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Hole-to-Hole Cane Footstool

Get a taste and feel for chair caning during this one-day beginner class. Students will learn the traditional 7-step method of hand caning on a preassembled and lightly stained footstool. Once the basic techniques are mastered in class, you will be ready to conquer more difficult chairs, maybe even going into…
Wed, Aug 21st, 2019
Instructor: Cathryn Peters
2 Days
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Inkle Loom Weaving

Inkle looms are a great way to get started with weaving: they require little additional equipment, are easy to use and to understand, and are easily stored. Specially designed to be used for making strong, patterned bands, inkle looms are used for weaving belts, laces, bookmarks, guitar and other instrument…
Tue, Jul 16th, 2019  –  Wed, Jul 17th, 2019
Instructor: Traudi Bestler
1 Day
Yarn dyed with amur maple

Invasive Color: Using Invasive Species as Natural Dyes

Many of the plants which we now consider invasive species were brought to this country for a purpose. This workshop explores several invasive plants which can be used as natural dyes. There's no guilt about peeling off the bark or pulling up the whole plant to make these dye baths!…
Sat, Jun 15th, 2019
Instructor: Theresa Hornstein
½ day
Lovikka mittens

Knit a Traditional Swedish “Lovikka” Mitten

Learn how to knit and embroider a mitten in the Swedish Lovikka style. Lovikka is a town located near the Arctic Circle with a renowned tradition of Sami-inspired embroidered embellishments, including a braided tassel. This mitten is knit in the round on double-pointed needles using a single ply yarn. The…
Sun, May 19th, 2019
Instructor: Wendy Johnson
1 day
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Kumihimo with Beads

Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese technique used to make beautiful cords. Historically, the most complex forms were used as a functional embellishment on samurai armour. Today, it's more common to use kumihimo cords to embellish your arm as beaded bracelet. Students will learn how to braid on a kumihimo disk,…
Mon, Jul 15th, 2019
Instructor: Traudi Bestler
1 Day
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Lace Knitting Intro

Elegant knit lace can enhance many projects, whether it is sewn on the edge of a garment, brightening the corner of a simple knit accessory, or taking center stage as a shawl. Expand your knitting repertoire by exploring new techniques that will allow you to add flourish to basic projects…
1 day
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Leaf Printing in the Steam Box

Eco-prints are one-of-a-kind prints made by steaming leaves against paper. No inks, dyes or paints are used to create them—the colors come just from the plants themselves. The colors are sepia-toned, the patterns are beautiful, and the process is non-toxic. Leaves are collected, pressed, arranged on paper, stacked and tightly…
2 Days
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Leaves, Roots, & Bugs: Natural Dyes

Spend two days learning new avenues into color possibilities from ancient traditions. This class will cover some of the long history of natural dyes, the color possibilities they offer,  mordanting techniques, the dyeing process, and some color theory.  We will use readily available dyes in extract form, like indigo, cochineal, …
Sat, Aug 10th, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 11th, 2019
Instructor: Stefania Isaacson
¼ day
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Lucet Braiding for Beginners

The lucet is a simple, historic handheld tool that is used to create practical square braids. The sturdy braids may be used for decorative purposes, embellishment and tying.  Wool, cotton, and novelty fibers can be used with different results.  Once the techniques are mastered, the useful braids are created quickly. …
1/2 Day
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Modern Free-Form Embroidery

Learn to embroider jeans, knitting, and anything else in need of embellishment! We’ll cover all the basic stitches needed in this course, focusing on free-form embroidery with thread and wool yarn. We’ll be inspired by traditional styles from Scandinavia, Japan, and beyond. We’ll sample different techniques and materials, and cover…
1 Day
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Natural Dyes in the Steam Box

Dyeing cloth using natural materials is a magical process: Add a bit of steam, hot water and assorted leaves, flowers, and old rusty nails, and wait an hour…the results are extraordinary. Who knew all the colors of nature were hidden in plain sight? In this course, you’ll learn a bit…
3 Days
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Natural Plant Dyes

Enjoy the “thrill of discovery” in the many colors which can be achieved, and the variation of color that can be found in nature's palette, by learning the complex subtleties of dyeing with natural materials. Dyeing with natural plants is a fascinating and inexpensive craft. Students will learn how to…
Fri, Jul 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 28th, 2019
Instructor: Karen Rognsvoog
2 Days
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Needle Felting & Bead Embroidery: Painting with Beads & Fiber

Combine bead embroidery and needle felting to create a unique landscape “painting,” while learning the basics of both in this two-day workshop. Participants will bring a landscape image (photo, magazine image, postcard etc.) to inspire their beaded piece. First, you will create a simple needle-felted wool background fabric. Then, you…
Sat, Jul 27th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 28th, 2019
Instructor: Jo Wood
1½ Days
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Net Making: The Carrying Sack

Nets aren’t just for catching fish! In this class you will learn an ancient technique to make a netted sack for everyday use. To make a net, you only need to learn to tie one knot. The craft of net making has remained unchanged for thousands of years, a universal…
Fri, May 10th, 2019  –  Sat, May 11th, 2019
Instructor: Mercedes Tuma-Hansen
3 days
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Nomadic Felts: Rugs

In this class students will begin by traveling to Kyrgyzstan through pictures and stories.  We will discover how felt is used and why it is such an important textile for the people of Central Asia, and will fill yourselves with inspiration!  We will then get our own hands into the…
Fri, Sep 6th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 8th, 2019
Instructor: Mary Reichert