Youth + Family Educational Programs
Future Fiber Artists
A seven-week after-school program for youth ages 9-12!
Textile Center is thrilled to launch the Future Fiber Artists program, aiming to cultivate the next generation of fiber art enthusiasts and help foster excitement, confidence, and competency in youth ages 9-12 years old around needle-based fiber arts such as crocheting, knitting, embroidery, and hand-stitching.
The Future Fiber Artist program is supported by the Denise Ann Richter Youth Fiber Art Fund.
Join us this fall for:
Future Fiber Artists: Crocheting!
7 weeks • Thursdays, September 28 – November 9, 4:30 – 6 pm
+ A special Show and Tell Reception: Thursday, November 30
with Teaching Artist Sarah Bahr
Calling all young mavericks and creative thinkers! Do you love making things with your hands? Would you like to channel your imagination into crafting toys, tools, and tactical fashion from yarn?
Start by learning the basics of crocheting, including how to make single and double crochet stitches. Using the crochet skills you’ve learned, dream up a 2D or 3D final project that is as unique as you. Create a plushie to travel with you on adventures, a holster for your sword to prepare for battle, a colorful pouch to hold your coins and collectables, or whatever ignites your creative fire.
Classes for Families:
Share your love of fiber arts with loved ones!
Intergenerational classes are open to youth with an accompanying adult
Youth Fiber Art Guild™
Kit-based fiber art projects to explore your creativity! Great for ages 7+*
By following our simple instructions or online video tutorials at home, feed your creativity, show off your talents, and build new skills with confidence!
*adult supervision may be needed for certain kits
Youth Fiber Art Guild Subscription
6 months of shipped kits, plus 2 free bonus kits!
Here’s how it works:
Every month (for 6 months), each guild member receives an exciting new kit in the mail, packed with tools and materials to make their unique fiber art project! By following our simple instructions or online videos at home, guild members will be amazed at their own talent and confidence!
The deadline to purchase a 2023 subscription has passed. Check back in November 2023 for the 2024 subscription!
Brought to you, in part, by generous grants from our Youth Fiber Art Guild™ supporters:
Click for more info about our Youth Guild Subscription
What is a Guild?
The word Guild comes from old English “gegield”, meaning brotherhood, which referred to a very close group of friends who bonded together over a shared interest. Long ago (Up to 1,000 years ago!), guilds were groups of people who practiced a trade, like metalworking, and they would keep the methods of their work top secret. Membership was limited to artists from the same town or working with a single craft technique — and now, anyone can join, from anywhere in the world!
Today, guilds are groups of people united together by a shared interest or skill — in this case, a love of fiber arts! Our Youth Fiber Art Guild is a club of creativity where you can make friends, share projects, and enjoy the love of craft.
The Youth Fiber Art Guild consists of YOU, Chloe and Evie, and kids from all over the United States who share your interest in fiber art.
What does a Youth Fiber Art Guild™ 6-Month Subscription include?
A $85 subscription is for one child and it includes:
- 6 MONTHLY KITS (plus 2 bonus kits): Explore a new fiber art technique every month! Inside each kit are the materials you need to create an exciting project. All projects come with easy to read instructions (and a link to an instructional video) to help you create an extraordinary piece of artwork. Shipping is included– all kits will arrive in the mail at the beginning of each month. *Note: These extended subscriptions are offered during November and December, for the coming year of membership.
- Dispatches from the GUILD GUIDES! Each month you’ll receive a letter from Guild Guides Chloe and Evie. They’ll provide educational information about the monthly project, tips and tricks to make the most out of your fiber explorations, and special updates and opportunities from Textile Center.
- Zoom Show-And-Tell Guild Meeting: We’ll end the Youth Fiber Art Guild subscription with a zoom session at the beginning of June, where you can meet Chloe, Evie, and other guild members LIVE and show off your fiber creations!
Can I buy just one 6-month subscription?
Yes, our subscriptions and limited edition kit packs (when available) are for single purchase or groups. If you are purchasing for a large group, please contact Chloe Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-436-0464.
For what ages is the Youth Fiber Art Guild™ appropriate?
Our kits are developed to appeal to learners who are 7 years old and up. Some kits may require adult supervision (ex. Cookie Cutter Needle Felting, due to the use of needles). Each kit comes with enough materials to customize your project, offering a unique outcome for each child.
How do I participate in the Youth Fiber Art Guild?
You are invited to participate in the Youth Fiber Art Guild by a monthly dispatch with our Guild Guides! Each month, you’ll receive a letter from Chloe and Evie which will provide educational information about your monthly project, tips and tricks to make the most of your fiber explorations, and special updates and opportunities from Textile Center.
Once you finish your monthly project, you may wish to respond to the Guild Guides by sending a letter of your own through email, or snail mail! Don’t forget to include a photo of your finished project for them to see!
At the end of the Youth Fiber Art Guild Subscription, we’ll host a Show and Tell via Zoom! Meet Chloe and Evie, and other guild members, and show off your fiber creations!
When can we register?
Currently, registration happens during the months of November and December for the upcoming year’s subscription! Any changes to the subscription period, or special kit-packs, will be announced on our website and in our Textiles on the Town newsletter.
How and when will I get my kits?
Shipping is included. The first kit, plus the 2 extra free kits, will be shipped in December. Then you will receive the next 5 kits in a monthly package until you have all 8 kits. Kits always arrive around the first of the month. Kits are usually shipped via USPS first class mail.
What if I need help understanding the instructions or creating a project?
We are always here to help! Contact Chloe Russell at email@example.com or call 612-436-0464.