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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. Students will only have access to the studio for the duration of the class to practice during the timeframe in which the class is being conducted. Classes listed with this symbol: Z provide participants options to utilize a PunchCard and/or purchase a ClassPass:

OPTION 1: PunchCard can be utilized for three additional studio visits after the class has ended to complete [only] projects started in class. The card will be made available on the last day of class.

OPTION 2: ClassPass is offered for designated classes and extends studio access beyond the actual time frame of the class. Students enrolled in second session continuing classes [meaning halfway or more through the semester] will be able to purchase a ClassPass to utilize prior to the start of class – pending enrollment verification.

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

Crafts Center classes and Workshops 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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BEADED EMBROIDERY [Workshop]

Instructor: Roberta Morgan

Beaded Embroidery

Make 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.

Saturday, February 8: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  I – $15   II – $25   III – $30    Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

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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 $25 is payable to instructor at first class 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] January 26 – February 16: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  I – $45   II – $75   III – $85    Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

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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 recycle. We will also use this technique with strips of recycled wool fabric.  All supplies provided.

Saturday, April 4: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  I – $15   II – $25   III – $30Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

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INTRODUCTION TO SEWING

Instructor: Roberta Morgan

Learn what it takes to 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 starting with an apron or skirt. 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 chose from or you can you own fabric. Bring your own machine or learn on one of ours.

Thursdays [4 weeks] January 9 – 30:  6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  I – $55   II – $85   III – $90      Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED KNITTING

Instructor: Claude Bolger

Essentials of Knitting

For 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 [5 weeks] February 23 – April 5 [skip March 8 and 15]: 1:00 – 4:00pm

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

Class fees by level:  I – $55   II – $80   III – $85      Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

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SHIBORI DYEING and 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, resulting in an embellished cloth.  We will twist, clamp, and stitch in order to create patterns and textures on an assortment of cotton bags and bandanas. Practice fabric will also be provided. A $25 materials fee, payable to instructor on first day of the workshop, includes all supplies needed during the workshop.  Wear old clothes and bring an old towel.

Saturday, April 4: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday, April 5: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level: I – $45   II – $75   III – $80      Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

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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.

Saturday, April 18, 9:00am 4:00pm
Sunday, April 19, 9:00am 4:00pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  I – $50   II – $85   III – $95      Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

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SPINDLE SPINNING BOOT CAMP [Workshop]

Instructor:  Jane Bynum

Learn the principles of making yarn from fiber by adding twist, using very simple tools. Spindle spinning is an ancient technique, but still relevant for working with many kinds of fiber. Compared to wheel spinning, it is characterized as, “Slower by the hour, but faster by the day.” We will progress from the stone-age to the Renaissance, to modern methods of drafting and twisting, using very simple but efficient tools. A materials fee of $15 must be paid to instructor at the first class. For a spindle and enough wool for the students to continue after class.

Saturday, March 21: 12:00 – 4:00pm                     

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     I – $15     II – $25     III – $25    Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

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SPINNING 101

Instructor: Jane Bynum

Spinning Wheel student by Mark Tulbert_mkstLearn to make yarn on spindles and wheels. We will explore various techniques and kinds of fiber along with discussions on the history and technology of spinning. Depending on the student’s interests and skill development, we will cover some aspects of fiber preparation and different yarn structures and their uses. This class is suitable for complete beginners and for people with some spinning experience who need a refresher before taking more advanced classes. Class fee includes wool and cotton for use during class and a spindle that is yours to keep.

Tuesdays [6 weeks] January 7 – February 11: 6:30 – 9:00pm   

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  I – $105   II – $150   III – $160    Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

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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 meets twice weekly, on Mondays and Wednesdays, for 3 weeks. Class fee includes materials for creating the class project and personal use of a loom for the time specified after the class ends.

Section A: Mondays and Wednesdays [3 weeks] January 6 – 29 [skip January 20 and 27]: 6:30 – 9:30pm [includes use of loom through Sunday, March 1]

Section B: Mondays and Wednesdays [3 weeks] March 2 – 30 [skip March 9, 11 and 23]: 6:30 – 9:30pm [includes use of loom through Sunday, April 26]

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level: I – $105   II – $ 150   III – $160      Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

 

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 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.