Fiber Arts & Embroidery
Classes & Workshops


FLORAL EMBROIDERY
Elizabeth's Garden: Floral Embroidery in the English Court
Peg Deppe, Ph.D UMN College of Design, gardening enthusiast and textile history scholar presents an introduction to the floral embroidery of Renaissance England both through lecture and hands-on opportunities.


diapered blackwork technique

Embroidery Studio - Embroidered Rose Greeting Card: Diapered Blackwork Technique (125-03-24-18)
Saturday March 24, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Peg Deppe, Ph.D UofMN College of Design, gardening enthusiast and textile history scholar

Level: All levels
Explore the intricate and historical craft of blackwork (a form of embroidery generally using black thread, historically used on shirts in England from the time of Henry VIII). Our charming pattern is inspired by the sleeve of Elizabeth's gown as portrayed in her portrait, c. 1590, housed at Jesus College, Oxford. The rose was an emblem of nobility and grace; its wild cousin, the briar or "dog" rose, also known as Eglantine, was a symbol of modesty. From simple techniques arise spectacular results--the hands-on applications are suitable for beginners and experienced stitchers alike. You will leave with a silk embroidered rose on fabric inserted into a card with envelope, ready to save or give as beautiful gift. After class move to Snyder Auditorium for the introductory lecture Elizabeth's Garden: Floral Embroidery in the English Court by Dr. Deppe.
Limit 15, Azalea Classroom - Oswald Visitor Center

COUPON
Register for both 3/24 Embroidery Studios and receive $7.50 off each class!
Use coupon code 15OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.
register $39 member/$59 non-member includes Arboretum admission, all supplies and free admission to Dr. Deppe's lecture entitled Elizabeth's Garden: Floral Embroidery in the English Court (value $5/$20)

lecture

Lecture - Elizabeth's Garden: Floral Embroidery in the English Court (125-03-24-18-02)
Saturday March 24, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Peg Deppe, Ph.D UofMN College of Design, gardening enthusiast and textile history scholar

Enjoy a brief history of the House of Tudor and understand the social and economic changes that occurred during the Renaissance in England which allowed embroidered clothing and gardens, in parallel, to become fashionable among the Tudor royals and associated nobility. The lecture also introduces the social system in which floral emblems-executed in blackwork and polychrome embroidery-were used to communicate personal virtue, social status, and political inclination, and how embroidered items functioned within this system.
Limit 40, Tea Room, Snyder Building

register $5 members/$20 non-member, pre-registration required
 

strawberry 
Peg Deppe

Embroidery Studio - Strawberry Sprig Trinket Bag: Polychrome Technique (125-03-24-18-03)
Saturday March 24, 2:30 p.m.- 4:30 pm
Peg Deppe, Ph.D UofMN College of Design, gardening enthusiast and textile history scholar

Level: All levels
The strawberry represents purity and righteousness. On embroidered items, it is often accompanied by borage, as the two were typically planted together. It was believed that the strawberry plants would bear sweeter fruit when emboldened by the presence of the borage, a symbol of courage. Our pattern is inspired by an early 17th century pattern book by Richard Shorleyker. This hands-on portion of the course is suitable for beginners and experienced stitchers alike. Chain stitch, detached buttonhole stitch, and laced chain stitch are simple stitches which are combined for spectacular results. Leave with a finished drawstring linen trinket bag approx 4'x5", adorned with splendor silk and gold passing thread.
Limit 12, Azalea Classroom - Oswald Visitor Center

COUPON
Register for both 3/24 Embroidery Studios and receive $7.50 off each class!
Use coupon code 15OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.
register $42 member/$64 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, all supplies and free pass to Dr. Deppe's lecture entitled Elizabeth's Garden: Floral Embroidery in the English Court (value $5/$20) 


Leslie Granbeck
Felted Vessels and Bowls for Spring (125-03-17-18-01)
Saturday, March 17, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

No experience necessary
Learn the fascinating art of seamless feltmaking! Using Merino wool with its high elasticity, "sculpt" your vessel into any shape from organic to contemporary. Choose bright or natural colors, adding a variety of other natural fibers to make yours a centerpiece of any space. Felt a vessel to hold trinkets, chocolates, flowers or to simply brighten up a room. You can even make it reversible! You'll be working with water, so dress for mess.
BRING FROM HOME: 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel and a plastic bag to carry home wet items. 
SUGGESTED(OPTIONAL): apron, bag lunch
Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House

register

2 spots left
$79 member/$109
 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


  Eco-Print Scarf - Wear the Arboretum (125-04-14-18)
Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Jean Manrique, Experienced high end fiber artist and instructor specializing in natural dyes and eco printing.

No experience necessary
Using a natural hand-dyed silk scarf provided by the instructor, learn how to impress foliage: leaving the colors and shapes of the plant material intact on the scarf. This process is possible due to the unique anatomy of the leaves and requires no external dyes, inks or paints. Explore the chemistry of the plants you choose to use and learn the sustainable methods of harvesting materials for this art form. Begin the class with a search for your custom combination of leaves, or bring some of your own from home. Back in the classroom, Jean will introduce the artistic elements of composition, design and color as you create your wearable masterpiece: The plants are bundled and steamed to extract pigment, then washed and ironed to produce your finished product. The magic happens when you unroll your piece to reveal a one of kind gift from nature. This small class ensures one-on-one attention as you work through your project from start to finish. Just bring yourself; all materials are included to make and bring home a natural hand dyed silk scarf.

OPTIONAL BRING-YOUR-OWN FOLIAGE LIST

SUGGESTED (OPTIONAL): Bring your own favorite leaves from home. See supply list for suggestions.
Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

register $89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

  Japanese Weaving: SAORI
Select a session
Saturday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Bee Center) (125-05-19-18)
Saturday, July 14, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Snyder Building) (125-07-14-18)

Chiaki O'Brien, SAORI Certified Instructor; former instructor at SAORI head office in Japan

No experience necessary
Create a delightful hand-made gift for yourself or a loved one as you enjoy a relaxing weaving experience. SAORI weaving is a gentle, mindful and meditative process which emphasizes improvisation and creative expression. This contemporary weaving method founded in Japan in 1968, literally means "weaving with individual dignity." It is a meditative art form where the weaver finds themselves completely absorbed and fully immersed into the weaving in front of them. The elegantly simple foot powered loom is perfect for beginners who are freed from traditional rules and regulations employed in weaving. There are no mistakes--only opportunities and discoveries using techniques that are shared with the group. The end result is a one-of-a-kind textile, perhaps a scarf, table runner or wall hanging. Weather permitting, these classes may be held outdoors to enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the Arboretum's natural surroundings. All supplies will be provided to make and bring home a completed weaving. After class, stroll through the new "Origami in the Garden" summer exhibit to gain a deeper appreciation of Japanese-inspired art and aesthetics.
SUGGESTED (OPTIONAL) bring any personal items you may wish to be woven into the work, such as handspun yarn, strips of fabric, feathers, or sticks
Limit 9

register Saturday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab (outside, weather permitting)
$89 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register Saturday, July 14, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Snyder Building - Tea Room Terrace (outside, weather permitting)
$89 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


Linda Conroy

Coiled Basketry: Pine Needles, Sweet Grass and Broom Corn (200-08-24-18)
Friday, August 24, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs, educator for 20 years, speaker throughout the U.S.

Gain a greater appreciation for native natural materials, and the artistry by which they are transformed into baskets! Learn to make a coiled basket with a variety of natural materials. Explore the creative possibilities of this ancient art form as you design and complete your own basket. This class is for students of all levels- Linda will provide plenty of individualized attention to ensure you succeed. You will learn a variety of stitches as well as decorative options for this ancient style of basketry. You will leave with a completed coiled ~5" diameter basket, and the skills to make more baskets at home. Lunch is not provided, please bring your own to class or dine in the Arboretum Cafe. 
BRING FROM HOME: small pair of scissors, a thimble and reading glasses (if needed), bag lunch (optional).
Limit 20, Snyder Building - Tea Room 

register
$95 member/$110 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies except those noted above 

 
Jean Manrique
Eco-Print Table Runner (125-08-25-18)
Saturday, August 25, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Jean Manrique, Experienced high end fiber artist and instructor specializing in natural dyes and eco printing.

No experience necessary
Dress your home with the natural beauty of the Arboretum, permanently impressed in a lovely silk noil table runner. Accompany the instructor through the Arboretum grounds to find just the right combination of leaves and blossoms to create your unique art work. This natural sustainable process is possible due to the unique anatomy of the leaves and requires no external dyes, inks or paints. You will explore the chemistry of the plants you choose to use and learn the sustainable methods of harvesting materials for this art form. In the classroom, Jean will introduce the artistic elements of composition, design and color as you create the masterpiece for your home. Your final product is produced by bundling and steaming to extract pigment. As something unexpected and beautiful emerges from the bundle, the result seems magical. A final washing and ironing completes the process. This small class ensures one-on-one attention as you work through your project from start to finish. All materials are included to create and take home a one-of-a-kind table runner. Come dressed for a nature walk and prepared to have fun!

OPTIONAL BRING-YOUR-OWN FOLIAGE LIST

SUGGESTED (OPTIONAL): Bring your own favorite leaves from home; see supply list for suggestions
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

register 

$99 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


 
Leslie Granbeck
Felted Slippers (125-09-08-18)
Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

No experience necessary
Custom-made, cozy and warm, felted slippers are great for the colder months ahead!. Using fine, soft Corriedale wool provides long silky fibers that feel smooth next to your skin. Learn to layer colorful wool fibers over a custom pattern made from your own feet. Then, explore traditional wet felting techniques and transform the fibers into durable felted slippers. Perhaps you will want to decorate with a variety of plant fibers available such as bamboo, rose, corn and silk. You can even make them reversible! We're on our feet a lot in felting classes, some physical stamina is needed. All supplies included to create and take home one pair of slippers.
BRING FROM HOME:2-3 hand towels, 2 old bath towels, sharp scissors, pair of flip flops (or similar) to wear between "fittings" and a plastic bag to carry home wet items.
SUGGESTED (OPTIONAL): apron, bag lunch as the Bee Center has no food options on-site.
Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House

register  $99 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 

 


Browse eVersion 
Adult Classes Catalog Spring/Summer 2018

Request a hard copy in the mail
Email your request to leen0014@umn.edu with the subject "Mail Adult Catalog"

Browse eVersion 
Kids Programs Summer 2018

Request a hard copy in the mail
Email your request to leen0014@umn.edu with the subject "Mail Kids Catalog"


Questions?

Arboretum Education Office Hours
          Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
          Sat - Sun, noon - 4 p.m.
Email Arboretum Education at
          arbedu@umn.edu
Call Arboretum Education at
          612-301-1210


Member Perk!

Arboretum Members may invite non-members to attend a class with them at the discounted member rate! Simply register for all participants at the same time in the same order and select the "member" rate for each person at checkout.


Cancellation Policy

Prior to registering, please review the cancellation policy


Waitlist

The best chance of being enrolled in a sold out class is to add your name to the waitlist. Click the green "waitlist" button and complete the steps, or call 612-301-1210. There is no obligation to register if a spot opens. If the waitlist shows enough demand, additional class sessions may be added. 


Share your feedback

Your opinions are important!
The Arboretum strives to create classes that are relevant, useful and provide value. Use this form to share anonymous feedback about educational programming with the Arboretum Education Team.


Program Quick Links

FREE & LOW COST
           PlantMaker Studio
         Q&A at the Yard & Garden Desk

YOUTH & FAMILIES
Youth+Adult Programs
          Ages 3-5 with adult
          Ages 7-12 with adult
Summer Youth Programs
          Ages 5-13 Weekly Children's Garden
          Ages 5-7 Day Camps
          Ages 7-11 Day Camps
          Ages 7-11 Day Camps *Fridays*
          Ages 5-10 Groups: Summer Field Trips
          Ages 12-15 Counselor-In-Training Program     

ADULTS
Gardening & Horticulture Classes
          FEATURED Get Growing Workshops
          Gardening - General
          Edible Garden Year
          Landscaping & Design
          Pollinator-Friendly Planting         
          Fungi & Mushrooms
          Botanical/Floral Design
          Schoolyard Gardens Conference
          Master Gardener Regional Conference
Pollinators
          Pollinator-Friendly Planting
          Beekeeping
Fine Art & Crafts Classes
          Drawing
          Painting
          Sculpting & Sculpture
          Crafts
          Jewelry & Wearable Art
          Mixed Media
          Fiber Arts & Embroidery
          Botanical/Floral Design
         
Willow Furniture
          Open Art Studio
Photography Classes
          Photography
Food & Wine Classes
          Dine with a Chef
          Saturday Cooking in the Kitchen
          Wine
          Herbs
Health & Home

          Natural Soap & Beauty
          Healthy Living
          Herbs
          
Shinrin-yoku
          Book Club
          Botanical/Floral Design
          Willow Furniture
Nature Appreciation
          Birds
          Naturalist-Guided Walks
          Shinrin-yoku
Nature-Based Therapeutics
          Animal-Assisted Interventions Trainings
          
Shinrin-yoku


 

Education Staff Bios
Click here to see brief profiles of Arboretum Education staff members.