Fiber Arts Classes

    • Saturday, January 05, 2019
    • Sunday, January 06, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI010519LV
    • 6
    Register

    Join Linnie Veilleux to learn the basics of weaving a cat-head basket using black walnut for the uprights and white oak for the weavers. Handcrafted splints from the hills of Tennessee will be used to construct this beautiful splint woven basket, giving it a lovely shadow effect. 

    Woven in the Shaker tradition over a wooden hand-turned mold, the basket will be finished with your choice of a hand carved fixed-handle, or a swing-handle, made of white oak. The basket size will be approximately 5”x 6”. Linnie will bring all of the supplies needed for students to complete this basket, including molds for use during this two day workshop.

    Materials Fee: There will be a materials fee of $65 added when you register, (mold is not included).

    Skill Level: This class is a beginner/intermediate class. Workshop participants should have experience with basketry vocabulary and making a basket.

    Feel free to bring a bag lunch. BARN has a refrigerator, dishes, microwave, etc.

    Instructor Bio:
    Linnie Veilleux has been weaving and teaching on the Olympic Peninsula for the past 20 years, running classes out of my Wits' End Studio, located in Kingston, WA.  Whether it's working on new basketry designs, sharing knowledge of basketry, or attending and selling at farmer's markets in our area, her love of basketry keeps on growing. “I have been lucky enough to be mentored by a white oak artist so now my designs are growing.  I hope to inspire others to expand on their creativity by learning something new and working with materials that aren't native to this area.

    • Sunday, January 06, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • BARN 8890 Three Tree Lane NE
    • 72
    Register

    Maria Newman and Friends
    at BARN

    Renowned composer and musician Maria Newman will make a rare Seattle-area appearance in a benefit concert for BARN. She’ll lead a program of live music and conversation, performing her own compositions with three other accomplished musicians. The evening will include the showing of a silent film, with live accompaniment composed and performed by Newman.

    The program, to be performed in the Great Room at BARN, will include four original works:

    • The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Trio)
    • Maskil (Sonata for Solo Piano / Allegro Assai)
    • Pennipotenti (Violin, Viola and Flute Trio)
    • Tom Sawyer (Silent film with live accompaniment)

    In addition to Newman, performers will include Scott Hosfield, acclaimed violist and conductor and Music Director of the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra and the Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra. Also performing will be Dr. Hal Ott, professor of flute at Central Washington University, and BARN member Dr. Chris Eisenberg, pianist.

    Newman, who is the youngest child of 9-time Academy Award winning movie composer Alfred Newman and actress and Goldwyn girl Martha Louise Montgomery, is a composer of classical music, a violinist, violist and pianist. She has received recognition and commendation from the Annenberg Foundation, the United State Congress and the Mary Pickford Foundation. Newman’s library of original works represents a range of genres, from large scale orchestral works, works for the ballet, chamber works, choral and vocal works, to new collaborative scores for vintage silent film.

    Learn more about Maria Newman here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Newman

    After the performance, there will be a reception with beverages and hors d’oeuvres. All profits from the event will benefit BARN. 

    • Monday, January 07, 2019
    • Monday, January 14, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI
    • 12
    Register

    We 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. 

    This January Sew-Along  is the Kochi KimonoA boxy cropped jacket for any season.

    Make it in wool for winter or linen for summer, the pattern has three variations and provides plenty of options.

    Features optional lining, 3/4 sleeves, drop shoulder, side seam splits, tie front and front patch pockets.

    Student Supply List

    “Kochi Kimono” pattern comes from 'papercuts' patterns.  Available at https://papercutpatterns.com/products/kochi-kimono.  The website also offers a tutorial for making this kimono and can give you some ideas for fabrics to use.  The pattern may be available at Esther’s Fabrics in Winslow.  Check first before ordering online.

    • 2 yards of fabric for all three variations of the kimono.  Esther's Fabric has lots of lovely fabrics that will work well for this pattern.
    • Recommended fabrics: The company says 'Anything goes from cozy wool to soft chiffon.'

    Version 2: Requires 1.25 yards of lining fabric and a yard of fusing

    • Thread to sew pattern.

    Skill Level: Intermediate. Participants should have some experience with using a sewing machine and patterns to make a garment.  

    Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.

    Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!

    This Sew-Along is hosted by Renae Matson.


    • Tuesday, January 08, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio
    • 4
    Register

    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: 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.
    Free to Members. Non-Members are $10.
    Please register so we know how many people will be coming.



    • Saturday, January 12, 2019
    • Saturday, January 26, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI011219TJ
    • 13
    Register

    In a nutshell the hand-crafted chenille process is to layer fabric, sew it every half inch, and then cut through all the layers but the bottom. The sewn-and-clipped piece is then washed and the cut fabric “blooms.”

    The workshop will feature three projects that demonstrate the techniques Tom Johnson uses.  He will be sharing examples of his work in a variety of sizes, as well as mounting, framing, and hanging options.

    • The first project will be simple lines with stripes and dashes of color added, a technique that can be incorporated in a variety of future projects.  

    • The second project will be a little more complex in its design, but again uses simple lines and contrasting fabric applied in quadrants and as stripes.  

    • The third project is reminiscent of a log cabin quilt square, with concentric squares sewn one-half-inch apart to create this chenille pattern.  The corners in this pattern make it more difficult to “slice,” but this technique yields a great result.  This pattern can be used to create a larger “quilt” composed of many squares or expanded to a larger square for pillows or other items.

    Saturday’s workshop will conclude with all three projects sewn into the envelope with instructions for washing. 

    The follow-up meeting will include sharing the finished products and a discussion of mounting options and potential future projects using this technique.

    Materials: $25 (included in tuition price)  
    The materials kits will include fabrics and patterns for the three projects, as well as fabric to create an envelope/pillowcase for the laundry process.

    Students Supplies to Bring to Class:

    Required:

    Sewing Machine (We'll be sewing through 4-5 layers of fabric so do not use a Feather Weight sewing machine).

    Jeans needle for sewing machine.

    Chenille Cutter*

    Scissors

    Rotary cutter and straight (cutting) edge.

    Thread (medium gray or a neutral should work for all three).

    Fabric clips or “bulldog clips” or straight pins for holding layers of fabric together

    Optional

    Small cutting mat

    Iron on patches

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    *Prefer Olfa Chenille Cutter available from Hancock of Paducah $19.99

    http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/NOTIONS/Rotary-Cutters/Olfa-Chenille-Cutter?

    or Oakridge Hobbies $18.39

    https://www.oakridgehobbies.com/olfa-chenille-cutter-chn1.html?

    or JoAnn’s Fabrics $23.99-$29.99

    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner to Expert.

    Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.

    Participants will receive a list of supplies to bring to class with their registration confirmation email.

    Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!

    Instructor Bio: Tom Johnson is an architect and interior designer in private practice. He was initially an art major before completing his Masters of Architecture at the University of Kansas. His art pieces incorporate found objects, both natural and man-made, and typically reflect his architectural background. His artwork explores a variety of media from acrylics, wood, paper, and concrete to, more recently, textiles—both hand-crafted chenille and contemporary quilts. 

    His body of hand-crafted chenille work is created by taking multiple layers of fabric, manipulating, sewing, cutting, and washing them to make the fibers “bloom.”

    Tom Johnson is influenced by the tradition of quiltmaking as well as by modern and minimalist quilts. He is inspired by the surprises that come from the layers beneath the surface, the interplay of color, interpreting what he see around him and the endless possibilities in this medium of fabric and threads.

    • Sunday, January 13, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI013419EB
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    This introductory class will offer the opportunity to print a unique design. Starting with your own design, you will create a custom screen and print on provided tea towels, paper and textiles! This class will go over beginning silk screen techniques including photo emulsion exposure, printing, heat-setting, and proper clean-up.

    Skill Level: Beginner!
    This is an introductory level silk screen class. No prior experience needed.

    Age Level8+.  Children between the ages of 8 - 14 will need to accompany and supervise the adults working with them on a silk screen project.

    What to Bring: Bring a design to transfer onto the screen. You will be able to print with one color, so think of a simple design you can replicate. 

    There is a $15 material fee that includes 3 white cotton dish towels, ink and test paper. If you would like to print on other materials (shirts, bags, clothing), please make sure it is washed and solid knit or woven. Cotton t-shirts, denim, muslin, and canvas are all good options.

    Instructor Bio: Emily Browne is an artist who has been silkscreening for over 10 years. She currently creates handmade textile items with silkscreen designs under the business name My First Birds. 



    • Sunday, January 13, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI011319JS+
    • 3
    Register

    Join the Knitting Block of the Month in January!

    Every month we will be knitting blocks for use either as dishcloths (using cotton yarn) or pillow tops and afghans using worsted weight yarn. Techniques will be taken from Learn to Knit Afghan Book by Barbara G. Walker. We will focus on a different technique each month starting in January 2019 and going through June 2019.

    We hope you saw the hand knitted dishcloths that Jennifer Slack and Julie Williams sold at the 2018 BARN bazaar -- similar to what we will be doing for the Knitting Block of the Month Club. If those inspired you to make your own, consider joining us on the second Sunday of each month (January through June) from 1pm to 3pm.

    You can sign up for one or all, but please register for each individual session, so we will know how many to expect"

    In January we will focus on knit/purl combinations.  See sample in photo above.

    Materials: A material list will be emailed to registrants a couple weeks before the workshop session.

    Skill Level: Advance Beginner -- This class is for advanced beginners.  Class participants should be able to knit, purl, cast on, and cast off.

    Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.

    Instructors: Jennifer Slack and Julie Williams


    • Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI011619
    • 8
    Register


    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 come hang out with your fellow weavers and weave on Wednesday, Noon - 2:00 PM.

    P.S. The spinners and knitters are in the Studio 
    from 11 AM to 2 PM on Wednesdays at Sandy Hall's Open Studio.



     


     



    • Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    • Wednesday, November 20, 2019
    • 9 sessions
    • BARN Small Classroom
    • 6
    Register

    Join fellow weavers for a year-long study group meeting one day a month to  view the Jane Stafford’s Online Weaving Guild episodes on our big screen in BARN's small classroom. We will learn new weaving techniques and share our success as weavers. 

    Details:

    • You can be a beginner or master weaver to join this group.
    • This is a free for BARN members, Non-Members can pay the $20.00 drop-in fee per session and also attend Weaving Wednesdays open studio. Participants are welcome to attend one or all of the monthly sessions, those who register will get emails on the monthly topics.
    • Please register for this series so we know how many will be attending. You can attend each month or pick and choose the month/episodes you want to view and attend.
    • Participants will need to enroll in the JST online guild by clicking here. The online guild requires a fee to join and BARN is not facilitating your enrollment in the JST Online Guild. Once you join, you will also have access to all the past episodes and helpful information posted on the JST Guild website.  

    Group Host:
    Catherine Camp, ccamp@bainbridgebarn.org

    More about the instructor Jane Stafford:

    Jane began weaving at the age of 21, purchasing a new Fanny with the help of a chattel mortgage on her Chevette. Before two years were up she was accepted as an under-qualified, but very ambitious student at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Two years later she was a teacher’s assistant there and, in a few more, an instructor herself.  In subsequent years, Jane has had the great fortune to be able to earn a living doing what she loves most, weaving, and sharing her passion for excellence in cloth. Jane has been both a production weaver and a workshop instructor, helping students reach their potential across the continent, for over 25 years. She was the recipient of the “Teacher of the Year” award for 2014 from Handwoven Magazine. Jane now teaches exclusively in her studio on beautiful Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

    • Thursday, January 17, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio
    • 4
    Register

    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: 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.
    Free to Members. Non-Members are $10.
    Please register so we know how many people will be coming.



    • Friday, January 18, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • BARN Great Room, Class Code FI011819CC
    • 99
    Register

    Calling all Scandinavians, Scandinavia lovers, and fiber fans!

    Come learn about the history and cultural heritage of the Busserul in a talk by Carol Colburn.   Not only will it be a enthralling talk, but we will have Norwegian baked goods to nibble on.These heritage work shirts are designed for outdoor life and festive occasions. These shirts were part of the rural heritage of Norway. Similar work shirts were used throughout Scandinavia, and among immigrants to North America. Today they make an ideal comfortable shirt for men, women and children.

    The oldest busserull shirts survive as examples in museums and as scraps of handwoven fabrics. We can see these garments as representative of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century handsewing and

     handweaving practices.  Historical photographs from the mid-nineteenth century and forward add context. In them we see farmers, foresters, fishermen and factory workers wearing a busserull. The shirts provided protection for hard work; and then when needed the shirts were carefully darned and patched to extend their useful life. Cut and detailing varied according to how the shirts were to be used, in latter years more often for folk dance, or festivals.

    Through these sources we learn that a variety of fibers, weave structures, and colors were used. We also find the popular and iconic blue and red shirts that reflect the colors of the Norwegian flag.

    With the growing interest in making and wearing practical shirts we can use this background information in the classroom to meld our individual ideas with tradition. Learning the techniques for sewing a classic work shirt aligns with the ‘slow fashion/clothing movement’ where time invested in the craft of sewing results in garments that are made to last – perhaps a lifetime.

    Skill Level: Universal.

    People of all ages are welcome.

    Carol Colburn, Duluth Minnesota, teaches garment making workshops that incorporate Scandinavian textile traditions along with contemporary craft. Through her travels, she has found inspiration in everyday as well as the festive clothing traditions throughout Scandinavia, with a focus on Norway. Her publications discuss the design, techniques, and meanings behind Scandinavian folk clothing, and in her teaching she seeks to bring new life to time tested design.

    She taught historical clothing classes, pattern making, and sewing in universities before she began teaching focused heritage workshops in settings such as Vesaas Farm Studio in Telemark, Norway, Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa, North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota, John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, and in other craft and cultural settings. Students in her sewing workshops are introduced to an appreciation of traditional techniques while creating contemporary garments with custom fit and including individual detail, teaches workshops merging traditional Scandinavian textile traditions with contemporary sewing craft.

    After a career teaching costume history, theatrical design and pattern making in universities, she now enjoys teaching custom garment making from her home in Duluth, Minnesota, and in fiber arts guilds and craft schools such as North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota and John C. Campbell in Brasstown, North Carolina. Students in her sewing workshops are introduced to an appreciation of traditional techniques while creating contemporary custom garments. https://www.carolcolburn.net


    • Saturday, January 19, 2019
    • Monday, January 21, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI011918CC
    • 5
    Register

    Sew your own Busserull! These heritage work shirts are designed for outdoor life and festive occasions. These shirts were part of the rural heritage of Norway. Similar work shirts were used throughout Scandinavia, and among immigrants to North America. Today they make an ideal comfortable shirt for men, women and children. 

    The shape of the work shirt is based on squares and rectangles, so you will follow stripes as you cut and sew. You will create your distinctive shirt with step-by-step guidance, first adjusting your pattern, then cutting, marking, machine and hand sewing, and adding finishing touches. Natural fiber, striped fabrics in many colors and textures make your shirt distinctive.

    Ten sizes of patterns are available, including three sizes for children, and adult sizes from XS to XXXL. You will leave class with a personalized, reuseable pattern, and  instructions, ready to begin your next Busserull. Learn a life-long skill while creating a shirt you will love to wear. 



    Details:
    There is a material fee of $35 that 
    covers the cost of one pattern, the written instruction packet, and some patterning supplies specific to methods that will be taught. 

    The teacher will send each registrant a detailed list of supplies needed, along with fabric guidance and samples.

    Skill Level: Proficiency with using a sewing machine.  Beginners with basic knowledge of machine sewing will advance their proficiency, and experienced sewers will learn special techniques for creating this classic shirt. 

    Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.

    Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!


    To read a short history of the Busserull, see Carol’s articles in the online publication Norwegian Textile Letter.

    http://norwegiantextileletter.com/article/the-busserull-norwegian-work-shirt-tradition/

    http://norwegiantextileletter.com/article/the-busserull-tradition-continues-opportunities-to-make-your-own/ 


    Instructor Bio: Carol Colburn teaches workshops merging traditional Scandinavian textile traditions with contemporary sewing craft. After a career teaching costume history, theatrical design and pattern making in universities, she now enjoys teaching custom garment making from her home in Duluth, Minnesota, and in fiber arts guilds and craft schools such as North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota and John C. Campbell in Brasstown, North Carolina. Students in her sewing workshops are introduced to an appreciation of traditional techniques while creating contemporary custom garments.  https://www.carolcolburn.net



    • Tuesday, January 22, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI012219CC
    • 8

    This class has been consolidated to the January 19th, 20th and 21st class. Please click here to register for that class.

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    Sew your own Busserull! These heritage work shirts are designed for outdoor life and festive occasions. These shirts were part of the rural heritage of Norway. Similar work shirts were used throughout Scandinavia, and among immigrants to North America. Today they make an ideal comfortable shirt for men, women and children. 

    The shape of the work shirt is based on squares and rectangles, so you will follow stripes as you cut and sew. You will create your distinctive shirt with step-by-step guidance, first adjusting your pattern, then cutting, marking, machine and hand sewing, and adding finishing touches. Natural fiber, striped fabrics in many colors and textures make your shirt distinctive.

    Ten sizes of patterns are available, including three sizes for children, and adult sizes from XS to XXXL. You will leave class with a personalized, reuseable pattern, and  instructions, ready to begin your next Busserull. Learn a life-long skill while creating a shirt you will love to wear. 



    Details:
    There is a materials fee of $35 to
     cover the cost of one pattern, the written instruction packet, and some patterning supplies specific to methods that will be taught. 

    Prior to the class start, the teacher will send each registrant a detailed list of supplies needed, along with fabric guidance and samples.

    Skill Level: Proficiency with using a sewing machine.  Beginners with basic knowledge of machine sewing will advance their proficiency, and experienced sewers will learn special techniques for creating this classic shirt. 

    Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.

    Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!


    To read a short history of the Busserull, see Carol’s articles in the online publication Norwegian Textile Letter.

    http://norwegiantextileletter.com/article/the-busserull-norwegian-work-shirt-tradition/

    http://norwegiantextileletter.com/article/the-busserull-tradition-continues-opportunities-to-make-your-own/ 


    Instructor Bio: Carol Colburn teaches workshops merging traditional Scandinavian textile traditions with contemporary sewing craft. After a career teaching costume history, theatrical design and pattern making in universities, she now enjoys teaching custom garment making from her home in Duluth, Minnesota, and in fiber arts guilds and craft schools such as North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota and John C. Campbell in Brasstown, North Carolina. Students in her sewing workshops are introduced to an appreciation of traditional techniques while creating contemporary custom garments.  https://www.carolcolburn.net



    • Monday, January 28, 2019
    • Thursday, January 31, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI
    • 10
    Register

    We 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. 

    This January Sew-Along will offer two options from “The Toaster Sweater” pattern from SEW HOUSE SEVEN patterns.  You can purchase the pattern at Esther's Fabrics in downtown Winslow on Bainbridge Island.  It is also available at www.sewhouse7.com   

    Version 1 is a high neck raglan sleeve cropped sweater with a wide waistband and wide cuffs.  Version 2 is a semi-high neck sweater with a faced mini funnel neck, fitted through the shoulders and sleeves and fuller through the body.  It is a bit longer in the back. 

    Student Supply List

    “The Toaster Sweater” pattern from SEW HOUSE SEVEN patterns.  Available at www.sewhouse7.com.  The pattern may be available at Esther’s Fabrics in Winslow.  Check first before ordering online.

    • Version 1 requires between 1 ¾ and 2 ⅛ yards of fabric; 
    • Version 2 between 1 ⅝ and 2 ½ yards.

    Recommended fabrics:

    Version 1: recommended fabrics include mid to heavyweight stretch fabrics with at least 20% stretch for Version 1.  Such recommended fabrics include Sweatshirt fleece, knit boiled wool and fun fleece, ponte, or scuba (the fashion version of neoprene).  

    Version 2: recommended fabrics are lighter wool, thick cotton interlock or jersey knit, stretch woven wool and ponte.

    • Thread to sew pattern.

    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner. Participants should have some experience with using a sewing machine.  Prior garment sewing experiences is not needed. Sewing on knit should not prevent you from trying this top, even if you have never sewn on knit before.  

    Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.

    Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!

    This Sew-Along is hosted by Marcia Adams-Landry and Beth Jelec.


    • Tuesday, January 29, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI121518TW
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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 their leftover yarns that will be used to make a scarf that they will finish by the end of the class and take home with them.

    Materials: (what student should bring):  
    • For the warp: Students should bring to class a selection of 4-8 DK or worsted weight yarn samples in a variety of colors for warp (total of 250+ yds) 
    • For the weft:  Students should also bring 220+ yds of one DK/Worsted weight yarn in a solid or semi solid color for weft. 
    The majority of yarns should be multi-ply yarns and have some wool content, and have some elasticity. 

    (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 for people to store their lunches and drinks!

    Instructor Bio:
    Terry Winer is a long-time knitter, spinner, weaver, dyer, and sewist who enjoys creating a community of fiber artists who get together work on their fiber projects.  She can be found most Wednesdays, mid-day, weaving, spinning or knitting with her fellow BARN members in the Fiber Arts Studio.


    • Friday, February 01, 2019
    • Sunday, February 03, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI020119DL
    • 10
    Register

    Let’s get our hands busy while sculpting wool. It’s almost like working with clay but magically different. Learn how we can use wool structurally to create vessels or animal masks. The properties of wool allow us to shape and form the piece while at the same time add embellishments and surface design. You will create whimsical and/or functional art.

    Materials Fee: $45 will be added to the base price when you register.  The instructor will provide materials for the workshop including wool, fabric, etc.

    Participants Should Bring: a bucket, a waterproof apron, and 2-3 old towels.
    Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!

    Skill LevelThis is a intermediate level class, understanding basic felting techniques is a requirement of this class. This is a physical process, bordering on strenuous, but anyone can do it if they pace themselves. The course is suitable for attentive youth through elderly artist.

    Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.

    Instructor Bio: 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."



    • Monday, February 04, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 06, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI020419GS
    • 8
    Register
    Ginny Smith is back by popular request!  Everyone loves the shirt she wore for our last class, one Ginny designed herself. The pattern will be redrafted for students to trace and make with her instruction. A truly custom design just for BARN! 

    This class is so much more than making a blouse. Build your garment-making skills with a couture expert. Learn how to make clothes that fit well and that you love.

    This is a fabulous opportunity to work with Ginny Smith, the owner of one of the best fine fabrics stores in the United States: Ginny's Fine Fabrics. Her Facebook page reflects the wide world of fabrics that can be found in her Rochester, Minnesota store. 

    Student SuppliesStudent Supplies to bring to class: 

    • 3 yards of fabric, 
    • interfacing
    • 6 buttons 
    • tracing paper.  

    Instructor Bio: Ginny has spent her life teaching people to sew well.  She supplies fabulous fabric so that don’t have to work very hard to make a garment that beautifully fits.  She also loves to make garments for her customers, friends and family

    Ginny says she is "Mom taught" --  and mostly learned sewing methods through trial and error and with the help of wonderful teachers. She has owned Ginny's Fine Fabrics for 41 years (and reports that the store has been in existence in five locations within two blocks for those 41 years).

    Ginny received rave reviews when she taught this class earlier at BARN, so come and get in on the fun.


    • Tuesday, February 05, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio
    • 6
    Register

    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: 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.
    Free to Members. Non-Members are $10.
    Please register so we know how many people will be coming.



    • Thursday, February 07, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio
    • 6
    Register

    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: 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.
    Free to Members. Non-Members are $10.
    Please register so we know how many people will be coming.



    • Sunday, February 10, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI021019JS+
    • 7
    Register

    Participate in the Knitting Block of the Month in February!

    Every month we will be knitting blocks for use either as dishcloths (using cotton yarn) or pillow tops and afghans using worsted weight yarn.  Techniques will be taken from Learn to Knit Afghan Book by Barbara G. Walker. We will focus on a different technique each month starting in January 2019 through June 2019.

    We hope you saw the hand knitted dishcloths that Jennifer Slack and Julie Williams sold at the 2018 BARN bazaar -- similar to what we will be doing for the Knitting Block of the Month Club. If those inspired you to make your own, consider joining us on the second Sunday of each month (January through June) from 1pm to 3pm.

    You can sign up for one or all, but please register for each individual session, so we will know how many to expect.

    In February we will focus on Mosaic knitting.  See sample in photo above.

    Materials: A material list will be emailed to registrants a couple weeks before the workshop session. 

    Skill Level: Advance Beginner -- This class is for advanced beginners.  Class participants should be able to knit, purl, cast on, and cast off.

    Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.



    • Sunday, February 17, 2019
    • Sunday, March 03, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI021719SH
    • 9
    Register

    Join us for our second 'Knit-Along.'  We have been hoping Sandy Hall would teach us how to knit this vest ever since we first saw her wear it.  This Garter Stitch Vest is simple yet a very stylish vest.  

    Never participated in a Knit-Along?  A Knit-Along is a community activity where knitters get together and work on the same project at the same time.  It allows us to work as a group, share our enthusiasm, ask questions, and solve challenges.  For this 'Knit Along' you will already need to know how to knit a simple stitch and how to cast on.

    This Knit-Along is free for BARN members and $30 for Guests.

    Materials: $5 for the pattern.  

    Knit-Along participants need to bring:

    • Size 7 circular needle (32”)
    • Knitting worsted yarn.  Yardage: Small 780; Medium 910; Large 1040; XL 1170;  2X 1360.

    Skill Level: Advanced Beginner.  Students need to know how to do the knit stitch and cast on.

    Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.

    Instructor Bio: Sandy Hall has been knitting and spinning for over 40 years.  Her felted hats are featured at the Artful Ewe in Port Gamble.  As an occupational therapist and special education, she has taught variety of classes with appreciation of the select learning styles.  Everyone who has taken her knitting and spinning classes at BARN rates her as an excellent teacher who's knowledge and wonderful way of working with students is marvelous.  


    • Sunday, February 24, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI121518TW
    • 5
    Register

    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 their leftover yarns that will be used to make a scarf that they will finish by the end of the class and take home with them.

    Materials: (what student should bring):  
    • For the warp: Students should bring to class a selection of 4-8 DK or worsted weight yarn samples in a variety of colors for warp (total of 250+ yds) 
    • For the weft:  Students should also bring 220+ yds of one DK/Worsted weight yarn in a solid or semi solid color for weft. 
    The majority of yarns should be multi-ply yarns and have some wool content, and have some elasticity. 

    (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 for people to store their lunches and drinks!

    Instructor Bio:
    Terry Winer is a long-time knitter, spinner, weaver, dyer, and sewist who enjoys creating a community of fiber artists who get together work on their fiber projects.  She can be found most Wednesdays, mid-day, weaving, spinning or knitting with her fellow BARN members in the Fiber Arts Studio.


    • Saturday, March 02, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI030219PS
    • 6
    Register

    Those of you who have had the good fortune to take a basketry class with Polly Adams Sutton at BARN, know what a master basket weaver she is and what a phenomenal teacher she is.  

    Polly will be back in the Fiber Arts Studio at BARN in 2019 teaching her new workshop -- "Chasing Beargrass."

    In this class you will learn to chase twine NW sweetgrass over prepared cedar bark while simultaneously weaving bear grass. Polly will demonstrate how to prepare beargrass. Your finish for your basket will be a  folded border. 

    Materials: $75 for basketry materials

    Skill Level: Universal -- all levels welcome.

    Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.

    Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!

    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”.

    Website: pollyadamssutton.com 
    Contact Polly at padamssutton@icloud.com 


    • Monday, March 04, 2019
    • Tuesday, March 05, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI030419RS
    • 4
    Register
    If you know how to weave and would love to create original patterns and then weave them into a variety of designs, then this workshop is for you!

    Join nationally known fiber artist Robyn Spady as she gives us an in-depth look at the amazing versatility of  the twill weaving structure.  

    This class is for weavers looking to further their knowledge about twills with an emphasis on advancing and networked twills, but will also cover corkscrew twills and echo weaves.

    Students will:

    • understand how to draft and weave advancing, networked, and integrated twills;
    • explore how versatile a single threading can be; and
    • weave a sampler with a variety of patterns and designs.

    Important Details:

    Please Note
    : The BARN Fiber Arts Studio has 8 floor looms available for use in this workshop.  To reserve one of our looms for this workshop, please click on the appropriate "Member Discount Price - Need to use studio loom" or "Guest Price - Need to use studio loom".  

    Students are required to warp their looms prior to the beginning of the workshop.  An instruction sheet and pattern will be supplied to you in your confirmation email sent to you after you register.  Please look for that confirmation email in your "spam" folder if you have never received emails from BARN before. Information on times when students will be able to warp studio looms will be sent before the workshop.  If you plan to bring your own loom you must use a 4 shaft loom or higher. Table looms will work for this class. 

    Materials: $15. The materials fee is for a notebook Robyn provides with detailed information about the content of the workshop.  The material fees cost will be added to the workshop fee when you register for the workshop. 

    Skill LevelsThis workshop is appropriate for a wide range of weavers including those who have only taken a beginning weaving class to those who are advanced weavers.

    Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.

    Please bring a bag lunch. BARN has a refrigerator to store your lunch.

    Fiber Arts Studio Artist-in-Residence: Robyn Spady.  Robyn Spady is a national treasure in the arts and crafts field, and we are are delighted that she is our inaugural BARN Fiber Arts Studio Artist-in-Residence.  Robyn is often the keynote speaker at conferences and meetings across the country, and she also does hands-on teaching. She is the author of numerous books and writes regularly for various fiber publications, including Handwoven.

    • Thursday, March 07, 2019
    • Friday, March 08, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI030719AM
    • 20
    Register

    If you have ever taken a workshop from Anita Mayer, you know this workshop will offer a rich experience in surface design techniques and creativity.  

    This is a hands-on workshop creating, designing, and completing a passport/boarding pass holder while learning fabric painting, beading, stitchery, shisha mirror and lining methods.

    Participants will learn about how to combine fabric colors and textures, sources and materials suitable for beading, fabrics that are appropriate for lining, and ways to use simple embroidery stitches in creative ways.

    All of the techniques used in this class are applicable for use on clothing or accessories.  The instructor's collection of these examples will be displayed.

    Materials: $40 for kits of materials (melton cloth, embroidery floss, mirrors, beading needle and sewing needle, beads, fabrics for lining, cord for necklace, fabric paints, foam brushes, and handouts).  

    Material fee will automatically be added during registration for the workshop.

    Students Supply List:
    Students need to bring the following supplies to class:

    • Scissors for paper and cloth
    • straight pins
    • Pens and notebook
    • Thimble (optional).

    Skill Level: Universal

    Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.

    Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!

    Instructor Bio: Anita Luvera Mayer was introduced to looms and weaving by her mother-in-law, a well-known Seattle weaving instructor.  Clothing designed and worn by Anita always relates to ethnic garments with the finishes and embellishments done by hand.  Her work has been included in national and international shows and one-woman retrospectives. 

    Her garment “Rags to Riches” was selected from  6000 entries for inclusion in the Fiber Arts Design Book #7. In addition, Anita’s series “Mantles for Women: Rites of Passage”, a collection of six garments, was  the focus of an exhibition “Life Passages: Women, Dress and Culture” at the Beach Museum at Kansas State University.  This series has been donated to the university by Ms. Mayer and the collection will be integrated into the courses in the Women’s Studies Program. 

    Anita presents workshops and lectures throughout the United States and Canada and  is the author of five books with her articles appearing frequently in major fiber publications. Anita's book, 
    Clothing from the Hands that Weave has just been republished by Echo Printing.  Her studio is located in Anacortes, Washington.

    Contact Person:  Carol Reynolds, carolre2077@gmail.com


    • Sunday, March 10, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI031019JS+
    • 7
    Register

    Participate in the Knitting Block of the Month in March!

    Every month we will be knitting blocks for use either as dishcloths (using cotton yarn) or pillow tops and afghans using worsted weight yarn.  Techniques will be taken from Learn to Knit Afghan Book by Barbara G. Walker. We will focus on a different technique each month starting in January 2019 through June 2019.

    We hope you saw the hand knitted dishcloths that Jennifer Slack and Julie Williams sold at the 2018 BARN bazaar -- similar to what we will be doing for the Knitting Block of the Month Club. If those inspired you to make your own, consider joining us on the second Sunday of each month (January through June) from 1pm to 3pm.

    You can sign up for one or all , but please register for each individual session, so we will know how many to expect"

    In March we will focus on a Twist stitch pattern.  See sample in photo above.

    Materials: A material list will be emailed to registrants a couple weeks before the workshop session. 

    Skill Level: Advance Beginner -- This class is for advanced beginners.  Class participants should be able to knit, purl, cast on, and cast off.

    Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.



    • Wednesday, March 13, 2019
    • Wednesday, March 27, 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI022719DS
    • 8
    Register

    Weaving combines color, fiber, & patterns in endless unique options to create cloth.  

    Learn how to do all the steps in weaving:  setting up and using a floor loom, project planning, weave structure and pattern, and many tricks of the trade. 

    This 5-session class is hands’ on using floor looms and other equipment. The class will emphasis learning how to weave, how to set up a floor loom, how to plan projects, and how to read a weaving draft. During the class you will weave samples with the emphasis on learning how to weave and plan.

    Students will use BARN floor looms and equipment.  

    There will be a $20 materials fee.

    What to Bring:
    Students should bring their own scissors.

    Instructor:

    Deb Sweet is a long-time weaver and teacher at BARN.  She will have various Teaching Assistants during the class, all BARN members active in the Fiber Arts Studio.  Deb has taught at BARN for the past several years and has a love for weaving that is infectious.





    Reviewed 12-6/tt

    • Thursday, March 14, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI031419TW
    • 20
    Register

    Have you ever wondered what a pi shawl is all about? Come learn how wonderfully clever and easy it is to make these circular shawls. Or make a simple modification to make a half-circle. Knit or crochet - the ‘geometry’ is the same!

    You can either bring a pattern (there are many free patterns on Ravelry), pick up a free pattern here or design your own! The structure of pi shawls means it is super easy to design your own. Bring some yarn and needles or hooks, and start right in on your own pi shawl. Any weight yarn will work; any size circle will be great! A coaster, small rug, or a small blanket are all great alternatives to a shawl. 


    • 10:00 -11:00 AM will be a talk about pi shawls.
    • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM will be for those who want to stay and design and/or start a project.

    Supplies for Students to Bring to the Workshop: The supply list below is for students who want to start a pi shawl project. Students who just want to come for the talk do not need to bring supplies.

    If the student wants to start a pi shawl project s/he should bring the following supplies:

    • Shawl Pattern; 
    • Yarn and appropriate needles for that yarn if the student wants to start a project;  
    • stitch dictionaries (optional);
    • grid paper, pencils if the student wants to design a shawl.

      Skill LevelAdvanced Beginner and Beyond - If participants want to start a project, they must have basic knitting or crochet skills.

      Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.


      Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!

      Instructor Bio:

      Terry Winer is a long-time knitter, spinner, weaver, dyer, and sewist who enjoys creating a community of fiber artists who get together work on their fiber projects.  She can be found most Wednesdays, mid-day, weaving, spinning or knitting with her fellow BARN members in the Fiber Arts Studio.


      • Friday, March 29, 2019
      • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
      • BARN Great Room, Class Code FI032919DR
      • 94
      Register

      The plan was for a short jaunt: two authors would spend nine months putting together a small, pretty guide to wools, with color pictures of sheep and of locks of wool, along with summary information for quick reference use. 

      Ha! Here’s the inside story of the little project that grew, and of the four years I spent researching, writing about, and spinning every animal-grown fiber the team could reasonably get its hands on. 

      Come learn how I tore my life apart to put a book together. If I’d known in advance what the project would involve, I would never have said yes (the task was impossible). In retrospect, I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. It was amazing and wonderful. 

      Skill Level: Universal.

      Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.

      Note: Students enrolled in Deborah Robson spinning workshop March 30-31 may attend this lecture for free.

      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.


      • Saturday, March 30, 2019
      • Sunday, March 31, 2019
      • 2 sessions
      • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI033019DR
      • 11
      Register

      Over two wide-ranging days, we’ll experiment with six wools in two sets of three that relate to each other historically and yet differ radically from each other. We have a very early breed in this group, quite a modern one, and several that developed in the centuries in between. On the practical side, we will (of course) spin samples. As we do, we’ll talk about history and how the breeds came into existence and are defined.

      Three Ls: Leicester Longwool, Border Leicester, and Bluefaced Leicester. The three Ls are all English longwools, and they’re all related to each other. Yet they’re astonishingly diverse. Come get acquainted with them.

      Three Cs: Cormo, Corriedale, and Coopworth. These three breeds from Australia and New Zealand demonstrate the shift from traditional to modern production breed definitions and development. They’re also splendid wools to spin: not only different from each other, but from the three Ls. Your spinning life will be enriched by familiarity with them all. 

      Materials: $50.  The Instructor will provide fiber samples.

      Students Should Bring to ClassParticipants should bring: Spinning wheel or spindle; nostepinne or ability to do Andean plying (and this can be learned in