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You must be 18 or older, or a currently enrolled NC State student, and have health insurance to take classes at the Crafts Center.

Classes are available in varying session lengths as an ongoing study in a specific studio. Classes that are 15 hours and over include studio membership for the duration of the semester. For classes less than 15 hours, students have the option to sign up for other classes and/or purchase a membership.

Workshops are focused sessions that are held for several consecutive days. Workshops do not include a studio membership; however, students will have access to the studio during the time in which the workshop is being conducted.

Crafts Center classes are extracurricular, non-credit classes.


Class Prerequisites:

Each class is designed specifically for a designated level of experience. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR AN INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED COURSE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED EXPERIENCE.Please refer to this key, which designates each class level:

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Beginner's green asteriskBeginning Knitting

Instructor: Claude Bolger

Beginning Knitting

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 $25 is payable to instructor at first class and includes yarn for a simple project, Knit–Chek, and yarn needles. Intermediate level students may purchase these tools, if needed. Practice yarn and circular knitting needles to practice with will be provided by the Crafts Center. Repeat students welcome!

Sundays [4 weeks], January 21 – February 11, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $43     II – $68     III – $74

Beginner's green asteriskBeginning Machine Sewing

Instructor: Bailey Knight

Beginning Sewing MachineLearn the mechanics of a sewing machine, what tools to use in sewing, and how to make first stitches and seams. Create a sample book of seams and techniques, then make a basic tote bag using the learned techniques. The pattern can be altered to make a unique tote bag! Bring your own sewing machine or reserve one. (The Crafts Center has four sewing machines for use during class by the first four students who reserve one.) A $45 materials fee, payable to instructor on first day of the workshop, includes all fabric, thread and binders for the samples.

Mondays [4 weeks], January 22 – February 12, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $49     II – $79     III – $87

Open to all_blue circleClay Resist with Natural Indigo (Workshop)

Instructor: Bailey Knight

Clay Resist with Natural IndigoNatural indigo is a special dye with special properties. Learn the basics of the natural indigo vat and test its properties using a dye technique similar to batik but with clay. Apply a clay paste on fabric by painting and using stencils or stamps in order to create patterns which resist dye in the indigo vat. Supplies included.

Saturday, February 17, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. & Sunday, February 18, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $72     II – $102     III – $110

Beginner's green asteriskGranny Squares Crochet (Workshop)

Instructor: Hayley Nordstrom

Granny Squares CrochetLearn to make a classic crochet granny square, which can be repeated to create blankets, coasters, bags, sweaters…you name it! Learn the basic crochet stitch techniques for creating this classic pattern, plus leave with instructions for various other designs. Students are responsible for providing their own supplies and will receive a supply list upon registration. (Expect to pay $10 – $15 for supplies.)

Saturday, April 14, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $17     II – $22     III – $23

Beginner's green asteriskIntroduction to Crochet

Instructor: Grace Bilbao

Intro to CrochetStudents in this class will learn basic crochet stitches, how to crochet in the round, and how to read crochet patterns. Put it all together and crochet an amigurumi bear from a unique pattern designed by the instructor. Students are responsible for providing their own supplies and will receive a supply list upon registration. (Expect to pay $15 – $25 for supplies.) Visit Grace’s website: www.gracebilbao.com.

Thursdays [5 weeks], January 25 – February 22, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $43     II – $68     III – $74

Open to all_blue circleMake an Indigo Vat & Use It, Too! (Workshop)

Instructor: Bailey Knight

Making the Indigo VatIn this one day workshop focus on what it takes to start your own indigo vat and how to maintain and use it. Students will learn how to use the vat by dyeing a simple bandana and will take home their own 2-gallon indigo vat along with all the knowledge they need to use it. A $25 materials fee, payable to instructor on first day of the workshop, includes all material for the vats and dyeing.

Saturday, April 14, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $20     II – $28     III – $30

Open to all_blue circleNeedle Felted Cuff Bracelet

Instructor: Roberta Morgan

Needle Felted Cuff BraceletLearn the craft of needle felting by making a bold and colorful 2″ wide cuff bracelet or brooch.  The craft of needle felting is the process of embedding colorful wool roving into a foundation fabric using barbed needles that snag the fibers. Beads and buttons are added and Ultrasuede® provides a comfortable backing.  Once you learn this fun and easy process, you will discover that it can be used to enhance clothing or home decor.  All supplies will be provided by instructor.

Saturday, January 20, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $13     II – $23     III – $26

Open to all_blue circleRandom Weave Baskets and Sculptural Installation

Instructor: Anne Willson

Random Weave BasketsIn this 6-week project, students will first learn the foundational elements of the random weave process through making a personal basket. Upon completion of the baskets, students will then work as a group to design and create a site-specific installation within the Crafts Center using the random weave process. A $15 materials fee, payable to the instructor at the first session, includes all reed and most supplemental items. See Anne’s baskets at annewillsonart.com.

Tuesdays [6 weeks], January 9 – February 13, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $68     II – $114     III – $126
Includes semester membership for this studio (does not include use of floor looms).

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Silk Dyeing Techniques (Workshop)

Instructor: Wanda Borrelli

Silk Dyeing TechniquesAdd some color to your wardrobe or make a gift for that special friend in this 2-day workshop. Learn different dyeing techniques using Procion MX dyes on silk scarves. Exciting patterns will emerge when expermenting with various techniques and color mixing. Colors can range from vibrant to pastels. In addition to immersion dyeing, learn shibori techniques and different forms of resist. A $30 materials fee, payable to instructor on first day of the workshop, includes 6 silk scarves, dyes and all supplies needed during the workshop. Extra scarves will be available for purchase. Wear old clothes and bring an old towel.

Saturday, March 17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. & Sunday, March 18, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $56     II – $91     III – $100

Spinning 102

Instructor: Jane Bynum

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This class will cover some aspects of spinning on both spindles and wheels, including woolen vs.worsted drafting and how it affects the final yarn, different approaches to spinning varied non-wool fibers, ply structures and their uses, managing hand-painted top for desired color effects, and color blending with various tools. Class fee includes wool for use during class. Supplies included.

Wednesdays [6 weeks], January 17 – February 21, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Prerequisite: Students must be able to spin a continuous thread on wheel, spindle, or other device.

Class fees by level:  I – $90     II – $136     III – $148
Includes semester membership for use of spinning wheels.

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Beginner's green asteriskWeaving on a Floor Loom

Instructor: Maggy Inman

Weaving on a Floor Loom

Learn to weave! Wind a warp, dress your loom, and weave it off. Beginners to the craft will explore twill patterns and other weaving techniques before completing a woven scarf. For continuing students, it would be helpful to have your project planned before the first class. Class fee includes materials and use of a loom through the end of the semester.

Tuesdays [6 weeks], January 16 – February 20, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $101     II – $147     III – $159
Includes semester membership for this studio.

Register for classes

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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 our online Cancellation Form »

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 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.