Learn to create beautiful and functional baskets, weavings, fiber arts and felts. Using naturally harvested materials and mostly hand processed wool. Learn how to gather and prepare your own materials.
*This class is no longer happening in April and is rescheduled for August 15th-16th.
*This class is full in August. Check out the November stake and strand weaving class!
Late fall offers us a bounty of food. From roots at the peak of their energy storage, to fall nut harvests, to the last greens surviving the frost, the late Autumn landscape still provides foods to explore and harvest. This course will go into the seasonably available foods, as well as preparation and processing of across, one of the most abundant and nutritious or fall edibles.
Students will Learn how to make a black ash basket, start to finish. Students will work with a black ash log to prepare basket splints during the first part of the workshop, then trim the splints and pick a weaving project. Weaving projects will be small to medium gathering baskets or table top baskets. Time will be taken to properly finish the baskets with sturdy rims and handles.
Natural dyes are a beautiful and effective means to bring color to the fabrics in our lives. We will be focusing on dying wool, engaging with various natural materials employing non-toxic means. We will be able to pull the vivid richness of primary colors as well as the muted greens and grays that blend into the landscape. If you so choose, the following day you will be able utilize the naturally dyed wool in our felt hat making workshop making a colorful expression of the yourself and the world or a camofluge hat that can't be beat by conventional production.
This class focuses on the beauty and utility of learning how to process fibers from plants and animals to produce durable and strong thread and cord. A one day class.
Learn to identify and use willow to weave elegant and sturdy baskets. Deepen your knowledge of this classic weaving species and develop several different weaving methods. Beginners welcome! A two day class.
This class goes into the process of felting, an incredibly accessible means of making fabric from wool. During the class you will choose to start one of many project options that you will design and complete. A two day class.
In this one day course students will make their own felted hat. Felt is amazingly warm both wet or dry, naturally water repellent, and durable. The felting process allows us to take carted and dyed wool and build hats with several different designs and patterns. This means you can choose to make several styles of hat, such as a fedora, a boonie, or a simple beanie style hat.
Students work with a variety of important materials and processes such as bone and antler carving, soap stone carving, birch bark plaiting, advanced cordage and drop spindles, hand weaving, bent wood and rawhide burden baskets and more... A four day class.
Learn to weave birch bark with the diagonal plaiting method, a fun and accessible way to make beautiful and functional vessels. A one day class.
Learn to use this technique and you open a huge variety of weaving materials available in the natural world and can create everything from tiny woven baskets to large sturdy ones. A one or two day class.
Coiling is an ancient and versatile method of constructing vessels for a variety of functions and from a wide variety of natural, materials. A two day class.
A free event in which prospective students came come out and get a feel for the school and old students can come and see whats new and work on skills in an open setting. A one day event.