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Classes                                                                        Schedule

close up of basket bottomBASKETRY
> Beginning Coiled Basketry
> Intermediate Coiled Basketry

Felting
>Felted Footwear
>Needle Felted Santa

Weaving
>Rigid Heddle Woven Scarf
>Multi - Shaft Weaving 101

TAPESTRY
> Beginning Tapestry
> Intermediate Tapestry
> Advanced Tapestry

Natural Dyes
>Natural Dyes 101
>Natural Dyes 102

POLYMER CLAY
> Polymer Clay Revealed
> Basic Polymer Clay Caning Techniques
> Advanced Caning Techniques
> Walk Away with Useable Art


Class structures explained (H) is hands on, there will be lecture moments, but you should expect to get your hands dirty! (L) these courses are mostly lecture with a minimal amount of hands on work. (W) workshops are longer in duration - students will leave the class with completed or nearly completed work.

H = hands on
L = lecture
W = workshop
 Basketry Classes  

Beginning Coiled Basketry
Students learn the basic techniques for making a coiled basket. Information on choice of materials is discussed, with some historical background of the art.

Each student will leave the class with a small completed oval basket (approximately 4" w by 5" l by 2" h.) All materials are provided. Cost for this 5 hour workshop (two 2.5 hour sessions) is $40.00.

Class size is limited to 8 people (minimum of 3 students or the class will be canceled.) back to top

Beginning a basket

6 hours W

Intermediate Coiled Basketry
Students build upon the basic techniques with circle starts, openwork construction, and a variety of fibers. Discussion of form and function, and impact various stitches and fibers have on these.

Each student will leave the class with a nearly completed basket (approximately 4" w by 6" l by 3" h.) Basic materials are provided. Feel free to bring fibers you would like to incorporate (call beforehand with questions.) Additional core materials will be available for purchase, if you prefer to create a larger basket. Cost for this 2 session (6 hours total) workshop is $45.00.

Class size is limited to 8 people (minimum of 2 students or the class will be cancel.) back to top

3 hours W -
2 sessions
(6 hours total)
Felting Classes

Felted Footwear
Make a pair of slippers, or boots out of felt.
Learn to make a template sized to your feet, do the preliminary shaping on the table, finish your footwear on your own feet, or on a set of shoe lasts you can cusotom build for your feet.

Bring dry clothing to this class, it can get a litle splashy. back to top

10 a.m. - ~4 p.m.

Needle felted Santa
Needle felted Santa ornament, head only with a moderately complex face
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3 hr W
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7 hr H
Natural Dye Classes

Natural Dyes 101
Two Dyes, Pomegranate for a range from yellow to orange, and Logwood for shades of purple.
Class will cover preparing yarn or fibre, mordanting, and use of an afterbath.

Sample skeins (18) will be provided for this class

This class is held in the detached dye kitchen. Dress in layers; the temperature is variable with the weather and number of dye pots on the burners.

Additonal dye can be purchased if you wish to stay later. back to top

10 a.m. - ~5 p.m.
Natural Dyes 201
Explore more natural dyes, single dye, multiple mordants/after baths
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7 hr W
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7 hr H
Weaving Classes

Rigid Heddle Scarf
The Basics: Learn to set up, warp a provided Sample it (or bring your own Ridig Heddle Loom) and weave a scarf. Twisted and knotted fringe finishes will be demonstrated; pick the finish you like for your scarf.
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7 hr H
Rigid Heddle II
Working on a supplied, or your own loom; Explore a project of your choice.
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7 hr H
Multi - Shaft Weaving 101
Learn to use a supplied (or your own) multi shaft loom. The initial project can be a scarf, table runner, or tea towel. the second project depends on where you want to take it.
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7 hr H
Tapestry Classes

Beginning Tapestry
The Basics, Selecting Warp and Weft. Warping the loom, basic joins. Weaving a circle.
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7 hr H
Intermediate Tapestry
More joins, Cartoon development, More Circles and curves.
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7 hr H
Advanced Tapestry
Cartoon Design, advanced finishing techniques. Other topics depend on student interest.
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7 hr H
Polymer Clay Classes

Polymer Clay Revealed
This short (2 hour) lecture introduces student to the amazing possibilities of polymer clay. A slide show featuring the works of many members of the National Polymer Clay Guild, as well as an assortment of Susan's works, will be shown.

Students will have the opportunity to mix and/or marble some clay and shape some beads or buttons for baking at home. All materials provided by the instructor. This class will include an overview of the various clays available. Cost is $15.00.

Class size is limited to 12 people (minimum of 3 students or class will be canceled.) back to top

2 hours L

Basic Polymer Clay Caning Techniques
Learn to make the three basic canes which are the basis for almost all complex canes. Proper conditioning and basic reduction techniques will be covered, as well as storage options for raw and cured clay. All materials provided by the instructor. Cost for this 4 hour hands-on training session is $30.00.

Class size is limited to 8 people (minimum of 3 students or class will be canceled.) back to top

4 hours H

Advanced Caning Techniques
Susan covers the necessary steps for making two intricate advanced canes for use as buttons, jewelry, beads, etc.

Shibori | Ikat | Tsunami - see samples of class work back to top

3 hours H
Walk Away with Useable Art
Susan takes you through embellishing pens, pencils and small vessels with polymer clay. Each student completes one simple cane and application of that cane to an object - special guest lecturers may be involved-  back to top
4 hours W-
2 sessions
(8 hours total)


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