If you’re in the Triangle area of North Carolina, you may be interested in some of my upcoming temari classes. (If you’re not local, please check out the online classes offered by Barb Suess.)
Beginners’ Classes at Thimble Pleasures!
I am once again teaching some beginners’ sessions at Thimble Pleasures in Chapel Hill. There will be two offerings in their fall quarter, one 3-class session for beginners & returning students (October), and a 1-class holiday project stitch-in (November). All of the classes will be held on Sunday afternoons, from 1:30-4:30pm.
October 5, 12, 19: Swirls! (This class is full.)
This session will focus on the swirl stitch! The classes are open to both new beginners and returning students. In this session, students will learn three different temari designs, moving from a basic simple-4 division in the first class to a complex-8 division in the final class, all incorporating the fascinating swirl stitch. A kit will be provided with everything needed to make all three balls, plus enough for one more so the student can make another after the class is over. It is recommended that students consider buying one of Barbara Suess’s introductory temari books for written instructions, available at Thimble Pleasures.
Kit fee: $20. The kit includes rice hulls, one 3oz. skein of yarn, needle, stocking, three cones MaxiLock serger thread (3000 yards each), paper strips for marking, metallic thread, one ball ready to mark and stitch and perle cotton. Please bring a check or cash to purchase your kit from the instructor.
November 2: Holiday Project Stitch-in! (Class fee: $30.)
In this class, students of all experience levels are invited to come and stitch together. This is an opportunity to get some in-person help from the instructor if you have a temari idea you’ve gotten stuck on, or a chance to get some inspiration for temari gift ideas for the holidays. Bring your own thread and a pre-wrapped ball, and we’ll get to work! The instructor will have some holiday patterns available for purchase for those looking for inspiration.
Temari Beginners’ Boot Camp in Your Living Room (or other location of your choice)!
In July and August, I ran two of these classes, and I think they went well! Both groups were able to get through the basics of making a temari core and learned at least the beginning of all three designs in a six-hour class. However, now I’m going to try something new: Since some people have said that location and scheduling was an issue, I’ll let you decide that part! If you have a group of at least three (3) people that are interested in learning the basics of temari, just tell me the when and where, and I’ll bring the whole set-up to you. (If you’ve already done the boot camp and are interested in setting up a follow-up class, that works, too!)
Some things to keep in mind:
- I live in Durham, NC, so if you could make it somewhere within reasonable driving distance, that’d be appreciated. (Also, I am very much not a morning person, so if driving to get there would require me to get up at 5am, you’re less likely to get high-quality and enthusiastic instruction. Just thought I’d warn you.)
- You need to allow seven (7) hours for the class, six for instruction and one for lunch. If you’d like a shorter class, we can change the number and type of designs to be learned.
- You’ll need to have places for people to sit at a table, so there’s room to spread out supplies and set pincushions, etc.
What: In this class you will learn to:
- Make and wrap a ball core from scratch
- Measure and mark the ball
- Stitch 3 basic patterns, as shown above
When, Where, How Many People: You decide! Email me to set up a class: dkwatson(AT)gmail(DOT)com.
Cost: $60 (+$20 kit fee)
If you are interested in online or advanced local classes, please check out Barb Suess’s class schedule.