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Community Classes

Tue, Feb 5, 2019 – Make a Braided Wool Seat Cushion - Day 1
Tue, Feb 5, 2019 – Weave a Plaited Black Ash Basket - Day 1
Thu, Feb 7, 2019 – Weave a Plaited Black Ash Basket - Day 2
Tue, Feb 12, 2019 – Make a Braided Wool Seat Cushion - Day 2
Wed, Feb 20, 2019 - Thu, Feb 21, 2019 – Try it: Felting with International Guest Instructor Karin Flatøy Svarstad
Mon, Mar 11, 2019 – Intro to Power Tools: Build a Small Table - Day 1
Wed, Mar 13, 2019 – Intro to Power Tools: Build a Small Table - Day 2
Mon, Mar 18, 2019 – Intro to Power Tools: Build a Small Table - Day 3
Mon, Mar 18, 2019 – Try it: Bead Embroidery - Day 1
Wed, Mar 20, 2019 – Try it: Bead Embroidery - Day 2

To register for any of these: Call North House at 387-9762 or stop by the School Store, open seven days a week, 8am - 5pm. These are designed for community participation with low tuition; no additional local discount applies. If you sign up and need to cancel, you can be refunded up to three weeks before the class start date. Within three weeks of the start date there are no refunds.

Make a Braided Wool Seat Cushion

Choose wool fabrics and color combinations, then practice beginning and ending a braided rug by braiding a small chair pad. Learn the techniques you’d need to keep making larger wool braided rugs in the future. Share a cozy winter's pastime together!

Instructor: Karen Smaby
Dates: Tuesday, Feb 5th and Tuesday, Feb 12th, 1 - 4pm.
Ages: Adults and 12+ with an adult
Cost: $55
Location: Check in at the School Store (yellow building) on first day of class

 

Weave a Plaited Black Ash Basket

Learn the age-old art of making baskets using black ash splints with instructor in residence April Stone. Diagonal plaiting is a type of weave where the uprights of the basket become the weavers themselves. Using choice pre-harvested and prepared material, participants will learn how to plait (an approximate) 5x5x5” black ash splint basket of their own to take home. Registration limited to 8 students.

Instructor: April Stone
Dates: Tuesday, February 5th and Thursday, February 7th, 7 - 9 pm
Ages: Adults and 12+ with an adult
Cost: Tuition free (supported by Instructor Residency Program), $20 materials fee
Location: North House Green Building

 

Try it: Felting
with International Guest Instructor Karin Flatøy Svarstad

Spend two afternoons exploring felting with international guest instructor Karin Flatoy Svarstad from Norway. Karin is the featured guest at the Fiber Retreat President’s Day weekend, and will be staying on as a resident instructor through February. In this class you’ll learn basic sculptural felting skills and hear stories of the life of a felter in Norway.

Instructor: Karin Flatøy Svarstad
Dates: Wednesday, February 20th - Thursday, February 21st, 1-4 pm
Ages: Adults and 12+ with an adult
Cost: Tuition free (supported by Instructor Residency Program), $30 materials fee
Location: Check in at the School Store (yellow building) on first day of class

 

Intro to Power Tools: Build a Small Table

Do you hesitate to use power tools because they seem dangerous or intimidating? In this 3 part evening class for community members, learn the basics of furniture building AND learn safe and proper ways to use power tools you'd find in a standard wood shop. We'll start with wood sourced from the local lumber yard and square it, cut it to dimension, and join the parts to build a simple and functional table, good as a small writing desk, door entry table, or dining surface for two. Students will have the opportunity to work with a planer, jointer, bandsaw, table saw, drill press, and an assortment of other woodworking tools to build a 20 x 35 inch table, about 30 inches tall. This class is great for beginners and emerging woodworkers who want to gain safe confidence in using power tools.

Instructor: Rose Holdorf
Dates: Monday, March 11th, Wednesday, March 13th, and Monday, March 18th, 5-8 pm each night (feel free to bring snacks)
Ages: Adults and 12+ with an adult
Cost: $90
Location: Milling Shop

 

Try it: Bead Embroidery

Spend a couple evenings with Jo Wood learning the basics of created a needle felted background and beginning embroidery with beads. Bead artist Jo Wood will introduce students to her favorite techniques for “painting” with beads. Her goal is to demystify the basic materials and processes. Students will begin a small bead embroidery project in class, all materials needed included in the fee.

Instructor: Jo Wood, as part of Instructor Residency Program
Dates: Monday, March 18th and Wednesday, March 20th, 6 - 8pm
Cost: $15 for materials, tuition free
Ages: Adults and youth 14+ with an adult
Location: Blue South

 

Tools for Felting

One of the best things about felting is that the most important tool is your hands.   Beyond this, is just the wool, soap, water and your creative labor. When tools are needed, they are quite simple and can often be found at second hand stores or made from recycled materials.  We will look at store bought options versus homemade versions and together we will make the basics of a felting tool kit for needle felting and wet felting. Feel free to bring snacks and beverages for a social, playing/working evening. Felting Kit will include: one needle felting tool, one multi needle felting tool, water sprinkler, sheer for wet felting, rubber pad for wet felting, Wet felted wool base for needle felting (called a Wool Buddy), Wet felting rubbing tool for flat felt; small, med or large.

If you are able to bring the following, otherwise instructor will have extras available: a wine cork, a liter/quart plastic bottle with the top, a towel, old wool sweater or blanket, scraps ok

Instructor: Elise Kyllo
Dates: Thursday, April 11th and Thursday, April 18th, 5-8 pm 
Cost: $70
Ages: Adults, 10+ with an adult
Location: Blue Building North Classroom