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Currently Scheduled Fiber Art Courses

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Natural Dyes Beyond the Basics: 2 & 3 Color Mixes

Dip into the long history of natural dyes and discover the color choices they offer, mordanting techniques, the dyeing process, and some color theory. We will use readily available extract dyes like indigo, cochineal, quabracho red, logwood, pomegranate, fustic, and madder. First, we will dye yarn samples in each of…
Sat, Feb 17th, 2018
Instructor: Stefania Isaacson
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 complete subtleties of dyeing with natural materials. Dyeing with natural plants is more than a craft, it's a fascinating and inexpensive hobby.…
Fri, Jul 27th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 29th, 2018
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”. Learn the basics of both needle felting and bead embroidery in this two day workshop. Participants will bring a landscape image (photo, magazine image, postcard etc.) to inspire their beaded piece. First, we will create a simple needle…
Sat, May 19th, 2018  –  Sun, May 20th, 2018
Instructor: Jo Wood
1/2 day
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Needle Felting for Repair or Embellishment

Bring your holy wool socks back to life and bring your dull wool sweaters, shirts, skirts, hats to be transformed with colorful wool, a felting needle and a little imagination. Using a needle felting tool is a bit like using a paint brush but more forgiving and no experience is…
Fri, Feb 16th, 2018
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
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…
Sat, Jul 7th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 8th, 2018
Instructor: Mercedes Tuma-Hansen
1 day
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Nordic-Inspired Surface Design: Block Printing on Fabric

In this one day course, students will learn to carve simple nordic-inspired designs on linoleum blocks and use permanent fabric inks to print the design on their fabric. By using a variety of design elements and shapes and colors in the printing process, a simple design can become a unique…
Fri, Feb 16th, 2018
Instructor: Karen Rognsvoog
1½ Days
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Nuno Felting: Scarves & Wraps

Scarves: Many of us don't leave home without them. They are imperative in the winter but they can also simply be fashionable. In this class you will learn the modern wet felting technique called Nuno which creates a durable, elegant and warm material by combining wool with silk or other…
Thu, Feb 15th, 2018  –  Fri, Feb 16th, 2018
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
1½ Days
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Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics

Penny rugs use felted wool scraps to create a textile feast for the eye. Multicolored scraps are arranged in contrasting and complementary colors to create table runners, placemats and more, making a room come alive with color. Shapes of descending sizes are layered onto a wool background piece and stitched…
Thu, Feb 15th, 2018  –  Fri, Feb 16th, 2018
Instructor: Karen Smaby
1 day
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Playing with Plying

Have you ever wondered how to get a balanced yarn every time you ply?  How do you do Navajo ply?  Why would you do it?  What about spirals and knop yarns?  You can learn all these and more in just a day!  Students will come away with many samples as…
Sun, Feb 18th, 2018
Instructor: Stefania Isaacson
3 days
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Primitive Rug Hooking: Open Session

Rug hooking traces its roots to the northern colonies and Canada, when immigrants utilized textiles on hand to create rugs for their homes. Hooked rugs are made by drawing narrow strips of wool fabric through a background fabric of cotton, linen or burlap with a curved hook much like a…
Tue, Jun 19th, 2018  –  Thu, Jun 21st, 2018
Instructor: Carol Dunn
2 days
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Scandinavian Fringe Embellishments: Folk Art on the Edge(s)

In Scandinavia, fringes from yarn were traditionally used to embellish the edges of mittens, of woven textiles like tablecloths or wall hangings, or pillows. Students will learn three different techniques hands-on: one using a stick and playing-card-sized heddle with one slot and two holes; a two-person technique winding fringe on…
Sat, Feb 17th, 2018  –  Sun, Feb 18th, 2018
Instructor: Robbie LaFleur
1 Day
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Sculptural Felting: Beyond the Basics

Combine wool, soap and water, a felting needle and agitation and the sculptural possibilities are endless!  This is a day to experiment with the amazing sculptural flexibility of wool and go beyond the basics. Using a variety of fill or building a wire armatage students create a sculpture of their…
Sun, Jan 21st, 2018
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
2 Days
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Spinning Fibers On A Wheel

The classic Saxony-style spinning wheel was invented over 500 years ago, and is still a symbol of the “olden days.” Although the spinning wheel is no longer a household necessity for the production of the family’s clothing, many crafters, knitters and fiber artists find great satisfaction in spinning their own…
Sat, Feb 17th, 2018  –  Sun, Feb 18th, 2018
Instructor: Allen Holzhueter
1 day
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Tomtens and Holiday Ornaments

The belief in tomtens—or rural elves—started in Sweden and continues to be part of the folklore of the winter/holiday season. Tomtens are often portrayed both helpful and mischievous: they’ll do the chores, and then steal the cookies. Sound like a young person you know? No wonder these colorful, mythical creatures…
Sat, Dec 2nd, 2017
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
2 days
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Two-Thumbed Arctic Fisherman’s Mittens

The fisherman of the north have known how to keep fingers working in bitter cold conditions for centuries: wool mittens. Before the invention of gortex and polar fleece, fishermen had to put their hands in freezing water, haul ropes and handle fish, only utilizing the natural materials at their disposal.…
Sat, Jun 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Jun 17th, 2018
Instructor: Laura Ricketts