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The Spinning Wheel

Course No. CEFM 200 00
Cost $375 Register Now
Sessions 8
Room Praxis Fiber Workshop
Dates June 11 - July 30 (Thursday) – 6 - 9pm

The practice of spinning fibers to form thread and yarns has been in existence for over 10,000 years. The spinning wheel itself is believed to have evolved in India 1,000 years ago. During this course, you can master this timeless craft through developing a working knowledge of hand spinning on a spinning wheel. In handspinning, you can design the exact kind of yarn you desire with any variations in texture, color, or thickness that you wish that can be used towards weaving, knitting, crocheting, and embroidery. You will first work with wool and cotton then move to your material of choice-it can be ribbon, patterned cloth, or yarn from your discarded sweaters. We will also work in the dye lab to customize your material. This is a project driven, hands on course-great for the material minded who might also have an interest in color and pattern. Experimentation is encouraged! No previous spinning experience is necessary


Course No. CEFM 155 00
Cost $525 Register Now
Sessions 5
Location Praxis Fiber Workshop
Room Praxis Fiber Workshop
Dates June 8 - 12 (M-F) – 9:30am - 4pm
Location: Praxis Fiber Workshop
Room Praxis Fiber Workshop

Students will learn to paint a warp (the vertical yarns that are threaded through a loom), using two important and historical processes, ikat and direct application. Ikat (to tie) is tying yarn into bundles, each tied section acts as a resist to dyeing. In contrast students will also explore direct application, which is painting dyes directly on the warp. Any store bought yarn or material may be used for the weft. This is a great opportunity to learn the very basics of loom weaving or to gain exposure to painted warps for weavers of all levels.

Wheel Throwing: Beginning + Advanced

Course No. CECR 200 00
Cost $345 Register Now
Sessions 8
Room 402
Dates June 9 - July 28 (Tuesday) – 6 - 9pm

Discover throwing on the potter’s wheel to create forms ranging from refined porcelain vessels to rustic teabowls to sculptural objects. We will begin with fundamental elements of centering and making cylinders, cups, bowls, and plates, and continue by exploring form and scale. Finishing surfaces with various methods of carving, joining, and decorating will also be included. Everyone has a unique way of touching clay and this will be an opportunity to get better acquainted with your unique touch while using the wheel. Please bring sketches of forms, decorative patterns or drawings, texturing tools, basic pottery tools, a small bucket, a towel, and plastic to cover work. All experience levels are welcome.

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