Current Classes

Many of our classes fill quickly. Arbutus Guild Members of all levels have the benefit of early registration. If you are interested in becoming a member, you can find more details here. Registration for classes is here: Register me! 
All classes take place at the Arbutus Folk School 610 4th Ave. E., Olympia, WA 98501 (map) unless otherwise noted. Registering early helps us prepare and offer the highest quality experience for everyone and there is no risk: Full refunds are provided if classes are canceled.  The Arbutus Folk School proudly welcomes students of any race, color, gender and national or ethnic origin.


 

Current and Upcoming Classes

 

Ceramic Art Tiles

Instructor: Mike Cummins
Dates: Tuesday Eves, June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25 (skips July 4)
Time: 6-9 pm
Cost: $247
Registration Closes: June 6
No. of Students: min. 4, max 8
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced
Materials provided by student: Sketch or image for design idea

Class Description: In this class students will create an 18″ x 18″ image using their own handmade ceramic tiles. They will learn the complete process of making art tiles that I use for my large projects. We will explore how our use of line, size, texture and surface designs work to create visually interesting tile art and will learn the correct timing and organization for applying the techniques to clay. Alongside learning shape and color composition, multiple glazing & under glazing techniques, slab rolling, and grouting, students will also learn how to kiln fire tiles to achieve minimal warping. This is a great class for beginners and advanced ceramic students alike! The projects in this class make great hanging art pieces or stepping stones. The instructor encourages you to bring your own ideas for uses and he will work with you to achieve your idea in the given time frame of the class.
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Bring a sketch or an idea of what you would like to make!
Suggested homework – Go check out my newest public project in Tumwater
at Deschutes Valley Park, T street and Whitehawk Lane.

 


 Tools of the Trade

Instructor: Maddie Morgan
Dates: Session 1- Tu/Thu eves 6-9pm for two weeks, June 20, 22, 27, 29
Session 2 – Sat/Sun 10am-4pm, July 22, 23
Cost: $169
Registration Closes: 3 days prior to first day of class
No of Students: Min. 4, max. 8
Skill Level: No experience necessary
Materials provided by student: Hand tools, students can bring their own to restore if they have some.

Class Description: For generations artisan craftsmen and craftswomen, or those who aspire to be, have relied on fine hand tools to construct useful and beautiful things from wood.  We admire these tools for their charm, for the ingenuity of their design, and for the creative potential they represent. But without careful maintenance, tuning, set-up, and an investment of time in acquiring the skills to use them, these tools will never be anything more than curiosities.

The aim of this course is to take these great old tools out of the display case and put them back to work. You’ll learn to how restore those rusty things you found in grandpa’s basement, how to produce a surgically sharp cutting edge, and how to set up your planes, saws, and chisels so that they sing. Finally, we’ll begin honing the skills necessary for using these tools. There are few things in woodworking more enjoyable than using a freshly sharpened chisel and mallet to shape a complex joint or a well-tuned hand plane to produce a shimmering, perfectly smooth surface on a piece of timber.  And by the end of this class, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing.


Wheel Throwing – Beginner to Advanced 

Instructor: Mike Cummins
Dates: Thurs. eves,  June 22 – July 27
Time: 6-9 pm
Cost: $245
Registration Closes: July 26
No. of Students: min. 4, max 8
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced.
Materials provided by student: Towel and apron recommended

Class Description: I believe that throwing clay on a potter’s wheel is a beautiful practical science rather than an art. I also believe that pottery is a moving meditation with creative and functional benefits.  Please join me to explore these ideas on the wheel!  In this beginner through advanced pottery class, my aim is to help each student understand and master the physics of clay on the wheel.  Together we will discover the effects of momentum, water and pressure on clay bodies.  Each student will develop and strengthen their ability to center and throw clay in the 3-5 pound range. We will also focus on drying, trimming and finishing techniques with an emphasis on similitude and smoothness. We will glaze our works with similar motivations. I am sure you will complete this class with your best ceramic work and artistic mindset.

 


Furniture Design For Regular Folks

Instructor: Maddie Morgan
Dates:
Session 1- July 11 & 13, Tu/Thu, 5:30-9:30 pm
Session 2 – Aug 12 & 13, Sat/Sun 9am-1pm
Cost: $96
Registration Closes: 3 days prior to first day of class
No of Students: Min. 4, max. 8
Skill Level: No experience necessary
Materials provided by student: Students bring mechanical pencil and triangle square (30/60/90 square),  separate eraser (not connected to pencil)
Class Description:  Listen to designers or design school gurus and you’ll be led to believe that if you don’t understand sciency things like materials technology, anthropometrics, ergonomics, and the engineering of structures, and artsy things like color, texture, line, form, space, proportion, balance, and scale then you can’t possibly ever hope to actually design a worthy piece of furniture. Nonsense! Here is what is required to design furniture­—the ability to recognize a need when you see one and the imagination to come up with a solution to address the need. You need a place to sit—you begin to imagine a chair or a stool or a bench; you need a place store your clothes—you imagine an armoire or chest of drawers; you need a place to work—it’s a desk or a workbench or a drafting table that begins taking shape in your mind’s eye.

Madeline Morgan has been designing furniture for many years and believes that good design is within reach for anyone. She’ll teach you the core principles of good design, the fundamentals of drawing and sketching, and introduce you to the basics of material selection. By the end of the class you’ll not only have a workable design for furniture in hand but you’ll possess the skills to design something again when the need arises. 

 


Introduction to Weaving on a Floor Loom

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshops: July 15/16, Sept 23/24 or Jan 20/21 (2018)
Time:  9 am – 4 pm with 1/2 hour lunch
Cost: 
$198
Registration closes: Two weeks before 1st day of class
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Consider bringing lunch, empty 3-ring binder with clear sheet protectors, and note-taking supplies, cushion to sit on benches                                
Class Description: 
In this class, students will learn basic weaving techniques using both stick and boat shuttles on pre-warped looms. They will also learn the parts of a loom and how they work, weaving language, how to read weaving drafts, wind a bobbin and stick shuttle, throw a shuttle, maintain an even weaving beat, keep neat selvedges and finish their completed projects. Students will take home a minimum of 4 completed handwoven pieces.  Experienced students are welcome too!

 


Assembling Wood

Instructor: Maddie Morgan
Dates:
Session 1- Tu/Thu eves 5:30-9:30pm for two weeks, July 18, 20, 25 and 27
Session 2 – Fri Aug 18 6-9pm, Sat Aug 19 9am-4pm and Sun Aug 20 9am-4pm,
Cost: $222
Registration Closes: 3 days prior to first day of class
No of Students: Min. 4, max. 8
Skill Level: No experience necessary
Materials provided by student: Students are encouraged to bring their own tuned and sharpened hand tools, specifically: chisels, mallets and handplanes.  If you do not have tools, the school has some available to share.
Class Description:  For all you aspiring cabinetmakers and timber framers who have been asking for instruction focused on the fundamentals of joinery, this is the class for you.  Maddie Morgan will lead a comprehensive exploration of both Japanese and European systems of architectural joinery and will remove some of the mystery surrounding these complex methods for joining together two or more pieces of timber.  Using primarily traditional hand tools, students will learn to layout, cut, and fit a variety of sophisticated joints including dovetails, scarfs, and mortise and tenon.  For the more skilled and adventurous and time permitting, she will demonstrate several other, more demanding joints including a full-blind dovetail joint, a sunrise joint, a bird’s mouth joint, and a four-faced goose-neck splice joint.

 


 

Play with Clay: Indoor Planters

 

Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Date: August 4 & 18
Time: 6-8 pm
Cost: $40
Registration closes: August 3
Skill level: beginners

Join us in August we will make a planter and glazed saucer to catch water. The weather will be cooling down soon and you can use it to bring your favorite plant indoors.
The first Friday of each month from 6-8 PM, Arbutus offers an informal 2 hour “Play with Clay” class. There will always be a guided theme project but experienced students may design their own projects (working with the instructor to tailor the project to this short timeline.) Students will glaze and fire their projects at a second meeting typically on the 3rd Friday of the month 6-8 PM. $40 class fee includes both meetings, clay, glaze and firing. Play with Clay is intended for adults. Beer and wine are available for purchase!

 


Wheel Throwing – Beginner to Advanced 

Instructor: Mike Cummins
Dates: Tues. eves, August 1 – September 12; please note, no class on August 8.
Time: 6-9 pm
Cost: $245
Registration Closes: July 31
No. of Students: min. 4, max 8
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced.
Materials provided by student: Towel and apron recommended

Class Description: I believe that throwing clay on a potter’s wheel is a beautiful practical science rather than an art. I also believe that pottery is a moving meditation with creative and functional benefits.  Please join me to explore these ideas on the wheel!  In this beginner through advanced pottery class, my aim is to help each student understand and master the physics of clay on the wheel.  Together we will discover the effects of momentum, water and pressure on clay bodies.  Each student will develop and strengthen their ability to center and throw clay in the 1-3 pound range. We will also focus on drying, trimming and finishing techniques with an emphasis on similitude and smoothness. We will glaze our works with similar motivations. I am sure you will complete this class with your best ceramic work and artistic mindset.

Wood Finishes

Instructor: Maddie Morgan
Dates: 2 eves Tue Aug 8 and Thu Aug 10, 5:30-9:30pm
Cost: $111
Registration Closes: 3 days prior to first day of class
No of Students: Min. 4, max. 8
Skill Level: No experience necessary
Materials provided by student: none
Class Description:  A woodworking project isn’t finished until it’s finished, a simple truth but one that many woodworkers ignore.  Whether through fear or haste, the finish is often an afterthought.  But the application of a carefully chosen and skillfully applied finish is what can mean the difference between a piece that is merely pleasant and one that is elegant and beautiful.

This class is designed to remove some of the apparent mystery surrounding the application of wood finishes. Students will be introduced to a variety of both clear and colored finishes along with the tools and techniques for their proper application. The skills you learn are ones that have served artisan woodworkers for generations and they will truly take your work to another level of refinement.

 


 

Wild Fermented Sauerkraut

Instructor: Meghan Hintz
Dates: August 23
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Cost: $46
Registration Closes: August 22
No of Students: Min. 4, max. 12
Skill Level: No experience necessary
Materials provided by student: Cutting board, Large kitchen knife (aka chef’s knife – not a paring knife), Towel (for hands, etc), Mixing bowl, Measuring spoons. Optional: kitchen scale

Class Description: Learn to safely and easily make your own raw fermented sauerkraut teeming with probiotics known to improve digestion, boost immune function, and increase energy levels. This popular class includes a demonstration, recipes, and OlyKraut samples! Meghan will review the history and science of fermentation, discuss equipment options and suitable ingredients. Each student will start their own sauerkraut to ferment at home. They will walk away with a standard quart jar of sauerkraut with a ceramic handmade fermentation pusher downer made by Arbutus Folk School instructor, Nicole Gugliotti!

 


Basic Woodturning

Instructor:  Larry Millerlarry-miller
Date:    2017 dates- each is a separate class  Saturdays: August 26, October 14November 11December 9
Time:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: 
 : $155
Registration closes: 3 days prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: None needed, may bring turning tools and safety gear or use instructors

Class Description:  Class will cover basic lathe operation, safety, proper use of lathe tools, tool sharpening, how to prepare wood for turning, mounting techniques, and finishing.  This is a hands on class where students will turn a wooden carving mallet and a small bowl, both of which they’ll take home after the class.  For students interested in acquiring their own lathe or tools, the instructor will provide them with a catalog and go over different lathe options and tips on how to acquire equipment at reduced costs .The morning will be devoted to spindle turning during which students will make a wooden carving mallet.  Late morning and the afternoon will be devoted to making a small bowl.  All students should have completed both a mallet and bowl for them to take home.
NOTE: this class takes place at Larry’s shop, not at Arbutus.  Location: 4621 John Luhr Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516 (map: https://goo.gl/maps/PV7wC


 Open Ceramics Studio – Handbuilding

Instructor: Emily Tant
Dates: Monday evenings, except every 2nd Monday of the month
Time: 6-9 pm
Cost: $18 per night
Registration: Drop-ins welcome
No. of Students: Max. 5

Open studio time is unstructured time for students to practice independently to enhance their abilities. Participants are required to have basic pottery or hand building skill level and will be able to use the studio to work independently. This registration is for hand building techniques only; our wheels are reserved for students currently enrolled in wheel throwing classes at Arbutus Folk School. Instruction is not included in open studio time, though a studio aide will be on hand to answer questions. It includes use of the ceramic studio, tools, and equipment. Additional clay and firing fees will apply.

“A la carte” fees (bring cash or check to class):
Clay    – $9 per 25 lb bag
Firing  – See chart
Glazes included in firing fee

Students currently enrolled in classes pay only for open studio time and do not need to pay additional fees for glaze and firings to participate in the open studio.

 


Play with Clay: Fermentation Accessories

Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Date: September 1 & 15
Time: 6-8 pm
Cost: $40
Registration closes: August 31
Skill level: beginners

Join us in September; we will create functional and decorative inserts suitable for 32 oz. Mason jars to help keep the vegetables in sealed in liquid while fermenting.
The first Friday of each month from 6-8 PM, Arbutus offers an informal 2 hour “Play with Clay” class. There will always be a guided theme project but experienced students may design their own projects (working with the instructor to tailor the project to this short timeline.) Students will glaze and fire their projects at a second meeting typically on the 3rd Friday of the month 6-8 PM. $40 class fee includes both meetings, clay, glaze and firing. Play with Clay is intended for adults. Beer and wine are available for purchase!


 

 Arrow and Quiver Making

Instructor: Peter Yenken
Dates: September 8, 9, 10
Times: Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-5pm
Cost: $196, plus $20 to pay instructor directly on 1st day of class.
Registration Closes: August 25
No. of Students: 3 min., 10 max
Skill level: Beginner and beyond

Notes about allowing youth under 18: Youth okay! Parents need to be sure the youth is able to do the work and be prepared to stay during class. Legal guardian must accompany youth under 14. Separate registrations required if you both wish to do your own project, one registration is fine if you plan on working on one project together.

Class Description: On the first day of the class, students will make arrows in the traditional British method using hand-tied feathers and a variety of shaft materials ranging from a $1 poplar dowel from Lowe’s to $4 Port Orford cedar shaft.  We will use both purchased archery feathers which students will cut by hand and full turkey feathers which students will strip and cut. Students can make up to 5 arrows in the day.
On the second day students will make a traditional leather back quiver (just like the one Robin Hood uses). Using cow leather you will learn basic leather working skills needed to craft the arrow quiver.

Please bring $20 at the start of class to pay instructor for materials. Bring a notebook for note taking.

 


Leather Backpack Making

Instructor: Peter Yenken
Dates: September 8, 9, 10
Times: Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-5pm
Cost: $196, plus $50 to pay instructor directly on 1st day of class.
Registration Closes: August 25
No. of Students: 3 min., 10 max
Skill level: Beginner and beyond

Notes about allowing youth under 18: Youth okay! Parents need to be sure the youth is able to do the work and be prepared to stay during class. Legal guardian must accompany youth under 14. Separate registrations required if you both wish to do your own project, one registration is fine if you plan on working on one project together.

Class Description: Using vegetable tanned cow leather, make a back pack that fits your back, made for everyday use and big enough for an overnight hike. It will be strong and durable and if looked after will last indefinitely.

Please bring $50 at the start of class to pay instructor for materials. Bring a notebook for note taking.

 


Bow Making


Instructor: Peter Yenken
Dates: September 2, 3
Times: Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-5pm
Cost: $168, plus $30 to pay instructor directly on 1st day of class.
Registration Closes: August 18
No. of Students: 3 min., 10 max
Skill level: Beginner and beyond

Notes about allowing youth under 18: Youth okay! Parents need to be sure the youth is able to do the work and be prepared to stay during class. Legal guardian must accompany youth under 14. Separate registrations required if you both wish to do your own project, one registration is fine if you plan on working on one project together.

Class Description: Bows have been used in many ways including: survival (both food gathering and protection), sport and meditation, and spiritual practice (Zen meditation). This class is a continuation of these ancient practices. You will learn the skills to build a long bow, how to choose the wood, the tools needed and their use, how to finish the wood, and make strings. By Sunday, the bow will be ready to shoot. You will be taught the “instinctive” shooting method. You will leave the class with a finished bow, one arrow, and enough understanding to be able to build a bow on your own.

Please bring $30 at the start of class to pay the instructor for materials.

 


Wool Felt Boots


Instructor: Peter Yenken
Dates: September 2, 3
Times: Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-5pm
Cost: $168, plus $35 to pay instructor directly on 1st day of class.
Registration Closes: August 18
No. of Students: 3 min., 10 max
Skill level: Beginner and beyond

Notes about allowing youth under 18: Youth okay! Parents need to be sure the youth is able to do the work and be prepared to stay during class. Legal guardian must accompany youth under 14. Separate registrations required if you both wish to do your own project, one registration is fine if you plan on working on one project together.

Class Description: Wool is the most amazing fiber!  Using only water and soap processing, it can be spun into yarn for knitting or the roving can be used for felting. In this class we will use roving and hot soapy water and add friction to create felt boots. This is the wet felting method using a resist.
These boots are made to fit perfectly to your own feet. We will put a sole on them if you want to use them outside. They are great for winter use inside and outside.

Please bring $35 at the start of class to pay the instructor for materials.

 


 

Ceramic Art Tiles

Instructor: Mike Cummins
Dates: Thursday Eves, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, & 12
Time: 6-9 pm
Cost: $247
Registration Closes: Sept. 4
No. of Students: min. 4, max 8
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced
Materials provided by student: Sketch or image for design idea

Class Description: In this class students will create an 18″ x 18″ image using their own handmade ceramic tiles. They will learn the complete process of making art tiles that I use for my large projects. We will explore how our use of line, size, texture and surface designs work to create visually interesting tile art and will learn the correct timing and organization for applying the techniques to clay. Alongside learning shape and color composition, multiple glazing & underglazing techniques, slab rolling, and grouting, students will also learn how to kiln fire tiles to achieve minimal warping. This is a great class for beginners and advanced ceramic students alike! The projects in this class make great hanging art pieces or stepping stones. If you have other ideas for using your finished piece, the instructor encourages you to come to class with those and he will work with you to achieve your idea in the given time frame of the class.
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Bring a sketch or an idea of what you would like to make!
Suggested homework – Go check out my newest public project in Tumwater
at Deschutes Valley Park, T street and Whitehawk Lane.

 


Intro to Stonecarving

(Registration Opening Soon)

This is a $99 Road Trip story for Travel cover. Stone cutter Keith Phillips of Tenino carves a celtic cross in his studio for a fundraiser for Christian Youth in Puyallup. When he cuts stone, he wears a tie, which is the traditional outfit for stone cutters. Shoppers, shopkeepers, diners, servers, artists, visitors and locals in and around Olympia and rural Thurston County. Story follows the Thurston Bountiful Byway, a 60-mile agritourism route pointing visitors to craft distillers, winemakers, farmers and family-owned businesses showcasing locally-sourced and produced culinary treats.Instructors:  Keith Phillips and Ed Salerno
Dates: Session 1: Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30; Session 2: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 10 am-2 pm, with the possibility of staying for open studio until 4:00 pm
Cost: $296
Registration Closes: Two weeks prior to start of class
Skill level: No carving experience is required, however students should be able to lift up to 30 lbs
Materials provided by student: Sketch pad and pencils, gloves (garden gloves are fine) and dress for the weather. Class will visit the stone quarry the carving shed is unheated
Class Description: For this class, students will be provided with a prepared 12”x4”x8” stone, about the size of a shoe box and weighing around 30 lb. Students will design their own projects, however the instructor will guide project designs to ensure they are feasible for beginners, given the skill and time required. This is a beginning class offered by Tenino’s living stonecarving legends. Class takes place at the carving shed in Tenino, 12 miles south of Olympia. Address is 147 Olympia St N, Tenino, WA 98589. Link to Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/PGz7eMSa8xt  Link to information about Tenino’s stonecarving history: http://www.historylink.org/File/10991

Please Note: Early registration is available for Arbutus Folk School members. For more information on our membership program link here.

Tenino is the home of four sandstone quarries, which have been a vital source of industry and craft for over a century.  This industry centered on architectural structural stone which included artistic, carved ornamentation.  Many historically significant buildings and sculptures on the west coast, are carved of Tenino sandstone.  Tenino has maintained its stonecarving tradition and this class is a unique opportunity to learn from the masters.  The instructors will supply the stone, eye protection, dust masks and all necessary tools.

 

Knife Making

Instructor: Peter Yenken
Dates: Sept 10
Times: 9 am – 5 pm
Cost: Base cost $84, plus $15-20 to be paid to instructor for materials at start of class
Registration Closes: August 25
No. of Students: Min. 3, max 10
Skill Level: Beginner and beyond

Notes about allowing youth under 18: Youth okay! Parents need to be sure the youth is able to do the work and be prepared to stay during class. Legal guardian must accompany youth under 14. Separate registrations required if you both wish to do your own project, one registration is fine if you plan on working on one project together.In this class you will make a handle to suit your own hand and the sheath.

Class Description: I will supply blades or you can supply your own. There will also be a selection of woods ranging from hard which will be Hickory or Osage Orange to softer which will be Juniper commonly called Eastern Cedar.

There will be a choice of blades and a choice of prices of these blades. Please bring $15-$20 (depending on which blade is chosen) at the start of class to pay directly to the instructor.

 


Wheel Throwing – Beginner to Refresher

Instructor: Mariella Luz
Dates: September 13 through October 18, (Wed. evenings)
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $245
Registration Closes: September 12
No. of Students: Min. 4, max 10
Skill Level: Beginner & beyond

Class Description: This class will focus on the primary skills of wheel thrown pottery. We will work on the basic forms of cylinders and bowls. We will also cover other basics such as trimming and glazing.

New students can expect to complete several small projects. More experienced students will be able to explore these basic forms further, and expand their scale with greater control to larger and more complex forms.


Intro to Material Foundations & Glaze Formulation

Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Dates: September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, & 24 (Tuesday evenings)
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $277
Registration Closes: September 18
No. of Students: Min. 4, max 10
Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced

Class Description: This six-week long class will introduce students to the materials used to create glazes. Through a series of labs we will become familiar with the constituent materials and the combinations that create a glaze. Through this process students will be introduced to methods they can use to alter glazes to correct flaws, change color or adjust texture. All labs will be fired to Cone 6 in an oxidation atmosphere. Foundations learned in this course can be applied to any firing temperature or atmosphere and built upon to test and design your own glaze.

This class is recommended for Intermediate students with prior experience working with clay and glaze in a typical classroom setting.
 
Note: Student projects in this class will consist solely of test tiles for their glaze batches. If you wish to create additional ceramics, we encourage you to register for open studio; registration for this option can be found in our class listings.

 


 

Beginning Embroidery

Instructor: Bobbi Chase
Dates: October 1, 8, 15
Times: 10 am – Noon
Cost: $60
Registration Closes: September 27
No. of Students: Min. 3, max 8
Skill Level: Beginner

Class Description: For those of you that have either never done embroidery (and would like to try it) OR would like a “refresher course”, this is the class for you! We will talk about threads, needles, fabrics, and designs. We will make a sampler of basic stitches for surface embroidery.  Once you are comfortable with this group of stitches, you can do simple things – or complicated things – and anything in between!

The stitches we will practice and put onto our sampler include a running stitch, double running stitch, stem (or outline) stitch, backstitch, blanket stitch, French knot, chain stitch, and detached chain stitch.  With time (and group interest) we could go into further versions of the previously mentioned stitches.  I’m there to teach and am happy to follow your interest!

The first hour of this class is instruction time for beginners, the second hour is uninstructed “open studio” time to work on your project in a supportive environment. We are calling the second hour the “Embroidery Circle”. Students registered for Beginning Embroidery are automatically enrolled in the Embroidery Circle (no need to register separately if you are enrolled in the beginning class).  Experienced embroiderers are invited to join us for the second hour Embroidery Circle (11-noon) to work in a supportive group on independent projects.  Those joining just for the Circle, see the separate registration information under “Embroidery Circle”.

Let’s grow a community of embroiderers!

Please note:  this is not a cross-stitch class.

Students bring $5 to first day of class for embroidery materials which include fabric, a variety of threads, needles, and written instructions. This will be paid to the instructor on the first day of class.  Instructor will also bring good quality hoops available for purchase if needed for $8.

 

 

 


Embroidery Circle

 

Instructor: Bobbi Chase
Dates: October 1, 8, 15
Times: 11 am – Noon
Cost: $30
Registration Closes: September 27
No. of Students: Min. 3, max 8
Skill Level: All

Class Description: This is a time for experienced embroiderers to work on their own independent projects in a community of other embroiderers. This is uninstructed time with access to knowledgeable support. This open embroidery circle follows the beginning class and is open to all learning levels. Let’s grow a community of embroiderers!

Please note: this is NOT a cross-stitch class.

Instructor will have good quality hoops available for purchase if needed for $8.

 


Harmony Singing by Ear: The Natural Way

Instructor: Sue Thompson and Don Share
Dates: October 21
Times: Full Day 10 am – 5 pm; Half-Day Morning 10 am – 1 pm; Half-Day 2 pm – 5 pm
Cost: Full Day $80; Half-Day $45
Registration Closes: October 18
No. of Students: Min. 10, max 24
Skill Level: See Class Description

Class Description: Do you love to sing with others? Wish you could easily sing harmony both above and below a melody?  Come join us for a fun, high-energy day of harmonizing with internationally recognized teachers, Sue Thompson and Don Share.  In this lively workshop, Sue and Don will share their proven method for creating great-sounding harmony naturally and intuitively. Great for old time, folk, Americana, bluegrass, worship, and many other styles of music. This is a rare opportunity to learn harmony singing with both a male and female instructor. There’ll be small group practice and personalized coaching. Come alone or bring your singing buddies or your band!

If you’re new to harmony singing, you’ll get the essential skills and confidence you need to sing harmony to hundreds of songs. If you’re an experienced harmony singer, you’ll learn techniques to figure out harmony on-the-fly without needing to work out your part note-by-note.

  • Harmonize the natural, intuitive way that the pros use.
  • No note-reading or music theory. No need for someone else to tell you what notes to sing.
  • Improve your vocal blend, even with singers whose voices are very different than yours.
  • Solve harmony problems that arise when men and women sing together.
  • Improve vocal power and projection without straining, especially on high and low notes.

To get the most out of these workshops, it’s best if you can already sing a melody reasonably in tune (none of us are perfect!).

PLEASE NOTE: If you’re comfortable playing a chording instrument, such as guitar (uke, mandolin, etc.) while you sing, please bring your instrument with you, as it will be helpful and fun in our small group practice sessions.

 

 


Beginning Tatting – Notecards

Instructor: Patti Logan
Dates: October 21 & 28
Times: 1 pm – 5 pm
Cost: $48
Registration Closes: October 20
No. of Students: Min. 3, max 10
Skill Level: Beginner

Class Description: For students with little or no previous experience with tatting. We will be starting with how to make the only tatting stitch (called the double stitch using the needle method of tatting.  Students will make a tatted butterfly in class. Students will choose or design a note card to make for the next session. During the second session, we will review needle Tatting, learn how to read patterns, and make note cards with simple patterns. The teacher will be there every step to encourage your success.

If students need a tatting needle, they may buy one from the instructor for $7 on the first day of class.

 


 

Spinning Basics

Instructor: Patti Logan
Dates: November 4
Times: 1 pm – 5 pm
Cost: $48
Registration Closes: November 3
No. of Students: Min. 3, max 10
Skill Level: Beginner

Class Description: An introduction to spinning for those who want to learn how. We will begin with an overview of what spinning is and the different tools used all over the world. Various fibers will be available and comparisons made. We will have a demonstration using various spindles. Each student will have ample time to try it with their own hands. During the last hour of the class we will demonstrate the use of a Spinning Wheel, what to look for, and how to find one for you.