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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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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