Fiber Arts Classes

    • Saturday, December 07, 2019
    • Sunday, December 15, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI120719BR
    • 2
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    This complicated looking block is actually incredibly simple to make!  Learn how to sew this block in five easy steps. No experience with curves required, but come prepared to work improvisationally, without templates or pins.

    The class consists of three half-day sessions.

    • In the first session, Saturday, December 7th, you’ll learn how to make basic wonky log cabin blocks as well as how to insert a central “X” shape into these blocks. Then you’ll go home and make more blocks.

    • The second session will be a week later, Saturday, December 14th, and we will work on color, palette, and how to refine your improv techniques.

    • The third session will be the following day, Sunday, December 15th, when you’ll have a free-form work session to put all these new found skills into practice, with Barbara available to answer questions and provide guidance.

    What Students Need to Bring to Class
    (Instructions from Barbara Ramsey)

    1. FabricYou'll need to bring an assortment of fabrics in a wide range of values (light to dark) and in a wide range of colors. Bring at least 12 different fabrics: 6 larger pieces (larger = at least 12” x 12”) and 6 smaller pieces (whatever scraps you have lying around). Bring mostly tightly woven cotton quilting fabrics since it’s easier to sew curves when your fabrics are all a consistent weight. Avoid bringing those light-weight Kaffe Fassett cotton gauze fabrics; they tend to pucker when combined with other fabrics in curvilinear seams. 

      When I say “bring at least 12 different fabrics”, I strongly emphasize AT LEAST, since you should bring additional fabrics if you can. I frequently hear students say, "I wish I'd brought more fabric!". You can bring odd-size scraps of various dimensions, but ideally include plenty of pieces that are at least fat quarters (18" x 22") or larger.

      Note: Some people like to bring their "ugly" fabric to experiment with (easy to chop it up and mess around with fabric you're not very attached to) while other people prefer to use really great fabric that motivates them to make something gorgeous as soon as possible. Personally, I'm in the "ugly" camp since it allows me to explore new techniques more freely, but those of you who want to bring your most sumptuous fabrics, go right ahead. Either way is fine with me, or do both. 
    2.  (thread, scissors, pins, etc.).  If you want to use a BARN Brothers Sewing Machine, you will need to have taken a Brothers Sewing Machine Orientation class prior to this workshop.  See the BARN Fiber Arts Calendar to identify upcoming Brother Sewing Machine Orientation classes.
    3. Cutting equipment (rotary cutter, self-healing mat, cutting rulers of various sizes).  Please note that the BARN Fiber Arts Studio has these materials if you do not want to bring your own. 
    4. Pencil and paper for taking notes
    5. A free and experimental attitude!


    Details:

    • Skill LevelAdvanced beginners and intermediate quilters. No previous experience with curves necessary, but students must have at least basic quilting experience.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
    • Ages 16+ Welcome.


    Instructor Bio: Barbara Ramsey is a fabric artist who sews original abstract art works using traditional quilting techniques. Employing her own designs, she pieces  together fabric shapes with a sewing machine and by hand. Her main materials are commercially printed fabric as well as fabric she has dyed and manipulated herself.

    Her work expresses her fascination with light, color, texture, materials, and process. She love the ritual of taking fabric of one color and changing it into another color with dye or bleach. She is completely absorbed by the simple acts of washing, rinsing, drying, sewing, and ironing as she pull scores of separate colors together into a single piece. Like many traditional quilters, She is devoted to precise construction. She differ from many traditional quilters in that she design and cut fabric in an effort to distort geometry. She works to create irregularity, using various shapes to impel the viewer’s eye to roam over the entire surface of the quilt, seeking the harmonies in the middle of contrast. She create her work in order to disappear into its making.

    Barbara loves to teach quilting and helping other quilt artists as they move from traditional designs to more free-form creations. She feel energized as she watches her students learn to improvise with shape and line, create more surprising color combinations, and gain the confidence required to do original work.


    • Tuesday, December 10, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI121019TW
    • 0
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    Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom is fun and easy. The looms are small and portable and your weaving can be as simple or as complex as you like. This class is for those new to weaving or established weavers looking for a way to make quick projects.

    Class participants will learn how to direct warp the loom, how to do simple balanced weaving, how to identify and fix simple mistakes, and how to remove the finished project from the loom.

    Rigid Heddle Looms are perfect for weaving with hand-knitting yarns. Participants will bring a variety of yarns that will be used to make a scarf that they will finish by the end of the class and take home with them.

    What to Bring:  

    • For the warp (lengthwise yarns): Students should bring to class one or more worsted (medium to heavy) weight yarns in a variety of colors (total of 240 or more yds). These yarns should strong and smooth. 
    • For the weft (weaving side-to-side):  Students should also bring one or more similar weight yarns (total of 220 or more yds). These yarns can be any texture or strength. 
    • Be creative and fearless with color choices!
    • Please have your yarn wound into balls or patties.

    We encourage students to go to Churchmouse, our local Bainbridge Island yarn store, for material supplies.

    Materials Fee: None.

    Skill Level: Universal - Beginners to advanced weavers 

    Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.

    Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator and a microwave for your use.

    Instructors:

    This class will be taught by a rotating team of Fiber Studio weavers and fiber artists, including Terry Winer, Dale Walker, Sybil Carrere, and Sandy Hall. 

    • Wednesday, December 11, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI121119xx
    • 9
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    Fringe twisting? Hem stitching? Look at samples, play with techniques. Let’s get those projects done! The Fiber Studio’s Weaving Labs are facilitated short workshops (1- 1.5 hours) on a topic, technique, or idea for weavers on all types of looms. These workshops are during Weaving Wednesdays, so you are welcome to bring a weaving project to work on too. 

    Host: Dale Walker and friends
    • This is free for BARN members and you are welcome to just drop in. Non-Members can pay the $20.00 drop-in fee per session and also attend Weaving Wednesdays Open Studio that goes from Noon to 2:00 pm in the Fiber Arts studio.  


    • Wednesday, December 18, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI121819xx
    • 15
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    Bring your finished projects for a show, share and celebration of a year of weaving. This is a great time to celebrate your year's projects or be inspired by other weavers. The Fiber Studio’s Weaving Labs are facilitated short workshops (1- 1.5 hours) on a topic, technique, or idea for weavers on all types of looms. These workshops are during Weaving Wednesdays, so you are welcome to bring a weaving project to work on too. 

    • This is free for BARN members and you are welcome to just drop in. Non-Members can pay the $20.00 drop-in fee per session and also attend Weaving Wednesdays Open Studio that goes from Noon to 2:00 pm in the Fiber Arts studio.  


    • Wednesday, December 25, 2019
    • 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    This is a BARN holiday. Doors will be locked to members and non-members.


    • Wednesday, January 01, 2020
    • 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    This is a BARN holiday. Doors will be locked to members and non-members.


    • Monday, January 06, 2020
    • Thursday, January 30, 2020
    • 8 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI010620SC
    • 7
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    Vogue Pattern V8930We started a series of programs we call “Sew-Alongs.” What is a Sew-Along?  It is kind of like a sewing bee where a group of sewing enthusiasts get together and work on the same kind of project.  

    The Fiber Arts Studio 'Sewing Programming Committee' selected some popular clothing patterns. People who want to participate will purchase their own pattern, fabric, and notions required to make the garment. Then, we will meet and work together to make the chosen garment. 

    Please note -- this is not a class with an instructor but rather a gathering of folks interested in sewing together. 

    You should be able to use a pattern to cut fabric and follow written directions from the pattern maker.

    This January's Sew-Along  is the Vogue "Misses Oversized Shawl Collar Jacket" (Vogue pattern 8930). This pattern is one of Vogue's 'Very Easy' Patterns.  Vogue describes the jacket as "Very loose-fitting, wrap jacket has front extending into collar, dropped shoulders and narrow hem."

    Student Supply List: 

    The Vogue "Oversized Shawl Collar Jacket" pattern can be viewed and ordered from the Vogue website:  Vogue "Oversized Shawl Collar Jacket" pattern (V8930).

    Vogue suggests choosing fabrics based on the version of the coat you will be making: FABRICS: A, B: Medium-Weight Wool, Fleece, Boiled Wool. C: Crepe, Silk Tweed, Jersey. Also For B: Double-Sided Fabrics.

    Check the pattern for appropriate fabrics and yardage needed.

    Esther’s Fabrics in Winslow has all of the fabric and notions you need to make this jacket.

    Details:

    • Skill Level: Advanced Beginner.   Participants should have experience with using a pattern to make clothes and following directions by the manufacturer for the pattern.  Use of Studio sewing machines require completion of the Brothers Sewing Machine Certification Session.  Participants are welcome to bring their own sewing machines.
    • Ages 14+ Welcome. Participants in the sewing Maker Mondays programs this fall are also welcome to participate.


    *Photos from Vogue


    • Wednesday, January 08, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI010820xx
    • 12
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    Let’s kick off the New Year with a new project. This will be a planning meeting for the Weaving Weekend Retreat on January 18,19 and 20th. We can help each other figure out our projects so we can be ready to roll (or weave!). The Fiber Studio’s Weaving Labs are facilitated short workshops (1- 1.5 hours) on a topic, technique, or idea for weavers on all types of looms. These workshops are during Weaving Wednesdays, so you are welcome to bring a weaving project to work on too. 

    • This is free for BARN members and you are welcome to just drop in. Non-Members can pay the $20.00 drop-in fee per session and also attend Weaving Wednesdays Open Studio that goes from Noon to 2:00 pm in the Fiber Arts studio. 


    • Thursday, January 09, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio FI010920CL
    • 6
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    This class will qualify you to use Fiber Arts Studio, standard, Brothers sewing machines in workshops that have this class as a prerequisite.  This class will also qualify BARN members to use the Brothers sewing machines in the Studio for independent sewing projects.

    Please note that this is not an industrial sewing machine class.

    Get acquainted with the features and functions of the Brothers sewing machines. This class will teach you how to:

    • set up the sewing machines for use;
    • thread the machine;
    • use the machine controls;
    • identify and use the sewing stitches that are best for your sewing project;
    • switch presser feet for different kind of sewing tasks; 
    • navigate the machine manual to better utilize the functions of the equipment;
    • Troubleshoot machine problems.

    Skill Level:  Universal.  All levels welcome.
    Ages 14+ Welcome.


    • Sunday, January 12, 2020
    • Sunday, April 19, 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI011220SH
    • 7
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    In this 4-session 'Knit-Along', participants will gather to support each other in knitting a pattern in the book "Seamless (or Nearly Seamless) Knits" by Andra Knight-Bowman.  The choice of pattern is yours.

    Why choose a knitting pattern without seams?  The book description states "Anyone who loves to knit--but doesn't love the finishing--can now enjoy all the fun parts and escape the tedium. Discover stylish projects cleverly designed for knitting either all in one piece or in sections added on by simply picking up stitches."

    What to bring:

    • Participants in this 'Knit Along' need to purchase and bring Andra Knight-Bowman's book "Seamless (or Nearly Seamless) Knits."  It can be purchased through some of the merchants that can be found at the web link embedded in the title of the book above.*

    *If you are going to make the 'Deb' vest, you do not need to purchase the book because we have permission to reproduce this pattern from the designer.

    • First Session: Participants have two options for the first session

    Details:

    • Skill Level:  Intermediate.  Participants need to know how to knit, including the ability to cast on, knit, purl, and read knitting patterns.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.  
    • Ages 14+ Welcome.

    Instructor Bio: Sandy Hall has been knitting and spinning for over forty years.  As an occupational therapist and special education teacher, she has taught a variety of classes with appreciation for diverse learning styles. People who have taken her knitting and spinning classes at BARN describe her as an excellent and knowledgeable teacher with a wonderful way of working with students.

    • Wednesday, January 15, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI011520TW
    • 7
    Register

    This workshop is for those who have taken the Introduction to Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving class and would like some assistance and/or guidance with their next weaving project.

    We will have experienced RHL weavers on hand to assist you with:

    • designing your next project,
    • selecting yarns and heddles,
    • warping your loom,
    • problem-solving mistakes,
    • or whatever basic RHL process step you would like some assistance with.

    Bring your own loom, or BARN members will have access to the Studio’s limited number of looms. When you register, please click the choice that applies to you.

    This is an unstructured workshop - participants can attend part or all of the time as needed.

    What supplies students should bring: Rigid Heddle Loom (or have confirmed use of Studio loom), yarns for warp and weft, plans for weaving project.

    Details:

    • Prerequisite: Introduction to Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving class or equivalent class within the recent past. 
    • There is no materials fee. 
    • Skill Level:  The prerequisite is required.  Participants need to have taken the BARN Introduction to Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving or an equivalent workshop. There is a class on Tuesday, December 10th beginning at 9:00 AM. To register for that class, please click here.
    • Ages 14+ Welcome.
    • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!

    Instructors: Fiber Studio volunteers including, but not limited to, the Intro to RHL Weaving class instructors


    • Saturday, January 18, 2020
    • Monday, January 20, 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI011820xx
    • 17
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    Make your New Year’s resolution to “Weave More!!” Join your fellow weavers for a three-day retreat where we blast through a project, start to finish. Check that resolution off your list and enjoy a finished project in the company of our weaving community. This is how it works, you reserve a loom (or bring your own), bring your own project to work on, and weave… all types of weaving are welcome.

    This is MLK weekend, so we hope to take advantage of the three-day time frame, especially for those who can’t come to weekday events.

    To reserve a BARN loom, you will need to specify during registration:

    • Rigid Heddle
    • Multi-harness loom
    • Frame Loom
    • Inkle or Swedish band.

    You are welcome to bring your own loom.

    Details:

    1. This retreat is for those weavers that are experienced in setting up a loom and have the ability to do a self guided project.
    2. On Wednesday, January 15th you can come in to the Fiber Studio to warp the beginning of your project.
    3. Bring your own lunch or we will have a take-out menu that you can order from and pay each day.

    Questions? Please contact Catherine Camp: ccamp@bainbridgebarn.org


    • Sunday, January 26, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI012620FCK
    • 9
    Register

    Making a custom size pair of slippers is a great opportunity to learn how to make a 3-D object starting with a 2-D resist pattern. In this workshop participants will develop confidence in planning the project, estimating the shrinkage and enlarging the pattern. They will learn about the different qualities of different types of sheep’s wool and how to choose and mix the right wools to get a strongly felted durable pair of slippers. At the end of the day, they will go home with a pair of custom made felted slippers. 

    This would be a great holiday gift for family and friends of all ages! Give a gift certificate and have the recipient take the workshop in January.

    Students should bring:
    • 2 hand towels
    • 3x3’ bubble wrap or rubber rug mat (small holes) 
    • 3 x 3' cotton sheet (old cloth)
    • 1 olive oil soap bar in a container
    • water spray bottle,  if you have one, to wet the felt
    • plastic bowl for water
    • sharp and pointy scissors to cut wool
    • scissors to cut plastic and paper
    • (waterproof) apron if needed
    • comfortable shoes 

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    Details: 

    • Please note that for this class, cancellation requests received 14 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit.
    • A materials fee of $15 is included in the class tuition. The material fee is for 5 oz wool (dyed and natural, various kinds of wool), floor liner foam, and other supplies needed to complete your slippers 
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.  
    • Skill Level: Universal. All skill levels are welcome

    • Ages 12 to 110 are welcome.  Participants under the age of 14 will need to be accompanied by an adult.
    • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!


    Instructor Bio: Flóra Carlile- Kovács is an award winner of several wearable art shows. She is a professional felt artist born in Szeged, Hungary, now living and working in Seattle. In her work, she incorporates two bodies of knowledge, the nomadic traditions and the urban, modern style of feltmaking. Coming from the European tradition of craftsmanship and quality, she is constantly experimenting with ways to improve not only the visual artistic aspect of her work, but also its physical integrity as a functional object appropriate for everyday use. 


    • Saturday, February 01, 2020
    • Sunday, February 02, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI020120NK
    • 0
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    Tapestry is one of the oldest forms of weaving, blending art and design with the practical need of adding warmth to chilly stone castles. Today's tapestry weavers focus on art and design to create a wide variety of fiber masterpieces. 

    In this class, students will learn the fundamental first steps in how to weave tapestry. It will cover weaving techniques, including warping, tensioning, and basic tapestry skills.

    The class will also include how to most effectively design a tapestry and complete a cartoon, color-blending, and other color effects to enhance the design.  

    The class will be taught on hand-held small frame looms.


    Details:

    • Please note that for this class, cancellation requests received 14 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit.
    • There is a materials fee of $35 included in the price of class. All materials and loom rental are included in the material fee. 
    • Students should bring their own scissors.
    • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!
    • Skill Level: All Levels. No prior weaving experience is required.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.  
    • For getting to BARN, download this helpful printable document by clicking on Getting to BARN.
    • Ages: Ages 16+ Welcome.


    Instructor Bio: 
    BARN is fortunate to have Nancy Klos Smith, a Portland-based fiber artist, painter and designer, teach this class. She has taught in many regional workshops, exhibits her work in galleries and shows, and has been commissioned to weave tapestries for organizations and individuals. Her tapestries are pictorial, and are described as organic and sensual.  She emphasizes design elements in her teaching, particularly the key role color and color blending plays. 

    • Tuesday, February 04, 2020
    • Wednesday, February 05, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI020420PAS
    • 5
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    We welcome Polly Adams Sutton back to the BARN Fiber Arts Studio to teach us how to make the lovely Calendula Basket.

    Using dyed hamburg cane to accent the cedar bark, this basket is twined with two methods of wire X’s. The design and color are reminiscent of the orange/yellow calendula flower which is incorporated into the pattern.

    Students will have an opportunity to split cedar bark. Natural dyes and preparation of bark will be discussed in this two day twining journey.

    Students should bring:

    • An old towel
    • Comfortable clothes that you won't mind getting dirty.
    • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!

    Details:

    • Please note for this class, cancellation requests received 14 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit.
    • There is a materials fee of $85 included in the the price of class. Materials include cedar bark, sweet grass, written instructions and other miscellaneous materials.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.  
    • Skill Level:  Intermediate -- Students should have experience with twining.
    • Ages 18+ Welcome.
    • For getting to BARN download this helpful printable document by clicking here: Getting to BARN.



    Instructor Bio: Polly Adams Sutton is a Seattle artist. Her educational background was art with an emphasis on painting and printmaking. Once settled in the Pacific Northwest she was introduced to basketry through the Seattle Weaver’s Guild. It has been her practicing art ever since. She harvests cedar bark each spring in logging areas throughout Washington. Her sculptural work is primarily twined, although she experiments with wire as a woven element in her asymmetrical shapes. Her work is exhibited in galleries nationwide, and she has been recipient of many awards in juried exhibits, and was awarded an artist project grant in 2012 through the City of Seattle, to experiment with invasive vines in her work. She also received an Artist Trusts GAP Grant which she used in conjunction with a Seattle Weavers Guild Grant for investigating the basketry of Sardinia. Her piece is also on the cover of the book “500 Baskets”.



    • Saturday, March 21, 2020
    • Sunday, March 22, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI032120DR
    • 11
    Register

    Two days, six sheep breeds, twelve preparations, all local: Here’s a spinning workshop about the woolly wonders to be found nearby.

    Our part of the Pacific Northwest suits a wide range of sheep types, so the fibers will be diverse and appealing—and a number of them will be rare breeds. Within a context of hands-on experience, participants will learn about the historical and cultural backgrounds of the featured sheep, as well as their present-day situations.

    Fully rooted in place, this workshop comes about as a collaboration between Twisted Strait Fibers, a local community organizing a cooperatively-owned fiber processing mill on the North Olympic Peninsula, and Bainbridge Artistan Resource Network (BARN), the non-profit community arts organization in Winslow. It will be facilitated by Deborah Robson, fiber author of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook and The Field Guide to Fleece (and UW graduate).

    Students Should Bring to Class

    1. Spinning wheel or spindle; nostepinne or ability to do Andean plying (and this can be learned in the workshop as well); 
    2. combs, carders, flicker or any other fiber-prep tools of choice (and Deb will have some to share); 
    3. note-taking materials, tape, hole-punch to manage samples—and, although we usually run out of time, you may want some quick sampling tools such as knitting needles, crochet hooks or a small Weave-it loom.


    Details:

    • Please note that for this event, cancellations received 30 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit.
    • There is a a $50 material fee for fiber, handouts and other class supplies included in the price of tuition.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.  
    • Skill Level: Advanced Beginner.  Workshop participants need to have the ability to independently spin singles and make a two-ply yarn. Beyond this requirement for the workshop, this class welcomes students within the full spectrum of spinning skills — from those with very basic spinning skills through to those who are very experienced and proficient. 
    • Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.
    • For directions, transportation, and lodging information click Getting to BARN.
    • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!


    Instructor Bio: Deborah Robson is a fiber generalist who specializes in spinning, knitting, and weaving, although she experiments with all aspects of textiles. She is the fiber author of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebookand of The Field Guide to Fleece, in collaboration with livestock expert Carol Ekarius.

    For fourteen years she served as an editor at Interweave Press, including twelve years as editor-in-chief of 
    Spin-Off: The Magazine for Handspinners. At Interweave she initiated the Save the Sheep project and the book Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools. She also edited Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, has worked in trade, literary, and scholarly publishing, and has written for many publications, including PieceWork, Interweave Knits, Spin-Off,and The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, as well as several fiber-related anthologies. Her textile designs have appeared in several magazines and collections.

    She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and of the Colorado Authors’ League, and served two terms on the board of directors of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (now The Livestock Conservancy). Her current research focuses on the millennia of alliances between sheep and humans, emphasizing the fiber perspective and using Shetland sheep as an example of how the relationships have evolved, and she is publishing monographs on fiber-related topics. Websites related to her work are at independentstitch.comwww.DreamingofShetland.com (a site maintained by friends), www.DRobson.info, and www.Fleeceand Fiber.com.


    • Sunday, March 29, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Wide Event

    Be a Maker for a Day!

    Check out our 10 studios, participate in making crafts or generally check out BARN! It's free, and open to all ages.

    More information will be posted later in October 2019.

    For more information contact: info@BainbridgeBARN.org


    • Monday, March 30, 2020
    • Friday, April 03, 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI033020BR
    • 8
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    The BARN Fiber Arts Basketry program is very excited to offer a workshop in traditional fine skein willow weaving.  Bill Roeder and Heidi Miller are Pacific Northwest master basketry weavers who teach students how to create baskets using the traditional German techniques. 

    Students will learn to prepare their own materials using specialized German “skeining benches”.  Once materials are prepared the four-inch tall basket is woven over a wooden mold created for this class.

    Following German tradition, great attention will be placed on detail and technique - including placement of stakes, control of stakes during weaving, German style twining, chase weave, 3 rod whale, installation of fully wrapped foot and rim.

    Students should bring:

    • Small lap towel
    • Small sharp knife
    • Small snips
    • Small scratch awl.
    • NOTE: The instructors will have tools to borrow for the workshop as well as available for purchase.

    Details:

    • Please note for this class, cancellation requests received 14 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit.
    • Materials Fee: There is a materials fee of $100 included in the price of class. Materials include enough White Willow to make a basket and other prepared materials, use of a wooden mold and a weaving stand.  Tools will be on hand for your use or you can bring some basic tools – a small awl, sharp small knife, and a small water container. 
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.  
    • Skill Level: Advanced Beginner -- workshop participants should have some previous experience in basket weaving.  It is also important for students to be able to physically pull willow through the knives and be able to sit and weave intensively for hours each day.
    • Ages 18+ Welcome.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.  
    • For directions, transportation, and lodging information click  Getting to BARN.
    • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!

    Instructor Bios: 

    Bill Roeder began his basketry many years ago with commercial reed from Asia. As a partner in Fishsticks Basketry, Bill worked with many instructors from around the world, both weaving and learning the preparation of natural materials.  Bamboo and working with Japanese artist Jiro Yonezawa became his focus. Beginning to teach was a natural progression.  In 2003 Bill made his first skeined willow basket.  He has studied privately with masters Alfred Schneider and Herr Popp many times since 2003 and this year’s study will be with Esme Hoffman in the Netherlands.

    Heidi Miller began weaving seriously in 2009 when her aunt invited her to the Michigan Basket Weavers Convention.  Discovering the huge variety of basketry styles and materials, Heidi became hooked on natural materials.  Heidi has taken instruction from many of the finest teachers in the country and eventually round willow basket weaving became her focus.

    Heidi and Bill met in 2010 when Heidi took a bent alder furniture class in which Bill was an instructor.  Later, Heidi helped out as cashier during special events at Fish Sticks nursery. Bill offered her the chance to work with skeined willow and their future as instructor/student, and later as instructor/instructor came from that chance opportunity.  They are both passionate about skeined willow and keeping the German tradition alive.  They now travel to Europe together every year to study with the masters, as well as working together weekly.   Heidi and Bill teach nationally.  



    • Saturday, April 25, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI042525DL
    • 8
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    In this workshop, Donna Lark will introduce you to the wet felting technique, Nuno Felting.  Students will be able to create one nuno felted scarf during the workshop.

     The Nuno Felting technique involves learning how to construct silk and wool fabric, the building block for all manner of projects from simple scarves to table runners, upholstery fabric and wall hangings. 

    Workshop participants will learn the history of felting and how to evaluate the quality and suitability of different silks and wools. Workshop attendees will also learn how they can continue the technique in their home.

    WHAT TO BRING TO CLASS:  Participants should provide a waterproof apron, cuticle scissors, and 3-4 old towels. This is a physical process, bordering on strenuous, but anyone can do it if they pace themselves. 


    Details:

    • Please note that for this class, cancellations received 14 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.  
    • Age LevelThe course is suitable for teens through adult (14+).
    • Materials fee: A material fee of $20 is included in the price of class. The instructor will provide materials for the workshop including wool, fabric, etc.

    Instructor:
    Donna Lark states "I create Nuno  Felted clothing inspired by the features of the natural world that I am attracted to on a daily basis. I love light, reflections, and colors that accompany the change of seasons. My passion comes from an old family tradition of garment making. My love of the outdoors led me to pursue degrees in Environmental Education (B.S.) and Landscape 
    Architecture (MLA) from the University of Michigan.   

    Landscape Architecture is, at its core, a design process that encourages a fluid and intuitive relationship between the built environment and the natural, dynamic elements that envelope it.  At its best, a good design enhances the best qualities of both nature and structure.  In my clothing designs there is a flow of color, form, texture and structure that is not unlike the movement in a garden. I use a similar skill set that I do in designing a garden. My goal is to enhance the qualities of the structure of the human body."

    • Saturday, May 02, 2020
    • Sunday, May 03, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI020520SB+
    • 13
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    Time travel through fabric, craft, and art. It is through the passage of time that the necessary and utilitarian practice of Boro has become art.

    Take your creative expression to new heights in this 2-day BARN exclusive. Join internationally renown instructors Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby and explore the exciting Japanese textile art of Boro! 

    You will use the fabric piecing principles of Boro, a traditional Japanese mending and quilting technique, and associated Sashiko hand-sewing skills to elevate a stack of everyday scraps into rich one-of-a-kind textiles that will beautifully adorn your home and wardrobe.


    “BORO is patched clothing with a lot of small cloths here and there, but nothing fancy like today’s quilted or patched works. It was made purely for the practical purposes for retaining warmth in the snowy areas and for making it last as long as possible where it was hard to obtain any sorts of cloth. When we review its practicality and design from today’s point of view, we are able to realize its incredible sophistication.”  

    -Amuse Museum



    Beginners encouraged – No experience necessary! 

    Recycling, repairing, and reworking textiles using Boro and sashiko is perfect for the maker who is ready to try something new and exciting. Even if you have never done any hand sewing and never fused two pieces of fabric together with a needle and thread, this is the class for you! If youve wanted to try quilting but were intimidated by stodgy traditional techniques, youre going to love this class. 

    Well use Boro techniques to create a whole new panel of unique fabric from seemingly unusable remnants and odd pieces. By the end of the weekend, you will have a stunning new fabric that you can use by itself to enhance a favorite garment, accessory, or home décor item. Or use your new textile creation as the basis for a larger project like a quilt top, tote, or throw.

    Want to make your reworked fabric even more special? Bring an old shirt, pair of jeans, old ties, or favorite fabric remnants and we will use those items or scraps to work into your design! Any fabric will do. Woven fabrics, pieces of lace, crocheted or knitted motifs… bring it on!

    Have a garment that could use a little dressing up? Or a grocery tote that is just plain bland? Bring your favorite jeans that have worn through, a jacket that still fits but you re bored with… and we ll show you how to use your newly created fabrics and stunning stitching skills to take them from drab to FAB!

    Join us and reignite your creativity – one stitch at a time.

    Day 1: Welcome to the Rabbit Hole

    We will explore a little of the history of Boro as a patching technique; why and how it helped springboard visible mending into the modern craze we see today. Well also discuss the nature of sashiko stitching and its variations.

    It all starts by learning the  rules ’ of how to lay out our Boro patches so they work together in harmonious imperfection. We call this  purposeful abstraction.  Sounds Fancy, right?

    We will then really get our hands involved with learning how to stitch Hitomizashi and Moyouzashi sashiko. You ll master Unshin - handling the needle and thread. Through the exercise of putting needle to fabric using the unique palm thimble and rocker motion of sashiko that we will make you proficient at this awe-inspiring stitching skill. 

    Finally, we begin the process of piecing together a tote bag using Boro patches and Sashiko stitching and begin to create new one-of-a-kind fabric. 

    Day 2: The Fruit of our Labors

    We will continue to embellish our new textiles with a selection of hand-embroidered Sashiko patterns. By the end of the day you will take home a tote bag made from stunning new fabric, or a panel of Boro fabric that can be used to enhance a garment, act as an accessory or home décor item, or use as the basis for a larger project like a quilt or throw.

    Students should bring:

    • Fabric scissors
    • Pencil and pen
    • Washable fabric pen/pencil
    • Ruler
    • Gently (or not so gently!) used garment for patching, embellishing, and altering
    • Any special scrap fabric to use and share in class

    Details:

    • Please note for this class, cancellation requests received 14 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit.
    • Materials Fee: There is a materials fee of $10 included in the price of class. Materials provided by the instructors:
      • Fabric
      • Sashiko Thimble
      • Sashiko Needles
      • Aurifil 12wt Thread
      • Pins
      • Transfer paper
      • Tote body and handles for class project
      • Extensive handout including Sashiko pattern templates 
    • Skill Level:  Universal -- all skill levels welcome.  
    • Ages 14+ Welcome.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.  
    • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator and a microwave for your use.

    Instructors Bio: 
    Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz, the inspired creators of Shibaguyz Designz studio.

    The Shibaguyz’ award winning crochet, knit, and sewing designs have been featured in and on the covers of dozens of domestic and international publications. Together, the Shibaguyz team currently has over 300 published patterns and 11 books credited to their name since their first design was featured on a magazine cover in 2010.
     
    Their fashion and portrait photography work can be seen in four of their books. They are sought-after freelance book-packaging designers having created books for major publishing companies like Sterling Publishing, Leisure Arts, and Creative Publishing.

    The Shibaguyz have been teaching adults for 30+ years. Their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought after teachers in both local and national venues like STITCHES Events, Vogue Knitting LIVE, and DFW Fiber Fest. They also have a wide range of online classes available from Blueprint and Interweave.

    Shannon and Jason are proud ambassadors for Aurifil, Clover, BERNINA, Soak Wash, and the Daylight Company. They are working on a new book with C&T Publishing. Look for it in December 2020.

    SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

    Facebook.com/Shibaguyz

    Instagram.com/Shibaguyz

    Twitter.com/shibaguyz


    • Saturday, May 23, 2020
    • Monday, May 25, 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI052320PT
    • 2
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    The Ring Border Basket is a challenging and rewarding intermediate level basketry workshop. 

    Students will brush up and sharpen their twining skills during the first day of the workshop while making the basket base.  There will be many colors to choose from to create a dynamic combination. 

    A stunning Ring Border will bring this basket to completion.

    Student baskets will measure approximately 6” tall by 18” in diameter. 

    During all three days we will discuss the importance of tension on the materials, hand/finger placement, shaping and materials selection.

    The Ring Border Basket uses multiple diameters of round reed that have been dyed with cellulose fiber dyes.  All weaving materials have been selected and prepared for ease and flow during the workshop. 

    Students should bring 

    • The dye may come off on your hands and clothes so it’s best to wear comfortable old work clothes. 
    • An assortment of basketry tools. The tools you are comfortable using.
    • Hand cream
    • Two old bath towels
    • A list of tools you should bring will be provided in the registration confirmation email after you register.
    • OPTIONAL- -Rubber palmed garden gloves. Some students find these helpful when working the Ring Border for gripping and pulling. These are certainly optional.


    Details:

    • Please note that for this class, cancellation requests received 14 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit.
    • Material Fee of $95 is included in the tuition.  All round reed will be prepared, organized, and cut to specific lengths for the workshop. 
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.  
    • Tools will be available for use but please note the suggested tool list sent in the confirmation email after you register.
    • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!
    • Skill Level: Intermediate. Students will need to have basketry weaving experience with the twining technique that is used to make the workshop's basket.  Hand strength is required.
    • For directions, transportation, and lodging information click  Getting to BARN.

    • Ages 18+ Welcome.



    Instructor Bio: Peeta Tinay grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was born into a family of creatives: her father a chemist by day and a jeweler by night, her mother a painter and weaver. Art work from both parents and their friends filled the house throughout her childhood. Her grandfather was an inventor, keeping a fully functional foundry and pattern shop behind the family home. Roaming through his old work buildings was always an adventure. This early creative environment was fertile ground through which she came of age and discovered her life’s work.  From 1990 to 2000 at The Caning Shop in Berkeley California she was introduced to techniques involved in the restoration of wicker furniture. In 2000 a move to Washington gave a fresh start motivating her to branch out. She continued restoration work and also started making wicker pieces from the ground up using 1920's wicker as inspiration.

    Artist Statement: I spent the first two decades of my career learning and refining restoration techniques of antique and contemporary wicker furniture. In 2011, at age 43, a cathartic personal discovery about my birth and heritage threw open a door to creativity and set my work on a new and unexpected course. This experience provided the catalyst I needed to start creating my own designs for the baskets I make. I am inspired by techniques from antique wicker furniture, passementerie and anything exceptionally made and beautiful finished. Repeating patterns intentional and unintentional always catch my eye for a second look.

    My basketry projects combine a variety of weaving techniques including twining, plaiting and lashing. I now prefer to create large works, moving beyond previously held notions of scale and proportion. Fine detail is achieved by using small-diameter round reed in the beginning stages of weaving which eventually transitions to larger reed. The combination of bold scale and fine detail are, to me, simply sublime. When plaiting with flat reed, I discovered additional interest by using multiple layers - juxtaposing interior and exterior colors that draw the observer deeper into the work. Cellulose fiber dyes are hand-blended creating either natural hues or vibrant colors. Finishing steps include a UV archival varnish and a hand-buffed wax finish.

    From weaving techniques using a variety of materials to replicating complex finishes using paints, stains and dyes, my skills are continuously expanding. Reed, the primary material used in antique woven furniture, is the material I have chosen to use in all my projects. Derived from the vine rattan palm, it has been a workhorse in the production of handwoven wicker furniture since the 1880’s which ushered in America’s Golden Age of wicker furniture production. The versatility and resilience of this amazing material gives each new project infinite possibilities.

    I feel that my current work captures and showcases all of my skills with reference to design and technique. I will continue to evolve as a craftswoman, seeking excellence in my work and within myself.




    • Monday, June 01, 2020
    • Tuesday, June 02, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI060120SS
    • 0
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    This is your chance to work with international fiber artist, Sue Spargo.  In this 2 session workshop on June 1st and 2nd, students will be creating an embroidery sampler to be finished into a needle roll.

    This class is for students to learn and expand their understanding of many stitches by incorporating them in different formations and combinations. 

    The focus of the class will be on the use of Eleganza Perle Cotton in sizes 8, 5, and 3. Each cover will be unique, using either Kumquat or Turquoise wool as the front cover. Students have the option to learn English paper piecing to decorate the inside with a floral flower.

    Students should bring:

    1. Eleganza Perle Cotton in size 8, 5 and 3.  Pick your favorite colors!
    2. Scissors
    3. 1” x 6” ruler
    4. Small circle template
    5. Spoke Easy + Templates
    6. Marking pencil
    7. Needles
      #24 Chenille
      #18 Chenille
      #3, 1, 15 Milliners
      #11 and #9 Short Darner
      #24 and #20 Tapestry


     Details:

    • Please note, cancellation requests received 45 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit.
    • There is a materials fee of $25 included in the price of class. The materials fee is for Sue Spargo's needle case kit.
    • Lunch is included in the price of this workshop.
    • You will be asked if you would like to opt in to share your email address with other registrants to coordinate sharing a hotel room or ride sharing from the airport or ferry. 
    • Airfare, hotel and transportation are not included.  If  you are arriving from out of town, you should book lodging as soon as possible. Bainbridge Island is a vacation destination and gets busy in the summer. For lodging, transportation, and restaurants, please see Visit Bainbridge
    • Skill Level:  All Levels
    • Ages 14+ Welcome.


    Instructor Bio: Sue Spargo is a much beloved instructor and artist who teaches workshops around the world.  We are very excited to welcome her to BARN.

    Sue was born in Zambia and educated in South Africa.  She later moved to England.  She reports that living in both cultures shaped many of her designs.  You can see the influence of Africa in her choice of colors. The whimsy and charm of her creations reflect African folklore.

    She moved to the United States in 1980 and settled in Ohio where she started her company, Sue Spargo Folk-art Quilts, Inc.in the basement of her home in 2002.  It was here where she embarked on her journey of dimensional layering and embroidery and introduced the world to wools saturated in bright colors, multi-medium layering and embroidery which resulted in textural depth and dimension never before seen.  The circle of fans that love her and her artistry has grown exponentially over the years.  Her company now has a store in Ohio with an abundance of the fiber-related products that she incorporates in her designs as well as her kits, patterns and books.   

    Creative Stitching Book (2nd Edition) by Sue Spargo.  

    Sue Spargo's Creative Stitching Book (2nd Edition) book is available at Esther’s on Island, Quilted Strait in Port Gamble, or online through Sue Spargo's store. The Eleganza Pearl Cotton embroidery thread and different needles can also be found at these stores.

    • Wednesday, June 03, 2020
    • Friday, June 05, 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI0620SS2
    • 0
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    Join Sue Spargo on an adventure of 
    learning how to do dimensional layering and embroidery.  In this three session workshop on June 3rd  through June 5th, students create a tone on tone piece using creative stitching to form texture.

    Sue will guide the students through the study of the stitch. With eliminating color, students will start to understand textural depth and learn the possibilities of simplistic color. Students will also enjoy the art of meditative stitching.

    NOTE: Base circles are required to be appliquéd down prior to class.  You will receive the Sand Dollar kit several weeks prior to the workshop along with wool thread to appliqué the circles.  Please have the circles appliquéd before the first day of this workshop.

    Students should bring:

    Pencil and journal

    Embroidery scissors

    Small and large circle template

    Chalk Pencil

    Extra small 'yo yo' maker (check Amazon)

    3/8” hexagon papers 

    Pencil glue stick

    Needles:

    #24 Chenille needles

    #18 Chenille needles

    # 10 straw needles

    #3 and #1 Milliner needles 

    Scraps of neutral velvet, silk and cottons to make hexagons and yo yo’s

    Cream or grey seed beads

    Neutral #24 Silk Thread for beading

    An assortment of light grey, cream and beige embroidery threads in different weights:

    Eleganza Perle Cotton in size 8,5 and 3; Seagrass; Silken Pearl; Razzle; Dazzle; Eleganza; Dala; Silk Ribbon; Shepards Silk; and Oriental Linen.

    'Creative Stitching Book (2nd Edition)' by Sue Spargo.  

    Sue Spargo's 'Creative Stitching Book (2nd Edition)'  is available at Esther's on Bainbridge, Quilted Strait in Port Gamble, or online through Sue Spargo's store. The other embroidery supplies and different needles can also be found at these stores.

     Details:

    • Please note for this class, cancellation requests received 45 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit.
    • There is a materials fee of $45.50 included in the price of class. The materials fee is for Sue Spargo's Sand Dollar kit and wool thread to appliqué circles.
    • Lunch is included in the price of this workshop.

    • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner+.
    • Ages 14+ Welcome.

    Instructor Bio: Sue Spargo is a much beloved instructor and artist who teaches workshops around the world.  We are very excited to welcome her to BARN.

    Sue was born in Zambia and educated in South Africa.  She later moved to England.  

    She reports that living in both cultures shaped many of her designs.  You can see the influence of Africa on her choice of colors.  African folklore is reflected in the whimsy and charm of her creations.

    She moved to the United States in 1980 and settled in Ohio where she started her company, Sue Spargo Folk-art Quilts, Inc.in the basement of her home in 2002.  It was here where she embarked on her journey of dimensional layering and embroidery and introduced the world to wools saturated in bright colors, multi-medium layering and embroidery which resulted in textural depth and dimension never before seen.  The circle of fans that love her and her artistry has grown exponentially over the year.  Her company now has a store in Ohio with an abundance of the fiber-related products that she incorporates in her designs as well as her kits, patterns and books.   



    • Thursday, September 10, 2020
    • Friday, September 11, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI091020SS
    • 8
    Register

    One of our most popular instructors, Sue Skelly, is back at BARN with a new workshop that is bound to delight participants -- Woven Treasure Necklaces.

    Start collecting your personal treasures!  Buttons, beads, small keys, single earrings, bones, small rocks with holes, charms -- whatever delights you and you want to include in this keepsake necklace.  A concept for a color scheme or theme is a good idea as you prepare for Sue's workshop.

    About a month before the workshop, you will have the opportunity for a phone consultation with Sue Skelly to discuss your themes for your necklace.  Sue will use your ideas to put together the additional materials to add to your necklace.  

    Specialized techniques you will learn are weaving eight cords at a time, dropping one cord, adding loops of beads and growing the necklace to a centerpiece and then reducing to an end and making a knotted clasp.

    Students should bring: Buttons, beads, small keys, single earrings, bones, small rocks with holes, charms, and other things you treasure and want to include in your necklace.  Think about a color scheme in deciding what to bring to class. 

    Details:

    • Please note for this class, cancellation requests received 14 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit.
    • There is a materials fee of $80 included in the price of class. Materials provided include beads, notions, threads and chords.
    • Skill Level: Universal  -- All levels of skill welcome. 
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.  
    • For directions, transportation, and lodging information click here. Click here for a printable Getting to BARN document.
    • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!


    Instructor Bio:  Sue works with our native Western Red Cedar and vintage buttons. She even manages to combine the two in some of her pieces.

    Cedar is her soul work and let’s her get out in the woods to collaborate and harvest sustainably what the tree generously offers.Her work is a contemporary approach on cedar with garden structures and interior 3D sculptures and wall hangings. She has spent 30 years preparing the roots,branches, bark and even old cedar rails for her work. Much of her work is commissioned.

    Old buttons are by far a big part of her life long collecting bug. It was hard for her to part with them when she first began to create pieces to sell. Seeing other people connect to her button necklaces changed that. Each of these are made entirely from a beautiful collection of materials from a by-gone era; mother of pearl, horn, porcelain, bone,and vegetable ivory to name a few. Most are double sided. The really elaborate pieces are a made with a woven threads technique combining all shapes and sizes of buttons and many other objects with holes to create the design.

    Her work has been published in many garden books and magazines nationally. She sells her work at her studio in Poulsbo by appointment and during Art in the Woods. Her work is also available at Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island Studio Tour, Indianola Holiday Sale and the RAGS show in Tacoma. 


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