Crafts

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Florissant Valley | Meramec | South County Education Center | Off-Site

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

Phone

314-984-7777

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Call 314-984-7777 to register for fall classes by phone, or click the button above to register and pay online.

Spin Your Own Yarn on a Drop Spindle

In this class, you will make your own yarn without a spinning wheel! Learn to spin yarn from various fiber preps while using a drop spindle. This class is for beginners and wheel spinners who may not have much experience in drop spindle spinning. All materials included in cost of class. There is a $30 material fee, payable to the instructor at the first class.
CRFT:713 | $35 | Age 60+: $22.50
F10 | Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Dee Levang | Sept. 27-Oct. 11 | MC - SO, 204
NOTE: Date changed from Sept. 6-20 to Sept. 27-Oct. 11.

Non-Knit Yarn Projects

There's no need to know how to knit or crochet to have fun with yarn and fiber. Learn how to do hoop weaving, make pom poms and tassels, wall hangings, wrapped objects and more! Supply list to be emailed, and some supplies will also be available for purchase in class.
CRFT:726 | $49 | Age 60+: $31.50
F03 | Sa 6-9 p.m. | Dee Levang | Nov. 3-10 | MC - SO, 112

Click below to discover more tailored courses:

Sewing

Introduction to Sewing Machines

Sewing machines can be a bit intimidating. Like any other tool, once you become familiar with its pieces and parts you will have more success (and fun!) using it to your advantage. In this introductory course, Jenny Murphy, Director of Perennial, will cover the basic parts and functions of the sewing machine. This crash course will cover threading the machine, threading the bobbin, adjusting tension, adjusting the stitch width and length, and will introduce you to basic sewing language. You will leave with a finished lunch bag and an arsenal of sewing machine knowledge. All materials provided.
CRFT:713 | $30 | Age 60+: $30
F09 | Th 6:30-8 p.m. | Oct. 11 | Perennial

Your Personal Dress Form

Construct a dress from that exactly matches your body. You will begin by being wrapped in paper tape, cutting off this shell and then fill it with foam. We will make a simple stand for the form. Wear good undergarments and old t-shirt. All materials provided.
CRFT:713 | $59 | Age 60+: $47
F06 | Sa 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Anne Stirnemann | Sept. 29 | City Sewing Room

Sewing Halloween Costumes

Get some help in making your child's Halloween costume. Bring your pattern and fabric and we will get it started-or finished if you are stuck in the middle. Must be able to use a sewing machine.
CRFT:713 | $39 | Age 60+: $31.50
F03 | Sa 9 a.m.-noon | Anne Stirnemann | Oct. 6 | City Sewing Room

Holiday Gift Ideas

Discover several great easy gifts you can stitch. Everyone loves the hand crafted gift and you can do it! We have several easy ideas like infinity scarves, cosmetic bags, placemats to choose from. You will be able to make several gifts at class and learn to make more at home. No sewing experience necessary.
CRFT:713 | $59 | Age 60+: $44
F07 | Tu 9 a.m.-noon | Anne Stirnemann | Nov. 27-Dec. 4 | City Sewing Room

Holiday Fairy Garden

Create a holiday themed container garden. Students will construct a miniature fairy house, make miniature decorations, and garden accessories.
CRFT:765 | $79 | Age 60+: $79
F03 | Sa 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Dec. 15 | Craft Central

Knitting

Knitting

Knit in a Day

Join us for a crash course in knitting. You will learn the basics in one fell swoop (casting on, knitting, purling, pattern reading, cabling, and binding off) and be on your way to impress friends and yourself! It's a beautiful form of handiwork that's well worth the time. You may bring snacks or a sack lunch. Supply list sent.
CRFT:720 | $49 | Age 60+: $34
F02 | Sa 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cristin Greenlee | Oct. 20 | MC - SO, 108

Knitting 101

Join us for fun, laughter and knitting fundamentals. You will learn to knit the basics; casting on, knitting and purling, binding off, and finishing. Get lots of information and tips for future projects. Supply list sent.
CRFT:722 | $49 | Age 60+: $34.50
F01 | Tu 6-8 p.m. | Thi Miller | Sept. 11-25 | Nottingham School, 104
F02 | Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Cristin Greenlee | Sept. 25-Oct. 9 | Kirkwood Sr. HS, 105

Knitting: 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 | Age 60+: $34
F03 | Tu 6-9 p.m. | Cristin Greenlee | Oct. 23-Oct. 30 | Kirkwood Sr. HS, 105
NOTE: This course meets for two sessions. The final meeting date is Oct. 30.

Make It and Take It: Pom Hat in the Round

Knit a simple pom hat in the round in one morning! Use the basic knit, and purl stitches and increasing and decreasing techniques to lean how to knit in the round and create a beautiful piece. Prerequisite: Knit 101 or equivalent experience. Supply list sent.
CRFT:720 | $49 | Age 60+: 34
F01 | Sa 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cristin Greenlee | Nov. 10 | MC - SO, 111
NOTE: Due to instructor availability, course has been moved from Nov. 3 to Nov. 10.

Knitting in the Round: Magic Loop Socks

Knitting in the round is incredibly enjoyable, portable and makes a fantastic winter gift. In this class, you will knit a pair of socks. The magic loop method enables you to work projects of small circumference on one long circular needle. With this method, you pull out a loop of cable to divide your stitches, usually into two equal parts. Once you divide your stitches, you can use the free needle tip to knit across half of the stitches. You then rotate the project and work the remaining stitches. You will learn all about the construction of a sock so that it can be made to order. Supply list sent.
CRFT:722 | $59 | Age 60+: $42
F04 | Th 6-8 p.m. | Thi Miller | Sept. 13-Oct. 11 | Nottingham School, 104
NOTE: Course was incorrectly listed in brochure as Oct. 23-30.

Knitted Hats

Experiment with the beautiful brioche stitch. While a single color can be used, it is most striking when used with two contrasting colors. A lovely cowl for the cooler seasons is a great way to practice and perfect this stitch. Supply list sent.
CRFT:722 | $49 | Age 60+: $37
F05 | Tu 6-8 p.m. | Thi Miller | Nov. 27-Dec. 11 | Nottingham School, 104

Knitted Sweater: Cardigan

In this class, we'll work on our first knitted sweater. A sweater is great step for those who are interested in garment knitting or ready to move into more advanced knitting. We'll cover sweater construction, design and shaping, and measurements for various sizes and body shapes.
CRFT:722 | $99 | Age 60+: $77
F06 | Tu 6-8 p.m. | Thi Miller | Oct. 2-Nov. 6 | Nottingham School, 104

Knitted Holiday Ornaments

Deck your home and tree with beautiful knitted ornaments. You can also gift them to family and friends. We'll explored a variety of designs and colors to make the holidays look festive! Supply list sent.
CRFT:722 | $49 | Age 60+: $34.50
F07 | Th 6-8 p.m. | Thi Miller | Nov. 29-Dec. 13 | Nottingham School, 104

Paper Crafts

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 | $55 | Age 60+: $48
F01 | W 6-9 p.m. | Magan Harms | Oct. 24 | STLCC-SC, 102
F02 | Tu 5:45-8:45 p.m. | Magan Harms | Dec. 4 | Nottingham School, 110

NEW! Fabulous Fall Stamping

In this class we will have fun creating some special fall birthday, get well, sympathy and Thanksgiving Day cards using different punches, die cuts, and stamps. You will leave class with five fall cards and one treat holder for the holiday. Fee includes most materials. Supply list sent.
CRFT:742 | $39 | Age 60+: $27.50
F06 | S 9 a.m.-noon | Patti Bossi | Oct. 13 | MC - BA, 105

NEW! Stamp-a-Stack: Christmas Cards

For this class we are going to focus on hand-crafted Christmas cards. We will meet once a month: September, October and November. Each month, we will create 5 cards for a total of 15 cards. To make sure your cards stay strong and hold, please purchase permanent double sided adhesive. Fee includes most materials. Supply list sent.
CRFT:742 | $59 | Age 60+: $40
F05 | Sa 9-11:30 a.m. | Patti Bossi | Sept. 8, Oct. 20, Nov. 3 | MC - BA, 105

Crochet

Crochet in a Day

A crash course in crocheting. Learn the basics in one fell swoop and be on your way to impress friends and yourself. This beautiful form of handiwork is so worth the time. You may bring snacks or a sack lunch. Supply list sent.
CRFT:724 | $49 | Age 60+: $31.50
F05 | Sa 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Dee Levang | Sept. 22 | MC - SO, 109

Tunisian Crochet in a Day

Tunisian Crochet is a type of crochet that uses an elongated hook, often with a stopper on the handle end, called an Tunisian or Afghan hook. It is sometimes considered to be a mixture of crocheting and knitting. Learn the foundation row, Tunisian simple stitch, Tunisian knit stitch, changing colors and binding off. This class is for beginning Tunisian crocheters. It's also a good refresher for those who have Tunisian crocheted before, but may have forgotten some steps. This class is a short and sweet version of the Tunisian Crochet I class (not as in depth, but all the basics). Supply list sent.
CRFT:724 | $49 | Age 60+: $31.50
F04 | Sa 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Dee Levang | Oct. 20 | MC - SO, 109
NOTE: Course moved to room 109.

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. 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, color changing and more, all while making a stitch sampler scarf. Supply list sent.
CRFT:724 | $49 | Age 60+: $31.50
F06 | M 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Dee Levang | Oct. 8-22 | MC - SO, 109

Crochet II

Go beyond the basics of crochet with this class. Learn how to make tubular and textured stitches, how to crochet a flat circle and practice reading patterns. After this class, you will be an intermediate crocheter! Students may bring their own projects to ask for help. Prerequisite: Crochet I or equivalent experience. Supply list sent.
CRFT:726 | $49 | Age 60+: $31.50
F02 | W 6-9 p.m. | Dee Levang | Oct. 10-17 | MC - SW, 105

Crochet: Not Your Granny's Square

Learn the basic granny square, plus other shapes and modern takes on the classic motif, including hexagons and triangles. Several joining techniques will also be taught. Supply list to be emailed.
CRFT:726 | $49 | Age 60+: $31.50
F04 | Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Dee Levang | Nov. 1-15 | MC - SO, 112

Crochet: Tips and Tricks

Expert tips and tricks for seasoned crocheters, including the linked crochet turning chain, invisible finish, jogless color change in the round and more. This class is for intermediate to advanced crocheters. Supply list sent.
CRFT:726 | $25 | Age 60+: $16
F01 | Th 6-9 p.m. | Dee Levang | Oct. 18 | MC - SO, 112

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 | $75 | Age 60+: $57.50
F01 | W 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Magan Harms | Sept. 5-19 | STLCC-SC, 122

Baskets

Beginning Baskets: Burlap Beauty

This fun and easy basket is great for beginners and experienced weavers alike. Adding the burlap accents to this basket after it's woven completes the basket. Finished size approximately 12" x 8" x 9" (height does not include the handle).
CRFT:734 | $59 | Age 60+: $44.50
F03 | Tu 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Laura Klaus | Oct. 23-30 | MC - CE Classroom

Beginning Baskets: Cane Vase

Using the same material that is used to cane a chair seat, we will weave a vase. This vase starts with a wood base and is woven around a glass vase that stays in the weaving. Tight weaving around the vase will be emphasized so that the shape of the vase shines through.
CRFT:734 | $48 | Age 60+: $36.50
F02 | Tu 5:30-9:30 p.m. | Laura Klaus | Oct. 2 | MC - CE Classroom

Beginning Baskets: Twisted Trash Can

Make your own colorful trash can! This basket starts with a wood base and is wove around a mold that can be left in the completed basket. Students will learn how to start a basket with a wood base and weaving around a mold. The unique rim and a colorful overlay will complete the project. Finished size approximately 8" diameter x 12" tall.
CRFT:734 | $49 | Age 60+: $37.50
F01 | Tu 5:30-9:30 p.m. | Laura Klaus | Sept. 18 | MC - CE Classroom

Textiles/Fabrics

Introduction to Botanical Dyes

Natural dyes are a beautiful and sustainable way to bring color to textiles. From vegetables, nuts, seeds and even tiny bugs, you can achieve beautiful browns, oranges, yellows, reds, purples, and blues. In this workshop, you'll learn to create dye baths from natural materials. Participants will experiment with the plant-based dyes to create hand-dyed fabrics of various colors. Participants will leave with a test strip from each dye bath to keep for future reference. Please bring in one to two items from home to dye (a scarf, small shirt, or thin skirt) made of 100% natural fibers (white cotton, silk, or wool).
CRFT:765 | $49 | Age 60+: $49
F04 | Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Nov. 15 | MC - SS, 205
NOTE: Course moved from Perennial to Meramec Campus, Science South room 205.

Weaving: Begin With a Table Runner

A beginning class for those interested in weaving. You will work on a 4-shaft pre-loaded table top loom. Table runner will be made with cotton. Students will be allowed to pick from multiple colors for the runner. Student will learn basic weaving techniques in tabby and twill. All materials included in class costs.
CRFT:713 | $89 | Age 60+: $89
F01 | Th 6-9 p.m. | Oct. 18-25 | Craft Central

Needle Felt: A Holiday Gnome

Learn to needle felt holiday gnomes! Needle felt is a process whereby using a single, barbed needle borrowed from commercial felting machines, wool fibers are tangled and compacted by repeatedly jabbing the needle into the fibers, forming three-dimensional felt sculptures. In contrast to traditional felt making methods that use water and friction, needle felting is also known as dry felting. All materials included in class cost.
CRFT:765 | $49 | Age 60+: $49
F02 | F 1-3 p.m. | Nov. 30 | Craft Central

Glass and Ceramics

Beginner Mosaics: Lantern

Stained glass has been a treasured art form for centuries with its elegance seen around the world. Join us to explore the medium of stained glass to learn its history, how it is made, and why it is an intricate and unique art form. By learning to cut and grind glass, work with copper foil, and how to solder your light, you will create a unique stained glass night light in just one evening! You will complete your project by adding an electric plug. All necessary tools are provided by Craft Central and materials are included in the cost of the class.
CRFT:740 | $75 | Age 60+: $75
F01 | Tu 6-8 p.m. | Oct. 16-23 | Craft Central

Mosaic Decorative Heart Votive

Students will cut and nip small pieces of glass, arrange and glue on ceramic heart votive. Finish by grouting their piece and ready to take home.
CRFT:740 | $49 | Age 60+: $49
F02 | Sa 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Nov. 3 | Craft Central

Stained Glass: Ornaments

Want to create your own holiday decorations? Join us to learn how to make your own stained glass ornaments! Stained glass has been a treasured art form for centuries with its elegance seen around the world. Join us to explore the medium of stained glass to learn its history, how it is made, and why it is an intricate and unique art form. By learning to cut, grind, copper foil, and solder, you will create three glass ornaments: an angel, a toy soldier, and a bird. All materials included in the cost of the class.
CRFT:740 | $59 | Age 60+: $59
F03 | Tu 6-9 p.m. | Nov. 20 | Craft Central

Ceramic Soup Bowl

Create a unique addition to your kitchen shelf. Inspiration for painting projects can come from anywhere, even an air freshener can! Students will choose one of the given examples to paint on a ceramic soup bowl. The bowl will be food safe and ready for use. Pieces will be fired and picked up at the shop one week after class. Fee includes all materials and firing.
CRFT:741 | $45 | Age 60+: $45
F02 | W 7-9 p.m. | Janet Becker | Oct. 10 | Painted Zebra

Ceramics: Halloween Scene

Learn basic techniques for staining bisque. Class includes use of acrylic and fashion hues. Student will complete at least four small figurines to create a Halloween scene on a ceramic base. All materials included.
CRFT:741 | $59 | Age 60+: $59
F01 | Sa 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Oct. 6 | Craft Central

Snowman Plate

Paint a snowman holding a cardinal on its arm-branch. This will be painted on a small ceramic tray. The tray is just the right size for appetizers and will be a welcome addition to your holiday parties. It will be unique, food safe and ready for use. Your individual tray will be fired and ready for pickup at the shop one week after class. Fee includes all materials and firing.
CRFT:741 | $49 | Age 60+: $49
F03 | W 7-9 p.m. | Janet Becker | Nov. 7 | Painted Zebra

Metal Work

Beginning Blacksmith: Create a Wall Mount 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.
CRFT:753 | $89 | Age 60+: $89
F03 | Sa 9-11:30 a.m. | Oct. 6 | Mueller Industries
F04 | Sa 9-11:30 a.m. | Nov. 3 | Mueller Industries

Metalsmithing Blacksmith: Copper Chasing

Metalsmithing is one of the oldest metalworking occupations, producing useful items such as tools, kitchenware, tableware, jewelry and more for centuries! Shaping metal with a hammer is the fundamental element of smiting and 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 in cost of the class.
CRFT:753 | $99 | Age 60+: $99
F01 | Tu 5-8 p.m. | Sept. 11-18 | Mueller Industries

Jewelry

NEW! Metalsmithing: Beginning Techniques For Jewelry

Learn the fundamental metalsmithing techniques for making jewelry. Basic metal manipulation skills including sawing, forming and shaping, filing, sanding, soldering, and polishing will be taught. You will make two finished pieces: a cuff bracelet and a pendant with a simple stone setting. Acquire the basic building blocks needed for jewelry design. No experience necessary. Students who have had previous experience working with metal may move onto more advanced projects. Tools and metal supplied in class fee.
CRFT:753 | $219 | Age 60+: $157.50
F07 | W 6-9 p.m. | Kevin Lin | Aug. 22-Oct. 17 | FV - E, 290
NOTE: No class 9/12.
F09Sa 8-11 a.m. | Lacey Kirkwood | Sept. 8-Oct. 27 | MC - HE, 131
NOTE: Day of week was inadvertently published as W in the catalog; corrected day is Sa. Time has also been moved forward an hour to begin at 8 a.m. No class 9/30.

NEW! Metalsmithing: Intermediate Techniques for Jewelry: Rings

In this class you will learn how to make rings from sheet metal and wire. Different methods of soldering will also be taught. We will cover a ring band, twisted ring, rolling ring, ring within a ring and bezel settings. Students who have previous experience working with metal may move onto more advanced projects. Tools and metals included in class fee. Students who have taken the Beginning Techniques for Jewelry or equivalent experience is preferred. Prerequisite: Beginning Metalsmithing Techniques for Jewelry or equivalent experience.
CRFT:753 | $219 | Age 60+: $157.50
F08 | W 6-9 p.m. | Oct. 24-Dec. 19 | FV - E, 290
NOTE: No class 10/31, 11/21.
F10 | Sa 9 a.m.-noon | Nov. 3-Dec. 15 | MC - HE, 131
NOTE: No class 11/24.

Upcycling

Eco-Friendly Furniture Restoration Demo

In this demonstration and talk, Perennial will share with you some of their best tips on repairing joints and refinishing surfaces... all with the earth in mind! Through hands-on demonstrations, you'll learn all about natural paints, stains, and waxes. Learn to add a pop of color to your projects with Milk Paint, mix and apply a fresh coat of Perennial's signature wood wax, and cook up natural stain from walnuts. You'll leave this workshop with the knowledge to add a whole new look to your furniture without harming the environment or compromising your health.
CRFT:765 | $30 | Age 60+: $30
F06 | W 6:30-8 p.m. | Nov. 14 | Perennial

Introduction to Upholstery: Dining Room Chair

Get a hands-on introduction to basic upholstery as you explore the tricks to re-covering the seat of an old dining room chair and learn to create a new seat structure with webbing. Plus, you'll leave with your own handmade webbing stretcher. Students may bring in one to two dining room chairs from their set to practice reupholstering. The class will work in small groups. All materials provided. .
CRFT:713 | $39 | Age 60+: $39
F08 | Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Sept. 6 | Perennial

Wine Bottle Re-Use

Do you have a hard time recycling beautiful glass bottles? Learn to transform used wine bottles into a self-watering planter. The creative folks at Perennial will demonstrate safe ways to cut glass bottles using techniques you can replicate at home. Learn an easy and eco-friendly way to remove adhesive residue with SoyGel. In class, you'll practice scoring and cutting glass with Perennial's handmade glass cutter tool in combination with a hot/cold water bath. Decorate your home with these upcycled creations, or give as a handmade gift.
CRFT:765 | $45 | Age 60+: $45
F05 | Th 6-8:30 p.m. | Dec. 6 | Perennial

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