Jewelry & Wearable Art
Classes & Workshops

Wear your love of nature! Create beautiful wearable art inspired by the Arboretum, and using natural materials!

Sarah Bober 

Japanese Braiding Technique: Kumihimo Necklace

Saturday, July 13
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry; level One Certified Art Clay Instructor

All levels
All supplies included

Explore the ancient art of Kumihimo, a Japanese braiding technique. You will learn the traditional round braid using 8 cords. Once you learn the pattern you can add various colors, use cords made from satin or silk, or even add beads. Students will create a beautiful woven necklace using this incredibly versatile technique.

Limit 25, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$29 member/$49 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Japanese Weaving - SAORI

Saturday, July 20 (125-07-20-19-01)
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Chiaki O'Brien, SAORI Certified Instructor; former instructor at SAORI head office in Japan

No experience necessary 
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. 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 during the warm months, these classes may be held outdoors to enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the Arboretum's natural surroundings.

Optional supplies:
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
Sold out, add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
$89 member/$119 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and allsupplies
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

Sarah Bober

Make a Pure Silver Necklace Using a Real Arboretum Leaf

Saturday, July 27
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry; level One Certified Art Clay Instructor

No experience necessary
All supplies included ($40 value)

Use a real leaf from home or from the Arboretum to design a beautiful pendant accented with a sparkling gemstone. Each necklace will be unique and the perfect memento of your visit to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Pieces are made using Art Clay Silver which becomes pure silver once fired. Completed jewelry pieces will be fired after class and available for pickup at the Arboretum in one week or can be shipped for a small additional fee.

Limit 16, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
$89 member/$109 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


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