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Summer Weaving Intensive – 5 Warps in 5 Days
Instructor: Sara Goodman

July 15 – 19, 2019  9:00 am – 4 pm
Location: Sandwich Fine Craft Gallery classroom
32 Main Street, Center Sandwich, NH
Tuition: $400/student Materials fee: $5 for handout + cost of yarn used

2019 marks our 6th annual summer weaving class.  Each year it gets better and better! We hope you will come to join the fun!

Sara’s weaving intensive meets the needs of all weaving levels.  If you are a beginner but have always wanted to learn to weave, this class is for you.  You will put on a new small warp every morning and weave if off in the afternoon.  By the end of the 5 days, you will really know how to set up a loom on your own.

If you have a loom, but haven’t woven in years and need a refresher, this class is also for you.  If it’s possible for you to transport your loom to class, then you can learn on your own loom.  Every loom has its own quirky personality and the class will help you make the best use of the equipment you have.

If you are an experienced weaver and want to expand your knowledge to include some new weave structures or kinds of yarn, how to use a warping paddle, how to use a computer for creating pattern drafts, or how to read block drafts, then this class is also for you.  More advanced students can spend the 5 days working on one project, with the support of the instructor.

Because this is a small class, Sara will work with students individually at their level. You may communicate with Sara prior to class so that you come to class ready to begin. Students who have taken the class in the past are certainly welcome to return!

All necessary weaving equipment and yarn will be provided, though students are welcome to use their own yarn as well.

Sara Goodman is a textile artist with a studio in Center Harbor, NH. She has been weaving, dyeing with natural dyes, and doing shibori for over 35 years. Her work has been featured in many fiber arts publications and also in national and international exhibitions. She has been a juried artist with the League of NH Craftsmen since 2006.


Rug Braiding with Misty Batchelder
Dates: July 2, 9, 30; August 6, 13, and 27; 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Tuition: $150 plus Materials fee: $75
Age appropriate: Adult (18+)

As functional as it is artful, a hand-made braided rug adds warmth and comfort to both traditional and contemporary settings. As part of a small group, students will work closely with Misty Batchelder to learn all the techniques of the butted method of rug braiding. This time-honored craft is taught in a sequence of 6 weekly sessions, which are scheduled to allow ample time for students to practice at home between sessions and apply the techniques learned to complete a small oval rug by the end of the last class. Appropriate for all skill levels, no previous experience is required. Age appropriate: Adult: 18+


Needle and Wet-Felted Picture Pillow, Wall Hanging, or Tote Bag with Diane Johnson
Date: July 10, 10:00 am-11:15 am

Tuition including materials: $21
Age appropriate: 6-12

Appropriate for students aged 6 to 12, needle and wet-felting is an easy, creative, and relaxing craft. With a little care and attention to their work, students will be amazed at the projects they can do. It is much like painting and sculpting with wool. 3-D projects are especially interesting. Students will spend the first hour designing, creating and needle-felting a picture or geometric design on a 12 by 12-inch wool square.  The last 15 minutes they will get their hands wet and soapy as they do some wet felting to smooth the surface. The squares can then be sewn into a bag or pillow by the instructor after class or taken home that day as a wall hanging.


Introduction to Lace Knitting with Donna Kay
Date: August 3, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Tuition: $42 plus materials (materials list provided upon request)
Age appropriate: Teen/Adult

Join Donna as she shares her tips for carefree lace knitting. Learn how to knit a simple lace pattern as you begin the Meadow Flower shawl. Organizing your knitting, working lace stitches, pattern and chart reading, “lifelines,” fixing errors, and blocking will be covered in detail. Age appropriate: Adult (18+) – must know how to knit and purl.


Beginning Spinning with Cathy Crooker
Date: August 14, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Tuition: $45  Materials: $10
Age appropriate: 15+

Enter the world of handspun yarn in this engaging, fast-paced class.  By the end of the day you will go home with your first skein of handspun yarn and be on your way to years of spinning enjoyment.  You will learn how to set up and manage your wheel, how to pick the right fiber, how to prepare, draft, spin and ply, creating your own custom yarn!  We will also talk about the pluses and minuses of processing raw fleece vs. using commercially prepared fiber, the difference between worsted and woolen spun yarn, and more. Age appropriate: 15+


Treasure Island – Family Project with Diane Johnson
Dates: July 31 and August 2, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm

Tuition including materials: $85/family (up to 4 members with at least 1 adult)
Age appropriate: 3+

How would your Treasure Island look? A class for families, including children 3 years of age and up, will be able to create with needle-felt, a play-scape, or diorama approximately 18 by 24 inches in size. Materials and 2 felting kits to keep are included, and plenty of felting tools will be available for everyone to use during the class.
Session 1: Create the island and some features such as a pond, flowers, a shelter, and paths.
Session 2: Make a tree, some rocks or bushes, an animal, and a person or two. Everyone works on different parts and then combines everything into one interactive project.


Stenciled Floorcloths with Michele Hollick
Date: August 20, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Tuition including materials: $150
Age appropriate: Adult

Also referred to as painted canvases, oil cloths, and floor canvases, stenciled floorcloths are a part of our American heritage dating back to the 1700’s. In this class, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to make one of these functional works of art.  Learn tricks of the trade from certified stenciler, Michele Hollick, who has been making floorcloths for more than 30 years! Choosing from a variety of colors and patterns, students will make one 2’x 3’ stenciled floorcloth. Age appropriate: Adult (18+)


Natural Dyes Part I: Indigo and Shibori
Instructor: Sara Goodman
October 11, 12, and 13, 2019  9:00 am – 4 pm
Tuition: $240, plus $25 in material fees
The class will take place at the instructor’s studio in Center Harbor on Squam Lake

This is a class for quilters and stitchers of all kinds who want to dye their own cloth.  It is also appropriate for spinners, knitters and weavers who want to dye their yarn.

The heart of this class is uncovering the magic of natural indigo. We will make two different kinds of natural indigo vats: a fermentation vat with henna and an iron vat.  How to set up and maintain these vats will be demonstrated and practiced over the three days.

We will cover several surface design techniques for making patterns on cloth.  Japanese shibori is an exquisitely sophisticated form of tie-dye. This ancient technique uses various ways of reserving portions of cloth with folds, pleats, pulled stitches, wrapped string etc. to create areas of shaped resist where the dye cannot penetrate. The Japanese developed shibori into a complex art form.  There are literally hundreds of different Japanese shibori techniques, each with their own name.  In this class, we will learn three essential methods: mokume (stitching), arashi (pole-wrapping), and itajime (fold and clamp). For experienced students, more variations can be taught.

Two resists will be available for making patterns on cloth.  We will be using a clay resist that can be applied to cloth with a print block, silkscreen, or paintbrush. Katasome or Japanese rice paste resist is another method for making patterns on cloth using a stencil.

Students will be given 12” x 12” squares of cotton cloth for making samples.  Students can also bring their own natural fiber cloth to experiment with.

The class will begin with scouring all the fiber and cloth we will be dyeing.  Students may bring their own natural fiber materials for this purpose, up to .5 lb.

Doing this process correctly is essential for obtaining good results in the dye pot.

Sara Goodman is a textile artist with a studio in Center Harbor, NH. She has been weaving, dyeing with natural dyes, and doing shibori for over 35 years. Her work has been featured in many fiber arts publications and also in national and international exhibitions. She has been a juried artist with the League of NH Craftsmen since 2006.


Natural Dyes Part II: The Mordant Dyes on Cloth and Yarn
*It is not necessary to take both of these classes.  You can sign up for either or both.*
Instructor: Sara Goodman
October 18, 19, 20, 2019 9:00 am – 4 pm
Tuition: $240, plus $25 in material fees.
The class will take place at the instructor’s studio in Center Harbor on Squam Lake

This is a class for quilters and stitchers of all kinds who want to dye their own cloth.  It is also appropriate for spinners, knitters and weavers who want to dye their yarn.

This class will cover fiber preparation on all natural fibers – both plant and animal — for successful dyeing.  The second key to good dye results is proper mordanting.  We will be using alum and iron for mordants in various concentrations and combinations.  This will allow for a range of colors with each dye that we use.  We will apply the dyes to either cloth or yarn — cold as a thickened paste, or hot in a full immersion dye bath.  Concentrated natural dye extracts will be the main source of dyes, but we will also work with both fresh and dried local dyestuffs.  Overdying with indigo will allow us to get purples and greens.  Using thickened cold preparations of the mordants and dyes will allow us to print, paint, and silkscreen on cloth and yarn. Basic shibori techniques will be taught on cloth. (See Natural Dyes Part 1 class description for a definition of shiibori.)

Participants will be given 12″x12”squares of cotton and silk for making samples.  Students can also bring their own cloth and yarn (limit to .5 lb.) to experiment with.  Proper scouring instructions will be demonstrated on the first day of class to obtain good results.

Sara Goodman is a textile artist with a studio in Center Harbor, NH. She has been weaving, dyeing with natural dyes, and doing shibori for over 35 years. Her work has been featured in many fiber arts publications and also in national and international exhibitions. She has been a juried artist with the League of NH Craftsmen since 2006.