Welcome to Teacher Feature, where each week we present an interview with one of our Dabble teachers!

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Today we learn more about Urban Threads Studio, a Not For Profit organization whose mission is “Textile Art for All”. If it is textile based and you can make it by hand, they want to teach it in their studios at the beautiful Bridgeport Art Center! Their philosophy is to run contemporary, hands-on, project-based workshops, so that you can come along, learn something new and go home with a finished product or a new skill. Why? Because there is tremendous power in making something yourself! You will learn new skills or revisit old ones; you will discover the joy of working with your hands and you will find an outlet for your creativity. Along the way you will review your spirit and perhaps make a few new friends. All of their classes are taught by visiting artists and/or experts in the field. They offer adult workshops in beginning sewing, intermediate sewing, couture sewing and 45 different surface design techniques. For kids they offer Saturday programs and summer camps. They also offer textile art events for birthdays, bridal showers, girls night out etc.. Inquire with Dabble about group pricing.

All of their classes are offered at a nominal fee and all proceeds are used to bring textile arts to urban youth in Chicago in form of after school programs, summer programs, apprenticeships and internships. How cool is that?!

Screen shot 2014-11-04 at 10.59.24 AMUrban Threads Studio has their annual fundraiser this Friday, November 7, 2014, which will help them raise funds to continue doing their great work! Love Beer Tasting? Of course you do! Love Textile Art? You bet! You can enjoy both while supporting Urban Threads Studios at their Second Annual Brews & Bargains at the Bridgeport Art Fashion Design Center. Join them for an evening of delicious craft beer tasting, an open buffet, and an incredible textile art auction. Only $25 for an open buffet and libations, beer tasting, and the chance to bid on items such as prints and one of a kind textiles (scarves, bags, pillows, table runners).

What classes do you teach?
All Textile Art Techniques such as:
Beginning Sewing, Intermediate Sewing, Advanced Sewing, Hand Sewing
Couture Fashion Design
Knitting, Crochet
Embroidery, Temari Embroidery
Mending, RePurposing, Recycling
Shibori Dyeing, Indigo Dyeing, Batik, Ombre Dyeing
Block Printing, Screen Printing
Paper Making

What excites you about teaching on the Dabble platform?
We, at Urban Threads Studio, get an absolute thrill to teach a skill that has been lost during the last few generations.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
To be an effective speaker and teacher.

What are your superpowers? 
With 28 instructors at Urban Threads Studio we have quite an arsenal of superpowers which include many textile art techniques.

What activities, people or places give you energy and make you feel alive?
People who love to learn and places that encourage learning!

What specific qualities do you value in people?
We love curious people!

If you had to share only one message with the world, what would it be?
Be Curious and never stop learning.

Want to experience Urban Threads Studio’s textile magic in person? 
Join their upcoming Dabble classes:

Absolute Beginner Crochet, Wednesday, November 5
Brews and Bargains, Friday, November 7
DIY Couture in 8 Hours: The Body Pattern, Saturday, November 8
Absolute Beginner Knitting, Wednesday, November 12
Embroidery: Japanese Temari, Thursday, November 13
Resist Dyeing – Batik, Tuesday, November 18