Want to get crafty this winter? Sign up for one of these FREE upcoming craft events taught by the Minnesota Textile Center at libraries around the GRRL region. According to their website, textilecentermn.org, they are "a national center for fiber art." The Textile Center's "mission is to honor textile traditions, promote excellence and innovation, nurture appreciation, and inspire widespread participation in fiber art."
What to expect:
Craft - Wet Felted Diffuser: Perk up any room with a one-of-a-kind room diffuser. Pick out your favorite colors of loose wool and learn how to create wet felted balls that hold essential oils. Hang them in your car or room to keep the space smelling light and fresh.
Craft - Modern Tapestry: Learn the basics of tapestry weaving to create a modern-looking wall hanging. Pick your favorite colors and textures to make a one-of-a-kind weaving.
Craft - Clay Bead Keychain: Learn the basics of working with polymer clay— marbling, ball rolling, coiling, and more! Use these techniques to make a number of colorful, patterned beads that you can turn into a keychain.
Craft - Sashiko Stitched Coaster: Sashiko is a form of linear Japanese embroidery using the running stitch to create a pattern and design. Working with authentic Sashiko thread, needle, and pre-designed fabric, learn the stitching process and a bit of its history and come away with a hand stitched coaster!
Craft - Kumihimo Bracelet: Kumihimo is a Japanese art form of braiding that was used to lace up protective armor. Now Kumihimo is used as an art form used to decorate just about anything. This intricate looking braid is surprisingly easy to master and ween you add beads, it creates the perfect accessory.
Craft - Needle Felted Patch: Learn how to needle felt and create painterly effects by blending colors of loose wool roving while working on a design of your own choosing. By using a barbed felting needle and coiling cord, you will create a uniquely shaped patch or brooch to wear!
These program were made possible with Arts & Cultural Heritage Funds from Minnesota's Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment.
|Date & Time||Location||Craft||Registration link|
|Saturday, January 21, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.||Annandale Public Library||Wet Felted Diffuser||Annandale sign up here|
|Saturday, January 21, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.||Grey Eagle Public Library||Wet Felted Diffuser||Grey Eagle sign up here|
|Thursday, January 26, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.||Buffalo Public Library||Needle Felted Patch||Buffalo sign up here|
|Monday, January 30, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.||St. Michael Public Library||Needle Felted Patch||St. Michael sign up here|
|Monday, January 30, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.||Richmond Public Library||Wet Felted Diffuser||Richmond sign up here|
|Friday, February 3, 6:00 p.m.||Upsala Public Library||Clay Bead Keychain||Upsala sign up here|
|Saturday, February 4, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.||St. Cloud Public Library||Clay Bead Keychain||St. Cloud sign up here|
|Saturday, February 11, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.||Clearwater Public Library||Modern Tapestry||Clearwater sign up here|
|Saturday, February 11, 10:30 to Noon||Kimball Public Library||Wet Felted Diffuser||Kimball sign up here|
|Saturday, February 11, 1:00 to 1:30 p.m.||Foley Public Library||Modern Tapestry||Foley sign up here|
|Wednesday, February 15, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.||Delano Public Library||Sashiko Stitched Coaster||Delano sign up here|
|Thursday, February 16, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.||Sauk Centre Sinclair Lewis Library||Clay Bead Keychain||Sauk Centre sign up here|
|Saturday, February 18, 11:00 a.m.||Royalton Public Library||Kumihimo Bracelet||Royalton sign up here|