Fiber Arts
Classes & Workshops


 Felted birds by art instructor Karen Engelbretson

Needle Felted Birds: Sculpting with Wool

Saturday, October 23, 2021
Select a session or choose both!
Chickadee 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Warbler 1:00-4:30 p.m.

These sessions have been canceled. Registered participants will be notified and refunded.


Eco print scarf by art instructor Jean Manrique

Eco-Print Scarf - Wear the Arboretum

Saturday, November 20, 2021, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 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.

Note that food is not available at the Learning Center; you are welcome to bring your own beverages and/or snacks. This small class ensures one-on-one attention as you work through your project from start to finish. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 12, in person at the Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens! $89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 felted luminarias, by art instructor Leslie Granbeck

Felted Luminarias

Select a session
Saturday, December 4, 2021, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 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/snacks/beverages, 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, Scissors, plastic bag to carry home wet items, apron (optional)

Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 12, in person at the Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House


Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
Saturday, December 4, 2021, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
$79 member/$94 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies ($20 value) which will be waiting for you in class. Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House

JUST ADDED! Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
$79 member/$94 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies ($20 value) which will be waiting for you in class. Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

circles table runner, by art instructor Leslie Granbeck

"Circles" Felted Table Runner

Saturday, February 5, 2022, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 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, but some physical stamina needed for felting classes
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, for your table or wall!
  • Learn and practice the magic of wet feltmaking
  • Design a colorful runner or wall hanging from wool fibers and a little soapy water
  • No knitting or sewing required

Bring from home: Bag lunch/snacks/beverages, scissors, 2-3 old hand towels, 1 old bath towel and a plastic bag to carry home wet items, apron (optional)

Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.
Limit 14, in person at the Learning Center - Garden Lab


$89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies ($30 value) which will be waiting for you in class.

Cfreative Aging Japanese textiles series

Creative Aging for Ages 60+: Japanese Textile Immersion 6-Week Series

(6) Thursdays 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: March 10, March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14, 2022

Chiaki O'Brien, Renowned textile artist/teacher for over 17 years, and Jerome Fiber artist grant recipient who learned the SAORI artform directly from the founder and then brought it to the United States. Watch an interview with the artist

Specially designed for ages 60 and over, this fun 6-week series will introduce you and fellow students (and soon-to-be friends) to explore the world of Japanese textile art and culture! No experience is necessary...in fact, no experience is preferred, and allsupplies are included! Learn about the rich history of Japanese textile in art, then delve into four art forms which originated in Japan.
$199 member/$249 non-member

Learn more & register at

Creative Aging Classes


 felted vessels, by art instructor Leslie Granbeck

Felted Vessels and Bowls for Spring

Saturday, March 19, 2022, 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

Level No experience necessary, but some physical stamina needed for felting classes.
Supplies Most materials included (value $25).
Bring from home: scissors, 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! 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.
Notes:
  • You'll be working with water, so dress for mess.
  • Food is not available at the Learning Center; you are welcome to bring your own bag lunch, beverages and/or snacks.
  • Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 14, in person at the Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab


$84 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all listed materials (value $25) which will be waiting for you in class.
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