Garden Crafts

Pamela Palma

Are you new to knitting or need a refresher? Knits and Knots Fringed Scarf class will take the mystery out of knitting and provide you with an opportunity to use up some of the leftover materials in your personal stash. Knitting is so easy to learn! Experienced fiber artist, Pamela Palma, has been knitting since she was four. She will guide you through the simple steps of the two basic knitting stitches, knit and purl. Advanced knitters will be able to try their hands at decorative stitches like bobbles or cables. Pamela teaches the English method. You will learn simple skills to easily manipulate needles and yarn. We will make a whimsical scarf out of leftover bits of yarns, novelty yarns, fun furs, eyelashes, ribbons and threads. We will repurpose our old silk or cotton scarves and fabric remnants from bygone projects into narrow strips suitable for knitting and whip up a fabulous fun fashion accessory! In the last class, you will learn to make fringe as a finishing touch, embellished with left over buttons or beads.

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Fridays, January 18 – February 1 (three sessions)
Registration deadline: Monday, January 14
Member, $45; Non-member, more $65

Deedee Skigen

Bring the spirit of the garden home with you after taking this clever class. This is not your grandmother’s flower. Using the centuries old technique of wet felting, you will create an inspired flower. You will tap into your inner artist as you form and roll wool roving, using water and lots of elbow grease, into a wearable piece of art. After you learn the basics of wet felting, you will soon be creating trendsetting pieces for yourself and others. Pre-made kits for this project will be available for sale.

10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 19 (one session)
Registration deadline: Monday, January 14
Member, $35; Non-member, $50

Pamela Palma

Remember blueprints? Well, that’s cyanotype! You’ll love it when your friends ask you where you got your beautiful silk shawl and you can reply, “I designed it myself with a little help from the Sun and Mother Nature.” Come join fabric artist Pamela Palma as she guides you through the history of cyanotype—the photographic printing process that gives us cyan-blue prints—and teaches you how to create your own “positive and negative” one of-a-kind piece of wearable art. Ms. Palma will have samples on display and will also review the basic design principles of rhythm, repetition, symmetry and balance. Then, using palm fronds, leaves and other found objects, she will help guide you toward creating aesthetically pleasing creations. Students will make rough sketches of their designs and then experiment on small sample pieces of treated cotton before introducing their own masterpieces to the magic of the sun. Once those rays of sunlight touch the fabric—voilà—your work of art will magically appear on the silk chiffon! Fairchild will supply the specially treated 15” x 60” silk chiffon scarf, practice cloth and liquid silk paints. A basic supply list of items easily found at home will be sent with registration. Bring a light lunch to enjoy while creating your project.

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Section A: Wednesday, February 6 (one session)
Registration deadline: Monday, January 28
Section B:
Wednesday, April 17 (one session)
Registration deadline: Monday, April 8
Fee per section:
Member, $40; Non-member, $60

Deedee Skigen

In this two-part class, you will learn how to take a plain sheet of copper and transform it into an intricately embossed design. This one of a kind design will be the subject of your very own jewelry piece. Come ready to have fun and get a little messy in the process. Materials list provided upon registration. Kits will be available for $25, payable to the instructor.

6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, February 13 - 20 (two sessions)
Registration deadline: Tuesday, February 5
Member, $45; Non-member, $65

Lynn Yuhr

This class will introduce students to the basics and variations of creating wire earrings with embellishments. Each student will come away from the class with at least three finished pairs of earrings. If you have a special pair of beads, stones or crystals that you have been meaning to make use of, take this opportunity to make something beautiful and unique. Whether you like your earrings sweet and simple or elaborate and bold, you will be sure to create something that suits your taste. No previous wire working experience is necessary. A kit fee of $15 will be payable directly to the instructor for supplies and expendables for this class. This kit will contain all of the materials to complete three pairs of earrings, including the silver-filled wire, crystals, metal spacers and glass beads.

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. SOLD OUT
Saturday, February 16 (one session)
Registration deadline: Monday, February 11
Fee: Member, $35; Non-Member, $45

Linda Richman

Seen in trendy boutiques and on TV shows like DWTS, these versatile bracelets can be worn with anything from jeans to a little black dress. In this class, you’ll learn Ms. Richman’s simple technique for creating a stunning wrap bracelet for yourself at a fraction of the cost. To construct the bracelet, we will use high quality materials, such as genuine Swarovski crystals, real leather and wax linen. You will review examples of bracelets kept on hand for inspiration and instruction. Kits to make one complete project will be available for $25, payable to the instructor. This class is for all levels—no beading experience is necessary.

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, March 15 (one session)
Registration deadline: Thursday, March 7
Fee: Member, $35; Non-member, $50

Thomas Mann

Please join us for this fun and informative evening with artist, sculptor, gallery owner and lecturer Thomas Mann. For over 42 years Tom has been an active part of the contemporary craft movement. Tom’s playful and iconic jewelry and wearable art pieces form the foundation of his “Techno.Romantic” style. Affordable, creative and colorful, we will have a collection of his very versatile jewelry available for purchase as a part our trunk show and sale. From production pieces to one-of-a-kind pieces, there’s a piece of Tom’s work out there just waiting for you to find it! And, as a part of this show and tell session, Tom will recount his experiences from 911 and Katrina, to surviving the economic crisis – all the while working to keep his business and career successful and invigorated. He will also share some of his tricks on working every angle to keep his boat afloat in the tumultuous seas of the American economy. Please join us for what promises to be a memorable evening.

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Reception and Trunk Show and Sale
7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Introduction and Lecture
Thursday, March 21 (one session)
Registration deadline: Monday, March 18
Fee: Members, $15; Non-members, $25

Jewelry Art Guild (JAG) Members will be admitted gratis.

Linda Richman

Learn to make chic and fashionable bracelets using a pre-made leather cuff, wire and beads. Artist Linda Richman will guide you as you explore the endless design possibilities your materials present you. You will learn how to create your own fabric beads to embellish your cuff along with glass and metal baubles. These bold bracelets are gorgeous statement pieces and add character to any outfit. Kits to make one complete leather cuff will be available for $18, payable to the instructor. This class is suitable for students of all levels.

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 28 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, March 22
Fee: Member, $30; Non-member, $40

Diane V. Jones

Learn the age-old craft of beading in the tranquil setting of a Garden classroom. Your patient instructor will demonstrate various styles of knotting as you work on your first project: a single strand pearl necklace. Then, let the varied greens of the Garden’s foliage and its vibrantly colored tropical blossoms inspire you as you choose items (loose pearls, gem stones, beads, etc.) to use in the second session, when you’ll learn how to combine them in a necklace. A simplified kit will be available for sale at the first session. Additional stands of gorgeous pearls will be available during the second session.

6:00 to 9:00 p.m. SOLD OUT
Thursdays, April 4 - 11 (two sessions)
Registration deadline: Thursday, March 28
Fee: Member, $40; Non-member, $55

Deedee Skigen

Get ready to travel back in time to learn the ancient art of chainmaille. This art has been created in the same way for over 3,000 years. Each ring is opened and closed by hand to create a specific pattern for protection or adornment. Many butchers still use protective chainmaille gloves when working with saws and knives. Modern generations have adapted these techniques for clothing and jewelry. In this class, you will learn the basics of creating and sizing the rings as well as putting them together to form a finished piece. You will learn to put together three popular patterns that can be made into necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. Materials list provided upon registration. There will be tools and supplies available for purchase as well as a kit for $20, payable to the instructor. All levels of experience and skill are welcome.

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 25 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, April 19
Fee: Member, $35; Non-Member, $45

Lynn Yuhr

Art journaling is a combination of book making, painting, sketching, doodling and writing. This mixed media adventure requires no training or special skills. Art journals are a fun, no-stress art form that allows freedom of expression that is unique to you. These art journals can be used as sketchbooks, diaries, travel journals or simply for holding inspirational thoughts. Bring your sense of adventure and willingness to get a little messy as you create beautiful works of art. Each class presents you an opportunity to learn and explore new techniques as you experiment and play with ideas. There is a $10 kit fee per session payable to the instructor to cover supplies and expendables.

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Thursdays, May 16 – 30 (three sessions)
Registration deadline: Friday, May 10
Fee: Member, $55; Non-Member, $75

Diane V. Jones

Learn to take the basics of peyote to the next level.  Beginners are welcome; but, if you have taken the peyote bead class, this will build your skills. Students work at their own pace with the gentle guidance of Diane’s instructions. You will be introduced to many embellishing techniques. A basic kit will be available for sale at the first session. Additional beads and embellishments will also be available for sale.

10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fridays, May 17 - 24 (two sessions)
Registration deadline: Friday, May 10
Fee: Member, $35; Non-member, $50

Lynn Yuhr

Expand on your basic knowledge of earring design and practice a few wirework designs that are perfect for earrings. This class is a good introduction to working with wire for earring designs. We start out simple with a basic spiral and work up to a heart-shaped design. In addition, we will cover how to make your own post earrings without soldering! No previous wire working experience is necessary. A kit fee of $15 payable to the instructor will cover supplies and expendables for this class. This kit will contain all of the materials to complete three pairs of earrings, including the silver-filled wire, metal and glass beads.

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 18 (one session)
Registration deadline: Monday, May 13
Fee: Member, $35; Non-Member, $45