Building your Home Apothecary
Let's tap into the healing powers of nature! We will grow some of our own herbs this summer and local herbalist Hiroko Takashima will teach us how to prepare and store some our own remedies.
Basketry: Bark Containers
In this class we will make containers out of pine bark. You’ll learn the basics of when and how to harvest the bark and get your fingers sticky as you fold and sew together a unique and naturally expressive vessel. Pioneers--we will expect you to make these for us during the End Times, m'kay? Supply fee: $15
Knitting Beyond the Basics
Whether you are hoping to cast on for the first time, or you've already learned the knit and purl stitches, this class will teach you the basic stitch combinations that are the foundation of all knitting, so that you can tackle knitting patterns with confidence. We'll cover how to choose yarn and needles, casting on, knit and purl stitches, increases and decreases, and binding off. Think of it like an alphabet that you can recombine to create an endless variety of words and sentences!
At the end of class, you'll have a swatch that you can refer back to along with our recommended print, digital, and IRL resources. As an optional add-on, we will offer kits for a hat, mitts, or cowl that you can cast on in class. Class fee TBD, depending on choice of kit.
Batik w/ optional Ice Dye
Create your own original fabric designs for quilting or other projects with the wax resist process of batik. Ice dye your first layer of colors Thursday night or use the already dyed fabric for class. Using beeswax we will create designs on the surface of the fabric using brushes, stamps and other tools that will resist the next layer of dye. The fabric is finished by boiling the wax out. Most likely this step will take place after class but your fabric will be ready by the end of FLAIR.
Supplies: $15 for multiple pieces of fabric to work with. You may also bring your own 100% cotton to batik and any objects you might like to use with the wax. Cork shapes work well to dip and stamp as well as sponge brushes but feel free to bring anything to experiment with.
Master the art of zippered pouches! The possibilities are endless. We will work through a basic design together during our workshop. After that, you'll have the skills to create the bespoke pouch of your dreams! Class fee: $5 for a basic kit: zipper & interfacing...bring fun fabric or raid the FLAIR stash.
Holey Gourd Buffet
Graham is back with an array of gorgeous gourds to choose from! You can make nightlights, a pendant lamp, or a globe light! This fun and noisy project involves a lot of drilling, and dust! Luckily we all own masks nowadays. Supply fee $10-25/gourd-ish. You will have time to do two night lights or one larger gourd project, most likely.
Alcohol Ink Jewelry
Come and try your hand at adding color to your jewelry using alcohol inks! You'll can personalize your designs by cutting out your opper pieces, filing them, drilling holes in them and preparing them for bright, bold color prior to sealing them. Make 2 pair of earrings in your own color palette! This class does involve ink that can stain clothing, so please wear clothing or an apron you don't mind making colorful. Supply fee $15 includes metal, inks and ear wires for two pair of copper earrings.
Dried Flower Wreaths
Plenty of Posies will demonstrate how to assemble a gorgeous arrangement of their locally grown dried flowers! This is the most satisfying craft you can imagine, and keeps for years!
Supply fee: $55
Wooden Spoon Carving
Gather round the campfire with friends and make a small wooden spoon--or knife, or whatever little object your heart desires! You'll learn to use a coal from our fire to burn out the bowl of your spoon, or you can use a carving tool. Dress warmly and bring a mug of pine needle tea. This is a BYO Knife workshop (approx. cost to purchase your own carving knife: $10-$20; there will also be a couple of loaners). Sophie will be in touch with details about the workshop and suggestions for knife purchasing. $10 materials fee.
Diagonal Plaiting with Cattails
Come weave a small vessel using a magical technique where the standard woven base weaves stakes into themself. Learn about the many possible variations, the basics of material harvesting and another use for this wonderful, water-loving and abundant plant!
Mini Barn Quilts
Are you experiencing Barn Quilt envy, but you don't have a barn, garage or she-shed to hang a full-size barn quilt? Well, then this may be the class for you. We will be making mini 2' x 2' Barn Quilts on MDO boards (a fancy outdoor plywood) that will be much more manageable to place at your home. These creations will be small enough to hang indoors but rugged enough to hang outdoors. Start scrolling through google images now to get inspired for your design.
Class materials fee estimate: $25
The intrepid Jenny Pope is bringing us into the world of clay! We will be working on sculpting and carving ceramic spoons or totems or other small sculptures. They will then be painted and sgrafitto carved and brought home to Ithaca to be fired in Jenny's kiln. Exciting! Materials including clay/underglaze/firing is $25. You can make 1-2 small sculptures/spoons. If you need your object shipped after the workshop it will be $15.
Basketry with Natural Materials
Emily Hirshorn will lead us in turning the invasive paper mulberry into baskets! Learn the basics of basket building and weaving, and go home with a handy tote. Will it hold junk mail or treasured feathers? You decide!