Fiber Arts
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felted birds by Art instructor Laura Berlage

Needle Felting Series: Birds of the North (Online)

Laura Berlage, Fiber artist and in-demand instructor, Laura weaves classical art training with her fundamental need to create works that liberate the creative soul.

Level Beginner friendly, no previous experience necessary
Supplies Materials kit Included (materials value $25), shipped to you (shipping value $15)! Each kit contains enough materials to make two of each project and includes: Wool from Berlage's sheep, felting needles, a foam work pad, and any necessary beads, thread, kabob stick, pipe cleaner, or other accoutrements necessary for the project. The kit also includes a link and password to pre-recorded tutorials hosted on my studio website. You may want to watch prior to class, as a backup or review.
Supplies needed at home Scissors, stable work space with good lighting and a comfortable chair, ability to connect to Zoom

Needle felting is fun! You will be guided step-by-step through the process to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor's flock of sheep from her family's century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, Wisconsin into your very own adorable felted bird!
  • A complete materials kit will be mailed from the instructor's Wisconsin farm directly to the address you specify at checkout.
  • The included materials kit comes with enough wool to make two birds, so you can perfect your technique on the second one after class
  • Experience the magic of needle felting with tips to add to your growing skillset
  • Enjoy the process of creating a cute, wooly friend, fun to keep or give as a gift!
How it works
  • When you register, there will be a special question asking which address you want the materials kit mailed to. Enter this address carefully!
  • Registered participants will be emailed a link to join the class via Zoom, an online interactive platform hosted by Arboretum, which allows interaction, feedback and questions.
  • Arboretum Art Curator & Program Manager Wendy DePaolis will be facilitating this class live. For technical questions or assistance during class, contact Wendy at depao008@umn.edu or 952-334-4019.
  • You will receive a recording of the live class which is available for 90 days following the class.
Select a session
needle felted owl, Laura Berlage

Great Horned Owl: Birds of the North Needle Felting Series (Online)
Friday, August 13, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Registration deadline: July 30, 1 p.m.
Limit 12, Online via Zoom


$94 member/$114 non-member, includes materials kit mailed to your home address (materials value $25, shipping value $15, all included!)
needle felted loon, Laura Berlage

Loon: Birds of the North Needle Felting Series (Online)
Friday, September 24, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Registratiion deadline Sep 15, 1 p.m.
Limit 12, Online via Zoom

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens! Friday, September 24, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
$94 member/$114 non-member
, includes materials kit mailed to your home address (materials value $25, shipping value $15, all included!)

buckthorn colors and dyed yarn from invasive plants, credit Theresa Hornstein
HANDS-ON & IN-PERSON MAKE & TAKE

Hands-On Make & Take: Natural Dyes from Invasive Plants (In-Person at the Arb)

Saturday, August 21, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 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 (merino wool yarn, mordants and dye materials)

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
  • Review (4) common invasives, how to prepare them, and the impact of modifiers on the colors they produce.
  • Explore how to use these otherwise undesirable plants to create beautiful colors
  • Understand the use of modifiers and mordants
  • Discover several methods for obtaining colors: vat dye, contact dye, solar dyeing
  • There will be question and answer time included.
You will work hands-on in class to:
  • Prepare your own dyes from plants then dye your own yarn skeins
  • Understand and experiment how to do variegated skeins
  • Leave with a minimum of 8 different dyed skeins, approximately 30 yards each, to use in knitting, crocheting, weaving, or other projects.

Class format In-person hands-on "make & take" indoors at the Arboretum, includes a lunch break.

How it works You will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class up to 30 minutes prior to your class start. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum after class as long as you want during our operating hours. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Bring from home Bag lunch/snacks, plastic bags to bring home finished damp skeins

Limit 16, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center


Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens! $74 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

SAORI weaving students with the instructor

Contemporary Japanese Weaving: SAORI (In-Person)

Saturday, September 25, 9:00 a.m.- noon Learning Center
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
  • 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.

How it works You will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class up to 30 minutes prior to your class start. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum after class as long as you want during our operating hours. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 11, Learning Center

waitlist SOLD OUT. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens! Saturday, September 25, 9:00 a.m.- noon In-person at the Learning Center
$94 member/$124 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 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.

Karen Engelbretson, 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) to create TWO adorable birds

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.
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


Chickadee 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$89 member/$109 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies that will be waiting for you in class
   
Warbler 1:00-4:30 p.m.
$89 member/$109 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies that will be waiting for you in class

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


$89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 felted luminarias, by art instructor Leslie Granbeck

Felted Luminarias

Saturday, December 4, 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 16, in person at the Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House


$79 member/$94 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies ($20 value) which will be waiting for you in class.

circles table runner, by art instructor Leslie Granbeck

"Circles" Felted Table Runner

Saturday, February 5, 2022, 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 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.
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! 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 which will be waiting for you in class.
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