Arts and Crafts: Crafts

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

Discover, sample and expand your artistic talent with needlecraft, weaving, knit and crochet, glass and ceramic, papercraft, and metals and blacksmithing classes.

Program Coordinator

Continuing Education



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New Needle Felt: Vikings

Learn to needle felt an adorable three-dimensional Viking! Students will felt by using a single-barbed needle that agitates the wool fiber into a form. This is a fun beginning class for wool felting. After learning this technique, students can work on more projects at home to create their own designs. Senior discount does not apply.
CRFT:713 | $49
S01 | W 5-8 p.m.
July 25 | Craft Central

New Summer Garland and Banners

Crochet isn’t just for the cold winter months. Summer is a great season to crochet! Learn how to crochet several types of bright happy garlands, banners and buntings to decorate with. Basic crochet skills required. Bring 3 to 5 skeins of different colored yarns (same weight), and appropriate sized hook.
CRFT:713 | $49 | SR $31.50
S04 | Th 6-9 p.m. | Dee Levang
July 12 – July 19 | MC - SW 102

Thread Painting

Learn to combine fabric, yarn and thread on a sewing machine to create a beautiful 10 x10 inch picture to hang on your wall or use as a hotpad. No sewing experience necessary but helpful. All materials and use of sewing machines provided at class.
CRFT:713 | $39 | SR $29
S05 | Tu 9 a.m.-noon | Anne Stirnemann
June 26 | City Sewing Room

Introduction to Your Sewing Machine

Overcome your hesitation in using your sewing machine. From old machines to brand new ones, they all work basically the same. Learn how a sewing machine works and practice sewing. Use one of our machines or bring your own. Machines must be in working order.
CRFT:713 | $29 | SR $19
S06 | Sa 9 a.m.-noon | Anne Stirnemann
June 16 | City Sewing Room

Mending 101

Learn how to mend your pants, blouse or jacket. Bring your mending and we will show you how to fix almost any problem. We will review how to hem pants, sew on buttons, put on patches, maybe even fix a zipper. We will use hand sewing and sewing machines - no experience necessary but helpful.
CRFT:713 | $29 | SR $19
S08 | Tu 6-9 p.m. | Anne Stirnemann
July 24 | City Sewing Room

Introduction to Upholstery

Get a hands-on introduction to basic upholstery as you explore the tricks to re-covering the seat of an old dinning room chair and learn to create a new seat structure with webbing. Plus, you’ll leave with your own handmade webbing stretcher. With all this knowledge, you won’t be able to stop re-envisioning and reupholstering where you sit when you get home! All materials provided. Senior discount does not apply.
CRFT:713 | $39
S09 | Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m.
June 19 |

Embroidery: Design and Stitch

Embroidery doesn’t have to be dancing dishes or kittens in mittens! In this three week class, each student will create a pair of pillowcases that fits your personality. You’ll focus on creating your own designs and using the many resources available to find unique patterns that inspire you. Learn different techniques for transferring designs that are easy and effective. You will learn many stitches, from basic to advanced. Everyone will work together, but each will have a very personalized end product. All supplies included in the cost of the class and will be yours to take home to use again and again. Please bring a pair of scissors to class. No prior experience necessary.
CRFT:728 | $69 | SR $31.50
S01 | W 6-9 p.m. | Magan Harms
June 13 – June 27 | MC - SS 107


Rag Rugs from T-shirts

Learn several ways to turn your old T-shirts into area rugs. Bring 4-5 old T-shirts. We will cut them up and begin a rug using your choice of weaving, knitting, sewing or braiding. No sewing experience necessary. All supplies provided.
CRFT:713 | $39 | SR $29
S07 | Tu 6-9 p.m. | Anne Stirnemann
July 10 | City Sewing Room

Beginning Weaving: Table Runner

Students will learn the basics of weaving. You will work on a 4-shaft pre-loaded tabletop loom of white cotton. Students will be allowed to pick from a variety of colors for their table runner. All materials included. Senior discount does not apply.
CRFT:713 | $89
S03 | Su 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
July 1 | Craft Central
S02 | Sa 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Aug. 4 | Craft Central

Knit and Crochet

Knitting 101: Beginning Techniques for All Seasons

Knitting isn’t just for making winter garments and accessories. Use linen, silk and lighter threads and yarns to make projects and garments that will be useful all year round. Cover the basics - casting on, increasing and decreasing, finishing, a variety of stitches and more. Get lots of information and tips for future projects as well as help reading patterns. You may bring unfinished projects. All levels welcome. Supply list sent.
CRFT:720 | $49 | SR $37
S01 | Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Cristin Greenlee
June 5 – June 19 | MC - SO 112

Knit in a Day

A crash course in knitting. Learn the basics in one fell swoop (casting on, knitting, purling, pattern reading, cabling & binding off) and be on your way to impress friends and yourself. It’s such a beautiful form of handiwork and so worth the time. You may bring snacks or a sack lunch. Supply list sent.
CRFT:720 | $49 | SR $37
S02 | Sa 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Thi Miller
June 30 | FP - G Tower,113

Knitting: The Next Step

Broaden your skills beyond basic knitting and purling. Learn techniques for increasing and decreasing, making lace, cabling, fixing mistakes and simple pattern reading. Supply list sent. Prerequisite: Knit 101 or equivalent experience.
CRFT:722 | $49 | SR $37
S01 | Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Cristin Greenlee
July 10 - July 17 | MC - SO 112

Crochet I

Crocheting isn’t just for making winter hats. Use linen, silk and lighter threads and yarns to make projects and garments that will be useful all year round. Crochet basic stitches: single, double and triple, learn to decrease and increase. Make a simple piece and get help reading patterns. You may bring your unfinished project. Both beginning and continuing students welcome. Supply list sent.
CRFT:724 | $49 | SR $31.50
S02 | Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Dee Levang
June 12 – June 26 | MC - SS 107

Crochet II

Go beyond the basics of crochet with this class. Learn how to make tubular and textured stitches, half-double and treble crochet stitches, how to increase and decrease and how to crochet a flat circle. Practice reading patterns. After this class, you will be an Intermediate Crocheter! You may bring your own projects. Prerequisite: Crochet I or equivalent experience. Supply list sent.
CRFT:726 | $49 | SR $31.50
S02 | Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Dee Levang
July 10 – July 24 | MC - SS 107

Tunisian Crochet I

Tunisian Crochet is a type of crochet that uses an elongated hook, often with a stopper on the handle end, called a Tunisian or Afghan hook. It is sometimes considered to be a mixture of crocheting and knitting. Some techniques used in knitting are also applicable in Tunisian crochet. Tunisian crochet has the look of knitting and uses similar stitches to crocheting, so if you can knit or crochet you will pick it up quickly. Learn the Tunisian foundation row, simple stitch, knit stitch, purl stitch, increasing and decreasing, binding off and joining, reading patterns and charts, color changing all while making a stitch sampler scarf. Supply list sent.
CRFT:724 | $49 | SR $31.50
S01 | Sa 9 a.m.-noon | Dee Levang
June 16 – June 23 | MC - SO 112

Tunisian Crochet II

Now that you’ve learned the basics of Tunisian Crochet (simple stitch, knit stitch, purl stitch and reverse stitch) in Tunisian Crochet I, what’s next? In this class, you’ll learn several ways to change colors, working in the round with a double ended hook, combination stitches and seaming techniques. Bring a project in progress and get help if needed, too. Supply list sent.
CRFT:724 | $49 | SR $31.50
S03 | Sa 9 a.m.-noon | Dee Levang
July 14 – July 21 |MC - SO 112

Glass and Ceramics

Asian Tea Set

Create a custom painted ceramic Asian tea set with a pot and two tea cups. Students will choose a glaze to paint their project. Students may also choose to transfer a pattern onto the set and paint the image from a variety of under-glazes. Projects will be fired and ready for pickup within one week. Senior discount does not apply.
CRFT:740 | $49
S01 | M 6-8 p.m.
June 18 | Craft Central

Mosaic Birdhouse

Students will apply mosaic glass to the roof and at least two sides of a ceramic-glazed birdhouse. Students will complete their mosaic birdhouse by grouting the second week. Your completed birdhouse will be a beautiful handmade addition to any garden! All materials included. Senior does not apply.
CRFT:740 | $69
S04 | Sa 10 a.m.-noon
June 9 – June 16 | Craft Central
*** Section number was incorrectly listed as S02 in the Summer 2018 Catalog.

Stained Glass: Sun Catcher

A beginner’s workshop for those curious about stained glass. Students will be introduced to the process of making a stained glass piece. The class also includes explanation of equipment and terminology. You will learn the techniques for cutting and grinding, as well as copper foiling and soldering your own sun catcher in this course. All materials included. Senior discount does not apply.
CRFT:740 | $79
S02 | Sa 1-4:30 p.m.
July 14 | Craft Central

Painting With Bubbles

Bubbles are not just for kids! By combining paint, water and dish detergent, you will create a unique salad bowl. Choose your own colors. Pieces will be fired and picked up at the shop one week after the class. Fee includes all materials and firing.
CRFT:741 | $65 | SR $50
S01 | W 7-9 p.m. | Janet Becker
June 13 | Painted Zebra-Kirkwood

Whimsical Flower Pot

Paint a medium ceramic flowerpot and tray with flowers, grass, a sun, clouds, butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars, bees or any combination. Choose your own colors. The completed flower pot will be suitable for either indoor or outdoor use. Your plants will thank you for a unique personalized home. Pieces will be fired and ready for pickup at the shop one week after the class. Fee includes all materials and firing. Senior discount does not apply.
CRFT:741 | $49
S02 | W 7-9 p.m. | Janet Becker
June 27 | Painted Zebra-Kirkwood


Suminagashi: Japanese Paper Marbling

Learn how to make beautiful marbled paper using the ancient Japanese art of Suminagashi. Discover the secrets to marbling using a simple floating ink process. Take home sheets of marbled paper to turn into cards, book covers, works of art, or anything your heart desires. You’ll also take home your own marbling kit and pan to do hundreds more designs. Supplies included in class costs. Dress appropriately to work with ink and water.
CRFT:742 | $59 | SR $46.50
S01 | W 6-9 p.m. | Magan Harms
July 25 | MC - SS 107
*** Class has been moved from SS 105 to SS 107.

Waterfall Scrapbook

Traditional scrapbooks can be quick and easy to make. Come learn how to create this custom scrapbook - it would make a great gift or keep it for yourself to show off your family. Who doesn’t love a brag book full of pictures? We will use stamping techniques, embellishments and more to create this one-of-a-kind waterfall scrapbook. We will complete the scrapbook in class, all you will have to do is add your pictures when you get home. Fee includes most materials. Supply list will be sent. LAST DAY TO ENROLL OR DROP IS FRIDAY, 7/13. NO REFUNDS AFTER THIS DATE.
CRFT:742 | $55 | SR $45
S02 | Sa 9 a.m.-12 noon | Patti Bossi
July 21 |MC - BA 105

Stamp A Stack

Join us each class to create some fabulous cards. Each class you will create five cards using different stamping techniques. Ending in July, you will have a total of 15 hand-crafted unique cards to use throughout the year! Fee includes most materials. Supply list sent. LAST DAY TO ENROLL OR DROP IS FRIDAY 5/25. NO REFUNDS AVAILABLE AFTER THIS DATE. Class dates: 6/2, 6/30 & 7/28.
CRFT:742 | $65 | SR $47.50
S03 | Sa 9-11 a.m. | Patti Bossi
June 2, June 30, July 28 | MC - BA 105

Metals and Blacksmithing

Beginning Blacksmith: Create a Wall Mount J-Hook

A blacksmith creates objects from wrought iron or steel by forging the metal and using tools to hammer, bend, and cut to create useful items. In this introductory class, you will explore the craft of blacksmithing to make your very own wall mount J-hook! Join us to learn the proper use of blacksmithing tools including proper fire and forge control while you hammer and twist steel in the traditional blacksmith medium. Please wear protective clothing! You will be exposed to hot steel being hammered, which emits sparks that can come in contact with your clothing. Protective means your arms and legs should be covered, and you must wear closed-toed shoes. Gloves and safety glasses will be provided and limited shop aprons are available on-site. Senior discount does not apply.
CRFT:753 | $85
S02 | Sa 9-11:30 a.m.
June 2 | Mueller Industries
S03 | Sa 9-11:30 a.m.
July 7 | Mueller Industries
S04 | Sa 9-11:30 a.m.
August 4 | Mueller Industries

Copper Chasing: Leaves

Metalsmithing is one of the oldest occupations, producing useful items such as tools, kitchenware, tableware, jewelry, and more for centuries. Shaping metal with a hammer is the fundamental element of smithing. In this class, you will learn how to cold-hammer copper and apply the technique of copper chasing to create images in copper plates! All materials included. Senior discount does not apply.
CRFT:753 | $99
S05 | M 4-7 p.m.
June 4 – June 11 | Craft Central
S06 | Su 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 15 – July 22 | Craft Central

Metalsmithing: Enameling

Enamel is a specially prepared glass that is applied to metal and then fused onto the metal. Students will learn basic surface and finishing techniques to applying enamels. Techniques including: shifting, stencil, stamping, sgraffito, cloisonne and how to apply silver foil. Supplies included in the cost of the class. No class 7/5, 7/19.
CRFT:753 | $245 | SR $160
S07 | Th 6-9 p.m. | Kevin Linn
May 31 – Aug. 2 | FV - E 290

At the time of registration, adults 60 years and older may enroll in select courses for the reduced fee shown as the "SR" price. Reduction will be calculated at check-out in the online system.

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