Jewelry & Wearable Art
Classes & Workshops

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


 

Felted Silk Winter Scarf

125-02-01-20
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, www.fiberenvy.net

Level 
No experience necessary 
Supplies 
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
waitlist
Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
$79 member/$99 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

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

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
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
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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

 

Contemporary Artwork To Wear: Make a Nuno Felted Scarf

Saturday, April 18
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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

Level
All levels; Some physical stamina required

Supplies
Felting supplies included ($30 raw material value), see "Bring from Home," below
Bring from home
2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel and a plastic bag to carry home wet items, bag lunch, apron (optional)

Embellish a beautifully dyed silk scarf with soft wool fibers and to wear year around or give as a gift. Without knitting or sewing, you'll create a supple scarf that looks like a work of art - a stunning addition to any wardrobe!
  • Learn "Nuno Felting," a contemporary technique that combines silk fabric and soft wool fibers
  • Embed your scarf with soft, deautifully dyed merino wool fibers
  • Create your own design, from floral to geometric to abstract
  • Witness the magic of the "Nuno" process with no harsh chemicals, just soap and water
Bring lunch, beverages and/or snacks you may need (the Bee Center does not have food/beverage for purchase)

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

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$89 member/$104 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 

Jewelry Making: Tree of Life in Copper or Silver

Saturday, June 13
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry

Level
All Levels

Supplies
All supplies and tools provided

The Tree of Life symbolizes personal growth, strength, and beauty. Create your own tree from silver or copper metal clay.  Pieces are made using your choice of Art Clay Copper or Silver which becomes pure metal once fired. Use your finished design to create your own pendant, charm or earrings. 

  • Explore and learn about the tools and materials (provided) 
  • Watch step-by-step demonstrations to learn the proper techniques 
  • Choose from different tree designs to create a pendant, charm, or earrings.

Pieces will be fired off-site and available 1 week after class in the Arboretum gift shop or mailed to your home for a $5 shipping charge. Add these jewelry pieces to your personal collection or give as a gift.

Limit 16, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

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Copper
$69 member/$84 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Silver
$89 member/$104 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Metal stamped necklace class, Sarah Bober 

Jewelry Making: Metal Stamping

Saturday, June 13
2-5 p.m.

Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry

Level
All Levels

Supplies
All supplies and tools provided to make several pieces

This fun, hands-on workshop will introduce you to metal stamping, an easy way to make custom jewelry and accessories!
  • Learn about metalworking tools and materials (provided)
  • Choose from a variety of stamping blanks
  • Learn how to stamp, oxidize, and finish your jewelry for wearing 
  • Stamp out meaningful designs, names, dates, or inspiring sentiments
  • Create your choice of necklaces, earrings or charms.
You will leave with multiple pieces ready to wear or give as gifts!

Limit 16, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

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$59 member/$74 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies



Contemporary Japanese Weaving - SAORI

Select a session
Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, September 26, 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, Snyder Building - Tea Room

register

Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
$94 member/$124 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

register
Saturday, September 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
$94 member/$124 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



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