Category: Classes

Bobbin Lace

By , December 1, 2010 7:38 pm

This fall I took a six week class at the Textile Center to learn the basics of bobbin lace.  Bobbin lace is technically a type of weaving, but it is done with pairs of bobbins and pins instead of the traditional warp, weft & shuttles.

The Snake was our first project and used 7 pairs of bobbins.

Check out those beady eyes!

Our next two projects were exploring the half stitch and the cloth stitch.

Our last project was some delicate nursery lace.

I really enjoyed this class once I got used to the new techniques needed in bobbin lace.  I have some great ideas I’d like to try out once I get through the frantic Christmas knitting on my needles right now…

And now for something completely different…

By , October 31, 2010 2:18 pm

This past summer, rhymeswithfun and I signed up to take a beginning pottery class together.

It definitely took me a few weeks to get the feel of working with clay, but it was definitely fun to do something outside of my normal realm of fiber-y comfort.

I ended up with nine finished pieces and although most would be perfect for holding rusty screws in the garage, I think a few turned out okay.

All in all, a great learning experience and definitely something I would try again!

Woodland Creatures

By , October 30, 2010 2:17 pm

A few months back, rhymeswithfun and I were able to take another great class at the Textile Center – Woodland Creatures!

We learned basic embroidery techniques as well as how to dye wool felt with Kool-Aid.

But the best part was that The Madre was in town and joined us to make an adorable owlet!

Woven Shibori

By , June 12, 2010 9:42 pm

Throughout the month of May, my friend Elisa and I spent our Saturdays at the Weaver’s Guild taking a wonderful class on woven shibori taught by Traudi Bestler.  Woven shibori was developed by Catharine Ellis and it was her book, Woven Shibori, that we worked from throughout the class.

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Silk Fusion

By , June 11, 2010 8:24 pm

Back in April I took yet another class at the Textile Center, this time taught by Susan Stein on silk fusion (also known as silk paper, but silk fusion sounds cooler, doesn’t it?)

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Long Overdue

By , June 10, 2010 8:23 pm

These last few months have just FLOWN by and I am so behind on so many posts.  So without further ado, here are some long overdue photos of the awesome weekend workshop I took at the Textile Center back in March, entitled Artful Knit:  A Sculptural Approach to Knitting taught by Adrienne Sloane.

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Crochet Revisited

By , February 7, 2010 4:36 pm

The Madre went above and beyond this past Christmas and gifted me several awesome knitterly gifts, including a beautiful set of 10″ Straight Harmony knitting needles.

I quickly decided that the polyester case they arrived in did not do them justice and they needed some sort of fantastic vessel to display their rock star qualities.  Enter my crazy idea to attempt another crochet project with a big pretty ball of Noro Big Kureyon that’s been kicking around in my stash for who knows how long.

I quickly realized that whatever it was I thought I learned how to do over Christmas (rav link) was not what one would call ‘normal crochet’.  This latest attempt (rav link) ended up being a free form conglomeration of crochet-like stitches that sort of looked like I intended.  (Actually, I’m sure they’re some sort of valid crochet stitches but they’re definitely not the basic sc, dc, and tc stitches the original pattern I attempted called for…)

Enter the ever awesome Crafty Planet to the rescue!  This past weekend I took the first of three beginning crochet classes which will hopefully set me on the right crochet path once and for all.  We’re working on a market bag which so far looks pretty cool although not exactly to the ‘looks like a bag’ stage yet.

Maybe I stand a chance at tackling this crochet thing yet!?!

Summer Collage Scarf

By , April 21, 2009 9:05 pm

Saturday I took another class at The Fiber Studio – Nuno Felted Summer Collage Scarf taught by Jill Lynn.  What a great class!!

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The night before I did some frantic last minute shibori dyeing of some ugly silk, cotton and linen shirts I bought at a local thrift store.  What else are second bathroom bathtubs for anyway?

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Jill was great at sharing all sorts of  little tips and tricks, ensuring we all got great results.

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The front of my scarf consists of my shibori dyed silks, cottons and linens, along with some devoré satins and velvets I picked up at The Fiber Studio.   The backside is merino top and several silk hankies I also picked up at The Fiber Studio.

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I love the incredible textures you get in nuno felting!

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I can’t decide which side I like better.  The silk hankies give such a beautiful ethereal effect.

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Another great felting success!

Painted Skeins

By , April 4, 2009 7:39 pm

Today I took the Paint A Wool Skein class at the Weavers Guild.  Aimee Radman is a great teacher and it was a really fun class.

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We mixed enough colors to paint two skeins.  The hardest part was waiting for the colors to set and yarns to cool before the final rinse. skein2_2

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The colors really blossomed beautifully after finishing.

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What a great class!

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Pop! Goes the Fair Isle

By , February 11, 2009 10:56 pm

Tonight was the second night of our Fair Isle class, so rhymeswithfun and I stopped at POP! for some delicious eats before heading back down the street to Crafty Planet.

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Delicious Chicken Satay Salad anyone?  Or perhaps some yummy Pasta B?

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My hat is coming along well, although I really hope Gretchen (our awesome teacher) is right about it settling down some once I block it.  I was a bit tight with my stitches in the beginning, but I think I’ve finally got the tension thing a little more under control.  About time, I say.  Look at those ripples!

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I have a about 8 rows left before I block it and then I’m done!!

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