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Have you always wanted to make your own yarn? Do you love running fiber through your hands? Let's spin! We will supply plying yarn, several ounces of wool fiber, and a spinning wheel for you to use, but you are welcome to bring your own wheel if you have one. You will leave with at least one ball of skein of your personalized, hand spun yarn. This class will meet at the Northeast Iowa Weavers & Spinners Guild: 3257 W 4th Street, Waterloo.

Start date: 04/02/17

End date: 04/02/17

Tuition: $85.00



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You don't need an expensive spinning wheel to turn fiber into yarn. In this course we will explore various kinds of handspindles and learn how to spin yarn on one of these ancient-yet-modern-craft tools.  Fee includes several ounces of wool fiber and use of a drop spindle. A well-made spindle ($25-30) and additional fiber can be purchased in class, if desired.    

Start date: 04/01/17

End date: 04/01/17

Tuition: $45.00



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Whether you want to learn how to write songs, or write better songs, or would simply would like to understand how to appreciate songs, this class will benefit you. You will learn the structure of a popular song and the elements of a hit song along with the hook and how it works. Different songwriting techniques will be discussed, along with the tricks of the trade. Plus, the instructor will also give you insight about the music business and how to get your song heard.

Start date: 04/13/17

End date: 04/27/17

Tuition: $59.00



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This class will introduce you to the basics of weaving including the general how-to, different weave structures, types of looms, and warping methods.  Different looms (frame loom, rigid heddle loom, harness loom, and rug loom) will be set up so you can try your hand at each.

Start date: 03/07/17

End date: 03/07/17

Tuition: $45.00



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Learn how to make your own unique jewelry for yourself and others. After five sessions, you will leave with three necklaces, two sets of earrings, two key chains, and all the tools at the end of the class. Best of all, you will gain the know-how to create your own jewelry and gifts!

Start date: 03/23/17

End date: 04/06/17

Tuition: $79.00



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Yes, you can learn how to knit! You will learn to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off, plus basic pattern reading. We will also look at the history of knitting and appreciate its wide range of uses. You will have the chance to practice at home between sessions to get the most out of the class.

Start date: 03/09/17

End date: 03/16/17

Tuition: $45.00



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Got your knit/purl down and ready for the next step? In this class, you will knit in the round and learn the most common increases and decreases used to shape garments. We will also cover cover how to check your gauge and make garments that fit properly, and look at different patterns to see if they will work for you.

Start date: 03/23/17

End date: 04/06/17

Tuition: $79.00



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Learn the basics plus some advanced skills of digital photography from a Certified Professional Photographer. Gain an understanding of the tools of the trade and their purpose. Dive deeper into the different settings; aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, exposure compensation and more. Learn best practices such as the proper settings to use when photographing different scenarios, i.e. indoor and outdoor sports, family pictures on Christmas morning, etc. You may wish to bring your own camera to ask questions, but demo cameras will also be available for use.

Start date: 06/26/17

End date: 06/28/17

Tuition: $75.00



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If you have taken Introduction to Weaving and want to deepen your skills, sign up for this class. In two sessions, you will learn to warp a harness loom using the front and back or back to front method, and then weave a small project. You can use one of the Guild's table looms or bring your own. Materials will be provided and are part of the class price.

Start date: 03/25/17

End date: 03/26/17

Tuition: $119.00



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Even if you think you can't draw, Zentangle® is for you. At first glance it may seem intricate and complicated.  But, when you see how it is done, you realize how simple it is. Barb has been trained as a CZT to gently guide you to create beautiful images with tangles or patterns that are broken down into easy steps. Through the Zentangle Method™ you can produce works of art, one stroke at a time, and be proud to say “I did that!”  Visit Zentangle.com to learn more about the Zentangle method.  

Start date: 04/06/17

End date: 04/06/17

Tuition: $35.00



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Even if you think you can't draw, Zentangle® is for you. At first glance it may seem intricate and complicated.  But, when you see how it is done, you realize how simple it is. Barb has been trained as a CZT to gently guide you to create beautiful images with tangles or patterns that are broken down into easy steps. Through the Zentangle Method™ you can produce works of art, one stroke at a time, and be proud to say “I did that!”  Visit Zentangle.com to learn more about the Zentangle method.  

Start date: 04/29/17

End date: 04/29/17

Tuition: $35.00



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For those with a basic knowledge of Zentangle, this class will take you to the next level. Create beautiful images with tangles of patterns that are broken down into easy steps! Lean new star tangles, focusing on line work, shading and more complicated patterns. Practice monotangles on Bijou tiles. Discuss any problems or challenges with Certified Zentangle instructor. Please bring your class kit from the introductory class if you have one; otherwise kits and tiles will be provided.

Start date: 06/22/17

End date: 06/22/17

Tuition: $39.00



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