Fall 2017 Handmade U - Registration is OPEN NOW!!

If you are interested in joining in on the fun at Handmade U Fall 2017 September 7 -9 here are the details!

InstructorsRachel McGough and Lori Sparkly Franklin

Friday (1/2 day class) : Book of Words - Patchwork Fabric Journal with Rachel McGough
Learn to create a fun sewn Patchwork Fabric Book to add stitching, patches, pins, all your fun mementos.

Beginner level to advanced!  Learn a few basic embroidery stitches to create your title page! and Sew straight lines on the sewing machine to create this cozy fabric journal.

Create a fun stitched spine!

Use fun fabrics for your pages, bring favorite rubber stamps to use as embroidery patterns!

Saturday (Full day class)  - Hippie Chick Collage with Lori Sparkly Franklin: 

Hooray for Hippie Chicks!!! 

Join instructor Lori Sparkly Franklin in this joyful class, where, using her famous ‘spaghetti confetti’ collage technique, and her super-duper cool kit, we’ll crank up the pasta machine and create a colorful merry masterpiece! this fun class is suited for all skill levels.  The ‘hippie chick’ class is making a special debut exclusively at Handmade U!!!!

Lori Sparkly Franklin, owner of Sparkly Heart Studio, is a nationally known Minnesota mixed-media artist and instructor.  Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including a Stampington cover in 2013. Lori originated her ‘spaghetti confetti’ collage technique many years ago and it has since become one of her most popular class requests. 

Supplies for students to bring:

Book of Words:
Basic Sewing kit (fabric scissors, embroidery needles if you have, and thimble - optional)

6-10 Fabric scraps or squares 3"x3" up to 5"x5" for cover (enough to cover approx 10 x 12 inches)

1 piece of 10" x 12" fabric for inside cover

Inside pages fabric (recommended 6 pieces) - muslin will be available to share, you may want to bring old plain dishcloths, neutral fabrics, denim, anything you'd like on the inside.

Some fabrics will be available for sale at vendor night if you would like to choose some when you get here.  Some fabrics will be available for your use as well in class.

Bring along anything you'd like to add to your book.  Favorite patches, buttons, button pins, flat memorabilia, lace, trims, etc.

Hippie Chick Collage:

12"x12" cradleboard ( hard surface ) collage base

matte gel medium (will have some mod podge available to share, though matte gel medium will lay papers flatter)


Thursday - arrive between 6:00 - 6:30pm for our welcome dinner, followed by our Vendor Night! (all attendee are allowed to bring items to sell at Vendor Night!)

Friday - arrive at 9:00 am for our 1/2 Day Class, followed by lunch, then head out for an afternoon of antiquing!  Return to the Homestead to relax and visit, dinner will be served around 6:30 - 7:00pm.

Saturday - arrive at 9:30 am for our Full Day Class, lunch will be served and snacks.  Finish class up around 5pm, relax and visit, dinner will be served around 6:00 pm followed by dessert and send off.

The Cost : 

Alumni Cost : $635

Prior to June 15 the Cost will be : $645 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL paid in full!!

After June 15 the Cost will be :  $685, or payment plans - email me to set up your plan!


Thursday - Opening night dinner and dessert
Friday - Lunch, Afternoon Snack and Dinner
Saturday - Lunch, Afternoon Snack and Dinner

Breakfasts will be on your own or included in the Hotel rates if you are staying there.

Friday and Saturday classes with Rachel McGough and Lori Sparkly Franklin.  There will be a supply list provided for you to bring some tools and personal goodies, everything else will be included in class kits.

You will receive the OFFICIAL HANDMADE U T-shirt. An adorable personalized item handmade just for you! You will also receive a goodie bag of fun items by amazing sponsors. You will be included in raffle drawings during the weekend.  Oh and SO MUCH MORE!!

Shopping Opportunity!
Each semester we've had fun shopping opportunities for you!! We will have a vendor night with lots of unique items for purchase, if you have handmade items that you'd like to sell please let me know!  We also shop Friday afternoon at the local antique malls....WOW, lots of fun things to uncover!

Click below to pay now to secure your TABLE!  OR for a $5 savings send your payment VIA Friends and Family PayPal to mcgoughrachel@yahoo.com


Payment secures your spot!!  There is limited space in our classroom! Registration is transferable if you are unable to attend, someone may take your place. There will be no refunds however, if you are unable to find someone to take your spot, you will receive all the class kits and goodies delivered to your home.

Hotel Room Expense is NOT included in above price, please book your room directly with the Hotel:

Working to secure a block of rooms here:  (subject to change)

Staybridge Suites Lincoln I-80
2701 Fletcher Avenue
Lincoln, NE  68504 

Handmade U - Group RATE
Spacious Studio Suite       TBD  
One Bedroom King  TBD
One Bedroom Double/Double   TBD  
Two Bedroom/Two Bath Suite   TBD

Email me with any questions.  mcgoughrachel@yahoo.com

Thanks!  Can't wait to see you in September!

xo Rachel

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