Dragon appearance at Swankety Studio


During his first painting lesson, I asked him to first think about what he would like to paint. Without hesitation, he said “my DnD character”. (who happens to be a half dragon sorcerer)

We looked at komodo dragons for reference first. There was lots of pencil drawing and erasing of shapes to get the proportions right, and then the painting began.  Good times! xxoo Yabette



Summer Sewing Sweetness

During one of my summer sewing workshops, these 2 middle school girls constructed their own maxi dresses from tank tops and favorite fabric. When finished, there was an immediate impromptu fashion photo shoot!

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May your summer be delightful with creations and friendship as well! xxoo Yabette

(If you or your kid want sewing lessons, inquire with email to swankety@gmail.com)

Fabric Field Trip!

Discount Fabric Outlet in the Mission treated us right. The girls chose several cottons and some light knits with plans for bags and maxi dresses! With 5 different pieces for each girl plus thread, zippers and notions, they came in under their combined $80 budget!

I love teaching girls who are as excited as I am about fabric. xxoo Yabette

Gleeful Girls in the Fabric Store!
Gleeful Girls in the Fabric Store!

Stitch and Burn: Bag Workshop

Guiding a 9 year old to sew is completely soul satisfying for me.7 sew smile

The happy accomplishment, with a practical product at the end is enchanting. This was a 4 hour workshop. The idea was to keep him engaged (fun), have a finished workable product, use our heads to engineer the idea, and never spend a second fussing about perfection. Continue reading

Friday the 13th

It’s almost Friday the 13th and we have alot going on at Swankety Swank. First, the Opening to The Nipple Exhibit. Watch Eartha short films and see more photos on her blog.

Second, we welcome STORM as our new shop manager. We’ll be working together to organize, streamline and escalate the swankness. He is seen here modeling a DAS top hat and Calliebug Wais Coat. He’ll be teaching his Doll Shaman class on Sunday. Send us an email or call to be part of the class.
See you on the 13th.

Aranonymous SFCA

I am thrilled to spotlight an enormously talented lady who is a hard working Swankety Swank Co-Op artist. Her name is Ara James (wearing her own necklace design in photo above).  Her clothing designs are original and well made. Her jewelry combines elements of nature with strong lines and statement style. She paints graphic, modern figures with words in collage that are strikingly eye pleasing.

Her magnets are also brooches and showcase her tongue-in-cheek sense of humor.

Here she is working in the shop with artist, Stephanie, who modeled for the afternoon.
 Her reversable Tote bag is available to buy online now!
Did I mention she can also sing? Hear her perform at Swankety Swank this Saturday at our R.I.P. The Veil Art Opening, accompanied on hand drums by her husband Gael Gaubert.
She’ll also be here teaching fun fall craft classes on Sunday afternoons.
Come in today and check out all the Aranonymous SFCA designs.  -Yabette

Fall Classes Schedule


At Swankety Swank, we know everyone’s an artist. Make the time and invest in yourself this fall at our special San Francisco space. We’re working on perfect projects for the gift-giving season. We accept drop-ins, unless the class is full. Sign up to ensure you are in it!

Wire WrappingAmy Barrios of Independent Claws Jewelry

In this class you will learn to make uniform wire loops with wire, an essential and invaluable jewelry making skill that can be applied to multiple designs. In the first class, you will create two pairs of earrings using your wire wrapping skills. In the second class, you will create a bracelet (or necklace) integrating wire-wrapped beads on headpins. By the end of the second class, you will be comfortable working with head pins, jump rings, ear wires, and 22-gauge wire and have left-over materials to continue making your own custom wire-wrapped jewelry. The instructor will provide beads, but feel free to bring your own beads or pieces you’d like to redesign.  $70 class $35 materials fee
Saturday, October 17 & 24 1-3pm

Stringing WorkshopAmy Barrios of Independent Claws Jewelry
In this class you will learn how to professionally string and finish bracelets and necklaces. You will learn to use crimp beads and covers and how to choose the right type of clasp for the right piece. You will also discuss jewelry design basics such as color and composition and apply what you learn to your own custom-designed bracelet or necklace. The instructor will provide beads, but feel free to bring your own beads or pieces you’d like to redesign.  $35 class $30 materials fee  Saturday, November 7 1-3pm

Refashion your Jeans!Ara James of Aranonymous

Learn how to hand sew while embellishing a pair of jeans. In this 2 hour class we will focus on hand stitching while reworking a pair of jeans with your own style. Interesting fabrics, lace, trimmings, and bling will be provided. Bring a pair of jeans or pants and any appliques, fabric, trimmings and bling that you would like to use. $15 drop in
Sunday Oct.11th 1-3pm OR Sunday Oct.25th 1-3pm

Hairpieces Made Easy!Ara James of Aranonymous
Love all those feather hair pieces you’ve been seeing everywhere lately? Wonder how to make one? It is not difficult. In this two hour class you’ll be well on your way, and you’ll have a finished beauty to take home with you! $25 class (feathers and materials included, tools provided)
Sunday Oct.18th 1-3pm OR Sunday Nov.1st 1-3pm

Building a Better Doll: Doll Shaman 101STORM

Ready to modify your Barbie? In this class STORM will teach you how to transform your doll into your own One Of A Kind creation! You will learn how to properly repaint your doll’s face, modify her arms and curl her hair with each of the classes. We are focusing on completing one doll for this workshop but you will need to bring at least three Barbie dolls. Your Barbie dolls need to have long straight hair and plastic arms that are not jointed at the elbows. $20 fee per class $10 material fee.

A New Face: Removing the factory paint and repainting your Barbie’s face! Sunday, November 15 3-5pm
Body Sculpting: Learn how to shape your Barbie doll’s arms and hands! Sunday, November 22 3-5pm
Curls, Curls, Curls: It’s time for a permanent wave! Sunday, November 29 3-5pm
Getting Dressed: Hand sewing an outfit for your doll! Sunday, December 6 3-5pm

Start Knitting IKathryn Bernard of Kathryn’s Krafts

Learn how to start and end your project- and everything in between! In this class you will make a pair of handwarmers that will teach you garter stitch, stockinette, and seed stitch, and how to seam your work. For this class, yarn will be provided, as will one set of needles. $60 classes $15 materials fee
Saturday, October 17 & 24, 3-5pm

Start Knitting II – Kathryn Bernard of Kathryn’s Krafts
For this second-project class, you will make a striped hat that will teach you to knit in-the-round, knit ribbing, change yarn, and decrease. For this class, yarn will be provided, as will one set of needles. $60 classes $15 materials fee
Saturday, November 14 & 21, 3-5pm

Continue Knitting – Kathryn Bernard of Kathryn’s Krafts
Make the perfect layering garment: a shrug! In this class, you will learn to knit lace, how to measure your work, and how to pick up stitches. Two lace stitch patterns will be provided, so you can choose how adventurous you want to be. For this class, gorgeous merino/silk yarn will be provided, as will one set of needles. $80 classes $40 materials fee
Saturday, November 14, 21, 28, & Dec 5 1-2:30pm