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, see the link at the bottom for online classes by Barb Suess.)
Beginners’ Classes at Thimble Pleasures!
I am once again teaching three beginners’ sessions at Thimble Pleasures in Chapel Hill. There will be three sessions, two for true beginners (April & May), and one for intermediate beginners (June.) All of the classes will be held on Sunday afternoons, from 1:30-4:30pm.
April 6, 13, 27: Beginner Basics (Class fee: $90 for 3-class session. Click the link to sign up for the class.) NOTE: This class session has been cancelled because the store didn’t get enough sign-ups beforehand. If you plan to take the May beginner class, be sure to call and register!
In this class, students will learn the basics of temari, from how to make and mark a ball through three of the foundation patterns: Wrapped Bands, Spindles, and Triwings. A kit will be provided with everything needed to make all three balls, plus enough for one more so the student can try more 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.
May 4, 11, 18: Christmas Cactus Beginner Set (Class fee: $90 for 3-class session. Click the link to sign up for the class.)
In this class, students will learn two basic temari patterns (Hands Around the World and 10-Point Kiku) to build the skills in the first two classes to culminate in Barbara Suess’s new pattern, Pink Christmas Cactus, in the third class. A kit will be provided with everything needed to make all three balls, as well as a printed pattern. Students who took Temari Beginner Basics should feel free to continue on in this class, but new beginners are also welcome.
Kit fee: $25. 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.
June 1, 8, 22: Intermediate-Beginner C8 Patterns (Class fee: $30 per class. Students can take all three classes, or pick and choose. Click the link to sign up for the class.)
Now that students have had a chance to learn the basics of simple temari (ie, designs on just two sides of the temari), it’s time to start exploring the world of complex designs (designs on multiple faces all over the ball). Each class will focus on a particular complex 8 design. Students are free to take all three classes, or pick and choose. (Designs still to be determined.) Kits will be available for students who want them, but students with their own supplies can bring their own. It is recommended that students consider buying one of Barbara Suess’s introductory temari books for written instructions (available at Thimble Pleasures.) These 3 classes may be purchased individually. You will bring your own supplies for these classes and a ball ready to stitch.
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.