Fiber Arts
Classes & Workshops

Create & Take Art Experience

Saturday, December 14, 2019
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

No experience required 
All supplies included to complete 2 projects
Join our most popular Arboretum instructors for a day of create-and-take art, perfect for treating yourself or giving as gifts! Custom-select your perfect day with your choice of 2 projects listed below. 
Each project lasts 2 hours; 30 minutes for lunch.

Bengala Dyed Scarf 
Chiaki O'Brien, awarded the Jerome fiber artist grant in 2013 to study the Bengala process in Japan. She is the only person in Minnesota teaching this technique.
Bengala is a natural Japanese dye made from soil, ‘environmentally safe' and fun to use! All materials are included as well as a dozen of dye colors and tools to play with.
  • Learn about the history and cultural significance bengala
  • Pre-fix the material by kneading
  • Create the scarf's patterns by knotting, folding and tie-dyeing
  • Open the dyed bundle to see your finished scarf
The final reveal of your completed scarf is the most fun--you'll feel like you are opening an unexpected present!
NOTE: this dye has natural rubber latex in it, so this is not a good class for people who have latex allergy. 

Felted Ball Bracelet 
Jean Manrique, instructor with a passion for transforming natural materials into clothing & jewelry
Make a fun, colorful and unique bracelet out of wool fibers for yourself or as a gift! Receive detailed instructions and guidance while allowing lots of room for creativity!
  • Learn & practice wet-felting
  • Use your skills to create a beautiful set of felted balls
  • String the balls together with elastic string to make a bracelet
Once you learn this technique, you'll be able to use your skills to make necklaces, earrings, cat toys, stress balls, dryer balls and more. This will be your "go to" accent piece all winter long. 

Nature Notecards
Ann Solyst, professional artist and illustrator 
Have you ever just wanted to relax and let your artistic impulses emerge? This is the session for you. Learn the basics of watercolor, acrylic and colored pencil in this fun, relaxed card making workshop. 
  • Receive instruction on mixing colors, composition and design
  • Explore properties of each medium: watercolor, acrylic paint and colored pencil
  • Create several designs with inspiration and guidance from instructor
  • Complete your own assortment of notecards & matching envelopes and/or gift tags
There will be a 30 minute lunch break. Bring a lunch from home, plan to purchase in the Arboretum Cafe, or pre-order an Optional Box Lunch (add $14)
Optional Box Lunch (add $14)
Served with potato chips, Craveworthy Cookies® and beverage, you will have your choice of sandwiches (select your preference at registration) Thai Beef Wrap; Mozzarella, Red Pepper, Balsamic & kale ciabatta; Turkey, feta, spinach & sundried tomato ciabatta

Limit 60, Check-in at Snyder Building- Fireplace Room (2nd floor)

$69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 


Felted Silk Winter Scarf

Saturday, February 1, 2020
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure,

No experience necessary
All fibers and materials included ($30 value)
Need something to spark up your wardrobe or a fabulous artistic gift? Create a beautifully textured winter scarf!
  • Create your unique scarf using hand dyed silk and soft merino wool
  • Add a variety of natural ingredients for bold or refined textures
  • Combine several surface design techniques to complete your piece!
Note that 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
1 spot left
$79 member/$99 non-member, 
includes Arboretum admission

Felted Vessels & Bowls for Spring

Saturday, March 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,

No experience necessary
All supplies included: Merino wool in a variety of colors from bright to natural, tools & supplies ($25 value)
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.
Note that some physical stamina needed for felting classes.
Bring from home:
Bag lunch/snacks, 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, plastic bag to carry home wet items, dress for mess, apron (optional).

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House

$79 member/$109 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Contemporary Japanese Weaving - SAORI

Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (125-03-14-20)
Chiaki O'Brien, SAORI Certified Instructor; former instructor at SAORI head office in Japan

No experience necessary 
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
Bring from home
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.

Limit 10, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

$89 member/$119 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

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