Fiber Arts Classes

    • Wednesday, June 08, 2022
    • Wednesday, December 21, 2022
    • 20 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio

    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.

    Details:

    • 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. 

    • 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.
      • Tuesday, June 14, 2022
      • Tuesday, December 27, 2022
      • 29 sessions
      • Event time is Pacific Time
      • 123
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      **This event will be live-streamed via Zoom. Event time is Pacific Time.** 

      Virtual Slow Stitch Tuesday
      Tuesday, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

      Join Dale Walker for a virtual open studio on Tuesday afternoon. Since we can't meet in person, or if you’re not comfortable coming in, drop by via Zoom to see what others are doing and show your work. Or just to say hi and let us know how you're doing! 

      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.

      Details:

      • Because this is an ongoing free event, you can register at any time even if a session has passed.
      • You will get reminder emails on Monday, one day before the event with the Zoom link to join.
      • This event will be presented via Zoom. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorialPlease make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.
      • Tuesday, June 21, 2022
      • Tuesday, December 20, 2022
      • 7 sessions
      • BARN Fiber Studio

      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]

      Details:

      • Free for BARN Members and a suggested $10 donation for non-members.

      • Registration is not required.

      • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 

      • 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.

      If you have questions,  please contact Dale Walker, Fiber Studio lead at [email protected]


      • Wednesday, August 03, 2022
      • Wednesday, December 28, 2022
      • 18 sessions
      • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Host: Dale Walker

      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

      Details:

      • 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. 

      • 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.


      Host: Dale Walker

      • Tuesday, September 06, 2022
      • Tuesday, December 27, 2022
      • 10 sessions
      • BARN Fiber Studio

      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.

      Details:

      • Free for members, guests $10.00 drop in fee.

      • Registration is not required.

      • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 

      • 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.


      • Sunday, September 11, 2022
      • Sunday, October 02, 2022
      • 3 sessions
      • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI091122DG
      • 2
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      Shibori Stitch

      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:

      • Scissors
      • 2”x18” quilters’ ruler
      • Notebook

      Details:

      • There is a materials fee of $50 included in the price of the class. 
      • Skill Level: All skill levels welcome
      • Please bring a lunch (BARN has a refrigerator and microwave on the lower level).
      • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 
      • 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. 


      Instructor:

      Diana Gipson is a fiber artist and teacher whose love of sewing began at an early age.  After raising a family, she returned to college and graduate school, where she was introduced to the Japanese design techniques of shibori stitching, fold and clamp, and pole wrapping. Hand-stitching on silk immediately became the predominant focus of her fiber art. She has continued to create shibori wall art and clothing, as well as teaching design and hand-dyeing workshops. Since moving to Port Townsend and then to Bainbridge Island from Boise, Idaho, where she taught art at Boise State, her shibori work has been shown locally in galleries and exhibitions, and her shibori clothing has been exhibited in P.T. Wearable Art Shows. She recently designed and executed shibori-stitched and dyed coordinated vestments for the Episcopal Church in Port Townsend.

      • Monday, September 12, 2022
      • Monday, December 12, 2022
      • 4 sessions
      • BARN Fiber Studio

      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.

      Details:

      • 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. 

      • 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.

      Host: Emily Grice

      • Monday, September 19, 2022
      • Monday, November 21, 2022
      • 3 sessions
      • BARN Fiber Studio

      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!

      Details:

      • Free to members, $10.00 drop in fee for guests. 

      • Registration is not required.

      • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 

      • 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.

      Host:

      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. 



      • Wednesday, September 28, 2022
      • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
      • BARN Fiber Studio
      • 6
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      Are you interested in using the fiber arts  studio?  By completing this orientation, members can have access from 8:00am to 10:00 pm seven days a week. Some classes may pre-empt studio use.  

      You will spend 30 minutes in the studio reviewing safety and equipment care protocols. In exchange, your BARN Member fob will be activated to gain access to the studio.

      Details:

      • Open to BARN Members only. Please register so we know how many will be attending. Guests may use the studio during Better Together sessions.
      • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 
      Host:

      Orientation will be conducted by a various studio members.

      • Wednesday, September 28, 2022
      • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
      • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI092822
      • 9
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      Are you ready for a new weaving project but not quite sure where to start?  Bring your ideas and BARN weavers will be available to talk you through your next step. We can talk you through pattern selection, fiber choice and warping steps.

      The Fiber Studio’s Weaving Labs are facilitated short workshops (1- 1.5 hours) on a topic, technique, or idea for weavers of all types of looms.

      These workshops are during Weaving Wednesdays, so you are welcome to bring a weaving project to work on too. 

      Details:

      • This class is free for BARN members.
      • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 
      • 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. 

      Host: Weavers of the Fiber Studio

      • Saturday, October 01, 2022
      • 2 sessions
      • BARN Fiber Arts Zoom Room, Class Code FI100122DJ
      • 8
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      **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.

      Preparation: 

      • Warp the loom with 48 ends (24 slots, 24 eyes) with a 83” warp, using a 7.5 or 8 dent reed and about worsted weight yarn.  
      • Weave in waste yarn to even out your warp threads and then weave about 1” plain weave, tucking in the tail at the beginning of your weft.  
      • Note:  It is important to have exactly 48 threads in your warp.

      Supplies Needed:

      • Warped loom, measuring tape
      • 2 pick up sticks appropriately sized for your loom
      • 12” x 3” piece of light colored cardboard or manilla file folder
      • 400 yards of worsted weight yarn in a solid color that is smooth, strong, non-hairy, and at least 2 ply.  This includes the yarn used for your warp. You can also use 200 yards each of 2 different solid colors and warp with one color, saving the second color for weft.
      • Tapestry needle
      • Scissors
      • About 10-15 yards of waste yarn (acrylic works best),
      • Cardboard tube from inside a paper towel roll
      • 2 brown paper grocery bag

      Details:

      • This class will be taught via Zoom and live-streamed in the Fiber Studio. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this  tutorial.
      • Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
      • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 

      • 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.

      Instructor:

      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.


      • Sunday, October 02, 2022
      • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI100222TW
      • 15
      Register

      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.

      Details:

      • This event is free for members, guests pay a $20 drop-in fee.

      • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 

      • 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.

      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.  

      • Monday, October 03, 2022
      • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI100322
      • 0
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      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.

      Details:

      • Prerequisites:  Must have completed Learn How to Use the Fiber Studio Sewing Machines,
      • There is a materials fee of $15 which will cover fabric, stabilizer, and embroidery and bobbin thread,  
      • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 

      • 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.

      Hosts: Rotating Fiber Studio volunteers


      • Monday, October 03, 2022
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI100322BH
      • 0
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      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. 

       Details:

      • There is a materials fee of $25.00 included in the price of class. 
      • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 

      • 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.

      Instructor:

      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. 


      • Monday, October 03, 2022
      • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
      • BARN Fiber Arts Studio FI100322KM
      • 2
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      Using sewing machine

      This class will certify you to use the new Babylock Presto 2 sewing machines in the Fiber Studio. This class is a prerequisite for Fiber Studio workshops, sew-alongs, and other events where you'd like to use these machines, and it is also a prerequisite for future orientations for other sewing machines in the studio. This class also qualifies you to use these machines for your own projects any time you’re in the studio. 

      Please note that this class is about the Babylock Presto 2 sewing machines. This class is not for the industrial sewing machine or the embroidery machine. We will not focus on learning to sew, though learning to use the machines is a great start for learning to sew.

      Anyone who was previously certified on our old Brother sewing machines should take this class in order to use these new machines—much of the information will be familiar to you, but these new machines can do a lot more.

      The Presto 2 machines are easy to use and have many, many functions. This class will guide you through basic machine use including:

      • opening and setting up the cabinet
      • winding the bobbin and threading
      • using the control panel to select stitches and set other functions
      • selecting and replacing presser feet to match your stitch selection
      • changing the needle
      • finding more information about the machine in the reference guide and on the Internet

      We’ll end the class with a checklist for putting your machine away so that it’s ready for the next person to use.

      BARN will provide neutral-color thread, a size 70 needle, and quilting cotton for the orientation. You are welcome to bring other materials for your own use.

      Details:

      • All levels welcome
      • Ages 14+ welcome.
      • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 



      Instructors: Rotating Fiber Studio volunteers

      • Tuesday, October 04, 2022
      • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
      • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI100422FF
      • 0
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