Fiber Arts
Classes & Workshops


 

Japanese Weaving: SAORI

(125-07-14-18)
Saturday, July 14
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Chiaki O'Brien, SAORI Certified Instructor; former instructor at SAORI head office in Japan

No experience necessary
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. The elegantly simple foot powered loom is perfect for beginners who are freed from traditional rules and regulations employed in weaving. There are no mistakes--only opportunities and discoveries using techniques that are shared with the group. The end result is a one-of-a-kind 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. All supplies will be provided to make and bring home a completed weaving. After class, stroll through the new "Origami in the Garden" summer exhibit to gain a deeper appreciation of Japanese-inspired art and aesthetics.

SUGGESTED (OPTIONAL) bring any personal items you may wish to be woven into the work, such as handspun yarn, strips of fabric, feathers, or sticks

Limit 9

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
Saturday, July 14
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Snyder Building - Tea Room Terrace (outside, weather permitting)
$89 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register



Linda Conroy

Coiled Basketry: Pine Needles, Sweet Grass and Broom Corn

(200-08-24-18)
Friday, August 24
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs, educator for 20 years, speaker throughout the U.S.

Gain a greater appreciation for native natural materials, and the artistry by which they are transformed into baskets! Learn to make a coiled basket with a variety of natural materials. Explore the creative possibilities of this ancient art form as you design and complete your own basket. This class is for students of all levels- Linda will provide plenty of individualized attention to ensure you succeed. You will learn a variety of stitches as well as decorative options for this ancient style of basketry. You will leave with a completed coiled ~5" diameter basket, and the skills to make more baskets at home. Lunch is not provided, please bring your own to class or dine in the Arboretum Cafe. 
BRING FROM HOME: small pair of scissors, a thimble and reading glasses (if needed), bag lunch (optional).

Limit 20, Snyder Building - Tea Room 

$95 member/$110 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies except those noted above 
register

 
Jean Manrique

Eco-Print Table Runner

(125-08-25-18)
Saturday, August 25
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

DATE/TIME CHANGE
NEW DATE: Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Jean Manrique, Experienced high end fiber artist and instructor specializing in natural dyes and eco printing.

No experience necessary
Dress your home with the natural beauty of the Arboretum, permanently impressed in a lovely silk noil table runner. Accompany the instructor through the Arboretum grounds to find just the right combination of leaves and blossoms to create your unique art work. This natural sustainable process is possible due to the unique anatomy of the leaves and requires no external dyes, inks or paints. You will explore the chemistry of the plants you choose to use and learn the sustainable methods of harvesting materials for this art form. In the classroom, Jean will introduce the artistic elements of composition, design and color as you create the masterpiece for your home. Your final product is produced by bundling and steaming to extract pigment. As something unexpected and beautiful emerges from the bundle, the result seems magical. A final washing and ironing completes the process. This small class ensures one-on-one attention as you work through your project from start to finish. All materials are included to create and take home a one-of-a-kind table runner. Come dressed for a nature walk and prepared to have fun! 

OPTIONAL BRING-YOUR-OWN FOLIAGE LIST

SUGGESTED (OPTIONAL): Bring your own favorite leaves from home; see supply list for suggestions
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

5 spots left
$99 member/$119 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 
Leslie Granbeck

Felted Slippers

(125-09-08-18)
Saturday, September 8
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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

No experience necessary
Custom-made, cozy and warm, felted slippers are great for the colder months ahead!. Using fine, soft Corriedale wool provides long silky fibers that feel smooth next to your skin. Learn to layer colorful wool fibers over a custom pattern made from your own feet. Then, explore traditional wet felting techniques and transform the fibers into durable felted slippers. Perhaps you will want to decorate with a variety of plant fibers available such as bamboo, rose, corn and silk. You can even make them reversible! We're on our feet a lot in felting classes, some physical stamina is needed. All supplies included to create and take home one pair of slippers.

BRING FROM HOME:2-3 hand towels, 2 old bath towels, sharp scissors, pair of flip flops (or similar) to wear between "fittings" and a plastic bag to carry home wet items.

SUGGESTED (OPTIONAL): apron, bag lunch as the Bee Center has no food options on-site.

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

$99 member/$139 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies 
register

Japanese Weaving - SAORI

Select a session:

125-10-20-18
Saturday, October 20, 2018
noon - 3 p.m.

OR

125-02-16-19
Saturday, February 16, 2019
noon - 3 p.m.

Chiaki OBrien, SAORI Certified Instructor; former instructor at SAORI head office in Japan

No experience necessary
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. The elegantly simple foot powered loom is perfect for beginners who are freed from traditional rules and regulations employed in weaving. There are no mistakes--only opportunities and discoveries using techniques that are shared with the group. The end result is a one-of-a-kind textile, perhaps a scarf, table runner or wall hanging. All supplies will be provided to make and bring home a completed weaving.

SUGGESTED (OPTIONAL) bring any personal items you may wish to be woven into the work, such as handspun yarn, strips of fabric, feathers, or sticks. There are no food facilities near this classroom so feel free to bring your own snack and beverage.

Limit 9, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

Saturday, October 20, 2018
noon - 3 p.m.
$89 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register
Saturday, February 16, 2019
noon - 3 p.m.
$89 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register



Leslie Granbeck

Felted Luminarias

125-11-03-18-01
Saturday, November 3, 2018
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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

Add a warm glow to the holiday season with pretty, felted luminarias. Learn traditional wet felting techniques using wool and a little soapy water. Add texture and other design embellishments using a variety of natural materials. Your luminarias are the perfect accent for the mantle, dinner table, or any spot that needs a little soft illumination. they make lovely gifts as well.

BRING FROM HOME: A bag lunch, 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, scissors and plastic bag to carry home wet items. Optional: apron.

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

$79 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


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Gifts from the Garden:
A Day of Make-and-take Seasonal Gifts

125-12-01-18
Saturday, December 1, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Level: all levels, no experience required!

Grab a friend and spend a day at the Arboretum-- a unique opportunity to learn new skills as you explore a multitude of artistic endeavors. Come away with 3 completed projects made by you, conveniently useful for seasonal gifting.

View projects and learn more at
www.arboretum.umn.edu/giftsfromgarden.aspx

Limit 80, Marion Andrus Learning Center

$99 member/$119 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Register

   

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