Northeast Fiber Arts Center

The candy store for knitters, spinners, felters & weavers.

Class Schedule 2021

Note about classes in 2021

I am not offering classes until May of 2021 because of covid. And at that time will be limiting class sizes to abide the VOSHA standards for distancing and group gatherings. In addition, classes will be held out of doors in the garden (beneath canopies to protect from rain) and just as for shoppers, participants will be required to wear face masks until such time as health officials say it is safe not to!

I hope to post new fall classes later this spring - all dependent, of course, on where we stand with vaccines and travel and whether the health experts say it is OK to resume classes indoors.

 

2021 Classes

 

May 2021

 

Eco-Print a Silk Scarf (why not treat mom for Mother's Day?!)

Sat May 8th 10 - 3:30

Explore the possibilities of using actual leaves and flowers to print a silk scarf!

 

Treat yourself and your mom to a fun class together on this Mother's Day Weekend!

Eco-Printing, also called "botanical printing" is a form of natural dyeing. But instead of extracting the natural color from the leaves and flowers into a vat of water and then adding yarn or fabric to dye it a solid color as is traditionally done in natural dyeing, in this technique we actually apply the leaf or flower directly to the silk scarf and extract the inherent dye directly from the leaf/flower to create a "print" in the shape of the leaf or flower!

You'll have fun designing and printing a scarf from botanical material that you collect yourself from your garden or neighborhood or using leaves and flowers from my dye garden out back. I'll show you how to keep the background white and achieve clear prints (as in the blackberry leaf scarf far left), as well as guide you in how to create an interesting pattern combining different materials with the botanicals for a more abstract design (second from left) and then also explain how to add a background color using a few choices of natural dyes I'll make available (two scarves to the right). The three scarves on the right were all done by participants in last year's class, so they start to give you an idea (but just scratch the surface) of the range of possibilities you can achieve.

The silk scarf (100% charmeuse silk) will be provided and is included in the materials fee. It is 11 x 60.

Instruction fee $55 plus $ 20 for materials (silk scarf, mordants, propane)

 

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

 

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Spin Your Own Yarn!

Wed May 12, 19th and 26th: 6 - 7:30

Learn the fundamentals of spinning your own yarn on a wheel..

 

 

If you've been drooling over the beautiful colors of hand-dyed Blue Faced Leceister fiber hanging here in the store, or have been dazzled by the lustre and saturated colors of the hanks of 100% tussah silk, or maybe your neighbor has sheep and you have a source for wool fleeces, then why not join us and try your hand at spinning your own unique yarn!

During these three weeks, you'll learn the basics of spinning and plying yarn. From drafting to understanding your ratios and coordinating your treadling and hands, you'll learn what needs to be done to create a balanced yarn.

This is a great time to learn to spin and pick up a wheel - fleeces are freshly shorn and it is particularly lovely to spin out of doors so you'll have a whole summer to enjoy spinning in your yard and enjoy your garden!

So come explore the "zen" of spinning.

Instruction fee $55 plus $20 for materials (covers the wool you spin).

Class size limited to 6.

 

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

 

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June 2021

 

Shibori Market Bag

Sat June 12th 10 - 3:30

Learn the basics of shibori while designing a new market/knitting bag! Check back for more pics soon!

Shibori is a traditional Japanese resist-dyeing technique for putting pattern to fabric. It relies on the "pressing" or "squeezing" of fabric thru stitching, clamping, and/or folding, to create a pattern. And traditionally it was combined with the blue dye, indigo, but of course can be used with other natural dyes as well as all the chemical dyes.

I'll show a variety of techniques for creating shibori designs on your bag and you'll spend the morning stitching and/or clamping and preparing your bag for the pattern you like.

Then, after a break for lunch, you can choose a natural dye color from the several that I'll have available, including indigo, and we'll dye your bag.

The pre sewn bags are 100% cotton and feature an interior pocket (into which the bag can be stuffed). The bag measures 15" x 17" and has a 4" gusset. The handles are 26" long

Instruction fee $50 plus $ 20 for materials (bag, dyes, propane)

 

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

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Boro Unleashed with Lisa Binkley

June 26th & 27th, 10:00 - 5:00 PM

We will be socially distanced and wearing masks for sure, but given the warmer weather we can count on here in June, we'll hold both of Lisa's workshops in the garden beneath the dye canopies.

Boro mending, kantha cloth, the Quilts of Gee's Bend. Each of these evokes images of old, worn fabrics, simply but beautifully stitched for a new purpose out of need and salvaged cloth. Born of necessity in diverse cultures worldwide, contemporary fiber artists can learn much from these traditions both technically and aesthetically. In this workshop we explore the traditions that created these textiles and then look to them for inspiration in creating new works of fiber art.

Beginning with pieces of old fabrics-vintage linens, pieces of worn jeans, even bits of blankets or tattered garments-we select, curate, layer, and hand stitch them into new looks and new life. Techniques explored include non-traditional hand piecing and applique, hand quilting with heavier threads, inclusion of repurposed embellishments such as shirt buttons and beads from old jewelry, as well as design considerations in creating our compositions. This two-day workshop is a meditative blend of history, hand work, repurposing, and art making. This class is suitable for all levels of fiber artists.

Join artists Lisa Binkley in "boro-ing" a range of projects--mending jeans, stitching an apron, working on a wall hanging; making a piece that could be used for a bag or pillow cover

Under Lisa's guidance, you can plan a project with a specific use in mind or use the class time to explore various possitilities and begin a project you would finish at home.

Bring some fabrics/pieces that have special meaning to you - or - hit up Goodwill for some fabrics to upcycle and bring new meaning to them thru the artistry of the stitch!

Instruction fee $260 for this wonderful 2 day meditative workshop.

 

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

 


Dots & Dashes: The Language of the Hand-Made Stitch" with Lisa Binkley

June 23, 24 and 25th, 10:00 - 5:00 PM

We will be socially distanced and wearing masks for sure, but given the warmer weather we can count on here in June, we'll hold both of Lisa's workshops in the garden beneath the dye canopies.

     

Dots, dashes, lines, and other simple shapes have been used throughout history from ancient symbolic languages like Cuneiform through Morse code and beyond to communicate ideas and information. Hand stitching with beads and embroidery thread is a wonderful, meditative, expressive way to create textured and colored dots, dashes, lines, and shapes that can express their maker’s feelings and ideas. Just as each person has a distinct, recognizable style of hand writing, each artist can develop her/his own recognizable style of visual communication through hand stitching with embroidery thread and beads. The development of this textured “hand writing” or visual communication is the focus of this 3- to 5-day workshop. Issues explored include line, mass, visual movement, overlay, shading, and positive and negative space. In class students learn, experiment with, and expand on a broad range of hand-embroidery stitches, using embroidery thread and beads both together and independently. In the two- or three-day version of the workshop students work entirely on a sampler. In the four- and five-day versions of the workshop students come to class with a small, unembellished art quilts or fiber art panel that they would like to take to a new level through the addition of hand embroidery with beads and thread. Each day contains a combination of bead embroidery and thread embroidery demonstrations, viewing examples of technique applications, group discussion, and individual sketch and stitch explorations of ways to develop one’s own visual vocabulary using the techniques introduced in class. Time will also be dedicated to group discussion of works in progress and individual feedback by the teacher that is both supportive and idea-stimulating.

Instruction fee is $475.00

 

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

 

July 2021

 

Natural Dye and Eco Print Primer -

Make an Origami Wallet or have 2 cotton samplers 18" square!

Wed July 14th, 21st, and 28th 6 - 7:30

Get acquainted with the basics of natural dyeing, eco printing on cotton and even a little origami, if you like. Or skip the origami and you'll have 2 18" square (approx) pieces of printed cotton to do what you like with!

 

 

In this class you'll print 2 pieces of cotton approx 18" square. If you'd like, I'll show you how to turn those 2 pieces into a wallet thru origami folding in the last class. Or you can keep your 2 pieces of cotton cloth for some other purpose or as samplers.

But the point of the class is that the road to printing those 2 pieces of cloth that can become a wallet if you like, will introduce you to the basics of natural dyeing as well as eco-printing cotton.

So the first evening, we'll extract 3 or 4 natural dyes from the plant material so we have a range of colors to work with and so you understand varied ways of extracting the inherent dyes form plants.

The second week I'll introduce you to the process of eco-printing leaves and flowers and you'll layout your "print" design.

The third week (I'll have steamed your prints between classes) you'll choose a natural dye to overdye your "print" in and I'll show those of you who want, how to fold the origami wallet in a paper model while the prints cook. That way after you get home and your fabric prints dry, you can make the wallet if you like. If not, you'll have a couple pieces of cotton to stitch on and/or incorporate into another project of yours!

Instruction fee $60 plus $ 20 for materials (cotton fabric, mordants, dyes & propane).

Class size limited to 6.

 

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

 

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Silk Paper Making

TBD

Enjoy a glorious day making paper out of 100% silk in various weights suitable for quilting, book binding, lamp shade making, basketry, etc!

This is a workshop that usually appeals to a wide range of fiber artists - from felters to quilters, book artists to basket weavers!

You'll have a wonderful time working with many types of silk fiber while creating many pieces of paper - each suited to different purposes. So whether you want to use the silk paper in a quilt or felt garment, want to bind books with it or use it for wedding invitations or note cards or checkbook covers, you'd like to weave baskets with it or make an Uzbeki bread basket or lamp shade cover ......all of that is possible with this amazing technique. But the silk paper must be made differently for each application. And the different forms of silk - for example, from cultivated bombyx to wild type tussah, eri, & muga silks and using top, reeled silk, hankies(mawattas), cocoons, carrier rods and lap forms - have different aesthetics.

You'll learn all these variables while creating amazing pieces of silk paper using glorious colors and lots of fun embellishments!

Instruction fee: $ 95; materials fee collected at class $35 (covers all the silk and mediums)

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

 

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August 2021

 

Botanical Printing on Cotton

Sat Aug 2nd. 10 - 5

Learn the whys and wherefores of printing on cotton...

   

This class is about learning various techniques and methods to achieve varied outcomes in eco-printing. We are not "making something", but rather will work 6 samplers. So at the end of the day you'll have learned a lot of the nuances of eco-printing techniques and you'll have a reference library of 6 cotton pieces showing the varied results. From clear background to indigo dyed blue background; from steely grey to warm taupe

We'll be working with several different tannins and a couple of different mordants. On each sampler you can play with various leaves and flowers to also explore and gain experience laying out a design.

Instruction fee $75 plus $25 for materials (cotton for samples, mordants, tannins, propane)

 

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

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Sept - Dec 2021

Based on where we are with covid in late spring/early summer, I will add indoor classes here accordingly. So check back.

 

         

 

 

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

Classes are like traveling to an exotic land -

as Mark Twain once said about travel - you can lose yourself and find yourself at the same time!

 

To register for classes:

Three ways to register:

online, right here, press the Buy Now button for the class you are interested in and pay by Paypal or credit card

Print this registration form and mail it in with a check or your VISA/MC info for the amount of the instruction fee only. Materials fees will be collected at the time of class., OR

stop by the store!

Note: Any way you register, you must prepay to confirm your spot in a class.

Fees paid to confirm a spot are NOT refundable if, for any reason, you cannot attend.

If the class is cancelled by the teacher or store, then a full refund will be issued. Please don't register unless you are sure you can participate, but don't delay since most classes fill quickly.

In the event you sign up and can't make the class, you are welcome to send someone in your spot, but you are responsible for finding your replacement and making whatever financial arrangements between yourselves.

 

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Classes get added randomly based on what customers ask for when, and also based on when I am able to confirm dates and details with the instructors. So check back periodically or sign up for our once monthly newsletter since I always alert customers to new classes thru that.

 

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