Sami-Inspired Reindeer Hide and Pewter Thread Keychain

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 3, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Kim Bakken-Parr
A great class to learn the basic Sami braid and leave with a non-jewelry piece. Using pewter thread to make the braid it is then glued and hand sewn onto a piece of reindeer hide. The back is stitched up using artificial sinew. A key clasp is added and a shed reindeer horn button is sewn on to complete the piece. Students who need magnification for the close hand work should bring their own.

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Introduction to Peyote Stitch

Date/Time: 2 Saturdays, May 4 & 11, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sue Swanson
This colorful, geometric bracelet is made with the off-loom technique called Peyote Stitch. The stitch is versatile and easy to do. This class teaches the even count, flat peyote stitch. The pattern is an excellent introduction to seed bead weaving because the rows are very short and the geometrical patterns are easy to see. The Japanese Delica cylinder beads tile together to give this bracelet a flat, sleek look.

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Felted Cat Cave

Date/Time: Saturday – Sunday, April 13, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM & April 14, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Leslie Granbeck
Calling all crazy cat people! Make the ultimate gift for your favorite feline: her own cozy cat cave! Learn traditional wet felting techniques using wool fibers, soapy water and your own muscles. No knitting or sewing. Add a variety of colorful embellishments for a one-of-a-kind cave. Please note: this is a large project that requires physical stamina (and possibly a little homework). Previous felting experience helpful but not necessary. $65 supply fee is payable to instructor and includes fibers, embellishments and a reusable felting kit. This project could also be a pup tent if your dog is under 10 lbs!

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

Date/Time: Saturday, May 4, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Lindsay Gruetzmacher
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. Note: If you have an idea of something else you’d like to punch, please feel free to bring your own! Yarn is provided as part of the class fee, but please limit the colors in your design to 3-4. Please register at least one week in advance for this class.

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One-of-a-Kind Wall Quilt

Date/Time: Monday, April 1, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Susan Stein
Use orphan quilt, embroidery, cross stitch, or printed squares to make an easy and fun quilt that is totally original. Making easy-to-piece four inch filler blocks expands on your theme squares so you have a nicely sized wall hanging in no time.

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SAORI Weaving with “Bloom”

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

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 1, 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 having 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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