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Beginner Level

Intro to Wet Felting Flower Workshop
February 13, 2016 (10-11:30 AM) — This 1.5 hour workshop is an introduction to the ancient textile art of wet felting. Participants will learn the basic principles of wet felting while making a single layer flower. Materials and supplies for workshop use are included. The findings to turn flowers into pin accessories will be provided. Cost is $35 and includes workshop fee and materials. Please bring an old towel. Space is limited. This class is recommended for ages 16 and up. Pre-registration is required. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Kami Watson
Sponsor: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
Cost: $35
Email: Kami Watson

Beginner Level

Shibori Dyeing
February 21, 2016 (9:30am-5:00pm) — Shibori is an ancient Japanese resist dye technique that involves folding, dyeing, binding and knotting, to create beautiful patterns. In this class, we’ll explore different resist methods on cotton and silk with indigo, a natural dye, and synthetic dyes that are more consistent and bright. You will leave with a dozen fabric swatches of your experimentations, and a silk scarf using your favorite shibori techniques. This class is great for those new to the colorful world of fabric dyeing. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Laura Derhart
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99.00 workshop fee + $30.00 materials fee
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830-438-1884

Beginner Level

Intro to Wet Felting Flower Relief Workshop
February 27, 2016 (9 AM - 12 PM) — This 3 hour workshop is an introduction to the ancient textile art of wet felting. Participants will learn the basic principles of wet felting while making a single layer flower. After, they will learn how to create a layered flower using a resist. Materials and supplies for workshop use are included. The findings to turn flowers into pin accessories will be provided. Cost of $65 includes workshop fee and materials. Please bring an old towel. Space is limited. This class is recommended for ages 16 and up. Pre-registration is required. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Kami Watson
Sponsor: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
Cost: $65
Email: Kami Watson

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Earth Images: The Art of Nature Printing with Dawn Wilkins
March 9, 2016 (10am-2pm) — A variety of natural subjects including outrageous leaves, ferns, fish, flowers and corals, inspire artist Dawn Wilkins to celebrate their essence in her original hand made mixed media prints and textile designs. Students will be introduced to this accessible and fun technique, printing plants and natural subjects. Supplies are included in this workshop price. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Dawn Wilkins
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $110, $90 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Hats & Facinators with Judi Bradford
March 10, 2016 (10am-1pm) — Judi Bradford, beloved studio artist and milliner, returns this season with her popular hats & facinator workshop. Students will create their own one-of-a-kind, wearable piece of art in just 3 hours time. Supplies for this workshop are included in the price. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Judi Bradford, www.judibradford.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $100, $90 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

Beginner Level

Beginning Rug Hooking
March 12-13, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Traditional rug hooking is an art form indigenous to America. Come and learn the hooking techniques of pulling loops of wool through a backing to create a small mat, pillow or wall hanging. This is a beginning class to give you the basic techniques of rug hooking: finding and preparing the wool, use of color, texture and design, and finishing techniques. Although this is a beginner class, if you have done rug hooking in the past and feel your techniques need improvement or just want a refresher course, you are welcome to join us. Included: pattern printed on linen, wool and a hook (choice of three patterns). Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Harriet Ridnour
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $255
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Leaves, Roots, Bugs and More! A Natural Dye Workshop
March 12, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Spend a day with natural dyes, and learn a new avenue into color possibilities from ancient traditions. This class will cover some of the long history of natural dyes, the color possibilities they offer, mordanting techniques, the dyeing process, and some color theory. We will use readily available dyes like indigo, cochineal, osage, logwood, fustic, and madder, as well as talk about the process for extracting dyes from common “weeds” like Queen Anne’s Lace and Goldenrod. Students will take home dyeing instructions, many samples, information on each of the dyes used and source lists on where to get them. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Stefania Isaacson
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $125
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Foundations of Nature Printing
March 20, 2016 (10am-5pm) — Experience the magic of nature!  Learn to naturally dye fabrics through the modern process of eco-printing. Eco-printing is a technique in which plants, leaves and flowers leave their shapes, color, and marks on fabric. Learn to identify dye plants, how to mordant fabrics, how to create a bundle, how different metals change the color outcome, the effects of heat source choices, and ways to manipulate your fabric and plant placement to vary your design possibilities.  You will leave class with two finished silk scarves and the knowledge to take your skills home and work with local plants, wherever you might live!  Bring an old, white cotton sheet to class. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Sharlene Bohr
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $118
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Felted Slippers Workshop
April 5, 2016 (9am-4pm) — 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 a project, estimating the shrinkage and enlarging the pattern. You 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. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $160
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Nunofelt Collage Scarf Workshop
April 6, 2016 (9am-4pm) — We are all fascinated by the rich texture that can be achieved using nunofelt technique and love the pieces that work either as home décor or wearable art, betraying nothing about the process. In this workshop we’ll discover possibilities beyond the basic nunofelting technique. I will show you many of the techniques I use to layer and enrich the surface. We’ll discuss and learn how to create smooth color transitions in felt, and how to create visual color blending and explore all kinds of materials we can incorporate into the felt. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $175
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Animal Artistry through Applique at Tanque Verde
April 18-22, 2016 — This retreat is for quilters at an intermediate level, who have a basic understanding of appliqué techniques. David creates highly detailed images for his award winning quilts by using simple shapes, and by letting the fabric create texture to achieve a ‘painted’ effect. During this workshop, David will show you how to adapt a photograph into a wall quilt, using hand-appliqué and piecing techniques. A great deal of time is spent on tracing and pattern drawing, along with fabric selection - which is key to his process. He will show you how to get beautiful details from simple shapes by letting the fabric do all the hard work. Visit website


Location: Tucson, AZ
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The New Complex Cloth
April 25-29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — The classic layering workshop updated! Explore the fundamentals of layered patterning, generated through dyeing and printing. Dunnewold will share her revised approaches to immersion dyeing, and the replacement of discharge (color removal) processes with a variety of water-based resists. There will be an emphasis on tool-making, and decorative finishing techniques, including foiling and metal leafing. Perfect for the beginning surface design artist or for more experienced folks interested in advanced layering. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jane Dunnewold
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $785
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level

The Yuzen method: Natural dyes and resists on silk
May 6, 2016 (9:30am-5:00pm) — Yuzen is a traditional Japanese technique for painting on silk using natural pigments made from plants and minerals. In this fun, hands-on workshop, we will learn how to make a rice paste resist and apply it for pattern and visual texture. Then we’ll work with natural dyes and pigments to paint our silk creations. No prior experience necessary and everything is included – just come prepared to have lots of fun! Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Laura Derhart
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99.00 workshop fee + $50.00 materials fee
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830-438-1884

Beginner Level

Beginning Shuttle Tatting
May 7, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This class is ideal for beginners seeking an experienced teacher to guide them through the basics of shuttle tatting, a Victorian lace craft that is enjoying a resurgence of popularity. Learn how to make the basic knot of tatting (double stitch), the decorative loops (picots), the characteristic oval shapes (rings) and curved lines (chains). Basic skills may seem hard at first, but once learned are very easy and fun to do. Although you will not finish a project in class, the practice bits can be used to embellish note cards, enhance scrapbook pages, or adorn any project that needs a little something extra. Class fee includes a kit with all necessary supplies. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Marilee Rockley
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $105
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Nuno Felted Coat/Jacket Workshop
May 12-14, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is for making fashionable and creative coats. The focus will be on designing and making a one-piece Nuno-felted garment. Students will be working with a very simple, but effective pattern, that will help them develop their own fashion ideas. The emphasis will be on enlarging the pattern from a basic pattern to an enlarged felting template. We will focus on pleating, layering and adding godets to the design. Students will be allowed to freely use their imagination in their designs. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Charity Van De Meer
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $675
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

3D Texture and Surface Manipulation on Felt
May 25-26, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this two-day experimental workshop there will be several 3D surface manipulations taught. On the first day we'll make samples with stitching, creasing, tie-ing the felt in the process, and some after-fulling surface manipulations will be introduced as well. On the second day you can unleash your creativity creating a wearable art piece using any or all of the techniques discovered on the first day. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $285
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Foundations of Nature Printing
June 4, 2016 (10am-5pm) — Experience the magic of nature!  Learn to naturally dye fabrics through the modern process of eco-printing. Eco-printing is a technique in which plants, leaves and flowers leave their shapes, color, and marks on fabric. Learn to identify dye plants, how to mordant fabrics, how to create a bundle, how different metals change the color outcome, the effects of heat source choices, and ways to manipulate your fabric and plant placement to vary your design possibilities.  You will leave class with two finished silk scarves and the knowledge to take your skills home and work with local plants, wherever you might live!  Bring an old, white cotton sheet to class. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Sharlene Bohr
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $118
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Abstract Quilts in Solids
June 6-10, 2016 — Quilts made in strong solid colors made by the Amish were the first quilts to be viewed as art. Of late, the dazzling assortment of new prints has justifiably attracted great attention and solids have been regulated to the back burner. This class is meant to be a reminder that solids have their own distinctive characteristics which shouldn't be overlooked by quilter's intent on doing original, abstract work. Working with free-form, improvisational construction, students will create their own, original quilts using Gwen's easy design concepts and techniques. This design class is good for the beginning and advanced, traditional and art quilter. Come and join the fun as Gwen shows you her easy methods for creating your own original quilts. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Gwen Marston
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Bracelets, Bangles and Cuffs
June 6-10, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Arm and wrist ornaments such as bracelets, bangles and cuffs have been used thru the centuries to convey a mysterious allure of wealth, power and beauty. Come join me in this exciting and innovative exploration of the remarkable design possibilities of creating felted jewelry in the form of nuno bangles, bracelets and cuffs. We will work with colored wool, silk fabric and beads as well as the design possibilities achieved thru dyeing finished pieces made with white wool and silk. Each day we will explore a new design idea to create an interesting bangle, bracelet or cuff. This class is designed for experienced felters. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Melissa Arnold
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $735
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level

Eco Dyeing
June 11-12, 2016 (9:30am-5:00pm) — Eco dyeing is a direct contact printing method, drawing out pigments from plants and metals to create one-of-a-kind printed and dyed fabrics. It is an environmentally friendly process, using only natural materials as dyes and mordants, as well as less water. The results are gorgeous, full of organic shapes, colors and patterns found only in nature. In this two day workshop, we’ll spend time together foraging for local, natural plant materials in the beautiful countryside around the studio. We’ll spend some time documenting and sharing our results, and discussing ways of further embellishing our creations. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Laura Derhart
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $149.00 workshop fee + $30.00 material fee
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830-438-1884

Beginner Level

Intro to Weaving on a 4 Harness Table Loom
June 11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Acquire the skills needed to set up a 4-harness table top loom and get weaving! Each student will have a loom to work on. (Bring your own or borrow one of ours for the day!) In the morning get instruction and practice in winding the warp and dressing the loom (threading the heddles and winding the warp onto the loom). Then in the afternoon, learn to read a draft (pattern) and make a sampler of plain (tabby) weave and an assortment of twill weaves. The sampler will be yours to take home. Fee includes enough yarn to make a 2.5 yard sampler. Optional Sunday am and pm lab sessions also available. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Kathleen Nutter
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $118
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Abstract Quilts in Solids
June 13-17, 2016 — Quilts made in strong solid colors made by the Amish were the first quilts to be viewed as art. Of late, the dazzling assortment of new prints has justifiably attracted great attention and solids have been regulated to the back burner. This class is meant to be a reminder that solids have their own distinctive characteristics which shouldn't be overlooked by quilter's intent on doing original, abstract work. Working with free-form, improvisational construction, students will create their own, original quilts using Gwen's easy design concepts and techniques. This design class is good for the beginning and advanced, traditional and art quilter. Come and join the fun as Gwen shows you her easy methods for creating your own original quilts. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Gwen Marston
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Travel Journal: Creating with Hand Dyed Wool and Textural Fabrics
June 20-24, 2016 — In this workshop, you will use your own life experiences to create a one of a kind ‘Fabric Journal Quilt’ to document your own life experiences using textural fabrics, hand dyed wools, embellishments and ethnic beads. You will start with a textural pieced background using a combination of hand dyed wools and an appliquéd tree trunk which will be filled with your own journey. The use of imagery using wool, taffeta silk, silk velvet and cotton appliqué as well as dimension using stacking of fabric, couching, embroidery stitches, beads and words will be explored. A study of the creative use of leaves and berries will be explored using many different fabrics and embellishments. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

One Theme, Many Possibilities
June 20-24, 2016 — Work with one motif/ idea for the week and discover a multitude of possibilities via a simple silk screen and direct dye painting. Embrace and trust the unexpected and unpredictable. Use the screen in an intuitive, experimental manner as well as in a stencil based, more traditional way. Working with the same image allows you to focus on personal expression and mark making; you can be loose, playful, serious, tight, neat, messy, simple, complex, monochromatic or colorful. Expect to come away with personal rather than technique based forms of expression. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Kerr Grabowski
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $600
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Tapestry Sunset
June 25, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Explore color as we think about sunsets and how it affects the landscape around you. Students will use tapestry technique to weave a small landscape with a focus on mixing color in landscape design. The instructor will provide looms, bobbins and yarn, discuss finishing of tapestry, and show examples of her work. All levels of experience are welcome. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Ruth Manning
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $115
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Creative Texture: Creating Backgrounds with Monochomatic Texture
June 27 - July 1, 2016 — Learn many techniques as you explore monochromatic texture. Create a 20” bird block, layering the background with fabrics and ribbons and then create a unique layered appliqué. Finish by exploring stitches and beading to create an embellished textural surface. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Quilting With Sashiko, Cyanotype Sun Prints & Hand Dyes
June 27 - July 1, 2016 — Create your own fabric using a photographic process called cyanotype to print images on cloth which are then exposed to the sun. You’ll also explore fabric dyes on cotton and silk. Learn effective ways to combine your fabrics with complementary sashiko designs and appliqué to create one-of-a-kind quilts or wearable art. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Sylvia Pippen
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Form in Felting: Folding and Unfolding
July 11-13, 2016 (9am-4pm) — It is from the dance of conflicting emotions that creativity and art are born. Though sculpture is usually perceived as static I see it more as movement, the movement of wool from fibers into felt. And as long as there is movement there is life. This 3-day workshop will deepen the consciousness about experiences learned from sculpting and dyeing with felt and other fibers. We will explore different sculptural form ideas, with the theme of folding and unfolding, to become more aware of how, and why, we want to use this medium. Students will be challenged to play with their own designs using sculptural felting techniques, deepening their awareness of the creative process with an accent on the journey and not the end result. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Marjolein Dallinga
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $525
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Form in Felting: Inner and Outer Spaces
July 14-16, 2016 (9am-4pm) — It is from the dance of conflicting emotions that creativity and art are born. Though sculpture is usually perceived as static I see it more as movement, the movement of wool from fibers into felt. And as long as there is movement there is life. This 3-day workshop will deepen the consciousness about experiences learned from sculpting and dyeing with felt and other fibers. We will explore different sculptural form ideas, with the theme of folding and unfolding, to become more aware of how, and why, we want to use this medium. Students will be challenged to play with their own designs using sculptural felting techniques, deepening their awareness of the creative process with an accent on the journey and not the end result. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Marjolein Dallinga
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $525
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

One Theme, Many Possibilities
July 18-22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Work with one motif/idea for the week and discover a multitude of possibilities via a simple silk screen and direct dye painting. Embrace and trust the unexpected and unpredictable. Use the screen in an intuitive, experimental manner as well as in a stencil based, more traditional way. Working with the same image allows you to focus on personal expression and mark making; you can be loose, playful, serious, tight, neat, messy, simple, complex, monochromatic or colorful. Expect to come away with personal rather than technique based forms of expression. Techniques will include Deconstructed Printing, Polychromatic Printing and Traditional Screen-printing with easily removable stencils such as paper and wax. Materials will include fiber reactive dye, textile paint and other related media. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Kerr Grabowski
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $800
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Shibori on Wool: Carved Clamps, Katano, Arashi
July 25-29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This class will focus on shibori resist techniques on wool fabrics…from a sheer gauze to heavier felts. There will be a focus on Itajime clamp resist, kyokechi carved clamp resist, and sewing machine stitched Katano shibori. There will also be instruction on arashi pole wrapping techniques and hand stitched nui shibori. A special wool gauze will be combined with a resist paste before the fabric is “fulled” or felted. Students will work on designing scarves and hats, clothing, cushion fabric, and pieced wall hangings. Students should come with plans to complete fabric for several projects. Design instruction and critique will be integral to classroom discussion. Acid dyes and natural dyes will be available. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Ana Lisa Hedstrom
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $740
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Natural Dyes, Exploration, Extraction, Enthusiasm
July 30, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Explore plant materials from garden and field, how to extract the dye, and how to create our own dye pot. We will use the flowers of Queen Anne’s Lace, Goldenrod, Weld, and Marigolds, among others, to get yellows, and then will overdye in indigo and madder to get a variety of greens and oranges. We will also use some extracts made from dyes to which we don’t have access, such as Fustic and Quebracho Yellow! Become immersed in color theory as well as the dye process and take home many samples, instruction, and the knowledge of how to dye from nature on your own. Enthusiasm for beautiful color and for the fun process will abound! Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Stefania Isaacson
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $125
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

A Sense of Place
August 1-5, 2016 — Is there a place that is very special to you or that you are in complete awe of? Maybe it is the colors, or a setting, or the ambiance, whatever it is that will be the starting point. In this workshop you will work from this inspiration to create three to four small pieces that begin by focusing on color. Working in a series you will explore composition in an abstract way as well as visual texture. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Jean Wells
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sewing the Land I and II: Fused, Collaged, and Quilted Landscapes
August 8-12, 2016 — Each participant will create one or two landscape quilts along with several small studies. The class will study different approaches to representing landscape, including those of artists in a variety of media. Sue will then show students how to look at the landscape, analyze it, and translate it to fabric using several fused construction methods to help them each accomplish their goals. For those that are taking this workshop for the second time, a more ambitious project can be pursued. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Sue Benner
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Braided Wool Rug or Chair Pad
August 13, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Local shepherdess Linda Dee of “Bluffwood Landing” will show you how to create beautiful, sturdy braided rugs. With wool roving from her sheep (not strips of fabric), you will learn how to braid, felt and sew a mini-rug, chair pad or hot pad to take home. “My grandmother made cushy braided rugs to warm her drafty farmhouse floors. Making rugs with roving is faster and easier than her method, but the results are just as beautiful.” No experience needed. Class fee covers needles and linen thread. Feltable wool roving can be purchased in class or byo (3 colors, 2-3 oz ea). Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Linda Dee Derrickson
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $100
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Abstracting From Nature
August 22-26, 2016 — Nature is an endless source of inspiration. In this class we will examine a wide variety of artists interpretations of nature before beginning to manipulate natural forms ourselves. Through a series of exercises we will experiment with abstraction and exaggeration to capture the essence and energy of your favorite flora and achieve dramatic visual effects. We will then translate these ideas into fabric in a 5 day workshop. Drawing skills are not needed but participants should have a strong interest in developing their own design language and unique visual symbols. This class is especially beneficial for the drawing impaired and the tragically literal! Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Jane Sassaman
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Foundations of Nature Printing
August 25, 2016 (10am-5pm) — Experience the magic of nature!  Learn to naturally dye fabrics through the modern process of eco-printing. Eco-printing is a technique in which plants, leaves and flowers leave their shapes, color, and marks on fabric. Learn to identify dye plants, how to mordant fabrics, how to create a bundle, how different metals change the color outcome, the effects of heat source choices, and ways to manipulate your fabric and plant placement to vary your design possibilities.  You will leave class with two finished silk scarves and the knowledge to take your skills home and work with local plants, wherever you might live!  Bring an old, white cotton sheet to class. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Sharlene Bohr
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $118
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Doodling on Fabric
August 28, 2016 (10am-3pm) — Create special pieces of mottled fabric using at least 7 different techniques. You will then doodle on these fabrics with a casual, freeform style of doodling. The fabrics can be used in art quilts and the instructor will have samples of her art quilts. Joyce will bring a lot of supplies plus some completed fabrics that you can begin to work on while learning to create your own fabric. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Joyce Mori
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $85
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Wide Cut Rug Hooking with Gene Shepherd
August 29 - September 2, 2016 — Whether you’ve only made one rug or 100, this wide-cut workshop with well-known author, teacher, master dyer, and designer Gene Shepherd will help you make the most out of your wide cuts. Whether students choose one of Gene’s wide-cut patterns or bring something else of their choice, Gene will work with them to hone their wide-cut hooking techniques while utilizing the best possible wool for each specific project. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Gene Shepherd
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $550
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Creative Texture: Creating Backgrounds with Mono Chromatic Texture
August 29 - September 2, 2016 — Learn many techniques as you explore mono chromatic texture. Create a 20” bird block layering the background with fabrics and ribbons and then create a unique layered appliqué. Finish by exploring stitches and beading to create an embellished textural surface. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Expressive Dye Painting
September 7-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Make your marks, brush your strokes, and record it all on fabric. Bold and expressive use of Procion MX dyes is the goal of this workshop. Sue teaches her layered painterly approach using direct application, mono-printing, and various other techniques. Emphasis is also placed on developing sophisticated color combinations, using interesting tools, along with adding touches of metallic and opaque fabric paints. Sue shares helpful hints, technical information, and her own variations. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Sue Benner
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $810
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Metal Meshworking in 3D
September 12-15, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Create biomorphic and geometric three-dimensional forms out of metal mesh in this fun experimental meshworking class. Explore the myriad of form making possibilities as students manipulate, join and connect together stainless steel, aluminum and bronze mesh. Lanny will share his extensive knowledge on how to create structures out of metal mesh and he will demonstrate many of the techniques he uses in his work. Students will explore the fascinating world of propane torch flame patterning on stainless steel mesh. They will also learn wire wrapping and edging techniques; how to work with silicone caulk, both as glue and visual enhancement, and they will learn how to use cold formed colorful glass frit in their work. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Lanny Bergner
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $550
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

True Colors: Developing Your Personal Palette
September 12-16, 2016 (9am-4pm) — For the dyer, the many choices of dye colors available can lead to confusion and disappointment in color outcomes. This class will help you choose the pure color that will suit you in developing your own personal palette. Carol has dyed over 80 individual palettes, which she will share with you through slide presentations, discussions, and hands-on dyeing. Brilliant yellows, passionate purples, rich reds, astounding blues and soothing greens as well as necessary neutrals will be yours to mix using Procion MX dyes. We will dye yardage using low water immersion techniques, resulting in both solid-colored and multi-colored cloth and explore the possibilities of layering color through overdyeing to enrich the palette. This class is suitable for all levels of experience. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Carol Soderlund
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $690
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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Rug Hooking Retreat
September 16-18, 2016 — The annual 3-day Rug Hooking workshop/retreat is open to students of all levels from beginner to advanced. Students bring their own pattern, frame, hooks and wools and receive individualized instruction on their projects from a nationally recognized instructor. In addition to class time, open studio time is available on Friday and Saturday evenings. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Sharon Smith
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $255
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Felted Hollow Form
September 19-20, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Participants will use the flat resist technique to create a hollow felted vessel form with a variety of surface design elements. There will be opportunity to play with varied wools and fabrics as well as inclusion of 3D elements and complex surface design. Options may include a large scale and simple design or smaller and more complex. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Andrea Graham
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $430
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Functional Felted Bags
September 21-23, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Using a flat resist technique, participants will create a functional bag with 3D element design on either the flap or front of bag. Options for pockets and handles will be discussed and either a felted rope handle or grommets and rings and leather will finish off the bag. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Andrea Graham
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $555
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Perfectly Fitted Nunofelt Garment – Masterclass
September 26-28, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Are you tired of bulky felted garments? Too big or ruffle armholes? No shapes? Come to this master class to learn all the tricks of the trade! Learn how to design a pattern that works, how to lay out your wool evenly and play with the different shrinkages, how to fit perfectly a seamless nuno-felted garment, and how to add the final touch that makes a big difference! After experiencing layouts, shrinkages and finishes on samples you get to make a seamless, sleeveless garment of your choice. Previous felting experience is necessary. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $410
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Quiltworx University
September 26-30, 2016 — During this unique retreat, take a series of collaborative workshops with Judy Niemeyer and three Certified Quiltworx Instructors. There will be the opportunity to try lots of techniques and you’ll go home having sampled a wide range of what Judy offers in her patterns! Work on an exclusive pattern not available to the general public, which will be provided through the Quiltworx University Program. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Judy Niemeyer
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Silk Scarf Painting
October 1-2, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Art you can wear!! You do not have to know how to draw or paint to produce beautiful work, and pleasing results can be achieved in a short time. The richness and vibrancy of the colors, combined with the luster of the silk, means that even the simplest idea can be transformed into something special and unique. Each piece is one of a kind. These pieces are great to give as gifts and extra special to wear. You will be amazed at the compliments you receive while wearing a scarf that you have painted! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Linda Swindle
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $345
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint & Stitch: Create Original Work from Your Own Photos
October 3-7, 2016 — Learn the basics of creating wholecloth painted and thread-sketched quilts based on your original photos. You will complete 2 or 3 projects, depending on size and complexity. Do not worry if you’ve never painted anything before… this may look complicated, but it isn’t once you learn a bit! You’ll find out how to select the right photo for best results, and choose paints and fabrics to use. Some experience with freemotion quilting is necessary. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Susan Brubaker Knapp
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Resist Shaped Felt: Exploring the Possibilities of Unique Felted Textile Design
October 3-7, 2016 (9am-4pm) — In this exciting and innovative 5 day intensive we will explore some unique textile design ideas inherent to the combinations of pre-felt or nuno prefelt and stitched resist techniques. When used in conjunction with dyeing after the resist processes, interesting design elements emerge. This class is designed for the experienced felter who is interested in creating a unique felted textile for use on the body as a wrap, collar or cuff and/or as a dimensional accessory such as a purse or bag. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Melissa Arnold
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $735
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Advanced Shuttle Tatting-Cool Circles Necklace
October 8, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Improve your tatting with advanced techniques while tatting a beautiful necklace with beads. Techniques covered in this class will include split rings, bead inside a split ring, node stitch, alligator join, self-closing mock ring, lock stitch chain, and bead picots. Included: size 10 Lizbeth thread, beads, crochet hook size 14, collapsible eye needle, embroidery needle, jump rings and findings. Prerequisite: students should already be comfortable with tatting rings and chains using a shuttle. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Marilee Rockley
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $113
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Nuno Felt Sans the Silk
October 8-9, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Nuno felting is traditionally thought of as the fusing of sheer silk fabric and wool together into one fabric…but what if you used fabrics other than silk?! Perhaps you have even been told that synthetics won’t felt. Not true! You’ll be delighted at the fun textures and special effects you will be able to create. Use your new knowledge to create yardage for exciting wearables and more. Learn the modifications necessary for different fabrics to felt thoroughly, how to apply wool resists and yarns for additional texture and what free motion embroidery can do to create additional eye appeal as well as how to use the color of your wool to influence the look of non-silk shiny synthetic fabrics. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Janet King
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $310
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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Small Studies
October 10-14, 2016 — This class is built on the idea of exploring abstract design by making small studies. Early on Gwen began to think of these small studies as sketches. Just as painters use sketches to explore possibilities, fabric sketches are for working things out; for learning new techniques, exploring color and composition. They are your ticket to play, and to develop your own aesthetics in a safe, worry free space. Making sketches is like taking a crash course in design. Students should be able to complete one study in a day. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Gwen Marston
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Free Form Knitting: Knit One/Purl One
October 13-15, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is an exploration of how to create unique garments assembled from modules of free-form knitting/crochet. Color studies, yarn selections, flattering garment styles with patterns, methods of assemblage, edge treatment and beading will be included. Each participant will assemble a reference notebook and will also design and create modules that will be appliquéd onto a polar fleece scarf provided by the instructor. The course is essentially “hands-on” with continuous instruction and guidance in developing individual creativity, color usage and the potential of knitting with no rules and no patterns. Skill level: Ability to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, single crochet. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Anita Luvera Mayer
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $460
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level

Animal Artistry Through Applique
October 17-21, 2016 — David creates highly detailed images for his award winning quilts by using simple shapes, and by letting the fabric create texture to achieve a ‘painted’ effect. David will show you how to adapt a photograph into a wall quilt, using hand-appliqué and piecing techniques. A great deal of time is spent on tracing and pattern drawing, along with fabric selection - which is key to his process. He will show you how to get beautiful details from simple shapes by letting the fabric do all the hard work. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sculptural Rib Basketry
October 18-19, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Students will learn to approach rib sculptures and basketry in a totally untraditional way. Mary will show how to create and shape multiple walls, intersections, turns, twists, lumps and bumps while designing a freeform woven piece. The focus of the workshop will be to create sculptural baskets and weavings in a creative manner. Mary will also show how to weave a rib construction and freeform weavings using a variety of patterns including twill weave. Students are encouraged to bring driftwood, vines, twigs, branches, round reed or willow that will inspire them and be used as their frame. Students will learn a variety of tricks to make this form of basketry easy, spontaneous and impressive with endless in possibilities. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger, www.maryhetts.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $295
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level

Nuno Felt 3D Sculptural Kimono Vest
November 1-4, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Jenny Hill, from J.Hill Artisan Felt, inspires students to explore and expand their creative potential through the felting medium. Using various resist techniques, students will learn how to make 3D shapes and textures on a seamless kimono style vest. With a stitch-free method, students learn how to create their own patterns to fit their bodies. Additionally, students explore rich and bold 3D textures, design and color. This is an intermediate course requiring felting experience and preferably resist pattern making skills. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jenny Hill
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $515
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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