Sewers, knitters and quilters can choose from an abundance of courses this fall. There still exists the professional who teaches small groups in a home setting, and there are also courses offered by stores, adult education programs and school systems. Expand your schedule to include easy-to-make ready-to-wear.
Alexandria City Public Schools: Adult Marketing and Community Education, 3330 King St., Alexandria, 703-824-6845. Classes forming in advanced sewing, beading and crafts; $60 to $115.
Ardis School of Fashion Design: 1728 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-234-6537. Classes start mid-September for beginning to advanced sewing, pattern-making, tailoring, leather design and hat-making; $68 to $300.
Carolynn's Sewing Center: 7003J Manchester Blvd., Alexandria, 703-719-9106. Weekly meetings for all levels of sewing, serger workshops, heirloom sewing, smocking and children's classes; $10 to $50.
Katherine Davis/A Woman's Tailor: 802 Janice Dr., Annapolis, 410-269-1586. English hand tailoring methods, Sundays, 10-11:30 a.m., $100; and pattern-making, Sundays, 12:30-2:30 p.m., $250. Deposits are required.
Fairfax County Public Schools: Office of Adult and Community Education, Pimmit Hills Center, 7510 Lisle Ave., Falls Church, 703-506-2231. All levels of sewing, serger workshops, pants sewing, smocking and bridal headpieces; $13 to $61. Classes start late September.
Fashion International: 3136 N. 10th St., Arlington, 703-243-7377. Very small classes for all sewing levels include pattern-making, custom design, draping and American and European techniques; $94, plus $25 registration fee.
G Street Fabrics: 11854 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 301-231-8998 or 301-231-8982. More than 150 classes this season, including hand sewing, design, French pattern-making, serger and garment construction; $29 to $225. Also offered: seminars and hands-on workshops.
Debbie Hill: 1516 Snughill Ct., Vienna, 703-847-9099. Private instruction for beginner through advanced, and serger; $30 per hour. Group classes offered in Fairfax County.
Soo Young Lim School of Fashion Designing: 804 W. Broad St., Falls Church, 703-532-3325. Small classes in custom design/pattern-making and basic sewing/alteration are each $80 monthly; plus $20 registration fee.
Lorelei's English Smocking: 2531 Locustwood Pl., Silver Spring, 301-236-4083. Classes in English smocking with garment construction, Battenburg lace-making and French heirloom sewing begin late September; $15 to $35.
Maryland Sewing Machine and Vacuum Cleaner Center: 6280 Branch Ave., Camp Springs, 301-899-7200. Basic sewing, tailoring, smocking and sewing machine embroidery are among 70 classes open to all levels; $15 to $60.
The Sewing Center: 3405 Bonita St., Suite 221, Suitland, 301-630-9164. Emphasis is on making a professionally finished garment in all levels of classes, from beginner to tailoring; $55 for six 2 1/2-hour sessions. Private and semi-private lessons are available.
Vienna Sewing Machine and Vacuum Center: 322 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, 703-281-5225. Pattern alterations, heirloom sewing and tailoring in small classes for beginning to advanced levels; $10 to $60.
Knitting, Quilting, Crochet and Crafts Classes
Apple Pie Country Design: 1382 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, 703-734-0044. Beginning quilt-making classes start tomorrow and Tuesday; $65.
Carolynn's Sewing Center: See address above. Weekly classes for quilting, and all levels for knits and wovens; $10 to $50.
Fairfax County Public Schools: See address above. Knitting, crochet, quilting, tatting, duplicate stitching and tassel workshop begin late September; $15 to $60.
Fiberworks: 17800 New Hampshire Ave., Ashton, Md., 301-774-9031. Classes in knitting, crochet, button- and jewelry-making; $8 to $30.
First Class: 1522 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-797-5102. Jewelry-making and marketing crafts classes begin late September and early October; $22 to $65.
G Street Fabrics: See address above. All types of quilting, knitting and machine arts for every level; fees range from $29 to $225. Also offered: seminars and hands-on workshops.
In Stitches: 8800-F Pear Tree Ct., Alexandria, 703-360-4600. From beginning to advanced levels, classes feature counted cross stitch, drawn thread work, embroidery, quilting, knitting and needlepoint; $15-$60. Also offered: specialty seminars and one-day project workshops.
The Needlework Attic: 4706 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 301-652-8688. Knitting classes for all levels begin mid-September, along with workshops and needlepoint classes; $15 to $65.
Quilt-N-Stuff: 1630 King St., Alexandria, 703-836-0700. Classes and clinics in traditional techniques, clothing, fiber art, machine piecing and crafts for every quilter; $20 to $70.
The Quilt Patch: 3932 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax, 703-273-6937. Small groups are emphasized for more than 50 classes, along with shows, lectures and day-long workshops; $6 to $60.
Quilt Studio: 8167 Main St., Ellicott City, 410-465-7202. Quilt clinic, and classes in pattern drafting, cathedral window design, unfinished objects, machine piecing and applique; $15 to $75.
Dixie Rettig: 703-768-3462. Classes in beginning, lap and machine quilting; $18 to $45.
Resident Associate Program: Smithsonian Institution, 202-357-3030. Beginning quilt-making, Oct. 18; nonmembers pay $123 and members pay $93 for six sessions. Also offered: fabric collage and ripple stitch technique.
Gladys Torres: 202-296-6577. Tapestry weaving for all levels starts in October; $60 for four sessions.
Vienna Sewing Machine and Vacuum Center: See address above. Quick quilting techniques, cutwork and Sashiko for beginning to advanced levels; $10 to $60.
Woolgatherer Inc.: 1502 21st St. NW, 202-466-3300. Knitting classes for all levels begin mid-September; also, one-day and weekly classes, and private lessons. Fees, $20 to $80.
Wooly Knits: 6728 Lowell Ave., McLean, 703-448-9665. Beginning and intermediate knitting, embroidery, color work and kids' knitting classes; $45 to $85.
Yarn Crafters: 9401 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington, 301-248-3434. Knitting, crochet, needlepoint and machine knitting. Also: workshops and private lessons; $10 to $45.
The Yarn Shop: 7336 Baltimore Blvd., College Park, 301-779-8391. Knitting, crochet and needlework classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced levels; approximately $9 per session.