Florida Gourd Society, Inc.

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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 25th  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

SU-AM-1

Kumihimo—What is it?

Instructor: Sherry Briscoe
CLASSROOM #3
Class Fee: $40 member, $45 non-member
Skill Level: All
Max # of students: 10
Min #:  1

Description: :    In this class, students will learn how to create an 8-strand Kumihimo Braid on a loom.  They will have a choice of yarns/cords/threads/ribbons to use in their braid.  There will be a discussion of where the braid originated and some of it’s original purposes.  They will also have the option of creating a Kumihimo keychain, necklace, or longer cord to be used as an embellishment for a gourd.  There will be several examples of various uses.

Instructor Will Provide: all supplies needed for the class, including:  a selection of yarns, cords, ribbons, and threads; end caps, clasps, key rings, pendants and cord ends; a complete Kumihimo Kit for each student.

Students Should Bring: An eagerness to learn a new technique that can be adapted to gourds.

SU-AM-2

Tree of Life—Green

Instructor: Therese Ferguson
CLASSROOM #4
Class Fee: $65 member, $70 non-member
Skill Level: All
Max # of students: 12 
Min #: 8

Description: Students will learn to wire wrap stones to create the tree and then stitch seagrass for the rim.

Instructor Will Provide: Cleaned cut gourds, paints, stones, wire, trim, trim for the rim, needles, waxed sinew, stain, sealer

Students Should Bring: small wire cutters and small needle nose pliers, dish cloth, small drill if you have one.


SU-AM-3

Cat in Blue

Instructor: Betsey Sloan
CLASSROOM #8
Class Fee: $50 member, $55 non-member
Skill Level: All
Max # of students: 12
Min #:6
Description: This project looks like stained glass once the final material is added. Students will begin with pattern transfer and woodburning of the cat image. After painting the image, they will place adhesive lead strips to define areas and then add Crystal 3D Lacquer.  After drying, a wax will be applied to finish the gourd.

Instructor Will Provide: Tutorial, pattern, transfer tape, adhesive lead, paints and brushes, disposable gloves, alcohol inks, 3-D laquer finish

Students Should Bring: A cleaned gourd with a pattern size 5” tall x 4” wide, Exacto knife, regular ball point pen, woodburner and favorite tip, small sharp straight scissors

SU-AM-4

Give a Hoot-woodburned

Instructor: Laraine Short
CLASSROOM  #9
Class Fee: $50 member, $55 non-member
Skill Level: All
Max # of students: 10
Min #:3
Description: This cute owl is made of pine cone scales, brown or white.  Gourd is wood grained by woodburning the grain and then staining.

Instructor Will Provide: Prepared gourd ready for woodburning, stain, pine cones and all other supplies.

Students Should Bring: woodburner with a knife edge tip, glue gun with wood glue sticks

 

 

 

 

 

SU-AM-5

Woven Standing Basket

Instructor: Fonda Haddad
CLASSROOM  #6
Class Fee: $55 member, $60 non-member
Skill Level: All
Max # of students: 10 Min #:1

Description: Creating a basket on an embellished gourd base. We will be choosing unique beads, stones, jewelry findings and creating a design by inlaying, then adding woodburning and colored pencil or paint. The rim will be reed creating a crowning finish.

Instructor Will Provide: Everything will be provided including a precut medium/large canteen gourd, beads, stones, jewelry findings, paints, colored pencils, spray finish, basketry reed-dyed, sturdy bases to use if needed.

Students Should Bring: may bring woodburner and dremel/carving tool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SU-AM-6

Kudzu, Copper, Batik

Instructor: Susan Nonn
CLASSROOM  #8
Class Fee: $50 member, $55 non-member
Skill Level: All
Max # of students: 8
Min #:4

Description: Are you looking for a class that is unusual, different and exciting?  Well, then this class is for you.  The class is about combining unusual materials for weaving.  The woven gourd will use copper for the spokes and a combination of kudzu and Indonesian batik for the weavers.  Kudzu is the vine that has invaded the East Coast, smothering everything in its path.  What a wonderful way to use a plant not indigenous to this area.  Indonesian batik is a soft cotton material with a design that is strong on both sides of the fabric.  The instructor will supply students with a gourd that has already been cleaned, sealed inside, and the spokes inserted.  The class time will be used in weaving the kudzu and the batik together, to make this unique gourd.

Instructor Will Provide: Prepared gourd ready for weaving (cleaned, sealed, weighted, spokes inserted). Kudzu, Indonesian batik, and copper beads.

Students Should Bring: Bent needle nose pliers

 

 

Volunteer Session—SU-AM-7