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Learn with Dogwood Crafters

Classes are offered March through November. Join us for some new classes as well as some favorites from years before.

Unless otherwise specified, classes are held at the Masonic Lodge #459, 223 Wilkes Crescent Circle, Sylva. From Business 23 between Sylva and Dillsboro, turn on Wilkes Crescent Drive. At the top of the hill there is a large water tower; turn on the drive near the gate and go through the gate.

To register for any class stop by or call Dogwood Crafters at 828-586-2248. Please have your name, phone number and email (optional) ready to register. Normally registration deadline is a week before the class. Class fees are paid on the day of the class. All payments must be in cash (no credit cards). The volunteer instructors work hard to keep the cost low, but due to rising costs in supplies and fees you may see an increase in the class fees. The class fees cover the use of the Masonic Lodge (when classes are held there). Our classes are offered to fulfill our 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

Class Schedule

Chair Seat Weaving with Junetta Pell and Andrew Beck, a Two-Day Class
Wednesday, September 27 & Thursday, September 28: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm each day
Class fee: $8, plus furnished materials

Learn how to replace a seat in a chair or stool to make it useful again. You will learn how to replace seat with flat reed, or cane, as well as caning. Register by September 20.

Intro to Gouache Painting with Marjorie Eyre
Wednesday, October 11: 9:30 am - 2:00 pm each day
Class fee: $50

This class will provide an understanding of how to use gouache medium on paper. Learn to sketch landscapes from photos as well as how to build a rendering as though you were out plein-air painting. Learn to blend and layer color to compose elements to form a painting. Supplies will be provided. Register by October 4.

Woven Fabric Star with Suzanne Wingett
Thursday, October 12: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Class fee: $16

Come and join us to make a woven star ornament. Bring four different but coordinating fabrics to create a 4” star. The theme of the fabric used will dictate which celebration you are honoring. Simple to make, no sewing is involved, but you will have fun. Register by October 5.

Spiral Twill Basket with Bill and Debbie Douglas, a Two-Day Class
Tuesday, October 17 & Wednesday, October 18: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm each day
Class fee: $35

Create a basket using the spiral twill weave on a round wooden base in this intermediate class. There will be a choice of 2 color reed combinations. All reed and base will be furnished. Bring your basket making tools. Register by October 10.

Rug Braiding with Dianne Ellis, a Two-Day Class
Tuesday, November 7 & Tuesday, November 14: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm each day
Class fee: $6

In this 2-day class, you will learn the techniques of rug braiding and lacing. If you have braiders from another class, bring them with you. Register by November 1.

Hand-Built Pottery with Cheryl Thompson, a Two-Day Class
Wednesday, November 8 & Wednesday, November 15: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm each day
Class fee: $38

Hand-build a small piece of pottery on the 1st day of this 2-day class. On the second day you will stain the fired piece. Register by November 1.

Make a Snowman Ornament Using a Light Bulb with Alva Houston
Wednesday, November 8: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Class fee: $15

Recycle a used light bulb into a Christmas ornament by learning how to paint the features of a cute snowman. Everything will be furnished. Register by November 1.