Jewelry & Wearable Art
Classes & Workshops

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

Eco-Print Scarf - Wear the Arboretum

Saturday, April 14
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
Using a natural hand-dyed silk scarf provided by the instructor, learn how to impress foliage: leaving the colors and shapes of the plant material intact on the scarf. This process is possible due to the unique anatomy of the leaves and requires no external dyes, inks or paints. Explore the chemistry of the plants you choose to use and learn the sustainable methods of harvesting materials for this art form. Begin the class with a search for your custom combination of leaves, or bring some of your own from home. Back in the classroom, Jean will introduce the artistic elements of composition, design and color as you create your wearable masterpiece: The plants are bundled and steamed to extract pigment, then washed and ironed to produce your finished product. The magic happens when you unroll your piece to reveal a one of kind gift from nature. This small class ensures one-on-one attention as you work through your project from start to finish. Just bring yourself; all materials are included to make and bring home a natural hand dyed silk scarf. 

Optional Bring-Your-Own Foliage List

SUGGESTED (OPTIONAL): Bring your own favorite leaves from home. See supply list for suggestions.
Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

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

Sarah Bober

Origami Earrings

Thursday, May 3
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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

No experience necessary
To usher in the spectacular summer exhibition "Origami in the Garden," join us for a fun, educational evening that will allow you show off your new-found (or long held) origami skills. You will learn the folding techniquies as you work on pieces from origami and chiyogami paper. To finish the project, seal the earrings with a durable coating and attach the jewelry wires. Wear these beautiful one-of-a-kind earrings or give as gifts (Mother's Day is right around the corner). Just bring yourself; all materials are included to make and bring home a unique pair of origami earrings. 

Limit 30, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab 

$29 member/$59 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 


Japanese Weaving: SAORI

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Saturday, May 19
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

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. 

 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

Saturday, May 19
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab (outside, weather permitting)
$89 member/$119 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies


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 suppliesregister

Leslie Granbeck

Felted Slippers

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,

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 


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