Calendar

Jan
25
Sat
Beginner Cold Process Soap Making @ Parris House Wool Works
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

 

Join Beth’s other half, Bill Miller, for a fun morning of cold process soap making. We will be making an all natural cold process soap recipe using vegetable oils for the base and essential oils for the scents. These soaps are vegan friendly! Each student will leave with a 2 lb. soap wood soap mold with silicone liner filled with his/her own fresh cold process soap (it will need to cure 4-6 weeks at home), accessories needed for soap making, and a booklet for use at home. This class never fails to be fun and surprising (as in…it really IS easy to make your own soap!).

Feb
1
Sat
Beginner Dye Class @ Parris House Wool Works
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Join rug hooker and teacher Elizabeth Miller for this beginner class in wool dyeing!  We will introduce pot dyeing, microwave dyeing, and casserole dyeing.   You will leave with a full yard of your own beautiful hand dyes, a printed booklet for reference at home, and a great new hobby!  Class includes all materials.  Click on the “tickets” icon to sign up!

Feb
29
Sat
Yes, You Are & Yes, You Can – Beginner Rug Hooking Pattern Design @ Parris House Wool Works
Feb 29 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

 

Yes, you are talented and yes, you can draw stick figures and a whole lot more.   Open up to your creativity (yes, you have it) as we talk about how to keep a rug journal, brainstorm pattern ideas, learn basic principles of pattern design, and go through the process of creating our own patterns from sketch, to paper pattern, to finished linen pattern.  Everyone will leave the class with a brand new pattern of her own design, ready to hook!  Class includes all materials and a few surprise goodies, $75.  Space is limited to six students.

Mar
7
Sat
Embellishing Techniques & Materials for Hooked Projects @ Parris House Wool Works
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

*THIS IS A BRING-YOUR-OWN-PATTERN CLASS*

Beth will provide all materials and embellishments, but you may also bring some of your own if they are special to you. Materials provided for you:

  • wool fabric
  • sari silk
  • roving
  • tee shirt material
  • yarns
  • beads
  • buttons
  • perl cotton
  • embroidery floss
  • applique materials
  • more

In this class we will explore a variety of alternative materials and techniques to embellish your hooked rugs where the only limit is your imagination. Techniques to be covered are (but not limited to):

  • simple wool applique
  • stuffed wool applique
  • needle felting within the rug
  • simply proddy
  • surface chain stitching
  • adding beads, gems, buttons
  • clipping loops for a shag effect
  • “checkerboard” effect with alternating loops
  • pulling loops with more than one material at a time
  • French knots – real and faux

This is a great opportunity to make an out of the box project and have some fun!

Should you need guidance on a pattern to choose, just get in touch with Beth prior to class, but almost any pattern will work. Look especially for designs that might benefit from these alternative techniques.

Mar
21
Sat
Making Wool Needle Felted Scented Buckwheat Sachet Pillows @ Parris House Wool Works
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join teacher/fiber artist Beth Miller just in time to celebrate the arrival spring with these freshly scented sachet pillows!

These are small (4 x 4 or 4 x 6 inch) sachet pillows using your choice of base wool and a wide variety of wool roving colors to make a design and then needle felt it on! If you prefer not to draw your own design I will have some ready made on hand to choose from.

We will also learn the easy art of making buckwheat seed sachet filling using essential oils. The great part about using buckwheat seeds is that the resulting pillows may be either microwaved to warm or frozen to cool and then used as soothing ache & pain relievers.

Finish the whole project using a simple yarn whipstitch technique to close the felted pillow case.

We will provide all materials to make the pillows, and felting blocks and needles to borrow for the process.

Apr
4
Sat
Finishing Techniques for Hooked Rugs, Coasters, & Pillows @ Parris House Wool Works
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Ever wonder how to finish your hooked coasters or pillows or just want a refresher or someone to hold your hand through the process? Come on out to this class.

*THIS IS A “BRING-YOUR-OWN-UNFINISHED-PROJECT” CLASS!*

In other words, you must bring your unfinished mats/coasters/pillows to class. Beth can provide the finishing materials, but the base project must be hooked prior to class and brought along.

Beth will help you through one or more of the following techniques (depending on how many projects you bring):

FOR ALL PROJECTS – Correct steaming, blocking, and serging in preparation for finishing

MATS/RUGS – yarn or wool strip whip stitching, twill tape binding, corded wool binding

COASTERS – no-sew water resistent wool bonding process, simple whip stitching

PILLOWS – solid wool back attachment including how to select the right sized insert, how to cut the backing, how to hand stitch the back on without having any linen showing at the end

This is going to be a fun workshop that hopefully will clear up any uncertainty you may have with finishing techniques.