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2017 Gourd Class Schedule

 

Payment and arrangements for classes is done through the instructor. Each will need the form and a a check sent to them.

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Wednesday April 5th 9-12 p.m.

ALL LACED UP” Gourd Instructor – Shari Zabroski

Price: $55 (Skill Level: All) Maximum Students: 20

Email: (saz0501@cox.net) Address: 5791 SW 86th PL, Ocala, FL 34476 - Phone: 352-509-3026

Class Description: Gourd with 2 Leather lacing techniques for a Western theme. Students will lace a center “medallion” around a Concho and also do a braided leather technique around the rim. We will also discuss ways to finish the gourd with other techniques.

Instructor will furnish: Quality, cleaned and drilled gourd ready for techniques, leather lacing for the rim and center medallion, one Western Concho (screw back) for one medallion, leather lacing needle, and a handout covering both techniques.

Students must bring: Small needle nose pliers, sharp scissors, craft knife with a sharp or new blade , apron and a smile!

Additional notes:

To be assured of a seat in class, sign up early! Your seat must be prepaid . To reserve your seat, email me at saz0501@cox.net and you will be sent a PayPal invoice. Your reserved seat will be confirmed once PayPal notifies me of your payment. (You do not have to have a PayPal account to use this service)

Depending on time and possible individual circumstances, students may not finish the entire rim of their gourd during class. I will be available in the afternoon to help students complete their gourd and answer any questions. I will also have a limited amount of leather lacing and matching Conchos available for sale after the class. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me

If registering late, please email or call to confirm that there are still places available.

Note: Cancellation Policy will follow the same as the Retreat: Full refund prior to February 7, 2017, 50% refund prior to March 7, 2017. Because the gourds will be purchased, cleaned and prepared in advance of the Retreat, there will be no refunds after March 7, 2017 .

 


I moved from northern Illinois to Ocala, Florida 5 years ago and am a proud member of the American Gourd Society, Florida Gourd Society and the Marion County Gourd Artists Gourd Patch.
I’ve been fascinated with gourds since 1992 ever since I saw some raw and simply decorated gourds at a booth at a Pow Wow where my husband and I were selling our many handmade arts and crafts. I purchased a number of gourds from the vendor and from that time forward, our garage has been taken over by gourds and an extensive array of tools!
My favorite techniques are carving, inlay and pyrography and my themes of choice are Native American, Southwest, Western and Wildlife. Although I taught myself some techniques by testing out various tools to see what they could do, I have taken classes from a number of talented gourd artists over the years to fine tune my skills.

Wednesday April 5th 9-12 p.m.

"Dying to be Different"

Instructors: Bettie Lake and Michele Mullady

Price: $35 Skill Level: any level Maximum Students: 12

Mail a check for $35 to Bettie to reserve your spot. We will accept any later takers if they have the supplies and the money and we can find you a space at the table!

Note: Cancellation Policy will follow the same as the Retreat: Full refund prior to February 7, 2017, 50% refund prior to March 7, 2017.

Email: contact Bettie at bettie.lake@gmail.com or 4046 E. Friess Dr. Phoenix, AZ. 85032

Phone: 480-773-0987

Class Description: Learn several ways to make your alcohol dyed gourd projects pop! We will begin with explaining how alcohol dyes are made and how to save money by making your own. We also have suggestions on products you can add to the dyes to make them work better. We will suggest techniques that will help you have more control over what the dye does on the gourd and clear up any questions you have about when to use these dyes over the other gourd dyes on the market.

You must be willing to get messy. You will practice the techniques on shards for most of the time, then you can decide which techniques to use on your two gourds. Nothing difficult here-just fun. Just be ready to experiment with us. Alcohol dyes are like a box of chocolates-you never know exactly what you will get!

Instructor will furnish: handout with instructions, recipes, product sources and all the materials for the techniques we will demonstrate. We will bring along home-made dyes and sprays and tricks to help you create a masterpiece that does not cost a fortune to make.

Students must bring:

  • Your own alcohol dye collection
  • Old cookie tray with sides
  • Spray bottle of 91% alcohol
  • Several pairs of plastic gloves /apron
  • Heat gum
  • Sharpie marker- (permanent ink) in your favorite color
  • x-acto knife
  • lots of shards
  • And our first big secret, Bring one or two small to medium gourds painted with white or silver glossy spray paint . We like the cheap Walmart brand!


Bettie and Michelle are gourd artists from Phoenix who never take things at face value. Bettie admits, “We are a couple of cheap-skates who don’t want to spend the money on expensive products."
Recently they considered the cost alcohol dyes. They spent some time last summer researching the Internet videos, experimenting with different products, making up new formulas,trying wild ideas and made a complete mess while having a great deal of fun. They now are willing to share their new found wisdom with you.
Thursday April 6th 9-12 p.m.

“SLIT WEAVING BOWL” -

Gourd Instructor – Judy Moody

Price: $40 (Skill Level: All) Maximum Students: 10

14944 W. Walking Stick Way, Surprise, Az. 85374 Phone: 623-261-2340

Class Description : Slit weaving with King Palm seed fronds, is done on a medium tall gourd. (Special fronds from California used are soft when wet and won't hurt your hands.) We will discuss ideas for finishing the upper area of the gourd, using your own or my design.

Students bring: Cleaned 10”-12” tall gourd… not more than 6” diameter (with slits already cut according to instructions sent by me upon receipt of your check), spray bottle, garden twig cutter, old towel and apron.

Additional notes:

To be assured of a seat in class, sign up early! Your seat must be prepaid . To reserve your seat, please send your check (made payable to Judy Moody) to the above address. Your reserved seat will be confirmed once payment is received. If registering late, please email or call to confirm that there are still places available.

Instructions for first preparing your gourd and then cutting the slits before class will be sent upon receipt of your check. Because the weaving takes a fair amount of time, students may not finish the entire gourd (unless you are incredibly speedy!). Patterns will be provided if you desire to complete your gourd like mine. I will be available all afternoon for consultation. Call or email me if you have questions.

Note: Cancellation Policy will follow the same guidelines as the Gourd Retreat: Full refund prior to February 7, 2017, 50% refund prior to March 7, 2017. No refunds after March 7, 2017.

About the instructor Judy Moody

“Too much snow on the road” led me to leave Utah 16 years ago, and move to warm Arizona. I became aware of gourds prior to that time, but didn't know how or where to find them! Arizona not only became a good place to purchase gourds, but also a resource for multi examples of Southwest design and the art of the southwestern Native American tribes. My favorite technique is wood burning combined with the unique use of fibers and “special treasures.” I love to share my gourding ideas with others by teaching classes at my home and studio.

“Too much snow on the road” led me to leave Utah 16 years ago, and move to warm Arizona. I became aware of gourds prior to that time, but didn't know how or where to find them! Arizona not only became a good place to purchase gourds, but also a resource for multi examples of Southwest design and the art of the southwestern Native American tribes. My favorite technique is wood burning combined with the unique use of fibers and “special treasures.” I love to share my gourding ideas with others by teaching classes at my home and studio.
Thursday April 6th 9-12 p.m.

“SMALL SHIELD”

Gourd Instructors - Shelley Fletcher and Diane Rogers

Price: $49 (Skill level: all) Maximum Students: 18

Email: ( Shelley@R2gourds.com ) Address: 5039 W. Olney, Laveen, AZ 85339 – Phone: 602-679-9700

Class Description: Student will bring a small gourd shard – maximum 6” diameter in any direction and as flat as possible. Shard may be round or irregular shape at student's discretion. In class we will draw a simple shape (such as spirits in shield examples) and do outline wood burning (only a few minutes to complete outside). There will be an area planned for small weaving. 8” metal rings will be wrapped with fabric, shard will be colored with ink dyes, textures will be applied with embossing powders and weaving will be completed. The shard will then be suspended inside the ring. This is a relatively small project that each person can do without using excess space at the table.

Instructor will furnish: Metal rings, fabric, ink dyes, embossing powders, weaving materials, small beads and tools to share.

 

Student must bring: Small shard – maximum 6” in diameter in any direction. All other materials and tools will be provided. Helpful, but not required: sharp scissors for threads and lightweight fabric, awl, cordless drill and small bits for drilling holes for weaving (3/16 to 1/4 max).

 

Additional Notes: To be assured of a seat in class, sign up early! Your seat must be prepaid . To reserve your seat, please send your check (made payable to Shelley Fletcher) to the above address. Your reserved seat will be confirmed once payment is received. If registering late, please email or call to confirm that there are still places available.

 

Note: Cancellation Policy will follow the same as the Retreat : Full refund prior to February 7, 2017, 50% refund prior to March 7, 2017. N o refunds after March 7, 2017 .

 

About the Instructors Shelley Fletcher and Diane Rogers

We have been working with gourds and teaching for over 20 years specializing in weaving and fiber techniques. We will have several examples for the class but expect that most students will input their own individual tastes and talents into their piece. This will be a technique class exploring different ways to approach the project and incorporate various materials. We will try to make the class fun for all and help students get beyond ‘plan A' problems as they occur to complete a successful piece.

 

We have been working with gourds and teaching for over 20 years specializing in weaving and fiber techniques. We will have several examples for the class but expect that most students will input their own individual tastes and talents into their piece. This will be a technique class exploring different ways to approach the project and incorporate various materials. We will try to make the class fun for all and help students get beyond ‘plan A' problems as they occur to complete a successful piece.