Teaching

As we continue through this crazy pandemic, my attitude towards teaching as been “Safety for all first”. I’ve been guaranteeing at home with my husband, with very few exceptions. As we move into the new year, I VERY excited to have some teaching scheduled! If you have any questions about these classes, the Covid-19 handling of the hosting schools, or anything else, please feel free to contact me.

Here are the places I’ll be at in the coming months:

Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center

I’m very happy to be teaching a variety of temari classes at the amazing Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center. Nestled in gorgeous Newberry Township, PA (just north of York), the glen is THE place to study fiber arts. Founder Sara Bixler and her renown father Tom Knisley are the fiber artist resident teachers, and the variety of classes held here year round is incredible. Red Stone Glen also features fantastic and affordable student lodging, and a well stocked fiber store! Find out more information at their website:
http://redstoneglen.com/

Temari 101

The six patterns for Temari 101

A two day introduction to stitching and making temari. This is a class to learn the skills for doing temari, not just a “projects” class. We learn and practice all the basics, and you will receive materials for 4 temari and even go home with two extra patterns.

Upcoming class dates:

April 24 -26, 2020 (Saturday and Sunday; Monday is an optional day to continue working and reinforcing skills)

http://redstoneglen.com/classes/temari-101

Why Knit & Purl, lets Flax & Swirl

Swirl stitching examples
Flax stitching on a variety of divisions

This one day class specifically teaches two very popular temari stitching techniques — the amazing swirl stitch (top) and the versatile flax stitch (bottom). You will need basic temari skills for this class, and you will be delighted to leave with an in-depth knowledge of both techniques.

Upcoming class dates:

March 6th, 2020. (Saturday)
http://redstoneglen.com/classes/why-knit-and-purl-let-s-flax-and-swirl

Temari Open Studio

Open Studio is back and bigger than ever! This class is all about getting personalized help for whatever your current temari needs are. Whether you come to refresh your basic knowledge or to learn new advanced skills, I’ll work with each student on their individual goals. Bring along your previous work, supplies and questions, and get ready for a relaxing and yet invigorating weekend of temari fun. And if possible, let me know ahead of time what you are interested in working on, so I can come prepared with a lot to share with you.

March 26th – 28th, 2021 (Friday through Sunday).

http://redstoneglen.com/classes

Online Lecture – Introduction to the Art of Japanese Temari

I’ll be giving a 2 hour presentation online all about Japanese Temari. Learn about the history of the craft, and the state of the art today around the world. We’ll talk about how balls are constructed and embroidered. I’ll talk about some of the meaning behind common motifs and stitching types, and we’ll talk about how temari offers a unique platform for color play. There will be plenty of time for questions, and I’ll be able to show you not just my own examples, but lots of temari from some amazing Japanese artists. Join me and Sara Bixler for a fun evening talking all about temari.

April 5th, 2021. 6pm – 8pm, via Zoom.

John C. Campbell Folk School

I’m thrilled to be offering a week long class in temari at the wonderful folk school in Brasstown, N.C. If you haven’t heard of them, check out their website. Their week classes are a wonderful retreat, as you can stay on campus and enjoy their great food while indulging in a great crafting class. The setting is a simply magical place, and as a bonus, you will get to meet new crafting friends and see all kinds of inspiring art! They have been taking many precautions to make their May re-opening safe for everyone. (You can read more about their Covid-19 policies at their website below).

https://www.folkschool.org/

You can find their online catalog here:

https://www.folkschool.org/eCatalog_May_Dec_2021_compressed/index.html#page=1

July 4th – 9th, 2021. (Sunday through Friday).

Black Sheep Yarn Shop

I’m excited to be working with Black Sheep Yarn Shop, located in Timonium, Maryland. Not only will I be doing some temari classes there, but I’m also going to be helping them teach floor loom classes. I’m very excited to be joining the talented and fun group of fiber enthusiasts there!

Check out all that they have to offer at https://www.blacksheepyarnshop.com/

The “Peppermint Swirl” ornament design that was a single project class at Black Sheep Yarn. Perhaps we will do it again before the holidays 2021

Seminars and Conferences

I enjoyed teaching at the Mid Atlantic Fiber Arts Conference this past June 2019, and I’ll be looking to expand my presence to even more such venues in the future. Stay posted!

Interested in a private class?

I love teaching, and I don’t mind travelling! If you have a group of people interested in learning temari, contact me at jenweberfiberarts@gmail.com.

(My minimum class length is two days, my preferred maximum number of participants is 8, and my hard limit maximum number of students is 10.)