Preserving Craft and Culture, One Weaving At a Time

Tuesday, June 27, 1:00-4:00 PM
Melanie Ebertz

Melanie Ebertz, founder of ArtAndes, a textile and travel business focused in the Andean region of Peru, has been working closely with a Quechua weaving community since the mid-eighties. Their work will be on display in WBCA’s Ford Family Gallery from June 19-29. On June 27, stop by anytime from 1:00-4:00 PM for a weaving demonstration as well as a colorful slide show of Peruvian culture & art to give you a better understanding of Peru’s cultural richness and biodiversity through the heights of the Andes and the depth of the Quechua Indigenous people.

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Felted Water Bottle Cozies

Monday, July 17, 10:00 AM-2:30 PM
Leslie Granbeck

Keep cool this summer with a colorful, insulating water bottle or can cozy. No knitting or sewing – wool fibers, warm soapy water, and some elbow grease are all that are used in this class. Learn traditional wet felting methods and a variety of surface embellishing techniques to create a one-of-a-kind bottle cozy. $15 material fee, payable to instructor, includes all fibers and supplies.

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Inner Gold: Tressa Sularz

Tuesday, July 18, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
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Thursday, August 10, 6:30-8:30 PM
Tressa Sularz

Inner Gold: Tressa Sularz is a solo exhibition of fiber art at White Bear Center for the Arts. On Tuesday, July 18, from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM, Tressa will demonstrate her unique twining techniques in the gallery with an informal discussion about her work. On Thursday, August 10, from 7:00-8:30 PM, Tressa will talk about her work, and there will be a screening of a short film about the artist and her artwork by Mike Hazard. To learn more about Tressa and to view her work, visit www.mnartists.org/tressasularz.

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Russian Lace Necklace

2 Saturdays, July 22 & 29, 1:00-3:00 PM
Sue Swanson

This delicate choker is made of seed beads and round gemstone beads. It is adjustable to fit different necklines. The design uses a bead weaving stitch developed in Moscow. $15 material fee includes all supplies needed to make one necklace.

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Felted Vases, Vessels, and Bowls

Monday, August 7, 10:00 AM-2:30 PM
Leslie Granbeck

Learn the fascinating art of seamless 3-D wet felting! Using wool and a variety of natural fibers, felt a small vessel to hold trinkets, chocolates, or to simply brighten up any shelf. Choose bright or natural colors, then “sculpt” your vessel into any shape from organic to contemporary. You can even make it reversible. $20 material fee, payable to instructor, includes all fibers and supplies.

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Ply-Split Braided Necklace

Monday, August 14, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Louise French

Ply-split braiding is an interlacement technique found in northwest India, where men make girths, bags, and other accessories for camels. We use this technique to make decorative pieces such as necklaces, bracelets, belts and vessels. In this class you will learn the basics of ply-splitting by making a key ring fob, and then move on to a necklace. $28 material fee includes introductory notebook and all necessary cords. Gripfids will be provided for use in class and may be purchased for an additional $11.

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Make a One-of-a-Kind T-Shirt with Bengala Mud Dyes!

Tuesday, August 22, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Chiaki O’Brien

Bengala dyes are natural Japanese dyes made from soil, which are environmentally safe and fun to use. Come learn how these unique dyes are made while you dye your own T-shirt! Play with your shirt by knotting, folding, tie-dyeing… be creative and have fun! There will be 12 colors to choose from and some tools for everyone to play with. The dye contains natural rubber latex, so if you have a latex allergy, this is not a good class for you.

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Dye a Silk Scarf with Bengala Dye

Tuesday, August 22, 1:00-3:30 PM
Chiaki O’Brien

Bengala dyes are natural Japanese dyes made from soil, which are environmentally safe and fun to use. Learn about the history and cultural significance of this unique dye style as you dye a beautiful silk scarf. This is not a soaking dye, so come ready to knead the material as well as be creative! Play with the material by knotting, folding, tie-dyeing… nobody knows exactly how their work will turn out. It’s like opening Christmas presents when dyeing is finished and the finished scarf is revealed! Have fun being creative! There will be 12 colors of dye and some tools for everyone to play with. The dye contains natural rubber latex, so this is not a good class for students with a latex allergy. Students are welcome to dye more than one scarf if they wish to purchase more from the instructor for $10 per scarf.

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Felted Tote Bag

Saturday, September 16, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Leslie Granbeck

Explore the fascinating art of seamless feltmaking! Without knitting or sewing, create a durable tote bag using wool fibers and traditional felting techniques. This roomy tote carries everything from your art supplies to your laptop. You can even make it reversible! Learn a variety of embellishing techniques using prefelts, yarn, and other natural fibers. $35 supply fee, payable to instructor, includes fibers and supplies for your bag. A variety of handle options are available for an additional fee, or you can provide your own handles.

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