Fiber Arts
Classes & Workshops


 

Felted Silk Winter Scarf

125-02-01-20
Saturday, February 1, 2020
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
All fibers and materials included ($30 value)
Need something to spark up your wardrobe or a fabulous artistic gift? Create a beautifully textured winter scarf!
  • Create your unique scarf using hand dyed silk and soft merino wool
  • Add a variety of natural ingredients for bold or refined textures
  • Combine several surface design techniques to complete your piece!
Note that some physical stamina needed for felting classes.
Bring from home
Bag lunch/snacks, scissors, 2-3 old hand towels, 1 old bath towel and a plastic bag to carry home wet items, apron (optional)

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center
register
Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
$79 member/$99 non-member, 
includes Arboretum admission

Felted Vessels & Bowls for Spring

125-03-14-20-01
Saturday, March 14, 2020
10 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

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
All supplies included: Merino wool in a variety of colors from bright to natural, tools & supplies ($25 value)
Learn the fascinating art of seamless feltmaking! As one of the most versatile textiles, this soft material provides a wonderful means of artistic expression. It is malleable, durable and can transform to be manipulated into all sorts of shapes. Felt your own vessel to hold flowers, chocolates, trinkets or to simply brighten up any shelf.
  • Use fine merino wool and a variety of decorative fibers
  • Learn to "sculpt" your vessel into any shape from organic to contemporary
  • Make the vessel reversible - two for the price of one!
Experience the magic as you leave with your organic three dimensional felt artwork to keep or give as a gift.
Note that some physical stamina needed for felting classes.
Bring from home:
Bag lunch/snacks, 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, plastic bag to carry home wet items, dress for mess, apron (optional).

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House
register
$79 member/$109 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Contemporary Japanese Weaving - SAORI

Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (125-03-14-20)
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. 
  • Use a simple foot powered loom, perfect for beginners!
  • Break free of rules and regulations employed in traditional weaving
  • There are no mistakes in this style of weaving
  • As you create, opportunities, discoveries, and techniques are shared with the group
  • Complete your own unique textile, perhaps a scarf, table runner or wall hanging
Bring from home
Feel free to 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, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
register
Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

$89 member/$119 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 

Contemporary Artwork To Wear: Make a Nuno Felted Scarf

Saturday, April 18
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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

Level
All levels; Some physical stamina required

Supplies
Felting supplies included ($30 raw material value), see "Bring from Home," below
Bring from home
2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel and a plastic bag to carry home wet items, bag lunch, apron (optional)

Embellish a beautifully dyed silk scarf with soft wool fibers and to wear year around or give as a gift. Without knitting or sewing, you'll create a supple scarf that looks like a work of art - a stunning addition to any wardrobe!
  • Learn "Nuno Felting," a contemporary technique that combines silk fabric and soft wool fibers
  • Embed your scarf with soft, beautifully dyed merino wool fibers
  • Create your own design, from floral to geometric to abstract
  • Witness the magic of the "Nuno" process with no harsh chemicals, just soap and water
Bring lunch, beverages and/or snacks you may need (the Bee Center does not have food/beverage for purchase)

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House

register
$89 member/$104 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Japanese Shibori Indigo Natural Dyeing: Table Runner/Wall Hanging

Saturday, May 2
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 required

Supplies
All supplies included

Before fabric printing 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.
  • Learn Shibori techniques and methods
  • Create various designs on your choice of thick cotton duck or raw silk
  • Dip prepared cloth into indigo dye, remove the resists, and see your beautiful design!
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

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

 

Wool Applique Journal Cover

Saturday, May 16
10 a.m.-1 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
All levels. Previous hand stitching is helpful but not required

Supplies
All supplies included ($35 value)

Creative inspiration is more likely to strike when your journal is a thing of beauty! Design and stitch a journal cover that reflects your creativity and encourages your muse, or just makes your daily list-making more enjoyable.
  • Choose from a colorful selection of provided threads and wool fabrics
  • Use templates provided or draw freehand to create your composition
  • Embellish with a variety of basic and more decorative stitches
  • All supplies are included: hardbound journal, all materials, threads, directions and stitch diagrams
Take home a personalized journal cover to inspire your future writing adventures
Consider these additional classes for ideas and inspirations to fill your journal:
  • PoeTree: Poetry Workshop on the Intersection of Art & Nature, August 22
  • Nature Sketchbooks with Pam Luer, June 6 or August 8
  • Arboretum Inspired Beginning Drawing, March 21, April 4, May 16 and/or June 20 p.m.
Limit 15, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

register
$79 member/$94 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Contemporary Japanese Weaving - SAORI

Select a session
Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, September 26, 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. Feel free to bring any personal items you may wish to be woven into the work, such as handspun yarn, strips of fabric, feathers, or sticks.

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.
  • Use a simple foot powered loom, perfect for beginners!
  • Break free of rules and regulations employed in traditional weaving
  • There are no mistakes in this style of weaving
  • As you create, opportunities, discoveries, and techniques are shared with the group
  • Complete your own unique 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.

Limit 10, Snyder Building - Tea Room

register
Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
$94 member/$124 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register
Saturday, September 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
$94 member/$124 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 

Dye-Your-Own Yarn: Natural Dyes from Invasive Plants

Saturday, September 19
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Theresa Hornstein, A natural dyer and fiber artist and instructor for over 30 years

Level
All levels

Supplies

All supplies included to dye and take home 8 small skeins of yarn

Many of the plants we now consider invasive species were brought to this country for a purpose. This workshop explores several invasive plants that can be used as natural dyes with no guilt (and a sense of accomplishment!) about peeling off the bark or pulling up the whole plant to make these dye baths!
  • Learn plant identification and a bit of natural history about invasive plants
  • Explore how to use these otherwise undesirable plants to create beautiful colors
  • Experiment with the use of modifiers and mordants
  • Discover several methods for obtaining colors
  • Prepare your own dyes from plants then dye your own yarn skeins
  • Understand and experiment how to do variegated skeins
  • Supplies included: merino wool yarn, mordants and dye materials
Leave with a minimum of 8 different dyed skeins, approximately 30 yards each, to use in knitting, crocheting, weaving, or other projects.
Bring from home
Bag lunch/snacks, and a couple plastic bags to bring home finished skeins of yarn that may still be damp from the dye.

Limit 16, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

register
$69 member/$84 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 

Eco-Print Scarf: Wear the Arboretum

Saturday, October 10
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. Optional: Bring your favorite leaves from home if you like.
See suggested leaf list

Learn how to impress foliage, leaving the colors and shapes of the plant material intact on the silk scarf. Explore the chemistry of the plants and learn sustainable methods of harvesting materials for this art form. This process requires no external dyes, inks or paints.
  • Understand the history, process and outcomes of eco-printing
  • Select your custom combination of foliage, including options from the Arboretum, the instructor, or from your own plants
  • Create your design using elements of composition, shape, and color
  • Bundle and steam to extract pigment
  • Unroll your piece to reveal a one-of-a kind gift from nature!
After a final wash and iron you'll have a beautiful scarf to wear or give as a gift.
This small class ensures one-on-one attention as you work through your project from start to finish.

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

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


Classes Catalog

View online
Adult Fall/Winter 2019/2020

Request a catalog in the mail
Catalog request form

Email Subscriptions
Subscribe here
Opt-in to your choice of Arboretum Education email alerts



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


Helpful Info

Cancellations & Exchanges
Cancellation policy

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.

Waitlist
The best chance of being enrolled in a sold out class is to add your name to the waitlist. Click the orange "waitlist" button and complete the form, 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.


Program Quick Links

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

YOUTH & FAMILIES
Family Programs
       PeaPods for Preschoolers ages 3-5 w/adult
       TogetherTime ages 5-12 w/adult
 
      Homeschool Days

Summer Youth Programs
       Groups/Summer Field Trips
       Ages 5-11 Weekly Children's Garden
       Ages 12-15 Counselor-in-Training
       Ages 5-14 Summer Day Camps
       Day Camp Calendar List
       Day Camp Alphabetical List

ADULTS
Gardening & Horticulture Classes
FEATUREDGet Growing: Garden Workshop Day
FEATUREDGarden-to-Plate Workshop Day
      
Gardening - General
     
Houseplants
      Edible Gardening
      Landscape & Design
     
Floral & Botanical Crafts
     Schoolyard Gardens Conference
Pollinators
       Pollinators - Misc
       Special Access Experiences
Fine Art & Crafts Classes

       
Painting & Drawing

       Mixed Media
       Floral & Botanical Crafts
       Jewelry & Wearable Art
       Fiber Arts
       Stone Balancing & Sculpture
       Open Art Studio
       Willow Furniture
Photography Classes
       Photography
       Special Access Experiences
Food & Wine Classes
       Dine with a Chef
       Cooking Classes
       Wine
       Edible Gardening
       Garden-to-Plate Workshop Day
Home, Health & Beauty

       Book Club & Literature
       Healthy Living
       Mindfulness
       Shinrin-yoku
Nature Appreciation
FEATUREDArboretum & Audubon: Bird Day
       Birds
       Trees
       Signature Guided Walks
       Shinrin-yoku
Nature-Based Therapeutics
       
Mindfulness
       Shinrin-yoku


Bios
       Instructors
       Arboretum Staff
       Education Department Statistics


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.