Friday, October 7, 2011

A Busy September

Whew! September was a really busy month - 15 classes plus hosting the Fibre Arts Faire.

Seems there was something for everyone - fiber arts, rustic arts, painting, photography, mixed media, glass, metal arts, concrete. Pretty much the whole spectrum of arts and crafts! Here are photos from just some of the classes.

The month was off to a roaring start with a full class of fifteen rug hooking students who came to spend three days honing their skills with instructor Sally Kallin of Pine Island Primitives. Sally brought TONS of luscious hand-dyed woolens and wonderful samples of her work.
Rug Hooking students intent on their projects 

Cutting the wool strips
A hooked rug in progress

Terri assists a student

Students learned to weave on a gourd from Gourd Girl Terri Schmit, artist, musician and founder of the Wisconsin Gourd Society. Terri and Gourd Guy Larry Haas grow gourds on their homestead in Blue Mounds, WI.

Finished gourd baskets

The weaving in process

The Shake Rag grounds provided the perfect setting for a class in Outdoor Macro Photography taught by freelance landscape and travel photography pro, Stephen Gassman.

The blacksmithing classes are always popular and Blacksmithing for Home and Garden was no exception. Here, instructor Bob Tuftee assists a student. Bob has been a blacksmith for 25 years, 20 of them as the village blacksmith at Pioneer Village in Scott County Park in Iowa.

Tom and student

In Textural Mixed Media students got to play with paint, found objects, varieties of papers, and some of instructor Tom Cabezas' unusual textural compounds to create terrific mixed media paintings. 
Peg with her piece

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