Covid-19 As the local schools are open so are we. Everyone wears a mask, we hand sanitize on the way in and out. There is a maximum of 3 students at a time in each class. We will remain open as long as the schools are allowed to be open. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I do have a few patterns for face masks if you wish to make your own. Please get a Covid test if you have any signs of a cold or flu.
- A maximum of three students per class ensures a personalized learning experience.
- Each student works on their own project, based upon their individual skill level.
Class Structure Policies
The classes are run from September to June on a hourly basis each week. All projects are completed by the student to the best of their ability under supervision. All sewing sessions take place at the Mudpuppy Studios on Salt Spring Island BC.
Minimum age is 8 years old for boys, girls and up to adults. Individual instruction is adapted to the student's ability.
A discount is available for students who attend more than one class per week as well as for families with more than one student at the Mudpuppy Academy Studios.
All tools, notions, patterns and sewing machines are provided for sewing classes.
Fabric will be provided by the student and the instructor will provide guidelines regarding fabric choices prior to the first class. A great survey of local shops is provided as well as discount cards. A notions fee is in addition to the tuition for classes.
You will not have homework unless you choose to work on your own. Mudpuppy will assist you with this if your are at a level for working independently.
Sewing: Each class has a maximum of three students to ensure individual attention.
Each student works on their own preferred project and moves through various levels of expertise. Many project samples are on display in the sewing room. The projects are clothing for yourself. Special projects might be undertaken for Christmas, Mother's and Father's Day or unique birthday gifts for the student's family. More advanced students will begin to learn how to quilt. Students will learn to use sewing machines, sergers as well as how to press with an iron. Serger 101 is a more advanced serger program written by Francine to teach the serger students a variety of techniques and applications for the serger. Some hand sewing will be taught when applicable to various projects. Complimentary finishing touches will be undertaken on an individual basis.
Registration is open to begin at any time during the year. Registration for the next year's sessions will be open first to the existing students.
I encourage everyone to enter their projects in the Annual Salt Spring Island Fall Fair .There is a category just for Junior Needlecrafts which means you, the
Sewing Kids of Salt Spring Island.
Since 2016 some of our students win first prize over all in Sewing- Junior Class Age 9 years old and under; Age 10-13 as well as Quilting- Junior Class. We have won the trophy for overall excellence for 2 years in a row!!!
Fees and Policies
COVID 19 The fee structure has returned to our previous system. The monthly fees are figured out at the time of registration and are due the 1st class of every month. If you are not able to make the class, let me know and we can reschedule. If you don't let me know that class will be forfeited.
Regular Classes: Payment is due at the beginning of each month.
A registration deposit fee of $30.00 should accompany your registration form. This fee is applied to your notions for that year after securing your spot. The registration will be processed after receipt of the deposit. The first students to pay the deposit will have the first selection of classes.
Payment can be made by cash, cheque, Mastercard, Visa, Email Transfer and Debit.
Many students like to come visit the sewing room before registration. You are welcome to visit
by appointment whenever there are no classes in session.
A full refund is given only if the class is cancelled by Mudpuppy Studios. Class transfers are processed at no charge, space permitting.
Regular Classes: If you miss a class, you are entitled to a make-up class within available spaces.
No missed classes will be carried over from June until September.
24 hours notice is required for missed classes. A maximum of four classes per year can be made up.
Mudpuppy Studios is located in a private studio in the Channel Ridge area of Salt Spring Island. Minutes from the ferry at Vesuvius Bay and just 8Km from Ganges and easily accessible from all locations on the island.
No lesson days
Many students on Salt Spring do not have classes on Fridays. All of our sewing classes are held on Fridays. Usually with School District #64 the week after a long weekend will have a class on Friday so Mudpuppy Studios will not have classes.