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11/5/2012
Adults Can Learn From Textile Center Artists at Free Hennepin County Library Workshops Beginning Dec. 1
Adults who enjoy the textile arts have an opportunity to learn from instructors from the Textile Center in Minneapolis at nine free “Crafty Minnesota” workshops that begin Dec. 1 at Hennepin County libraries.  Advance registration is required.
 
Founded in 1994, the Textile Center is a national center for fiber art that honors textile traditions and promotes excellence and innovation in all forms of textile media, including weaving, quilting, knitting, sewing, needlework, lace making, basketry and beading. 
 
Instructors from the Textile Center who are teaching the “Crafty Minnesota” workshops are working artists as well as skilled teachers who have worked in the fiber art community for many years and taught residencies and projects for the Textile Center.
 
“Hennepin County Library is offering these workshops so adults can learn about local and world textile art traditions,” said Johannah Genett, the Library’s program librarian. “Hennepin County is lucky to have the Textile Center, a national center for fiber art, located in the heart of the county – Minneapolis. The Textile Center provides high quality instructors to teach adults at ‘Crafty Minnesota,’ and many patrons have commented that they love the opportunity to meet and socialize with their neighbors at these programs.”
 
Becka Rahn, education manager and WebWeaver at the Textile Center, said, “Students love hands-on projects and the opportunity to make something creative but practical. All of the projects we chose for the ‘Crafty Minnesota’ partnership have these elements in common. We also try to choose techniques that are great for beginners who have never tried a particular art form, but also try to give them a new twist to appeal to those that might have done a little sewing or knitting before.”
 
“We love collaborating with the libraries because of the people we have been able to interact with at the individual locations,” Rahn added. “The libraries have a vibrant and diverse audience who are really interested in and enthusiastic about these programs. This partnership has allowed us to be a part of that great community and to reach out to groups and individuals that we haven't worked with before. Textile arts are really universal across all cultures and we see students of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels that have really come together because of that shared love of doing something with your hands.”
 
Rahn said Textile Center staff has seen an increase in interest in the textile or fiber arts. “Sewing and knitting are really popular right now. There seems to be a real resurgence in learning to make things with your hands, especially among young adults, and the idea of being a creator instead of a consumer,” she said.
 
Rahn said the free library programs are a great opportunity to try something new. “You can come and try something out without having to invest a lot of time or materials. This is a great way to get a taste of what a technique is all about, and with both the Textile Center and the libraries collaborating, students are surrounded by resources to find out more about a technique they really love.”
 
The programs, funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and presented in collaboration with the Textile Center, are:
 
Crafty Minnesota: Handcrafted Creatures
For adults. Stitch a tiny stuffed animal that you can hang on your holiday tree, make into a keychain, or give as a gift. Choose your favorite creature — birds, dogs, or zombies — and bring it to life. Materials provided. Find related books and more at the Library. Find related books and more at the Library.
 
Northeast Library
Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Registration required, begins Nov 3; limit 20. Register Online or call 612-543-6775.

Nokomis Library
Saturday, Dec. 1, 3–5 p.m.
Registration required, begins Nov 3; limit 20. Register Online or call 612-543-6800.

St. Louis Park Library
Thursday, Dec. 6, 7–9 p.m.
Registration required, begins Nov 8; limit 20. Register Online or call 612-543-6125.

 
Crafty Minnesota: Hang It Up
For adults. Use metallic paint stiks and hand-cut stencils to create a shimmering design on fabric. Then style your wall by mounting your art in a wooden hoop and hang it to be admired. Materials provided. Find related books and more at the Library.
 
Northeast Library
Saturday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Registration required; begins Dec. 15; limit 20.
 
Nokomis Library
Saturday, Jan. 12, 3-5 p.m.
Registration required; begins Dec. 15; limit 20.

St. Louis Park Library
Thursday, Jan. 17, 7-9 p.m.
Registration required; begins Dec. 20; limit 20.
 
 
Crafty Minnesota: It’s a Wrap
For adults. Learn to knit or brush up your skills. In this class, make a knitted earband to keep you warm and cozy as well as stylish for the last part of the winter. Take your yarn and needles home to continue the cozy crafting. Materials provided. Find related books and more at the Library.
 
Northeast Library
Saturday, Feb. 9. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Registration required; begins Jan. 12; limit 20.
 
Nokomis Library
Saturday, Feb. 9, 3-5 p.m.
Registration required; begins Jan. 12; limit 20.
 
St. Louis Park Library
Thursday, Feb. 14, 7-9 p.m.
Registration required; begins Jan. 17; limit 20.
 
 
For more information:  www.hclib.org

11/5/2012


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