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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.
Registration is not necessary but there will be only 8 people at one time allowed in the studio. BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Please read our overall BARN safety policies here.
Join Dale Walker for a virtual open studio on Tuesday afternoon. Since we can't meet in person, or if you’re not comfortable coming in, drop by via Zoom to see what others are doing and show your work. Or just to say hi and let us know how you're doing!
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.
Welcome back to Fiber Arts' Open Studios. We are starting with a limited open studio schedule. The studio monitor will train you on our new safety protocols. You will need to register for the open studio, as we have a set number of artisans that can be in the studio at one time.
BARN will be practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Everyone using the studio will be required to wear masks, wash or sanitize hands frequently, maintain a distance of six feet between individuals, and stay home if they are sick. Please review our safety protocols before registering. You will find the links in the "Important Details" section below.
You are welcome to attend the fiber arts open studios, regardless of the type of fiber project you have in mind. Each session will have a monitor on hand to answer questions. All of the studio equipment is open to use, but due to the limitations of only two hours per week of studio time, you might bring project that either fit in that time frame or that you can take home and work on. We hope to expand the sessions as we evaluate the demand.
We are excited to see what folks have been working on, so feel free to share your projects, it might inspire others.
Monitor: Fran Fuller
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.**
The Go Your Own Way Tunic is more a concept garment than a strict pattern… especially in this class where we will show you how to take custom measurements and adapt this pattern to fit your body and your life.
This is, by far, our most exciting garment design class to date! We are combining our love of improv and abstract fabric piecing and bringing them back to our garment design roots to create new panels of fabric unique to each maker. Those panels are then used to create the Go Your Own Way Tunic. The resulting garment is loose, drapey, and easy to wear, vibrant, exciting, and as individual as you are.
If you’ve come along with us for one of our improv fabric classes, this is a similar process but presents its own unique challenges that come with using recycled garments to create new, composite fabrics. Step-by-step we will show you how to create these new fabrics all the while avoiding those challenges. We will then use our FAB new fabrics to craft a unique, one-of-a-kind garment that is sure to become your new favorite item in your closet.
Please note that this is a 3-session class. Sessions 1 and 2 will begin at 10:00 AM, break at 12:00 PM for lunch, and resume at 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM. Session 3 will be from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Thanks to the generous folx from Eileen Fisher Renew, students close enough to pick up fabric packs at the BARN facility OR choosing to have them mailed, will be able to use pre-sorted selections of upcycled Eileen Fisher garments as their base fabric for the tunic. We’re talking lightweight cotton and linen and blends of similar weight and content … gorgeous fabrics! Kits are available on a first-come-first-served basis. The number of Eileen Fisher Renew fabric kits is limited, so jump in there fast and reserve yours today! And remember, you can use your own fabrics or upcycled clothes for this tunic. If you want a kit when you register, please choose whether you want your kit mailed or will pick up locally at BARN.
Things you’ll learn
Things you’ll see us using during class you might like to use
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. In December 2020 they published their newest book from C&T Publishing, Boro & Sashiko, Harmonious Imperfection: The Art of Japanese Mending & Stitching.
Shannon and Jason live in Seattle, Washington, with their three Shiba Inu who, more or less, support their ventures in sewing, stitching, and crafting … so long as enough time is taken for walks and treats.
Shannon and Jason's Social Media Links:
Try three of the many different crafts available in the fiber studio, or choose your favorite and build deeper skills.
Each week, we’ll have a quick featured project you can try, or, if you already have a fiber project in mind—sewing, knitting, weaving, or any fiber project you can imagine—we’ll help you make progress.
October 4th – Wet Felting
Pack roving (un-spun wool) around a ball, add water and soap, and then see what happens after you bounce and roll the ball for a few minutes. You’ll end up with a bag or a hat you can decorate with your own personal style.
Instructor: Isobel Coney
October 11th – Weaving on a Lap LoomWeave plush yarns of different colors on a small lap loom to design a cool wall hanging for your room. You will learn the basics of weaving and several techniques to add design.
Instructor: Catherine Camp
October 18th – Sewing to Upcycle Denim
Start with old jeans and denim scraps to create a quick lunch bag you’ll love to carry every day. In this class you will be learning basic sewing machine operation and hand sewing skills.
Teacher: Isobel Coney
Supplies provided by student: If you’re making your own project, you can bring any supplies you need.
Isobel Coney enjoys combining cultural, environmental and historical studies with art, using techniques spanning painting, quilting, felting, knitting, batik, printmaking, hand-made paper and woodland crafts. She has experience teaching in schools and running workshops for adults. She is an active member on the Arts Washington Roster of Teaching Artists and passionate about experimenting with new techniques and sharing that journey with students.
Catherine Camp will share her enthusiasm for weaving. She has been weaving at BARN over the past three years. She was raised with a gaggle of sisters where sewing, knitting, and crafts spread throughout every room in their home.
Curious about weaving? Join us for this three-hour Try It! class in the BARN Fiber Studio. The loom is sized to fit in your lap, and you will practice basic weaving techniques while making a small tapestry. You will learn how to “warp” the loom, create patterns using at least two colors of “weft” yarn, and finish your weaving. This is a fun and easy way to begin your weaving journey.
Catherine Camp started her weaving journey in college and then took a 40 year break before joining BARN. With the support of amazing BARN mentors, she has rekindled this adventure in warp and wefting.
What do you do with coffee bean bags that can't be recycled? Make a tote bag of course! Did you see these at the 2021 Trashion Show? Using a simple pattern and upholstery scraps of your choosing, make a custom tote bag with pockets and sturdy straps to tote whatever you can think of.
Materials and supplies:
Naomi Spinak has been digging around in the trash bin for quite some time to create new treasures. Creator at one time of a line of organic and scrap-based children's clothing (Free Range Kids), Naomi is a costume designer, fiber artist, dressmaker, and currently Committee Chair for the Bainbridge Island Trashion Show. Her work has been featured in the Bainbridge Island Quilt Show; Bainbridge Performing Arts; Austin, Texas, at the State Capitol; the Kirkland Center for the Arts; and the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts in California. She has a piece in an upcoming issue of the Surface Design Association Journal. She has taught numerous classes at her children's school, Odyssey, on Bainbridge Island, and is excited to expand the offerings of repurposed items into craft for BARN.
Spend 30 minutes in the studio reviewing safety and equipment care protocols. In exchange, we’ll (reactivate) your BARN Member fob so you can use the studio whenever BARN is open and other scheduled classes and activities allow.
Bring your handwork projects, your embroidery, mending or knitting. Join us as we stitch and chat. Please register so we know how many are coming.
Free to members, $20. Drop in fee for guests.
Host: Dale Walker
Do you wonder what more there is to do with the ends of your woven cloth besides fringe? Do you wish for different look on the ends of your scarves? In this workshop you will learn several techniques that can give you alternatives for the ends. Learn how to plan for hemming and about twisting, braiding, adding beads, decorative knotting, and knitting and crochet to the edges as well as some fancy techniques. These alternatives will enhance your weaving skills and give you more options.
The class session is divided into two sessions: 10 am - 12 pm, (2 hour break), 2 pm - 4 pm for a total of 4 hours of on-line instruction.
A limited number of looms are available for members to borrow for this class, but must be picked up in person. For more information, contact email@example.com
Supplies to have on hand: About 50 - 75 yards of yarn to use for weft. Sewing needle, tapestry needle, scissors, D or E crochet hook, sized 5 or six knitting needle, straight pins, 25 – 30- beads to fit on yarn, dental floss threader (available at most drug stores by dental hygiene products), fusible thread, 30 yards waste yarn (worsted weight acrylic works well), post it notes, shuttle/bobbins.
Homework: Warp your loom 4” wide, 60” long with worsted weight yarn sett at 7.5 or 8 ends per inch
Deborah Jarchow is a full-time weaver and artist who teaches and lectures on fiber arts, creates and sells wearable art, and exhibits her work at galleries and museums across the United States. Her commissioned pieces are held by churches as well as in many private collections. Deborah loves helping people discover the joy of weaving and during the past several years, has focused her teaching mainly on rigid heddle looms. Until recently, she traveled extensively to share her weaving enthusiasm and expertise. She is known as a generous teacher who makes weaving accessible and exciting to students of all levels.
Sashiko, the Japanese hand stitching technique for patching and reinforcing fabric is the hot “new” trend in hand stitching. Traditional Sashiko stitches and modern adaptations can be seen in the visible mending trend, in home décor, and on fashion runways. In this class, we will learn the traditional hand stitched patterns of Kogin Sashiko – a version of the sashiko running stitch that is worked by counting threads or “bars” in fabric to create stunning Japanese motifs of repeating geometric patterns. Once you learn the skills for creating these motifs, you can apply them on a larger scale to overall fabric embellishments and enhancements. Embroidery enthusiasts will love adding this stitching technique to your repertoire.
Session one – 2 hours
Homework: finish beginning motif
Session two – 2 hours
Supplies students need to have on hand
Optional:Magnifier lamp (like the Daylight Yo-Yo or Halo Go) – If you need brighter lights or magnifiers for cross stitch and embroidery, you will need that same lighting and magnifier for Kogin. You will probably see us working with one or both of these during class and we definitely use them when we are sitting on the couch and stitching.
Optional kits are available through the instructors for $20.00:https://www.designz.shibaguyz.com/store/p152/koginclass.html
Last day for ordering kits for class is September 28, 2021.
Magnifier lamp (like the Daylight Yo-Yo or Halo Go) – If you need brighter lights or magnifiers for cross stitch and embroidery, you will need that same lighting and magnifier for Kogin. You will probably see us working with one or both of these during class and we definitely use them when we are sitting on the couch and stitching.
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.
Shannon and Jason live in Seattle, Washington with their three Shiba Inu who, more or less, support their ventures in sewing, stitching, and crafting… so long as enough time is taken for walks and treats.
Want to make your own modern abstract quilt designs? Inspired by minimal quilts, but don’t know how to start? Over this two-day online class, David Owen Hastings will guide you through a creative process for designing your own modern abstract quilts.
Day 1 (6 hours): Explore composition