Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Sashiko: Japanese Hand Stitching for Beginners"
March 22, 2018
 

Sashiko (literally “little stabs”) is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear or to repair worn places or tears with patches, this running stitch technique is often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery. Sashiko embroidery was used to strengthen the homespun clothes of olden times. Worn out clothes were pieced together to make new garments by using simple running stitches. These clothes increased their strength with this durable embroidery. Modern day sashiko stitching is not restricted to the traditional indigo colored fabric but uses a variety of color combinations, and it is considered a beautiful surface embellishment for fabrics.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maday Delgado
Cost: $80
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Bead Embroidery: Beyond the Basics"
March 24, 2018
 

Have you had some bead embroidery experience, or taken Lisa’s Beginning Bead Embroidery class and now want to learn even more beautiful techniques? Come to this one-day workshop with a pair of sharp scissors and your creative thinking. Students will receive a kit with beads, thread, and a sampler base, plus hand-outs. Students learn how to beautifully and securely incorporate larger beads, buttons, and cabochons into your quilts and bead embroideries. They also explore a variety of edge stitches and fringe techniques while creating a sampler to take home for future reference and inspiration.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Binkley
Cost: $110 ($80 class fee, $30 kit fee)
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Single Stitch Bead Crochet Bracelets"
April 7, 2018
 

Using the same stitch as yarn crochet, students will learn how to make artwork inspired bead crochet bracelets. During class, students will learn how to crochet the stitch and incorporate beads, how to read bead crochet patterns and how to finish pieces. Technical aspects of the class include how to adjust the design for sizing, how to overcome mistakes such as missed stitches or incorrect bead stringing, adding thread and beads and thread and hook usage.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Candice Sexton
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"The Fabric Vessel"
April 14-15, 2018
 

Explore the 3-D nature of the fibers media! Using a template (we’ll have several forms you may choose from), you will begin by making a felt box - and then you’ll be free to branch out with your own ideas for embellishment. Making one of these small (3” – 6”) vessels allows you to incorporate many media into your project—everything from beading and embroidery to applique and painting. Really, the sky is the limit! If you’d like, bring your own special beads, sequins and buttons as well as favorite fabrics, yarns and threads to incorporate into your unique container.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ellen Donaldson Allen
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"From Table Decor to Floor: Up-cycled Doily Rug"
April 21-22, 2018
 

Clean out your closet! Turn those unused tee shirts into a really large doily – one that will keep your toes happy as you use it underfoot as a rug. We’ll first learn several ways to make tee shirt yarn – a great up-cycled way to keep your old tees out of the landfill. Next we’ll consider color and pattern, and then commence crocheting on the big scale. Expect to make a wonderfully textured round rug up to 36” in diameter, or several smaller rugs if you choose. Embellishment, such as adding trendy tassels, fringe, or flowers, will be addressed on day two. Intermediate knowledge of crochet technique is necessary to complete this project in the time allowed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Katie Schutte
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Book Making Workshop with the Madison Bone Folder's Guild"
April 21, 2018
 

Students in this class will be making painted papers to use for covers in the construction of a Cross Structured book style, which is an exposed stitch binding. The covers will be painted from a selection of different techniques and medias. Students may choose which media look they prefer for their covers. Each binding is hand stitched by the students creating a unique hand bound book. Two books will be completed in this class.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Madison Bone Folder's Guild members
Cost: $70
Sponsor: River Arts Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Weave a Swedish Lace Table Runner"
May 19, 2018
 

Come prepared to jump in and weave! In this workshop, a tabletop loom will be warped and ready for you to start working the shuttle right off the bat. You will be making a traditional openwork pattern out of sturdy, washable 100% cotton yarn. Swedish Lace is known for its decorative geometric qualities that contrast repeating areas of solid cloth with sections of windowpane. It’s an attractive and stable fabric well suited to enhancing your dining room table. Finishing options will be discussed. Materials fee includes enough yarn to make a 5 foot runner plus your sample weaving.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Nutter
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Felted Images - Paint with Wool"
June 2, 2018
 

Learn to make images with wool fibers using both needle-felting and wet-felting. Start with a rectangle of pre-felted wool, then using colored wool roving and shapes cut from more colored pre-felted wool, lay out and needle down your design. Finish with a little wet-felting to flatten and finish your picture. You may bring a picture or design for inspiration. All tools and wool are supplied.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cheryl Smeja
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Robust Rag Rug"
June 9, 2018
 

This is the real deal - a traditional "rag" rug woven on an antique heavy-duty loom made just for this purpose. No loose and wimpy bathmat crafted on a cardboard frame in this class! You will instead be making a serious piece of floor covering, about 28" wide and at least 5' long. We have tons of new fabric so you can choose your favorite colors and patterns. The finished product will be durable, washable and uniquely yours. No previous weaving experience needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic’
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Stacked Woven Bezel"
June 15-17, 2018
 

Learn to wire weave a bezel setting to capture two or more gemstone cabochons in a single project, embellished with a large bead and waves of woven wire accents. These techniques may be utilized in a variety of projects, with any number of cabochons, creating a versatile set of skills to further your jewelry-making adventures. While this workshop showcases a specific design, students will be encouraged to explore and experiment for some truly one-of-a-kind creations. Students will leave with a completed project, ready to wear! Materials fee covers all wire, chains, stones and beads. It is recommended students have prior experience with wire wrapping, utilizing multiple wires in a single project.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Hanna
Cost: $380
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Weave a Bamboo Scarf - Start to Finish"
June 23-24, 2018
 

Through hands-on experience, acquire the skills to set up a 4-harness tabletop loom and get weaving! On the first morning, you will practice winding the warp and dressing the loom (threading the heddles and winding the warp onto the loom). Then you’ll learn to read a draft (pattern) and make a sampler of plain (tabby) weave and an assortment of twill weaves. On day two, you’ll weave a full-length scarf of smooth and lightly lustrous 50/50 mercerized cotton and bamboo yarns. Finishing options will be discussed. Each student will have a loom to work on. (Bring your own or use one of ours!) Sleek, soft, and sustainable bamboo rayon and mercerized cotton yarns, approximately 'fingering' sized, will be provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Nutter
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Deep Into Indigo Retreat"
July 13-15, 2018
 

A women's creative weekend getaway to learn Shibori, Batik, and other fabric resist techniques for dyeing with indigo. Great value! All food, beverages and lodging plus piles of fabric and paper to play with, unlimited access to prepared indigo dye vats, and gifts and prizes all for one low price!
 
Location: Westby, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennifer Falkowski
Cost: $650 - $750
Website, email, 608-852-3970


"Beginning Embroidery: Summer Spiral with Rumi Wisdom"
July 28, 2018
 

Pick up a needle and learn some stitches! This class covers the basics - ways to transfer images, stretching fabric on a hoop, beginning and ending thread without a knot and choosing the best needle for your project. From there we’ll focus on stitches (blanket stitch, french knots, satin stitch, back stitch, lazy daisy, stem stitch and chain stitch) all while working on a summery spiral design featuring a Rumi quote. Special attention will be paid to various ways to stitch text. This class is designed for someone who has never done any embroidery or hasn't done it for a long time and wants a refresher.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Leschke
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Beginning Rug Hooking: The Castle Rug"
August 3-5, 2018
 

With this elegant Castle pattern project, you will master many hooking techniques including how to hook straight lines and curves, the Kaleidoscope technique, and ways to transition to different colors. We will cover types of rugs, different cuts of wool and various backings, color planning, finishing options, and alternative tools and materials. You may not have time to complete your piece, but all stages of rug finishing will be covered. You will leave with easy directions, including all you need to know to hook larger rugs. No previous experience necessary, but seasoned hookers are welcome. Materials fee includes pattern on linen and pre-cut wool strips.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Teresa Steele
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Dynamic Duo! Nature Printing on Colored Backgrounds"
August 11-12, 2018
 

Dive into the world of natural dyes and the modern process of eco-printing by combining two techniques. Begin by exploring natural dyes, mordants and color modifiers, learning to work with them while coloring several silk scarves – then, on day two, witness the transformations that occur when printing on colored fabrics. Learn to identify dye plants and create a bundle. Learn to identify tannins and use them to affect the outcome. Bundle your dyed scarves from the day before with plant material foraged from Shake Rag Alley’s campus and unwrap a surprise at the end of the day! You’ll leave with three finished scarves, dye, tannin test swatches, and the knowledge to work with your local plants at home!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sharlene Bohr
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Beginning Macrame"
August 18, 2018
 

It’s back! From its mysterious origins (Ancient China? Medieval Arabia?) to the hippie era, the knotting of rope for function, fashion, and decoration has persisted. Learn the basics of macramé in this one-day workshop. We’ll cover knotting terminology and strategies for rope management as you master the lark’s head, the square knot, and the many variations of the half hitch. You’ll come away with an attractive sampler, suitable for hanging. No previous experience is needed – but be careful, macramé can be addictive!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cathy Jackson
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"More Macramé"
August 19, 2018
 

In this more advanced workshop, students will explore their own ideas for a sizeable macramé wall hanging. With guidance and inspiration from the instructor, students will develop their own design and address the challenges of creating with rope on the large scale. Bring your layout concepts – do you like repetitive and symmetrical or dynamic and unpredictable? In every case, the final product will be a powerful piece of wall décor – bold, trendy, and entirely original. Knowledge of basic knots required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cathy Jackson
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Akasha Dolls"
August 24, 2018
 

Akasha is the Sanskrit word for Spirit, but more directly, it means the basis and essence of all things in the material world. Spirit dolls are art objects that are easy to create from recycled materials. These spirit dolls were initially created as a way work through grief and trauma. The ritualized deconstruction of the garments and repetitive wrapping works as both art technique and meditative process. The finished dolls become the embodiment the spirit of memory and can be used as a vehicle to transfigure sadness. These dolls are easy to create with simple household materials. Some physical dexterity is needed for hand sewing and stitching.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Rug Hooking Retreat"
September 14-16, 2018
 

This class will be an open class. Our focus will be on texture: What is texture? How to create texture. How to use texture. How to create texture on the edge of our rugs. Choose from a vast array of patterns on the instructor’s website, bring your own pattern, or design your own. Nola loves all color - bright to muted! Any size cut is fine. Creativity is taught and encouraged in her class. This annual 3-day Rug Hooking workshop/retreat is open to students of all levels from beginner to advanced. Bring your own pattern, frame, hooks and wools and receive individualized instruction. Open studio time is available on Friday and Saturday evenings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nola Heidbreder
Cost: $255
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Create a Figurative Sculpture Duo"
September 30-October 5, 2018
 

In this week-long intensive Kate will teach the techniques she uses to build her sculptural figures using polymer clay, cloth, and wire construction. Create two sculptures - a horse, bird, or rabbit approximately 15" tall - as your major piece. From a drawing, design and make a fabric pattern, then use wire to build the form that will animate your piece. Use paint, found objects, fabrics, or collage to embellish your work. In the second part of the class you will create a figure to ride, lead - maybe dance - with your fantasy critter. Kate will have patterns available if you feel you are not ready to design your own. Get ready for an extraordinary, fun, and inspiring ride!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Church
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


 

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