Events

I love to teach classes! I teach many in the central Iowa area - I will also travel, just contact me. Want a class on a certain time or day? Get together a group of friends and let's chat! I can schedule to your convenience. <br>

Past events

May 12

Drop Spindling - La Poste Fiber Fair

Class is $45. You will use and take home your own wooden drop spindle, and we will provide several kinds of roving. Come with a sense of adventure and a sense of humor; this is a tricky skill and it takes time, but I know you can do it! We will talk about wool, it's various preparations and how to buy it, and learn to spin wool roving into yarn using a drop spindle. This class is part of the fiber festival at La Poste, we will be meeting in the basement.

1:00pm - 3:00pm CDT

La Poste, Perry

https://www.facebook.com/events/368866490286489/

May 12

Spinning with a Wheel - at La Poste Fiber Fair

Learn to spin wool on a spinning wheel. Limited class size, so sign up early! If you have a working wheel you may bring it to use, otherwise we will provide wheels to use during class. Wool roving also provided. Please let us know when you sign up if you have a wheel or need to use one of ours. Wheels are also available for rent very reasonably after class! We will talk about various kinds of fiber, fiber preparation, where to buy roving and various fibers, etc - eveyrthing needed!

10:00am - 12:00pm CDT

La Poste, Perry

https://www.facebook.com/events/308686266328688/

May 6

Serendipity Dyeing - Mid Plains Fiber Fair

Learn to dye silk scarves and cotton fabric with a huge variety of easy to obtain dye materials. This method is incredibly easy - just takes a little time and patience. We will use fresh garden flowers, herbs, and leaves, as well as a variety of easy to obtain dyestuffs (copper pennies, spent teabags, berries, kitchen spices, and much more). The results are always varied and completely unique! All dye materials will be supplied. You will create and take home your own custom dyed 11x60 inch scarf

9:30am - 11:30am CDT

Mid Plains Fiber Fair, Nebraska

http://www.midplainsfiberfair.com/classes.html

May 5

Hot Pot Natural Dyes

During this hands-on class, we will dye using natural dyes. Demistify the process and learn how to make beautiful natural dyed goods from a variety of easy to obtain dyes. We will mordant our fibers, create three dyepots, and dye cotton fabric, silk, and natural fiber yarn. All materials supplied.

1:00pm - 4:00pm CDT

MidPlains Fiber Fair, Nebraska

http://www.midplainsfiberfair.com/classes.html

May 5

Rust Dyeing - Mid-Plains Fiber Fair

Learn to dye silk and cotton fabrics with rust. Make BEAUTIFUL patterns, textures, and impressions with this simple but fascinating technique. All materials provided: you will make and take home your own fat quarter of cotton fabric and a silk scarf. This is a simple dye technique that stands well on it's own, but is also excellent layered with other natural dye techniques!

9:30am - 10:30am CDT

Mid Plains Fiber Fair, Nebraska

http://www.midplainsfiberfair.com/classes.html

Apr 22

Wheel spinning - Octagon Center for the Arts

Learn to spin wool on a spinning wheel. Limited class size, so sign up early! If you have a working wheel you may bring it to use, otherwise we will provide wheels to use during class. Wool roving also provided. Please let us know when you sign up if you have a wheel or need to use one of ours. We will talk about wool, its various preparations and how to buy it, and learn to spin wool roving into yarn using a spinning wheel.

Jan 6

Drop Spindling

Class is $45. You will use and take home your own wooden drop spindle, and we will provide several kinds of roving. Come with a sense of adventure and a sense of humor; this is a tricky skill and it takes time, but I know you can do it! We will talk about wool, it's various preparations and how to buy it, and learn to spin wool roving into yarn using a drop spindle.

10:00am - 12:00pm CST

Prairieland Herbs

https://www.facebook.com/events/1973056886316935/

Dec 16

Rust Dyeing - Holiday Edition!

Learn to dye silk and cotton fabrics with rust. Make BEAUTIFUL patterns, textures, and impressions with this simple but fascinating technique. All materials provided, but if you have a rusty jar of nails or similar items that you'd like to use or share, please feel free to bring them! You will make and take home your own square of cotton fabric and a silk scarf. All ages 12+ welcome. You can make extras for holiday gifting!

10:00am - 12:00pm CST

Prairieland Herbs

https://www.facebook.com/events/281615792330929/

Dec 3

Zen Weaving

Mini Art Weavings with artist, Maggie Howe. Use fun and funky yarns and a small weaving hoop to create adorable artsy mini weavings perfect for hanging, display, or lovely heartfelt gifts. A great way to explore fiber, colors, and weaving without investing in a huge weaving loom. Totally portable and simple. All materials provided, however, if you have yarn or fabric scraps that you love, or would love to use, please feel free to bring them. $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

1:30pm - 3:30pm CST

Winterset Art Center

https://www.facebook.com/events/452322168479310

Dec 2

Serendipity Dyeing at Prairieland Herbs - Holiday Gift edition!

Serendipity dyeing! Learn to dye silk scarves and cotton fabric with a huge variety of easy to obtain dye materials. We will use fresh garden flowers, herbs, and leaves, as well as a variety of easy to obtain dyestuffs. All dye materials will be supplied. You will create and take home your own custom d11x60 inch silk scarf and one fat quarter of cotton fabric. You can take advantage of the dyestuff and dye as many scarves/fabric you like for an extra small fee.

10:00am - 12:00pm CST

Prairieland Herbs

https://www.facebook.com/events/895071053988559/

Nov 29

Serendipity Dyeing - Making Magic with Leaves, Flowers and Berries

Join expert Maggie Howe of Prairieland Herbs to explore a dye experience like no other. Create a one-of-a-kind silk scarf as well as beautiful cotton fabric using a huge variety of easy-to-obtain dyestuffs: fresh garden flowers, herbs, leaves, and a variety of everyday items, such as copper pennies, spent teabags, berries, kitchen spices, and much more. The results are always varied and completely unique! Class held through Des Moines Adult Ed.

Nov 11

Spinning fiber with a spinning wheel

Learn to spin wool on a spinning wheel. Limited class size, so sign up early! If you have a working wheel you may bring it to use, otherwise we will provide wheels to use during class. Wool roving also provided. Please let us know when you sign up if you have a wheel or need to use one of ours.

2:00pm - 4:00pm CST

Prairieland Herbs

https://www.facebook.com/events/1169971276435956/

Nov 11

Spinning: Beyond the Basics

Learn BEYOND the basics of spinning. This is a class for people who can spin singles and ply yarn with a spinning wheel, but want to expand their knowledge. Ideas we can explore: lockspinning, tailspinning, coils, various kinds of art yarn, spinning from different fiber preparations, uneven plies, thick and thin yarn, beehive yarn, core spinning, spinning for specific projects/yarn types....

10:00am - 1:00pm CST

Prairieland Herbs

https://www.facebook.com/events/153730455229517/

Oct 21

Indigo Dyeing - Prairieland Herbs

Explore plant and science magic with indigo! Indigo is a plant dye that's used to create beautiful blue colors. This class is not a lecture format, but is all about PLAYING. We will have an indigo vat ready to use. You bring items to dye - cotton or other natural fiber tshirts, fabric, or clothing items, yarn, fiber, buttons, basketry materials - anything you like, as much as you like. We will provide gloves, a space to get messy, and a variety of items to use for patterned dyeing.

2:00pm - 4:00pm CDT

Prairieland Herbs, Woodward IA

https://www.facebook.com/events/310017112806218

Oct 1

Arm Knitting

Learn the unique art of arm knitting. This fun workshop is great for anyone age 12 and up. $30 for Winterset Art Center members and $35 for non-members.

1:30pm - 3:30pm CDT

Winterset Art Center

https://www.facebook.com/events/2145736545567386

Sep 23

Arm Knitting - Five Monkeys

Bring any yarn you might want to use - literally any weight or kind - and learn to make a stylish chunky cowl or scarf knitted with your arms. This project works best with many kinds of yarn, so it is a great way to use up scraps or small skeins. If you don't have yarn, don't worry - we will also have plenty provided. Knowing how to knit is helpful, but not at all required. $35

10:00am - 12:00pm CDT

Five Monkeys, Des Moines IA

https://www.facebook.com/events/129641220895523

Sep 19

Flower Pounding at Prarieland Herbs

Students will dye a project or two using flowers and leaves. This one is instant gratification - we literally use hammers to pound the leaves/flowers onto the canvas in any patterns the students choose. Ages 12 and up. This is a fun, wild and whimsical class, be prepared to have FUN! You can't take yourself too seriously when you are making art by squishing berries and flowers ;) Please bring a hammer, and if you have any leaves or flowers from your garden that you would like to use, feel free!

6:30pm - 8:00pm CDT

Prairieland Herbs

https://www.facebook.com/events/1645262258841116

Sep 16

Rust Dyeing - Prairieland Herbs, Saturday Sept. 16, 10 AM

Learn to dye silk and cotton fabrics with rust. Make BEAUTIFUL patterns, textures, and impressions with this simple but fascinating technique. All materials provided, but if you have a rusty jar of nails or similar items that you'd like to use or share, please feel free to bring them! You will make and take home your own fat quarter of cotton fabric and a silk scarf. $30

10:00am - 11:30am CDT

Prairieland Herbs

https://www.facebook.com/events/783447958502764

Aug 26

Mini Art Weavings at Five Monkeys

Use fun and funky yarns and a small weaving hoops to create adorable artsy mini weavings perfect for hanging, display, or lovely heartfelt gifts. A great way to explore fiber, colors, and weaving without investing in a huge weaving loom. Totally portable and simple. All materials provided, however, if you have yarn or fabric scraps that you love, or would love to use, please feel free to bring them. $30

10:00am - 12:00pm CDT

Five Monkeys, Des Moines IA

https://www.facebook.com/events/39339804102882

Aug 15

Making Yarn With A Spinning Wheel

Spinning Fiber on a Spinning Wheel with artist, Maggie Howe. Learn to spin wool on a spinning wheel. If you have a working wheel you may bring it to use, otherwise we will provide wheels to use during class. Wool roving also provided. Limited class size, so sign up early! Class fee is $50

6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT

Prairieland Herbs, Woodward IA

https://www.facebook.com/events/1283323535117796

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