It’s not all about metal, glass and fire at The Crucible.
Come check out our softer side with classes that reacquaint with your sewing machine, turn old T-shirts into hot couture, create three-dimensional photography or learn the ancient art of cartoneria.
In this class you’ll learn cartoneria, the ancient and popular art form of Mexican papier-mâché. Cartoneria combines Aztec styles with Spanish techniques and is deeply rooted in ancient Mexican legends, traditions and craftsmanship. You will create fantastic and colorful sculptures from paper and recycled materials, using mythological beasts and characters as a starting point.
In this class individuals will have the opportunity to learn the art of bookbinding to create beautiful personal books that can be used to capture memories, ideas, drawings, and more. This class offers discussion and instruction on the foundation of bookbinding technique, history, and materials. Students will construct book blocks, practice stitching techniques, and design covers that are expressive your creative voice. Traditional and contemporary tools will be used to construct several types of books.
If you’re a beginner, this four-hour workshop is the perfect way to become better acquainted with your sewing machine. You’ll learn sewing machine operation, troubleshooting, and parts; various sewing tools and their uses; and foolproof methods for sewing a straight seam and turning corners. The class also covers types of fabric and their uses. Students MUST bring their own sewing machine.
Have tons of old t-shirts lying around? You can learn how to resize, cut and convert your old clothes and transform them into exciting new garments. This three-session workshop teaches you how to work with knit fabrics using a regular sewing machine, install ribbed cuffs and create some gorgeous new things to wear. You will also get to try out a serger. Please bring three to five t-shirts or knit items to cut apart and repurpose. Students MUST bring their own sewing machine.
Substantial or miniscule in size, fascinators are alternative headwear, typically worn as a headpiece or cocktail hat, held in place by a band, clip, pin, or comb. In this class, you will tailor a mini-fascinator to your own unique design using beads, jewels, feathers, and other adornments. The first session will be a focus on creating the base for the fascinator; several patterns will be provided. During the second session we will discuss attachment methods and various decoration possibilities. By the end of the class you will have designed and created a stylish fascinator of your very own!
Students will learn the basics of hand tooling and weaving leather. These skills will include patterning and transferring techniques as well as leather conditioning and dying. Students will walk away from the class with a small project such as a bracelet, choker, or a cuff.
In this class you will learn techniques for working with leather, including cutting, edging, stitching, dyeing and oiling. Setting rivets, and adding hardware like buckles will also be covered as well is design and safety issues. Each student will make a belt and at least one bag (either a hand bag with a strap or a belt pouch).
In this class you will take the techniques learned in Intro to Leather Working and expand upon them for building larger and more intricate projects. Students will learn how to line leather, assemble pockets, and how to assemble sectional bags. Each student will make a briefcase, knapsack, or overnight bag as their project for the course.