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:
- Tuesdays Join us for our inaugural Introduction to Weaving: Tussah Silk Scarves. See class details below!
- 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
Introduction to Weaving: Tussah Silk Scarves with Jean Vollrath / Ages 18+ / Tuesdays, April 3 thru May 23, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Learn to weave with a finished, ready-to-wear (or gift!) silk scarf. This class teaches you the basics of the floor loom, a foundation in weaving, and finishing techniques, including the option to dye your scarf. Class instruction will be on Tuesday evenings with open studio between classes to allow you to finish your project. Overall class size is limited to 5 students. All materials are provided. Cost of class is $140 for RAG members, $160 for nonmembers. Enrollment deadline is April 1. 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 Grace McFetters / Ages 6+ / Staurday, May 6, 10 am – 12 noon
Have you ever wondered where your clothes come from? In this class, instructor will teach students how to assemble and use a drop spindle to transform raw wool fiber into yarn. All materials will be provided: you will go home with your first personalized drop spindle and wool to spin into yarn as you practice, practice, practice! Cost of the class is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers. Take $10 off if you bring your own spindle to work with. Enrollment deadline is April 30. To register for the class, call the Program Director at 336-629-0399, ext 22, or drop by the Randolph Arts Guild at 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro, NC.
Lap-Quilting for Children with Joyce Bass / Ages 7 -15 / Saturdays, May 6 & 13, 9 am – 12 noon
This class is intended to teach young children and adolescents how to piece together and hand-quilt a small wall-hanging or lap-quilt, just in time for Mother’s Day! Basic piecing and hand-quilting emphasizes valuable life skills such as basic hand-sewing techniques, spatial relationships using basic geometry, and promotes color theory, tactile interaction, and fine motor skills. All materials are provided, although if you have a favorite fabric, bring it with you! Lunch s not provided, please bring a bag lunch. Cost of class is $40 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Enrollment deadline is May 4. You may enroll for this class by contacting the Program Director at 336-629-0399, ext 22, or stop by at 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro, NC.
Find creative power in the art of transforming fibers into fabric using wet felting! This class will teach you the basic techniques of wet felting a scarf or shawl. Most materials are provided, except bring your own “rag towel.” Lunch is not provided. Cost of the course is $80 for members and $85 for nonmembers. Enrollment deadline is May 12. You can register for this class by calling the Program Director at 336-629-0399, ext 22, or stopping in at the Randolph Arts Guild at 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro, NC.
Handspinning on a Spinning Wheel with Grace McFetters / Ages 15+ / June 6, 6 – 8 pm; June 18, 1 – 3 pm
Spin wool into yarn using a spinning wheel, like what you see at Colonial Williamsburg or other Living Histories. This age-old craft is an honored skill. This class introduces you to multiple types of spinning wheels, and introduction to types of drafting, and spinning singles and double ply yarns, along with basic wheel mechanics and maintenance. All materials and equipment are provided. Class size is extremely limited to three students. If this class does not fit your needs, please inquire about one-on-one lessons with the instructor! Cost of the class is $40 for members, $45 for nonmembers. Materials included in the cost of the class is 4 oz. of fiber and a spinning wheel rental. Deadline for registration is day prior to class offering. You may register by calling 336-629-0399, ext 22, or stop in at the Randolph Arts Guild, 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro, NC. If you have your own spinning wheel and want to brush up, please contact the Program Director to see what we can do about one-on-one workshops!