Classes

We have many exciting classes and excellent teachers for the braid in this year!  As usual, we strive to have a mix of class levels from beginner to advanced, and some fun classes in the afternoons that don’t involve braiding at all… except for great ways to use up wool scraps.

Classes are listed in order of their first appearance on the schedule.

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Beginner Braiding:  Chair Pad
Instructor:  Robin Kershaw
Sessions:  Friday morning, Friday early afternoon, Saturday morning
Cost:  $45     Kit fee:  $20
Prerequisites:  None
Level:  Newbie
Maximum Number of Students:  8
Available spots left:  6
Folds:  Left Opening
Finish at braid in:  maybe
Class Description:  Learn the basics of braiding and lacing a chair pad, including:  preparing wool for braiding, making a T-start, braiding straight and braiding double corners, lacing the braids together, increasing to keep the braid flat, changing colors and — if there is time — finishing with a taper.  After this class, you will be able to make any size of round rug, from chair pad to room-sized.

SnapButtrug (5-4-2017 1-41 PM)
Butting — Left Opening and
Butting  — Right Opening
Instructors:  Marjorie Kauffman (Left Opening) and Debra Weinhold (Right Opening)
1 Session:  Friday morning
Cost:  $15
Prerequisites:  None
Level:  Confident Beginner & up
Maximum number of students:  7 LO and 7 RO
Minimum number of students:  3
Available spots left:  3 LO, 7 RO
Finish at braid in:  yes
Class Description:  Learn to butt the beginning and ending of braids together with a 4-loop overlap.  Teachers will contact you with the needed number of braids for working on butting.  As with all butting methods, repetition is the key!

 

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Class:  BraidBowls
Instructor:  Kris McDermet
2 Continuous Sessions:  Friday and Sunday mornings
Cost:  $30
Kit Fee:  $10 for padding, lining, and directions
Optional:  $20 for an in-depth, 55-page booklet about combining rug hooking and
braiding with diagrams and text.
Prerequisites:  Students must be able to butt independently by any method
LO/RO:  Instructor is Left Opening and only teaches Left Opening
Level:  Intermediate
Maximum number of students: 10
Minimum number of students: 3
Available spots left:  7
Finish at braid in:  Probably
Class Description:  Come and learn the art/craft of making a BraidBowl — a combination of our favorites — rug hooking and rug braiding!  Come to class with a 6 inch hooked, cross stitched, needlepointed, felted, or wool appliquéd center and I’ll show you how to pad and line your center, and add 3 rows of braid to make the sides plus one flat narrow row of decorative braid for the finish row.  Finished bowl is 13 inches across.  BraidBowls are fun and functional and make great gifts.  Students should bring their own wool for braiding that matches or complements their center.

 

IMG_2985 (1)5-Diamond Star –FULL
Instructors:  Christine Manges (LO) and Pam Rowan (RO)
2 Continuous Sessions:  Friday morning and early afternoon
Cost: $30
Kit Fee: none
Prerequisites:  Should have a little experience with butting.
LO/RO:  both!
Level:  Intermediate
Maximum number of students: 8 LO, 8 RO
Minimum number of students: 2 LO, 2 RO
Available spots left:  NONE
Finish at braid in:  Probably not
Class Description:  Learn to braid 5 small butted diamonds with double and quadruple braided corners, and how to lace the diamonds together to make a star.  Row 1 requires the Enclosed End Butt with one “bracelet;” Row 2 requires a small-space butt, and the instructor’s version of the Triangle Butt will be taught if needed.  Shoe-lacing is the method used for attaching the 5 diamonds into a star.  Additional ways to “tessellate” or arrange the diamonds will be covered.

 

6 DC centersClass:  Tight Space Butting LO
Instructor: Marjorie Kauffman
1 Session: Friday early afternoon
Cost: $15      Kit Fee: None
Prerequisites:  Must have taken Butting with this instructor last year, or else watched instructor’s butting videos and be comfortable with the basic butt over 4 loops.
Folds:  Level:  Advanced
Maximum number of students: 7
Minimum number of students: 3
Available spots left:  2
Finish at braid in:  Yes
Class Description:  Learn how to butt in tight spaces between close corners, or for the 6-DC center.  This butt only requires a “left, right, left” or a “right, left, right” anywhere in the braid sequence to accomplish the butt.

 

Screenshot_20181202-141156 (1)Class:  Learn to Needle Felt ***CLASS IS FULL****
Instructor:  Mary Bird
2 Continuous Sessions: Friday and Saturday late afternoons
Cost & Kit Fee combined: $30
Prerequisites: None
Level:  Beginner
Maximum number of students: 10
Minimum number of students: 1
Available spots left:  1
Finish at braid in:  Likely
Class Description:  This will be a fun class in learning how to needle felt a simple project that you can later make into a pillow, frame or a table topper.  There will be a  lot of repetitive wrist action involved.  Your imagination can go wild.  All supplies needed will be included in this 2-day class.

 

photo 1 (1).jpgClass:  Memory Mat
Instructor:  Peggyann Watts
2 Continuous Sessions:  Friday and Saturday late afternoon
Cost:   $30
Kit Fee:  No kit, but a limited number of ties will be available for purchase.
Prerequisites:  able to make a T-start, braid, lace, and taper with some assistance.  Small amount of hand stitching.
Level:  Confident Beginner
Folds:  Teacher is RO but teaches both RO and LO
Maximum number of students:
  12
Minimum number of students:  3
Available spots left:  7
Finish at braid in:  Probably
Supplies Needed:  25 silk and/or polyester ties (no stains, no cotton ties, no knitted ties).   Regular braiding supplies.
Class Description:  Learn the art of making a braided table top mat with some of the mens’ ties that are hanging in the closet.  They are the ties of your Dad, sons or Grandpa that you just couldn’t throw away due to memories of these Special People. Or maybe you just loved the colors and patterns!  This braided mat with its special tie-point edging will honor the memories of the tie-wearers.

 

Xnettisrug.jpgClass:  Pinwheel — FULL
Instructor:  Delsie Hoyt
2 Continuous Sessions:  Saturday and Sunday mornings
Cost:   $30    Kit Fee:  None
Prerequisites:  Must have made a round chair pad or rug before
Level:  Intermediate Braider
Folds:  Instructor is LO; teaches both LO & RO
Maximum number of students:  10
Minimum number of students:  2
Available spots left: 0
Finish at braid in:  Probably not
Class Description:  The pinwheel rug (in the photo above) was made by Delsie’s great grandmother and is part of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum’s collection.   In this class, you will learn how to change colors in all three strips to get the swirling 3-color pinwheel design.  Make whatever size you want — trivet to room-sized — by continuing the design.

Greek Key Rectangle 3aClass:  Greek Key
Instructors:  Christine Manges (LO) and Pam Rowan (RO)
2 Continuous Sessions:  Saturday and Sunday mornings
Cost:    $30   Kit Fee: None
Prerequisites:  Must have some experience with braiding and lacing triple corners
Level:  Advanced
Maximum number of students:  8 LO, 8 RO
Minimum number of students:  2 LO, 2 RO
Available spots left:  6 of either folds
Finish at braid in:  no
Class Description:  The Greek Key design is beautiful and classic.  In this class, you will learn how to braid a “key” that doubles back on itself and then continues on to the next key.  The double-thickness keys are shoe-laced together between each braid, so you will get very comfortable with shoe-lacing straight braids and with shoe-lacing triple corners.  This design will be a striking border for square or rectangular rugs.  (Braided image coming soon).

 

IMG_2104 (1)Class:  American Star Chair Pad
Instructor:  Deborah Weinhold
2 Continuous Sessions:  Saturday and Sunday mornings
Cost:   $30    Kit Fee:  None
Prerequisites:  Must have some experience with butting
Level:  Intermediate
Folds:  Instructor is RO but teaches RO & LO braiders
Maximum number of students: 10
Minimum number of students: 2
Available spots left:  6
Finish at braid in:  Probably
Class Description:  This class is an all-butted, 7-row chair pad.  A careful arrangement of braiding and lacing creates the pretty star in the center, and the red and white stripes enhance the American flag design.  Don’t let the rows of butting scare you — the instructor will assist you!

 

stripft (1)Class:  Wrapped Fringe Strip Rug– FULL
Instructor:  Marjorie Kauffman
2 Continuous Sessions: Saturday and Sunday early afternoon
Cost:  $30     Kit Fee: None
Prerequisites:  None
Level:  Confident Beginner
Folds:  Instructor is LO and teaches this class for LO students only
Maximum number of students:  10 LO
Minimum number of students:  2 LO
Available spots left: 0
Finish at braid in:  Not likely
Class Description:  Students will learn how to make a fringed strip rug that does NOT need machine-sewing across the fringed ends.  Learn how to place the strands at the start of each row to create different color patterns — like zig-zags or diamonds —  without wasting extra fabric on the ends to match patterns across multiple rows.  This innovative technique will expand your repertoire of skills, prevent wasting wool, and spare you the frustration of machine sewing across braids!

 

IMG_0026Class:  Braided Kitties/Creative Lacing
Instructor:  Jenn Kiarsis
2 Continuous Sessions: Saturday and Sunday early afternoon
Cost:  $30     Kit Fee:  None
Prerequisites:  Helps to have previously made a braided basket
Level:  Intermediate to Advanced
Folds:  Instructor is LO but teaches LO & RO
Maximum number of students: 15
Minimum number of students: 2
Available spots left:  10
Finish at braid in:  Yes
Class Description:  Those who are allergic to cats but love the idea of a kitty companion?  Make one – any color that you like!  The trick is in the lacing:  increasing / decreasing in the appropriate places.  Keep your snippets for ears; bring a few buttons for noses.  No butting.