Fiber Arts
Classes & Workshops


Japanese Weaving - SAORI

125-02-16-19
Saturday, February 16, 2019 SESSION AVAILABLE!
Noon - 3 p.m.

Chiaki OBrien, 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. All supplies will be provided to make and bring home a completed weaving.

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. There are no food facilities near this classroom so feel free to bring your own snack and beverage.

Limit 9, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$89 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register


Feltmaking - Exploring Traditional & Contemporary Techniques

125-04-04-19
Four Thursdays: April 4, 11, 18 & 25
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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

Level

All levels welcome
Supplies
All supplies included. Bring from home: scissors, note-taking materials, bag lunch.

Explore the fascinating art of feltmaking! Get ready to explore both traditional and contemporary feltmaking methods in this four-session class. Learn both needle felting and traditional wet felting techniques. Build on your knowledge while exploring seamless 3D projects and the magical process of nuno felting, combining silk and wool. You'll also learn several important surface design techniques used by today's fiber artists. You will leave each week with a completed sampler or small accessory. Small class size ensures plenty of one-on-one attention.
  • April 4: Felting basics and needle felting, history of felt and felting techniques, wool varieties and supplies used in feltmaking. Projects: Needle felted shapes and a small landscape or student's choice of design on wool. 
  • April 11: Traditional wet felting, prefelts and improve/perfect your wool layout technique. Projects: Floral sample with silk hankie, prefelts and silk paper for use in upcoming sessions. 
  • April 18: Seamless feltmaking - Learn the steps to create durable felt for felted accessories. 3D project: Design a small pouch with flap, decorate with prefelt and silk paper. 
  • April 25: The magic of nuno felting - a contemporary twist on the traditional art of feltmaking. Projects: Combine wool fibers and silk fabric for a small lightweight wall hanging or table mat. 
Supplies include: Bubble wrap, 2 ties, mesh, rolling tube, pattern/resist material. Wool roving (approximately 6 ounces), silk hankie, roving and threads, silk fabric for nuno session. Use of needle felting and wet felting tools during class.

Limit 12, Snyder Building - Tea Room

$199 member/$229 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


Ancient Japanese Natural Dying Technique: Shibori Indigo Napkins

125-04-27-19-01
Saturday, April 27
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
All supplies included

With the focus on the environment, try a sustainable option in the kitchen such as beautiful reusable cloth napkins. Before printing design on fabric was developed, the ancient Japanese used a resist technique called Shibori to bind certain areas of fabric so the dye wouldn't penetrate, leaving white designs on the colored fabric. This technique was usually done with indigo, the only truly blue plant dye. Begin with learning some of these shibori techniques then use the techniques of your choice on four white cotton dinner napkins. We will dip the prepared bundles (napkins with shibori preparation) into indigo dye, remove the resists and see the beautiful designs we have created! Small class size will ensure you have plenty of one-on-one attention from the instructor.

Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

$69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all suppliessupplies
register

 

Japanese Weaving - SAORI

Select a session
Saturday, April 27 (125-04-27-19)
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
OR
Saturday, July 20 (125-07-20-19-01)
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
All supplies will be provided to make and bring home a completed weaving

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. Optional supplies: bring any personal items you may wish to be woven into the work, such as handspun yarn, strips of fabric, feathers, or sticks

Limit 10, Snyder Building - Tea Room

Saturday, April 27
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
$89 member/$119 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register

Saturday, July 20 
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
$89 member/$119 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register 

Felted Flowers for Spring

125-05-04-19
Saturday, May 4
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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

Level
All levels
Supplies
All felting materials provided. Bring from home: 2-3 old hand towels, an old bath towel, apron (optional), plastic bag to carry home wet items, and a bag lunch

Discover the magic of several different styles of feltmaking! Create colorful felted flowers and leaves using soft wool fibers and a little soapy water. Add dyed silk for detail and a beautiful sheen. You can combine several blossoms on a spring wreath, make flowers with stems for a bouquet, pin your flowers to a hat or use them to adorn packages. If you would like your flowers to be attached to a wreath, please bring your own 14-inch or larger wreath. Note that lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home.

Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

$69 member/$99 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

Eco-Print Scarf - Wear the Arboretum

125-06-01-19-01
Saturday, June 1
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
All materials are included to make and bring home a natural hand dyed silk scarf

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 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-a kind gift from nature. This small class ensures one-on-one attention as you work through your project from start to finish.
Optional: Bring your own favorite leaves from home; see suggested list.

Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

$89 member/$10 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

Felted Vessels and Bowls for Fall

125-09-14-19
Saturday, September 14
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
Most materials included. Bring from home: 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel and a plastic bag to carry home wet items, bag lunch (optional)

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.

Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

$84 member/$109 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission
register


Make a Mug Rug: Intro to Rug Hooking!

125-09-28-19
Saturday, September 28
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Laurie Lausen, Founder of The Wooly Red Rug, has been designing and hooking rugs and other fiber arts since the 1970's

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
Some supplies included: linen, wool, rug hook and class notebook (value $25)
Bring from home: a 10", 12" or 14" Quilt Hoop, small scissors and pen/pencil
Optional: Quilt Hoops will be available to purchase in class for $20

Learn the early method of rug hooking using a simple hook to pull loops of wool fabric through a linen backing. Students will create a simple mini rug of their own design, perfect to use as a mug mat, coaster or trivet. These mug rugs are sure to be conversational items in your home and will fit into any decor! Inspired by "hygge," a Danish term defined as "a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being." Please Note: lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home (refrigeration is available)

Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$79 member/$99 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all listed supplies
register


  

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