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Calling All Weavers:
Do you like to weave on a rigid heddle loom?
Crazy about frame loom weaving?
In love with weaving on floor looms?
Does weaving tapestry pieces make your heart flutter?
Do you love turning cards when you tablet weave?
Do you want to practice your inkle loom weaving?
If your answer to one or more of these questions is yes, then drop on by and come hang out with your fellow weavers every Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.
Free to members, guests $10.00 drop in fee.
Registration is not required.
Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols.
Calling All Open Weavers:
Basket makers of all levels and backgrounds are welcome! Bring your current projects, completed works, or just your curiosity. Weavers share techniques, design ideas, materials information; ask and answer questions, and problem solve.
We meet the third Tuesday of each month, from 10 am to 2 pm in the Fiber Arts Studio. Email Cyndy Holtz with questions: [email protected].
Free for BARN Members and a suggested $10 donation for non-members.
If you have questions, please contact Dale Walker, Fiber Studio lead at [email protected]
Slow Stitch Wednesday is Canceled August 31st and September 7th. We will see you on September 14th.
Bring your handwork projects and stitch with your BARN friends.
What is slow stitch? Basically, we’re considering anything you do with yarn or thread by hand, slow stitch. This includes knitting, crochet, embroidery, needlepoint, mending, tatting and other handwork
Host: Dale Walker
Love to sew? Quilters, apparel-makers, home-dec creators, bag-makers—any and all kinds of sewists are welcome to join other sewing enthusiasts Tuesday afternoons.
Use BARN’s cutting tables to cut out something big. Use one of BARN’s sewing machines or BARN’s tools, or bring your
own from home. Get inspired by fellow sewists and show us what you’re working on!
Please note: the purpose of this Better Together session is to enjoy sewing together. Instruction isn’t planned, but you may meet experienced sewists willing to share advice and help.
Free for members, guests $10.00 drop in fee.
This three-session workshop will introduce the basic Japanese Shibori technique of creating designs on silk fabric with needle and thread and then dyeing the fabric. You will learn how the simple running stitch can take you to the most intricate of dyed designs.
We will begin by creating multiple samples, then design and stitch a silk scarf. Between the second meeting and the third, you will have plenty of time to complete your stitching. On the third day, we will prepare your pieces for dyeing and use colorful hot silk acid dyes to complete your projects.
The instructor will provide silk fabric for samples, a hemmed silk scarf for each person, thread, needles, miscellaneous notions, and dyes. Additional hemmed silk scarves will be available for purchase from the instructor.
Supplies students should bring:
Come spin with us
Everyone - first-timers to experts are welcome! Spin on one of BARN's spinning wheels or bring your own. Dive into BARN's stash of fleece or bring your own.
Whether you've been spinning for years or you are just curious, drop by and check out BARN's spinning community. Emily is excited about getting you started in spinning, so come on in.
Free to members, guests $10.00 drop in fee
Host: Emily Grice
This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.
Write Now-- a weekly time to write in the company of others. Using Zoom to come together, we'll write for twenty-five minutes, take a break, repeat. There is no sharing or critique of your writing, only fast-paced, supportive productivity in the company of other writers. It will be fun, exciting, and might be the thing to help you finish (or start...) your manuscript. These virtual sessions will help participants set aside time to write and be with other writers in an informal setting.
The sessions will be led by a rotating team of hosts including Jen Scheiderman, Amelia Ramsey, Kassia Sing, Genevieve Douglass, and Steve Bice.
Additional sessions held on Tuesdays, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM.
This class will be conducted via Zoom. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial. Please make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.
Studio Lead: Jessica Dubey [email protected]
Time to grab your knitting and head to BARN!! Join knitting enthusiast Betsy Hagestedt, share your projects and plan your next one. Explore new ideas, finish projects and see what fellow knitters are making. This is a great time to immerse in fiber and friendship!
Free to members, $10.00 drop in fee for guests.
Betsy Hagestedt had been working with fiber since she was in elementary school, having learned to sew and knit from her mom. As an anthropologist, she uses her fiber practice as a means of connecting with people from other cultures, embracing the universal nature of the fiber arts. Knitting gradually became her specialization due its portability as she began to travel around the world. You can see some of her fiber experiments on her Instagram feed at behestknits.
Write Now -- a weekly time to write in the company of others. Using Zoom to come together, we'll write for twenty-five minutes, take a break, repeat. There is no sharing or critique of your writing, only fast-paced, supportive productivity in the company of other writers. It will be fun, exciting, and might be the thing to help you finish (or start...) your manuscript. These virtual sessions will help participants set aside time to write and be with other writers in an informal setting.
Additional session held on Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM.
You can register at anytime even if a session has passed.
A Zoom link will be sent one day prior to each session to the email you registered with. Please watch for this email. Signing up does not mean you have to commit to all the sessions.
Learn to create a stained glass window in this six session class for beginners and those looking to refresh your skills.
BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.
Gregg Mesmer, of Mesolini Glass Studio. He and his wife, Diane Bonciolini, both recognized with the 2015 Island Treasure Award, moved to Bainbridge Island in 1977 and started the iconic Mesolini Glass Studio. They have been cutting glass professionally for decades. Their expertise, however, goes beyond glass cutting to include other types of fabrication; all aspects of creating stained glass art; and leading, soldering and glazing of stained glass windows. Over the years, they have worked on many community projects. Gregg has taught for Northwest Art Glass, the Bainbridge Parks District, and Olympic College.
This 2 session class will introduce you to wax carving with its tools and techniques. You will have hands-on time laying out your design, carving, cutting, welding and filing away wax to expose your model. These models are used in the lost wax casting process. *We won’t be casting the models in this class.
Students should bring:
Any carving tools you have that you would like to use
Design ideas you want to use or discuss
Magnification if you want your own
Wax pen if you have one
Stones you want to make a setting for. We probably won’t use them, but we can at least talk about them.
This class is for beginners and beyond. No jewelry experience needed for this class. but casting experience is recommended. (We will not be casting the finished model in this class, so you will leave class with whatever wax you have carved.) If you have no casting experience at BARN, we recommend you sign up for Lost Wax Casting. If you want to enroll, this class fills quickly and is coming up right after Wax Carving class, so don’t delay.
This class is a prerequisite for Wax Carving 2
Jody Lyle is a goldsmith with over 25 years of experience designing and making jewelry. She graduated from the University of North Texas where she studied with Harlan Butt and has continued her education over the years with classes with masters, apprenticeships, trade school training, skill-building classes, and lots of bench time. She believes in learning by doing, listening to others’ experiences, and looking at how things are made around you. Her main focus right now is wax carving, fabrication, chasing, and repoussé. She works mostly with silver, gold, steel, rock, semi-precious and precious stones to create fun and beautiful pieces to be worn and enjoyed. Her work can be seen on Instagram @movingmetals and Flickr.
You will make the box from maple and walnut. With the lid, the box will be 5¼ inches long, 4 inches wide and up to 3 inches high. At the end of class, your box will be ready for sanding and finishing.
You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
Instructor Bio: Doug Salot has adopted Fusion 360 as a lifestyle. He has used it to design signs, cabinets, and replacement parts for various broken things. You'll often find him in ETA using the laser cutter or in the woodshop carving things on BARN's CNC router.
Jennifer K. Mann is an author/illustrator from Bainbridge Island, Washington, where she lives with her husband, dogs, cat and chickens, and occasionally her now grown children. Her favorite thing in the world is her family, followed closely by making books for young readers, reading, cooking, camping, hiking, and swimming outdoors, especially in clear cold lakes. Jennifer was once an architect, but now is the author and illustrator of several picture books including TWO SPECKLED EGGS (a previous Washington State Book Award Winner), I’LL NEVER GET A STAR ON MRS BENSON’S BLACKBOARD, SAM AND JUMP and JOSIE’S LOST TOOTH. Her 2020 picture book, THE CAMPING TRIP (Candlewick) won the 2021 Washington State Book Award for picture books. Upcoming books are AUDREY L and AUDREY W: TRUE CREATIVE TALENTS, which is book 2 in a chapter book series written by Carter Higgins (Chronicle Books, 2022); and MAPLE AND ROSEMARY, a picture book by Allison James (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House, 2023).
Good travel writing doesn't just introduce us to places we may (or may not) visit, it opens windows to human experience. Jennifer Hemmingsen will talk about the fundamentals of great travel writing and review some exemplary published works. We'll reserve some time at the end of the session to discuss your own travel story ideas.
Jennifer Hemmingsen is Seattle Times opinion columnist and editorial writer whose recent work has appeared in the Kansas City Star, Missoulian, WOSU-FM (Columbus, OH), Grand Island Independent, Cayman Compass, The Free Lance-Star, Bridge Michigan, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and KUNI FM.
Class liaison: Mary Sloat
Practice your woodturning skills or try a project you need help with under the guidance of a woodturning instructor. You will need to bring stock or notify the instructor in advance of stock you need but do not have (paid for separately). Everything from simple bead-and-cove sticks to handles, boxes, goblets and bowls are appropriate for this guided studio time.
Instructor: Jamie Straw has been turning wood for several years, working on both spindle and bowl projects, and has taught woodturning at BARN since July 2017. She also serves as coordinator of BARN’s woodturning classes. She is past Vice President for Education and Training for the local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Her focus is on helping students build skills progressively as they design and create their woodturning projects.
Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols.
BARN is committed to accessibility. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.
Instructor: Mike Morgan
To use the shop, you will also need to attend our free one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class.
Woodshop Tool Safety 1 will qualify you to use the following tools during Open Studio time and in classes that require certification in these tools:
Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
BARN is committed to accessibility. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.
Make your favorite cereal, soup or pasta bowl while learning to cut and work with circles. This is a Skills Building Project Class designed for beginners who would like to learn:
On day 1 (9am-12pm) we will:
On day 2 (1pm-3pm) we will:
Project Review/Pickup date will be arranged on the second day of class.
Constance Ducar is enthusiastic about working with beginning students and encouraging a love for glass. She sometimes incorporates fiber or wood as display options with her glass pieces.
Dovetails started out as a practical solution to keep drawers from coming apart as people tugged and pushed them in and out. Today, they still serve that purpose. But, in an era when there are also mechanical drawer slides and machine-assisted ways to join wood at right angles, hand-cut dovetails are celebrated as a code for fine craftsmanship.
Learning how to make these joints is a sure way to build your woodworking skills, because the process involves the fundamental steps common to all hand-cut joinery. In this class, you will learn how to design, lay out and mark dovetails, and how to cut them accurately and efficiently using hand saws and chisels. You'll also learn the tricks to getting them to fit perfectly.
There won't be enough time in this class to complete a project, but you will go home with one or two completed corners, which you can use to refresh your memory later about which parts to cut and which to leave. It's surprisingly easy to get that mixed up if you haven't cut dovetails for a while, so having a reference piece can save you a lot of grief.
You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
Instructor: Paul Kury. Paul studied woodworking at Lonnie Bird’s School of Fine Woodworking in Dandridge, Tennessee, and has been an active woodworker for more than 40 years. His preference is 18th century furniture. Paul also volunteers as a woodworking safety monitor at BARN.
This two session class will introduce you to the art of stone cutting.
Learn how to cut and polish cabochons from rough, using various cutting and polishing equipment in the process. All base materials will be provided.
Students are welcome to bring any stones of their own that they have questions about or want to try cutting.
Completion of this Intro class gains you access to open studio time to use the lapidary equipment. This Intro class is also the prerequisite for all intermediate lapidary classes.
Karin Lee Luvaas is a local Bainbridge Island artist and jeweler. With an art degree in encaustics, painting and metal sculpture, Karin has studied under acclaimed jewelry masters Michael Boyd, Kent Raible, Petra Class, and Sarah Graham and achieved Graduate Jeweler status under Alan Revere of the world renowned Revere Academy of San Francisco, California. Karin is also a GIA certified Graduate Gemologist and holds a Jewelers of America Bench Jeweler Technician certificate.
Karin’s current work can be viewed on Instagram @karinluvaas.
Contact: [email protected]
Designed as a user's guide to BARN ETA studio, this free orientation session is highly recommended for all participants. It will cover everything from studio etiquette and policies to an overview of what we have and where stuff is.
You'll get to see the 3D printers, laser cutter, soldering station, hand tools and more. Overall BARN policies as well as studio-specific ones will also be covered.
Participants will also learn about the leadership structure within ETA and about opportunities to participate in helping everything run smoothly. Volunteer jobs range range from serving as studio monitors to helping with studio maintenance.
**This workshop will be held via Zoom and live-streamed in the Fiber Studio.**
Take your weaving to the next level! If you already know the basics on your rigid heddle loom, create beautiful patterns while learning to use pick-up sticks. These complicated-looking patterns can be achieved with relative ease.
Make a beautiful sampler while mastering this technique and learning many textural patterns.
Although this is an on-line course, students are welcome to view the course in the Fiber Studio with other participants. We will live stream the class.
Deborah Jarchow is a full-time weaver and artist who teaches and lectures on fiber arts, creates and sells wearable art, and exhibits her work at galleries and museums across the United States. Her commissioned pieces are held by churches as well as in many private collections. Deborah loves helping people discover the joy of weaving and during the past several years, has focused her teaching mainly on rigid heddle looms. Until recently, she traveled extensively to share her weaving enthusiasm and expertise. She is known as a generous teacher who makes weaving accessible and exciting to students of all levels.
Inspired by Shojin Ryori, a traditional meal style of Japanese Buddhist monks, we will create a multi-course meal putting a modern spin on this traditionally plant-based classic style which dates back to the 13th century.
Our meal will follow the model of Ichiju Sansei – which is a soup, three dishes, pickle and rice. Our seasonal meal will include a dessert as well.
Recipes will be determined by what is available the day of the class but may include eggplant unagi, spinach gomae, braised kabocha squash, miso soup and or tofu katsu. We will work in teams to create all the recipes and then will sit down together and enjoy the wonderful meal we created together.
You will leave class with an understanding of all the recipes that were created as well as a basic understanding of plating and presentation.
Nancy Travis. As a health educator and personal chef, Nancy Travis supports people on their journey towards health and wellness through cooking, teaching, and promoting a whole foods, plant-based diet. Her passion is to help people transition to a plant based diet, on their terms, making it sustainable for their lifestyle. Nancy brings more than 30 years of experience cooking plant-based and vegan. She is a certified vegan lifestyle coach and educator, as well as having a certificate in plant based nutrition. Nancy has formal culinary training in macrobiotics, and plant based cooking and recently completed a vegan chef challenge. She has taught cooking at the BARN for the last four years. Nancy can be reached through her website Sukhikitchen.com
NOTE: This class was originally scheduled for Sept 25 but has been rescheduled to Oct. 2.
Learn the fundamentals of making beautiful wooden pens as you also learn safe use of a lathe to make small wooden objects using carbide turning tools.
The instructor will discuss the basic concepts of turning, using the modern pen as a model. You will use the drill press to prepare your turning blanks. Then, depending on the experience level of students in the class, the instructor will work out a schedule so that each student gets sufficient lathe time and one-on-one attention to complete a pen.
Instructor: Jeanne Huber
Join other weavers to explore traditional tapestry designs. Thanks to our BARN woodworking friends, we have a set of Navajo-style looms that can also be adapted to Salish style weaving.
We will learn to warp the looms, explore fiber choice and patterning. You can use one of our new looms or use any loom set up for tapestry style weaving.
This first session is our launch meeting. We will decide a meeting schedule and our learning journey. Please register for this event.
This event is free for members, guests pay a $20 drop-in fee.
Hosts: Terry Winer and Catherine Camp are leading this group, as fellow explorers of these techniques, and hope to be accomplished tapestry weavers some day.
Join us as we get to know our new Solaris 2 Embroidery Machine! In this 2-hour session, you’ll work one-on-one with a Fiber Studio volunteer to hoop and embroider a couple of the thousands of designs that come pre-loaded on the machine. You’ll leave the session ready to explore more of the pre-loaded designs on your own projects.
You’ll also leave the session knowing how to leave the machine clean and ready for the next embroiderer to use.
Watch for additional future sessions on other topics as we learn more about the machine ourselves!
Please note: this session is scheduled for 2 hours. Depending on the designs you choose, you may finish more quickly. This is a one-on-one tutorial session.
Hosts: Rotating Fiber Studio volunteers
Want to give knitting a try, but have no idea where to start? This is the class for you!
Beginning at the basics, this class will teach you how to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off at the end - everything you need to complete a scarf. During class you will make a gauge swatch to learn the stitches in a small format before casting on a scarf that you can work on for the remainder of class, ending with a knit sample of some of the ways to use the simple knit/purl combo!
We will also talk about planning projects, including choosing needle size and yarn, as well as care for knitted items.
Betsy Hagestedt had been working with fiber since she was in elementary school, having learned to sew and knit from her mom. As an anthropologist, she uses her fiber practice as a means of connecting with people from other cultures, embracing the universal nature of the fiber arts. Knitting gradually became her specialization due its portability as she began to travel around the world. She has lived in the UK and Canada, visited parts of Asia and Europe, and travelled extensively in South America. Now she designs knitwear patterns and loves to learn new techniques to expand her skills even further. When she is not knitting she can be found reading, practicing archery, or working with animals, and is always looking for new hobbies. You can see some of her fiber experiments on her Instagram feed at behestknits.
Have you ever wanted to create your own characters?
In this introductory class, students will learn different techniques for designing and sketching their own characters. We’ll talk about shape language, facial expressions, proportions, and doing a character turnaround.
Students will work using various traditional mediums on individual pieces of paper that we will then bind into a sketchbook. This class is open to all skill levels, the only requirement is to enjoy drawing and be interested in creating their own characters.
Cecilia Olivera-Hillway is an artist and maker who loves combining art and technology. Her career in education has included positions like Educational Technology Specialist and Maker Space Associate. A recent transplant to the Olympic Peninsula, she is looking forward to sharing her love of nature, art, and technology. You can visit her website at: www.cohillway.com.
If you want to expand your culinary and barbeque skills, this is the place to be! We will work through various recipes and culinary techniques that guide you toward becoming competent in the kitchen and on the grill. Participants will be introduced to many ingredients and be exposed to a variety of flavors and cooking methods, as well as language and culture from Mexico. Each session will allow students to grow and develop skills to be used again. We will make our own tortillas, pickles and salsas as well. Vegetarian option available upon request.
Week 1 ~ Breakfast Tacos
Week 2 ~ Enchiladas Verdes
Week 3 ~ Pollo Asado
Chef Marcela Sandoval served as BARN’s Kitchen Studio Lead from 2019-2020. She has been teaching and volunteering at BARN since 2017. Before moving to Bainbridge Island in 2016, Marcela spent 18 years accompanying her diplomatic husband around the world. She has lived in China, Zambia, North Korea, Nepal and Tanzania.
Growing up in South Texas, Marcela’s culinary roots are with traditional Mexican cuisine. She is Cordon Bleu trained, worked in restaurants in DC and Beijing, sold gelato in Lusaka, ran a tapas bar in Pyongyang, trained restaurant staff in Kathmandu and taught cooking to students from Tanzania to Bainbridge Island. Marcela’s life experiences are reflected in her cooking.
Tell a story in under two minutes in this short film challenge! Learn how to shoot and edit on your phone or tablet. No experience necessary, just bring your device and your imagination.
Pick the theme
Learn about and pick your shot types to (i.e. closeups, medium shots, two-shot, wide shot, master, etc.)
Storyboard/Write your concept.
Scout location in building
Learn to set up/block shots
Learn the basics of an edit.
Edit your footage
Showcase your short film on a large screen while eating popcorn
An iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android Tablet all with Adobe Rush* installed and account set up - or if a student has an Apple device (iPhone or iPad), please make sure iMovie (Apple only) is installed (it is usually installed by default; can download from the App Store if not).
*Adobe Rush is free with some limits or $10 subscription for additional features. It can be found in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store
Courtney G. Jones is a 30 year veteran of the film & television industry who has been an advocate for the kind of accessibility mobile filmmaking brings to creators for several years. Not only does Courtney serve as Head of Development for Steve Zahn & Rick Gomez’s company, Macaroni Art Productions, but he has produced and directed feature films, commercials, documentaries, and series… some of which have been shot on mobile. Mr. Jones brings a wealth of technical and creative know-how to the classroom.
Courtney’s main goal with teaching mobile content creation is to show that anyone can make something amazing with the technology that is in their pocket.
When Courtney is not writing, producing, filming, editing or teaching, he’s typically daydreaming about flying, living on a boat, or trying out new recipes in the kitchen.
This class has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Extra! Extra! Learn the basics of newswriting in this three-part, hands-on workshop. Whether you read the news in black and white, watch on television or TikTok, there are essential elements to every newsworthy story. We'll discuss those elements, learn how to sift truth from rumor (and why it's so important) and put together our own news pamphlet with stories, images and opinion.
This class is taught by Jennifer Hemmingsen, a journalist and educator with more than two decades' experience in print, online and video news.
Do you like owls? Do you like Halloween masks? Let’s use basic sewing skills to make an owl mask from felt. You can wear this mask on Halloween this year, or you can create other masks for Halloween using the skills you’ll build making this mask.
Once we’ve made the mask, let’s sew a cute owl pillow for your room or for a gift. We’ll provide some basic pieces and some embellishments that you can mix and match to make an owl that appeals to you. And, you’ll build skills to make other kinds of pillows in the future.
Dawna Ellis began sewing about 54 years ago as a young Girl Scout. Further nurturing of those skills led her to a path in the creative arts as a costume designer and fabricator in the theatrical industry for 30 years. That experience and exposure to working with textiles in often unconventional ways solidified a love of textiles and the endless possibilities that can become of them. Dawna continues to explore techniques to develop and hone her skills, is an avid quilter, and lives in Poulsbo with her husband and two dogs.
Help design and build woodland or wetland creatures for holiday displays at Bloedel Reserve, the 150-acre forest garden on Bainbridge Island.
In this Community Service project, youth and adults will team up to turn natural materials gathered at Bloedel into sculptures that will be on display from Thanksgiving through the New Year. Each participant will receive a free pass to visit Bloedel during the holiday season to see how the projects were used and enjoy the trails.
Beginners, including adult helpers, are welcome. Participation is free but registration is required.
Everyone will work in teams of two. Teams can be two people ages 14 and above, or a youth age 12-14 and an adult. Parents or guardians can register to work with their youth or ask the BARN Woodworking Studio to recruit the adult team member.
This activity is offered on multiple days, and you can sign up for more than one. The goal is for each team to complete one piece at each session. To sign up for the Oct. 3 session, use the Register link on this web page. For the other sessions, click on the dates: