Many Arboretum Adult Classes & Programs Postponed or Canceled

Please check the COVID-19 Arb Classes Updates Webpage for the latest updates.

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

Jewelry & Wearable Art
Classes & Workshops

Wear your love of nature! Create beautiful wearable art inspired by the Arboretum, and using natural materials!

Contemporary Japanese Weaving - SAORI

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Saturday, November 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. MORNING
Saturday, November 7, 2-5 p.m. AFTERNOON

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. 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.

Please click to review these safety protocols for attending this in-person program at the Arboretum.

Limit 10

register This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
Saturday, November 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. MORNING

$94 member/$124 non-member
 includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

REGISTER Saturday, November 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. AFTERNOON
$94 member/$124 non-member
 includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place


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

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