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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

Carve a Spirit Face with Ron Yount
Thursday, June 6: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Class fee: $18

Learn the skills and techniques for carving a “Spirit Face” in locust bark. Some experience in carving is needed. Register by May 29.

Introduction to Rug Hooking with Claudia Lampley
Tuesday, June 13: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Class fee: $26

Participants will learn the basics of rug hooking while making a Christmas ornament. Teacher will provide pattern and wool. There will be a frame and hook available for each student during the class. The frame and hook may be purchased after the class. Register by June 6.

Make a Poplar Bark Basket with Joe Williams
Wednesday, June 21: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Class fee: $32

In this class you will turn a one-piece poplar bark into a basket. The bark is folded, laced up and a handle is attached. Register by June 14.

Wood Burning with Cecil Wally
Thursday, June 29: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Class fee: $15

Learn how to use a temperature-controlled burner, the proper use of several burning tips, and techniques for burning different designs. Instructor will provide wood burners for class. Register by June 21.

Learn about Gourds with Donna McCarthy
Thursday, July 13: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Class fee: $12

In this introductory class you will see how to clean and prepare a gourd for decorating. For your hands-on project, you will apply specially prepared vinyl stencils to the gourd surface, then use a variety of alcohol ink colors as we apply multiple layers of colors over the stencils and gourds. After removing the stencils, you will have a beautiful design on your gourd. A variety of prepped and cleaned gourds will be available for your project. Register by July 6.

Beginning Barn Quilt Pattern Drawing Class with Deborah Freedman
Wednesday, July 19: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Class fee: $25

Learn the first step in painting a barn board. In this class you will learn the basics of breaking down a quilt pattern and transferring it to graph paper. Register by July 12.

Applying Alcohol to Glass Bottles with Kathy Murray
Thursday, July 27: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Class fee: $30

Learn how to apply alcohol ink (AI) to the outside of glass bottles and small glass items. You can also experiment applying the AI by dropping, sponging, blasting with compressed air, blowing with a straw, and any other ways you come up with! Register by July 20.

Ceramics with Brenda Anders
Wednesday, August 9: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Class fee: $10

Learn about greenware, cleaning and staining. You will make a flat ornament and basket attachments. Location: Brenda's Studio. Register by August 2.

Lace Angel and Okra Snowman ornaments with Gail Holt and Judy Smith
Thursday, August 10: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Class fee: $14

Learn how to make an angel using lace and ribbon as well an okra pod snowman. Materials will be furnished. Register by August 3.

Tying Flies and Jigs with Cecil Wally
Tuesday, August 15: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Class fee: $15

his is a very basic class for beginners. Students will be taught the use of basic tools for tying flies and jigs. Several lures should be completed to take home. Instructor will furnish vise and jig for class. Register by August 8.

Paint a Barn Board Quilt with Deborah Freedman, a Two-Day Class
Thursday, August 16 & Friday, August 17: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm each day
Class fee: $150

This is a beginner to intermediate class. You will paint a 24” Barn Quilt on MDO board suitable for exterior use. Choose a pattern from 8 choices provided. The pre-drawn board will be prepared before the class by the instructor with your pattern. The patterns will be posted after April 1st on Dogwood Crafters Facebook or Barn Quilts of the Blue Ridge 2 or a sheet is available at Dogwood Craft Shop when you register. Location: Deborah's Workshop. Register by July 7.

Folding Paper with Claudia Lampley
Tuesday, August 22: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Class fee: $7

Learn how to fold old cards into a box and make a 3-dimensional star from a fiberglass measuring tape. Students need to bring paper scissors and old Christmas cards. Register by August 15.

Book Making with Gayle Woody
Thursday, September 7: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Class fee: $12

In this beginning book making class, you will learn to take old book covers to create “new” covers. Pages will be made by folding paper to create a six-page book. Various options for content on the pages will be presented. Bring photos, drawings, poems, small paintings, or interesting papers to use as content. Various materials will be provided. Register by September 1.

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.