Fiber Arts
Classes & Workshops


 

Felted Vessels and Bowls for Fall

125-09-14-19
Saturday, September 14
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
Most materials included. Bring from home: 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel and a plastic bag to carry home wet items, bag lunch (optional)

Learn the fascinating art of seamless feltmaking! Using Merino wool with its high elasticity, "sculpt" your vessel into any shape from organic to contemporary. Choose bright or natural colors, adding a variety of other natural fibers to make yours a centerpiece of any space. Felt a vessel to hold trinkets, chocolates, flowers or to simply brighten up a room. You can even make it reversible! You'll be working with water, so dress for mess.

Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

1 spot left
$84 member/$109 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission
register


Make a Mug Rug: Intro to Rug Hooking!

125-09-28-19
Saturday, September 28
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Laurie Lausen, Founder of The Wooly Red Rug, has been designing and hooking rugs and other fiber arts since the 1970's

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
Some supplies included: linen, wool, rug hook and class notebook (value $25)
Bring from home: a 10", 12" or 14" Quilt Hoop, small scissors and pen/pencil
Optional: Quilt Hoops will be available to purchase in class for $20

Learn the early method of rug hooking using a simple hook to pull loops of wool fabric through a linen backing. Students will create a simple mini rug of their own design, perfect to use as a mug mat, coaster or trivet. These mug rugs are sure to be conversational items in your home and will fit into any decor! Inspired by "hygge," a Danish term defined as "a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being."
Please Note: lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home (refrigeration is available)

Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

3 spots left
$79 member/$99 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all listed supplies
register


 

Eco-Print Scarf - Wear the Arboretum

125-10-12-19
Saturday, October 12, 2019
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 materials are included to make and bring home a natural hand dyed silk scarf
Learn how to impress foliage: leaving the colors and shapes of the plant material intact on the silk scarf. You will explore the chemistry of the plants you choose to use and learn sustainable methods of harvesting materials for this art form. Due to the unique anatomy of the leaves this process requires no external dyes, inks or paints.
  • Understand the history, process and outcomes of eco-printing
  • Choose your custom combination of leaves
  • Assemble using the artistic elements of composition, design and color
  • Bundle and steam to extract pigment
  • Unroll your piece to reveal a one-of-a kind gift from nature
The final wash and iron result in a beautiful scarf you will be happy 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. Optional: Bring your favorite leaves from home if you like; see suggested list

Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab
register

$89 member/$109 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 

 

Contemporary Japanese Weaving - SAORI

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Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (125-10-26-19)
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
register

Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
$89 member/$119 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

register

Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
$89 member/$119 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Felted Luminarias

125-11-16-19
Saturday, November 16, 2019
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor, www.fiberenvy.net

Level
All levels, No experience necessary
Supplies
All fibers and materials included for 2 luminarias ($20 value)
Add a warm glow to any room with pretty, felted luminarias. The perfect accent for the mantle, dinner table, or any spot that needs a little soft illumination. These make lovely gifts as well!
Learn and practice traditional wet felting techniques
Assemble your luminaria using wool and a little soapy water
Add texture and other design embellishments
Use a variety of natural materials from plants like rose stems and bamboo
Bring from Home
Bag lunch, 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, Scissors, plastic bag to carry home wet items, apron (optional)

Limit 15, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

register

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

Create & Take Art Experience

125-12-14-19
Saturday, December 14, 2019
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Level
No experience required 
Supplies 
All supplies included to complete 2 projects
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Join our most popular Arboretum instructors for a day of create-and-take art, perfect for treating yourself or giving as gifts! Custom-select your perfect day with your choice of 2 projects listed below. 
Each project lasts 2 hours; 30 minutes for lunch.

Bengala Dyed Scarf 
Chiaki O'Brien, awarded the Jerome fiber artist grant in 2013 to study the Bengala process in Japan. She is the only person in Minnesota teaching this technique.
Bengala is a natural Japanese dye made from soil, ‘environmentally safe' and fun to use! All materials are included as well as a dozen of dye colors and tools to play with.
  • Learn about the history and cultural significance bengala
  • Pre-fix the material by kneading
  • Create the scarf's patterns by knotting, folding and tie-dyeing
  • Open the dyed bundle to see your finished scarf
The final reveal of your completed scarf is the most fun--you'll feel like you are opening an unexpected present!
NOTE: this dye has natural rubber latex in it, so this is not a good class for people who have latex allergy. 

Felted Ball Bracelet 
Jean Manrique, instructor with a passion for transforming natural materials into clothing & jewelry
Make a fun, colorful and unique bracelet out of wool fibers for yourself or as a gift! Receive detailed instructions and guidance while allowing lots of room for creativity!
  • Practice using needle-felting and wet-felting
  • Use your skills to create a beautiful set of felted balls
  • String the balls together with elastic string to make a bracelet
  • Accent your bracelet with a selection of decorative beads
Once you learn this technique, you'll be able to use your skills to make necklaces, earrings, cat toys, stress balls, dryer balls and more. This will be your "go to" accent piece all winter long. 

Nature Notecards
Ann Solyst, professional artist and illustrator 
Have you ever just wanted to relax and let your artistic impulses emerge? This is the session for you. Learn the basics of watercolor, acrylic and colored pencil in this fun, relaxed card making workshop. 
  • Receive instruction on mixing colors, composition and design
  • Explore properties of each medium: watercolor, acrylic paint and colored pencil
  • Create several designs with inspiration and guidance from instructor
  • Complete your own assortment of notecards & matching envelopes and/or gift tags
There will be a 30 minute lunch break. Bring a lunch from home, plan to purchase in the Arboretum Cafe, or pre-order an Optional Box Lunch (add $14)
Optional Box Lunch (add $14)
Served with potato chips, Craveworthy Cookies® and beverage, you will have your choice of sandwiches (select your preference at registration) Thai Beef Wrap; Mozzarella, Red Pepper, Balsamic & kale ciabatta; Turkey, feta, spinach & sundried tomato ciabatta

Limit 60, Check-in at Snyder Building- Fireplace Room (2nd floor)

$69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
register

 

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
register

$79 member/$99 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Felted Vessels & Bowls for Spring

125-03-14-20-01
Saturday, March 14, 2020
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

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
All supplies included: Merino wool in a variety of colors from bright to natural, tools & supplies ($25 value)
Learn the fascinating art of seamless feltmaking! As one of the most versatile textiles, this soft material provides a wonderful means of artistic expression. It is malleable, durable and can transform to be manipulated into all sorts of shapes. Felt your own vessel to hold flowers, chocolates, trinkets or to simply brighten up any shelf.
  • Use fine merino wool and a variety of decorative fibers
  • Learn to "sculpt" your vessel into any shape from organic to contemporary
  • Make the vessel reversible - two for the price of one!
Experience the magic as you leave with your organic three dimensional felt artwork to keep or give as a gift.
Note that some physical stamina needed for felting classes.
Bring from home:
Bag lunch/snacks, 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, plastic bag to carry home wet items, dress for mess, apron (optional).

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

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


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