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Online Classes via Zoom

Classes from "beginner" to "advanced" are available for rug braiders.   Scroll down to see all the class options!
Classes are $5 off for members (see coupon under "Members Only" info).
Classes range from one-time events... to weekly sessions with Homework!

 
Beginner Rug Braiding Classes via Zoom
 
Beginner Rug Braiding:  2' X 3' Oval Rug** 






                                                               
     


    Instructor:  Mary Hibbard

     1st Class Dates:  Sundays at 2 pm EST: 
             January 2, 9. 16, 23, & 30, 2022 
 
     2nd Class Dates:  Sundays at 2 pm EST: 
             February 6, 13, 20, 27 & March 7, 2022


    Cost of class:  $15 for each of 5 sessions = $75 (Members get $5 off with coupon)
     5 students only  
           **Class is taught with folded edges opening to the left
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     Skills taught:  T-Start, braiding and lacing, making increases to keep the rug flat, color changes, and finishing with a taper.
     Supplies needed
           Fabric:  5 yards total of different colors of wool.  Wools should be washed and medium weight 
           Tools:  Kit options available from instructor, or purchase supplies on your own.  $20 Kit:  Braidkin lacing needle, #13 &#16 tapestry needles, 100 feet cotton splicing cord, 5 to 6" needle-nose pliers, clothespin, safety pins.  Additional Supplies:  A set of 3 Braid-master braid-aids is recommended but not required.  Table or floor clamps for braiders are recommended but not required. 
           Handout provided as an internet download.  
 
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Braided Granny Squares -- Rug or Pillows

The January Braid-Along on Friday afternoons at 1 pm EST is Braided Granny Squares (photos courtesy of Nancy Young).  Learn to make these vibrant squares and use up all of your colorful scraps!  

Instructor:  Christine Manges

Learn the following skills in class:

    • 8-Loop Center

    • Small-space butting with the 2-Loop or 3-Loop Triangle Butt

    • Braiding rows of an all-butted square 

    • Alternating triple corners to keep the corners square

    • E-lacing or Shoe-Lacing squares together to make the rug, or to make pillows

Dates of Classes:  Fridays, January 7, 14, 21, & 28 at 1 pm EST.  Classes usually last an hour... but sometimes run over as much as 45 minutes.

Folds:  Teacher is a Left Opening braider and demonstrates techniques with left opening braids.  For Right Opening braiders, she provides a detailed and diagrammed handout, and will provide additional support as needed.  Braiders of any fold method are welcome in class.

Prerequisite:  Squares are not for beginning braiders.  Students must have made a braided rug before this class.

Videos:  Classes are recorded and are available for 6 months with private links.

Cost:  $30 for four,  1-hour sessions.  Members get $5 off with coupon.

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Butted Heart w Multistrand Border

The February Braid-Along on Friday afternoons at 1 pm EST is a beautiful butted triple corner heart with multistrand border (photos courtesy of Christine Manges, Peggyann Watts, Bobbi Mahler; and Rose Robertson-Smith, below).  We'll first make a butted triple corner heart, learning to stack both inside and outside 

triple corners, and then braid a multistrand border.  We'll

learn to braid inside and outside corners for a multistrand

braid, and then butt it.

Instructor:  Christine Manges

Dates of Classes:  Fridays, February 4, 11, 18, & 25 at 1 pm

EST.  Classes usually last an hour... but sometimes run over

as much as 45 minutes.

Folds:  Teacher is a Left Opening braider and demonstrates techniques with left opening braids.  For Right Opening braiders, she provides a detailed and diagrammed handout, and will provide additional support as needed.  Braiders of any fold method are welcome in class.

Prerequisite:  Hearts are not for beginning braiders.  Students must have made a braided rug before this class.

Videos:  Classes are recorded and are available for 6 months with private links.

Cost:  $40 for four,  1-hour sessions.  Members get $5 off with coupon.

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Whirling Multistrand

The April Braid-Along on Friday afternoons at 1 pm EST is a rug of increasing strands.  Start with 3, increase to 5, then 7, then 9 strands.  After a rapid taper, add a multistrand border.  The increasingly large multistrand braid makes a dahlia-flower-like design.  Photos above, clockwise from upper left:  Christine Manges, Anne Morton Caldwell, Christine Manges, and Dottie Pepe.

Instructor:  Christine Manges

Dates of Classes:  Fridays, April 1, 8, 15, & 22 at 1 pm EST.  Classes usually last an hour... but sometimes run over as much as 45 minutes.

Folds:  Teacher is a Left Opening braider and demonstrates techniques with left opening braids.  For Right Opening braiders, she provides a detailed and diagrammed handout, and will provide additional support as needed.  Braiders of any fold method are welcome in class.

Prerequisite:  Multistrands are not for beginning braiders.  Students must have made a braided rug before this class.

Videos:  Classes are recorded and are available for 6 months with private links.

Cost:  $40 for four,  1-hour sessions.  Members get $5 off with coupon.

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May Flowers

The May Braid-Along on Friday afternoons at 1 pm EST is a flower.  Make your flower large or small... with 5 petals or with 20... all options and the tricky lacing at the base of each petal will be shown.  If desired, a second tier of petals can be braided (see photo above right).  You can choose to make the flower continuous, or all-butted.  The most difficult part is making decisions when filling in the flat spaces between petal spokes -- your instructor will guide you through this process.

Instructor:  Christine Manges

Dates of Classes:  Fridays, May 6, 13, 20, & 27 at 1 pm EST.  Classes usually last an hour... but sometimes run over as much as 45 minutes.

Folds:  Teacher is a Left Opening braider and demonstrates techniques with left opening braids.  For Right Opening braiders, she provides a detailed and diagrammed handout, and will provide additional support as needed.  Braiders of any fold method are welcome in class.

Prerequisite:  Flowers are not for beginning braiders.  Students must have made a braided rug before this class.

Videos:  Classes are recorded and are available for 6 months with private links.

Cost:  $40 for four,  1-hour sessions.  Members get $5 off with coupon.

NOTE:  if you have an idea for a class that you would like to take OR teach, please email Christine Manges, the Education Chair.