Tin Thread Bracelet

Date/Time: Friday, August 24, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Katherine Buenger
You will use tin thread made in Sweden from wire wrapped around a cotton core. The wire is 96% pewter and 4% silver with no nickel or lead. You will string beads on the wire and then learn a four strand braid. The closure will be glue in magnetic clasp. This is an easy to make elegant bracelet! Bring from home: Small sharp scissors

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Advanced Rug Hooking

Date/Time: 2 Thursdays, October 18 – 25, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Kim Scanlan
Learn the different looks associated with punch needle rug hooking! Work with all eight Oxford needle sizes and various types of yarn to create a stunning personal sampler to showcase your art of punch needle rug hooking. All materials provided by instructor.

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Scarves to Dye For!

Date/Time: Saturday, October 6, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Leslie Granbeck
Dye your own silk scarves in the morning, then design a Nuno felted scarf in the afternoon. Learn color theory and silk dyeing basics, safety tips and eco-friendly dyeing methods. After a short “setting” period, your silk will be beautifully dyed and ready for an afternoon of felting. With your dyed silk as a base, apply soft wool and other exotic fibers to the surface and learn the steps to bond them into a beautiful Nuno felted scarf. Dress for mess and be ready to roll up your sleeves. The $45 material fee includes 3 silk scarves, all fibers and supplies and is payable to the instructor day of class.

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Silk Scarf with Bengala Dye

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 31, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Chiaki O’Brien
Let’s be creative and make a “one-of-a-kind” free style Itajime Shibori (clamp) silk scarf with bengala dye! 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!

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Peruvian Weaving Demonstration

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 11, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Melanie Ebertz
Be transported to the heights of the Andes with a lively cultural presentation. Welcome the two Andean weavers from Chinchero, Peru, while they demonstrate their artistry on traditional back strap looms. This ancient craft has its roots in Incan ancestry and is an important part of the rich indigenous culture. Melanie Ebertz, owner of ArtAndes, leads culture, art, and history trips to Peru and is dedicated to helping preserve the Andean weaving techniques. Unique finely woven weavings will be available for sale.

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Felted Table Runner or Wall Hanging

Date/Time: Monday, October 22, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Leslie Granbeck
Felt a beautiful table runner or wall hanging using wool from local sheep. Learn to layer naturally colored fibers on a base of silk, and then add texture and color with a variety of embellishments, including silk paper you make in class. Add your own creative touches for a one-of-a-kind accessory. $30 materials fee includes all fibers and supplies and is payable to the instructor day of class.

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Ply Split Braided Basket

Date/Time: 2 Mondays, November 12 & 26, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Louise French
The ply split braiding technique offers a variety of color and structure choices that are difficult to achieve with other materials. In the first session, students will learn the basics of Ply split braiding and begin a basket. In the two weeks between classes students are expected to continue working on their basket. In the second session we will address problems, questions, and finish the basket including finishing options. Experience in ply split braiding is helpful, but not necessary.

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SAORI Weaving with “Bloom”

Date/Time: Monday, October 29, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 31, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The ladies of “Bloom” & Chiaki O’Brien
SAORI weaving celebrates the unintentional beauty resulting from our natural creativity and does not try to imitate machine-made products. You are welcome to bring materials from home that you would like to use for your project such as homespun yarn or strips of fabric. 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 have gained teaching experience through workshops held during their shows. 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.

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Felted Luminarias

Date/Time: Monday, December 3, 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Leslie Granbeck
Add a warm glow to the holiday season with pretty, felted luminarias. Learn traditional wet felting techniques using wool and a little soapy water. Add texture and other design embellishments using a variety of materials. Your luminarias are the perfect accent for the mantle, dinner table, or any spot that needs a little soft illumination. They make great gifts! $20 materials fee, payable to instructor, includes all fibers and supplies for 2 luminarias.

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Make Your Own Monster Stuffie

Date/Time: Sunday, September 30, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Erika Arndt
Design your character, cut it from cloth, stuff it and decorate it with a world of embellishments.

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