If you don’t live close to the northern NJ region/Newark Museum, you can skip this post. I need to make a shameless commercial announcement about two classes I’m teaching, because they are really really fun, and you might not know about them. The Newark Museum is not known for its promotional department.
The museum is known however for its small but well equipped arts studios, on the second floor, a fully equipped weaving studio with Schacht Baby Wolf looms, and complete sewing area, with 8 Bernina sewing machines. They have a wonderful metals studio and a light spacious airy high ceiling design studio for all sorts of creative classes. They offer series classes and weekend one day wonders. Their classes are very very reasonable, and parking is included. At least it always has been.
I’m delighted to be teaching two intensives there next month, the first is my infamous Fiber Boot Camp. The class runs four days, July 11-14, 2011 and it is my favorite class to teach. This is the class I wrote about last summer, where every three hours we try a new technique.( Blog Post1 , 2, 3) It is an abbreviated version of the class I taught in the spring at County College of Morris. Even Fiber enthusiasts with some experience have a blast with this course, remembering summer camp, I provide all the materials, there is a short list of things to bring from home that you more than likely have laying around, like a pyrex pie plate and some brown paper bags.
Fiber Boot Camp: Oh, the Possibilities
with Daryl Lancaster
Attention all artists, art students, and educators, anyone who wants an overview of basic
techniques in fiber, this is the class! Tentatively scheduled are the basics in Spinning on a drop
spindle, Microwave Dyeing with Food Grade Dyes, needle and wet Felting, Elemental Plaiting, Inkle
Loom Weaving, Speed Tapestry Weaving, and Japanese Kumihimo Braiding. This class is
packed; all techniques are explained on the most basic level, terrific for those who will be
transferring the knowledge to students of their own, plenty of handouts, plenty of opportunities
to explore fiber as an art form! NO EXPERIENCE IN FIBERS NECESSARY! All levels
Four Days, Monday – Thursday, July 11 – 14, 10 am – 4:30 pm
Member: $207, Non-member: $230, Materials: $40
The other class I will be teaching is also one I really enjoy, and that’s my Wearable Extravaganza garment construction class, just a fancy title for sewing 101. What I love about this class is all levels of sewing are invited. I have complete beginners and I have students who have taken the class numerous times. For beginners I provide a basic jacket pattern and in four days you’ll go home with a jacket, mostly completed except for the handwork. I cover fit, seams and finishes, closures, and general sewing information and the museum provides the equipment. You only need to provide the fabric, and some basic sewing tools.
If you are experienced or returning for another go ’round, bring your own agenda, I have students who concentrate on fitting a stack of patterns, I have students who are handweavers who are planning the garment and the fabric they will weave at the same time, I have felters who have taken the class to learn more about how to turn their gorgeous felt panels into wearable garments. It is always an energetic class, and we have a blast. The class runs four days, July 18-21st.
A Wearable Extravaganza: Wrap your Body in Clothing from Your Own Hands
with Daryl Lancaster
This is a terrific class for those wanting to learn to fit and sew clothing from their
handwoven, hand printed, dyed, quilted, felted or other special fabric, as well as for those
more experienced students wanting polished and professional results. Students construct a
basic unlined jacket, from their own fabric, custom fit to themselves while learning all sorts
of inspiring techniques to make their garments reflect their creativity. Course is designed to
teach creativity as well as technique. Students who have already made a jacket with me in
any other class may opt to bring their own patterns and agenda. All levels
Four Days, Monday – Thursday, July 18 – 21, 10 am – 4:30 pm
Member: $207, Non-member: $230, Materials: $25. Includes twill
tape, interfacing, pattern paper and extensive bound handout.
If you are interested in these classes or seeing what else the museum is offering, here is the PDF link for the summer brochure with all the descriptions.
And I have to include this shameless plug from Annie M, who took my garment construction class in the spring, and really really enjoyed it. Annie organizes the Thursday night knitting group at the Boonton Holmes Library. She writes a newsy reminder for members just before the meeting and had this to say about my class…
” I took the sewing class with Daryl during this past spring semester and I cannot quantify how much I learned. I had basic sewing skills, very basic. It seemed, whenever I did anything on my project during the class, that there was always some further tip, technique or tid bit of knowledge that Daryl would share with me. It’s the kind of knowledge that a) makes one a better sewer and b) helps sewing make more sense to the sewer. I highly recommend her courses.
This past spring’s sewing class was my first experience with the Newark Museum. What a neat place! The workshops are very reasonably priced; workshops include safe on-site parking; the museum is a couple of blocks away from Halsey Fabric Shops and close to yummy restaurants.”