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Levels: B = Beginner, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced

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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

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Deep Into Indigo--Playing with Patterns, Dye & Fabric
August 26-28, 2016 — Join a group of supportive, creative and other like-minded women for a weekend of learning Shibori techniques and Indigo dyeing. We will enjoy lovely meals and share wonderful conversation surrounded by the beautiful vistas of Wisconsin's Driftless region. Visit website


Location: Viroqua, WI
Instructor: Jennifer Falkowski
Cost: Early Bird: $450; $540 after 7/1/16. 1-Day Pass $225
Email: Jennifer Falkowski
Phone: 608-852-3970

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Paper Light Catchers
September 18, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Create a set of light catchers that show off the beauty of paper through illumination. We’ll make origami window stars, inflatable paper balls and party lights to decorate your windows, cover your holiday lights or adorn your tabletop, window sill or mantle. Discover new techniques for working with paper and take away ideas for continuing the fun. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Helen Hiebert
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Construction of an Art Book
September 18, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — In this workshop, you will learn how to transform remnants of canvas & metal into this sweet little art book. Whether you are just starting out or an accomplished artist, it can be as simple or as complex as you’d like. The actual construction of the book is very simple & requires no sewing or math skills. The book measures approx. 5" x 5". In addition to learning how to construct this book, you will learn how to create yummy surfaces with texture & depth, how to integrate your images with paint & design, and how to add tabs, pockets & mini books. You will also learn alternative methods for connecting found objects without using glue. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Adventures with Natural Dyes
September 18, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Rust, madder, turmeric, cochineal, Indigo, to name a few, will be on hand to enhance the learning and dyeing process as participants learn new ways and expand skills with natural dyes. History of dye use, ways to create beautiful fabric and paper designs incorporating traditional and experimental techniques will be covered. Expect to leave with recipes, new ideas, test samples, a completed wall hanging and the confidence to dye at home. An introduction to batik is provided and this technique may be explored. Explore and learn about other artists who use this medium and the current movement connecting art and agriculture sustainability. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Catherine Cross Tsintzos
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Paper Possibilities (A Two Day Workshop)
September 19-20, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Turn flat sheets of paper into sculptural forms – the possibilities are endless! Participants will create a sampling of objects that expand and collapse, open and close, fold and unfold. Come explore the creation of multi-paneled structures that can turn into books, tubes, tunnels, lanterns and more. In this workshop, we’ll explore various ways to weave papers; we’ll turn envelopes into works that convert into wall or window hangings, books or lanterns with an adaptation of the piano hinge binding; and we’ll embed wire between sheets of paper to produce lamps or sculptures. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Helen Hiebert
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $425
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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Paper Marbling
September 20, 2016 (9 am to 6 pm) — Learn the history of paper marbling while exploring several techniques for creating beautiful patterns from marble to peacock as you create marbleized papers that can be used for personalizing your own stationary, envelope liners, gift cards, wrapping paper, bookbinding, hand lettering and more. Visit website


Location: Denver, CO
Instructor: Catherine Cross Tsintzos
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Cost: $225
Email: Helen Rice
Phone: 303-263-6963

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Felted Hollow Form
October 10-11, 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

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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

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Functional Felted Bags
October 12-14, 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

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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

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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

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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

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Mask Making with John McBride
October 26-27, 2016 (5-7pm) — Just in time for Fantasy Fest, one of Key West’s favorite visitors returns to help students craft their perfect mask. An expert at his trade, John creates intricately detailed pieces perfect for an elite masquerade ball or a crawl down Duval. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: John McBride, www.maskerville.com/masks
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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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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Improvisational Stitching
December 3, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Making marks with stitches on fabric creates a sense of dimension and texture that is different from working with other traditional art-making materials and gives the artist a tactile pleasure. Learn basic embroidery and stitching techniques to draw on fabric with needle and thread freehand or to work overtop a prepared drawing. Students will create embroideries that can be displayed on their own, used to embellish items such as a quilt or other sewing project, or incorporated into a multimedia artwork. The work of contemporary fabric artists such as Rebecca Ringquist will be referenced. Explore the potential of textile art while enjoying the community created by stitching with others. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $135
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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