Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fall Classes with Ovenfried Beads


It has been forever since I've been able to announce a cluster of classes.   My classes are taking place at Silk Road Textiles in Cincinnati.  Any signing up/registration has to take place through SRT, not me.  If you'd like to register for any of these, please contact them by calling 513-541-3700 or stopping in.  The address is 6106 Hamilton Avenue, 45224, for those of you who use GPS systems to find your way.  I limit my class sizes to about 5, so don't wait to register if you know you can take a class that interests you.

Please keep in mind that all of my classes require good manual dexterity in both hands.  People with advanced arthritis or other conditions that weaken the hands may have a difficult time conditioning stiff clay or pushing/pulling a thick needle through dense rope.  I'm not saying that these folks shouldn't take the class....I just want them to be aware that it could get uncomfortable and they could have difficulties.  This has occurred in past classes.

Fabric Coiled Bowls
See those Stacker bead buttons?  Scroll down...there's a class for those too.
Students will learn how to create a specific style of functional bowls using fabric and
rope. Good manual dexterity in both hands is necessary.  I was featured on HGTV's "That's Clever!" in 2007 making this bowl, so if a TV network thinks it's cool, it's probably worth signing up for.  The bowl you see above is a huge version of what you'll be making in a 3 hour class, but it gives you a good idea.

The lady behind the company Recyclabowls took my coiled bowl class and turned it into a business.  Even though her technique is similar, she has turned it into her own "thing".  In fact, her bowls are available for sale at Silk Road Textiles.

Class fee is $35, and students must purchase 3 cotton fat quarters from SRT.  The rope, hot glue, string and needles will be provided by me.

There are two separate dates.  It's not a two-part class.

09/20/2012  12pm-3pm
10/27/2012  10am-1pm


Polymer Clay Buttonmaking

These are some random buttons that I have made recently.
Yours will be unique...your own design.

Students will make handmade buttons using various techniques with polymer clay.  To alleviate stress and work on the student's part to gather the many tools and clay needed for this 4-hour workshop, I am including everything in the package, so the class fee reflects the added expense on my part.  I will cover some basic techniques in polymer clay (simple canes, marbling, stamping) and students will create their own buttons.
Note: If a student has polymer clay tools that they would like to use, like a favorite blade, pasta machine, stamp or even colors of clay, they are free to bring them, but the class fee won't change.
Class fee is $65.  There are two separate dates.  It's not a two-part class.

10/30/2012  9am-1pm
11/10/2012  1pm-5pm


Stacker Beads/Embellishments

Students will learn how to make Stacker beads, a polymer clay bead design that I perfected about 11 years ago.  Stacker beads make amazing embellishments, so even though Silk Road Textiles is not a bead/jewelry supply store, students can learn this technique to embellish their own fiber art pieces or make them into beads.  I will supply all the clay and tools needed.

Class fee is $65.  There are two separate dates.  It's not a two-part class.

11/06/2012  9am-1pm
12/01/2012  9am-1pm
Note:  If you do not live in Cincinnati, you can purchase a PDF version of my Stacker bead tutorial on Etsy.  It's $16 and I'll email it to you.

There are many other great fiber art classes being offered at Silk Road Textiles.  If you are interested in learning more, visit their website or "like" their Facebook page (or both) to find out more.  The full fall class schedule is going to be released very shortly. 

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