Learn to Weave: “Windows to the Soul” Scarf

Wednesday, March 8 or Saturday, May 20, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Jeanne Molamphy

Weave an elegant and airy scarf in a fraction of the time it takes to knit or crochet. This is a very easy piece for beginners using a Cricket Rigid Heddle loom and pick-up stick.

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Felted Vases, Vessels, and Bowls

Monday, March 27, 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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SAORI Weaving with “Bloom”

Friday, March 31 or Wednesday, April 5, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
The Ladies of “Bloom”

This class is an especially unique and special opportunity to learn SAORI weaving from the 8 ladies who make up “Bloom.” While these ladies happen to have developmental disabilities they have already had two nearly sold out shows at Homewood Studios in Minneapolis as well as gaining teaching experience through workshops held during their shows. Now, “Bloom” has made their home within the White Bear Center for the Arts community. Be ready to open your mind to the beauty of imperfection within SAORI weaving and a new way of being taught.
SAORI is very different from traditional weaving, placing more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills or the regularity of the woven cloth. This is a therapeutic/healing weaving technique. SAORI weaving celebrates the unintentional beauty resulting from our natural creativity and does not try to imitate machine-made products. Irregular selvages and accidental skips of thread add to the un-programmed beauty of SAORI cloths. In this class we will relax, enjoy, explore, and develop positive thinking through weaving. Enjoy weaving with many colors, textures and utilizing the inherent sense of exploration we all possess! The looms will be set up ahead of time, so you can start weaving right away. You can take home whatever length you weave. You are welcome to bring materials from home that you would like to use for your project such as home spun yarn or strips of fabric. Be ready to follow your heart and feel like you are 5 years old again!

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Nuno Felted Scarf for Spring

Sunday, April 9, 12:30-5:00 PM
Leslie Granbeck

Embellish a silk scarf with soft wool fibers and create a beautiful accessory for spring. Choose your color palette of beautifully dyed fibers and then create any design from floral to geometric to abstract. Without knitting or sewing, you’ll create a supple scarf using a little soapy water and a unique felting technique. $25 material fee includes all fibers and supplies and is payable to the instructor.

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