Fiber Arts Classes

    • Monday, July 20, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Thursday, July 23, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI072020SB+
    • 13
    Register

    Moth holes in your favorite sweater, rip in a comfy pair of jeans, tore your jacket getting out of the car? Take these unfortunate mishaps and turn them into one-of-a-kind acts of creation. With sustainable fashion at the forefront of everyone’s minds right now, visible mending is one of the hottest trends in the fashion world. Why buy new, when you can fix up the old and make it a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art? Easy, inexpensive, and artistic at the same time, learn how to take your garments and home décor in need of some repairs and turn them into articles of clothing (or works of art) you’ll be proud to show off.

    This is an on-line class, you will be guided by the Shibaguyz right from their own studios. They’ll use yarn, thread and fabric to walk you through the stitches and patches to turn those potential wardrobe malfunctions and home dec disasters into functional and stylish pieces again. By the end of class, you may even find yourself making visible mends just to embellish your favorite pieces!

    • Day 1. You will learn ways ways to strengthen fabric before a hole even appears using sashiko running stitches, then dive into patching holes, using actual patches and other visible stitches. You will learn all the basic embroidery stitches needed to not just patch those holes but bring them to life and to the light!
    • Day 2. We finish up with various techniques for weaving over and under holes.

    On your own: We encourage you to practice these stitches between the two classes.

    Kit provided by instructor:  

    • Kit will consist of sewing needles (no. 20 chenille or Large type Sashiko, and 1 black gold sharp), 50wt and 12wt cotton thread, glue stick, and plastic mesh.
    • Kits will be mailed to participants 5 days before the class. If you register for the class between July 16th and July 21st,  the class liaison will contact you for kit pick-up.

    Supplies Students Need to have on hand: 
    fabric marking pen
    pencil
    ruler
    scissors or thread snips
    yarn (or embroidery floss or size 8 perle cotton or all three!)
    6” square pieces of denim 
    cotton, and knit (jersey) fabric
    Feel free to practice on any garments you have at home that need a little visible mending!

    Details:

    • Registration will close on Sunday, July 21st.
    • There is a materials fee of $5.00 included in the price of class.
    • A link to join online will be sent to you one day before the class. Please watch for this email. 
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.  
    • Skill Level:  Know how to thread a needle.
    • Ages 14+ Welcome.
    • You will be sent a Zoom link the day before the class. 

    Instructor Bios:

    Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz,the inspired creators of Shibaguyz Designz studio.

    The Shibaguyz’ award winning crochet, knit, and sewing designs have been featured in and on the covers of dozens of domestic and international publications. Together, the Shibaguyz team currently has over 300 published patterns and 11 books credited to their name since their first design was featured on a magazine cover in 2010.

     

    Their fashion and portrait photography work can be seen in four of their books. They are sought-after freelance book-packaging designers having created books for major publishing companies like Sterling Publishing, Leisure Arts, and Creative Publishing. The Shibaguyz have been teaching adults for 30+ years. Their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought after teachers in both local and national venues like STITCHES Events, Vogue Knitting LIVE, and DFW Fiber Fest. They also have a wide range of online classes available from Blueprint and Interweave.

    Shannon and Jason are proud ambassadors for Aurifil, Clover, BERNINA, Soak Wash, and the Daylight Company. They are working on a new book with C&T Publishing. Look for it in December 2020.

     

    Shannon and Jason live in Seattle, Washington with their three Shiba Inu who, more or less, support their ventures in sewing, stitching, and crafting… so long as enough time is taken for walks and treats.


    Shannon and Jason's Social Media Links:

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Twitter

    • Monday, August 03, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Thursday, August 06, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI080320FF
    • 6
    Register

    Discover the joy of knitting! Or take your skills up a notch!

    Over 4 afternoons we’ll make 2 simple projects with beautiful washable, multi-colored yarn. You’ll build strong basic skills or add more skills so you can easily make lots of projects on your own. And you’ll take home your needles and yarn so you can create something new when class is over!

    For beginners:

    Day 1: Basic cast-on and knit stitch. Start Headband project.

    Day 2: Cast off. Purl stitch. Sewing edges together. Finish Headband project.

    Day 3: Ribbing, decreases. Start Hat project.

    Day 4: Finish Hat project. Time allowing: Learn to make a tassel!

    For knitters with experience:

    Day 1: Learn a new cast-on. Start Pencil Case project.

    Day 2: Practice sewing edges together. Make a tassel. Finish Pencil Case project.

    Day 3: Learn seed stitch. Start Dishcloth project..

    Day 4: Learn moss stitch. Finish Dishcloth project. Time allowing: Add a cable!

    For all skill levels: When this class is over, we’ll kick off  a Youth Knitting Circle for graduates of this class and other young knitters! Stay tuned for more information!



    Details:

    • This class is for youth 8-12 years old.
    • To register your youth, please put in the "First Name" field, your first name then in parenthesis put the youth's first and last name (if different than yours). 
    • Please complete and return this minor permission form if BARN does not already have one on file for your child from a past class.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply. 
    • BARN reserves the right to cancel this class in the case of low enrollment and will notify families of this decision one week prior to the start of the class.  A full refund will be given. 
    • If you have any questions, please email BARN Program Manager at JessH@bainbridgebarn.org
    • A materials fee of $15 is included in the price of class.


    Instructor Bio:

    Fran Fuller has been knitting since she was in second grade. She says, “Once you get the hang of it, knitting is pretty easy and full of possibilities! There are thousands of patterns available for you to make your own scarves, hats, sweaters, gloves, socks, and almost anything you can think of.

    • Monday, August 10, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Thursday, August 13, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI081020CC
    • 4
    Register

    Want to learn to weave? This class is for you. Using a loom that fits in your lap, you will practice basic weaving techniques while making a small wall hanging. Over four mornings, you will learn how to “warp” a loom, create patterns using at least two colors of “weft” yarn and learn how to finish your weaving. You will also have the option of taking your loom home each day. As time allows, you may be able to finish a second weaving project.


    Details:

    • This class is for youth 8-12 years old.
    • To register your youth, please put in the "First Name" field your first name then in parenthesis put the youth's first and last name (if different than yours).
    • Please complete and return this minor permission form if BARN does not already have one on file for your child from a past class.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply. 
    • BARN reserves the right to cancel this class in the case of low enrollment and will notify families of this decision one week prior to the start of the class.  A full refund will be given. 
    • If you have any questions, please email BARN Program Manager at JessH@bainbridgebarn.org
    • A $10 materials fee is added to the tuition price.


    • Saturday, August 15, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Sunday, August 16, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Great Room, Class Code FI081520SB+
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Time travel through fabric, craft, and art. It is through the passage of time that the necessary and utilitarian practice of Boro has become art.

    Take your creative expression to new heights in this 2-day BARN exclusive. Join internationally renown instructors Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby and explore the exciting Japanese textile art of Boro! 

    You will use the fabric piecing principles of Boro, a traditional Japanese mending and quilting technique, and associated Sashiko hand-sewing skills to elevate a stack of everyday scraps into rich one-of-a-kind textiles that will beautifully adorn your home and wardrobe.


    “BORO is patched clothing with a lot of small cloths here and there, but nothing fancy like today’s quilted or patched works. It was made purely for the practical purposes for retaining warmth in the snowy areas and for making it last as long as possible where it was hard to obtain any sorts of cloth. When we review its practicality and design from today’s point of view, we are able to realize its incredible sophistication.”  

    -Amuse Museum



    Beginners encouraged – No experience necessary! 

    Recycling, repairing, and reworking textiles using Boro and sashiko is perfect for the maker who is ready to try something new and exciting. Even if you have never done any hand sewing and never fused two pieces of fabric together with a needle and thread, this is the class for you! If youve wanted to try quilting but were intimidated by stodgy traditional techniques, youre going to love this class. 

    Well use Boro techniques to create a whole new panel of unique fabric from seemingly unusable remnants and odd pieces. By the end of the weekend, you will have a stunning new fabric that you can use by itself to enhance a favorite garment, accessory, or home décor item. Or use your new textile creation as the basis for a larger project like a quilt top, tote, or throw.

    Want to make your reworked fabric even more special? Bring an old shirt, pair of jeans, old ties, or favorite fabric remnants and we will use those items or scraps to work into your design! Any fabric will do. Woven fabrics, pieces of lace, crocheted or knitted motifs… bring it on!

    Have a garment that could use a little dressing up? Or a grocery tote that is just plain bland? Bring your favorite jeans that have worn through, a jacket that still fits but you re bored with… and we ll show you how to use your newly created fabrics and stunning stitching skills to take them from drab to FAB!

    Join us and reignite your creativity – one stitch at a time.

    Day 1: Welcome to the Rabbit Hole

    We will explore a little of the history of Boro as a patching technique; why and how it helped springboard visible mending into the modern craze we see today. Well also discuss the nature of sashiko stitching and its variations.

    It all starts by learning the  rules ’ of how to lay out our Boro patches so they work together in harmonious imperfection. We call this  purposeful abstraction.  Sounds Fancy, right?

    We will then really get our hands involved with learning how to stitch Hitomizashi and Moyouzashi sashiko. You ll master Unshin - handling the needle and thread. Through the exercise of putting needle to fabric using the unique palm thimble and rocker motion of sashiko that we will make you proficient at this awe-inspiring stitching skill. 

    Finally, we begin the process of piecing together a tote bag using Boro patches and Sashiko stitching and begin to create new one-of-a-kind fabric. 

    Day 2: The Fruit of our Labors

    We will continue to embellish our new textiles with a selection of hand-embroidered Sashiko patterns. By the end of the day you will take home a tote bag made from stunning new fabric, or a panel of Boro fabric that can be used to enhance a garment, act as an accessory or home décor item, or use as the basis for a larger project like a quilt or throw.

    Students should bring:

    • Fabric scissors
    • Pencil and pen
    • Washable fabric pen/pencil
    • Ruler
    • Gently (or not so gently!) used garment for patching, embellishing, and altering
    • Any special scrap fabric to use and share in class

    Details:

    • Please note for this class, cancellation requests received 14 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit.
    • Materials Fee: There is a materials fee of $10 included in the price of class. Materials provided by the instructors:
      • Fabric
      • Sashiko Thimble
      • Sashiko Needles
      • Aurifil 12wt Thread
      • Pins
      • Transfer paper
      • Tote body and handles for class project
      • Extensive handout including Sashiko pattern templates 
    • Skill Level:  Universal -- all skill levels welcome.  
    • Ages 14+ Welcome.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.  
    • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator and a microwave for your use.

    Instructors Bio: 
    Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz, the inspired creators of Shibaguyz Designz studio.

    The Shibaguyz’ award winning crochet, knit, and sewing designs have been featured in and on the covers of dozens of domestic and international publications. Together, the Shibaguyz team currently has over 300 published patterns and 11 books credited to their name since their first design was featured on a magazine cover in 2010.
     
    Their fashion and portrait photography work can be seen in four of their books. They are sought-after freelance book-packaging designers having created books for major publishing companies like Sterling Publishing, Leisure Arts, and Creative Publishing.

    The Shibaguyz have been teaching adults for 30+ years. Their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought after teachers in both local and national venues like STITCHES Events, Vogue Knitting LIVE, and DFW Fiber Fest. They also have a wide range of online classes available from Blueprint and Interweave.

    Shannon and Jason are proud ambassadors for Aurifil, Clover, BERNINA, Soak Wash, and the Daylight Company. They are working on a new book with C&T Publishing. Look for it in December 2020.

    SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

    Facebook.com/Shibaguyz

    Instagram.com/Shibaguyz

    Twitter.com/shibaguyz


    • Tuesday, September 08, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Fiber Studio
    • 16
    Register

    Come join your fellow BARN artisans for a "Spin In" from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on Tuesdays once a month in the Fiber Arts Studio.  

    Bring your spinning wheel, drop spindle or just come to hang out. Show and tell spinning projects welcome -- get inspired.  

    Your host will be Lori Lawson who is interested in all things fiber, especially spinning, weaving, knitting and dyeing.  

    The 2020 Dates for the 'Spin Ins": February 11, March 17, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8.


    Details:

    • Skill Level:  Universal
    • Ages 14+ Welcome.
    • The Spin Ins are free for BARN members. Non-members pay a $20 drop-in fee per session.
    • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator and a microwave located in the kitchenette on the lower level.



    • Sunday, September 20, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI092020RC
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    During this day-long course, you'll design & create a pair of sandals for your own feet that will age beautifully and last many years!

    The class will move through every step of the sandal-making process, starting off by customizing trusted patterns (or inventing new ones) to suit your feet and design preferences. Next we cut and assemble the leather pieces, paying close attention to fit, and finally attach the layers to a VIBRAM rubber sole.


    Rachel Corry has a wide selection of leather colors and textures to choose from. Stylistically, almost anything is possible as long as its a sandal (open toe, open heel). Generally people choose to choose to make either a buckling sandal, a tying sandal, or a slide. Take a look at her website and Instagram to get a sense of popular styles but feel free to gather inspiration from wherever and bring it along.

    This class is hard work: participants use hammers, utility knives, anvils, and get barefoot! 

    Sandal-making is easy to continue at home with a few simple tools once you have the basics down.

    Details:

    • The leather and all materials needed to make your pair of sandals are part of the tuition for this course.  
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
    • Skill Level: Universal. All skill levels welcome.
    • Ages 14+ Welcome.
    • Bring a bag lunch. BARN has a a refrigerator and microwave for your use.


    Instructor Bio:  Rachel Corry makes sandals and shoes in Portland, Oregon. She teaches sandal-making classes regularly in Oregon, California, and Washington. She believes that learning to make sandals is a great first step if you're interested in making your own shoes.


    • Wednesday, September 23, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Thursday, September 24, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI092320CM
    • 7
    Register

    Stitch with us this fall as we cozy into cooler days with a mindful and meditative hand- stitching process. Christine Mauersberger is an American textile artist who produces complex markmaking narratives: intricately stitched maps of the mind. Join her as she guides us through exercises to engage with slow hand stitching in a meaningful and contemplative manner.

    The two-day session will be filled with music, doodling, stitching and fun. She will present ideas and methods through samples, books, powerpoint presentations, and music.

    Students are encouraged to bring a small sampling (1 to 3) of their own stitched items to share with the group to help each of us gain a sense of community, sharing, and mutual respect.

    This is a nice kick-start session for building a meditative and purposeful style of hand- stitching.

    STUDENT SUPPLY LIST: Participants bring their own supplies.  Information about what students need to bring to the workshop will be provided in the registration confirmation letter.



    Details:

    • Please note for this class, cancellation requests received 14 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit.
    • There is no materials fee for this workshop.  
    • Lunch will be provided.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.  
    • Skill Level:  
    • Ages 14+ Welcome.




    Instructor Bio: Christine Mauersberger is internationally known for her hand-stitched work that evokes singular moments in time. She uses the form of the humble stitch as a tool for inward as well as an outward expression of her inner life and as a message to the external world.

    She has taught meditative hand stitching workshops in the USA, Canada, and Switzerland. Her work is featured in private and public collections and has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally.



    • Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Fiber Studio
    • 16
    Register

    Come join your fellow BARN artisans for a "Spin In" from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on Tuesdays once a month in the Fiber Arts Studio.  

    Bring your spinning wheel, drop spindle or just come to hang out. Show and tell spinning projects welcome -- get inspired.  

    Your host will be Lori Lawson who is interested in all things fiber, especially spinning, weaving, knitting and dyeing.  

    The 2020 Dates for the 'Spin Ins": February 11, March 17, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8.


    Details:

    • Skill Level:  Universal
    • Ages 14+ Welcome.
    • The Spin Ins are free for BARN members. Non-members pay a $20 drop-in fee per session.
    • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator and a microwave located in the kitchenette on the lower level.



    • Saturday, November 07, 2020
    • (PST)
    • Sunday, November 08, 2020
    • (PST)
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI110720KE
    • 8
    Register

    Join us for a basketry workshop with Kathey Ervin, one of our favorite instructors, and learn how to create a basket using yellow cedar, reed canary grass, and false embroidery.

    Yellow cedar is often called the 24 caret gold of the northwest. Reed canary grass, although it grows everywhere (often seen in the ditches along roadways), is a beautiful material to work with – it processes and dyes easily.  

    False embroidery technique is used for pattern work and it is worked in as the basket is twined, not added afterwards. False embroidery is unique in that it does not show on the inside of the basket.  

    The first morning will be creating a Tlingit-style twined base, learning folded spoke additions, making the base 2.5 inches across.  Harvesting and preparation techniques will be discussed and a full set of instructions will be included.

    Details:

    • Please note that for this class, cancellation requests received 14 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit.
    • A Materials Fee of $85 is included in the total class price. 

    • Instructor will provide all materials and tools required. If student has a favorite pocket knife – please bring.  

    • Students should wear comfortable work clothes. 
    • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator and a microwave available.
    • Skill Level: Intermediate -- Students need to have twining experience with basketry weaving.
    • Ages 14+ Welcome.

    Instructor Bio:  Kathey Ervin lives in Sequim, Washington.  After a career as a maker in clay creating mostly dinnerware, twenty years ago Kathey pivoted and began a new career in basketry.  She has gone through various phases of learning, embracing everything from fairly high volume production work, to pursuing her own award winning artistic aesthetic.  Kathey says:  “Every professor and teacher I have ever worked with has talked about learning and ‘passing it on’.  I am passionate about this point, and love the experience of seeing a student begin to pick up a technique, develop it, and then ‘pass it on.”


    • Tuesday, November 10, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PST)
    • BARN Fiber Studio
    • 16
    Register

    Come join your fellow BARN artisans for a "Spin In" from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on Tuesdays once a month in the Fiber Arts Studio.  

    Bring your spinning wheel, drop spindle or just come to hang out. Show and tell spinning projects welcome -- get inspired.  

    Your host will be Lori Lawson who is interested in all things fiber, especially spinning, weaving, knitting and dyeing.  

    The 2020 Dates for the 'Spin Ins": February 11, March 17, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8.


    Details:

    • Skill Level:  Universal
    • Ages 14+ Welcome.
    • The Spin Ins are free for BARN members. Non-members pay a $20 drop-in fee per session.
    • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator and a microwave located in the kitchenette on the lower level.



    • Thursday, November 12, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PST)
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code FI111220CL
    • 20
    Register

    Looking for a community service project that will lighten the day for a cancer patient?  

    Work with Carol Latham, the Women's Club, and fellow members of the Fiber Arts Studio at BARN to make colorful and imaginative pillowcases for cancer patients living in Seattle while going through cancer treatment at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Children's Hospital, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Resource Center.  

    Patients coming from all over Washington, the USA, and the world for cancer treatment at these facilities stay at the Pete Gross House, a 70 unit furnished apartment complex. This means they often can not bring much from home to personalize their Pete Gross House apartment or make it more cheerful. Getting something as simple as a pillowcase made with love and creativity can brighten these cancer patient's world and make them feel like people care about what they are going through. 

    You don't need to know how to sew to participate in this community service project. 

    Details:

    What to bring:

    • Your sewing machine (if you have one)
    • Fabric that is colorful and fun (per pillowcase: 3/4 yd; 1/3 yd; 1/8th yard) We will also have fabric available.


    Please register so we know how many people will be attending.  Feel free to bring someone with you. Please enter number of "guests" you will be bringing when you register.


    All Community Service Project Workshops in the BARN Fiber Arts Studio are Free for BARN and Non-BARN Members


    Everyone 11 years of age and older is welcome to come and help.

    • Friday, November 20, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM (PST)
    • BARN Wide Event

    BARN will be closed and the front and back doors locked down to both Members and Non-Members beginning at 7:00 PM on Friday night as we begin preparations for the Bazaar at BARN.

    Doors will reopen to all on Saturday, at 8:00 AM.

    If you have questions, please contact Carla our Membership Coordinator at Membership@bainbridgebarn.org.



    • Saturday, November 21, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (PST)
    • BARN wide event- No classes scheduled
    The BARN Bazaar is a new Bainbridge Island holiday tradition featuring a wide variety of art, crafts, and artisan foods, all made by hand. Buy direct from the maker at this annual celebration of the creativity that happens all year round at BARN. From jewelry to wood arts, basketry to weaving, you’ll find an unmatched selection of original handmade items.

    Kick off the holidays in homegrown style. Join us for a day of shopping, food, and community!

    BARN members wishing to participate in this event must be a member for a minimum of 3 months (must join by August 31st) to participate. You can contact Carla Mackey at membership@bainbridgebarn.org for an application which will be available TBD.

    • Tuesday, December 08, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PST)
    • BARN Fiber Studio
    • 16
    Register

    Come join your fellow BARN artisans for a "Spin In" from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on Tuesdays once a month in the Fiber Arts Studio.  

    Bring your spinning wheel, drop spindle or just come to hang out. Show and tell spinning projects welcome -- get inspired.  

    Your host will be Lori Lawson who is interested in all things fiber, especially spinning, weaving, knitting and dyeing.  

    The 2020 Dates for the 'Spin Ins": February 11, March 17, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8.


    Details:

    • Skill Level:  Universal
    • Ages 14+ Welcome.
    • The Spin Ins are free for BARN members. Non-members pay a $20 drop-in fee per session.
    • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator and a microwave located in the kitchenette on the lower level.



    • Saturday, March 27, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Sunday, March 28, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio or Great Room, Class Code FI032721DR
    • 18
    Register

    Two days, six sheep breeds, twelve preparations, all local: Here’s a spinning workshop about the woolly wonders to be found nearby.

    Our part of the Pacific Northwest suits a wide range of sheep types, so the fibers will be diverse and appealing—and a number of them will be rare breeds. Within a context of hands-on experience, participants will learn about the historical and cultural backgrounds of the featured sheep, as well as their present-day situations.

    Fully rooted in place, this workshop comes about as a collaboration between Twisted Strait Fibers, a local community organizing a cooperatively-owned fiber processing mill on the North Olympic Peninsula, and Bainbridge Artistan Resource Network (BARN), the non-profit community arts organization in Winslow. It will be facilitated by Deborah Robson, fiber author of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook and The Field Guide to Fleece (and UW graduate).

    Students Should Bring to Class

    1. Spinning wheel or spindle; nostepinne or ability to do Andean plying (and this can be learned in the workshop as well); 
    2. combs, carders, flicker or any other fiber-prep tools of choice (and Deb will have some to share); 
    3. note-taking materials, tape, hole-punch to manage samples—and, although we usually run out of time, you may want some quick sampling tools such as knitting needles, crochet hooks or a small Weave-it loom.


    Details:

    • Please note that for this event, cancellations received 30 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit.
    • There is a a $50 material fee for fiber, handouts and other class supplies included in the price of tuition.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.  
    • Skill Level: Advanced Beginner.  Workshop participants need to have the ability to independently spin singles and make a two-ply yarn. Beyond this requirement for the workshop, this class welcomes students within the full spectrum of spinning skills — from those with very basic spinning skills through to those who are very experienced and proficient. 
    • Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.
    • For directions, transportation, and lodging information click Getting to BARN.
    • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!


    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.


    • Monday, June 14, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Tuesday, June 15, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI061421SS
    • 2

    This is your chance to work with international fiber artist, Sue Spargo.  In this 2 session workshop on June 14 and 15, students will be creating an embroidery sampler to be finished into a needle roll.

    This class is for students to learn and expand their understanding of many stitches by incorporating them in different formations and combinations. 

    The focus of the class will be on the use of Eleganza Perle Cotton in sizes 8, 5, and 3. Each cover will be unique, using either Kumquat or Turquoise wool as the front cover. Students have the option to learn English paper piecing to decorate the inside with a floral flower.

    Students should bring:

    1. Eleganza Perle Cotton in size 8, 5 and 3.  Pick your favorite colors!
    2. Scissors
    3. 1” x 6” ruler
    4. Small circle template
    5. Spoke Easy + Templates
    6. Marking pencil
    7. Needles
      #24 Chenille
      #18 Chenille
      #3, 1, 15 Milliners
      #11 and #9 Short Darner
      #24 and #20 Tapestry


     Details:

    • Please note, cancellation requests received 45 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit.
    • There is a materials fee of $25 included in the price of class. The materials fee is for Sue Spargo's needle case kit.
    • Lunch is included in the price of this workshop.
    • You will be asked if you would like to opt in to share your email address with other registrants to coordinate sharing a hotel room or ride sharing from the airport or ferry. 
    • Airfare, hotel and transportation are not included.  If  you are arriving from out of town, you should book lodging as soon as possible. Bainbridge Island is a vacation destination and gets busy in the summer. For lodging, transportation, and restaurants, please see Visit Bainbridge
    • Skill Level:  All Levels
    • Ages 14+ Welcome.


    Instructor Bio: Sue Spargo is a much beloved instructor and artist who teaches workshops around the world.  We are very excited to welcome her to BARN.

    Sue was born in Zambia and educated in South Africa.  She later moved to England.  She reports that living in both cultures shaped many of her designs.  You can see the influence of Africa in her choice of colors. The whimsy and charm of her creations reflect African folklore.

    She moved to the United States in 1980 and settled in Ohio where she started her company, Sue Spargo Folk-art Quilts, Inc.in the basement of her home in 2002.  It was here where she embarked on her journey of dimensional layering and embroidery and introduced the world to wools saturated in bright colors, multi-medium layering and embroidery which resulted in textural depth and dimension never before seen.  The circle of fans that love her and her artistry has grown exponentially over the years.  Her company now has a store in Ohio with an abundance of the fiber-related products that she incorporates in her designs as well as her kits, patterns and books.   

    Creative Stitching Book (2nd Edition) by Sue Spargo.  

    Sue Spargo's Creative Stitching Book (2nd Edition) book is available at Esther’s on Island, Quilted Strait in Port Gamble, or online through Sue Spargo's store. The Eleganza Pearl Cotton embroidery thread and different needles can also be found at these stores.

    • Wednesday, June 16, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Friday, June 18, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI061621SS
    • 0


    Join Sue Spargo on an adventure of learning how to do dimensional layering and embroidery. 
    In this three session workshop on June 16 through June 18, students create a tone on tone piece using creative stitching to form texture.

    Sue will guide the students through the study of the stitch. With eliminating color, students will start to understand textural depth and learn the possibilities of simplistic color. Students will also enjoy the art of meditative stitching.

    NOTE: Base circles are required to be appliquéd down prior to class.  You will receive the Sand Dollar kit several weeks prior to the workshop along with wool thread to appliqué the circles.  Please have the circles appliquéd before the first day of this workshop.

    Students should bring:

    Pencil and journal

    Embroidery scissors

    Small and large circle template

    Chalk Pencil

    Extra small 'yo yo' maker (check Amazon)

    3/8” hexagon papers 

    Pencil glue stick

    Needles:
    #24 Chenille needles
    #18 Chenille needles
    # 10 straw needles
    #3 and #1 Milliner needles 

    Scraps of neutral velvet, silk and cottons to make hexagons and yo yo’s

    Cream or grey seed beads

    Neutral #24 Silk Thread for beading

    An assortment of light grey, cream and beige embroidery threads in different weights:

    Eleganza Perle Cotton in size 8,5 and 3; Seagrass; Silken Pearl; Razzle; Dazzle; Eleganza; Dala; Silk Ribbon; Shepards Silk; and Oriental Linen.

    'Creative Stitching Book (2nd Edition)' by Sue Spargo.  

    Sue Spargo's 'Creative Stitching Book (2nd Edition)'  is available at Esther's on Bainbridge, Quilted Strait in Port Gamble, or online through Sue Spargo's store. The other embroidery supplies and different needles can also be found at these stores.

     Details:

    • Please note for this class, cancellation requests received 45 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit.
    • There is a materials fee of $45.50 included in the price of class. The materials fee is for Sue Spargo's Sand Dollar kit and wool thread to appliqué circles.
    • Lunch is included in the price of this workshop.
    • Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner+.
    • Ages 14+ Welcome.

    Instructor Bio: Sue Spargo is a much beloved instructor and artist who teaches workshops around the world.  We are very excited to welcome her to BARN.

    Sue was born in Zambia and educated in South Africa.  She later moved to England.  

    She reports that living in both cultures shaped many of her designs.  You can see the influence of Africa on her choice of colors.  African folklore is reflected in the whimsy and charm of her creations.

    She moved to the United States in 1980 and settled in Ohio where she started her company, Sue Spargo Folk-art Quilts, Inc.in the basement of her home in 2002.  It was here where she embarked on her journey of dimensional layering and embroidery and introduced the world to wools saturated in bright colors, multi-medium layering and embroidery which resulted in textural depth and dimension never before seen.  The circle of fans that love her and her artistry has grown exponentially over the year.  Her company now has a store in Ohio with an abundance of the fiber-related products that she incorporates in her designs as well as her kits, patterns and books.   



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