Most Arboretum Adult Classes & Programs Canceled through July 31

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Programs that remain on this page are still open for registration!

Fiber Arts
Classes & Workshops


 

Contemporary Japanese Weaving - SAORI

Choose one:
Saturday, September 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
OR
Saturday, November 7, 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

register
Saturday, September 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  
$94 member/$124 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Snyder Building - Tea Room
register Saturday, November 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 
$94 member/$124 non-member
,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

 

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

 

Make a Mug Rug: Intro to Rug Hooking!

Saturday, October 17, 2020
9 a.m.-3 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
No experience necessary

Supplies
Some supplies included: linen, wool, rug hook and class notebook (value $25). See price options below for quilt hoop.

Rug hooking is both an art and a craft where rugs are made by pulling loops of yarn or fabric through a stiff woven base using a crochet-type hook. The technique of hooking woolen loops through a base fabric was used by the Vikings, whose families probably brought it to Scotland. This work is Inspired by "hygge," a Danish term defined as "a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being." In this class you will:
  • Learn the history of rug hooking
  • Understand design and transfer methods
  • Create a simple mini rug (6"- 7" in diameter) of your own design
You'll be able to use your newfound skills to continue this art form throughout the cold Minnesota winter with materials from home!

Note:Lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home (refrigeration is available)
Bring from home: small scissors, pen/pencil, a 10", 12" or 14" Quilt Hoop (or select quilt hoop included price optionbelow)

Limit 15, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place


register
Bring-Your-Own Quilt Hoop
$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and supplies except quilt hoop
Quilt Hoop Included
$99 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies including quilt hoop

 

Learn Wool Applique: Make a Nature Inspired Journal Cover

Saturday, October 24, 2020
9 a.m.- 3 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:
  • Nature Sketchbooks with Pam Luer, October 20, 2020
  • Drawing with Pastels: Crow December 10, 2020
  • Arboretum Inspired Beginning Drawing, January 16, February 13, March 13, 2021
  • Nature Sketchbooks 2-sessions with Pam Luer, February 18 & February 25, 2021
Limit 16, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

register
$74 member/$94 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies waiting for you in class.

 

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

 

Ancient Japanese Natural Dyeing Technique: Shibori Indigo Table Runner/Wall Hanging


Saturday, December 5, 2020
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 thick cotton duck
  • 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 which will be waiting for you in class.

 

"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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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.

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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.


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