Classes for 2020

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.


Class:  Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine Maintenance
Instructor:  Donna Vlasak
Class Description:  We all love our Featherweight 221 sewing machines…but do you really know how it works and how to take the best care of it?  Learn how to perform basic routine maintenance on your Featherweight so that it will provide many more years of enjoyment.
Sessions:  6 hours on Thursday*, with a break for lunch.
Cost:  $50 for class and kit, which includes instruction booklet, oil, kerosene, flashlight, 221 bobbin, and cleaning items.
Prerequisite:  Must bring a black Featherweight 221 machine and foot pedal that are in working order.  (This is NOT a repair class; it is a maintenance class).
Available Spots Left:  2
Maximum number of students:  10
Minimum number of students:  0
*This class is offered on Thursday, starting at 10:00, as a pre-braid-in event.  If you wish, you have the option of arriving Wednesday night for the class.  A lunch of crockpot soup or chili and bread with fruit will be provided for students on Thursday, but other Thursday meals are on-your-own.


IMG_3393 (1)Class:  Beginner Braiding:  Oval Rug
Instructor:  Dottie Pepe
Class Description: Learn the basics of braiding and lacing a classic oval rug, 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 oval rug, from 2′ X 3′ to 8′ X 10′.
Sessions:  Friday morning, Friday early afternoon, Saturday early afternoon
Cost:  $45     Kit fee:  $20
Prerequisites:  None
Level:  Newbie
Maximum Number of Students:  8
Available spots left:  4
Folds:  Left Opening
Finish at braid in:  unlikely

IMG_5060 (1)Class:  All-Butted Rectangle
Instructors:  Marjorie Kauffman (Left Opening) and Debra Weinhold (Right Opening)
Class Description: Students will learn how to make a rectangular rug of all butted rows, including the triple corner lacing sequences necessary to keep square corners.
2 Continuous Sessions:  Friday morning (part 1) and Friday afternoon I (part 2)
Cost:  $30
Prerequisites:  Students must know how to butt using any method.
Level:  Intermediate
Maximum number of students:  7 LO and 7 RO
Minimum number of students:  3
Available spots left:  1 LO and 2 RO
Finish at braid in:  unlikely

IMG_8051Class:  After the Hooking/Felting… Comes the Rectangular Braided Basket!
Instructor:  Kris McDermet
Class Description: Learn to make a BraidBowl with a new technique:  square-cornered sides/walls.  The center of the BraidBowl can be hooked, felted, or embroidered by the student and during class we will braid the sides-each row is butted and there are 4-5 butts per BraidBowl.  They are both functional and pretty.  A new technique of stacking the braids for the sides will be taught.  Decorate with felt balls at completion, if desired!
3 Continuous Sessions:  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings
Cost:  $45
Kit Fee:  $5
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/Advanced
Maximum number of students: 10
Minimum number of students: 5
Available spots left:  9
Finish at braid in:  Probably

Class:  Loom-Woven Multistrand Squares — CLOSED
Instructor:  Pam Rowan
Class Description:  Learn to braid a 7-strand multistrand square that is 4 to 5 inches in size using a specially-created loom for this purpose.  Pam will show you how to use the loom to interweave all 7 strands, and then butt the ends together.  These squares can be laced together and assembled into larger squares and rectangles, and then surrounded with braids to make a very attractive mat or rug.
2 Continuous Sessions:  Friday morning (pt 1) and Saturday morning (pt 2)
Cost: $30
Kit Fee: $5 for loom
Prerequisites:  Intermediate braiding level experience.
LO/RO:  both!  Teacher is RO but can capably teach both LO and RO.
Level:  Intermediate
Maximum number of students: 8
Minimum number of students: 4
Available spots left:  NONE
Finish at braid in:  Probably not

image2Class:  Hats Galore — CANCELLED
Instructor: Peggyann Watts
Class Description: 2014 was the year of The Braided Fashion Show when Pam Rowan braided several beautiful hats. You can now enjoy that creative style!  We will make a wool braided wide- or narrow-brimmed hat with leather braided hat band. Just in time for the 2021 Braided Rug Challenge:  Braided Hats!


  Three-Circle Braided Runner –CLOSED
Instructor:  Jenn Kiarsis
Class Description:  Learn how to put three (or more) circles together and fill in those difficult narrow crevices between the circles.  Learn how to keep your circles lined up so that your finished rug is perfectly straight.  Jenn will also teach you how to surround the circles with continuous braids….and end the braid with a trick!
2 Continuous Sessions: Friday and Saturday late afternoons
Cost:  $30
Kit Fee:  None
Folds:  Teacher is LO but teaches both LO and RO.
Prerequisites: Student must be able to make double- and triple-corners (twice-overs, and 3-overs) independently.
Level:  Intermediate
Maximum number of students: 8
Minimum number of students: 4
Available spots left:  NONE
Finish at braid in:  Possible


image1Class:  Braided Pincushion Jar
Instructor:  Peggyann Watts
Class Description:  Another braiding project that you can complete this weekend. Confident beginners to experienced Braiders will find satisfaction in this project. But you only need to be a confident beginner to enjoy this class. The knowledge from this class will give you the ability to make a useful and pretty Pincushion. Learning the 9-loop center will give you the skills to start an all braided round rug, basket or Killer Chair pad; you can make Christmas wreath pins and start braided hexagons as well. A little project that can lead to so much more if you want it to!
2 Continuous Sessions:  Friday and Saturday late afternoons
Cost:   $30
Kit Fee:  $5
Prerequisites: able to braid and lace. No knowledge of butting required.
Level:  Confident Beginner
Folds:  Teacher is RO but teaches both RO and LO
Maximum number of students:
Minimum number of students:  3
Available spots left:  5
Finish at braid in:  Yes
Supplies Needed:  Regular braiding supplies.

IMG_5102 (1) copyClass:  Braided Footstool
Instructor:  Christine Manges
Class Description:  If you can braid a basket – continuous or butted – then you can make a braided cover for a foot stool.  Use a braided chair pad, or a hooked round center, or other needlework for the top; attach braided rows (butted or continuous) to cover the sides of the foot stool.  The last braided row will tuck under the plywood base of the foot stool.  To cover most of the upholstery staples, a final gathering row of lacing cord is laced through the lowest braid loops.  Complete the foot stool at home by painting the unfinished feet to match your braids.
Note:  the flower design above will NOT be taught in class; this was just a flower chair pad that the instructor had laying around, and added the sides on for the foot stool.
The foot stool will come preassembled, but the assembly steps will be demonstrated in class, if you would like to make one of your own.
For continuous braiders, we will discuss the best ways to manage continuous patterns on the footstool sides at the row change sites.
2 Continuous Sessions:  Friday and Saturday late afternoons.
Cost:   $30
Kit Fee:  $80   The supplies:  18” round cut plywood base, 4 unfinished legs with hanger bolts, 4 sets hardware for the base, 6” of firm-density foam, foam adhesive spray, upholstery grade padding, staple-gun staples, and upholstery fabric…. cost $75 and the additional $5 is for labor:  cutting and shaping the foam, attaching foam to base, covering with padding and upholstery fabric and stapling it in place.
Prerequisites:  Must have made a round chair pad or basket or rug before.
Level:  Confident Beginner
Folds:  Instructor is LO; teaches both LO & RO
Maximum number of students:  15
Minimum number of students:  5
Available spots left: 9
Finish at braid in:  Probably not


IMG_0618Class:  Rectangle Color Block Purse or Tote
Instructors:  Deb Weinhold
Class Description:  A fun new twist on the braided purse/tote!  This purse is created using 4 continuous OR butted rectangles, which are laced along the sides to create an interesting design.  Once the rectangles are assembled, two handles are attached to the points.
2 Continuous Sessions:  Saturday and Sunday mornings
Cost:    $30
Kit Fee:   None
Prerequisites:  Must be able to butt by any method.
Folds:  Instructor is RO but teaches LO and RO.
Level:  Advanced
Maximum number of students:  10
Minimum number of students:  2
Available spots left:  5
Finish at braid in:  no


Class:  Hooked/Punched Proddy Sunflower
Instructor:  Mary Bird
Class Description:  No skills required!  Students will be taught how to either punch or hook the flower center.  Students will cut out the petals and then proddy them using a proddy tool or a hemostat.  The sunflower is then backed and stuffed.  A small amount of hand-sewing is necessary.  A stick is placed for the stem, and then the sunflower is complete!
2 Continuous Sessions:  Saturday and Sunday early afternoon
Cost:   $30
Level:  No experience necessary
Kit fee:  $8  includes linen, dyed wool for petals, wool rug yarn for centers, wool for backing, stuffing, and stick/stem.  If students do not have a proddy tool, they can borrow a hemostat from the instructor.
**Rug hooking tools and proddy tools cost at least $35 each; they can be borrowed from the instructor during class but will not be part of the kit (most students are just trying out this technique to see if they like it, so Mary thought it seemed too expensive to require these items to be purchased for the class).
Maximum number of students: 10
Minimum number of students: 1
Available spots left:  2
Finish at braid in:  Yes


Class:  Dorset Buttons – CLOSED
Instructor:  Heidi Boldt Diefenderfer
Class Description:  Although decorative buttons are found in antiquity, the practice of using buttons and button-holes for fastening clothing arose in Germany in the 13th century.  Learn this English and German technique for making classic needle-worked buttons with floss or thread.  Many beautiful designs are possible, but we will begin with the cartwheel design.  Use the Dorset buttons as buttons, brooches, necklace pendants, or ornaments.
One 2-hour Session:
Saturday early afternoon
Cost:  $15
Kit Fee: $5 includes needles, rings, floss, and instruction sheet
Prerequisites:  None
Level:  No experience necessary
Maximum number of students:  10
Minimum number of students:  2
Available spots left: NONE
Finish at braid in:  Yes


clip_image001Class:  Wool Applique Candle Mat
Instructor:  Janice Sonnen
Class Description:  Working with a pre-cut kit, learn the basics of wool applique and embroidery to make this sweet candle mat.  Learn to embroider blanket stitch, vertical fly stitch on the petals, and French knots.  Techniques for cutting wool fabric, layering, and finishing will be discussed.
One, 2-hour  Session: Saturday late afternoon
Cost:  $15
Kit Fee:  $16 includes all the pre-cut wool, embroidery needle, and thread that you will need for this project.
Prerequisites:  None
Maximum:  12 students
Minimum:  5 students
Available Spots Left:  6
Finish at braid in:  Yes.
Class:  Multistrand Border for a Rectangle
Christine Manges (LO) and Bobbi Mahler (RO)
Class Description:  (There is no need to have a rectangular center completed prior to this class).  This class will cover important topics about braiding a multistrand border for a square or rectangle.  We’ll learn how to identify the pivot strand for a corner, how to braid and lace a corner, how to keep even tension, identifying “sets” within a multistrand braid and how to keep them matched on short sides and long sides, and what to do when a large multistrand pattern simply won’t fit symmetrically around a rug.  Different multistrand patterns will be explored — some are easier to place around rectangles that others.  We also will review and work on butting the braid.
Two, 2-Hour Sessions:  Sunday morning and early afternoon
Cost:  $30
Level:  Intermediate
Prerequisites:  Helps to have braided a multistrand before, but not necessary.
Folds:  Teachers will be present with both folds.
Maximum number of students: 8 LO and 8 RO
Minimum number of students: 5
Available spots left:  LO:  NONE.  RO:  6 available.
Finish at braid in:  Possibly — border only.