Fiber Arts Have Arrived at RAG!
If you haven’t seen it yet, you are in for a huge surprise! Fiber arts is alive and well, and back in the Randolph Arts Guild house! We are featuring weaving and spinning classes starting in April 2017. If you stop in on us during these months, our weaving room will start up some warping, and our studios will look more like Ye Old Spinnery! Here are some quick details:
- Wednesdays Knit Wits: Wednesday evenings from 3 pm – 6 pm. Featuring a special Ph.D. program (Projects half Done). Bring whatever project has you stumped and we will help you through it. Class is hosted by the revered Karen McFetters. No sign-up necessary, just come on over, pull up a chair to the table, and be prepared for show-and-tell!
- Thursdays, starting in April, Spin-in at the Randolph Arts Guild, upstairs in the “Spinnery.” 4 – 8 pm. No sign up necessary. Spin-in is hosted by Grace McFetters, in-house fiber artist. Two spinning wheels available for rent during the Spin-in time. Bring your own wheel or drop spindle along with your fiber, and spin to your heart’s content while enjoying a social fiber frenzy.
- Saturday, Last Saturday in the month, beginning May 27, bring that beautiful fleece you bought from Rising Meadow’s Shearing Day (or SAFF or the Carolina Fiber Fest), and we will embark on a true Sheep-to-Shawl spin-a-long. First couple of meetings will focus on skirting, if needed, and sorting the fibers, followed by planning for the yarn you want, then spinning, in time for the Tour d’Fleece in July. Keep a look out for more information about Tour d’Fleece workshops!
- If you have your own wheel or drop spindle, please inquire about one-on-one workshops to brush up on skills, or if you are ready for your next skill, but not sure where to start. The Randolph Arts Guild will have spinning wheels to rent. Bring your own fiber or purchase at the Arts Guild.
Fiber Arts Classes
Weaving Workshop with Jean Vollrath/ Ages 18 + / Tuesdays, January 30 – February 27, 6:30-8:30 pm, $140 members/$160 nonmembers
Continue to learn weaving techniques using a twill sampler dish towel draft. This class is intermediate and is only open to students with fundamentals of weaving and the floor loom. Class instructions will be on Tuesday evenings with open studio between classes to allow you to finish your project. Overall class size is limited to four students, so register quickly! Materials will be included unless you prefer to bring your own. Please call with information regarding yarn requirements. Enrollment deadline is January 2.
Thursdays, April 5-26 from 5-8 pm
Combining beauty with practicality this simple and stylish mandala vest is great for intermediate and advanced crocheters alike. The open lacework style back piece even makes it a lightweight garment to wear during the summer months! Students must have a solid grasp of the basic stitches (single crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, chains and slip stitches) to take this class. Please call the RAG for a supply list. Cost of this class is $160 for members and $170 for non-members. Enrollment deadline is April 1st.
Tuesday, April 10th, 5-8 pm
Whether you’re a bit out of practice, want to continue learning the ins and outs of the basic five stitches of crochet or it’s your first time putting hook to yarn, this class is designed to get you on the road to learning how to crochet. This basic beginner’s course will cover the slip knot, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet and triple crochet. Attendees will get the opportunity to combine these basic stitches to make a beginners sample swatch. For those with more experience can begin a provided dishcloth pattern. Please call the RAG for a supply list. Cost of this class is only $65 for members and $70 for non-members. Enrollment Deadline is April 1.
with Le’Tonya Teague
Ages 6+ / April 14th, from 10am-Noon
Have you ever wondered where your clothes come from? In this class, Le’Tonya will teach students how to assemble and use a drop spindle to transform raw fiber into yarn. All materials are provided: You will go home with your very first drop spindle and wool to spin into yarn. Already have a drop spindle, or want to take all three Saturday classes? Cost for you is $20 (members)/ $25 (nonmember). Otherwise, classes are $45 for members and $50 for non-members. Enrollment Deadline is April 1.
Saturday, April 14th, 1pm – 4pm
Our Earth is being celebrated so let’s get creative. We are not only going to weave our own rendition of our glorious planet, but we will all be able to take our creations home in honor of Earth Day! Students will make their own circular weaving loom, then weave an image of our planet! Cost of this class is only $65 for members and $70 for non-members. Enrollment Deadline is April 1.
Silk Scarf Marbling with Anne Murray
Saturday, April 21st from 10am – 4pm
Learn the magic of marbling with acrylic paints. Marbling involves floating pigments on water and creating designs with a variety of tools. Create both traditional and contemporary patterns, ending the day with a lovely scarf that is wearable and washable. Cost of this class is only $65 for members and $70 for non-members. Enrollment Deadline is April 13.
Tuesdays , April 24th – June 5th from 6:30-8:30 pm
This class is for intermediate weavers, but beginners are welcome. Bronson Lace is a unit weave that offers a surprising variety on four harness looms. Students will complete a table runner or place mats and explore how to use the weave! Cost of this class is only $160 for members and $170 for non-members. Enrollment Deadline is April 10.
Tuesday, April 24th from 5-8 pm
Round and round and round we’ll go! Take your stitch skills and practice this fun technique of working in the round. This class will cover the various circle styles and methods while students work on a coaster set. Make one or a dozen, these coasters are a perfect quick project! Please call the RAG for a supply list. Cost of this class is only $65 for members and $70 for non-members. Enrollment Deadline is April 13.
Crochet 200 with Grace Stamper Ages 18 +
Thursday May 3-24 / 5-8 pm
Grab your hooks and get ready to tackle the always popular Virus Shawl! If you haven’t had the opportunity to work this crochet pattern, now is the time to try your hand with this beautiful stitch. Students must have a firm understanding of the basic five stitches to take this course. Please call the RAG for a supply list. $160 members, $170 nonmembers Enrollment Deadline is April 25.
Basket Case Intermediate Crochet with Grace Stamper Ages 18+ Tuesday, May 8, 5-8 pm
Take your crochet skills to the next level and begin to experience the ways to manipulate the five basic stitches! This class will work on practicing increases and decreases as we work to complete a mini crochet basket project. Students must know slip knots, single/double/triple crochets and how to chain. Please call the RAG for a supply list. $65 members, $70 nonmembers Enrollment Deadline is May 1.
Crochet Necklaces with Janice Brahms-Butler Ages 18+ / May 9, 5:30-7 pm
Stop by the RAG and join Janice as she teaches her students how to make Crocheted Necklaces! You won’t want to miss this! $45 members, $50 nonmembers Enrollment Deadline is May 1.
Handspinning on a Drop Spindle with Le’Tonya Teague Ages 6+ / May 12, 10am-Noon
Have you ever wondered where your clothes come from? In this class, Le’Tonya will teach students how to assemble and use a drop spindle to transform raw fiber into yarn. All materials are provided: You will go home with your very first drop spindle and wool to spin into yarn. Already have a drop spindle, or want to take all three Saturday classes? Cost for you is $20 (members)/ $25 (nonmember). $45 members, $50 nonmembers Enrollment Deadline is May 1.
Memorial Day Wreath with Le’Tonya Teague Ages 18+ Saturday, May 12, 1 pm-4 pm
Memorial Day is not just a day for cookouts but a day to remember those lost in the military. We take our time to honor and acknowledge those that gave up their lives in defense! We do this through the use of our crochet hooks, a lot of chatter among friends and strangers, and the spirit of comradely. Join us in honoring our fallen soldiers with Memorial Day Wreaths. $65 members, $70 nonmembers Enrollment Deadline is May 1.
Crochet 101 with Grace Stamper Ages 18+ Tuesday, May 22, 5-8 pm
This class is designed to get you on the road to learning how to crochet. We’ll decode the most common abbreviations and phrases used in crochet and unravel the mystery of the five basic stitches used across almost every crochet pattern. Attendees will get the opportunity to use some of the basic stitches to make a sample swatch or a granny square pattern. This class can be repeated as often as you like! Please call the RAG for a supply list. $65 members, $70 nonmembers Enrollment Deadline is May 11.