Fiber Arts Classes

    • Monday, September 16, 2019
    • Monday, October 21, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI091619
    • 0
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    Middle schoolers: come on over to BARN after school on early release days for our Maker Monday sessions! We're kicking off the series this fall with a Sewing Lab. You'll start by getting oriented to the BARN Fiber Studio and then you can let your imagination run wild! BARN will provide basic fabric and ideas such as pencil pouches, purses, and bags, but you are also welcome to bring your own fabric and patterns to stitch up what you dream up!  We'll provide some guidance, but this session is designed for self-directed exploration and creative experimentation. Sign up with friends or on your own and bring along your favorite Spotify playlist!. Snacks and drinks provided.  

    Materials: Studio supplies and donated materials are included in this process. If you want to work on your own special project, you will need to bring your own fabric and pattern.

    Skill Level: All sewing levels are welcome.

    Ages: Current 7th and 8th graders

    • To register your youth please put in the NAME field your first name then in parenthesis put the youth's first and last name (if different than yours). 
    • Please use parent/guardian email address when registering so that notifications will reach you.
    • Please complete and return this fill-able PDF minor permission form
    • 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. 

    Facilitators: Catherine Camp and Fran Fuller

    Questions? Email: ccamp@bainbridgebarn.org


    • Monday, October 21, 2019
    • Thursday, October 24, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI102119BJ
    • 3
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    Participate in our Project Bag “Sew-Along.”  What is a Sew-Along?  It is kind of like a sewing bee where a group of sewing enthusiasts get together and work on the same kind of project.  

    This October -- come join fellow sewing enthusiasts and make a knitting project bag to house your current work in progress.  You don't knit?  This project bag is great for any fiber handwork activity.

    Stitch Mischief is the designer of the popular Finch Bucket (and Little Finch Bucket) pattern which includes the instructions for both versions.

    This pattern is easy to read and follow with detailed cutting instructions and lots of graphics. It comes with a customizable patchwork option as well.

    Check out #littlefinchbucket or #finchbucket on Instagram for inspiration, gather your supplies and come join us to make your very own.

    Below is the link to purchase the pattern (downloadable PDF file).  All supplies needed to complete the project bag are given in detail with the pattern.

    Finch Bucket Pattern

    Details:

    • Skill Level: Advanced Beginner.   Participants should have experience with using a sewing machine.  Use of Studio sewing machines require completion of the Brothers Sewing Machine Certification Session.  Participants are welcome to bring their own sewing machines.
    • Ages 14+ Welcome.



    • Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    • Wednesday, October 30, 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI102219DS
    • 2
    Register

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

    Learn how to do all the steps in weaving: setting up and using a floor loom, project planning, weave structure and pattern, and many tricks of the trade. 

    This 5-session class is hands’ on using floor looms and other equipment. The class will emphasis learning how to weave, how to set up a floor loom, how to plan projects, and how to read a weaving draft. During the class you will weave samples with the emphasis on learning how to weave and plan.

    Students will use BARN floor looms and equipment.  

    There is a $20 materials fee included in the class price.

    What to Bring:
    Students should bring their own scissors.


    InstructorDeb Sweet Deb Sweet is a long-time weaver and teacher at BARN.  Deb has taught at BARN for the past several years and has love for weaving that is infectious. 






    • Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI102219DW
    • 0
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    Sign up to use the BARN Fiber Arts Studio Sailrite Industrial Machine.  BARN members who are certified to use the Sailrite Industrial Sewing Machine can sign up for those open studio times when a Sailrite safety monitor is hosting the open studio.

    PLEASE NOTE:  Only some of the BARN Fiber Arts open studio times have the safety monitors trained to supervise any use of the Sailrite Industrial Sewing Machine.

    Skill Level: BARN Member who has taken the Sailrite Industrial Machine Certification class and been certified to use the machine.

    Ages: Ages 18+

    Safety Monitor:

    Dale Walker


    • Wednesday, October 23, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI102319SC
    • 0
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    Sign up to use the BARN Fiber Arts Studio Sailrite Industrial Machine.  BARN members who are certified to use the Sailrite Industrial Sewing Machine can sign up for those open studio times when a Sailrite safety monitor is hosting the open studio.

    PLEASE NOTE:  Only some of the BARN Fiber Arts open studio times have the safety monitors trained to supervise any use of the Sailrite Industrial Sewing Machine.

    Skill Level: BARN Member who has taken the Sailrite Industrial Machine Certification class and been certified to use the machine.

    Ages: Ages 18+

    Safety Monitor: Sybil Carrere


    • Saturday, October 26, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI102619DE
    • 6
    Register

    Learn how to coil and machine sew a decorative fabric platter using cotton fabric strips that are wound around cording and sewn into a dimensional shape using the Brother sewing machines in the Fiber Arts Studio.

    A kit of needed supplies will be provided (for a kit fee) in a variety of color ways for students to choose from.

    Each student will take home a completed decorative platter that is at least 11” in diameter.

    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 $15 is included in the price of classMaterials include cording, precut fabric strips, thread and Microtex/Sharp machine needles.
    • Skill Level: Intermediate.  Workshop participants need to have basic sewing machine skills and be certified on the Fiber Arts Studio Brothers sewing machines.
    • Ages: Ages 18+ Welcome.
    • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!


    Instructor Artist Statement: Dawna Ellis -- 

    My love of textiles is rooted in the endless possibilities that can become of them and have been a part of my creative outlet as well as a core player in my 30 year career as a costume designer and fabricator. I have been making textile platters and vessels for about nine years and am drawn to the rhythmic process of wrapping fabric strips around cording, transforming it into a new fiber. As this newly created fiber is coiled and sewn into shape, a more complex pattern of color and texture emerges as the fabrics interact with each other and create their own harmony. In 2015, I was honored as a winner in the professional division for the 2015 NICHE Awards in the Recycled category for the entry of my coiled vessel, Morning Song.


    • Sunday, October 27, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI102719TW
    • 0
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    Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom is fun and easy. The looms are small and portable and your weaving can be as simple or as complex as you like. This class is for those new to weaving or established weavers looking for a way to make quick projects.

    Class participants will learn how to direct warp the loom, how to do simple balanced weaving, how to identify and fix simple mistakes, and how to remove the finished project from the loom. Rigid Heddle Looms are perfect for weaving with hand-knitting yarns. Participants will bring a variety of their leftover yarns that will be used to make a scarf that they will finish by the end of the class and take home with them.

    Materials: (what student should bring):  
    • For the warp: Students should bring to class a selection of 4-8 DK or worsted weight yarn samples in a variety of colors for warp (total of 250+ yds) 
    • For the weft:  Students should also bring 220+ yds of one DK/Worsted weight yarn in a solid or semi solid color for weft. 
    The majority of yarns should be multi-ply yarns and have some wool content, and have some elasticity. 

    (We encourage students to go to Churchmouse, our local Bainbridge Island yarn store, for material supplies.)

    Materials Fee
    : None.

    Skill Level: Universal - Beginners to advanced weavers 

    Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.

    Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!

    Instructor Bio:
    Terry Winer is a long-time knitter, spinner, weaver, dyer, and sewist who enjoys creating a community of fiber artists who get together work on their fiber projects.  She can be found most Wednesdays, mid-day, weaving, spinning or knitting with her fellow BARN members in the Fiber Arts Studio.


    • Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI102919DW
    • 0
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    Sign up to use the BARN Fiber Arts Studio Sailrite Industrial Machine.  BARN members who are certified to use the Sailrite Industrial Sewing Machine can sign up for those open studio times when a Sailrite safety monitor is hosting the open studio.

    PLEASE NOTE:  Only some of the BARN Fiber Arts open studio times have the safety monitors trained to supervise any use of the Sailrite Industrial Sewing Machine.

    Skill Level: BARN Member who has taken the Sailrite Industrial Machine Certification class and been certified to use the machine.

    Ages: Ages 18+

    Safety Monitor:

    Dale Walker


    • Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • BARN Fiber Arts Studio
    • 43
    Register

    Join your fellow Fiber Arts enthusiasts at the October Fiber Connections event on Tuesday, October 29 at 7:00 PM. If you have never visited BARN or the Fiber Arts Studio -- this is a great chance to come and see the Studio, take part in a creative activity, and meet the community. 

    This months' event:

    Firwood Farm Alpacas with Leanna

    Leanna will present “Alpacas 101 and Alpaca Rescue at Firwood Farm Alpacas

    We have owned alpacas for 13 years.  In 2010, I took in our first two rescues and made the decision to no longer breed alpacas but to save pasture space in case there were ones needing homes.  Our current herd consists of 27 (21 of which are rescues or re-homes).  We could have taken in an additional 46 alpacas in 2018 from requests via phone calls and emails. 

    Additional information about the Firwood Farm can be found at:  www.FirwoodFarmAlpacas.com


    Details:
    • The monthly Fiber Connections events are always free.  Bring a friend!
    • Please register so we know how many will attend.
    • Age Levels: 14+ or younger children with an accompanying adult.  This will be a fun activity for the whole family.


    If you have never visited BARN or the BARN Fiber Arts Studio, this is a great chance to come and see the Studio, take part in a creative activity, and meet the community.

      • Wednesday, October 30, 2019
      • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
      • Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI103019TW
      • 12
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      Samples of different weaving projects will be shared to discuss how different “beats” will create different effectsThe 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. 

      Host: Terry Winer This is free for BARN members and you are welcome to just drop in. Non-Members can pay the $20.00 drop-in fee per session and also attend Weaving Wednesdays Open Studio that goes from Noon to 2:00 pm in the Fiber Arts studio. 
      • Wednesday, October 30, 2019
      • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI103019SC
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      Sign up to use the BARN Fiber Arts Studio Sailrite Industrial Machine.  BARN members who are certified to use the Sailrite Industrial Sewing Machine can sign up for those open studio times when a Sailrite safety monitor is hosting the open studio.

      PLEASE NOTE:  Only some of the BARN Fiber Arts open studio times have the safety monitors trained to supervise any use of the Sailrite Industrial Sewing Machine.

      Skill Level: BARN Member who has taken the Sailrite Industrial Machine Certification class and been certified to use the machine.

      Ages: Ages 18+

      Safety Monitor: Sybil Carrere


      • Thursday, October 31, 2019
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI103119CL
      • 1
      Register

      Sign up to use the BARN Fiber Arts Studio Sailrite Industrial Machine.  BARN members who are certified to use the Sailrite Industrial Sewing Machine can sign up for those open studio times when a Sailrite safety monitor is hosting the open studio.

      PLEASE NOTE:  Only some of the BARN Fiber Arts open studio times have the safety monitors trained to supervise any use of the Sailrite Industrial Sewing Machine.

      Skill Level: BARN Member who has taken the Sailrite Industrial Machine Certification class and been certified to use the machine.

      Ages: Ages 18+

      Safety Monitor: Carol Latham


      • Saturday, November 02, 2019
      • Sunday, November 03, 2019
      • 2 sessions
      • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI110219AM
      • 11
      Register

      Participants in this workshop will complete a reference notebook of samples of a wide range of printing onto fabric and a series of contemporary methods of using embroidery as surface design.

      The printing techniques will include mono printing, making various types of stamps, making and using stencils, sun printing, foam stamps, and a number of additional methods to make fabric unique.

      The samples of embroidery will include feather stitch, French knots, bullion knot, variations of the chain stitch, raised chain band, kantha stitch, Chinese knot and more. 

      The instructor will provide all supplies for printing along with fabrics, needles and threads for the embroidery. This workshop is to explore some of the simple but creative methods to change the surface of fabric.

      Students need to bring the following materials to class:

      • Scissors for Fabric and paper.
      • Apron and gloves
      • Three-ring 2-3" binder
      • Thirty clear plastic protector sheets
      • Pen and paper for note-taking
      • Optional: Thimble


      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 $50 is included in the price of class. The Instructor will provide all materials for printing and stitching.
      • Skill Level: Universal - Beginners to Experienced Students.
      • Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.



      Instructor Bio:

      Anita Luvera Mayer was introduced to looms and weaving by her mother-in-law, a well-known Seattle weaving instructor.  Clothing designed and worn by Anita always relates to ethnic garments with the finishes and embellishments done by hand.  Her work has been included in national and international shows and one-woman retrospectives. 

      Her garment “Rags to Riches” was selected from  6000 entries for inclusion in the Fiber Arts Design Book #7. In addition, Anita’s series “Mantles for Women: Rites of Passage”, a collection of six garments, was  the focus of an exhibition “Life Passages: Women, Dress and Culture” at the Beach Museum at Kansas State University.  This series has been donated to the university by Ms. Mayer and the collection will be integrated into the courses in the Women’s Studies Program. 


      • Monday, November 04, 2019
      • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI1110419SM
      • 4
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      This class has prerequisites. Please see below.

      Learn the basic safety principles for using the Fiber Arts Studio Sailrite Industrial Sewing Machine and make a canvas tote bag as a project. 

      This class is required to be certified to use the Sailrite Industrial Sewing Machine during Open Industrial Sewing Machine Studio sessions.

      Students will:

      • Be given a safety orientation to the Sailrite machine; 
      • Learn Fiber Arts Studio policies and procedures for using Sailrite machine during special Open Industrial Sewing Machine Studio sessions; 
      • Use the Sailrite Industrial Sewing Machine and Reeds Sailmaker Industrial Sewing Machine to sew a canvas tote bag using a kit with pre-cut fabric provided by your instructor, Susan Morton.


      Details:

      • There is a materials fee of $30 included in the tuition total for pre-cut fabric pattern pieces for tote bag.
      Prerequisites: 
      1. Sewing experience is required prior to taking this class. Please make sure you have taken the Brothers Standard Sewing machine class prior to signing up for the Tote making class on the Sailrite.
      2. Sailrite safety training (typically one hour prior to this bag-making class)
      3. If you are not sure whether you have completed the prerequisites, please log in to your BARN account and click on your Events to confirm you have taken the two prerequisites.
      • Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.
      • BARN reserves the right to cancel this class in the case of low enrollment and will notify registrants of this decision. A full refund will be given.


      Instructor Bio:

      Susan Morton creates iconic canvas tote bags, backpacks and other durable and superbly made canvas products.  Susan is a longtime  Bainbridge Islander who can be found at the Bainbridge Farmers Market selling her hand sewn products.  She receives rave reviews for her teaching style.  She has been instrumental in helping the BARN Fiber Arts Studio industrial sewing program get off the ground and we feel very lucky to have her teaching this industrial sewing machine certification program for us.


      • Wednesday, November 06, 2019
      • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • BARN Fiber Arts Studio

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


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

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



      • Saturday, November 09, 2019
      • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
      • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI110919IR
      • 3
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      This class has prerequisites. Please see description below.

      This is not a normal duffel bag class.  In this class, not only will you make a rugged duffel bag, but you will learn techniques on the industrial sewing machine that you can apply to other sewing projects like, boat covers, upholstery, sail covers, etc.

      This workshop also serves as a certification class for using the Fiber Arts Studio Sailrite sewing machine.

      In this class you will learn:

      • how to lay out the parts for a duffel bag after measurements;
      •  how to make a perfect fitted round side to a rectangular piece of fabric.  
      • install a zipper in the bag the way you would add a zipper to a cover for your boat.  
      • how to sew pockets on the duffel bag.  One of the pockets will have a window in it, so you will know how to add a windows to other items you might sew, like a hatch cover on a boat.  
      And the best part is that you will have a duffel bag nobody else has. 

      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.
      • Materials fee of $25 included in the class tuition for fabric, zipper, webbing, etc.
      • Skill Level: Intermediate  
      • Prerequisites: Fiber Arts Studio certification on the Brothers sewing machines and previous experience using sewing machines for basic projects (e.g., clothing, pillowcases, aprons, etc.).
      • This class is open to BARN Members only.
      • Ages 14+ Welcome.
      • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!


      Instructor Bio: 
      Inger Rankins and her husband Sean, run the Northwest Sails and Canvas Loft in Port Hadlock.  Their work loft  is located on the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building and is a full service, custom, sail, marine canvas, and rigging business.  For over 25 years, Inger has been teaching classes to help people learn to create, design, and repair marine canvas, including boat and sail covers, marine upholstery, dodgers, biminis and more.
          

      • Sunday, November 10, 2019
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI111019BS
      • 13
      Register

      Learn the traditional Japanese technique for embellishing textiles -- Sashiko.  Sashiko was used by the Japanese working class to extend the life of the fabric that they used for clothing and household textiles.  Traditionally, even white stitches were sewn on dark blue cotton fabric to mend, strengthen and quilt the fiber.  Over time, Sashiko evolved to become a beautiful fabric embellishment with striking patterns and figures using the same, simple technique of running stitches on textiles.  

      In this workshop, students will make the simple lined cotton drawstring bag that is used for a variety of occasions in Japan. You can use your bag to carry your sewing or Sashiko supplies.

      Students will learn how to:

      • transfer a Sashiko design to the fabric using stencils and templates; 
      • stitch the design in class;
      • receive instructions for completing the bag at home or, for those certified on BARN’s Brother sewing machines, during the class or at a BARN open studio. 

      For inspiration, the instructor will bring Sashiko samples from her collection and share a slideshow of Sashiko and other Japanese stitching techniques.

      Student Should Bring:

      • Scissors, 
      • ballpoint pen, 
      • white wash-out marking pen or pencil, 
      • straight pins, 
      • 12” ruler. 
      • Optional: needle threader.

      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.
      • The material fee of $35 is for fabric for bag and lining, cording, Sashiko thread and needle, transfer paper, Sashiko design templates, and use of Sashiko stencils during class.
      • Students should wear comfortable work clothes. 
      • All skill levels welcome.
      • Ages 14+ Welcome.


      Instructor Bio:

      Artist's Statement by Becky Scellato: "My love for Japanese textiles and crafts began in the 1960’s when my father was stationed in the Air Force in Okinawa. I learned Sashiko from a Japanese woman over 25 years ago and fell in love with the craft. It quickly became an all-consuming passion. Sashiko, an easy embroidery technique using a running stitch, is relaxing and fun, and creates a sense of peace while stitching.

      Sashiko is elegance in simplicity. Since 2002, my husband and I have owned Shibori Dragon in University Place, which specializes in Asian fabrics, Japanese textiles, and Sashiko. I have been teaching and collecting historical Sashiko textiles for the past 20 years and have samples dating from the 1800s to modern day. I have designed Sashiko bags, table runners, Boro-inspired textiles, Block of the Month quilts, and wall hangings, many of which are featured in the classes that I teach."


      • Thursday, November 14, 2019
      • Friday, November 15, 2019
      • 2 sessions
      • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI111419KE
      • 7
      Register

      Join Master Basket Weaver, Kathey Ervin to make your own woven contemporary hat from red cedar bark.

      Each student's hat will have his or her unique flare. Chose from a variety of hat styles including cowboy, cloche, dome top, and flat top.  Each of these hat styles can have varying rim widths to suit your one-of-a-kind hat.  

      The hats are woven over commercially manufactured molds. The hat molds come in a variety of sizes to ensure your hat fits perfectly. 


      This a workshop for both the novice as well as more advanced basket weavers.  Various techniques offered will be for the novice learning basic weaves as well as the more advanced weaver using twill patterns throughout.  

      The only warning about taking this workshop will be that everywhere you go wearing your creation, people will be stopping you to find out where you got your hat and you will get to proudly say: “I made it!”


      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 $250 included in the total class price is for Western red and Alaskan yellow cedar bark, use of molds, and a full set of written directions.

      • 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 Universal - All skill levels welcome.
      • 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.”


      • Friday, November 15, 2019
      • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • BARN Commons area
      • 8
      Register

      Grab your girlfriends or family members and come play at BARN for an evening! Whether you're brand new to BARN or a long-time participant in our programs, you'll enjoy creative experiences and great conversation with good company. 

      Kick the night off with wine and non-alcoholic beverages, plentiful appetizers, and live music in our beautiful commons area, and the rest of the evening will be spent learning new skills alongside old and new friends in our artisan studios.  When you arrive, you'll be able to sign up for two of the three activities offered: Gemstone Bracelets in our Jewelry Studio, Japanese Sashiko Stitching in our Fiber Arts Studio, and Entertaining with Fall Bruschettas in our Kitchen Arts Studio.   

      Go ahead - treat yourself!  You deserve it.  

      The Magic of Gemstone Bracelets

      More than just a piece of jewelry, these are bracelets with meaning that have the potential to transform your life by manifesting miracles!  Want to know which stones are best for new beginnings, focus, positive energy, confidence, or attracting wealth?  We will discuss the healing properties of popular gemstones and choosing stones that combine the energy and intention to help you achieve your desired outcome.  Each person will make one personalized bracelet during this session to keep for themselves or to give as a handmade gift.  Additional kits will be available to purchase at the event.  

      Japanese Sashiko Stitching

      “Sashiko” is Japanese embroidery that uses little running stitches (“Sashiko” literally means “little stabs”) to create designs from nature and rhythmic geometric patterns. You'll take home a simple 4” x 4” pattern in white thread on gold, red, or purple fabric and then put it in a small frame. You’ll end up with a small work of art for your home or give as a gift!  

      Entertaining with Fall Bruschettas Expand and learn new variations of an easy entertaining favorite with Fall Bruschettas. We'll use seasonal ingredients and new flavor combinations to inspire you with this classic antipasto dish. Recipes will include Roasted beet & Arugula, White Bean & Sundried tomato, and Pomegranate Pistachio with Dark Chocolate Shavings.  

      This is a 21+ only event.

      All materials, food and beverages are included in the registration fee. 


      • Friday, November 22, 2019
      • 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
      • 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 23, 2019
      • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • 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 – all made right here at BARN.

      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 Monday, October 21.

      • Tuesday, November 26, 2019
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • BARN Fiber Arts Studio
      • 47
      Register

      Join your fellow Fiber Arts enthusiasts at the November Fiber Connections event on Tuesday, November 26 at 7:00 PM. If you have never visited BARN or the Fiber Arts Studio -- this is a great chance to come and see the Studio, take part in a creative activity, and meet the community. 

      This months' event:

      Bobbin Lace Demo

      Details to be posted soon.


      Details:

      • The Fiber Connections events are always free to the community. Bring a friend!
      • Please register so we know how many participants to expect. If you are bringing a guest, register yourself and enter how many guests you will be bringing.
      • Age Levels: 14+ or younger children with an accompanying adult. This will be a fun activity for the whole family.
        • Thursday, November 28, 2019
        • 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

        This is a staff holiday.


        • Wednesday, December 04, 2019
        • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
        • BARN Fiber Arts Studio

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


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

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



        • Saturday, December 07, 2019
        • Sunday, December 15, 2019
        • 3 sessions
        • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI120719BR
        • 5
        Register
        This complicated looking block is actually incredibly simple to make!  Learn how to sew this block in five easy steps. No experience with curves required, but come prepared to work improvisationally, without templates or pins.

        The class consists of three half-day sessions.

        • In the first session, Saturday, December 7th, you’ll learn how to make basic wonky log cabin blocks as well as how to insert a central “X” shape into these blocks. Then you’ll go home and make more blocks.

        • The second session will be a week later, Saturday, December 14th, and we will work on color, palette, and how to refine your improv techniques.

        • The third session will be the following day, Sunday, December 15th, when you’ll have a free-form work session to put all these new found skills into practice, with Barbara available to answer questions and provide guidance.

        What Students Need to Bring to Class
        (Instructions from Barbara Ramsey)

        1. FabricYou'll need to bring an assortment of fabrics in a wide range of values (light to dark) and in a wide range of colors. Bring at least 12 different fabrics: 6 larger pieces (larger = at least 12” x 12”) and 6 smaller pieces (whatever scraps you have lying around). Bring mostly tightly woven cotton quilting fabrics since it’s easier to sew curves when your fabrics are all a consistent weight. Avoid bringing those light-weight Kaffe Fassett cotton gauze fabrics; they tend to pucker when combined with other fabrics in curvilinear seams. 

          When I say “bring at least 12 different fabrics”, I strongly emphasize AT LEAST, since you should bring additional fabrics if you can. I frequently hear students say, "I wish I'd brought more fabric!". You can bring odd-size scraps of various dimensions, but ideally include plenty of pieces that are at least fat quarters (18" x 22") or larger.

          Note: Some people like to bring their "ugly" fabric to experiment with (easy to chop it up and mess around with fabric you're not very attached to) while other people prefer to use really great fabric that motivates them to make something gorgeous as soon as possible. Personally, I'm in the "ugly" camp since it allows me to explore new techniques more freely, but those of you who want to bring your most sumptuous fabrics, go right ahead. Either way is fine with me, or do both. 
        2.  (thread, scissors, pins, etc.).  If you want to use a BARN Brothers Sewing Machine, you will need to have taken a Brothers Sewing Machine Orientation class prior to this workshop.  See the BARN Fiber Arts Calendar to identify upcoming Brother Sewing Machine Orientation classes.
        3. Cutting equipment (rotary cutter, self-healing mat, cutting rulers of various sizes).  Please note that the BARN Fiber Arts Studio has these materials if you do not want to bring your own. 
        4. Pencil and paper for taking notes
        5. A free and experimental attitude!


        Details:

        • Skill LevelAdvanced beginners and intermediate quilters. No previous experience with curves necessary, but students must have at least basic quilting experience.
        • Ages 16+ Welcome.


        Instructor Bio: Barbara Ramsey is a fabric artist who sews original abstract art works using traditional quilting techniques. Employing her own designs, she pieces  together fabric shapes with a sewing machine and by hand. Her main materials are commercially printed fabric as well as fabric she has dyed and manipulated herself.

        Her work expresses her fascination with light, color, texture, materials, and process. She love the ritual of taking fabric of one color and changing it into another color with dye or bleach. She is completely absorbed by the simple acts of washing, rinsing, drying, sewing, and ironing as she pull scores of separate colors together into a single piece. Like many traditional quilters, She is devoted to precise construction. She differ from many traditional quilters in that she design and cut fabric in an effort to distort geometry. She works to create irregularity, using various shapes to impel the viewer’s eye to roam over the entire surface of the quilt, seeking the harmonies in the middle of contrast. She create her work in order to disappear into its making.

        Barbara loves to teach quilting and helping other quilt artists as they move from traditional designs to more free-form creations. She feel energized as she watches her students learn to improvise with shape and line, create more surprising color combinations, and gain the confidence required to do original work.


        • Wednesday, December 11, 2019
        • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
        • Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI121119xx
        • 14
        Register

        Fringe twisting? Hem stitching? Look at samples, play with techniques. Let’s get those projects done! The Fiber Studio’s Weaving Labs are facilitated short workshops (1- 1.5 hours) on a topic, technique, or idea for weavers on all types of looms. These workshops are during Weaving Wednesdays, so you are welcome to bring a weaving project to work on too. 

        Host: Dale Walker and friends
        • This is free for BARN members and you are welcome to just drop in. Non-Members can pay the $20.00 drop-in fee per session and also attend Weaving Wednesdays Open Studio that goes from Noon to 2:00 pm in the Fiber Arts studio.  


        • Wednesday, December 18, 2019
        • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
        • Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI121819xx
        • 15
        Register

        Bring your finished projects for a show, share and celebration of a year of weaving. This is a great time to celebrate your year's projects or be inspired by other weavers. The Fiber Studio’s Weaving Labs are facilitated short workshops (1- 1.5 hours) on a topic, technique, or idea for weavers on all types of looms. These workshops are during Weaving Wednesdays, so you are welcome to bring a weaving project to work on too. 

        • This is free for BARN members and you are welcome to just drop in. Non-Members can pay the $20.00 drop-in fee per session and also attend Weaving Wednesdays Open Studio that goes from Noon to 2:00 pm in the Fiber Arts studio.  


        • Wednesday, January 08, 2020
        • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
        • Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI010820xx
        • 15
        Register

        Let’s kick off the New Year with a new project. This will be a planning meeting for the Weaving Weekend Retreat on January 18,19 and 20th. We can help each other figure out our projects so we can be ready to roll (or weave!). The Fiber Studio’s Weaving Labs are facilitated short workshops (1- 1.5 hours) on a topic, technique, or idea for weavers on all types of looms. These workshops are during Weaving Wednesdays, so you are welcome to bring a weaving project to work on too. 

        • This is free for BARN members and you are welcome to just drop in. Non-Members can pay the $20.00 drop-in fee per session and also attend Weaving Wednesdays Open Studio that goes from Noon to 2:00 pm in the Fiber Arts studio. 


        • Sunday, January 26, 2020
        • 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
        • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI012620FCK
        • 10
        Register

        Making a custom size pair of slippers is a great opportunity to learn how to make a 3-D object starting with a 2-D resist pattern. In this workshop participants will develop confidence in planning the project, estimating the shrinkage and enlarging the pattern. They will learn about the different qualities of different types of sheep’s wool and how to choose and mix the right wools to get a strongly felted durable pair of slippers. At the end of the day, they will go home with a pair of custom made felted slippers. 

        This would be a great holiday gift for family and friends of all ages! Give a gift certificate and have the recipient take the workshop in January.

        Students should bring:
        • 2 hand towels
        • 3x3’ bubble wrap or rubber rug mat (small holes) 
        • 3 x 3' cotton sheet (old cloth)
        • 1 olive oil soap bar in a container
        • water spray bottle,  if you have one, to wet the felt
        • plastic bowl for water
        • sharp and pointy scissors to cut wool
        • scissors to cut plastic and paper
        • (waterproof) apron if needed
        • comfortable shoes 

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        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 $15 is included in the class tuition. The material fee is for 5 oz wool (dyed and natural, various kinds of wool), floor liner foam, and other supplies needed to complete your slippers 
        • Skill Level: Universal. All skill levels are welcome

        • Ages 12 to 110 are welcome.  Participants under the age of 14 will need to be accompanied by an adult.
        • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!


        Instructor Bio: Flóra Carlile- Kovács is an award winner of several wearable art shows. She is a professional felt artist born in Szeged, Hungary, now living and working in Seattle. In her work, she incorporates two bodies of knowledge, the nomadic traditions and the urban, modern style of feltmaking. Coming from the European tradition of craftsmanship and quality, she is constantly experimenting with ways to improve not only the visual artistic aspect of her work, but also its physical integrity as a functional object appropriate for everyday use. 


        • Saturday, February 01, 2020
        • Sunday, February 02, 2020
        • 2 sessions
        • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI020119NK
        • 12
        Register

        Tapestry is one of the oldest forms of weaving, blending art and design with the practical need of adding warmth to chilly stone castles. Today's tapestry weavers focus on art and design to create a wide variety of fiber masterpieces. 

        In this class, students will learn the fundamental first steps in how to weave tapestry. It will cover weaving techniques, including warping, tensioning, and basic tapestry skills.

        The class will also include how to most effectively design a tapestry and complete a cartoon, color-blending, and other color effects to enhance the design.  

        The class will be taught on hand-held small frame looms.



        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.
        • There is a materials fee of $35 included in the price of class. All materials and loom rental are included in the material fee. 
        • Students should bring their own scissors.
        • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!
        • Skill Level: All Levels. No prior weaving experience is required.
        • Ages: Ages 16+ Welcome.



        Instructor Bio: BARN is fortunate to have Nancy Klos Smith, a Portland-based fiber artist, painter and designer, teach this class.   She has taught in many regional workshops, exhibits her work in galleries and shows, and has been commissioned to weave tapestries for organizations and individuals. Her tapestries are pictorial, and are described as organic and sensual.  She emphasizes design elements in her teaching, particularly the key role color and color blending plays. 

        • Saturday, March 21, 2020
        • Sunday, March 22, 2020
        • 2 sessions
        • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI032120DR
        • 13
        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.
        • 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.
        • 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.


        • Sunday, March 29, 2020
        • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
        • BARN Wide Event

        Be a Maker for a Day!

        Check out our 10 studios, participate in making crafts or generally check out BARN! It's free, and open to all ages.

        More information will be posted later in October 2019.

        For more information contact: info@BainbridgeBARN.org


        • Saturday, May 23, 2020
        • Monday, May 25, 2020
        • 3 sessions
        • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI052320PT
        • 4
        Register

        The Ring Border Basket is a challenging and rewarding intermediate level basketry workshop. 

        Students will brush up and sharpen their twining skills during the first day of the workshop while making the basket base.  There will be many colors to choose from to create a dynamic combination. 

        A stunning Ring Border will bring this basket to completion.

        Student baskets will measure approximately 6” tall by 18” in diameter. 

        During all three days we will discuss the importance of tension on the materials, hand/finger placement, shaping and materials selection.

        The Ring Border Basket uses multiple diameters of round reed that have been dyed with cellulose fiber dyes.  All weaving materials have been selected and prepared for ease and flow during the workshop. 

        Students should bring 

        • The dye may come off on your hands and clothes so it’s best to wear comfortable old work clothes. 
        • An assortment of basketry tools. The tools you are comfortable using.
        • Hand cream
        • Two old bath towels
        • A list of tools you should bring will be provided in the registration confirmation email after you register.
        • OPTIONAL- -Rubber palmed garden gloves. Some students find these helpful when working the Ring Border for gripping and pulling. These are certainly optional.


        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.
        • Material Fee of $95 is included in the tuition.  All round reed will be prepared, organized, and cut to specific lengths for the workshop. 
        • Tools will be available for use but please note the suggested tool list sent in the confirmation email after you register.
        • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!
        • Skill Level: Intermediate. Students will need to have basketry weaving experience with the twining technique that is used to make the workshop's basket.  Hand strength is required.
        • Ages 18+ Welcome.



        Instructor Bio: Peeta Tinay grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was born into a family of creatives: her father a chemist by day and a jeweler by night, her mother a painter and weaver. Art work from both parents and their friends filled the house throughout her childhood. Her grandfather was an inventor, keeping a fully functional foundry and pattern shop behind the family home. Roaming through his old work buildings was always an adventure. This early creative environment was fertile ground through which she came of age and discovered her life’s work.  From 1990 to 2000 at The Caning Shop in Berkeley California she was introduced to techniques involved in the restoration of wicker furniture. In 2000 a move to Washington gave a fresh start motivating her to branch out. She continued restoration work and also started making wicker pieces from the ground up using 1920's wicker as inspiration.

        Artist Statement: I spent the first two decades of my career learning and refining restoration techniques of antique and contemporary wicker furniture. In 2011, at age 43, a cathartic personal discovery about my birth and heritage threw open a door to creativity and set my work on a new and unexpected course. This experience provided the catalyst I needed to start creating my own designs for the baskets I make. I am inspired by techniques from antique wicker furniture, passementerie and anything exceptionally made and beautiful finished. Repeating patterns intentional and unintentional always catch my eye for a second look.

        My basketry projects combine a variety of weaving techniques including twining, plaiting and lashing. I now prefer to create large works, moving beyond previously held notions of scale and proportion. Fine detail is achieved by using small-diameter round reed in the beginning stages of weaving which eventually transitions to larger reed. The combination of bold scale and fine detail are, to me, simply sublime. When plaiting with flat reed, I discovered additional interest by using multiple layers - juxtaposing interior and exterior colors that draw the observer deeper into the work. Cellulose fiber dyes are hand-blended creating either natural hues or vibrant colors. Finishing steps include a UV archival varnish and a hand-buffed wax finish.

        From weaving techniques using a variety of materials to replicating complex finishes using paints, stains and dyes, my skills are continuously expanding. Reed, the primary material used in antique woven furniture, is the material I have chosen to use in all my projects. Derived from the vine rattan palm, it has been a workhorse in the production of handwoven wicker furniture since the 1880’s which ushered in America’s Golden Age of wicker furniture production. The versatility and resilience of this amazing material gives each new project infinite possibilities.

        I feel that my current work captures and showcases all of my skills with reference to design and technique. I will continue to evolve as a craftswoman, seeking excellence in my work and within myself.




        • Monday, June 01, 2020
        • 10:00 AM
        • Friday, June 05, 2020
        • 4:00 PM
        • BARN Fiber Arts Studio
        Register

        We are very excited that Sue Spargo will be spending June 1st - 5th, 2020 with us in the Fiber Arts Studio at BARN.

        More information will be released in October.  

        Please enter your contact information on our RSVP list and we will contact you when details are available.



        Click here to get lodging information and directions to BARN.