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Learn with Dogwood Crafters

Join us for some new classes as well as some favorites from years before. In all classes, participants will adhere to local and CDC guidelines requiring social distancing and the wearing of masks. Thank you for your cooperation.

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; the fees cover the use of the Masonic Lodge. Our classes are offered to fulfill our 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

PAINTING A BARN QUILT SQUARE - a two-session class
Wednesday, August 4 and Thursday, August 5, 10 am - 3 pm each day
Class fee: $85

This is an intermediate barn quilt painting class. This 24" barn quilt square can be used outside. The instructor is Deborah Freedom. This class has been designed for those who have been in one of her classes already, but that is not required. Register by Wednesday, July 21.

Thursday, August 19, 10 am - 1 pm
Class fee: $22

Learn to make a bowl made with fabric covered cord. Janilla Greene will teach the technique of covering the rope with fabric and coiling to make a basket. You will need sewing machine skills and cotton fabric. Rope will be furnished by instructor. Register by Thursday, August 12.

Thursday, September 16, 10 am - 1 pm
Class fee: $1

Make a beautiful object by painting on glass, wood or metal. Instructor Patricia Cowen is offering something new in this class ... not only painting glass but also wood or metal. You need to look for items that you can bring. Register by Thursday, September 9.

Thursday, October 7, 10 am - 12 pm
Class fee: $11 (all materials provided)

Learn how to shape and hammer aluminum wire into an ornament. The instructor is Joan Marsden. Some of the shapes you can make are hearts, trees, stars, etc. The ornaments will be finished with a ribbon hanger. The project requires moderate hand and finger strength. Bring your reading glasses if you need them! Register by Friday, October 1.

Thursday, October 14, 10 am - 12 pm
Class fee: $111 (all materials provided)

Learn how to add beads to the handles of serving spoons and forks or baby spoons or sugar tongs. They make great gifts! The instructor will be Joan Marsden. Bring reading glasses if you need them - the beads are small and the wire is fine! Register by Thursday, October 7.

Thursday, October 21, 1 pm - 5 pm
Class fee: $15 (

Learn the skills and techniques for carving 'Spirit Faces' in locust bark. Instructor Ron Yount has been teaching carving for several years. Bring carving tools (especially gouges) that you may have. Register by Thursday, October 14.

POTTERY - a two-session class
Tuesday, November 2 (9:30 am - 12 pm) & Tuesday, November 9 (1 pm - 4 pm )
Class fee: $27 (all materials provided)

Learn the skill needed to make a hand-built pottery item. The instructor is Cheryl Thompson. There will be two sessions: the first day will be building the item; the second day will be glazing. Then you will pick up your item later at Dogwood Crafters Shop. Register by October 27.

Thursday, November 5, 10 am - 1 pm
Class fee: $16

Learn the basics of wool applique while making a penny Christmas tree. Instructor Claudia Lampley, has been teaching wool crafts for many years, and you will have fun learning this heritage craft. Bring a sharp pair of scissors. Register by October 29.

Thursday, November 18, 9:30 am - 4pm
Class fee: $10

Four classes will be held at one time with four different teachers. Transform four old Christmas cards into one of a kind holiday decorations that family and friends will enjoy for years to come. There will be an exhibit of ways to recycle old Christmas cards. Collect old Christmas cards during the year. Register by November 5.