Fiber Arts & Embroidery
Classes & Workshops


scarf 

Eco-Print Scarf: Wear the Arboretum
Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (125-09-30-17)

Jean Manrique, natural dye/eco print fiber artist and instructor whose work can be found throughout Twin Cities galleries and gift shops including the Arboretum, MIA and the Guthrie.

Level: All levels
Using a natural hand dyed scarf, 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. You will explore the chemistry of the plants you choose to use. 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. This small class ensures one-on-one attention as you work through your unique project. All materials are included in the fee. Come dressed for a nature walk and prepared to have fun!
Limit 12, Learning Center

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED!

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Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
$89 member/$99 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies including a natural hand-dyed silk scarf.

Open Studio
Photo credit: Seregam/Shuttestock 

Arboretum Art Open Studio: Your place to create and converge! (125-10-03-17-03)
Every Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. from October 3 through December 18

Level: All levels, mediums and abilities are welcome
Do you need a beautiful and inspiring space to practice your art? Do you enjoy the community of other artists for support and encouragement? There is no better place than the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to continue your artistic journey! Set in the exquisite Edwin Lundee-designed Tea Room, you will find inspiration inside and out all year around. As you gaze through the windows or step onto the Tea Room Outdoor Terrace, you encounter one-of-a-kind observational nature opportunities. Simply bring your own supplies; tables, chairs and easy water access are available for your convenience. On those chilly mornings be greeted by the warmth of the fireplace and fellow artists busy at their craft. Whether you are just beginning or have been practicing your art for many years, everyone benefits from this supportive welcoming environment. One fee allows admittance for all Tuesdays listed above. 
Limit 20, Snyder Tearoom - Visitor Center*
*NOTE that the Oct 17 session will take place in the Fireplace Room, located on the second level above the Tea Room

register $39 member/$155 non-member includes rental room space and Arboretum admission
 

felted bag
Leslie Granbeck 

Felted Tote Bag featuring High-Quality Corriedale Wool (125-10-21-17)
Saturday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

Explore the fascinating art of seamless feltmaking! Create a one-of-a-kind, no-knit durable tote bag using wool fibers and traditional felting techniques using Corriedale wool. Corriedale wool is from New Zealand and is a strong, durable, high-quality product where the sheep are humanely raised, pasture-fed and are hand-sheared. You'll want to use this sturdy bag every day for anything from art supplies to books, to your laptop! You can even make it reversible. Your creativity will soar as you learn, make new friends and complete a unique bag that reflects your own personal style. Please note: some physical stamina is needed for felting classes. A variety of handle options are available for an additional fee, or you can provide your own handles. There will be a break time to go up to the Cafe for lunch or simply bring a bag lunch and enjoy the Arboretum grounds at this spectacular time of year.
SUPPLY LIST: Bring sharp scissors, 2-3 hand towels, 1-2 old bath towels, a plastic bag to carry home wet items, and handles of your choice (optional).
Limit 10, Learning Center

REGISTER $89 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all high-quality wool and supplies for the bag (value $50), handles not included.
 

felted mittens
Leslie Granbeck 

Felted Mittens (125-11-8-17)
Wednesday, November 8, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

Make a pair of warm woolly mittens for the cold days ahead. We use merino wool for next-to-the-skin softness. Students can choose from several styles: mittens with a cuff, fingerless mittens for texting, thick mittens for shoveling, or thin mittens for the not-so-cold days. Mittens can be made reversible, too!
No knitting, no sewing...wool fibers and warm soapy water are the only simple ingredients used. These beautiful creations will make you smile all through our Minnesota winter. Learn several surface embellishing techniques to create your own one-of-a-kind pair. All supplies are included . Why not bring a friend and make it an outing! Please note: some physical stamina is needed for felting classes. There will be a lunch break to give you time to go up to the Arboretum cafe or feel free to bring a bag lunch. SUPPLY LIST: Bring 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, sharp scissors and plastic bag to carry home wet items.
Limit 12, Learning Center

register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all natural wool and supplies (value $30).
 

weaving
Chiaki O'Brien

Japanese Weaving: SAORI (125-12-09-17)
Saturday December 9, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Chiaki O'Brien, SAORI Certified Instructor. Chiaki worked as an instructor for the SAORI head office in Japan before moving to Minnesota.

LEVEL: No experience necessary
Create a delightful hand-made gift for yourself or a loved one as you enjoy a relaxing weaving experience in the Arboretum's Tea Room by the roaring fire. Your natural creativity is brought forth in this gentle, mindful and meditative process which emphasizes improvisation and creative expression. SAORI is a contemporary weaving method founded in Japan in 1913 and 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. All supplies will be provided. 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, Tea Room

register $89 member/ $119 nonmember, includes a Arboretum admission and all materials to create a take-home completed piece 

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, 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 50, 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, 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) 


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