics which are the building blocks for any sewing project. You will come out of the class with a tote bag of your own creation which depending on your skill level can be very simple to very complex and the confidence to take on any future sewing projects on your own.

During the 6 weeks we will cover:
Types of fabric: how to choose the right fabric for your projects
Recycling fabric: how to disassemble and technics for cutting patterns with recycled fabric
How to read patterns: where to find them, how to cut them and basic manipulation technics
Sewing machine and serger basics: how they work and how to use them
How to sew different types of stitches and finishes
Design features: how to sew pockets, linings, zippers, straps and any other designs that come up in class
Start thinking about the size of your bag and fabric you would like to use we cut our patterns on the second week of class!

Jade Jordan Bio
Growing up on Cortes Island, Jade always had a love for creating and began making things with her own patterns using fabric and yarn she found at a very young age. Her knack for sewing quickly developed into a passion and she was making most of her own clothing and many things for her friends by the age of 12. In 2007 Jade took her creating to another level and attended the Art Institute of Vancouver’s Fashion Design and Merchandising program where she delved deep into all aspect of the fashion industry. Product development and marketing, graphic design and fashion illustration, hand drafted and computer patternmaking, all aspects of design and very in-depth couture tailoring.

Jade’s lifelong creations took on a more professional look and she started TEZ designs creating recycled leather handbags and jackets in Vancouver BC. Teaming up with Giving Gifts and Co on Main street in Vancouver Jade worked at developing the co-op with many other local creators in an engaging community of artists and craftspeople. More recently Jade has returned home to Cortes and is looking forward to teaching classes at Linnaea while continuing with TEZ from her home at the farm.

* (A Folk U class pass helps support the Folk U series and supports the Linnaea Farm Society. A $50 class-pass gets you into all the Folk U Friday Lunchtime Speakers for free and discounts on all other Folk U workshops and classes.)