2013 Classes and Workshops
Fashionable Felt Bracelets—Robin Blakney-Carlson—Saturday 1-4---$40
Students will be introduced to the basics of wet felting in this beginner friendly workshop. We will work with a colorful array of dyed wool and silk roving to create two different styles of very wearable bracelets.
We will start with felting a tied bracelet, a very simple technique that you will be able to teach the little ones! Boys, girls, teens and adults really enjoy this project.
After your felting success with the first bracelet, we will build on the skills you have learned and make a cuff bracelet. This technique requires a little more patience, but results in a fun bracelet that you just might decide to embellish with beading or stitch at home.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a good felting workshop for students unable to stand for long periods, as we will work seated.
Supplies: (to be provided by student) A small bowl for water, sponge for clean up, small towel, plastic bag for damp felt
Wear sleeves you can roll up to stay dry. We will be seated for this workshop.
Materials: (to be provided by instructor if applicable) Fibers, rolling mats, plastic, soap
Materials fee: $10
Felt Collage—Robin Blakney-Carlson—Sunday, 1-4--$40
Students will be introduced to the basics of felt collage in this beginner friendly workshop. Working with an array of wool, textiles, silks and exotic fibers, we will create highly textured felt work, inspired by the natural world. You could choose the landscape or a memory to work from!
This workshop is designed to encourage playful artistic expression and expand your felt making skills.
Supplies: (to be provided by student) Gallon sized open container (pail or bowl) & a small container (like a yogurt carton) for water. Big sponge for clean up. Two old towels. Plastic grocery bag
If you have it, you can bring: Snippets of bulky or fun yarns. Scraps of light weight fabric, 12” or less (do the “blow test”- you should be able to feel your breath pass through the fabric if you hold it up to your mouth and blow). Waterproof apron.
Wear sleeves you can roll up to stay dry and comfy shoes as we will be standing.
Materials: (to be provided by instructor) Fibers, fabric and yarn scraps, rolling mats, plastic, table risers, soap, ties,
Materials Fee: $14
Inkle Weaving - Dale Willie—Saturday 1-4---$40
No weaving experience necessary!
The inkle loom is portable, easy to warp, easy to weave on and makes beautifully patterned belts, bands and trims. They are inexpensive and children as young as the third grade can learn to use them!
Participants will learn to make heddles, read a draft and warp the loom. They will learn techniques to make a tight even band with good selvedges. If time permits, a more advanced technique of Inkle Loom Pick Up will be demonstrated. Removing the project from the loom will be discussed. When students are done with their weaving, they will have a bookmark.
Supplies: (to be provided by student) Inkle loom with shuttle, 3 balls of mercerized cotton yarn in contrasting colors, scissors and tape measure. Please let instructor know if you need to rent an inkle loom for the class. ($10.00 fee for rental)
Materials: (to be provided by instructor): handouts, rental looms if needed
Shibori Dyeing with Natural Dyes—Anna Poulos—Sunday 1-4--$40
This class will be a fun, but quick overview of shibori dyeing (the Japanese art of shaped resist dyeing) using natural dyes. We will begin class with a demonstration of several basic shibori techniques, including fold and clamp, pole wrapping (arashi), and several forms of stitched shibori. The students will then be given time to use one of more of these techniques to create their own design on a silk scarf. They will have the opportunity to dye these scarves using one or more natural dyes, including Osage orange, fustic, madder and cutch. While these scarves are in the dye pots, we will have the opportunity to review the natural dye process. The students will leave with a beautiful silk scarf and hopefully a desire to create and learn more about shibori and natural dyeing!
Supplies: (to be provided by the student): Rubber gloves, waterproof apron, bucket, old towel, sewing needles, Coats Dual Duty XP thread (tan color), notebook, pen, plastic bag to take home your scarf.
Materials: (to be provided by instructor): Pre-mordant silk scarf, all dye materials, materials to create resists for shibori dyeing, class handout
Materials fee: $25
Aran Knitting---Carol Puntel--- Saturday 1-4, $40
Students will learn about the history of Aran Knitting including information about the origin of some of the basic patterns. We will us techniques, including knitting cables without a cable needle, to make a headband/ear warmer. Pattern instructions and discussion will include how to convert this to a hat if preferred.
Aran Knitting patterns are much easier than most knitters realize. If you can knit & purl you can learn to do this. Some knowledge of basic cables would be helpful, but not necessary.
Supplies: (to be provided by student): US #7 needles (straight or circular will work for the headband. If you want to make a hat, a 16” circular will do both). Tapestry needle for seaming. Stitch markers.
Materials: (to be provided by instructor if applicable): Pattern and yarn enough to make either a headband or hat
Materials fee: $15
Felted Snowman: Connie Lundberg-Watkins--- Sunday 1-4, $40
Needle Felting is the art of using roving (raw wool) and a barbed needle to sculpt or punch a form. This fun craft is a great project for anyone! No knitting or crochet experience needed. We will cover the basics of working with wool fiber and felting needles. We will also learn the basics of joining two forms together, making your snowman come alive. In three hours you will create an adorable snowman that you can use as a decoration all winter! The workshop is open to either beginners or experienced needle felter’s.
Supplies: (to be provided by students) ---None
Materials: (to be provided by instructor)--- Large thick Sponge, 2 Felting Needles, Cork, Toothpicks, Base Roving, White Roving, Black Roving, Orange Roving
Materials fee: $15