Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Bring your rugrats, along with your creative spirit! Every Friday from 11:00 - 12:00 we will have space and materials set aside for you and your little ones to tackle some projects. This weeks' class will be Mono Prints. We will use potatoes, apples, and other materials to experiment with printing on paper and fabric. This is not a "taught" class, but rather a facilitated time for you to work together. We provide all materials and give you some ideas and examples...
$5.00 for materials.
Monday, October 11, 2010
So yeah, alpacas are pretty much the cutest animals ever made. I mean look at them. They look surreal. Coming up later in October, the 22-24 to be exact, is a big whopper of a fair if you are into animals. And not in a kinky way, but in a symbiotic-hair-giving-kind-of-way. All kinds of animals that produce fur that we use in some way, from llamas to sheep to goats will be represented, as well as hundreds of vendors selling their rovings, yarns, pelts, and spinning paraphernalias. I went last year, stumbled around for a few hours trying to get my bearings and gazed longingly at all the stuff I couldn't afford. There really was too much to look at one day. And not only that, but they are having some amazing workshops from some of the best teachers in the area. Spinning, knitting, felting - if you can do it with an animal, you will find it at SAFF.
check their site here!
Thank goodness there is a place in West Asheville where you can get locally spun and dyed wool, right? We have just started carrying some yarn and roving from UrbanGypz, and they are really something special. Look out for more yarn in our future!
see more here...
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Bookbinding for Artists
Mondays 7-9pm, October 25, Nov.1, Nov. 8, Nov. 15
Sliding scale $10-$20 per meeting ($40-$80 for four weeks)
This class is for artists from any discipline who have an idea of a book (or an edition of books) they’d like to make in this four week workshop. We will begin by sharing our ideas with the group, looking at several bookbinding structures, and deciding which structure best suits each artist’s concept.
Each artist/student will be responsible for purchasing his/her own materials, which will be determined once a book structure is chosen. The instructor will provide resources for inexpensive materials, including found/free stuff. Cost of materials will vary from person to person.
A lot of class time will be spent on instruction, brainstorming, troubleshooting, and discussion. Students will have the opportunity to use open studio space during business hours at the DryGoods Shop. For most book structures, time outside of class will be required to finish a book or set of books. Each week when we meet, we will look at progress on individual projects, answer questions, and have studio time.
Contact Jean Potter at RockpileBindery@gmail.com or The DryGoods Shop at (828)505-8595 to sign up. Please pre-register for classes!
between moving and work changes, i have totally neglected getting together knitting nights for all you lovely stitchers! so...here we go...
this sunday, october 10, from 630-830 i'll be hosting the usual saturday morning "knitting q & a". hopefully, those of you who are tired at 10 o'clock saturdays from debauched friday nights, will be ready to go on a relaxing sunday evening. feel free to bring food and "drink" for yourself, your favorite "mix tape" (ipod), and your needy project. this time is also great if you're just having a little trouble understanding a new pattern or figuring out where you left off. e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. sliding fee $5-10.
tuesday, oct. 12: 630-830: "knit, tipple, & talk"
bring spirits, bring needles, bring fibers, and friends. this is just an opportunity to get together with friends and commune over our newly awakened fervor for warm winter knitting. no charge. just bring yourself and some vittles.
there will be more classes to come near the end of october, and november. keep your eyes open for: "mist-take no more," "master that gauge swatch," "write your own hat pattern," and more!
The pictures kind of say it all about the title of this post, don't you think? The aforementioned sassiness is from Anna Toth, creator of Bow and Arrow Apparel. She sells on Etsy, hopefully she will sell in the shop, but she is definitely teaching some classes in October!
For the last several years, Anna has worked as a cutter, pattern maker, and instructor of sewing classes. Most notable was her time as an instructor for Turning Heads, a non-profit after school program in San Francisco, CA, which offers skills development and entrepreneurship training for at-risk high school aged young women. Through Turning Heads, Anna instructed former gang members, young and expecting mothers, and other generally rambunctious teens, keeping them out of trouble and empowering them through creative problem solving. Anna loves to teach, and loves to foster excitement in her students by equipping them with the tools they need to explore their medium with confidence.
So...Excited yet? Anna is heading in here with her incredible skills to teach some great classes for us. On the 21st will be Beginner's Basics, which is everything you need to get sewing. It will cover all kinds of good stuff, and I highly recommend it if you have never sewn a stitch. For the slightly more advanced, show up on the 28th for the Closures class - three types of zippers, buttons and snaps, oh my!
Read the complete descriptions on the calendar over there on the right, just click on the titles for more info.
And check out her shop here!
And don't forget to pre-register at 828.505.8595
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Laura Szumowski is the brainchild behind these very fine books that deal with women's health issues. The writing is scientific, yet humorous and easy to read and great to look at with tons of drawings. Her new book, Cycling, is slated to come out in the next few weeks, and it's chock full of information about the menstrual cycle, and some history and beliefs associated with it. You can find some of her stuff here in the shop. By supporting her you also ensure that books like Cycling and Tip of the Iceberg continue to educate people about their bodies. It also supports the growth of the entire Women's Health Chapbook Series, and makes each book possible.
Here's her website for more info!