Fiber Arts & related upcoming events

    • Monday, April 23, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • BARN, Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI0418LC-3
    • 2

    This workshop sold out in less than 24 hours... 

    so we added a second workshop  to make the Leather Tote Bag

    Come join designer & founder of Minnie + George, L.A. Caldwell, as she provides guided and hands-on instruction on how to make your own leather tote bag using traditional leather-working techniques.

    In this 4.5 hr class, you'll learn:

    • How to cut and prep leather to sew.
    • How to use the basic tools needed to practice traditional leather-working.
    • How to saddle-stitch.
    • How to apply protective finishes.

    All needed supplies, hardware, and leather are provided for the class.  In addition to a completed tote bag at the end of class, students will receive an instruction manual with full dimensions of bag, step-by-step how-to guide, leather-working tips and information on resources.

    Students have a choice between natural veg tanned leather or black chap leather.

    ALL LEVELS WORKSHOP: This is a great class for total beginners as well as intermediate level students looking to hone their leathercraft skills.

    : L. A. Caldwell is the owner and designer of Minne + George, a hand-crafted leather design company based in Portland Oregon.  

    “My goal is to demonstrate the value of hard work, an appreciation for quality, and an eye for clean and classic style in my leather work. All are qualities that I learned from my parents. To me, they both characterize the beauty of simple yet timeless good taste that inspires what I create”

    — L.A. Caldwell 

    L.A. Caldwell was born in Pasadena, CA in 1974.  She has always been a creative spirit, spending hours drawing on her bedroom floor as a child.  She's been a Jane of all trades -- from private shopper for some of Washington D.C.'s political and business elite in the 90's, to floral designer, to English teacher in multiple Spanish-speaking countries.  She's now focusing her creativity, love of adventure, and retail experience in creatingMinnie + George.


    • Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio
    • 19
    Register

    Learn how to sew with knits!  Have you been wary about making garments with knits?  Heard scary stories about sewing knits fabrics?  Fear not -- they are much easier to work with than you have been told.

     

    Fiber Studio Member, Renae Matson, will give a demonstration of how to sew knit fabrics.  By the end of the program you should no longer be afraid to sew with knits


    This is the first of our "Sewing Labs" --  brief programs focused on different sewing topics.  Stay tuned for future Sewing Labs.


    Free for Members. Non-Members $10. Please register so we know how many to expect.


    • Thursday, April 26, 2018
    • Friday, April 27, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI0418DL
    • 2
    Register

    In this 2 session workshop, Donna Lark will introduce you to the wet felting technique, Nuno Felting.  Students will create one or two felted scarves 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.

    AGE LEVELThe course is suitable for teens through adult.  

    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. 

    MATERIALS FEE: $35.  Please bring cash or check made out to BARN.
    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."

    • Friday, April 27, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio
    Register

    Join Roberta Nelson and Carol Reynolds on April 27th at 11:00 for a continuing experimental embroidery study group. Roberta and Carol will guide you in exercises on how to build your personal vocabulary of stitches. This group will meet the second and fourth Friday of each month for an hour and a half. We will explore exercises that will help you push the boundaries of simple or traditional techniques to enable more innovation and creativity.  

    WHAT TO BRING: Bring several pieces of white or off white felt (35% wool/ 65% rayon-joann's),  cut into 4x5 inch pieces, a variety of black embroidery threads of different sizes: floss, pearl, silk, wool, etc. and a variety of needles: embroidery, crewel, tapestry, sharps, chenille, etc. Also, bring books about experimental stitch and embroidery. 

    Exercises we might use in the group can be found in this book by Ilze Aviks, https://ilzeaviks.com/WORKBOOKS/1/caption

    Please register so we know who will be attendidng.

    BARN Members
    : Free.

    Non-BARN Members: $10


     

    • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Studio, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

    Get together with your fellow fiber folks every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and spend time creating, sharing your projects, and learning tips from others that may help you with your latest project.

    Bring your knitting, crochet, embroidery, Tatting or other portable projects.

    Everyone welcome, just drop on in!

    No registration required.

    Free for everyone!

    .



    • Tuesday, May 01, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Course Code: FI0418RM-2
    • 4
    Register

    In this Sewing Lab you will use the techniques you learned in the "Sew with Knits" workshop on April 24th by making a simple skirt -- Easy-peasy! 

    • Two seams and a waistband!!!!  
    • Adjustable lengths.  

    WHAT TO BRING

    • Pattern by Christine Jonson #1219. It can be ordered through Ginny's Fine FabricsStonemountain Fabrics & Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley. and Hart Fabrics in Santa Cruz  
    • Soft Knit Fabric with a good drape:  2 1/4 up to size 14; for larger sizes 2 3/8 is needed.
    • Notions1 1/4 yard of 1 inch elastic for waistband and thread to match your fabric.

    Fiber Studio Member, Renae Matson, will give a demonstration of how to sew skirts using knit fabrics.  Who said sewing knit clothes couldn't be easy and fast!

    This is the second of our "Sewing Labs" --  brief programs focused on different sewing topics.  Stay tuned for future Sewing Labs.



    • Wednesday, May 02, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio

    Come join us in the BARN Fiber Arts Studio and Churchmouse for a sponsored charity knitting circle. Just bring your knitting needles. Everyone welcome!

    Free to Members and Non-Members. Registration is not required.

    Held every month on the first Wednesday of the month from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.



    • Saturday, May 05, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code FI0518EC+
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Learn to make a miniature version of a traditional Coast Salish net-anchor.  This type of anchor has been made and utilized for thousands of years by the First Peoples of the Salish Sea.  A set of these anchors were attached to the bottom edge of the fish nets to weight them down and hold them in place while in the moving waters. 





    Ed Carriere is a master weaver, and a carver of canoes, story-poles, paddles, and more.  Ed will bring for students some favorite stones from the shoreline upon which he has lived his whole life, and share the story of how he has been studying artifacts found in Northwest wet-sites, learning to recreate these anchors.  Ed will show you how traditional plant materials were used, and then teach you to make an example of this artifact using his hand-gathered branches and a readily available caning material.  Melinda West, one of Ed’s long time students, will assist Ed. Melinda will provide materials for adapting this project to make a keepsake necklace.  Students will come home from this day of cultural learning with a minimum of two examples to help them remember the techniques learned.

    Materials Fee of $40 Per Student at the beginning of class. Please bring cash or check made out to BARN.

    Please feel free to bring a bag lunch. BARN has a refrigerator you may store your lunch in.

    Studio Access

    If you’re a non-member (or a member who has forgotten your key fob) and find the front door locked when you show up for a class or open studio session, please call the studio and we’ll let you in. The Fiber Studio phone number is
    206-842-4475, ext 209.


    • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI
    • 50
    Register


    May Fiber Connections

    Show and Tell!

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    7-8:30 PM

    BARN Fiber Studio


    Bring something to share with your fellow fiber artists,
    socialize with friends, and
    learn what’s happening in the studio.

    • Friday, May 11, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio
    Register

    Join Roberta Nelson and Carol Reynolds on May 11th at 11:00 for a continuing experimental embroidery study group. Roberta and Carol will guide you in exercises on how to build your personal vocabulary of stitches. This group will meet the second and fourth Friday of each month for an hour and a half. We will explore exercises that will help you push the boundaries of simple or traditional techniques to enable more innovation and creativity.  

    WHAT TO BRING: Bring several pieces of white or off white felt (35% wool/ 65% rayon-joann's),  cut into 4x5 inch pieces, a variety of black embroidery threads of different sizes: floss, pearl, silk, wool, etc. and a variety of needles: embroidery, crewel, tapestry, sharps, chenille, etc. Also, bring books about experimental stitch and embroidery. 

    Exercises we might use in the group can be found in this book by Ilze Aviks, https://ilzeaviks.com/WORKBOOKS/1/caption

    BARN Members: Free.

    Non-BARN Members: $10


     

    • Saturday, May 12, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN-wide event

    Celebrate the first anniversary of BARN's new facility! Join us for a day of craft and inspiration. Hands-on activities and demonstrations in all eleven craft studios. Jewelry will be for sale in the jewelry studio.  Enjoy food and fun for all ages.

    This is a free event, no registration required. Parking is available onsite, or in the First Baptist Church parking lot on North Madison.

    Here are a few of the activities scheduled:

    In Electronic and Technical Arts:

    • See 3d printers and a laser cutter in action
    • Play with MaKey MaKey kits 
    • See a Raspberry Pi cluster

    In Woodworking:

    • Demonstrations of Lathe Woodturning and Carving
    • Displays of projects created in the BARN Woodshop

    In Kitchen Arts:

    • Decorate cupcakes - or just eat them! Popcorn and drinks too!

    In Jewelry Arts:

    • Broom Straw Casting (weather depending).

    In Metal Arts:

    • Plasma cutting demonstrations. 
    In the Writers' Studio
    • Word games plus name your favorite author and book




    • Tuesday, May 15, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN, Fiber Arts, Class Code: FI0518SH-1
    • 9
    Register

    Beads add undeniable beauty to knitting, and many designers are now including beads in their lace and other designs. But how is one to choose perfect bead(s) for your project? This class presents guidelines for choosing beads that will enhance your knitting when combined with your yarn. We discuss color, dimensional effects, and the magic of light that makes it all possible.

    In the morning, we learn principles for putting together inspired combinations of beads and yarn. In the afternoon, I introduce my Arcuato shawl, a design that accommodates from one to four different beads for different effects. We will sample our (hopefully more adventurous) choices from beads that I supply before casting on for the shawl.

    Skill Level
    : Intermediate Skill Level.
    Skills required: casting on, binding off, knitting, purling, basic lace stitches including increases, decreases, and yarn overs. You must be comfortable with reading knitting charts for this class.

    Materials Fee$15.  Materials include beads and handouts. Please bring cash or check made out to BARN.

    What to bring to class

    Yarn:  Fingering weight yarn in a solid or shaded solid colorway, 400 (750) yards for small (large) size

    Needle: Size 6 (4 mm) circular needle with sharp tips, 24” minimum length

    Notions:

    • Small steel crochet hook, size 13 (0.75 mm) for placing beads
    • Post-it notes, magnetic chart keeper, or whatever method you prefer to keep track of your place in a knitting chart.
    • Colored pencils or fine markers (optional) for color coding charts
    • Bead mat or tray (optional), available at craft and bead stores

    Age Level: This class is open to ages 14+

    Instructor Bio: 
    Sivia Harding has worked with fiber and art since she can remember. Obsessed since youth, by adulthood she had dabbled in weaving, spinning, and dyeing among other activities, and came to knitting in the year 2000. Almost immediately, she began to design. She is known mainly for her exceptional lace and bead designs. Her patterns also include accessories, garments, and imaginative Moebius creations. She has been widely published in books and collections, including Jared Flood’s Wool People series, online magazines such as Twist Collective and Knitty, and on Ravelry as Sivia Harding Knit Design. She has been teaching at larger venues since 2009.

    • Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI0528SH-2
    • 10
    Register

    Knitted lace edgings, long having been a way to add beauty to garments, linens, and knitted shawls, are amazingly beautiful and diverse in their size, structure, and appearance. Aside from the traditional applications however, edgings don’t have to be fussy. Approaching them as an sideways add-on to an already sideways-knit piece makes it all so much easier. All it takes is a bit of planning.

    In this workshop, we consider how and why you might choose to use an edging to beautify an already interesting shape, which could be symmetrical or not. We identify shapes and silhouettes that are particularly suited to this purpose. 

    This kind of design is the perfect first design to attempt, with very little math involved. 

    As simple as it can be, more complexity can be added if desired in the way of stitch treatments or added border elements. 

    This class offers a template that can be used again and again for endless design ideas. Included is a shawl design, Wild Betta, that features a wildly imaginative edging.

    Skill Level: Intermediate Skill Level.  Skills required: casting on, binding off, knitting, purling, basic lace stitches including increases, decreases, and yarn overs. You must be comfortable with reading knitting charts for this class.

    Materials Fee: $15.  Please bring cash or check made out to BARN.

    What to Bring to Class: 

    Yarn
    •  400-800 yards fingering weight yarn for small (large) class shawl project. 
    • Suggested but optional: Small amounts of yarn in various colors for swatching. 
    Needles
    •  Size 5 US / 3.75 mm circular needle, 24” or 32" long, or size to obtain a pleasing lace fabric.
    Notions
    •  Stitch markers in 2 colors; 
    • Graph paper; 
    • Pencils and a good eraser; 
    • Highlighter tape, post it notes, or magnetic chartkeeper for keeping track of your place on a chart; 
    • Usual kit of notions such as yarn needle, scissors, tape measure, etc.
    Optional: One or more charted stitch dictionaries;   If beads are desired, at least 300 size 6/0 seed beads, preferably Japanese for the bigger inner hole; Crochet hook, 0.75 mm (14 U.S) for beads

    Age Level: This class is open to ages 14+


    INSTRUCTOR BIO: Sivia Harding has worked with fiber and art since she can remember. Obsessed since youth, by adulthood she had dabbled in weaving, spinning, and dyeing among other activities, and came to knitting in the year 2000. Almost immediately, she began to design. She is known mainly for her exceptional lace and bead designs. Her patterns also include accessories, garments, and imaginative Moebius creations. She has been widely published in books and collections, including Jared Flood’s Wool People series, online magazines such as Twist Collective and Knitty, and on Ravelry as Sivia Harding Knit Design. She has been teaching at larger venues since 2009.


    • Saturday, May 19, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI0518NS-1
    • 2
    Register

    The Salish Peoples of the Puget Sound Region have always been known as Weaving Cultures.  Suquamish Weaver Nancy Sigo will share her wealth of knowledge about weaving with Western Red Cedar. Participants will engage in preparing their own cedar bark strip for weaving; learning how to split it to the desired widths. Learning the splitting technique is an important part of the teaching.  Nancy will provide her prepared materials in kits, so students will have enough of the beautifully prepared split cedar to make a 4"X 4" woven basket.  


    Students will learn the techniques of basic weaving, and twining using dyed raffia and will learn about, and have the opportunity to use, bear grass as a decorative weaving element.  Students will use natural or dyed materials as they are designing their basket, learning to control the shape as they progress, and finishing the edge with a beautiful folded and wrapped rim.


    There is an additional Materials Fee of $60 - Materials include prepared cedar strips and raffia. Please bring cash or check made out to BARN. 

    Students should bring to class: Spray bottle, 6-8 oz., scissors, pocket knife, or very thin bladed paring knife, large-eyed needle, for threading raffia, small awl.

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


    INSTRUCTOR:  Nancy Sigo, a member of the Suquamish Tribe, learned to gather, process, prepare and weave cedar bark; through the time honored cultural connection of using native plant fibers to weave traditional material objects for a wide variety of functional uses.  Over 26 years ago, Nancy began to learn from her relatives all aspects of how to weave with Western Red Cedar, and many other weaving materials like Bear grass, NW Sweet Grass, Rye Grass, and Nettles.  Nancy shares important knowledge from her own life experiences and her Salish weaving culture.  When, where, and how to gather; how to process and store the materials, so many lessons to learn.  Nancy feels very blessed with the gift of weaving from a long line of grandmother teachers.  She looks forward to meeting others who share a desire to learn this type of weaving and will gladly share that knowledge.

    • Sunday, May 20, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code: FI0518NS-2
    • 3
    Register

    Come enjoy a day with Suquamish Weaver, Nancy Sigo, who will share her wealth of knowledge about weaving with Western Red Cedar. Students will learn the techniques of basic weaving, and twining using dyed raffia, and will learn about, and have the opportunity to use bear grass as a decorative weaving element. Students will use natural or dyed materials as they are designing their necklace pouch, learning to control the shape as they progress, and finishing the edge with a neat rim. The splitting technique is an important part of the teaching and participants will be engaged in preparing some of their own cedar strips for weaving. Nancy will provide her prepared materials in kits.

    There will be a materials Fee Per Student of $40. Please bring a check or cash to class.


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


    Instructor Bio: Nancy Sigo, a member of the Suquamish Tribe, learned to gather, process, prepare and weave cedar bark; in the time honored cultural practice of using native plant fibers to weave traditional material objects for a wide variety of functional uses. Over 26 years ago, Nancy began to learn from her relatives all aspects of how to weave with Western Red Cedar, and many other weaving materials like Bear grass, NW Sweet Grass, Rye Grass, and Nettles. Nancy shares important knowledge from her own life experiences and her Salish weaving culture. When, where, and how to gather; how to process and store the materials, so many lessons to learn. Nancy feels very blessed with the gift of weaving from a long line of grandmother teachers. She looks forward to meeting others who share a desire to learn this type of weaving and will gladly share that knowledge.

    Contact: Sybil Carrere at Fiber.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org


    • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    • Wednesday, June 27, 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI052318CL
    • 6
    Register
    • Have you always wanted to make quilts?  
    • Do you want to learn all the techniques you need to create a finished quilt?

    • Tired of quilting workshops that only get you half-way through creating a quilt?
    This 6-week class is for you!

    PREREQUISITE: Fiber Arts Studio Sewing Class from Kathy Mack or other introductory sewing classes.

    In this class you will learn:
    • All about quilting tools
    • How to choose fabrics for your quilt
    • All about color combinations and how they influence the look of your quilt
    • Elements of designing a quilt 
    • How to correctly cut your fabric with a rotary cutter
    • When to stop playing with the arrangement of your quilt pieces and begin to sew.
    • How to sew quilt pieces together so everything lines up correctly
    • Creating borders for your quilt
    • Techniques for putting your quilt top, batting, and quilt backing together
    • How to machine quilt
    • How to add binding and finish your quilt

    WHAT WE SUPPLY
    • Sewing machines
    • Cutting mats and quilting rulers
    • Rotary cutters

    WHAT TO BRING TO CLASS
    • A notebook and pen to take notes.
    • To enhance the design process -- come with an open mind and no pre-conceived ideas about what your quilt should look like.  This will help you learn the necessary quilting techniques you will use in every quilt.

    SKILL LEVELAdvanced Beginner.  This class is also great for folks who have started or finished a couple quilts but feel like they could use a comprehensive quilting class. 

    AGE LEVEL: 14 +

    INSTRUCTOR BIO: Carol Latham will teach you everything you need to know to create a finished quilt.  She is a wonderful teacher who helps students with easy to understand, step-by-step instruction.  Carol received her degree in Textiles and Clothing from University of Tennessee.  She owned  "Carol's Finishing Touches," a quilting company.  She worked at Esther's Fabrics for years.  She brings her extensive knowledge of quilting and fabrics to this class as well as her wonderful sense of humor.  You are going to love this class.  
    • Wednesday, June 06, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio

    Come join us in the BARN Fiber Arts Studio and Churchmouse for a sponsored charity knitting circle. Just bring your knitting needles. Everyone welcome!


    Free to Members and Non-Members. Registration is not required. All are welcome!

    Held every month on the first Wednesday of the month from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.



    • Friday, June 08, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio
    Register

    Join Roberta Nelson and Carol Reynolds on June 8th at 11:00 for a continuing experimental embroidery study group. Roberta and Carol will guide you in exercises on how to build your personal vocabulary of stitches. This group will meet the second and fourth Friday of each month for an hour and a half. We will explore exercises that will help you push the boundaries of simple or traditional techniques to enable more innovation and creativity.  

    WHAT TO BRING: Bring several pieces of white or off white felt (35% wool/ 65% rayon-joann's),  cut into 4x5 inch pieces, a variety of black embroidery threads of different sizes: floss, pearl, silk, wool, etc. and a variety of needles: embroidery, crewel, tapestry, sharps, chenille, etc. Also, bring books about experimental stitch and embroidery. 

    Exercises we might use in the group can be found in this book by Ilze Aviks, https://ilzeaviks.com/WORKBOOKS/1/caption

    BARN Members: Free.

    Non-BARN Members: $10


     

    • Saturday, June 09, 2018
    • 9:30 AM
    • Sunday, June 10, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studios, Class Code: FI0718SS
    • 7
    Register

    Learn how to prepare the raw Western red cedar inner bark into natural strips to make into 2-ply cordage, which will later be made into 3-ply rope. Students will combine these 2 techniques to make a stylish and strong dog leash with a Pacific Northwest flair. 

    Sue will teach students how to back splice for the clip and handle. If your dog is a chewer, this type of leash is not for you, however, you can still learn how to make different ropes out of cedar bark to use for any of your specific purposes. Many carvers use cedar bark rope as a part of their masks or bent wood boxes. If the dog leash isn’t exactly what you need, Sue will help you create the rope you need for your project. 

    MATERIALS FEE:  $75, payable at the class by cash or check made out to BARN

    SKILL LEVEL: All skill levels welcome.

    Age Requirement: Open to ages 14 and older.


    INSTRUCTOR:
     On a trip to southern England, as a landscape designer gathering inspiration, Sue Skelly was impressed by the miles of wattle-brush fencing along the farms and lanes.  After returning from her trip in 1989, her relationship with Western Red Cedar began when she purchased piece of land with a beautiful mature natural forest.  This environment gave her the idea of building her own wattle fence using the abundant and renewable resource of cedar limbs.  Through trial and error she built her first woven cedar fence, and her passion for working with cedar was born. 

    Over the years, Sue has developed many styles and forms of art using cedar branches; some functional and some purely sculptural.  She loves the process; being in the comfort of the woods with her dogs; harvesting and preparing just the right branches for each project.  Sue is a member of the NW Basket Weavers Guild, where she has learned many weaving techniques with all parts of the Western Red Cedar tree from a community of teachers.  Sue’s Fine Art Degree and passion for making is manifested in her original Cedar art; a line of beautiful button jewelry; and in her Cedar fencing and trellis work.  Sue has been a featured artist in Martha Stewart Living  magazine, as well as in other books and publications, and her woven vedar works are in public and private collections.

    • Monday, June 11, 2018
    • Monday, June 25, 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • BARN, Fiber Arts Studio, FI0618JS+
    • 4
    Register

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

    Learn how to do all the steps in weaving:  winding on a warp, setting up & using the loom, weave structure and pattern, how to plan for projects, and tricks of the craft.  

    This 5-session class is hands’ on using floor looms and other equipment.   During the class you will weave samples with the emphasis on learning how to weave and plan.

    Students will use BARN floor looms & equipment.  

    Material Fees: $20
    Bring cash or a check made out to BARN the first day of class.

    What to Bring: Students should bring their own scissors.


    I
    nstructors: Deb Sweet and Jason Devinney are long-time weavers
    .  Each with a deep love ad appreciation for the craft. They were active in creating the weaving program for the Fiber Arts Studio at BARN and are enthusiastic about introducing others to this craft.  They have a love for weaving.  Both have shown their weavings at the Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery.

     


    • Wednesday, June 13, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio FI0618RS
    • 50
    Register

    From Chanel and Balenciaga to the House of Worth and Ralph Lauren, passementerie has been a way to elevate a garment from something ordinary to something extraordinary.  What is passementerie?  It’s a French term without an English equivalent. Passementerie encompasses a multitude of techniques used to create embellishments for garments and interiors.  It includes the creation of buttons, cording, trim, garment closures, braiding, tassels, and much more.  Modern day uses of passementerie may be found in couture fashions, like the trim edging on French cardigan-style jackets made famous by Coco Chanel and the fashions seen in period films or shows, like Downton Abbey. Passementerie also appears on historical garments, military uniforms, and in high-end home interiors.

    To kick of the day, Robyn Spady will share insight into how many couture fashion designers incorporated passementerie into their garments from the perspective of how simple some of the techniques are and how they could be easily recreated and adapted into our own wardrobes.  This presentation will be followed by hands-on time to try different techniques for creating your own trim, cord, and embellishments.  After lunch, have fun exploring different ways to transform your trim, cord, and embellishments into jewelry and closures for garments.  No previous experience is necessary.

    There is an additional Materials Fee of $5.00, cash or check made out to BARN to be brought to class.

    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.

    Come learn why we are so excited about having her as our Artist-in-Residence.

    SKILL LEVELS: Universal.  All skill levels welcome.

    AGES: Ages 14+ Welcome.



     

    • Friday, June 22, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code: FI0618KH-1
    • 8
    Register

    Students will learn the ancient technique of Knot-less Netting, that can be adapted for uses with many types of materials to make a wide assortment of products. A series of loops, or half hitches, are worked in spiral rows to cover an object of your choice. Students will make a necklace by weaving over beach glass, polished rock, or a pottery shard. These can be embellished with a variety of beads.

    All materials are provided, but you can also bring your own small treasure from home. Even a small bottle, such as a one-shot liquor bottle can be covered with this ornamental technique. Kay will show you how you can add beads to the net on every stitch, or just here and there. This looping technique can also be used to create textiles such as shopping bags, fishnets, or fabric. In this fun and creative workshop you will also learn to make two-ply cordage for the neck cord.

    SKILL LEVEL:
     All levels of basketry skill are welcome.

    MATERIAL FEES: $30  Materials Fee Per Student Payable to BARN by cash or check at onset of Class.

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

    INSTRUCTOR BIO:  Kay Harradine has been teaching basketry throughout the US and Canada for over thirty years. With degrees in Forestry and Education from the University of Washington, she brings both ethnobotanical knowledge and strong teaching skills to her workshops. Kay encourages exploration of many types of materials and the technologies for their use. All her workshops are innovative and fun. 

    • Friday, June 22, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio
    Register

    Join Roberta Nelson and Carol Reynolds on June 22nd at 11:00 for a continuing experimental embroidery study group. Roberta and Carol will guide you in exercises on how to build your personal vocabulary of stitches. This group will meet the second and fourth Friday of each month for an hour and a half. We will explore exercises that will help you push the boundaries of simple or traditional techniques to enable more innovation and creativity.  

    WHAT TO BRING: Bring several pieces of white or off white felt (35% wool/ 65% rayon-joann's),  cut into 4x5 inch pieces, a variety of black embroidery threads of different sizes: floss, pearl, silk, wool, etc. and a variety of needles: embroidery, crewel, tapestry, sharps, chenille, etc. Also, bring books about experimental stitch and embroidery. 

    Exercises we might use in the group can be found in this book by Ilze Aviks, https://ilzeaviks.com/WORKBOOKS/1/caption

    BARN Members: Free.

    Non-BARN Members: $10


     

    • Saturday, June 23, 2018
    • Sunday, June 24, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI0618KH-2
    • 8
    Register

    Students will explore in this 2 session class, Waxed Linen thread as a basketry material, learning to twine an elegant Medallion necklace, broach, or hair ornament.

    In this flat piece, Kay Harradine will o
    ffer several patterns to choose from for creating a beautiful woven and beaded Medallion. The spokes and weavers are 4 ply Waxed Linen. Designs inspired by Hopi, wicker, and African baskets, are created in rows of 2-strand twining, 3-strand twining, and reverse twining to make bright, moving patterns.

    Two ways of starting the Medallion will be o
    ffered, and other skills taught include: developing consistent tension, how to add spokes as the diameter increases, how to add and subtract spokes to create the color design desired. Students may choose to embellish their Medallion with beads, to finish it with a backing, and to add the appropriate jewelry hardware for a pin, necklace, or hair ornament.

    Skill Level: Intermediate - twining experience is necessary. 

    Materials Fee: $45 
    Materials fee payable by cash or check to BARN at onset of class.


    INSTRUCTOR BIO: Kay Harradine has been teaching basketry throughout the US and Canada for over thirty years. With degrees in Forestry and Education from the University of Washington, she brings both ethnobotanical knowledge and strong teaching skills to her workshops. Kay encourages exploration of many types of materials and the technologies for their use. All her workshops are innovative and fun. 

    • Wednesday, July 04, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio

    Come join us in the BARN Fiber Arts Studio and Churchmouse for a sponsored charity knitting circle. Just bring your knitting needles. Everyone welcome!


    Free to Members and Non-Members. Registration is not required.

    Held every month on the first Wednesday of the month from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.



    • Friday, July 13, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI0718KS-1
    • 7
    Register

    Using time-honored techniques unique to working with birch bark, this class offers the opportunity to create a beautiful, sturdy and functional knife sheath. A Swedish-made Mora carving knife which the bark sheath is fitted to, is included with the class. Using split river cane, students may choose one of the several traditional patterns used to stitch the sheath. Students may also attach a plaited lanyard to the sheath so the knife can then be conveniently worn around the neck. 

    Materials Fee
    : $60. 
    Bring cash or check payable to BARN to beginning of class.

    Skill Level: All skill levels welcome.

    Age Requirements: This workshop is open to ages 14 and older.

    INSTRUCTORKaren Sherwood began her basket weaving journey creating vessels useful for wilderness survival and woven with materials gathered from nature. Over the last 25 years, her understanding of weaving and the preparation of traditional materials has become much more refined while her interest in creating “working” baskets remains strong. Karen carries a passion for exploring historic basketry techniques and styles and brings this to her work by harvesting and preparing her own basketry materials. She shares her connections to the plants and their remarkable uses when teaching each project. With these connections, each project becomes a unique blend of past and present. “It is with this vision we hope to honor the plants and the traditions they have grown from to give insight to, not only the past but how it can illuminate our future”. Karen teaches ethnobotany programs with the Washington State Department of Ecology. She leads basketry classes throughout the county and as well as other earth- centered programs through Earthwalk Northwest, a wilderness school she and her husband founded in 1996. More info at: www.earthwalknorthwest.com.

    • Friday, July 13, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio
    Register

    Join Roberta Nelson and Carol Reynolds on July 13th at 11:00 for a continuing experimental embroidery study group. Roberta and Carol will guide you in exercises on how to build your personal vocabulary of stitches. This group will meet the second and fourth Friday of each month for an hour and a half. We will explore exercises that will help you push the boundaries of simple or traditional techniques to enable more innovation and creativity.  

    WHAT TO BRING: Bring several pieces of white or off white felt (35% wool/ 65% rayon-joann's),  cut into 4x5 inch pieces, a variety of black embroidery threads of different sizes: floss, pearl, silk, wool, etc. and a variety of needles: embroidery, crewel, tapestry, sharps, chenille, etc. Also, bring books about experimental stitch and embroidery. 

    Exercises we might use in the group can be found in this book by Ilze Aviks, https://ilzeaviks.com/WORKBOOKS/1/caption

    BARN Members: Free.

    Non-BARN Members: $10


     

    • Saturday, July 14, 2018
    • Sunday, July 15, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN, Fiber Arts Studio FI0718KS-2
    • 4
    Register

    This style basket was traditionally used by the early trappers, and were woven out of black ash or white oak. Most pack baskets today are made with a high-quality reed to create these strong and light weight carriers. Students will learn how to weave and shape this pack basket with the “belly”, to create the roomy pack basket shape. As the basket is finished, a hardwood handle will be lashed into the rim for easy of carrying. Students will complete the backpack by applying a protective coat of stain or oil finish, and then attaching the custom strapping. These pack baskets are perfect for carrying your next picnic to the park, or for your trip to the farmers market. 

    INSTRUCTORKaren Sherwood began her basket weaving journey creating vessels useful for wilderness survival and woven with materials gathered from nature. Over the last 25 years, her understanding of weaving and the preparation of traditional materials has become much more refined while her interest in creating “working” baskets remains strong. Karen carries a passion for exploring historic basketry techniques and styles and brings this to her work by harvesting and preparing her own basketry materials. She shares her connections to the plants and their remarkable uses when teaching each project. With these connections, each project becomes a unique blend of past and present. “It is with this vision we hope to honor the plants and the traditions they have grown from to give insight to, not only the past but how it can illuminate our future”. Karen teaches ethnobotany programs with the Washington State Department of Ecology. She leads basketry classes throughout the county and as well as other earth- centered programs through Earthwalk Northwest, a wilderness school she and her husband founded in 1996. More info at: www.earthwalknorthwest.com.

    MATERIALS FEE: $70. 
    Bring cash or check payable to BARN to beginning of class.

    SKILL LEVEL: All skill levels welcome.

    AGE REQUIREMENTS: This workshop is open to ages 14 and older.

    • Saturday, July 14, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Jewelry Studio, Class Code: JE0718CE
    • 5
    Register

    Exploring Bead Weaving ~

    Students will select a template on which to design and practice techniques of bead embroidery. Basic tools, beads, charms and a variety of embroidery stitches will be used to create a unique and sweet little heart. Embellishment and finishing techniques will be discussed and demonstrated.  A finished piece could be made into a brooch, pendant, bracelet or a variety of other applications.  

    A $15 material fee will be added to class fee.

    All levels welcome.

    Teacher Bio: Chris Eisenberg discovered beading while recovering from an accident and the resulting traumatic brain injury. Beading was her therapy and credits it for helping her become whole again. Chris has a doctorate in classical piano performance from the University of Northern Colorado and am a performance coach and collaborator at Central Washington University. She has previously taught workshops at the Autumn Artist Retreat and in the Iron Mountain Arts studio near Port Gamble. 
    Students may bring lunch or go out.  

    Please bring a bag lunch. Coffee, tea, refrigerator and microwave are available at BARN.

    Contact Studio Lead: Jane Martin at Jewelry.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org


    • Friday, July 27, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio
    Register

    Join Roberta Nelson and Carol Reynolds on July 27th at 11:00 for a continuing experimental embroidery study group. Roberta and Carol will guide you in exercises on how to build your personal vocabulary of stitches. This group will meet the second and fourth Friday of each month for an hour and a half. We will explore exercises that will help you push the boundaries of simple or traditional techniques to enable more innovation and creativity.  

    WHAT TO BRING: Bring several pieces of white or off white felt (35% wool/ 65% rayon-joann's),  cut into 4x5 inch pieces, a variety of black embroidery threads of different sizes: floss, pearl, silk, wool, etc. and a variety of needles: embroidery, crewel, tapestry, sharps, chenille, etc. Also, bring books about experimental stitch and embroidery. 

    Exercises we might use in the group can be found in this book by Ilze Aviks, https://ilzeaviks.com/WORKBOOKS/1/caption

    BARN Members: Free.

    Non-BARN Members: $10


     

    • Wednesday, August 01, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio

    Come join us in the BARN Fiber Arts Studio and Churchmouse for a sponsored charity knitting circle. Just bring your knitting needles. Everyone welcome!


    Free to Members and Non-Members. Registration is not required.

    Held every month on the first Wednesday of the month from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.



    • Friday, August 10, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI0818PS-1
    • 6
    Register

    Spend a day with Polly Adams Sutton learning techniques for creating a sculptural basket using artistic bead wire and her hand-gathered, meticulously prepared NW natural materials.

    Using inner cedar bark for the framework, or spokes, this sculptural basket employs basic twining with wire, to undulate, decorate, and shape this Western red cedar basket. The rim-finish is an easy lashed border of yellow cedar outer bark. Students will all create one beautiful artistic basket in this one day workshop.

    A Materials Fee of $80 per student is payable via cash or check made out to BARN at the beginning of class.

    Please bring a bag lunch. BARN has a refrigerator you can store your lunch in.


    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 

    • Saturday, August 11, 2018
    • Sunday, August 12, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI0818PS-2
    • 8
    Register

    Polly Adams Sutton’s award-winning basketry is prized by collectors all around the world. During this two day workshop, Polly will share her techniques for creating sculptural basketry using wire and dyed binder cane over cedar bark spokes. This asymmetrical basket will be twined using two “X” techniques. Initially the spokes will be wide, then later cut into narrower spokes so that a twisted shape can be achieved when twined. Polly will delight students as they experience how the flexibility

    of the Western red cedar bark can be utilized to create a unique sculptural basket. The rim will be finished with a beautiful folded border. 


    Instructor: 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 

    A Materials Fee of $100 per student is payable via cash or check made out to BARN at the beginning of class.
     SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate Skill Level.  

    AGE LEVEL: This class is open to ages 14+

    Please bring a bag lunch. BARN has a refrigerator you can store your lunch in.

    • Monday, August 13, 2018
    • Tuesday, August 14, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI0818GS
    • 8
    Register

    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. 


    Ginny loves to sew and to share her knowledge about garment creations.  She even spends her vacation time sewing.

    In this 2-day workshop, Ginny will teach you how to take 3 different garment patterns and tailor them to fit your measurements.

    In this class you will learn: 

    • How to take your own measurements;
    • How to adjust a pattern to fit your body;
    • How to make sure your measurements and pattern are the same.

    Student Supplies: Students should bring 3 patterns to class that they would like to make for themselves.  Women: skirt, top, dress, and/or jacket.  Men will want to consult with Ginny about the kinds of patterns to choose. 


    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.

    • Saturday, August 25, 2018
    • Sunday, August 26, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI0818JH
    • 8
    Register

    This is a fun and functional cedar bark basket for all levels of experience. All the native plant materials for use by students have all been respectfully gathered and prepared by Jo and George Hart, of Wilderness Basketry in Seabeck, Washington. 

    Jo Hart is a generous teacher who will guide students through learning how to do 2-strand twining, a design technique called overlaying, and weaving and shaping without using a mold. This beautiful basket will be finished with a common traditional Pacific Northwest rim. Gathering and preparation of materials will be discussed. 

    Materials Fee
    : $80.  Please bring a check made out to BARN or cash to the first day of class.

    Skill Level: Universal -- All skill levels welcome. 

    Age Level: The workshop is open to ages 14+

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

    Instructor Bio:  Jo Ann Hart grew up in the Appalachian Mountains near Berea, Kentucky.  When school was out, she would go out to play after breakfast and would be gone for the day exploring the flora and fauna.  There were no neighbor children to play with, so she usually entertained herself by studying nature and playing with native plants.  Her first basket was made from cockleburs and dyed with poke berries, and she often wove homes and bridges for insects from weed stems. 

    With the help of her Cherokee Appalachian grandmother, from an early age she learned to identify native plants and trees, and edible and medicinal plants.  Her family life brought her to the Pacific NW, where her love making baskets with native plants was rekindled. 

    Her first structured class was with instructor Melinda West in the mid 1980’s.  Once she started weaving, she couldn’t stop!  She has since studied with many contemporary fiber artists and pacific NW Native American Basket Weavers, apprenticing with Suquamish elder, Ed Carriere.  Jo teaches and shows her work locally and throughout the US.  Weaving gives her great pleasure, and she is happy to share her knowledge of plants and basketry, hoping others may also experience the spiritual and physical connection that working with natural materials offers.
       

    • Wednesday, September 05, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio

    Come join us in the BARN Fiber Arts Studio and Churchmouse for a sponsored charity knitting circle. Just bring your knitting needles. Everyone welcome!


    Free to Members and Non-Members. Registration is not required.

    Held every month on the first Wednesday of the month from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.



    • Saturday, September 08, 2018
    • Sunday, September 09, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI0918GH
    • 8