Fiber

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

Learn the basic techniques such as: cast-on, knit-stitch, purl- stitch, binding-off, shaping, and basic finishing, 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 $24 is payable to instructor at first class and includes yarn, knitting needles, Knit–Chek, and yarn needles. Intermediate level students may purchase these tools if needed. Repeat students welcome!

Tuesday evenings for 4 weeks, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., August 29 – September 19

Class fee

I = $ 49
II = $ 79
III = $ 87

Essentials of Knitting: Finishing and Assembly

Instructor:Claude Bolger

Essentials of Knitting

This short class is designed to teach techniques and give individualized help finishing projects. Come just to learn the various techniques or may bring a work or works in progress for finishing or assembly. Some of the things we will cover are: assembly by sewing and Kirchener stitch, picking up stitches, knitting or crocheting bands, and making buttonholes. Students are expected to bring all the needles recommended by patterns as well as yarn needles and crochet hooks. Bring any knitting tool you think you might be useful. All pieces intended for assembly must be blocked to size before they can be assembled.  Students are welcome to contact the instructor via crafts-center@ncsu.edu a few days before class starts with any questions or if more information is desired.

Tuesday afternoons* for 3 weeks, 12:30 – 3:00 p.m., October 3 – 7 

*Note: Parking on campus during the day prior to 5:00 pm requires a Visitor Parking Permit. Please refer to parking rules and information.  

Class fee

I = $25
II = $44
III = $48

Random Weave Baskets

Instructor: Anne Willson

Random Weave Baskets

Learn the random weave process and create a basket to use for yourself or gift to another. Seemingly chaotic, the random weave actually embraces several fundamental structural components and allows for a range of forms to be built with highly textured surfaces. Carve out creative time and learn the process while making a basket tailored to your own aesthetics. Great for those exploring artistic work as well as artists wanting to learn a new medium. A $12 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first session includes all reed and most supplemental items. See Anne’s baskets at annewillsonart.com.

Thursday evenings for 2 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, October 12 & 19

Class fee

I = $ 25
II = $ 40
III = $ 44

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Shibori Dyeing and the Natural Indigo Vat (Workshop)

Shibori Dyeing-Indigo Vat

Open to all skill levels,no experience necessary. This two-day workshop will teach the basics of a 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, 3 silk scarves, dyes and all other supplies needed during the workshop.

Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5 , 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

Class fee

I = $ 52
II = $ 82
III = $ 90

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Silk Dyeing Techniques (Workshop)

Instructor: Wanda Borrelli

Silk Dyeing Techniques

Open to all skill levels,no experience necessary. Add some color to your wardrobe or make a gift for that special friend. In this fun class we will learn different dyeing techniques using Procion MX dyes on silk scarves. Exciting patterns will emerge as we experiment with various techniques and color mixing. Colors can range from vibrant to pastels. In addition to immersion dyeing, we will 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 other supplies needed during the workshop. Extra scarves will be available for purchase

Saturday & Sunday, October 21 & 22 , 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

Class fee

I = $ 56
II = $ 91
III = $ 100

Beginner's green asteriskSpinning 101

Instructor: Jane Bynum

spinning-101

Learn how to make yarn from fiber by the addition of twist, using a variety of tools, methods, and fiber sources. The first two weeks will focus primarily on spindles and other simple tools. The following weeks will involve the use of both spindles and spinning wheels to develop new skills and to improve productivity. Class fee includes wool and cotton for use during class and a spindle that is yours to keep.

Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., August 30 – October 11 (skip Sept. 20)

Class fee: includes semester membership for use of spinning wheels only. If you wish to use a floor loom as well,  please contact the Crafts Center or place your name on the Fiber Studio Membership waitlist on the online registration site as access to looms is limited depending on the number of students in the weaving class.

I = $103
II = $149
III = $161

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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 use of a loom through the end of the semester.

Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., August 29 – October 17 (skip Sept. 19 & Oct. 3)

Class fee: includes semester membership for this studio

I = $101
II = $147
III = $159

Open to all_blue circleWool Quilling Jewelry (Workshop)

Instructor: Roberta Morgan

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Jazz up your jewelry wardrobe with wool quilling. Make a cuff bracelet, pin and neck-piece using recycled wool strips. This unique jewelry is fun and easy to make and will garner lots of compliments when you wear it. All materials are supplied by instructor.

Saturday, September 23, 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.

Class fee

I = $ 13
II = $ 23
III = $ 26

Register for classes

See Crafts Center registration guidelines and instructions »

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.