Join other weavers to explore traditional tapestry designs. Thanks to our BARN woodworking friends, we have a set of Navajo-style looms that also can be adapted to Salish-style weaving.
Learn to warp the looms, explore fiber choice and pattern. You can use one of our new looms or any loom setup for tapestry-style weaving.
We decide on our learning journey as a group. Please register for this event.
This event is free for members, guests pay a $20 drop-in fee.
Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols.
Terry Winer and Catherine Camp lead this group, as fellow explorers of these techniques, and who hope to be accomplished tapestry weavers some day.
*Prerequisites are required to take this class. Please see below.
In the first session of this two-session class, you’ll learn the essentials of BARN’s CNC Lathe, and the operating concepts to safely operate it. We’ll cover CNC lathe basics beginning with the details of the machine, understand lathe motion on the Z & X axes, selecting and establishing part-zeros, various cutting tools in the tool library, and diameter & Z-offsets. We’ll also touch on different ways to generate g-code (the language that instructs the CNC machine what to do and where to do it).
In the second session, we’ll load a model created by one of the students into Fusion 360, examine and prove the CAM setup and g-code, cut some air, and then cut some metal.
Prerequisites - The prerequisites provide an important foundation for learning how to use the CNC Lathe and use of it during open studio:
Please login to your BARN account and click on "My event registrations" to ensure you have completed the required prerequisites before you register for this class.
Instructor Bio: As a young man, David Hays worked as a machinist while gaining his engineering degrees and went on in his later years to create his own hobby machine shop that included a DIY CNC mill.
Contact: David Hays at David@Haysys.com
Time to grab your knitting and head to BARN!! Join knitting enthusiast Betsy Hagestedt, share your projects and plan your next one. Explore new ideas, finish projects and see what fellow knitters are making. This is a great time to immerse in fiber and friendship!
To be notified about this event, please register, drop-ins are welcome.
Free to members, $10.00 drop in fee for guests.
Registration is not required.
Betsy Hagestedt had been working with fiber since she was in elementary school, having learned to sew and knit from her mom. As an anthropologist, she uses her fiber practice as a means of connecting with people from other cultures, embracing the universal nature of the fiber arts. Knitting gradually became her specialization due its portability as she began to travel around the world. You can see some of her fiber experiments on her Instagram feed at behestknits.
Bring your handwork projects and stitch with your BARN friends.
What is slow stitch? Basically, we’re considering anything you do with yarn or thread by hand, slow stitch. This includes knitting, crochet, embroidery, needlepoint, mending, tatting and other handwork.
To receive a reminder notice about this event, please register. Drop-ins are welcome.
Free to members, guests $10.00 drop in fee.
Host: Dale Walker
Calling All Weavers:
Do you like to weave on a rigid heddle loom?
Crazy about frame loom weaving?
In love with weaving on floor looms?
Does weaving tapestry pieces make your heart flutter?
Do you love turning cards when you tablet weave?
Do you want to practice your inkle loom weaving?
If your answer to one or more of these questions is yes, then drop on by and come hang out with your fellow weavers every Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.
If you would like a reminder before each session, you can register. Drop-ins are welcome.
Come spin with us
Everyone - first-timers to experts are welcome! Spin on one of BARN's spinning wheels or bring your own. Dive into BARN's stash of fleece or bring your own.
Whether you've been spinning for years or you are just curious, drop by and check out BARN's spinning community. Emily is excited about getting you started in spinning, so come on in.
To receive reminder emails about this event, please register. Drop-ins are welcome.
Free to members, guests $10.00 drop in fee
Host: Emily Grice
Love making bags of all kinds? Curious about how to start? Got some great tips you’d like to share? Join us for a monthly discussion about bags!
This group is guided by the folks who come. We have a topic each month - usually with a presentation - plus show-and-tell. This is a great place to ask your fellow attendees your burning bag questions. Bring your bags, your questions, and your successes!
Free to members, $20 drop-in fee for guests. Please register so we know you are coming and you get notifications of the next meeting.
The group is led by rotating studio volunteers.
A creative, multimedia approach to enhancing old, abandoned prints can extend the life of unfinished prints.
New ways to continue working on old prints are demonstrated with the intention of taking risks in order to let go of judgment and results. Additional layers of paint, pen and ink, drawing, stamping, sewing, water-colored pencils, water-color crayons, and collage are encouraged.
The additions to your print need to be taken from your own work. Stamps need to be your own design. Please do not bring any decorative papers or magazines.
Class discussions and demonstrations center on methods and materials used in the creative process. The instructor and students are encouraged to offer material suggestions or share what they bring when appropriate.
This is not a formal class; instruction will not be given. We share techniques and our work.
Bring whatever materials you think you’ll want to supplement BARN materials listed. For example: acrylic paint, sumi inks, crayons, colored pencils, graphic pencils of a particular kind, scissors you like using, stencils, drawing pad, etc.
View BARN’s current COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
For those who might need physical assistance, learn more about our Companion Program.
Virginia Davison - While she began her artistic career in college as a painter, she found her voice carving plaster by graduation. For the next 25 years, Virginia carved alabaster and marble and became an avid gardener, working the land around her two-acre parcel on Bainbridge. After her two kids graduated college, she reinvented herself again by taking classes at Pratt in collage and printmaking. Her years since 2007 have been devoted to these art forms. She has shown her work locally at the Bainbridge Library, Grace Church, Blackbird Bakery, the Big Art Studio on Day Road, and the BARN Bazaar.
Making a film isn’t as hard as you think! Many people assume that filmmaking requires fancy equipment and expensive software, but for this class, all you need is a phone with a camera and a computer (preferred), iPad, or phone that can run iMovie (a free editing software). No experience necessary.
During this class, you create a short film of two to five minutes. Starting with the very basics of what makes a good story, we work our way through screenwriting, shooting, and editing. At the end, you can show off all your hard work at the wrap party!
After taking this class, in addition to producing a short film, you will have the knowledge and materials to continue creating short films on your own, whenever you want.
Ayla Greenstein is a longtime Bainbridge Island resident, and a junior at the Downtown School in Seattle. She has always enjoyed watching movies, but really fell in love with filmmaking during a week-long internship in the 8th grade. Since then, she has taken five other film classes through school, the New York Film Academy, and the School of Creative and Performing Arts. She has produced more than 10 short films and documentaries.
A different set of stitches or needlework techniques are the focus each month as we explore how to do it and what we can create with it.
In January, we explore some of the many aspects of buttonhole stitch, and decide where to go from there based on the interest and experience of the group.
If you would like to be reminded of this event, please register, drop ins are welcome.
Fiber Studio volunteers lead the group.
Make a set of three custom darts that will give you bragging rights in your family room or local sports bar.
In this two-session class, while making your own sporting darts, you can advance your machining skills as you craft three custom, phosphorous bronze dart barrels (bodies), and finish with commercial points, shafts and flights. You’ll drill and tap the barrels for the points and shafts with a 2BA British tap, learn to cut the proper tapers on the bodies, and execute the style of knurling and grooving you decide to machine into your dart barrels. See an example is in the hallway between the Welding and Jewelry studio doors.
Eli Backer with Andy assisting.
This class has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Have a garment you love so much it has worn out? Or you want more in multiple colors or fabrics? Join us to clone your clothing to create a pattern you can make again and again.
Learn how to analyze your garment’s assembly, determine what pattern pieces you need and what they should look like and create a new pattern. Then cut the pattern from your new fabric and, finally, assemble your new garment.
Chosen garments should be woven and fit you reasonably well. Please note: your existing garment may be damaged beyond repair during its analysis.
Students meet with Jackie via Zoom on Jan. 15 to discuss the clothing you’d like to clone and go over any other questions you might have.
Supplies to Bring:
Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols.
BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.
Jackie Kelly - Jackie taught fashion design and construction for 25 years before her retirement. In the '70s, she was a pattern maker for Santa Cruz Imports, had her own line of clothes, and ran various fashion shows. In the ‘80s, she managed Shirley Hyatt Designs while having one of her own gowns featured in a Nordstrom trunk show. In the ‘90's, Jackie enjoyed a season costuming at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival before moving to Washington to teach full time. Jackie continues her love of sewing and fashion by adding to her own wardrobe and designing and constructing garments on commission.
* This class has prerequisites. See below.
Build a small, Shaker-style table to use as a lamp stand or night stand as you learn to take a project from initial idea to finished project.
This class is designed for students who know the basics of using tools but want to further those skills under the guidance of an experienced instructor.
This class includes:
You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.
Ted Newman - Ted studied woodworking and has assisted in classes at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. He is active in BARN's woodworker group and volunteers as a safety monitor.
Join a book club tailored to writers! Each 1.5-hour Zoom meeting includes a short discussion of the assigned reading chapters and relevant exercises to do together during the workshop. Think of it as a guided study group.
This session will cover the entire book NAKED, DRUNK, AND WRITING by Adair Lara, which focuses on learning to write personal essays without insecurities.
Make a sturdy box with hand-cut dovetail corner joints as you build your woodworking skills and learn fundamental steps common to all hand-cut joinery.
As you build a poplar box about 6 inches wide, 12 inches long and 3½-4 inches tall, you will learn how to design, lay out, and mark the dovetails, and how to cut them accurately and efficiently using hand saws and chisels. You'll also learn tricks for getting a perfect fit. Depending on the pace of the class, you will finish your box using a combination of hand and power tools. There may be time to make a lid.
Dovetails started out as a practical solution to keep drawers from coming apart as people tugged and pushed them in and out. Today, they still serve that purpose. But, in an era when there are machine-assisted ways to join wood at right angles and mechanical drawer slides, hand-cut dovetails have become a code for fine craftsmanship.
You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
Paul Kury - Paul studied woodworking at Lonnie Bird’s School of Fine Woodworking in Dandridge, Tenn., and has been an active woodworker for more than 40 years. His preference is 18th-century furniture. Paul also volunteers as a woodworking safety monitor at BARN.
This class has been canceled.We apologize for the inconvenience.
Are you ready to make a piece of jewelry that is more complex and refined?
In this class, you will apply the fabrication techniques and tools that you already know to create one or more pieces of your own design. The instructor will help you evaluate your design; create a pattern; identify materials; outline the steps needed to make your piece; and coach you through the process of completing it.
Bring your design ideas and any materials you have to the first class. A limited variety of materials will be available for purchase: sterling silver sheet and wire as well as copper and brass sheet and wire.
This class is for people with intermediate fabrication skills.
Participants should plan on attending Open Studios between classes.
Joan Hammond began working in metal in 1994 when she started taking metalsmithing classes as an antidote to documenting computer software. What she discovered was a medium that not only utilized her previous training in painting, printmaking, and ceramics but also opened the possibilities of creating art that can be worn. Family artifacts and history, plants and animals, and the textiles and jewelry of non-Western cultures inspire her current work, which she executes using various fabrication techniques, including chasing and repoussé.
Hammond exhibits locally and nationally, and her work has been published in Metalsmith magazine’s Exhibition in Print. She is a member of the Seattle Metals Guild; has served on the Board of Northwest Designer craftsmen; and co-chaired a national conference for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She is currently the Lead for the Jewelry and Fine Metals Studio at BARN.
Learn to create a stained-glass window in this class for beginners and those looking to refresh their skills.
A stained-glass window measuring about 20 inches by 20 inches.
A $78 materials fee included in the class price covers glass, drafting paper, pattern film, zinc and lead, and miscellaneous other supplies. Students are encouraged to use glass from the glass studio. However, you can buy or bring your own.
Gregg Mesmer was recognized as an Island Treasure in 2015. He and his wife, Diane Bonciolini, both of Mesolini Glass Studio, moved to Bainbridge Island in 1977 and started their iconic glass studio. They have been working in the art glass industry professionally for decades. Their expertise, however, goes beyond glass cutting to include other types of fabrication, all aspects of creating stained glass art, copper foil, glass fusing, public art, and teaching.
Over the years they have worked on many community Art in Public Places projects such as the Bainbridge Beach Glass Quilt, the Waypoint beach glass project, Rotary Centennial Park, as well as others. Many of their projects include school-age students on Bainbridge and beyond. Gregg has taught for Northwest Art Glass, the Bainbridge Park & Recreation District, and Olympic College.
Join fellow weavers one day a month for a year-long study group to view Jane Stafford’s Online Weaving Guild episodes on our big screen TV in BARN's small classroom. Learn new weaving techniques while we share our successes as weavers.
Find more about Season 6's topics and resources here.
Participants need to enroll in the JST Online Guild. The online guild requires a fee to join, which is not covered by BARN. Once you join, you also will have access to all past episodes and helpful information posted on the JST Weaving School website. Please register so you can get reminders for the upcoming episodes.
We will watch episodes the Wednesday after they are released:
Facilitated by Weaving Studio volunteers
Build a unique slab bench or small table in this seven-session class.
Create a piece that highlights the natural beauty in a slab's swirling grain or intriguing color known as spalting. Preserve a live edge, rip a straight-line edge or combine the two styles into your design.
In the first session, design considerations, suitable wood and several options of styles for top and base are covered. The instructor walks you through the process of drawing up your design ideas and turning them into working plans.
Following sessions are devoted to building your project and preparing it for final finish.And the final session covers finish options and application techniques. Take home enough finish to apply multiple coats to your completed project.
Working at your own pace is encouraged. Be prepared to spend additional time during Open Studios if necessary to complete your project. Open Studio is always free for members. Non-members can use the shop during these times without additional charge while working on a class project.
This class is open to students with intermediate skills who are comfortable using the shop tools. At a minimum, you must have completed Orientation to the Woodshop, Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2. Multiple sessions are listed on the Woodworking Calendar. Please see "My event registrations" in your BARN account to confirm you have completed the pre-requisites before you register for this class
A $35 materials fee included in the class fee covers a moderate amount of epoxy and other shop materials. If your project requires a lot of epoxy, you may need to pay more; the instructor will discuss this with you.
You need to supply wood for your project. You can buy wood from BARN, purchase it elsewhere or bring what you have from your wood stash. Registrants will receive information about how to select appropriate wood. The moisture issues associated with use of BARN's SawStop table saws aren't critical for this project unless your slab is thicker than two inches. You can store your wood in the shop between sessions.
"An inspirational class! So much cool stuff to practice on many slab projects to come!!" — Ryan Boone (his hall bench is pictured), www.ryanboonedesign.com
Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi - Carol is a professional woodworker who specializes in restoration of antique furniture through her business, C-Saw, on Bainbridge Island. She also makes custom furniture, including the slab coffee table in the Commons at BARN.
Pi shawls are infinitely versatile and can be as simple or complex as you want them to be. They begin with a few stitches in the middle and become a large circle with simple increases at specific intervals, forming distinct sections that can each be knit in a different pattern.
Want something simple? Choose your favorite color and use garter or stockinette. Want something complex and challenging? Design a custom lace motif for each section. Don’t want to make a full circle? Make a half-pi shawl.
During our first meeting we go through the basic pattern together and discuss options for increasing, as well as what you need to consider when choosing designs for the sections. During later meetings we check in with each other, troubleshoot, and watch as the beautiful patterns emerge!
Ideas and/or needles and yarn for a pi shawl (approximately 1500-2000 yds, depending on the yarn weight and needle size).
Betsy Hagestedt - Betsy has been working with fiber since she was in elementary school, having learned to sew and knit from her mom. As an anthropologist, she uses her fiber practice as a means of connecting with people from other cultures, embracing the universal nature of fiber arts. Knitting gradually became her specialization due to its portability as she began to travel around the world. You can see some of her fiber experiments on her Instagram feed at behestknits
Time to Grab Your Knitting and Head to BARN!!
Join knitting enthusiast Betsy Hagestedt, share your projects, and plan your next one. Explore new ideas, finish projects and see what fellow knitters are making. This is a great time to immerse yourself in fiber and friendship!
Please register so you can get reminders of the next Knitting Circle.
Free to members, $10 drop-in fee for guests.
Ages 14+ welcome.
Skill level: We are all on a learning journey!
Betsy Hagestedt - Betsy has been working with fiber since she was in elementary school, having learned to sew and knit from her mom. As an anthropologist, she uses her fiber practice as a means of connecting with people from other cultures, embracing the universal nature of fiber arts. Knitting gradually became her specialization due its portability as she began to travel around the world. You can see some of her fiber experiments on her Instagram feed at behestknits.
Friends Helping Friends Get a Better Fit With Sewn Garments
Fitting garments for yourself is tough. It’s hard to make adjustments while you’re wearing the garment, and once you manage to figure out the adjustments you need to make, how do you translate that to your pattern? And by the way, what does “good fit” even look like?
While BARN looks for a fitting teacher, let's try helping each other. This group is guided by the folks who come. Bring patterns, garments, and projects-in-process that have you wondering about fit, and we’ll pool our collective knowledge to answer our questions to find the right fit.
Please sign up each month so we know you’re coming!
Led by rotating studio volunteers
Bag up some fun in this beginning sewing class where students use a sewing machine to make four different types of fabric bags.
The first class covers sewing machine basics, and students make a simple, reusable fabric bag with a ribbon closure suitable for gift-giving or holding treasures.
In the second class, students sew a lined drawstring bag. The final class includes making a lined, zippered, cross-body bag, with an optional project of a lined, zippered, ear-bud pouch. Students can choose from pre-cut fabric kits for all projects.
Clothing and Textile Advisors (CTA) is donating all materials: fabric, zippers, thread, ribbon, etc.
Karen Oldham - Karen taught sewing to 4-H youth for more than 30 years and now volunteers as a member of the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas Clothing and Textile Advisors (KOP CTAs). For the last 20 years, Karen has taught independent sewing students at the CTA summer sewing camps. She has judged sewing exhibits at multiple county fairs, the Washington State Fair, State 4-H Fair, and Make it with Wool contests. She will be assisted by additional CTA volunteers for this class.
Liven up your lunch with fresh and sustaining ideas for menu options and preparation tips from a professional chef.
There is no underestimating the power of a delicious lunch. Work through various recipes and culinary techniques that will guide you toward becoming savvy in the kitchen. You are introduced to many ingredients and exposed to a variety of flavors and cooking methods. Each session allows you to grow and develop skills to be used again and again. Vegetarian option available upon request.
Day 1 - Korean Pancakes
Day 2 - Buddha Bowls
Day 3 - Hawaiian Chicken Wraps
Bring a plastic container to take food home.
This class is for youth with some culinary skills.
Chef Marcela Sandoval has been teaching and volunteering at BARN since 2017, and served as Kitchen Studio Lead 2019-2020. She has been teaching and volunteering at BARN since 2017. Before moving to Bainbridge Island in 2016, Marcela spent 18 years accompanying her diplomatic husband around the world. She has lived in China, Zambia, North Korea, Nepal, and Tanzania.
Growing up in South Texas, Marcela’s culinary roots are with traditional Mexican cuisine. She is Cordon Bleu-trained, worked in restaurants in D.C. and Beijing, sold gelato in Lusaka, ran a tapas bar in Pyongyang, trained restaurant staff in Kathmandu, and taught cooking to students from Tanzania to Bainbridge Island. Marcela’s life experiences are reflected in her cooking.
Learn techniques and strategies to help you custom mill wood to the precise dimensions you need.
In fine woodworking, everything starts with the wood. Before you can focus on joinery or fancy details, you need to make a board foursquare, with surfaces that are flat, straight, parallel, and square. And then you need to cut the lengths, widths, and thicknesses you need, in a way that positions the pieces where the grain direction makes the most sense.
In this class, you learn how to custom mill wood to the precise dimensions you need, including:
Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
Ages 14 and up are welcome.
This class has prerequisites. Please see below.
Make two bowls 6 to 7 inches in diameter in this two-session class as you build your woodturning skills and learn some of the special techniques and insights needed for bowl-turning.
The best (and most fun) way to hone your bowl-turning skills is to use green wood for the blanks. In this class you will turn two green-wood bowls, working on smooth and efficient cuts. In the first session, you will learn the best bowl shape for a novice turner, how to safely mount the blank on the lathe, and how to use a scroll chuck and bowl gouge. You will also learn how to maintain even wall thickness, and how to treat the bowl to prevent cracking while it dries. In the second session, in addition to turning a second bowl, you will learn the basics about balancing grain and which Northwest woods are best for turning.
By successfully completing these two sessions and turning two bowls, you will have a good understanding of the process and techniques, and be qualified to turn bowls of this size independently during Open Studio time in the BARN Woodworking Studio.
While this class is oriented to novice turners, it is also appropriate and useful for experienced turners who have predominantly used scrapers and wish to acquire or improve their gouge skills.
Photograph by Joy McCallister Photography.
Instructor: Jamie Straw has been turning wood for several years, working on both spindle and bowl projects, and has taught woodturning at BARN since July 2017. She also serves as coordinator of BARN’s woodturning classes. She is past Vice President for Education and Training for the local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Her focus is on helping students build skills progressively as they design and create their woodturning projects.
This class has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience. 1/27/23 CR
This three-session class introduces you to different types of intermediate cutting styles and gets you more time on the wheels perfecting your cabochons!
Learn how to cut and polish stones in new ways. Points, facets, flat surfaces, and integrating natural stone surfaces are covered.
All base materials are provided. You are welcome to bring any stones of your own that you have questions about or want to try cutting.
Karin Luvaas is a Bainbridge Island artist and jeweler with an art degree in encaustics, painting and metal sculpture. She has studied under acclaimed jewelry masters Michael Boyd, Kent Raible, Petra Class, and Sarah Graham and achieved Graduate Jeweler status under Alan Revere of the world-renowned Revere Academy of San Francisco, Calif. Karin also is a GIA Graduate Gemologist and holds a Jewelers of America Bench Jeweler Technician certificate.
Karin’s current work can be viewed at karinluvaas.com
This class covers what it means to roast and why you might choose this method over another.
Learn what impact temperature and air circulation have on different cuts of meat and when to make particular choices based on the outcome you're hoping to achieve. We’ll roast a couple of chickens, learn a bit about chicken fabrication (breaking down into parts) and carving and play around with different accompaniments to the roasting pan.
Students learn about the following through discussion, demonstration, and hands-on cooking:
Labeling and marketing
Cooking and prep guidelines for food safety
Brining and marinating
Fabrication and carving
Accompaniments and pan sauces
This class is part of the Culinary Foundation series. Each stand-alone class covers a different fundamental cooking concept, zeroes in on the theory behind culinary methods, and applies that knowledge to the cooking process. By focusing on the "why" and "how" of core techniques, you can gain overall confidence in the kitchen - and make some delicious food along the way.
After graduating from culinary school, Chris worked as an instructor for SCA and Seattle Public Schools, spent many years working as a culinary tutor, worked the line in a hip Seattle restaurant, and volunteered for many high-minded culinary endeavors.
In 2021, Chris moved to Bainbridge from Ballard with his wife, Kerry, and The Horde (many cats and dogs). His other favorite things include tending the garden, smoking meats, curing fish, fermenting veggies, rolling pasta, and exploring hidden island trails.
Join us as we design, carve, and block print our very own personalized Valentine's Day cards.
Design and carve a heart relief block to print for your very own Valentine's Day card(s). You can make multiple cards with just one heart, repeating hearts, and maybe even partner with a fellow classmate(s) to share each others’ blocks, creating a design mash-up–the artists’ version of exchanging Valentines. We will be using a block substrate that is much easier on the hands than linoleum or wood can be, so hand strength shouldn’t be an impediment. Join us!
You will design, carve, and print a Valentine's Day card or cards.
Materials students should bring:
Christa Schoenbrodt is founder and owner of Studio Haus, a thriving design studio for more than 25 years. Much of Christa’s career has involved paper so it’s only natural that it’s also part of her personal exploration of art. She is motivated by a curiosity to explore various forms of media and a pursuit for beauty. A question she often repeats to herself starts with “What if…” and ends with a new creative outlet. She can be found experimenting her way through mediums of paper sculpture, printmaking, and fiber arts - at times individually and, at other times, all at once. She loves being a member of the BARN community!
Make a zipper pouch - quickly - as you learn more about the Solaris 2 Embroidery Machine.
Join Bob Mathisrud as he demonstrates making a zipper pouch “in the hoop." Start with a piece of stabilizer loaded into the embroidery machine hoop, then layer the zipper, pouch front, back, and other pieces and - voila! - make the quickest zipper pouch you ever made!
When you finish this demonstration and make this pouch, you’ll have the skills to make other “in the hoop” projects using files you purchase and download - from bags to holiday ornaments, stuffed toys, and more.
Note: Class size is limited so that everyone can see easily. This class is offered four times this winter-spring. If this or other sessions are full, join the waiting list so we know to schedule additional sessions later this year.
Along with the demonstration, you’ll receive a .pes file (containing several project options) and materials to make a 4”x6” zipper pouch, with directions and a link to the demonstration video. You can stay late or come back later to make the zipper pouch on your own. Schedule time individually with Bob or another mentor if you think you’ll need extra help.
The $15 materials fee included in the price of the class includes:
Skill Level: All levels
Ages 14 and up are welcome
Bob Mathisrud was cross-trained in many trades as a stationary operating engineer, for more than 20 years. His curiosity, fearlessness, and willingness to help have led him to develop skills in several BARN studios. In the Fiber Studio, he is becoming an expert in the Solaris 2 sewing and embroidery machine, figuring out how to use the machine’s many, many features.
Write Now is a weekly time to write in the company of others. Using Zoom to come together, we write for 25 minutes, take a break, repeat.
There is no sharing or critique of your writing, only fast-paced, supportive productivity in the company of other writers. It is fun, exciting, and might be the thing to help you finish (or start...) your manuscript. These virtual sessions help participants set aside time to write and be with other writers in an informal setting.
The sessions are led by a rotating team of hosts including Jen Scheiderman, Amelia Ramsey, Kassia Sing, Genevieve Douglass, and Steve Bice.
Additional sessions available on Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 am.
You can register at any time, even if a session has passed.
A Zoom link will be sent one day prior to each session to the email you registered with. Please watch for this email. Signing up does not mean you have to commit to all the sessions.
Studio Lead: Jessica Dubey Writers.Lead@bainbridgebarn.org
Learn how to use the C&P Tabletop Press and set wood type and ornaments as we make a run of Valentine's Day cards.
You will use wood type, ornaments, and/or cuts to create your design. We'll then go over locking the type securely in a chase and how to load it into the press. After printing, you'll trim and score your prints to letter size. Envelopes will be included and we will be trading prints, so you will go home with an assortment of your, and your classmates' work.
You will create a variety of letterpress Valentine cards.
Eli Backer is an artist, composer, and engineer who works in a wide range of media and is constantly making. A Bainbridge native, she holds an MFA in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a bachelor's in computer engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Her work can be found in the Cynthia Sears Artist’s Books Collection at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, at the Center for Book Arts in NYC, and at the Fleet Library in Providence, R.I. She finds setting type and working with the presses quite meditative.
This class will certify you to use the Baby Lock Presto 2 sewing machines in the Fiber Studio. This class is a prerequisite for Fiber Studio workshops, sew-alongs, and other events where you'd like to use these machines, and it is also a prerequisite for orientations for other sewing machines in the studio.
This class also qualifies you to use the Presto 2 machines for your own projects any time you’re in the studio.
The Presto 2 machines are easy to use and have many functions. This class will guide you through basic machine use including:
We’ll end the class with a checklist for putting your machine away so it’s ready for the next person.
BARN will provide thread, a size 80/12 needle, and quilting cotton for the orientation. You are welcome to bring other materials for your own use.
Please note that this class is about the Baby Lock Presto 2 sewing machines, not the industrial sewing machine or embroidery machine. We will not focus on learning to sew, although learning to use the machines is a great start!
Instructors: Rotating Fiber Studio Volunteers
This class will certify you to use the new Babylock Presto 2 sewing machines in the Fiber Studio. This class is a prerequisite for Fiber Studio workshops, sew-alongs, and other events where you'd like to use these machines, and it is also a prerequisite for future orientations for other sewing machines in the studio. This class also qualifies you to use these machines for your own projects any time you’re in the studio.
Please note that this class is about the Babylock Presto 2 sewing machines. This class is not for the industrial sewing machine or the embroidery machine. We will not focus on learning to sew, though learning to use the machines is a great start for learning to sew.
The Presto 2 machines are easy to use and have many, many functions. This class will guide you through basic machine use including:
We’ll end the class with a checklist for putting your machine away so that it’s ready for the next person to use.
BARN will provide neutral-color thread, a size 70 needle, and quilting cotton for the orientation. You are welcome to bring other materials for your own use.
Instructors: Rotating Fiber Studio volunteers
This series takes a look at character, setting, and dialog to give your writing more depth, shape and clarity.
Whether you’re developing fiction or non-fiction, a cohesive and engaging story is essential. So often, at the mention of a good book or movie, our first question is, “What’s it about?” While plot is important, it's only one of the elements needed to hold your reader.
Too often writers focus so much on “what happens” that the “who, where, and how” of the narrative, the important elements that allow the piece to be full, complete and “lived-in,” are neglected. It’s as if the plot is the house, and the rest are the furnishings and décor that make it a “home.”
Character, setting and dialog will be the focus of separate workshops designed to allow you to give your piece more depth, shape and clarity as you move forward.
* Please note that for sessions 2-4, we ask participants come with a draft already in process (rough is OK!), as activities will be geared toward works-in-progress.
Session 1: “Let’s Get Writing!” We’ll engage with our creative mind through a series of prompts, activities, and games designed to increase fluency. We should all come away with a toolkit of ideas and inspiration for the meatier stuff later.
Session 2: Character. “Don’t You Know Who I Am?” Mining well-rounded and believable characters is probably the most important element in fiction. By combining brainstorming and craft exercises, you can add dimension to existing characters, develop new characters, and better view the world through the character’s point of view.
Session 3: Setting/Place: “Where Am I and How Did I Get Here?” The well-defined “place” can establish mood, influence character choices/emotions, drive dialog, impact events, and so much more. In this session we look at how settings can be explored and woven into your work, whether in long form or subtle, carefully placed details.
Session 4: Dialog: “Am I Coming Through?” In this workshop, we look at effective dialog in fiction and film, and explore opportunities in our own pieces that can be further developed through character-to-character conversation. We’ll look at dialog that is internal and external, direct and indirect, verbal and nonverbal.
Warren Read - Warren is the author of the novels, One Simple Thing (2021, Ig Publishing), and Ash Falls (2017, Ig Publishing). His memoir, The Lyncher in Me, was released by Borealis Books in 2009. He received his MFA in 2015 from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. His fiction has appeared in Hot Metal Bridge, Mud Season Review, Sliver of Stone, Inklette, Switchback Magazine and the Christmas issue of East Bay Review. He is an assistant principal on Bainbridge Island. Learn more about him at www.warren-read.com.
It's not a class but maker time - as well as time to see what's going on, talk shop and hang out. A trained monitor is present. No instruction is given.
Nathan Abell acts as monitor. He teaches laser-cutter classes at BARN and enjoys advanced 3D printing, soldering, circuit design, electronic test equipment, and making lockpicks.