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  • A Tote Around Town • September 15

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    Saturday, September 15, 10 am-4 pm

    Debbie Johnson

    This basket is highly functional and something you will be able to use every day! If you have never made a basket before, this is an excellent opportunity to give basket weaving a try. All weaving levels are welcome! You will learn about weaving with reed, how to weave a solid base, plain weaving technique, working with dyed reed, and shaping and lashing a basket rim. You will also choose the length of the handles to best fit you and your needs. Color choices will be provided the day of class. Materials fee $35, payable to the instructor. **See supply list of items you need to bring with you to class**

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    Instructor Bio:

    Debbie’s greatest passion is passing on the tradition of basket weaving through teaching. She was a founding member of the North Shore Basket Guild (Duluth, MN) in 1999 and began teaching in 2002. Johnson continues to hone her skills, exploring natural weaving materials and participating in conference workshops. She is currently president of the Minnesota Basket Weavers Guild and served as co-curator of their 20th Anniversary exhibition at Textile Center in 2018.

    $94.50

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  • Get Started: Suminagashi on Fabric • September 15

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    Saturday, September 15, 11 am-1 pm

    Sandra Brick

    Make a marbled maze of color on fabric by learning the basics of suminagashi, “floating ink”–the Japanese art of marbling. Instead of working on the traditional paper medium, you will make samples and small works on cotton fabric. Use these vibrant and colorful fabrics to add to art quilts, make fiber art jewelry, affix to stationery, and more. Bring your creative side along with a paper and pencil for taking notes.

    Instructor Bio:
    Sandra Brick is a trainer, coach, and educator with over 21 years of experience with the Textile Center both as an instructor and former Board member. She has designed and developed 35+ workshops and courses in a diverse range of workshop topics such as fabric dyeing, design theory, beading, creative problem solving, and technology workshops for artists. Brick’s explorations in new materials and techniques have inspired her innovative body of work in surface design, stitching and mixed media, which has been widely exhibited.     texturedelements.com

     

    $40.50

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  • My Brilliant Bracelet • September 15

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    Saturday, September 15, 10 am-1 pm

    Janet Groenert

    It’s not just any ordinary bracelet. This bracelet will add a twinkle of lights to your wrist! Learn how to incorporate a micro-controller the size of a quarter and a power source inside a bracelet, using a sewable pre-programmed microcontroller to add twinkling LED lights to your project. Techniques learned in this workshop can be incorporated into other fiber art forms such as felting, weaving, knitting, and sewing. Materials fee $20, payable to the instructor. Bring paper and a pencil for taking notes. If you enjoy making the bracelet, consider signing up for My Brilliant Beret as a follow-up workshop to learn more about incorporating circuits into your textiles.

    $48.60

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  • Design and Color Theory • September 17

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    Monday, September 17, 6-9 pm

    Sandra Brick

    Does color come first or design? Just like the chicken and egg conundrum – there is not a simple answer, just experience. Learn how color and design work together to form a unified whole. Experiment with the components and principles of design including balance, contrast, pattern, rhythm, and line to see how color effects design elements and how design elements can play off and with color. Materials fee $10, payable to the instructor. **See supply list for items to bring with you to class**

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    Instructor Bio:

    Sandra Brick is a trainer, coach, and educator with over 21 years of experience with the Textile Center both as an instructor and former Board member. She has designed and developed 35+ workshops and courses in a diverse range of workshop topics such as fabric dyeing, design theory, beading, creative problem solving, and technology workshops for artists. Brick’s explorations in new materials and techniques have inspired her innovative body of work in surface design, stitching and mixed media, which has been widely exhibited.     texturedelements.com

     

    $48.60

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  • Beginning Bobbin Lace • September 19-October 24

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    Wednesdays, September 19-October 24, 6:30-8:30 pm

    Anne Stephan

    Bobbin lace is an intricate technique used to make delicate openwork fabrics by crossing and twisting threads in various sequences. Get to know the tools, materials and process, and take the steps to create your own bobbin lace samples. Learn the basic stitches found in all types of bobbin lace and how to read patterns so that you can continue to practice the fiber art form. Students will be able to complete two to three projects by the end of the class series. There will be homework between classes. Materials fee $60, payable to the instructor. $35 of the materials will be refunded upon return of bobbins, pillow, and tools. Download supply list.

    Instructor Bio:

    Anne began her work in textiles when her mother taught her to crochet at age 10. In 2000, she learned to tat from the Minnesota Lace Society and later joined the guild. She was introduced to bobbin lace, and a year later joined the International Organization of Lace. Since then, Stephan has been both student and teacher, taking and teaching classes in bobbin lace and other lace techniques, and working with both youth and adults in preserving and innovating her craft.

    $189.00

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  • Get Started: Chain Stitch • September 19

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    Wednesday, September 19, 10 am-12 pm

    Susan Leschke

    Discover how the chain stitch is versatile, with many variations for experimentation and numerous ways to use it in your stitched work. In this class you’ll learn two ways to execute the stitch, use it for outlines and filling, and try out several variations. It is a basic stitch you don’t want to be without in your stitch vocabulary! Materials fee $5, payable to the instructor. **See supply list of items you need to bring with you to class**

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    Instructor Bio:

    Throughout her life, Susan Leschke has always had some sort of sewing or needlework project going. During her studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, she began to work in embroidery. Process, material, and design influence her, along with the mystery of creating and trusting it will all come together in the end. Leschke teaches classes in surface embroidery, from the basics to more complex stumpwork projects, where meeting and forming relationships with students and watching their skills and ideas grow brings her joy.     threadsofinspiration.net

    $40.50

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  • Get Started: Satin Stitch • September 19

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    Wednesday, September 19, 1-3 pm

    Susan Leschke

    Satin stitch can be a little tricky, but it is essential to have in your stitching repertoire. In this class you’ll learn tips and techniques for achieving a smooth surface, stitch circles and dots, and work on a curve. You’ll also try some variations of the basic stitch. Materials fee $5, payable to the instructor. **See supply list of items you need to bring with you to class**

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    Instructor Bio:

    Throughout her life, Susan Leschke has always had some sort of sewing or needlework project going. During her studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, she began to work in embroidery. Process, material, and design influence her, along with the mystery of creating and trusting it will all come together in the end. Leschke teaches classes in surface embroidery, from the basics to more complex stumpwork projects, where meeting and forming relationships with students and watching their skills and ideas grow bring her joy.     threadsofinspiration.net

    $40.50

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  • From Plant to Print • September 20

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    Thursday, September 20, 10 am-3 pm

    Carole Hallman

    Use your own harvest from Textile Center’s Garden to Dye For to develop core skills to achieve clear eco prints on your textiles. Get tips on what plants to look for, and learn about choosing fabric, wrapping, and binding. Students will layout plants on silk, wrap, and place in pots. Discuss the process, techniques, and safety while your work is steaming to set the dyes. Then, unwrap and discover your amazing prints. Plants will be provided in addition to what is harvested in class. Materials fee $20, payable to the instructor. Bring a pencil and paper for taking notes.

    Instructor Bio:
    Carole Hallman has been dyeing for over 10 years. She enjoys exploring different dyeing techniques including eco printing, shibori, ice dyeing, and deconstructed screen printing. She is continually excited by the gifts she receives as she unfolds, unbinds, or pulls fabric out of dye baths. She is a member of Wearable Arts Midwest and Minnesota Feltmakers Guild, in addition to being a member of the Textile Center for 10 years. Hallman has also maintained a massage therapy practice since 1979.

    $76.50

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  • Quick Zippy Bag • September 20

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    Thursday, September 20, 1-4 pm

    Rose Allen

    Learn fundamental sewing techniques by creating an 8” by 10” lined zipper bag. You will be guided through the process of cutting your fabric, preparing and installing a zipper, and sewing a lined bag. These small bags are a great way to play with scraps, keep little things organized, and make wonderful gifts. Students will receive illustrated instructions so they can make more bags on their own. Most students will complete the bag in class. Materials fee $5, payable to the instructor. **See supply list of items you need to bring with you to class**

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    Instructor Bio:

    Rose Allen is an avid quilter who has been teaching classes in quilting and other fiber arts for many years. Her teaching experience goes back through her long career as an Extension Educator for the University of Minnesota. Allen is currently co-president of Minnesota Quilters and has served in the past as president of Minnesota Contemporary Quilters. Teaching beginning quilters is her greatest joy.

    $48.60

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  • Felted Vessels • September 21

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    Friday, September 21, 11 am-4 pm

    Robbin Firth

    Give your vessels even more dimension by adding cracks, fissures, and splits in the wool surface. Learn how to use resists and multiple layers of wool roving to achieve this uniquely bold look. This is a great introduction to exploring how to felt a dimensional vessel and provides an opportunity to learn a fast way of felting using the Palm Washboard. Materials fee $30, payable to the instructor. **See supply list of items you need to bring with you to class**

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    Instructor Bio:

    Robbin Firth is an acclaimed fiber artist and educator, celebrated internationally for her original collection of fine felt, dyed wearables, and decorative fiber art. She regularly teaches workshops in felting and dyeing at Textile Center. Robbin and her husband Harry Firth, a wood artist, are the wife and husband team of HeartFelt Silks, a retail and teaching space located in Hudson, Wisconsin adjacent to Seasons on St. Croix Gallery. They are the inventors of the unique hand-crafted patent pending Palm Washboard felt making tools.     heartfeltsilks.com

    $76.50

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  • Fez Embroidery: A Quick Trip to Morocco • September 25

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    Tuesday, September 25, 10 am-1 pm

    Karen Weiberg

    Fez embroidery is a unique technique, as the front and back of a piece are identical, and no thread carries. Using a small Fez motif as your pattern, we will stitch on evenweave fabric. While stitching, students will discuss the history and influence of Fez embroidery, including contemporary textiles. Learn two basic stitches to complete the motif, and learn how to finish the piece. If time allows, we will begin a border stitch. Once you are finished, you can make your piece into a sachet bag, ornament, or frame it. Materials fee $5, payable to the instructor. **See supply list of items you need to bring with you to class**

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    Instructor Bio:

    Karen Weiberg began sewing and embroidering at age 7, exploring needle arts and textiles through 4-H. Discovering counted thread embroidery on linen fulfilled the need for her stitches to be exactly the same length (she is over that now!). As an instructor, designer, fabric store manager and former yarn shop owner, Weiberg taught and helped customers with every kind of needlework for over 25 years. She continues to enrich her textile discoveries with classes and travel and was fortunate to have an excellent teacher share the needle art of Fez embroidery during the Textile Center tour to Morocco. She is a member of the Textile Center, our Athena Society, a library volunteer, and a member of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota.

    $48.60

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  • Modern Tapestry Weaving • September 27

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    Thursday, September 27, 6-9 pm

    Mandi Smethells

    Whether you are looking for a basic introduction to weaving on a frame loom, or you want to experiment with a creative modern tapestry, you’ve found the right workshop. Get familiar with the tools, gain experience warping the loom, and try basic weaving. Techniques covered will include plain weave, basic shapes, rya knots, creating pile with rya loops, and finishing details. We will also discuss finishing your piece and getting it ready to hang. Materials fee $12, payable to the instructor.

    Instructor Bio:

    Mandi Smethells is a fiber artist from St Paul, Minnesota. To her, fiber arts are a beautiful way to embrace color, texture, amazing natural materials, and is a medium that she will always adore. She specializes in leading workshops in handwoven tapestry, wrapping techniques, and other hand construction processes. Her imaginative work, which merges techniques that have been around for centuries to create a modern story for the home, can be found online in her Etsy shop.     mandismethells.com

    $48.60

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  • Embroidery: Sashiko Sampler • October 2

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    Tuesday, October 2, 6-9 pm

    Sandra Brick

    Wondering if sashiko is for you? Give it a try in this project based class! Sashiko is a form of Japanese embroidery using small basic running stitches to create a patterned background. Working with a kit containing authentic sashiko thread, needle, and pre-designed fabric, you will test out sashiko stitches, learn about the history of the technique, and come away with a hand stitched coaster. Sashiko coaster kits will be available for purchase in advance in the Shop for $14.99 (members save 10%). **See supply list of items you need to bring with you to class**

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    Instructor Bio:
    Sandra Brick is a trainer, coach, and educator with over 21 years of experience with the Textile Center both as an instructor and former Board member. She has designed and developed 35+ workshops and courses in a diverse range of workshop topics such as fabric dyeing, design theory, beading, creative problem solving, and technology workshops for artists. Brick’s explorations in new materials and techniques have inspired her innovative body of work in surface design, stitching and mixed media, which has been widely exhibited.     texturedelements.com

    $48.60

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  • Embroidery on Paper • October 10

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    Wednesday, October 10, 10 am-1 pm

    Susan Leschke

    It’s time to embroider on something new! How about paper? Using some basic stitches, try your hand at embroidering on paper. You’ll embellish several stationery cards and the cover of a blank journal that you will assemble in class. Students should have basic embroidery skills. Materials fee $10, payable to the instructor. **See supply list of items you need to bring with you to class**

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    Instructor Bio:

    Throughout her life, Susan Leschke has always had some sort of sewing or needlework project going. During her studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, she began to work in embroidery. Process, material, and design influence her, along with the mystery of creating and trusting it will all come together in the end. Leschke teaches classes in surface embroidery, from the basics to more complex stumpwork projects, where meeting and forming relationships with students and watching their skills and ideas grow brings her joy.     threadsofinspiration.net

    $48.60

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  • Eco Printing and Indigo • October 11

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    Thursday, October 11, 10 am-4 pm

    Robbin Firth

    Indigo can produce many variations of blue. But did you know that pairing it with different mordants and modifiers can also produce greens and greys? Learn how to prepare a prereduced indigo vat for dyeing. Then, explore the wonderful techniques of eco printing by combining a tannin and a mordant on silk scarves. Using leaves from the area and eucalyptus, all students will make botanical eco prints on four silk scarves. Students are encouraged to bring their own plant leaves to experiment with in class. Materials fee $50, payable to the instructor. **See supply list of items you need to bring with you to class**

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    Instructor Bio:

    Robbin Firth is an acclaimed fiber artist and educator, celebrated internationally for her original collection of fine felt, dyed wearables, and decorative fiber art. She regularly teaches workshops in felting and dyeing at Textile Center. Robbin and her husband Harry Firth, a wood artist, are the wife and husband team of HeartFelt Silks, a retail and teaching space located in Hudson, Wisconsin adjacent to Seasons on St. Croix Gallery. They are the inventors of the unique hand-crafted patent pending Palm Washboard felt making tools.     heartfeltsilks.com

    $94.50

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  • Twining: Offering Bowls • October 20-21

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    Saturday-Sunday, October 20-21, 9 am-4 pm

    Tressa Sularz

    Twining is one of the four basic basketry techniques. Learn how to twine a base, move up the sides with shaping, and finish an offering bowl woven entirely with cotton in your own shape, color, and size. This workshop is designed for the beginner level, but experienced twiners are welcome to join. Technique, form, and color are emphasized.

    This workshop will provide students with the basic knowledge to work independently with this technique, while also preparing you for more advanced levels of study in basketry techniques.  During the workshop, students should have time to finish one offering bowl and may have the time to start a second. Materials fee $28, payable to the instructor.

    * Supplies are required for this workshop. Please make sure to check the supply list online when you register, or you may request that the supply list be email or mailed to you. *

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    Artist Bio:

    Tressa is a fiber artist working in her studio in her home in Northeast Minneapolis. Her work is contemporary and sculptural. She explores form as well as function. As a fiber artist, she creates sculptural forms utilizing ancient basketry techniques.

    She teaches at art centers, national basketry conferences, and similar venues, including guilds and other art related organizations. Tressa’s work is seen in Billie Ruth Sudduth’s book “Baskets: A Book for Makers and Collectors”, “Fiberarts Design Book 7”, and “500 Baskets”, “All Things Considered VIII”, “All Things Considered X” and others.

    Her work is in the permanent collection of the Goldstein Gallery, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN, and private collections.

    Her work reflects movement and transitions, from curving forms suggesting ripples in water and shell forms, adornments such as shells transformed into buttons, and collectible trade beads. She most enjoys the challenge of sculptural forms. She has 36 published patterns reflecting her own unique style.

    $189.00

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