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
This workshop will introduce students to basic tapestry techniques. Using pre warped looms, students will begin with a sample piece for practice then apply their skills to creating a small pillow face. All materials will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring any wool and wool blend yarns left over from other projects if they have them. Class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30pm on Friday night and resume at 9am on Saturday. Students should bring a sack lunch. Class will continue until mid afternoon on Saturday. The studio will reopen at 1pm on Sunday for students who need to complete their projects $150 (members) / $160 (nonmember). Enrollment deadline is October 6. To register, please call 336-629-0399, or stop by the Arts Guild at 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro, NC.
Handspinning on a Drop Spindle with Le’Tonya Teague / Ages 6 + / Second Saturday of October, November and December from 10 am-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. $40 (members) / $45 (nonmember). Already have a drop spindle, or want to take all three Saturday classes? Cost for you is $20 (members)/ $25 (nonmember). Enrollment deadline is October 1. To register for the class, call the Program Directors at 336-629-0399, ext 22, or drop by the Randolph Arts Guild at 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro, NC.
Rag Rug Weaving with Kelsey Magnuson / Ages 18 + / Every Thursday in October, 6 pm – 8 pm
Using the rug loom at Randolph Arts Guild, Kelsey will teach brand new or newly introduced weavers how to weave their own rag rug. This slot is very limited, so sign up early before you lose your spot! The weaver will finish off their own rag rug using materials of choice: ripped up t-shirts, blue-jeans, sheets, whatever material is readily available to breathe new life into. This is a one-week class, and begins with warping and concludes with a finished rag rug. $120 (members) / $135 (nonmember). Enrollment deadline is September 30.You may enroll for this class by contacting the Program Directors at 336-629-0399, ext 22, or stop by at 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro, NC.
Natural Dyeing Workshops with Kelsey Magnuson/ Ages 18 + / Saturday & Sunday, October 21 and 22, 10 am – 2 pm
Bring your own lunch!
Learn to use natural materials to dye fibers. Students will learn to mordant, dye, and alter natural dye colors using natural materials such as Madder, Goldenrod, and many more materials. This workshop is meant to jump start your natural dyeing skills and inspire willing participants to consider planting dye gardens of their own. Class will mostly be outdoors, so please dress appropriately. Some indoor work towards the end of classes. $100 (members) / $110 (nonmember). Enrollment deadline is October 13. You can register for this class by calling the Program Directors at 336-629-0399, ext 22, or stopping in at the Randolph Arts Guild at 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro, NC.
Weaving has taken off here at the RAG! Are you interested in learning the basics? Le’Tonya Teague is joining the guild to share with her students the fun of weaving on a frame loom. Learn the basics so you can later weave with the masters! $40 (members) / $45 (nonmember). Enrollment deadline is October 6. You can register for this class by calling the Program Directors at 336-629-0399, ext 22, or stopping in at the Randolph Arts Guild at 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro, NC.
Come and spend a cozy Christmas afternoon with fellow knitters as we learn how to make tiny Christmas sweaters! $20 (members) / $25 (nonmember). Materials needed… size 4 double pointed needles, size 6, 7,8, straight needles. Yarns needed…. choose from your leftover stash: fingering weight, lace weight, DK, or worsted . Enrollment deadline is November 27. You can register for this class by calling the Program Directors at 336-629-0399, ext 22, or stopping in at the Randolph Arts Guild at 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro, NC.