Fiber Arts

Find inspiration for your fiber art in small group classes taught by skilled hobbyists to professionals who have a passion for fostering creativity in fiber art. Classes for beginners include topics such as fundamental sewing skills, crochet, and embroidery. More experienced students can build on their skills with classes on visible mending, machine sewing, basket weaving, and more. Classes are taught in the Cottage and House and vary each month.

Upcoming Classes

Woven Reed Snowflake
Wednesday, December 6 ~ 2pm to 4pm

Celebrate the winter season and learn basic basketweaving skills in this unique class. Each student will construct a 14-inch, 3-D woven reed snowflake from start to finish. While it may look complicated, no need to worry because this project is beginner-friendly. Best of all, all supplies are included. 

Embellish your finished snowflakes with a ribbon creating a beautiful all-natural hanging décor piece for your home, or give it as a gift to a loved one or a friend. A unique, thoughtful gift for the holiday season.  

577 Staff Instructor: Ellen Seeburger

Needle Felting: Cardinal
Saturday, December 9 ~ 1pm to 5pm

Enjoy creating a lovely standing cardinal from needle-felted wool. Students in this fun and relaxing class will learn how to correctly make the wire feet, which is the first step in learning how to combine wires in needle-felted sculptures. An easy project for beginners and all experience levels are welcome. Completed cardinals are approximately 6 inches standing.

Students are encouraged to bring small wire cutters and small needle nose pliers if they have them. All other materials and tools are provided and carefully organized in a nice carry-home tote. Includes plastic organizing case, all needles, tools, felting mat, special wire for feet, and two glass eyes.

Community Instructor: Iva Jean Kristek

Intro to Crochet
Wednesday, December 13 ~ 6pm to 8pm
Wednesday, January 17 ~ 6pm to 8pm

Learn how to tie a slip knot, how to chain stitch (the foundation of crochet), and the single crochet stitch in this fun introductory class. Whether you need a refresher or you’ve never picked up a hook before, this is the class for you!

Class will begin with choosing your project, yarn color, and the correct sized hook. All materials are included, but students are welcome to bring their own yarn or crochet hooks as well as a notepad and pen for taking notes. Pattern options: Washcloth, Straight Scarf, or Baby Blanket

Please Note: Students ages 7 to 15 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent. Students ages 16 to 17 may participate without a parent.

All supplies included. No experience is necessary.

Community Instructor: Annie Johnson

Crochet & Coffee
Saturday, December 16 ~ 10am to 12pm

Enjoy a relaxing morning with fellow crochet enthusiasts as we work together on current projects while getting lots of support from your instructor. This is perfect for someone looking to start crocheting again or someone needing help on a project. Grab your favorite morning brew from one of our many local coffee shops and let’s get you stitching!

Students are invited to bring their own tools, yarn, and any patterns they are currently working on.

Please Note: Students ages 7 to 15 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent. Students ages 16 to 17 may participate without a parent.

Community Instructor: Annie Johnson

Needle Felting: Arctic Fox
Two-Session Class:
1st Session: Saturday, January 13 ~ 1pm to 3:30pm
2nd Session: Saturday, January 20 ~ 1pm to 5pm

Enjoy learning how to make an adorable arctic fox that can be posed in different positions in this fun, 2-part class. Learn step-by-step how to create the fox from the inside out by building a wire armature and adding structure with wool in the first class. In the second class, you will learn how to complete the body and head, add outer wool, attach glass eyes, and add the final touches.

This class is great for new students and for experienced students, you will learn interesting new techniques. Plus, lots of guidance for everyone. Completed foxes are approximately 7 inches high and 8 inches from nose to tail.

Class note: All supplies provided, but please bring small jewelry size needle nose pliers and wire clippers if you have them. Students will take home a supply kit which includes: an eco-friendly organizer, a reusable tote bag, wooden needle handle, a pair of leather finger guards, extra needles and wool, eco-friendly foam felting mat, written instructions and templates for fox, and other helpful information sheets.

Community Instructor: Iva Jean Kristek

Crochet in the Round: Beanie or Basket
Wednesday, January 24 ~ 6pm to 8pm

Now that you know the single crochet stitch, let’s crochet in the round! Start by choosing your desired project (beanie or basket), yarn color, and the correct-sized hook. Learn to read a simple crochet pattern as you start your new crocheting adventure. Choose your project: One beanie, in your desired size OR One basket or bowl, small to medium in size.

Your supplies and a color-printed pattern of your choice are included to reduce beginner frustration from using the wrong tools. Feel confident as you leave class with all the supplies needed to finish your project. Sizes vary based on your chosen project.Students are welcome to bring a notepad and pen to take notes. All other supplies are provided.

*Important* For the best experience, students MUST have taken an Intro to Crochet class at 577 to participate. 

Please Note: Students ages 7 to 15 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent. Students ages 16 to 17 may participate without a parent.

Community Instructor: Annie Johnson

Needle Felting: Baby Penguin
Saturday, January 27 ~ 1pm to 3:30pm

Enjoy learning how to make an adorable baby penguin by needle-felting wool. Spend the afternoon learning simple techniques with lots of guidance to complete a cute penguin. Learn the proper use of tools and the possibilities of using wool to create charming soft sculptures. This class is great for new students and experienced students alike. Completed penguins are approximately 4 inches tall.

Class note: All supplies provided. Students will take home a supply kit that includes: special felting needles, wooden needle handle, wool, printed template and instructions, organizing case, finger guards, and a convenient reusable tote bag.

Community Instructor: Iva Jean Kristek

Floral Embroidery for Beginners
Saturday, January 27 ~ 2pm to 5pm
Wednesday, January 31 ~ 2pm to 5pm

Create flowers and leaves with thread in this introduction to hand embroidery. This class is perfect for those who have never embroidered before or for those looking for a refresh of basic embroidery skills.

Learn foundational stitches and how they can be combined to create beautiful floral embroideries. Stitches covered include backstitch, satin stitch, French knot, and woven wheel stitch. Everyone will begin by creating a sampler and learning each stitch. Then, use your new skills to begin stitching a floral embroidery project in class. Recommended tools and materials will be covered.

You will receive two, 6″ embroidery hoops (one for sampler and one for project), a needle, and various color threads. Please note that as we encourage students to learn at their own pace, and embroidery can be time-consuming, most students will complete their floral embroidery project at home.

577 Staff Instructor: Ellen Seeburger

Class Locations & Parking Map

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

Because space is limited, we rely on you to register for classes thoughtfully. Please help us continue to offer these wonderful classes as affordably as possible by adhering to the following registration, cancellation, and refund policies.

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The gardens and grounds are opening daily, 9am to 5pm. No admission fee. The Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop is open Monday ~ Saturday, 10am to 5pm.