#BLUBIRDTEACHES: MODERN FIBER AT MUSEJAR
HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING SERIES
Our creative collaboration with MUSEjar in East Aurora continues to thrive, as we work together to discover new applications of fiber as a medium and encourage new interest in the fiber arts. This season's series are geared towards conscious consumerism and intentional gifting. As a firm believer in simplifying and destressing the holidays, I love how the added grace that concentrating on the creation of slow goods instead of consumption of mass produced goods enriches our holiday season. Creating and intentional gifting small and slow acts as a counterbalance to the hectic pace and (sometimes) frenetic consumption that seems to dog most of our experiences this time of year. So this month and next's workshops are specifically focused on holiday-centric goods to allow you to give with grace, enhance your home's soul, or equip you with skills you can use to #makeallthegifts. Check out the class lineup below, and sign up via link to MJ's website. #giftart
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TAPESTRY NECKLACES - WEAVING IN MINUTAE
Early start at our Roycroft Inn Makers Night.
Get a taste for the art of weaving, bite sized and hand held. This low impact, easy beginner's course just catches the taste of the basics of weaving, with a low commitment price point. Explore the fascinating art of tapestry by learning to weave a mini wearable tapestry, while relaxing at The Roycroft Inn. Students will learn how to warp a handheld palm loom, design a visually pleasing palette with a quick dip into basic color theory and weave a wearable tapestry necklace in time allotted. All materials and hardware provided. Learn how to make it, take home your loom and instructional materials home, and #makeallthegifts.
Wet felt your own sweet sheepie ornaments to dress your tree - we'll be making a set of three - enough to keep and enough to give - using small farm produced Lincoln and hand dyed Teeswater wool. This is a great intro to both wet felting and needle felt technique, and constitutes my concession to "cute felt." Baaa with me. (Yes, that's a Rent reference. I couldn't help it.) Get in the holiday spirit and support local business on Small Business Saturday, makers! All supplies included with course fee.
SWEDISH TOMTE GNOMES
Tomtes are traditional Swedish domestic sprites, associated with protection and good cheer. We love these cute little buggers! In this class we will be creating a little Tomte family using culturally appropriate Swedish Gotland wool and traditional doll making technique to watch over our household this holiday season. Please note: This class is a "second chance" class, with limited enrollment; open first to friends on the waiting list from our first sold out Tomte class Nov 9, and will not be posted on MJ's website until all wait list responses are filled. Newsletter subscribers and #fiberfriends (that's you!) have advance access to this class before general enrollment beginss. This is already half-full and will sell out quickly. Take advantage of your access to secure a seat, by emailing the folks at MJ via their website for a link to enroll.
GOOD CLEAN FUN: A #HANDMADECHRISTMAS MAKE-A-GANZA
Feat. Alpine Made Org Raw Goats Milk Soap
What's better than using small handcrafted luxury soap made by a local female farmer? Encasing it in naturally exfoliating, hypo-allergenic, sustainable, renewable, compostable, wonderful wool! It's the shop small, slow goods, local artist, small farmer, female business owner, MYO nirvana, as we kick start our holiday vibe and spend an afternoon at MUSEjar turning Alpine Made soap into the luscious sudsy deliciousness that is #goodcleanwool felted soap. This is a special, extended version of our standard workshop, with enough time and supply to stuff all the stockings right; #makerstyle. This class is currently open for #fiberfriends early enrollment only; you can request exclusive details and sign up links by emailing the ladies at MUSE, you early birds, you.