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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 loon, Laura Berlage

Loon: Birds of the North Needle Felting Series (Online)
Select a date
Friday, June 4, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Register by May 27, 1 p.m.)
Friday, September 24, 1:00-4:00 p.m.(Register by Sep 15, 1 p.m.)
Limit 12, Online via Zoom

WAITLIST
Friday, June 4, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Register by May 27, 1 p.m.) SOLD OUT. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!  $94 member/$114 non-member, includes materials kit mailed to your home address (materials value $25, shipping value $15, all included!)
Register 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!)
needle felted hummingbird, Laura Berlage

Ruby Throated Hummingbird: Birds of the North Needle Felting Series (Online)
Friday, July 16, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Registration deadline: July 1, 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 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!)

 buckthorn colors and dyed yarn from invasive plants, credit Theresa Hornstein
ONLINE DEMONSTRATION

Demonstration-Only: Natural Dyes from Invasive Plants (Online)

Saturday, July 17, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Theresa Hornstein, A natural dyer and fiber artist and instructor for over 30 years

Level All levels
Supplies Supplies are not included in this online demo class. You will be given a comprehensive supply list if you would like to collect everything you need to dye on your own after class.

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.

Class format Live online demonstration via zoom. This class will be demonstration-only, like a TV cooking show. The instructor will demonstrate techniques then will "fast-forward" in time and show the finished products of those plants or techniques. You will learn and understand the processes, but will not be able to follow along in real time.

How it works 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.

Limit 18, online via Zoom


$49 member/$69 non-member, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


 SAORI weaving students with the instructor

Contemporary Japanese Weaving: SAORI (In-Person)

Select a session
Tuesday, July 27, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Bee Center
Tuesday, July 27, 2:00 -5:00 p.m.Bee Center
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, July 27: Bee Center, McVay Learning Lab; September 25, Learning Center

waitlist
SOLD OUT. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
Tuesday, July 27, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
 In-person at the Bee Center
$94 member/$124 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Tuesday, July 27, 2:00-5:00 p.m. In-person at the Bee Center
$94 member/$124 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

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


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


$74 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 
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