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ArtGourds  I -  Sena King
Sena's Enchanting Natural Art Gourds [10/29]
Are you ready to embark on a journey into the captivating world of ArtGourds? Join us for a week of creativity and fun that will fill your spirit with happiness creating one-of-a-kind wood-burned ArtGourds done just by you. This class is for anyone who wishes to explore the elusive art of creation. There are no rules to learn or major techniques to be mastered, just a hands on medium that will bring you years of enjoyment. We will cover the basics of cutting and preparing gourds; you will not have to do these  during class, but demonstration will allow you to be able to prepare your own pieces at home. Next, we will cover coming up  with and applying your own concepts and designs. There will be practice time to help you feel more confident, then, the most exciting part of all, burning (pyrography) your design onto the gourd and embellishing the design. Before you know it, you will have transformed  your initial idea  into your first Art Gourd creation gourd pieces for three projects. Additional material may be purchased. If you have a  variable-temperature  wood burner, bring it with you. Remember to bring glasses or magnification if needed, and do not forget to pack your enthusiasm; it is the best tool there is.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$95
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Sena King

 

 

Basketry  I -  Lorraine Garcia
[05/07, 05/14, 05/21, 07/09, 07/16, 07/23, 09/17, 09/24, 10/01]
This class is for the beginning student. Award-winning instructor Lorraine Garcia teaches basket making and so much more. Learn different weaves and techniques to  make stylish, fun and functional baskets that really stand out. You will create four different types of baskets using hand-dyed reed to enhance their beauty. Basket styles vary every year. All supplies and tools needed to create these wonderful baskets are supplied, but remember to bring is your enthusiasm.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$150
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$0
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Basketry  I - Alma Lambert
[07/30, 09/10]

Baskets made this session will be a cathead basket, a hearth basket, a teacup basket and a napkin basket. The cathead basket starts out with a square base and ends up round at the top. Turned upside down, it  resembles  the head of a cat. It is a purely decorative basket. The hearth basket holds pine cones, kindling, yarn or magazines. The teacup basket is for tea bag storage and is a giant teacup. The napkin basket is decorated in overlays and will  be made last so you can incorporate new techniques learned during the week. Shaping, twining and other techniques tips and tricks will be taught. All tools will be furnished. Lab fee covers all materials needed for the class and a twenty-page booklet of weaving techniques.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$150
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$0
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Basketry  I -  Joan Stoneham
A Step Above
[04/09, 04/30, 05/28, 06/18, 06/25, 07/02, 08/06, 08/13, 08/27, 09/03]

Decorate your home with warmth, charm and art by  weaving useful and artistic baskets in various shapes, size, colors and textures. We will cover baskets woven with flat reed, round reed, cane, cords, fibers and naturals. Using these elements, and several weaving techniques, ensures no two baskets will be alike. Absolutely no prior experience is necessary. Lab fee covers use of all tools (basket scissors, lashes, packers, spray bottles, basins, towels, sponges, tape measures, clothes pins, electrical ties, crimpers and several scarfers), as well as folders including Joan's original patterns and various handouts  of braiding and weaving techniques to enhance your baskets. Also included is use of four different tones of basket spray to finish your basket and achieve a professional appearance

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$65
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$45-55 PER BASKET
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Joan Stoneham

 

Beading I -  Dot Kasper
Stringing Gemstones and Pearls
[04/16, 04/23, 07/02, 08/20, 08/27, 09/03, 09/24, 10/01, 10/22, 10/29]
Dot teaches the basics of bead stringing. You will learn to knot using silk as first choice, select proper thread size, select stringing cord or wire, and implement different methods of closure including bead tips, continuous, French coil, cones and crimp beads. Learn techniques as you lay out and design. Students work on their own creations, at their own pace. Choose from a large selection of gemstone beads, pearls, other natural  materials,  crystals,  glass beads, sterling silver, 14kt gold-filled, copper and other metals. Beads, tools and all supplies needed may be purchased from the instructor. Returning students, bring your work in progress, your beading tools and new ideas. You may also redesign old necklaces, clean and restring your pearls, and repurpose little treasures into new jewelry. Cost of the class will depend on what you purchase.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$0
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $50-300
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Dot Kasper

 

 

Beading I - Lorna Larson
Stringing, Knotting and Design [05/21,  05/28,  07/16, 07/23]

This class introduces beading design, teaches evaluation of a bead's suitability for knotting and covers how to string using a variety of materials. We will also learn to dye silk thread to match or complement bead colors. The first project will be knotting a short necklace and attaching a single clasp. The second will cover knotting a necklace long enough to go over the head without a clasp. Experienced students may substitute other projects such as simple bead weaving. Later projects may include a variety of other necklace styles, earrings or bracelets. If desired, you can learn to make small wire accent beads for your projects as well. Feel free to bring your own beads or old necklaces to rework or repair. Tools, findings, beads, stringing material and other supplies will be available for purchase. We will use beads made from glass, stone or minerals. Stringing material available will include nylon coated stainless steel cable  (Beadalon,  Soft Touch,  Soft  Flex or Griffin), stretch nylon, cord, wire, Fireline, Power Pro and stretch threads such as Stretch Magic. Lab fee covers glue, three flexible needles, three feet of base metal wire and a handout, as well as findings and thread for the first two (or similar) projects. The instructor provides tools for in-class use. Total materials cost depends on your purchases.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$15
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $50-300
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Lorna Larson

 

Beading  I  -  Becky Patellis
Design and Techniques - Beyond the Basics [04/09, 05/07, 06/04, 07/02, 07/09, 08/13, 09/10]
Classes consist of beading techniques with an emphasis on intricate designs and personal style as they apply to necklaces, earrings, pins, watches, etc. We will also discuss pricing and marketing of finished projects. This class has good information for the beginner, as well as for the more advanced student. Beads, stringing materials, findings and tools will be available for purchase from the instructor. Materials cost varies depending on the projects you choose and what supplies you bring. You are encouraged to bring some wirework, PMC, lampwork or silver projects you might have done that you wish to incorporate into your beading. Lab fee covers patterns, design and embellishment materials, a sampling of beading supplies, thread, needles and wire. To see examples of previous students' work, visit BECKYPATELLISJEWELRYDESIGNS.COM.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$40
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $150-300
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Becky Patellis

 

Beading, Seed I -  Barbara Green
Bead Weaving
[05/14, 05/21, 05/28, 07/02, 07/16, 10/08, 10/15]
We will start by learning to make a beaded bezel around a cabochon using peyote stitch in the round, and then we will do a beaded bezel around a rivoli. You will have the opportunity to learn other stitches such as right angle  weave, herringbone, simple spiral, double spiral and many more. Feel free to bring your own materials and tools if you are an experienced beader; otherwise, supplies will be available. Lab fee covers everything needed to make the first project. The class is at your own pace. No    experience is  necessary,   however   the  experienced   beader  will  find  challenging projects to work on as well.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$30
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $75-150
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Barbara Green

 

Beading, Seed 1 - Judy Kelly
Kumihimo  and Bead Crochet
[08/20, 08/27]

This class focuses on teaching kumihimo for use in multi- media projects, with the option to learn bead crochet if desired. Those choosing to focus on kumihimo will have time to tackle additional high-level projects. Bead crochet or kumihimo may be used as either a major or a minor element of your unique designs. You will learn how to load your thread with combinations of patterns that flow together within a single project, and how to incorporate your visions within these designs. Some, more difficult, designs will incorporate different bead sizes, as well. You will leave with extremely difficult design that requires additional time). Most students will complete four to five unique projects. Lab fee covers all materials required to complete a minimum of three high level multi-media projects, such as lampwork focal pieces that Judy creates during the winter for your use and other unique works worthy of being included in your projects. You will leave with a firm understanding of how to create your own, unique works of art.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$125
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Judy & Lawrence Kelly

 

Beading, Seed  I -  Kathy Morris
[04/09, 10/22]
This is a fun and relaxed class; there is no rush, you bead at your own speed. We will begin by learning to make a peyote stitch project. As the week continues, you will have the opportunity to learn other stitches such as right angle, herringbone, simple spiral, double spiral and many more. We will also cover reading patterns and what kinds of clasps are best, as well as attaching those clasps to complete your projects. Many patterns and beads will be available. This class needs no experience, but experienced beaders are welcome. Lab fee covers mat, needle, triangle and as many copies of patterns as you want.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$30
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $100+
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Kathy Morris

 

Beading, Seed  I -  Connie Nabholz
Bead Weaving [08/06]
In this class, you will create some wonderful jewelry while exploring numerous off-loom techniques. First, we will create a necklace using the Dutch Spiral stitch. This necklace incorporates several sizes of seed beads and is embellished with crystals. Then, we will create a necklace with fan-shaped focals using brick stitch and incorporating crystals or gemstone teardrops. We will explore herringbone stitch, both flat and tubular, creating several projects using many variations to the stitch, including increasing and decreasing. In addition, we will create a bracelet using right-angle weave stitched with metallic seed beads and crystals and make a necklace or bracelet using the many variations of spiral rope chain. Finally, we will learn to make bead woven clasps to complement our bracelets and necklaces. Lab fee covers instructional materials, beading mat, needles, assorted beads and thread. Kits in several color palettes, as well as other materials, will be sold as needed.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$25
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $150-250
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Connie Nabholz

 

Beading, Seed I -  Connie Nabholz
Bead  Embroidery
[07/30]

This class will explore basic bead embroidery stitches, as well as attaching cabochons and focal pieces, using peyote stitch to make a bezel for a cabochon, and numerous embellishment techniques. Projects will include a cuff or bracelet, a necklace or pendant, and a pair of earrings. We will explore jewelry design and placement of focal pieces to make each piece unique, and add beads, crystals and other materials to our designs. We will also cover the techniques used to fill the space around focal pieces, and learn to finish each piece using ultra suede and edging techniques. Kits will be used for all projects. Lab fee covers instructional materials, beading mat, needles, assorted beads and Fireline thread. Kits in several color palettes, beads, bracelet blanks, focals, backing materials, ultra-suede and other materials will be available for sale as needed. Seed beads in sizes 8, 11 and 15 will be available in numerous shapes and finishes. Some unique focal pieces will be available as well. There are no prerequisites for the class; however, you should be comfortable with small handwork.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$25
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $150-200
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Connie Nabholz

 

Beading, Seed I -  Jennifer  Shibona
Freeform Bead Weaving
[06/04, 09/17]
This class is open to beginners and those with previous experience. During orientation, we will discuss each student's experience. We will also go  over  different threads, sizes of beads, etc. We will use two to  five  different stitches to complete our  projects,  including  peyote, brick stitch, right angle weave, herringbone and bead embroidery. After working small pieces with these different stitches, you will then meld them together, adding focal beads, accent beads and wire components  to form your finished piece. You can either use wire to form your closure or make a woven toggle or embroidered button out of beads. Lab fee covers one focal component,  2-3  different size seed  beads  and  other  miscellaneous supplies needed to start projects. Additional  materials  will be available for purchase. You will need to bring scissors, flat-nose and round-nose piers, thread conditioner (if you use it), a task light and magnifying glasses (if you  use them). Feel free to bring beads from your own stash to use  in your project. http://www.madchiwawadesigns.com

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$35
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $125-175
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Jennifer Shibona

 

Beading, Seed II -  Kathy Morris
[04/16, 10/29]
Building on your skills from the level I class, we will delve into more difficult weaves, including Japanese loom  weaving (only four ends to weave in). All necessary beads and patters will be available, but if you have patterns that you would like to try, please bring them. We will review reading patterns. Lab fee covers mat, needle, triangle and as many copies of patterns as you want. This is a fun and relaxed class. There is no rush, you bead at your own speed.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$30
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $100+
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Kathy Morris

 

Beading, Seed II -  Connie Nabholz
Freeform Peyote Stitch
[06/18]
Get out of the box and design a beautiful freeform peyote stitch bracelet. You will learn numerous embellishing and edging techniques to finish this bracelet.  We  will  then  move on to create a freeform peyote necklace, further enhancing your techniques.  We will also be adding  areas of right angle weave, herringbone and other stitches and techniques to each piece. Many fringing and embellishing techniques will be explored as well. We will  use  seed  beads in sizes 8 to 15 in numerous shapes  (cubes, triangles, two-hole Tila beads, etc.) and learn to transition these sizes in our designs. We will create an asymmetrical pair of earrings, as well, to complete the set.  Lab  fee  covers step-by-step, illustrated lesson plans, instructional materials, beading mat, needles and thread. Kits for each project, in several color palettes, will be available for purchase. Seed beads, focals, larger beads and other materials will be sold as needed. Students need to bring scissors, flat nose pliers, and thread conditioner to  class.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$25
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $135-175
PREREQUISITES:.KNOWLEDGE OF PEYOTE STITCH AND HAVE COMPLETED SEVERAL OFF-LOOM BEAD-WEAVING PROJECTS

Connie Nabholz

 

Beading, Seed II -  Connie Nabholz
Russian Leaf Stitch
[06/25]
This class will explore Russian Leaf stitch, starting with the creation of a pendant and earrings. You will then create a peyote-stitched bracelet and embellish it with Russian leaves and a crystal rivoli bezeled with seed beads and small crystals. Students will be using seed beads to create Russian leaves at first; then we will create leaves using 2mm crystals in place of the seed beads. The bracelet also incorporates a bead woven clasp. Lab fee covers step-by-step, illustrated lesson plans, instructional materials, beading mat, needles and thread. Kits for each project, in several color palettes, will be available for purchase. Other materials will be sold as needed. Students need to bring scissors, flat nose pliers, and thread conditioner to class.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$25
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $150-200
PREREQUISITES:. HAVE CREATED SEVERAL PROJECTS USING OFF-LOOM BEAD­ WEAVING TECHNIQUES AND BE COMFORTABLE WITH PEYOTE STITCH

Connie Nabholz

 

 

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