Jun
22
5:00 PM17:00

Sewing: Sew Your Own: Dress No. 2 @ Freeman's Creative

  • 2020 Chapel Hill Road Durham, NC, 27707 United States (map)
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Expand your handmade wardrobe with Dress No. 2 from 100 Acts of Sewing! We'll cover how to sew seams, finish hems, set in sleeves, and apply bias tape to necklines. Students should be comfortable threading their machine and sewing straight lines. Please arrive with fabric cut and ready to sew. (Check out Intro to Paper Patterns for assistance!) **Instructor: River Takada-Capel** Required Materials: Dress No. 2 pattern, prewashed fabric for your size, thread to match

$50

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Natural Dyeing: True Blue Indigo Intensive @ Freeman's Creative

Immerse yourself (figuratively) in the Japanese art of Indigo Dyeing in this 6 hour workshop with River Takada-Capel. Students will learn how to set up their Indigo dye bath, prepare their fabric, and create beautiful designs through traditional Shibori techniques. Each student will be able to dye up to 10 yards of fabric and will go home with the supplies to continue experimenting! Required materials: All supplies included; bring cotton or linen fabric, garments, or homegoods to dye. Lunch break 1-2.

$105

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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Jun
27
5:30 PM17:30

Embroidery: Slow Stitching with RIVTAK @ Freeman's Creative

  • 2020 Chapel Hill Road Durham, NC, 27707 United States (map)
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Join River Takada-Capel for an evening of pro-active slow-stitching. River will demonstrate different styles of traditional hand-stitching and creative mending. Students are encouraged bring textiles or clothing in need of repair or embellishment. We will have assorted fabric, threads, needles, trims and Rivtak screen printed patches. Sashiko kits and additional materials available for purchase.

$37.50

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

LOBBY CALL: RADICAL INDIGO WITH RALEIGH DENIM WORKSHOP X RIVTAK

Raleigh Denim teams up with River Takada-Capel of Rivtak Handmade for Lobby Call’s second Make & Mend Party: Radical Indigo. Meet on the patio where Raleigh Denim will supply kits for assembling canvas tote bags + needles and thread for mending and River will set up an indigo dyeing workshop station in the cobblestone alley. Experience the beauty and ease of dyeing natural fiber with the beloved dye utilized by ancient cultures in Japan, Africa, India, Egypt, and countless others for thousands of years as you spend the afternoon with us making & dyeing totes, mending your ripped and torn denim, and enjoying coffee, tea, and cocktails from the bar. Free event though space is limited, reservations required.

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Jun
13
5:30 PM17:30

Craft: Print Your Own Fabric with RIVTAK @ Freeman's Creative

Learn about surface design and simple techniques to make your own unique custom fabric! In this 2.5 hour class, students will design and print their own fabric using stencils and carved blocks. The class will also cover the basic techniques of screen printing. Fabric can be used for future sewing projects! **Instructor: River Takada-Capel** Required Materials: 1 yd cotton or linen fabric (solid, light colors)

$55

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Natural Dyeing: Intro to Indigo Dyeing @ Freeman's Creative

Create your own incredible textile designs with Indigo! This 3 hour workshop explores traditional Japanese Shibori techniques to create geometric patterns in beautiful blue Indigo dye. * Instructor: River Takada-Capel * * Materials: * All necessary materials included. Cotton cloth will be provided to practice folding techniques. Students may bring an additional two small items such as a t-shirt, totebag, or napkins to add to the dye bucket. (Must be 100% cotton or linen)

$60

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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Jun
8
12:00 AM00:00

Sewing: Sewing with Knits: Lark Tee @ Freeman's Creative

In this 3 hour class, students will learn to sew knits on any sewing machine that can zig-zag by making the Lark Tee from Grainline Studios. Students should be comfortable setting up and sewing with their own machine. Please arrive with fabric cut out, ready to sew. Pattern assistance available the hour before class. ** Instructor: River Takada-Capel** Required Materials: Lark Tee pattern (Concord Tshirt is an alternative); Prewashed knit fabric for desired size; Matching thread; Needles provide

$50

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Sewing: Sewing Skills: Intro to Paper Patterns @ Freeman's Creative

Looking to expand your sewing skills, but perplexed by paper patterns? Get your measurements, choose your size and learn what to do when you're between sizes, and decipher all the symbols and markings on your pattern! Bring any pattern you'd like to sew (and your selected fabric if you like) and get started on your next project! This class is perfect preparation for any of our garment sewing classes. **We will not be sewing in this class. No machine required.** Instructor: River Takada-Capel

Link to sign up: Freeman's Creative Class Registration

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Jun
6
5:00 PM17:00

Sewing: Intro to Sewing: Tote Bags @ Freeman's Creative

In this 2 hour class, students will learn all the basic steps to sewing by machine, including how to set up their machine, adjust the settings, and sew straight lines. Students will sew a simple lined totebag. Bring your own working machine or rent ours. **Instructor: River Takada-Capel** Required Materials: Prewashed fabric- 1/2 yd fabric for bag exterior 1/2 yd fabric for bag interior coordinating thread

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Jun
5
12:00 AM00:00

Sewing: Intro to Sewing: Tote Bags @ Freeman's Creative

  • 2020 Chapel Hill Road Durham, NC, 27707 United States (map)
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In this 2 hour class, students will learn all the basic steps to sewing by machine, including how to set up their machine, adjust the settings, and sew straight lines. Students will sew a simple lined totebag. Bring your own working machine or rent ours. **Instructor: River Takada-Capel** Required Materials: Prewashed fabric- 1/2 yd fabric for bag exterior 1/2 yd fabric for bag interior coordinating thread

$35

https://www.freemanscreative.com/class-schedule

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May
30
12:00 AM00:00

Beginner Sewing: Pants @ Freeman's Creative

Grow your handmade wardrobe with Pants No. 1 from 100 Acts of Sewing, a great first garment pattern! We'll learn how to sew seams, finish hems, and insert an elastic waistband. Students should be comfortable threading their machine and sewing straight lines. For assistance cutting out your pattern and fabric, arrive at 5 PM. Class starts at 6, come ready to sew! **Instructor: River Takada-Capel** Required Materials: Pants No. 1 pattern, prewashed fabric for your size, thread to match

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May
23
12:00 AM00:00

Sew-In: Bring your own project @ Freeman's Creative

Bring a project to work on & get expert help from resident textile artist and sewing instructor, River Takada-Capel.  This project can be anything fabric!  Bring slow stitching or mending projects and look through River's extensive book collection for inspirations stemming from Japanese and Southern American textiles.  Or bring garments to upcycle, patterns you want to sew, or projects that have reached a road block. Not sure how to move forward?  We're here to help! $15/hr, 4-7 PM. Drop-ins welcome

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May
16
12:00 AM00:00

Sewing Workshop at Freeman's Creative

If you're ready to make your own clothes, Shirt No. 1 from 100 Acts of Sewing is a great first garment pattern! We'll learn how to sew seams, finish hems, and apply bias tape to necklines. Students should be comfortable threading their machine and sewing straight lines. For assistance cutting out your pattern and fabric, arrive at 5 PM. Class starts at 6, come ready to sew! **Instructor: River Takada-Capel** Required Materials: Shirt No. 1 pattern, prewashed fabric for your size, thread to match

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Intro to Indigo Dye Workshop at Freeman's Creative
Mar
31
to Apr 1

Intro to Indigo Dye Workshop at Freeman's Creative

Join me, River Takada-Capel, in Durham at Freeman's Creative, for a informative indigo dye lesson and workshop and a 2 part resist workshop.

Times:
Saturday, March 31st 10am-1pm- Itejime folding and clamping Shibori Resist
Sunday, April 1st;  1pm-4pm- Stitched Shibori Resist

Lesson includes a brief history of indigo, how different cultures have and are using it, how the cold water pre-reduced indigo works, and different folding and clamping techniques to get the designs you desire! We will mark and fold all of our materials and prepare them for dyeing.
Students are welcome to bring any *natural* fiber items (polyester will *not* dye in the indigo bath).  2-3 items only please.  A bandana or tea towel will be provided. Fabric will also be available for any additional needs for an additional fee. 

Everyone in the workshop will be sharing one dye bath.

Workshop includes prepping tied fabric for dyeing and the process of letting indigo oxidize. Please wear clothing that you don't mind getting splattered with blue. This part of the workshop will be held outside and may be sunny, please bring your own hat to protect from the sun!

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Beginner Plus- Sewing with a Pattern- Moneta Dress and Knit Fabric
Mar
21
5:00 PM17:00

Beginner Plus- Sewing with a Pattern- Moneta Dress and Knit Fabric

Hosted at Freeman's Creative in Durham in Lakewood Shoppes

In this 3 hour class, students will learn to sew knits on any sewing machine that can zig-zag by making the Moneta dress from Colette Patterns. Students should be comfortable setting up and sewing with their own machine. Students will learn to cut out and assemble a garment from a paper pattern using knit fabric for a comfortable wardrobe essential!

Required Materials: Moneta pattern; Prewashed stretch knit fabric for desired size Matching thread (Needles, elastic provided)

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Intro to Sewing- Envelope Pillow Cover
Mar
15
6:00 PM18:00

Intro to Sewing- Envelope Pillow Cover

$40

In this 2 hour class, students will learn all the basic steps to sewing by machine, including how to set up their machine, adjust the settings, and sew straight lines. Students will sew a simple envelope-style pillow cover. 

Required Materials:
3/4 yd woven fabric, light to mid weight, prewashed
coordinating thread
**16"x16" pillow form is included in the cost of the class

Students are also welcome to bring cherished fabric scraps to incorporate into this intuitive patchwork exercise. 

Students are encouraged to bring their own working machines to the workshop. 

Freeman's Creative provides: Coordinating Thread and interfacing.  All students will receive 10% discount on materials purchased in the shop. Students can select to Add-On a machine rental for $7, or a Patchwork Fabric kit for $25 instead of bringing their own fabric.

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Sashiko and Mending workshop at Freeman's Creative
Mar
3
1:00 PM13:00

Sashiko and Mending workshop at Freeman's Creative

Kick off March Mending Month with an afternoon of Sashiko and Visible Mending.  River will demonstrate different styles of traditional and creative mending, and assist you in repairing and improving  well-loved clothing.   
Students should bring clothing in need of repair or embellishment; we will have assorted fabric, threads, needles, and trims.  This is a drop-in workshop, stay for as long as you like.  Sashiko kits, patches, and additional materials available for purchase.

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Headband Photo Shoot and Headshots with
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

Headband Photo Shoot and Headshots with

We are looking for free spirits of all ages, shades, shapes, and sizes to be photographed wearing samples from a new line of handmade fabric headbands created by Durham-based textile artist River Takada-Capel. 

Models should plan to arrive between 9:30-11:30am to do the following to review and sign model releases, be matched with a headband product, and to touch up hair and makeup.

All photography will be done on location by Anna-Rhesa Versola of Versola Photography. Participating in the photo shoot is free. If a model would like a digital copy of a final image, then there is a $25 editing and delivery fee per image (high-resolution).

When you come to model, wear whatever you like without branded logos, and please come with clean hair since we'll be sharing and trying on headbands!

Of coarse, each model will get to pick out a headband from my assorted prints to take home with them along with a screen printed patch.

After the photoshoot, I will be leading a Sashiko and Mending workshop also at Freeman's Creative, you are welcome to join us- bring something to mend!

We are looking for free spirits of all ages, shades, shapes, and sizes to be photographed wearing samples from a new line of handmade fabric headbands created by Durham-based textile artist River Takada-Capel. 

Spaces are limited to 20 models (to be photographed on a rolling basis).

Let us know if you can make it by responding to here or RSVP!

Pre-register and pay your $25 upfront to ensure you get a $25 headshot!

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Beginner Plus- Sewing with a Pattern- Moneta Dress and Knit Fabric
Feb
28
5:00 PM17:00

Beginner Plus- Sewing with a Pattern- Moneta Dress and Knit Fabric

Hosted at Freeman's Creative in Durham in Lakewood Shoppes

In this 3 hour class, students will learn to sew knits on any sewing machine that can zig-zag by making the Moneta dress from Colette Patterns. Students should be comfortable setting up and sewing with their own machine. Students will learn to cut out and assemble a garment from a paper pattern using knit fabric for a comfortable wardrobe essential!

Required Materials: Moneta pattern; Prewashed stretch knit fabric for desired size Matching thread (Needles, elastic provided)

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Intro to Sewing- Envelope Pillow Cover
Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

Intro to Sewing- Envelope Pillow Cover

$40

In this 2 hour class, students will learn all the basic steps to sewing by machine, including how to set up their machine, adjust the settings, and sew straight lines. Students will sew a simple envelope-style pillow cover. 

Required Materials:
3/4 yd woven fabric, light to mid weight, prewashed
coordinating thread
**14"x14" pillow form is included in the cost of the class

Students are also welcome to bring cherished fabric scraps to incorporate into this intuitive patchwork exercise. 

Students are encouraged to bring their own working machines to the workshop. 

Freeman's Creative provides: Coordinating Thread and interfacing.  All students will receive 10% discount on materials purchased in the shop. Students can select to Add-On a machine rental for $7, or a Patchwork Fabric kit for $25 instead of bringing their own fabric.

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2-for-1 Screen Printing on Valentine's day
Feb
14
6:00 PM18:00

2-for-1 Screen Printing on Valentine's day

Hosted at Freeman's Creative

In this beginner surface design workshop, we will explore low tech processes in getting your design on a screen and ready to print!
Screen printing can be a precise and professional looking tee shirt, or it can be an original mono-print art piece. In this workshop we will find the in-between and learn the fundamentals to pulling a clean image onto fabric and paper. We will talk about the ways to get your image on a screen to make small batch prints without the use of chemicals or a dark room!
Each student will be provided supplies to create their own design as a stencil, and share class supplies to walk away with some original prints.

$20.00

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Intro to Sewing- Sewing with Knits
Jan
24
6:00 PM18:00

Intro to Sewing- Sewing with Knits

Intro to Sewing

Wednesday, January 24 6-8 pm

$35

In this two hour class, students will learn all the basic steps to sewing with knits on a machine, including how to set up their machine, adjust the settings, and sew straight lines and zigzag lines.  Students will design and stitch their own boxy tee-shirt.

Instructor: River Takada-Capel

Required Materials: 

Prewashed-

1-1.5x yard knit fabric
**Bring a favorite tee-shirt from home to trace and gauge sizing.

Students are encouraged to bring their own working machines to the workshop. 

Freeman's Creative provides: Coordinating Thread and interfacing.  All students will receive 10% discount on materials purchased in the shop. Students can select to Add-On a machine rental for $7, or a Patchwork Fabric kit for $25 instead of bringing their own fabric.

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Jan
17
6:00 PM18:00

Screen Printing 101 + Stencil making

Intro to screen printing with low tech methods.

In this beginner surface design workshop, we will explore low tech processes in getting your design on a screen and ready to print!
Screen printing can be a precise and professional looking tee shirt, or it can be an original mono-print art piece. In this workshop we will find the in-between and learn the fundamentals to pulling a clean image onto fabric and paper. In this workshop we will talk about the ways to get your image on a screen to make small batch prints without the use of chemicals or a dark room!
Each student will be provided supplies to create their own design as a stencil and share class supplies to walk away with some original prints.

Please come with an idea of a blocky image that you can hand cut via stencil or paint.  Fine line details will not transfer in these low-tech methods.

White fabric will be provided with workshop fee, but students are encouraged to bring their own tee-shirts 

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Jan
10
6:00 PM18:00

Intro to Sewing- Intuitive Patchwork Piecing

Intro to Sewing

Wednesday, January 10 6-8 pm

$35

In this two hour class, students will learn all the basic steps to sewing by machine, including how to set up their machine, adjust the settings, and sew straight lines.  Students will design and stitch their own patchwork block, which can then be used to sew a simple tote bag, pillow, or apron.

Instructor: River Takada-Capel

Required Materials: 

Prewashed-

(3x) 1/4 yd lightweight woven fabric (quilting cotton, linen)

1/2 yd midweight-heavyweight woven fabric (denim, linen, canvas)

Students are also welcome to bring cherished fabric scraps to incorporate into this intuitive patchwork exercise. 

Students are encouraged to bring their own working machines to the workshop. 

Freeman's Creative provides: Coordinating Thread and interfacing.  All students will receive 10% discount on materials purchased in the shop. Students can select to Add-On a machine rental for $7, or a Patchwork Fabric kit for $25 instead of bringing their own fabric.

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Jan
7
1:00 PM13:00

Clothing Swap and Craft Club at Freeman's Creative

Clean out your closet, swap for 'new' items, repair or remake on the spot with sewing or screen printing.

Location: Freeman's Creative

1pm Swap Drop-off
2pm Swap Open!
2-5pm Repair and Remake Event- sewing machines provided. 
3pm Free Screen Printing demonstration. Screen printing $10 fee for use of original RIVTAK designs.  People are welcome to bring their own screens!

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Nov
18
to Nov 19

Durham Art-o-thon at The Arts Council Building

Join in the fun downtown Durham during the annual Durham ArtWalk!  Businesses, galleries and shops will be setting up Durham ArtWalk event spaces and I will be posted up in the Durham Art Guild Gallery in the Arts Council Building Saturday and Sunday.

During this ArtWalk, come by the Durham ArtsCouncil Building to see the Art-O-Thon put on by the Art Guild.  I will be demonstrating my hand craft, screen printing and water color painting.  Buy fresh prints on the spot all weekend!

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One Party at a Time: Wedding 101
Aug
13
2:00 PM14:00

One Party at a Time: Wedding 101

One Party at a Time: Wedding 101
hosted by Heather Cook at The Durham Hotel
Sunday, August 13, 2-4pm

In this two-hour workshop, attendees will be lead through a work session on crafting custom wedding ceremonies and have the opportunity to ask questions of a panel of experts about coordination, catering, styling, hair and make up, photography and decor. Also, River Takada-Capel of Rivtak Handmade will partner with Spoonflower to lead a DIY workshop on creating custom textile decor for your wedding. Guests will also have the opportunity to tour The Durham Hotel and learn about their wedding offerings.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided by Chef Andrea Reusing of The Durham Hotel

Guests will receive a comprehensive planning notebook created by Heather Cook and Bound Custom Journals complete with resources from the experts, helpful planning guides and a recommended vendor list for all things wedding.

As an additional bonus, attendees will receive a sweet swag bag with wedding-related samples from local artists and makers. 

Following the workshop, attendees are invited to join the panelists for an informal happy hour on the roof at The Durham for more follow-up conversation.

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Raleigh Supercon at Raleigh Convention Center
Jul
14
to Jul 16

Raleigh Supercon at Raleigh Convention Center

RIVTAK will have a booth selling handmade geeky goods!

RALEIGH CONVENTION CENTER LOCATION & PHONE NUMBER:
500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601 • (919) 996-8500

Convention Exhibition Room Hours:
Friday, 12:30PM – 8:00PM
Saturday, 10:30AM – 8:00PM
Sunday, 10:30AM – 6:30PM

Get your tickets and see all the offerings
http://raleighsupercon.com/

RALEIGH SUPERCON CONTACT INFO:
Call or Text (919) 907-0424 • Email raleigh@superconventions.com

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