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Dry Needle Felting for Beginners

$29

with Nancy Josey

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 13, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Come create with Nancy, using felting needles and colorful wool roving you will be able to make a cookie cutter item to get familiar with the process of stabbing. Then it is off to making a pumpkin, learning 3D. The final project of the day is creating a gnome, working with multiple types of wool roving and expanding on shaping. Start off as a beginner leave feeling like a pro.

Taming the "To Do" List

$19

with Jill Braceland

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 24, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Identify techniques that will help you organize your personal time. Suggestions offered include prioritizing, creating the “To Do” list, and how we underestimate time. Tips on how to stop procrastinating and being overwhelmed will also be discussed. Students need to be 18 or older.

Beginner Watercolor Botanicals

$19

with Tara Finlay

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 26, 2021 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Modern botanical watercolors are part art and part illustration. Learn to use round brushes to create botanical plant illustrations without the need for drawing skills. In fact, you don’t need any art experience at all. The instructor will provide a list of materials upon registration. Learn about color, value, and brush strokes to paint expressionist plant paintings in watercolor.

Invasive Bittersweet Baskets

$35

with Zach Rouda

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 10, 2021 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Oriental, Asian, or round-leaved bittersweet is a creeping vine with inedible berries that is invasive in North America. Frustrating to gardeners and arborists, bittersweet is considered a largely useless bane on wild land. Wouldn’t it be nice if it were good for something? We can use ancient harvesting techniques to tend Asian bittersweet in the wild, simultaneously harvesting material for baskets while managing future growth.

Introduction to Genealogy

$100

with Kristin Lewis Haight

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 26, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Join Kristin Lewis Haight, owner of Kin Konnection, LLC, for a 4 week introduction to genealogy research. This course will be customized based on the group and will be interactive. Students should expect to learn not only about their own unique history but the histories of others in the group. We will explore online resources such as Ancestry, Newspapers, Fold3 and other popular archival sites. Curriculum will include discussions about common mistakes and what to search for in the archives and how best to organized your findings. Students need to be 18 or older.

Downsizing?

$19

with Jill Braceland

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 29, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 1 week
This seminar is designed to offer organizing strategies to start your downsizing efforts. Establish your project priorities, learn what supplies you might need, and set realistic time constraints. Leave with an action plan. Students need to be 18 or older.

Pine Needle Basket

$35

with Zach Rouda

Calendar Next available session starts May 3, 2021 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Pine needles are beautiful, and strong! They can be coiled and sewn together to make jewelry, hats, lovely usable baskets and/or adorably tiny ones. Learn to identify, regeneratively gather, store, process, and weave with pine needles. We will cover the basics of coiled basketry, which is a global, ancient human skill, and create a wonderful pine-needle basket. Every participant will make a basket to take home.

Plaited Birch Bark Baskets

$45

with Zach Rouda

Calendar Next available session starts May 8, 2021 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Birch bark is one of the only basket materials that can be woven into baskets while old, dead and dry! To make plaited birch bark baskets, we can use the old, dead, dry bark that we find lying on the ground in the forest. It’s a great way to make something strong, useful and beautiful from discarded material - no felling required. Learn the basics of identification, gathering, processing materials, and storage; and create a beautiful diagonally-plaited birch bark basket.





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