Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Stranded Knitting Master Class"
July 9-10, 2022
 

Learn the interesting technique of stranded knitting, a variation of the Fair Isle Technique, with New York fashionista and published designer, Berta Karapetyan. Students will learn how to do the stranded knitting in the round and back and forth (on right side and wrong side of the garment), including the reading of the charts both ways. Students in this class should have intermediate knitting skills. Students should bring $25 cash to pay the instructor for the materials, which will be provided for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Berta Karapetyan
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Tensile Fabric Sails"
July 16, 2022
 

Learn the art of creating fabric sails based on the hyberbolic-paraboloid principle, a 3-D geometry that generates strong curves that soar in space! Instructor Aris Georges will demonstrate basic principles of shapes, simple knots and anchoring methods. The group will create an installation at Shake Rag Alley, with each participant on the team stretching a shape in space. Fabrics for the installation will be provided. Students can transfer the skills to home and garden projects of their own later, i.e., garden shades/sculptures or interior space decor.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Aris Georges
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Robust Rag Rug"
July 16, 2022
 

Weave a traditional "rag" rug on an antique heavy-duty loom made just for this purpose. You will be making a serious piece of floor covering, about 28" wide and 5' long. The looms are warped and ready to go — just show up and weave! We have tons of new fabric available, so you can choose your favorite colors and patterns. The finished product will be durable, washable, and uniquely yours. No previous weaving experience needed. Also held August 14, October 8, November 6.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Christmas in July! Christmas Stockings Workshop!"
July 26-27, 2022
 

Learn how to work on cables, heel with short rows, toe, crochet cord, pom-pom and more with New York fashionista and published designer, Berta Karapetyan in this exciting 2-Day workshop! Berta will show students all the tips and techniques to designing and executing their own Christmas Stocking for the Holidays! What an invaluable gift for yourself or a loved one! Join us to make something memorable and learn a craft that keeps giving! Students should bring $25 cash to pay the instructor for the materials, which will be provided for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Berta Karapetyan
Cost: $230
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Needle Felted Animal Sculptures"
July 28, 2022
 

In this fauna-inspired workshop, we will learn how to make incredibly realistic 3-dimensional felt sculptures of our beloved animals. The class will start with an overview of wool types and needles that are used for felting. We will then experiment with various felting techniques and will work on prepping the wool and creating a wire skeleton for your sculpture. In the second half of the class we will add wool to the skeleton and apply the needle-felting techniques to complete the felted animal. All materials will be provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tamara Tsurkan
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Hand Stitching Design for Art Quilts"
August 13-14, 2022
 

Hand stitching is often associated with “active meditation,” because while your hands are busy, your mind is free to relax and wander. This class will focus on hand stitching a small and elegant fabric art quilt. Students will quickly compose a simple abstract design from a kit supplied by the instructor. The majority of class time will focus on enhancing the composition with simple embroidery stitches. Although the stitches are quickly learned, the opportunity for creativity is endless.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Suzi Dillinger
Cost: $185
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Robust Rag Rug"
August 14, 2022
 

Weave a traditional "rag" rug on an antique heavy-duty loom made just for this purpose. You will be making a serious piece of floor covering, about 28" wide and 5' long. The looms are warped and ready to go — just show up and weave! We have tons of new fabric available, so you can choose your favorite colors and patterns. The finished product will be durable, washable, and uniquely yours. No previous weaving experience needed. Also held October 8, November 6.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Local Color: Botanical Printing & Dyeing"
September 8-10, 2022
 

During this workshop students learn about the history of dyeing and printing with plants; how to prepare fabric for dyeing and printing; ways to secure and alter dye color on cloth; and many ways to get patterns and images on fabric with a variety of mordants and plant materials. We begin by gathering our printing and dyeing plants from the area surrounding the workshop (and at home). Then we explore dyeing solid and mottled colors with botanical pigments both individually and in combination; printing plant materials onto fabrics; eco-printing and dyeing together. These fabrics will all have a distinct connection to the place and time of the workshop.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Binkley
Cost: $350 + $30 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Contemporary Boro Scarf"
September 17, 2022
 

With an emphasis on the Japanese Boro aesthetics, we will use improvisation to create a wearable scarf, or surface design panel to use in another project if you choose, using a sewing machine. The scarf panel will be adorned with the rich textures of improv Sashiko hand-stitching using colorful threads to give your work textural elegance. The big stitch look invigorates the maker's creation for an unparalleled, textural, bespoke piece. These techniques will accent your current sewing projects beautifully, ranging from quilts to garments. Beginners are welcome, but confidence in setting up and using a sewing machine is necessary.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maday Delgado
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Autumn Adornments: Leaf Pins"
September 24, 2022
 

Spend a fun day learning to make unique pins celebrating autumn leaves. Bring a sharp scissors, pencil and paper to class. Cynde will provide supplies to get you started. We will learn two embroidery stitches, plus how to sew on beads. An assortment of embroidery floss, naturally dyed wool and beads will be available to customize your design. If you have special floss or beads you’d like to use bring them to class. Once you get started, make more on your own for gifts. Some sewing experience a plus. Materials provided: Hand-dyed wool, sewing needles, embroidery floss, beading thread, beads, batting, templates for leaves, glue, white and black charcoal pencils, pin backs.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Cost: $70 + $15 kit fee
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Primitive Rug Hooking Retreat With Wide Cut Wool"
September 30 - October 2, 2022
 

Explore primitive rug hooking using soft muted colors and wool textures such as plaids, stripes, herringbones, checks, etc. Kris teaches primitive rug hooking, which encompasses wide cuts of at least #8 and above. All the color planning will be done in class and we will build the colors as we go to ensure a lovely rug. As time allows, different techniques and tips will be discussed to make your rug hooking journey easier and more creative. You may hook any primitive/wide cut rug hooking pattern of your choice. You may bring textured wool from your own stash, or you may select and purchase from the wide variety of exciting wool that the teacher will bring to the workshop.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kris Miller
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Robust Rag Rug"
October 8, 2022
 

Weave a traditional "rag" rug on an antique heavy-duty loom made just for this purpose. You will be making a serious piece of floor covering, about 28" wide and 5' long. The looms are warped and ready to go — just show up and weave! We have tons of new fabric available, so you can choose your favorite colors and patterns. The finished product will be durable, washable, and uniquely yours. No previous weaving experience needed. Also held November 6.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Robust Rag Rug"
November 6, 2022
 

Weave a traditional "rag" rug on an antique heavy-duty loom made just for this purpose. You will be making a serious piece of floor covering, about 28" wide and 5' long. The looms are warped and ready to go — just show up and weave! We have tons of new fabric available, 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: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Quilting Made Easy"
November 19-20, 2022
 

Interested in making a few quilt tops but don’t want to purchase fabric yardage? This class is for you! Have a stash of loved fabric and want something new to do with it? This class is for you! Come join Dierdra for a low-stress, fun weekend using pre-cuts to make lap-size quilts. Learn different patterns and new ways to sew and cut the pre-cut fabric. Bring your own pre-cuts, or Dierdra will have some available in class for $60.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dierdra Stary
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


 

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