This is a lovely basket based on a Shaker pattern. It could be used on the door, wall or table. Created using traditional weaving techniques. Supply fee of $30 payable to the instructor at the first session.
This basket uses techniques similar to the Nantucket basket but at a fraction of the cost and time. It is perfect to hang on your front door full of seasonal decorations. Supply fee of $30 payable to the instructor at the first session.
This basket is very sweet and uses traditional weaving techniques as well as some decorative touches that will be added after the basket is complete. "Tulips" will be incorporated into the outside of the basket. Supply fee of $30 is payable to the instructor at the first session.
Ceate a beautiful spring bowl of flowers and leaves! Start with a cut and cleaned gourd and create a pretty flower and leaf pattern using woodburning techniques. Then, cut away the negative space to create an open-cut bowl. Seal the inside and edges and color the flowers and leaves using Adirondack inks or markers. Bring your own woodburner and mini jig saw if you have them. Supply fee of $12.00 payable to the instructor.
Start a new tradition by creating your own handmade ornaments. Using cookie cutters as templates, decorate your fused-glass "cookies" with glass pieces and frit. Supply fee of $20 payable to the instructor.
In class you will measure the gourd for placement, sketch giraffes, tree limbs, and grasses. Lightly carve (outline) around the giraffes and trees, then remove the background skin to make the giraffes pop. This is not a deep carving project.
Bring a rotary carver, drill bits, mask, and apron.
Use some of those gourd scraps in this cute, fun class. The “acorns” are cleaned, sanded, and leveled so you can focus on the “caps." The caps are started around a gourd stem and use glycerinated pine needles that are extremely flexible. Learn how to shape your cap to fit the acorn and then learn several different stitching techniques to create the acorn basket. Bring good, sharp scissors, fine-tipped wire cutters and needle nose pliers.
Learn how to create a wonderful aged patina on a gourd that you carve in class with repetitive patterns. Learn to add and subtract finishes to create a one of a kind “ancient” vessel. Emphasis is on depth of carving, detailing, measuring and creating a great finish. Bring a dust mask, rotary carving tool that accepts a universal chuck or has the ability to accept 3/32 or 3/64 collets, small ball bits, small straight bits or dental bits. Instructor has 5 extra carvers that can be reserved by emailing email@example.com.
Learn to coil pine needles onto a prepared gourd to create a simple finishing rim treatment. You will also learn how to add beads to your coiling and to evenly space them for a gentle wavy effect. This is a great class if you are new to pine needle coiling or want to learn how to add beads to your work. Students should bring good, sharp scissors, fine-tipped wire cutters and needle nose plyers.
Instructor provides a prepared gourds (cleaned, sanded, holes drilled), ¼ pound glycerinated pine needles, waxed linen, stitching needle and porcelain beads.
For those who want to try pyrography or hone some of your pyro skills! We will cover basic lines, basic solid burns, and some beginner shading on this wonderful dragonfly with cattails. More advanced students will be able to perfect their shading techniques and have fun with the design. Bring a wood burning tool, either single temperature or variable temperature burner, and a mask.
Create two custom pieces of gourd jewelry. The first is a necklace featuring a delicate, miniature, gourd. The second is a fabulous necklace made from handsomely finished flat gourd pieces that uses alcohol inks for brilliant color. Three separate alcohol ink techniques are taught. You’ll also learn to make your own necklace from jewelry findings and silk cord and to accessorize your finished pieces with beads, bead caps and other jewelry findings. Bring and apron or crafting clothes - ink is permanent on fabric.
This project gives you a lovely vase with colors that “pop” and compliments any style of decorating. You’ll learn to make fine lines with ease and to arrange pleasing patterns of simple lines to invoke a recognizable scene. Add wooden rings with QuikWood to give your vase a nice finished rim. Bring an a apron or crafting clothes.
Learn to coil pine needles onto a prepared gourd while working on shaping techniques. Concentrate on completely filling in the opening of the gourd while working sliced sea shells in between the coils. We will be using a 5-6 inch gourd for this project. Bring good, sharp scissors, fine-tipped wire cutters, and needle nose pliers.
Create this garden frog using Quickwood, paint and your imagination. It is a fun and easy class Instructor will provide all supplies needed to create the Garden frog. Student must bring an apron, a smile and a good sense of humor.
Accent your wool feather tree with a variety of garlands and gourdaments. Participants have the opportunity to create miniature garlands and gourdaments perfect for use on the wool feather tree for different seasons of the year. Options include pumpkins, ghosts, birdhouses, owls, and mini swirled ornaments. Garlands incorporate gourd seeds, rustic metal shapes, a variety of colored wooden beads and miniature colored gourds. There will be time to make one 30-inch garland strand and 6 ornaments. Bring aburning tool with a line or ball tip, your favorite inks or dyes for coloring gourds, drill and drill bits to drill small holes in seeds and small gourds, and heat gun for setting inks that need to be heat set.
Learn several basic basketry techniques as you weave this large, attractive round basket on a solid oak base that is perfect for a display of small gourds, fruit or condiments, etc. as the centerpiece of your table. You have the option of weaving on a 12” oak lazy-susan base the day of class for $3 extra. Some color choices will be available and full color instructions are included.
This is an introduction to using aluminum foil tape and micaceous iron oxide to create a hammered metal rim. You dye the gourd, place the tape around the top, paint with micaceous iron oxide, color with memories ink, and then buff with Inca metal rubs. Bring a heat gun and apron.
Make your very own Hobbit house on a 12” clay saucer. A cannonball gourd will be provided for the house, a round wooden disk for the door and a variety of materials to custom-build and embellish your hobbit house. Planting with succulents or miniature plants can be done after you take it home…or not.
Students should bring a mini gourd saw (if they have one) and a dust mask. Optional: a woodburner for adding designs to the gourd.
Have fun creating a multimedia art piece, by stamp printing an image, taking that same image and carving it, and then carving it again in softer, lighter tones (shadow effect) to create your image x three. Drill and glue in your own staves for the weaving. Weaving around the top completes the unique look to this gourd.A variety of stamps (images) will be available. Bring a rotary carver that uses 3/64 and 3/32 bits, dust mask, gloves, baby wipes, and apron. Bit sizes needed for this project are small round bits, diamond bits that have small round heads. Dental bits work great, just be sure that you have universal chuck or collets that fit. Diamond bits that are really worn out work great too for the shadow effect.
Create this fun and easy witch. Not only will you make the witch - but the broom she flies in on! Create a face, warts, hands and the broom. Next add some paint, a hat and hair, and then watch her come to life!
Learn how to dye your gourd with alcohol-based Trans Tint® wood dyes creating great color depth, and then carve a wonderful textural border all around. Emphasis is on using line to create movement and textures that create different planes of space. Learn how to measure for a border and space your design so that it flows naturally. Colors can vary from green/blues to brown/golds and reds.
Bring a dust mask, rotary carving tool that accepts a universal chuck or has the ability to accept 3/32 or 3/64 collets, small ball bits, small straight bits or dental bits if you have them, and an apron.
Make an oriental inspired vessel with a lid that is skewered with a bamboo piece and gingko carved leaf atop. Learn how to relief carve in the intaglio style. A round reed border will also be attached using a coiling method. All gourds will be cut, cleaned, drilled and dyed. Dental bits, instructions, and patterns provided. Bring an apron, two or three clothes pins, a bucket for water, dust mask, rotary tool that has universal chuck or collets that are 3/32 and /or 3/64 for bits. You will need small ball bits or straight bits, do not bring diamond bits. Instructor has 5 extra rotary carvers that can be reserved by notifying her in advance.
Use fun shapes in a creative pattern of your choosing to learn how to carve a relief design and three-dimensional shapes. Students must have a rotary tool, proper collets and chucks, and a minimum of a tiny ball tip or engraving tip along with a medium ball tip. Preferable bits are Dremel #105, #106, #107, #116 & #462. You must bring a mask. Safety glasses are adviseable. Some tools and bits may be available for loan or sale – contact instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Create five hooty owls that are each unique and charming. Emphasis on texture and line will be taught using the intaglio relief method of carving on a dark brown gourd that has been twice dyed to help achieve the texture and color effects. Each one will be different and full of personality. Bring dust mask, rotary carving tool that accepts a universal chuck or has the ability to accept 3/32 or 3/64 collets, small ball bits, small straight bits or dental bits if you have them, apron, and painters tape.
The earliest feather trees in America (around 1880) were brought by German immigrants and were made from dyed green or natural goose feathers. This class uses wool strips instead of feathers to make a unique 18-inch table top tree that you can adorn with gourd ornaments or other ornaments of you choice.
Bring sharp scissors.
Make your own holiday gifts and give them to the special people in your life. Create unique and beautiful glass pendants, bracelets, pins, wine bottle stoppers and more, using fusible glass, dichroic glass, frit, and mosaic pieces. Supply fee of $25 payable to the instructor in class. No glass cutting experience required.
Don't miss this hoot of a class! Get step-by-step directions to design an owl on a pre-cleaned apple gourd. After drawing the owl, use different size bits to create light patterns. A light base, cord, and bulb are included. The instructor will have a sample of a wood burned drilled owl for those interested in enjanding their light on their own after class.
As featured in the book: Weaving Gourds by Marianne Barnes. Learn to loosen up with random weave, a technique that allows for a structured or very freeform basket or sculpture. Your weaving stype and tastes will determine the shaping and style. Work with natural and various colors of round reed in several sizes. As a finishing accent, leather lacing, nubby yarn, and seagrass will be provided. Full color pattern included. Bring sharp, strong scissors; small awl (flat or round-tipped); small water container; and old towel.
This creative evening allows those interested in gourd crafts to share ideas and tips to get the most from their gourds. It is open to anyone who has previously taken a gourd class. Cost is $10 per semester. The Gourd Group meets once a month and participants are notified of the meeting dates by email. Current meeting date is the last Wednesday of the month.
Come participate in a weaving marathon on gourds. It starts with a slide show, showing the many examples of different weaving techniques. From these samples, you will design your own project. You can bring your own gourds and weaving materials or opt to buy supplies from the instructor. Bring your own tools for cleaning the gourd and for your individualized design (i.e. wood-burners or carvers). Need more information about what to expect? Contact the instructor at email@example.com.
For those who want to start working with gourds and those who want a "refresher” course! Learn to safely clean the outside of a gourd, cut open and clean the inside, and create a simple decorated bowl using Adirondack inks and a simple craft cord rim. All tools will be supplied, but bring a jig saw if you have one. Bring an apron or wear old clothes. Supply fee of $12 payable to the instructor.
Instructor will provide all students six mini gourds and all supplies for coloring and creating Christmas ornaments, including caps for hanging. Cut, carve, burn and/or paint a work of art to hang on your tree or give as a gift. Supply fee of $12 payable to the instructor.
Learn (or enhance) your chip carving skills! We will use "U" shaped hand gouge tools to chip patterns onto a birdhouse that the bird will flock to! Bring your own gouges or borrow the instructor's (firstname.lastname@example.org). Finish the exterior with leather day, spray varnish, and a leather strap ready to hang. $10.00 fee payable to the instructor.
Bring a rotary tool and ball tip burr with appropriate collet and learn to carve channels for inlaying Heishi Beads. Using a cut and cleaned gourd and Adirondack inks for color, carve a channel to inlay Heishi Beads (small natural strung beads). A simple rim of craft cord can be added. Two or three rotary tools available to borrow from instuctor if necessary (contact email@example.com) Supply fee of $15.00 payable to instructor.
Learn to cut and clean a gourd and then apply a pine needle rim, complete with caps, for a wonderfully-finished rim. Cut the gourd down to a pretty-sized bowl and finish the interior with paint and the exterior with dye. $11.00 fee payable to the instructor.
Create a cut-out turkey pattern on a gourd. Add a battery-operated tea light for added glow. Instructor will provide patterns, gourds, and lights. Bring a mini jigsaw if you have one. Instructor will provide one to share. Supply fee of $10 payable to the instructor.
Have you ever thought about using paper to make beads? What about egg shells to create a focal piece for a necklace? Make several pieces of jewelry by using recyclables or throw-away materials. Do something for yourself and the environment. Recylce, repurpose, and resue material to make a wearable work or art!
Learn the art of Japanese braiding to create stunning necklaces to complement your fused-glass pieces and wire-wrapped creations. Supply fee of $30 payable to the instructor in class. Supplies include Kumihimo board, cord, bobbins, findings, and glue. Pendants are NOT included.
Create a stunning mosaic bird bath for your yard or garden. Using terra cotta flower pots, a terra cotta saucer, and glass pieces, you will design an amazing project that stands approximately 20 inches tall and 16 inches wide. The birds will LOVE it! No glass-cutting experience required. Supply fee of $65 payable to the instructor at the first session.
Create a very unique cascading planter to hang outside using mosaic techniques. The planter is approximately 10 inches by 23 inches. There will be multiple ceramic cups cut in half and assorted tiles broken into small pieces attached with silicone to the front side of the board. The entire board will then be grouted and the edges painted. Small plants can be planted into the cups. Supply fee of $40.00 payable to the instructor at the first session.
Mosaic is the art of creating images with small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials known as tesserae. Learn this unique art form as you use these small pieces of stone or colored glass to create a pattern or pictures. Supply fee of $25 payable to the instructor at the first session. Supplies include backing, mirror, glass, ceramic tiles, glue, and grout. No glass cutting experience required.
Design and create at least three glass projects. Learn the history and techniques of glass cutting, soldering, and copper foiling. Students should wait until first class session to know what supplies are needed. Students are responsible
for cost of supplies at approximately $75.
Now that you have mastered the basic stained glass skills and techniques, you can design your own window panels and Tiffany-style lamps. If time allows, leading will be added. Prerequisite: Stained Glass Beginning.
Need designated time and space to work on your stained glass project? Join Marge Nichols each week for stained glass studio time. NO INSTRUCTION is included but advice and suggestions abound. For the experienced stained glass lover.
Learn the fine art of wire wrapping. Adorn glass cabochons with your unique wire creations! Bring the glass pieces you made in the fused jewelry class. Tools, wire, and glass cabochons included in the supply fee of $25, payable
at the first session.