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Calendar 2010

June 5, 2011, Sunday
11am – 12:30pm

Kids Create

Get ready to explore the many cultures in our community with this popular program. Join us each month as we celebrate a different tradition through story and a hands-on art project. Kids Create is a multicultural arts program for children aged 5-10.
Program fee: $7.50. Must pay program fee in advance to confirm reservation. Fee may be paid online or at 408.971.0323 x14. Walk-ins accepted only if there is room at the session.

Theme this month:
Slinter Braids: Beautiful Braided Bracelets

See the complete Kids Create Calendar


June 12, Sunday
2 – 4pm

Collector's Conversation with Jean & Roger Moss

Join the Moss’s in a casual conversation and gallery walk through of the exhibition Southwestern Banded Blankets: Three Cultures, One Horizon and learn about the motivation of their collecting, and the similarities and differences of the three cultures. Bring in your own southwestern textiles for a fun, informal discussion and show and tell from 2:45 – 4 pm. $15 reservations / $10 members


Tunisian crocheted blanket

June 18, Saturday
9am – 12pm

Tunisian Crochet – A Big Hook Introduction

Stitch Diva lead designer, Jennifer Hansen, will teach you how to use this traditional technique in very untraditional ways. Using large hooks and modern yarns, create fabrics that look woven instead of knit or crochet. Tunisian crochet uses less yarn than standard crochet and is considered by many to be a cross between knitting and crochet. You will learn the basic stitches in Tunisian Crochet and view some FAST and EASY projects.

Materials to bring:
· At least 3 coordinating bulky weight (any yarn including ribbons that yields gauge of 2.5 sts/inch or less) including a smooth, non-variegated bulky-weight yarn.
· Crochet hooks will be provided for you to borrow in class.

Material Fee: $30 (Optional)
We will have Tunisian crochet hooks on hand to lend during the class. If students wish to purchase the hook, they can pay the material fee

Required Skills: Basic Crochet - Ch, sc

Register online:
Workshop Fee - $70
Members - $60


Bag made with joined hairpin lace

June 18, Saturday
1pm – 4pm

Beginning Hairpin Lace

Hairpin lace creates beautiful open fabrics that look complicated and impressive, but this technique is so simple, even a beginning crocheter can do it! Stitch Diva lead designer, Jennifer Hansen, will teach you the basics of creating a hairpin lace strip and then provide a quick overview on how to join them.

Materials to bring:
· Choose a smooth, non-variegated dk or worsted weight yarn. (Ideas: Stitch Diva Studios Studio Silk, Tilli Tomas Plie, Debbie Bliss Cathay, Caron Spa or Country).
· Choose a hook that yields a desirable gauge with the yarn that you choose. (Try F through H). Bring several hooks to class if you’d like so that you can experiment.
· Hairpin Lace loom that adjusts to 3”. (Optional – loom can be borrowed in class with option to purchase.)

Material Fee: $30 ($28 of Fee is optional. $2 for handouts)
We will have hairpin lace frames on hand to lend during the class. If students wish to purchase the frame, they can pay the material fee.

Required skills: Basic Crochet - Ch, sc, dc

Register online:
Workshop Fee - $70
Members - $60


June 26, Sunday
Sorry, this workshop has been canceled

CANCELED: Learn to Knit with Kyle Kunnecke

Learn to knit! Beginners will learn how to cast-on, bind-off, knit, purl, and read a basic pattern while making a cotton washcloth or sampler. Workshop will cover basic concepts, common mistakes, and some of the pattern variations possible using just these techniques. This is a great introduction to the world of knitting and will introduce you to the basic skills necessary so that you can continue with projects on your own. You will leave with a better understanding of the craft, along with a "learn to knit" scarf pattern that will allow you to further practice. No experience required! Knitting materials are included; all you have to do is show up! The instructor will be available for students who have additional questions or need further assistance for a one hour "free knit" after the workshop. Come knit with us!

Skill Prerequisite - none
$55 – workshop fee includes needles and yarn
$45 members
(Yarn and needles for this class are generously donated by Skacel.)


Four Directions hat, original design by Kyle Kunnecke, inspired by the Churro wool, (C)2011 Maxine Bauer Photography

June 26, Sunday
2pm – 5pm

Banded Hats with Churro Wool taught by Kyle Kunnecke

Knit a hat inspired by the work of the Black Mesa Weavers using beautiful handspun Navajo Churro wool. In this 3 hour workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn the Fair Isle technique, as well as how to create "jogless" stripes in the round on double-point needles. Students should already have basic knitting skills, including cast on, bind off, purl, knit, increasing and decreasing. Supplies, including Churro yarn from Black Mesa Weavers, and double-point knitting needles from Skacel, Inc. are provided. Reference materials will be provided with the course. You will leave well on your way to completing a hand knit hat that connects your passion for knitting at the Museum with the Navajo shepherds. A portion of proceeds from this workshop benefit Black Mesa Weavers for Life and Land. Register online.

Skill Prerequisite: Basic knitting skills including cast on, bind off, purl, knit, increasing and decreasing.
$80 for class
$70 members
Double pointed needles for this class are generously donated by Skacel.