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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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An Introduction to Sewing: From Hand to Machine

Instructor: Bailey Knight

Beginning Sewing MachineLearn what it takes to start sewing! We will learn what tools to use in sewing, and how to make our first stitches and seams. Create a sample book of seams and techniques, and make a throw pillow using hand sewing techniques and an old T-shirt. Then, learn the mechanics of the machine by sewing your own basic tote bag! Bring your own sewing machine or reserve one of ours. [The Crafts Center has four sewing machines for use during class by the first four students who request to

use one.] A $40 materials fee, payable to instructor on first day of the workshop, includes all fabric, thread and binders for the samples.

Tuesdays [5 weeks], January 29 – February 26: 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level:  I – $45   II – $65   III – $70     Register for this class»

 

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Beaded Embroidery [Workshop]

Instructor: Roberta Morgan

Beaded EmbroideryMake a unique beaded pin using a large focal bead surrounded by smaller beads. No pre-planning is necessary. The process is impromptu using the beads and colors you choose. The technique is easy to learn and you can use it to create other jewelry – neckpieces, bracelets, or embellished clothing. It can become addictive! Needle, thread, foundation and a variety of beads are all that is required. All supplies provided by instructor.

Saturday, March 30: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level: I – $15 II – $25 III – $30     Register for this class»

 

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Beginning Knitting

Instructor: Claude Bolger

Beginning KnittingBasic 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 includes yarn for a simple project, Knit-Chek, and yarn needles.  Practice yarn and circular knitting needles to practice with will be provided by the Crafts Center.

Sundays [4 weeks], January 27 – February 17: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level: I – $45   II – $75   III – $85     Register for this class»

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Fabric Quilling Jewelry [Workshop]

Instructor: Roberta Morgan

Wool Quilling JewelryJazz up your jewelry wardrobe with fabric quilling.  Make a cuff bracelet, pin and neckpiece using recycled or t-shirt fabric strips.  This unique jewelry is fun and easy to make and will garner lots of compliments when you wear it.  All materials needed are supplied by instructor.

Saturday, February 16, 10:00 am – 2:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level: I – $15  II – $25  III – $30     Register for this class»

 

Intermediate goldstarIntermediate / Advanced Knitting

Instructor: Claude Bolger

Essentials of KnittingFor knitters who have taken a beginning class or experienced knitters who would like to stretch themselves by taking on a more complicated project. Bring your own yarn, tools and pattern of your choice to the first class. Start at the beginning stage of a project or continue with an in-progress project. Instruction is individualized to help each student improve their current skills and learn new techniques required by their selected project. The diversity in projects and new techniques should be fun as well as a learning experience for everyone in the class.  Practice yarn and circular knitting needles to practice with will be provided by the Crafts Center. Repeat students welcome!

Sundays [4 weeks], February 24 – March 31 [skip Mar. 10 &17]: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: Completion of Beginning Knitting class or equivalent knitting experience.

Class fees by level:  I – $45   II – $75   III – $85   Register for this class»

 

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Instructor: Anne Willson

Random Weave BasketsLearn 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 $15 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first session includes all reed and supplemental items. See Anne’s work on her website: annewillsonart.com.

Wednesdays [2 weeks], January 23 & 30: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level: I – $25   II – $40   III – $45   Register for this class»

 

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Shibori Dyeing & the Natural Indigo Vat [Workshop]

Instructor: Bailey Knight

Indigo Vat DyeingThis 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, April 6: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday, April 7: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level: I – $45   II – $75   III – $80     Register for this class»

 

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Silk Dyeing Techniques [Workshop]

Instructor: Wanda Borrelli

Silk Dyeing TechniquesNo 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 $40 materials fee, payable to instructor on first day of the workshop, includes eight silk scarves, dyes and all other supplies needed during the workshop.  Extra scarves will be available for purchase. Wear old clothes and bring an old towel. This workshop does not include a studio pass.

Saturday, April 13, 9:00 am 4:00 pm
Sunday, April 14, 9:00 am 4:00 pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level:  I – $50   II – $85   III – $95  Register for this class»

 

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Spinning 101

Instructor: Jane Bynum

Spinning Wheel student by Mark Tulbert_mkstLearn 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.

Wednesdays [6 weeks], January 23 – February 27: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level: I – $105 II – $150 III – $160     Register for this class»

Includes semester membership for use of spinning wheels only.

 

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.

Section A: Thursdays [6 weeks], January 10 – February 14: 6:30 – 9:30pm [includes use of loom from start of class until Feb. 28]

Section BMondays [6 weeks], March 4 – April 15 [skip Mar. 11]: 6:30 – 9:30pm [includes use of loom from start of class until Apr. 28]

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level: I – $105 II – $ 150 III – $160    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.