Fiber Classes

BEGINNING KNITTING

Instructor: Claude Bolger

Basic techniques include: cast on, knit, purl, binding off, shaping, basic finishing, and information about types of tools, materials, and pattern resources. Students may progress at their own speed. Advanced techniques will be taught and projects chosen based on each individual’s interest and skill level. For beginners – a materials fee of $30 is payable to instructor at first class which includes yarn for a simple project and yarn needles. Practice yarn and circular knitting needles to practice with will be provided by the Crafts Center.

Sundays [4 weeks] March 27 – April 24 [skip Apr.17]: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:   NC State Students – $45    Public – $85     Register for this class»

 

DESIGN AND EMBROIDER YOUR OWN LOGO

Instructors: Katy Walls & Brogan Williams [NC State student]

In this workshop students will learn basic design principles, create their own simple logo, and render their creation on fabric using the Craft Centers Baby Lock II embroidery machine. Students will need access to Adobe Illustrator (or comparable software) to take full advantage of this workshop. Sample fabric and machine embroidery thread will be provided but students are also encouraged to bring in an additional item to stitch – suitable options will be discussed on the first day of class. See Brogan’s artwork at www.broganw.com.

Mondays [4 sessions] February 7 – 21 and Wednesday, February 23: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: Students will need access to Adobe Illustrator (or comparable software)

Class fees by level:   NC State Students – $40    Public – $75    Register for this class»

 

FABRIC JEWELRY [Workshop]

Instructor: Roberta Morgan

Wool Quilling JewelryMake fun necklaces, bracelets or pins using recycled tie-dyed T-shirts. When cut, rolled and glued into colorful shapes they are transformed into unique jewelry. This is a fun and easy way to up-cycle. We will also use this technique with strips of recycled wool fabric.  All supplies provided.

Saturday, March 5; 10:00am – 2:00pm       

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $15     Public – $30    Register for this class»

 

INTERMEDIATE SEWING

Instructor: Roberta Morgan

This class is for those who have taken a beginning machine sewing class or those with prior experience who would like to improve their skills by taking on a more complex garment sewing project. You must be familiar with using a sewing machine, know how to read a pattern, and how to cut out and follow pattern instructions. In this class we’ll learn how to make a dress or top, set in sleeves, line a jacket, make buttonholes and hem by hand. Bring your pattern and fabric to the first class. You may bring your machine or use one of ours.

Wednesdays [4 weeks] March 30 – April 20: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Completion of Introduction to Sewing class.

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $55     Public – $95     Register for this class»

 

INTRODUCTION TO SEWING

Instructor: Roberta Morgan

Start sewing! Learn about selecting fabric, reading the printed pattern, laying out and cutting fabric, and using a sewing machine to make a simple garment. You will be learning to sew garments starting with an apron or skirt. If you have a pattern bring it, or you can purchase one before the second class along with the necessary supplies [thread, zipper, pins, etc.] to make it. The Crafts Center has a selection of donated fabric you can choose from or you can bring your own fabric. Bring your own machine or learn on one of ours.

Wednesdays [4 weeks] January 19 – February 9: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $55     Public – $95     Register for this class»

 

SHIBORI DYEING & THE NATURAL INDIGO VAT [Workshop]

Instructor: Bailey Knight

This two-day workshop will teach you the basics of this traditional dyeing method and how to use and start your own natural indigo vat. Indigo is a traditional blue dye extracted from the leaves of certain plants. Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. We will twist, clamp, and stitch in order to create patterns and textures on scarves and cloth. A $25 materials fee, payable to instructor on first day of the workshop, includes practice muslin, three silk scarves, dyes and all other supplies needed during the workshop.  Wear old clothes and bring an old towel.

Saturday, March 5: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, March 6: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Skill Level:  Open to all

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $45     Public – $80     Register for this class»

 

WEAVING ON A FLOOR LOOM –  BEGINNING WEAVING

Instructor:  Maggy Inman

Weaving on a Floor LoomStudents will be introduced to reading a simple weaving draft. After discussing the interaction of weaving colors together, and planning out a small project, students will select from various color choices and patterns to design their own scarf out of rayon and/or cotton. Students will learn to use a warping board to measure their project and how to dress the loom with the warp. Enough yarn will be provided to practice weaving mechanics and try out some different colors and patterns before weaving the scarf. Students who have previously taken the Beginning Weaving on a Floor Loom class at the Craft Center, and want to continue learning, can come prepared with a project in mind and weave the equivalent of two scarves.

Everyone learns and works at a different pace. If a student gets behind between classes or is unable to fully complete their project during the class time allotted, the loom will be available for the student to catch up or finish their project during the regular hours of the Crafts Center through the date listed for the specific class section listed below. Class fee includes materials and equipment for creating the class project and personal use of a loom for the time specified after the class ends.

Mondays and Wednesdays [9 evenings] February 21, 23, March 2, 7, 9, 21, 23, 30, April 4: 6:30 – 9:00pm [includes use of loom through Sunday April 24]

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $120      Public – $195     Register for this class»

 

WEAVING ON A FLOOR LOOM –  MAKE YOUR OWN SCARF

Instructor:  Maggy Inman

Learn about how a floor loom works while weaving a scarf using rayon and/or cotton yarn provided by the Crafts Center. This class is intended to provide students with the opportunity of using a warping board to create a warp, dress a floor loom, and weave a simple project to create a scarf. This class is a good onboarding for those who think they might have an interest in weaving but aren’t ready to jump in with both feet yet, or someone who would just like to have the fun of weaving their very own scarf.

Everyone learns and works at a different pace so if a student is unable to fully complete their project during the class time allotted the loom will be available for the student to work between classes and to finish their project by Sunday, February 11 during the regular hours of the Crafts Center. Projects must be removed from the looms by the date specified with the class hours below.

Mondays and Wednesdays [7 evenings] January 10, 12, 19, 26, 31, and February 2, 7: 6:30 – 9:00pm [includes use of loom through Sunday February 11]

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $100      Public- $160    Register for this class»

 

WICKER BASKETRY

Instructor: Angela Eastman

In this introductory course, students will learn the basics of working with round and flat reed to create functional baskets. Students will learn to identify the sizes and shapes of basketry reed and their uses. Through creating three different baskets, students will learn a variety of bases, weaving patterns, and borders. Students will have the opportunity to create unique variations in their vessels using dyed reed. This is a beginner class but experienced basket weavers can come to practice their technique. Some hand dexterity is helpful!  A materials fee of $25 is payable to the instructor at the first class session.

Thursdays [6 weeks] January 13 – February 24: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $60      Public- $115     Register for this class»


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Cancellations

Most of our classes fill quickly so there is often a wait list. Late notice cancellations require considerable processing and labor to try and fill the reserved seat. Therefore, cancellations under 10 days are not able to be refunded unless we can fill the space.
• If cancellation occurs 10 or more days prior to the start of a class, a 75% refund of payment will be issued; 25% of payment is assessed for processing charge.
• If cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the start of a class, a refund cannot be issued unless the space can be filled. If the space is able to be filled, a 50% refund of payment will be issued.
If you find you need to cancel out of a class you have registered for, you must drop the class via Reporter», our new online registration system

Cancellation requests will not be accepted at the main desk or via phone or email.

Absences

To receive an optimal experience and get the most out of the class, attendance is important as there are no provisions for make-up sessions for missed classes.

Wait Lists

Names are accepted on waiting lists via Reporter» after a class is full until the day the class begins.  Wait lists are only valid for the current semester’s class – wait lists are not carried over to the next semester.