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>

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

Past events

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 21

Rust Dyeing

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. Pre-registration with payment is required by Wednesday, October 18.

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

Oct 1

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.

10:00am - 12:00pm CDT

Winterset Art Center

https://www.facebook.com/events/1823107388005635

Sep 30

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....

3:00pm - 6:00pm CDT

Prairieland Herbs

https://www.facebook.com/events/126477001331160

Sep 30

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!

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

Aug 12

Flower Pounding - Reiman Gardens

For this program, Maggie will lead you in a great instant-gratification project: dyeing fabric using botanicals gathered from the Gardens. Start by embarking on a mission to collect plant parts that inspire you. Then devise a unique pattern, and follow her simple instructions to get one-of-a-kind creations. Each student will take home a canvas tote and a cotton handkerchief/scarf. All materials included.

Aug 11

Indigo Dyeing - A Sip and Dye Night Out! At Winterset Art Center

Sip and Dye. Indigo Dyeing for Adults with artist, Maggie Howe. Bring your own beverage and snacks for a night out full of fun! Explore the plant and science magic of dyeing with indigo. Indigo is a plant based dye that's used to create beautiful blue colors. A silk scarf will be provided for each student to dye and students may bring one or two additional natural fiber items to dye as well. We will fold, scrunch, or twist the item to make cool designs, then dye it with indigo. Nature's tie-dye.

7:00pm - 9:00pm CDT

Winterset Art Center, Winterset IA

https://www.facebook.com/events/120485641823648

Jul 31

WIldcrafted Natural Dyes at Prairieland Herbs

Let's get wild and dye. This is part of series of natural dye workshops, designed to explore the natural dyes available to us during different times of the year. Now is the time to do lots of dyeing,while natural dyes are common and abundant in the ditches and gardens! During this hands-on class, you'll learn to wildcraft common local dye plants available at this time of year. We will mordant our fibers, create three dyepots, and dye cotton fabric, silk, and natural fiber yarn.

7:00pm - 9:00pm CDT

Prairieland Herbs, Woodward IA

https://www.facebook.com/events/660392420812444

Jul 25

Flower Pounding - Art on State

Learn how to dye fabric and paper using fresh flowers, leaves, berries, herbs, and a hammer. Yes, really! This unique natural dye technique produces beautiful, instant results! Get clear beautiful impressions and make patterns and pictures. We will dye a cotton fabric tote and a cotton hankie. All materials provided, but if you have any flowers or leaves from your garden that you would like to use, please pick them and bring them along. $35

6:00pm - 7:30pm CDT

Art on State, Guthrie Center IA

https://www.facebook.com/events/218575091952952

Jul 18

Indigo Dyeing at 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. We will provide gloves, a space to get messy, and the indigo.

7:00pm - 8:30pm CDT

Prairieland Herbs, Woodward, IA

https://www.facebook.com/events/1029084577221989

Jul 15

Serendipity Dyeing at Five Monkeys

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 CDT

Serendipity Dyeing at Five Monkeys

https://www.facebook.com/events/1347798471949473

Jul 13

Flower Pounding - at Winterset Art Center

Flower Pounding with artist, Maggie Howe. Students will dye a canvas tote bag using flowers and leaves. This one is instant gratification - we literally use rubber mallets to pound the leaves/flowers onto the canvas in any patterns the students choose. All materials provided. Students will go home with a canvas tote bag and large cotton hankie/scarf. Ages 12 and up. $30 for Winterset Art Center members, $35 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Maggie Howe at 515-490-7801

7:30pm - 9:00pm CDT

Winterset Art Center

https://www.facebook.com/events/1320727684657689

Jul 1

Making Yarn With A Spinning Wheel - at Prairieland Herbs

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

11:00am - 1:00pm CDT

Prairieland Herbs, Woodward IA

https://www.facebook.com/events/100683033863402

Jun 27

Mini Art Weavings - at Art on State

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. Class taught by local artisan Maggie Howe of Girl With A Sword Productions. Class fee is $30.

6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT

Art On State, Guthrie Center IA

https://www.facebook.com/events/1433471973371054

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