Arts, Crafts, Classes and Repairs

Private and Group Classes
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“Wow, just opened the fermented veggies that we made with Ilah Jarvis and they kick some serious ass! Must get more starter and make more!!” -Janine Anderson

“Ilah is friendly and knowledgeable.  Her relaxed, mellow attitude towards measurements and instruction made me feel comfortable about trying the recipes on my own.  My first batch that I created in my kitchen turned out beautifully and it was great fun to do.”-Annie Kenny

“I liked that I could ask questions that were not necessarily addressed in the books. I also liked the peaceful, creative setting.”-Rebecca Anaya

Private Classes

Students can meet with me privately at Black Squirrel, in their home or a location of choice. A one- hour classes $45 or $60 for two people. Locations more than 15 miles from Berkeley will include a travel fee.

Classes in Berkeley, Danville and Albany

Students must enroll at least 24 hours in advance. 

Machine Sewing 101 Absolute Beginner Sewing Class at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near aquatic park (805) 441-3886Enrollment is $50

Always wanted to learn the basics of using a sewing machine but find it intimidating? Then come learn with us! We have a fleet of user-friendly machines, and in this class you’ll learn about all the moving parts, the pieces they come with, and what all the adjustments are for, and then you’ll practice sewing both on paper (for those tricky curves), and then on fabric, and then create a little pincushion all your own! All supplies are included in the cost of the class, including the use of our sewing machines, but if you have a small piece of fabric you love feel free to bring it and use it instead of what we provide.


Sew Pants 12-3pm July 14 & 15 at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near aquatic park (805) 441-3886Enrollment is $120, pattern included.

Learn how to sew comfy, easy pants, featuring the new Arenite Pants pattern by Sew Liberated. Practice French seams, flat-felled seams and don’t forget big pockets. The cut is loose with an elastic waistband, making them easy to sew and easy to wear. The pattern in included with the class, and be sure to choose a drapey fabric such as rayon challis, tencel twill, or silk noil. Black Squirrel will offer 10% on class materials.


cooking class photoSuper Chef Basics for Teens for ages 12-16 June 18-22 OR July 23-27 (5 sessions) Albany Community Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. $154 for Albany residents, $164 for others. $35 material fee paid to the instructor.

Get confident in the kitchen! This dairy-free, gluten-free cooking class includes both meat and vegetarian options for each recipe. We will sauté, steam, bake, fresh whole foods. This class features safe knife skills and an overview of nutritional benefits of featured ingredients.
We will prepare:

Day 1. Omelets, pancakes and fruit salad
Day 2. Pasta, marinara sauce, salad
Day 3. Sushi, cookies
Day 4. Lentil soup and fruit crips
Day 5. Tortillas, tamales, salsa