Hand Sewing Leather 201- Tote Bag and Laptop Case

CLASS ID: 8A4T
Time: Thursday, August 29, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuition: $63 Member/$81 Non-Member
Material Fee: $40 – $60 depending on the project payable to instructor
Age/level: Adults and teens 12+, 101 or other hand-sewing experience is strongly recommended.
Please bring reading glasses if you need them

This advanced leather-working class will build on your sewing skills, allowing students to create a larger, more complex project. Students will work from custom patterns while being guided through the basics of leather design and construction including the skills necessary to design their own goods. Project options include a tote bag, cross body purse, 13” laptop case or 15” laptop case. You will be required to choose your project at signup but a variety of leather choices for each project will be available at the beginning of class. Previous hand-sewing (saddle stitch) experience is strongly recommended. While the basics will be covered, the more experience you have, the happier you will be with your finished project. (please see MerachantLeather.com/WBCA for project examples)

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Hand Sewing Leather 101- Small Goods

CLASS ID: 6A4S
Time: Wednesday, June 5, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Tuition: $42 Member/$54 Non-Member
Materials Fee: $20 payable to instructor
Age/level: Adults, kids 8+, all levels
Please bring reading glasses if you need them

This entry level class is designed to introduce the classic techniques of hand-sewing with leather. Students can choose from projects that demonstrate the basics of working with leather including cutting, punching, hand sewing, riveting, snap setting, finishing and care. No previous experience with any type of craft or sewing is required. Students will be able to choose from a wide assortment of projects and leather at the beginning of class, including: clutches, belts, coin purses, wallets, Fieldnote covers, phone cases, keychains, sunglass cases and more. (please see MerchantLeather.com/WBCA for project examples).

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Art Quilting 101

CLASS ID: 8A4A
Date/Time: Tuesday-Wednesday, August 20 & 21, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Tuition: $150 Member/ $187 Non-Member
Material Fee: $40 Payable to Instructor
Age/Level: Adults, Experienced Beginner and Beyond

You will study color, painting your own fabric, composition, and design elements, and make a small wall piece using a variety of techniques which will be demonstrated and implemented in class. Finishing and machine quilting will be discussed. See my book The Complete Photo Guide to Art Quilting.
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Felted Water Bottle Cozy

CLASS ID: 7A4A
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 3, 10:00 AM-3:30 PM
Tuition: $58 Member/$74 Non-Member
Material Fee: $20 payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, Teens 15+, Ages 12-14 with adult, All Levels

Keep your cool in yoga class, on a hike, at work; anywhere you take water or a cool beverage. No knitting or sewing, wool fibers and warm soapy water are the key ingredients in this fun class. Learn simple pattern drafting, traditional seamless wet felting and a variety of surface embellishing techniques to create your own one-of-a-kind insulating bottle cozy. $20 supply fee includes all fibers and supplies and is payable to instructor. Bring from home: Reusable water bottle with straight sides (Rubbermaid, Contigo or similar), or a water/pop bottle or can. 12 ounces – 30 ounces, no bottles with pronounced “waists”. Scissors, 2-3 old hand towels, an old bath towel, a bag lunch and plastic bag to carry home wet items.

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Silk Scarf with Bengala Dye

CLASS ID: 6A4B
Date/Time: Friday, June 7, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Tuition: $25 Member/$31 Non-Member
Material Fee: $15 payable to instructor
Age/level: Adults, All Levels

Let’s be creative and make a “one-of-a-kind” free style Itajime Shibori (clamp) silk scarf with bengala dye, or two! Natural Japanese dye, Bengala dyes are made from soil and are environmentally safe and fun to use. The dye process doesn’t require hot water so it is appropriate for students of all ages. You will find this to be a fun technique, just like playing with mud. You will learn about the history and cultural significance of this unique dye form. You won’t be able to imagine the patterns you are creating when preparing the material. That’s the fun part of this class! You’ll enjoy the experience of “opening up an unexpected present” in the final product. The instructor will prepare some cotton/ silk scarves and shawls for you to choose from. If you have something extra to dye you will be charged a small dye fee. If you have latex allergy, this is not a good class for you as dyes have natural rubber latex in it. Things to bring: If you don’t mind bringing an iron and an iron board, that’d be helpful! * Visit www.WhiteBearArts.org for a supply list

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Printing Adventures

CLASS ID: 6A4C
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 5, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Tuition: $63 Member/ $81
Non-Member Material Fee: $30 Payable to Instructor
Age/Level: Adults, Experienced Beginner and Beyond

Decorate any fabric with foam plates, gelatin pads, brayers, resists, stamps, natural items, and screens plus paint. The possibilities are endless but the tools are inexpensive and readily available. You’ll make many small samples which can be used for fiber art, home dec, or clothing.

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SAORI Weaving

CLASS ID: 6A4A
Date/Time: Friday, June 7, 1:00-4:00 PM
Tuition: $32 Member/$41 Non-Member
Material Fee: $20 payable to instructor
Age/level: Adults, All Levels

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. No two weavers are alike, so it is very natural that every single cloth, freely woven by people with different personalities, is beautiful in a unique way. Irregular selvages and accidental skips of thread add to the un-programmed beauty of SAORI cloths. We admire this irregularity as the unintentional beauty resulting from our natural creativity. 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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Hand Sewing Leather 201 – Tote Bag and Laptop Case

CLASS ID: 5Z4S
Time: Saturday, May 11, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Dan Horan of Merchant Leather
This advanced leather-working class will build on your sewing skills, allowing students to create a larger, more complex project. Students will work from custom patterns while being guided through the basics of leather design and construction  including the skills necessary to design their own goods. Project options include a tote bag, cross body purse, 13” laptop case or 15” laptop case. You will be required to choose your project at signup but a variety of leather choices for each project will be available at the beginning of class. Previous hand-sewing (saddle stitch) experience is strongly recommended. While the basics will be covered, the more experience you have, the happier you will be with you finished project. (please see MerachLeather.com/WBCA for project examples)

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Learn How to Punch Needle Rug Hook – Create a Wall Hanging! (Teens)

CLASS ID: 9B01
Date/Time: Saturday, September 7, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Punch needle rug hooking is a fun and easy craft to learn, and the possibilities for what you can make are endless! In this class, you’ll be learning the fundamentals of punch needle rug hooking while making your very own punch needle wall hanging. This is a perfect project to get introduced to the craft of punch needle (or refine your skills and play with a new format). You will have your choice of a wide variety of punch needle patterns to trace onto the back of the pre-stretched frame.

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Geometric Designs in Colored Strings

Class ID: B011
Thursday, August 15
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Ages 9-12

Create a beautiful pattern by sewing colored strings through colored paper according to a numerical design. There are many patterns to choose from ranging from very simple to more complex.

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