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Workshops, Seminars and Retreats

Complete listing of fiber related events which are shorter and more informal than conferences. These events are often limited to a single topic, ranging from a gathering of fiber friends to a more formal class with a leader from outside the area.

Introduction to Rug Weaving
May 18, 2018   through   May 20, 2018

       Introduction to Rug Weaving   website

Learn about Rug Weaving from Jason Collingwood. Waukesha, WI. 3 Day workshop May 18 - 20. An ideal course for those wishing to try out rug weaving for the first time, though with enough 'tricks' to also suit the more experienced weaver. Visit website for more information and registration.

Navajo Spinning Class
May 20, 2018

       Navajo Spinning Class   website

Keep traditions alive, learn the art of Navajo Spinning and connect with the ancient ones. You will receive your own Navajo spindle, wool roving and spinning instructions. We know that since ancient time's people have been using simple tools to create necessary and beautiful goods. In its simplest form, the Navajo spindle, still used today, can be one of the easiest ways to learn to spin. You will get guided instructions and lots of practice time. We hand make your spindles and provide fiber from our angora goats. Included in the class will be spinning songs and Navajo tales. Class held at Downhome Handspun Fibers in the beautiful foothills near Northfork, CA. Contact Kim Bethel at - Class size limited to 10 - $80

Workshop: Ikat Binding And Dyeing
June 14, 2018

       Workshop: Ikat Binding And Dyeing   website

Try your hand at the involved dye-layering process of ikat in a step-by-step, hands-on binding and dyeing workshop. No experience necessary. All materials will be provided. Please wear clothes appropriate for working with dyes. Attendees will leave with a sample of the process.

Whimiscal Whale Wall-hanging With Carolyn Mulderig
June 15, 2018   through   June 16, 2018

       Whimiscal Whale Wall-hanging With Carolyn Mulderig   website

In this class, you will learn: rotary cutting; machine piecing; hand appliqué; using the freezer paper technique; simple embroidery; basting; hand quilting; and binding.

Wire Knitting With Annemarie Pomp
June 15, 2018   through   June 16, 2018

       Wire Knitting With Annemarie Pomp   website

Wire Knitted Bracelet Using 26 gauge gold tone wire, beads and simple knitting techniques students will create beautiful and unique bracelets. Participants will also make simple clasps, jump rings, and learn how to attach clasps and toggles to make the bracelets functional. A knowledge of knitting is advisable but not required. ALL LEVELS some knitting experience helpful Session runs June 15-16, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days. $190 tuition + $35 registration fee Artist Bio: ANNEMARIE POMP is a retired art teacher in Hertford, NC. She is originally from New Jersey, she relocated to North Carolina in 2006. Annemarie creates in many mediums – paint, clay, fiber, and metal. She continues to share her love of the arts and finds inspiring others to create to be very important.

Connections in Cloth With Lori Mccown
June 26, 2018   through   June 30, 2018

       Connections in Cloth With Lori Mccown   website

Explore mark making and composition in fiber and fabric, and make a personal statement in fiber. Create exciting and interesting pieces of art from clothing, recycled textiles and various fibers. Learn techniques and styles for stitching together a good composition, either by machine or hand. We will cover fabric ideas, incorporating mixed media, various stitching and embroidery techniques, with an emphasis on hand stitching. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days. $470 tuition + $35 registration fee

Basketry With Jean Koon
July 10, 2018   through   July 14, 2018

       Basketry With Jean Koon   website

Copper and Pine Baskets Students will design and create a sculptural or functional basket using thin gauge sheet metal. After learning to form the base, participants will coil a shape of their own design using glycerin treated pine needles and waxed linen thread. ALL LEVELS Session runs July 10 -14, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days. $470 tuition + $35 registration fee Artist Bio: JEAN KOON began coiling after retiring from her teaching career. Her work has appeared in publications such as “Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot.” Jean has taught classes across the country, at venues including Chincoteague Bay Field Station in Virginia, Virginia Living Museum, North House Folk School in Minnesota, Porcupine Mountains Folk School in Michigan, and for guilds including Tidewater Basketry Guild, Columbia Basin Basketry Guild, and Association of Michigan Basketmakers.

Workshop: Knitting By Hand
July 26, 2018

       Workshop: Knitting By Hand   website

Learn to knit using just your hands and yarn. Instructor Sandy Hoar will lead the group in a two-hour workshop geared towards those who are learning to knit for the first time and those looking to refresh their memories. All materials will be provided.

Basketry With Judy Wobbleton
July 28, 2018   through   July 29, 2018

       Basketry With Judy Wobbleton   website

Functional Baskets This workshop offers the opportunity to learn several functional basket techniques including dyeing materials and making stains. Working in flat and round rattan reed, the class will address how to properly secure stakes in a slotted wooden base with overlays for an accent arrow pattern with round reed. Participants will also learn to construct a rib basket from start to finish with an accent rim embellishment. ALL LEVELS Session runs July 28 – 29, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days. $190 tuition + $35 registration fee Artist Bio: JUDY WOBBLETON is a basketry artist and Martin County native. She has been creatively weaving baskets for over 25 years using traditional techniques to create functional pieces influenced by Native American and traditional Appalachian designs. Judy’s work has been featured in several publications including The Basket Book, Basketmakers’ Baskets, Craft Works in the Home, A Basketmaker’s Odyssey: Over, Under, Around & Through, and The Ultimate Basket Book. In addition to weaving, Judy devotes great deal of her time to the Martin County Arts Council and The North Carolina Basketmakers Association, which she co-founded. $225 REGISTER

Workshop: Embroidery 101
August 9, 2018

       Workshop: Embroidery 101   website

No experience necessary! Bring your lunch and jump into the basics of embroidery with this introductory session. Take a short tour through the gallery to see how various cultures use embroidery, and then follow guided instruction to make your own take-home piece. All materials will be provided.

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