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Fiber Arts
Classes & Workshops


 

Contemporary Japanese Weaving - SAORI

Choose a session
Saturday, November 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. MORNING
OR
Saturday, November 7, 2-5 p.m. AFTERNOON

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.

Please click to review these safety protocols for attending this in-person program at the Arboretum.

Limit 10

register This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
Saturday, November 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. MORNING

$94 member/$124 non-member
,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

REGISTER Saturday, November 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. AFTERNOON
$94 member/$124 non-member
,
 includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

 

Felted Luminarias

Saturday, November 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 All levels: No experience necessary
Supplies: All fibers and materials included for 2 luminarias ($20 value)

Add a warm glow to any room with pretty, felted luminarias. The perfect accent for the mantle, dinner table, or any spot that needs a little soft illumination. These make lovely gifts as well!
  • Learn and practice traditional wet felting techniques
  • Assemble your luminaria using wool and a little soapy water
  • Add texture and other design embellishments
  • Use a variety of natural materials from plants like rose stems and bamboo
Bring from Home: Bag lunch, 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, Scissors, plastic bag to carry home wet items, apron (optional)

Limit 15, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

register
$79 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

"Circles" Felted Table Runner

Saturday, February 20, 2021
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)

Inspired by vintage penny rugs and the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky, this design looks great in any home, office or cabin! Learn the magic of wet feltmaking to create a work of art for your table or wall.
  • Design a colorful runner or wall hanging from wool fibers and a little soapy water
  • No knitting or sewing required
  • 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 - Honey House

register
$89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you in class.

 

Wool Sculpture: Needle Felted Birds

Saturday, March 6
Select a session or choose both!
Chickadee 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Warbler 1-4:30 p.m.

Karen Englebretson, A fiber artist and instructor with a lifelong passion for birds in their habitat

Level: Some needle felting experience helpful, but not necessary
Supplies: All supplies included (value $35)

Learn the craft of needle felting as you create a beautiful three-dimensional chickadee and/or warbler from corriedale wool and merino prefelt. Small class size allows for ample time for practice and one-on-one guidance from the instructor.
  • Watch demonstrations to learn how to create form and build density
  • Practice shaping and attaching head and tail
  • Apply characteristics using merino prefelt
  • Finish the eyes and mount to hang
  • Go home with supplies, knowledge and confidence to make a second bird on your own!
The boxed supply kit ($35 value) will contain all materials to make two birds, one in class and one in your own: Corriedale wool roving, merino prefelt, merino roving. Thread, glass beads for eyes, materials for mounting as an ornament, Foam block, Triangle needle felting needles, wooden needle holder, beading needle, cotton darner, written instruction booklet and resources list

Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

register

Chickadee 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you in class.

register

Warbler 1-4:30 p.m.
$89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you in class.


 

Eco-Print Scarf: Wear the Arboretum

Saturday, March 20, 2021
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

Learn how to imprint foliage, leaving a permanent imprint 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
  • 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 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab and Tree Place

register
$89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you in class.

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