Fiber Arts

Please bookmark this page and check back regularly as we add new classes online throughout the season. Dates and times are subject to change.

Cancellation Policy:  Occasionally classes must be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met for our visiting instructors, there is a health or weather emergency, or other unforeseen events.  We understand that this may be a disappointment to our students, and we’ll do our best to inform you as early as we can of the cancellation.

If Oliver Art Center cancels a class, we’ll offer a full refund or credit towards another course, at your discretion.

If a student must withdraw from a class a full refund less $10 processing fee will be issued if cancellation is received at least one week prior to the first day of class. After that time, no refunds are provided. If you sign up for a multi-day or multi-week class but do not attend the entire course, we will not pro-rate the class as we need to pay our guest instructors for your spot in the class.

Fiber Classes

Driftwood Handled Basket Making with Mark Videan

Create a one-of-a-kind, colorful basket with a natural driftwood handle, great for gathering berries or beach stones. You will learn plain weave, twining, spoke placement, and shaping. All materials will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring a plastic dish pan and garden snippers or side cutters.

Instructor Info:  Mark Videan retired after 42 years as a jeweler and goldsmith, and is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metal smithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, and his work has been shown internationally. He is a member of the Association of Michigan Basketmakers.

Sat July 20, 2024

Member Price: $85.50

Non-Member Price: $95.00

Available Spaces: 4

 
Batik Workshop at Warren Hill Lavender Farm - with Jennifer Flynn

NOTE:  This workshop will be on location at Jennifer and Don Flynn's Lavender Farm on Warren Rd. Email or call Oliver Art Center for directions prior to date of workshop.

Discover the ancient fiber art of Batik. Batik means wax writing. We will work on fabrics using Hot Melted Wax to create resist and Various Dye Baths to create colors, with a traditional dye dipping method.

Materials will be provided.

Instructor Bio: Jennifer has been creating batik painting since 1987.  She has exhibited in shows, galleries, and museums, and her work is in homes all over the world.  In 2005 she received the award of “Best in Show” in fiber art at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.  Jennifer and her husband, Don, live in Northwest Michigan in the Sleeping Bear Dunes area, where they grow lavender for sale at the Frankfort Farmer’s Market.  She volunteers regularly at numerous organizations and events in the region and is a member of the Oliver Art Center board of directors.

Thu July 25, 2024

Member Price: $75.00

Non-Member Price: $85.00

Available Spaces: 3

 
Knitting with Carol Johnson - Creating an Heirloom Baby Sweater

Knit that gorgeous heirloom baby sweater for your newest family member or friend!  Learn techniques to craft a true handmade heirloom, including patterns, yarn types, needles, and embellishments.

Supplies:   Yarn: Sock/Fingering/Baby Yarn, Needles: Size 1; yarn volume based on garment sizes: 6 months (480 yds), 12 mo. (600 yds), 18 mos. (600 yds), 24 mos. (720 yds)

Instructor Bio:  Carol Gunkler Johnson was born in Berea, Kentucky, a region well known for keeping Southern Mountain arts and crafts alive.  At an early age Carol was taught to sew, weave, crochet and knit.  She excelled in sewing, creating garments ranging from mermaid costumes to lace wedding gowns.  Her real love, however, was knitting.  Carol creates a remarkable array of knit clothing items - she calls them "wearable hugs."  Carol is a regular volunteer at the OAC and a Frankfort resident.

 

Image Credit: Sweater by Maisonette (as an example of what you might create)

Sat July 27, 2024

Member Price: $45.00

Non-Member Price: $50.00

Available Spaces: 8

 

Bring your projects, problems, or repair jobs and get Carol's advice on how to progress or problem-solve.

Instructor Bio:  Carol Gunkler Johnson was born in Berea, Kentucky, a region well known for keeping Southern Mountain arts and crafts alive.  At an early age Carol was taught to sew, weave, crochet and knit.  She excelled in sewing, creating garments ranging from mermaid costumes to lace wedding gowns.  Her real love, however, was knitting.  Carol creates a remarkable array of knit clothing items - she calls them "wearable hugs."  Carol is a regular volunteer at the OAC and a Frankfort resident.

Sat July 27, 2024

Member Price: $15.00

Non-Member Price: $0.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Family Puppetry Workshop with Alexandra Herryman

This is fun for all ages - children can sign up as well as parents (children under 14 must be accompanied by parents).

We will explore techniques that make a puppet appear alive and how movements express feelings and tell stories. By the end everyone will have constructed some
elements that can be used to tell a story out of our primary medium: cardboard and tape. But more importantly, participants will have a good grasp of how to think about puppets as objects that tell stories, and ways to turn those objects and stories into performances that make people smile. Ages 14 and up may register alone. Ages 10-14 may assist an adult who is also participating. More classes added this summer - watch the website for updates!

Instructor Info:  Alexandra Herryman has a long history of design, construction, and management for live theater, which she honed in New York and Chicago before settling down in northern Michigan. In 2009 she ran away from grad school to join the puppeteers in Boston, becoming the stage manager for a monthly puppet slam. This introduced her to the multitude of puppet styles and techniques that exist, an interest she further studied at regional and national puppet festivals. Many of her puppets are still out in the world performing in theatrical productions.

Sun July 28, 2024

Member Price: $22.50

Non-Member Price: $25.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Basketry Essentials - Basket Making Workshop with Mark Videan

This class will introduce you to the basic techniques used to weave beautiful, round art baskets. Each class member will be guided in the creation of a one-of-a-kind basket to take home. We will cover base construction, spoke/up stake layout, twining, twill work, and triple weaving. You will learn how to control the shape and color patterns of your basket, as well as different ways of finishing the rim. We will be working with hand-dyed and natural round and flat reed, which will be provided in numerous colors.

Instructor Info:  Mark Videan retired after 42 years as a jeweler and goldsmith, and is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metal smithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, and his work has been shown internationally. He is a member of the Association of Michigan Basketmakers.

Sat August 3, 2024

Member Price: $85.50

Non-Member Price: $95.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Batik Workshop at Warren Hill Lavender Farm - with Jennifer Flynn

NOTE:  This workshop will be on location at Jennifer and Don Flynn's Lavender Farm on Warren Rd. Email or call Oliver Art Center for directions prior to date of workshop.

Discover the ancient fiber art of Batik. Batik means wax writing. We will work on fabrics using Hot Melted Wax to create resist and Various Dye Baths to create colors, with a traditional dye dipping method.

Materials will be provided.

Instructor Bio: Jennifer has been creating batik painting since 1987.  She has exhibited in shows, galleries, and museums, and her work is in homes all over the world.  In 2005 she received the award of “Best in Show” in fiber art at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.  Jennifer and her husband, Don, live in Northwest Michigan in the Sleeping Bear Dunes area, where they grow lavender for sale at the Frankfort Farmer’s Market.  She volunteers regularly at numerous organizations and events in the region and is a member of the Oliver Art Center board of directors.

Sat August 10, 2024

Member Price: $75.00

Non-Member Price: $85.00

Available Spaces: 2

 
Driftwood Handled Basket Making with Mark Videan

Create a one-of-a-kind, colorful basket with a natural driftwood handle, great for gathering berries or beach stones. You will learn plain weave, twining, spoke placement, and shaping. All materials will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring a plastic dish pan and garden snippers or side cutters.

Instructor Info:  Mark Videan retired after 42 years as a jeweler and goldsmith, and is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metal smithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, and his work has been shown internationally. He is a member of the Association of Michigan Basketmakers.

Sat August 17, 2024

Member Price: $85.50

Non-Member Price: $95.00

Available Spaces: 5

 
Batik Workshop at Warren Hill Lavender Farm - with Jennifer Flynn

NOTE:  This workshop will be on location at Jennifer and Don Flynn's Lavender Farm on Warren Rd. Email or call Oliver Art Center for directions prior to date of workshop.

Discover the ancient fiber art of Batik. Batik means wax writing. We will work on fabrics using Hot Melted Wax to create resist and Various Dye Baths to create colors, with a traditional dye dipping method. 10-student maximum.

Materials will be provided.

Instructor Bio: Jennifer has been creating batik painting since 1987.  She has exhibited in shows, galleries, and museums, and her work is in homes all over the world.  In 2005 she received the award of “Best in Show” in fiber art at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.  Jennifer and her husband, Don, live in Northwest Michigan in the Sleeping Bear Dunes area, where they grow lavender for sale at the Frankfort Farmer’s Market.  She volunteers regularly at numerous organizations and events in the region and is a member of the Oliver Art Center board of directors.

Thu August 22, 2024

Member Price: $75.00

Non-Member Price: $85.00

Available Spaces: 5

 

Bring your projects, problems, or repair jobs and get Carol's advice on how to progress or problem-solve.

Instructor Bio:  Carol Gunkler Johnson was born in Berea, Kentucky, a region well known for keeping Southern Mountain arts and crafts alive.  At an early age Carol was taught to sew, weave, crochet and knit.  She excelled in sewing, creating garments ranging from mermaid costumes to lace wedding gowns.  Her real love, however, was knitting.  Carol creates a remarkable array of knit clothing items - she calls them "wearable hugs."  Carol is a regular volunteer at the OAC and a Frankfort resident.

Sat August 31, 2024

Member Price: $15.00

Non-Member Price: $0.00

Available Spaces: 7

 
Knitting with Carol Johnson - Finishing Your Project

Let's review finishing techniques, trouble shooting, and "tying up loose ends" - and anything else you need to complete your masterpiece!

Instructor Bio:  Carol Gunkler Johnson was born in Berea, Kentucky, a region well known for keeping Southern Mountain arts and crafts alive.  At an early age Carol was taught to sew, weave, crochet and knit.  She excelled in sewing, creating garments ranging from mermaid costumes to lace wedding gowns.  Her real love, however, was knitting.  Carol creates a remarkable array of knit clothing items - she calls them "wearable hugs."  Carol is a regular volunteer at the OAC and a Frankfort resident.

Sat August 31, 2024

Member Price: $45.00

Non-Member Price: $50.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Lavender Therapy Bags with Jennifer Flynn

Students will use vintage linens and handkerchiefs to make sachets and lavender and rice therapy bags.  They will be hand sewing with embroidery thread and learning to sew stitches that look like lavender.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own vintage linens if desired.  Materials provided by Warren Hill Lavender Farm.

Instructor Bio:   Jennifer has been creating batik painting since 1987.  She has exhibited in shows, galleries, and museums, and her work is in homes all over the world.  In 2005 she received the award of “Best in Show” in fiber art at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.  Jennifer and her husband, Don, live in Northwest Michigan in the Sleeping Bear Dunes area, where they grow lavender for sale at the Frankfort Farmer’s Market.  She volunteers regularly at numerous organizations and events in the region and is a member of the Oliver Art Center board of directors.

Thu September 12, 2024

Member Price: $27.00

Non-Member Price: $30.00

Available Spaces: 10