Tuesday I started my morning by getting a key to the new beautiful space on 14th and Alberta that will be the home of Modern Domestic. It is a project that has been in the works for a couple of months and is now officially full speed ahead.
Modern Domestic will be a place to sew and create. It will consist of two separate classrooms, one downstairs on the open light and airy main floor and one up above on the mezzanine level. The upper classroom looks out over the space but is nicely private at the same time. It will accommodate 8 students and the main floor classroom will hold 12.
Each work area will have enough sewing machines for every student, upstairs will be Janome and downstairs Bernina. The classrooms will also have cutting areas, ironing stations, design walls, tools, and great lighting.
Modern Domestic will be open 6 days a week for drop in sewing and retail shopping. We will sell Janome and Bernina machines and offer a drop point for service for all models of machines. We will also sell machine presser feet and tools that are offered for use in the classrooms including cutting tools, irons, and pressing equipment.
We are not a one-stop sewing experience like Bolt; although we will have a few basic notions and thread that you may need in class and while you are sewing. You will be encouraged to enjoy the amazing selection of fabric, trims, books, patterns, and notions that are offered just a few blocks away.
We will also offer open sewing on a drop in basis. You will not need to bring your machine to sew, just your project and self. You can use our machines and tools for an hourly rate of 8$ and less if you purchase time in bulk.
Classes will cover lots of bases; We will begin with sewing from very beginner to more advanced, but will also include silkscreen, block printing, leather sewing, felt making, and quilting. We hope the scope of the classes grows with your interest and is driven by what you want to learn.
There will also be room for fun events at MD, including quickie classes for great prices, group open sewing, quit groups, workshops, private events, and more. We are thinking of it as your own sewing space, full of the tools and friends you most desire to create with.
My role is that of a co-owner. There are two others: Gina (of Bolt) and Michelle (talents too long to list). To see Gina you will have to keep an eye turned to Bolt, but she will be working hard behind the scenes to make MD thrive. Michelle will be there most days, inspiring projects, showing you how to make button holes, and helping you choose presser feet. I will be there a few days a week working, and also teaching a bunch. I plan on offering some favorite classes that I have taught at Bolt, as well as some new stuff that has been requested by students in the past.
The class schedule should be ready to view in the next 2-4 weeks and you will be able to follow our progress on our blog, MD lab, very soon.
Can you tell I am excited? I have been dreaming about this every night, and now that I can actually set foot in the space, I can hardly sleep. I would love to answer any further questions in the comments section, so please ask away.