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Craft away your cabin fever

January 12, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST

it’s the time of year for long underwear, double-socking and gloves within mittens. Staying warm and keeping busy during the winter months requires imagination and improvisation. When the temperatures dip to unforgiveable chills, seek shelter, but don’t settle for a stir-crazy winter.

TBFF Yarns & More

Owner Bex Oliger comes from a background of yarn-based crafting. In fact, her mother, Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser, owns Carol Leigh’s Hillcreek Fiber Studio and is the author of Continuous Strand Weaving Method. Oliger’s TBFF – short for True Blue Fiber Friends – offers a variety of natural fibers for in-class and at-home projects, including organic cotton, soy silk and local alpaca wool, as well as knitting needles, crochet hooks and other crafting necessities. Her weekly classes sometimes include supplies; other classes are B.Y.O.Y (Bring Your Own Yarn).

Located: 1400 Forum Boulevard #10
Call: 443-8233
Store Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (call first)

Beginnings and Endings in Knitting

Students learn four different ways to form the first stitches, also known as casting on, and four different ways to remove the stitches from the needle, also called binding off.
When: Jan. 14, 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $10
Experience: Beginner

Beyond Beginning in Knitting

In this class, knitting fanatics learn new tricks. Oliger teaches how to interpret a yarn pattern, check knitting gauges, how to change gauges and how to substitute yarns. Students also learn how to fix a mistake without ripping out stitches and starting over, which is also known as “tinking” or “noodling.”
When: Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $10
Experience: Intermediate

Twisted Beginnings: Mobius Scarf

This class uses a circular needle to create a mobius scarf, a round endless neck scarf. Oliger teaches the mobius cast-on method and gives away free scarf patterns.
When: Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $10
Experience: Beginner

Two-At-A-Time Toe-Up Socks

Oliger teaches students how to use the “magic loop” (circular knitting needles) to create two sleeves or two socks at one time. She also teaches how to cast off a closed-toe pattern and how to size socks.
When: Feb. 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $15
Experience: Intermediate

Crochet for Knitters

Oliger explores crochet and incorporates crotchet techniques into her knitting expertise. The class learns crochet cast-ons, edgings and finishes.
When: Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $10
Experience: Intermediate; knowledgeable with knitting techniques

Cables Without a Cable Needle

Students learn how to create knit cables, which are braided accent designs on scarves, sweaters and socks, without cable knitting tools. Oliger gives away a free scarf pattern.
When: Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $10
Experience: Intermediate

Double Knitting

Oliger teaches her favorite class on how to knit a two-sided design in two colors.
When: Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $15
Experience: Intermediate

Appletree Quilting and Viking Center

The 26-year-old locally owned quilt store is spread out among 5,000 square feet and sells over 5,000 bolts of fabric, as well as quilt knits, books, patterns, accessories and sewing machines. With each purchased sewing machine, one of the eleven staff members assists with a free operational lesson. If any functioning part of the machine goes awry, Appletree Quilting offers maintenance in its Sewing Machine Repair Hospital.

Located: 2541 Bernadette Drive
Call: 446-2655
Store Hours: Mon. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Tues.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Easy PJ Pants

Susan guides students through a simple sewing pattern for the ultimate lounging-around pants. Any fabric-cotton, silk or flannel-can be used with this pattern and can be purchased in the store.
When: Jan. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $30
Experience: Beginner-expert

Heirloom Quilt

Students learn the techniques of heirloom quilting, which is a method of quilting using a sewing machine, from teacher Louese. The heirloom quilting style is slightly more complicated than hand quilting because of the variety of design options. Louese teaches techniques such as shark’s teeth, oval and pointed lace shaping, Madeira appliqué, pintucks and puffing strips, but using embroidering embellishment on the machine is optional. Fabric is not provided.
When: Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 25, Feb. 29, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $110
Experience: Confident beginner

Fine Hand Quilting

Students learn how to master a hand quilting stitch while exploring numerous quilting patterns and designs. Instructor Mavis teaches the basics, like how to choose needles and thread, and then teaches how to layer fabric to complete the quilt.
When: Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $25; practice kit included
Experience: Beginner

Urban Cabin Machine Piecing

In this machine piecing class, students create the modern quilt top pattern known as urban cabin.
When: Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $40
Experience: Beginner

In the Round Machine Piecing

Students use a 10-degree wedge ruler to create a circle quilt with instructor Wendy. Appletree Quilting suggests using the circular quilt as a wall hanging, a table topper, floor quilt or to toss across the back of the sofa. Students can also create a half circle for a window valance or fireplace screen.
When: Jan. 27 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and Jan. 28 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $45
Experience: Confident beginner

Panel Play Machine Piecing

This machine piecing class, taught by Deborah, focuses on creative ways to use any extra panels a student may have bought for another project. Students learn how to make borders and how to bind fabrics together.
When: Jan. 23 and Jan. 30, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $50
Experience: Confident beginner

Pieced Borders Machine Piecing

In this class, students learn how to make quilt borders out of fabric pieces. Students are required to bring their own fabric top that is lacking borders; Millie teaches the class how to maneuver quilt corners without using partial blocks.
When: Jan. 21, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $50
Experience: Intermediate

Columbia Art League

The Columbia Art League, informally known as CAL, is a gallery with a mission for art education and community involvement through exhibitions and the creation of art. CAL’s community involvement ranges from the annual Art in the Park exhibits to accessible workshops and seminars taught by experienced artists. Classes range from drawing, painting with oils, acrylics or watercolors, mixed media, sculpture, basketry, mask making, beading, photography and jewelry. Discounts for classes apply to CAL members who pay an annual membership fee of $50 for individuals, $75 for families or $20 for full-time students.

Located: 207 S. Ninth St.
Call: 443-8838
Store Hours: Tues.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Classes for children:

Preschool Program

CAL Education Director Patty Jaconetta Groening teaches a class geared toward preschool-aged children. Students look at books and CAL’s art gallery pieces for inspiration. Children work on projects using primary art materials, like pencils or paint.
When: Jan. 25; Feb 8 and Feb. 22; Feb. 28 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Cost: $20 CAL members; $25 non-CAL members
Age level: 3-5

Saturday Art Adventure-Art triathlon: Draw, Paint, Sculpt!

Students learn how to create original works of art through three different avenues, drawing, painting and sculpting in this six-week class. CAL Art Educator Catherine Cooper shows the children CAL’s gallery art for ideas and motivation.
When: Feb. 4-March 17, every Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon; no class March 3
Cost: $90 for 6-week class CAL members; $100 for 6-week class non-CAL members
Age level: 6-10

Creative Fun Days

CAL offers full-day art classes and downtown field trips when the Columbia school district and private school elementary students have pre-scheduled days off. Students spend time creating paintings, prints or clay objects. During breaks, lead CAL teacher Sadara Evans gives downtown walking tours or students play with puzzles and board games or read art books.
When: Feb. 10, Feb. 20 and Feb. 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $40 CAL members; $50 non-CAL members
Age level: Elementary school-aged

Home School Art Curriculum

For home-schooled children, CAL offers art classes focusing on two- and three-dimensional projects, techniques and processes. Class sizes are small and cater to a home-schooling individual style. Teaching artist George Szabo offers classes for kindergarten through second graders from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; third through fifth graders from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.; and sixth through ninth graders from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
When: Wednesdays, Jan. 4-April 25; Time dependent on age group; No class March 28
Cost: $130-$180 CAL members per semester; $150-$200 non-CAL members per semester
Age level: 5-14

2-D for Teens: Drawing and Painting

Teaching artist Lori Jobe allows teens to explore their artistic abilities through drawing and various painting techniques, such as watercolor, acrylic and oil. This class is ideal for students looking for an artistic after-school activity.
When: Feb. 2-March 8, Thursdays 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $90 for 6-week class CAL members; $100 for 6-week class non-CAL members
Age level: 13-18

Classes for adults:

Taste of Art-Tapas + Tapping Creativity

As a part of CAL’s Taste of Art-Eat, Drink and Create program, adults of all experience levels are encouraged to express themselves while connecting with other adults over a glass of wine. Refreshments and materials are provided. In this class, teaching artist Hannah Ingmire encourages students to refresh their creativity and offers a brainstorming environment for expressive purposes. Proper ID required.
When: Jan. 18, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 CAL members; $25 non-CAL members
Experience: All levels

Taste of Art-Drink + Draw

Ingmire teaches observation and gesture drawing to students of all levels. Students experiment with charcoal while sipping a glass of wine. Proper ID required.
When: Feb. 15, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 CAL members; $25 non-CAL members
Experience: All levels

Daytime Drawing

During this six-week class, Ingmire teaches basics for developing a foundation in drawing realistically. Students learn how to draw non-objectively using different drawing materials on numerous surfaces. Students also learn how to properly use line in their drawings, how to capture an object through observation and how to achieve personal objectives through their drawing.
When: Jan. 23-Feb. 27, Mondays 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $120 for 6-week class CAL members; $140 for 6-week class non-CAL members
Experience: All levels

Wonders of Watercolor

Ingmire teaches the foundations of using watercolors in a painting medium. Ingmire works individually with each student to introduce watercolor materials and methods.
When: Jan. 24-Feb. 28, Tuesdays 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $120 for 6-week class CAL members; $140 for 6-week class non-CAL members
Experience: All levels

Oil Painting from Observation

Students learn the foundations of color theory and composition for painting still-life objects and arrangements from teaching artist J.D. King. King also teaches students how to paint from photographs with realistic and expressive interpretive approaches.
When: Jan. 24-Feb. 28, Tuesdays 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $120 for 6-week class CAL members; $140 for 6-week class non-CAL members
Experience: All levels

Color Studies

Students can choose from a variety of drawing or painting mediums, including colored pencils, pastels, acrylics or watercolors, to create abstract paintings or reflect moods or feelings. Ingmire draws from her own artistic work in realism, abstraction and expressionism to help students develop their own style.
When: Jan. 19-Feb. 23, Thursdays 6 p.m.-8: 30 p.m.
Cost: $120 for 6-week class CAL members; $140 for 6-week class non-CAL members
Experience: All levels

Artlandish Gallery

Artlandish Gallery is located in the North Village Art District and displays local art in their miniature art galleries for various artists. Owner and artist Lisa Bartlett teaches half and whole day workshops for numerous projects, including painting and mixed media projects. Bartlett also sells jewelry, glass, paintings, wood carvings, wearable art and photography pieces.

Located: 1019 E. Walnut St.
Call: 442-2999
Store Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Collage Class

Teacher Loretta Kyle shows students how to use various materials to create mixed media artwork, including paint, photographs and vintage images. Students learn how to combine materials to create a themed collage.
When: Jan. 14, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $30
Experience: All levels

Tye-Dye Workshop

Teacher Karen Pummill instructs students how to use dyes and tying techniques to create various tye-dye patterns. Students are provided with two cotton shirts and urged to bring three extra items for dyeing.
When: Jan. 14, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $30
Experience: All levels

The Bead Gallery

Jessica Otterbacher opened The Bead Gallery after hosting jewelry-making workshops in her Orr Street Studios studio space in 2009. She first rented a studio in 2010 on Walnut Street but has recently moved back to the North Village, where she sells beads, local art and original jewelry. The gallery is ample with precious stone beads, pearls and Swarovski crystal beads for individual sale and to use during classes. Otterbacher offers individual bead-based classes for $20 and all materials except beads.

Located: 110 Orr St., Suite 103
Call: 442-9233
Online: Check Facebook
Store Hours: Mon. noon-5 p.m., Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.,

Riveting a Ring

Otterbacher, who has a metalworking degree, teaches how to manipulate sterling silver jewelry pieces with rivets.
When: Jan. 14, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $45; includes metal
Experience: Experience required

Bangle Bracelet

Students learn how to create popular bangle bracelets by hammering pieces of silver together and using the same riveting process. Otterbacher shows students how to cut the metal to manipulate its color, a process called “antiquing.”
When: Jan. 21, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $45; includes all materials
Experience: Experience required

The Mudd Room

The Mudd Room is a pottery studio that offers pre-made ceramics for painting, including dinnerware, banks, boxes, pencil holders, travel mugs, frames and pet bowls, and hands-on clay building and wheel throwing classes. Over 80 low-fire colors are available, as well as materials for varying creativity such as stencils, stamps, sponges and design books. The Mudd Room travels to daycares, retirement homes and churches for Mobile Studio events. Birthday parties, sorority events, family reunions, business parties and fundraising events are welcome to host at the Mudd Room.

Located: 1103 E. Walnut St.
Call: 441-1683
Hours: Mon. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tues. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wed. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Hanging Clay Handprint Heart Plaque

This class, taught by ceramic expert Courtney Hawk, is ideal for making memories with youngsters, but it is open to any age. Hawk has a Masters in Ceramics from MU and teaches how to make imprints in soft clay. Materials are provided for the Jan. 16 class; it costs $5 to paint the plaque after it has been fired in the kiln and cools off for a week.
When: Jan. 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $15
Experience: Any level

Heart-Shaped Box

Hawk teaches another class open to any age, but this one is better suited for those carrying big hearts. The heart-shaped boxes are provided for painting only and make model gifts for a loved one on Valentine’s Day.
When: Jan. 25, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. or 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $15
Experience: Any level

Hands on Ceramics

Hands-on Ceramics is an interactive gallery that offers a step-by-step process to create an original piece of pottery. Customers choose from ceramic animals, dinnerware, ornaments, jewelry pieces, jars and birdhouses, and then choose decorative patterns and paint colors. Hands-on Ceramics glazes and fires the creation and customers are invited to pick up their finished piece within 5 to 7 days. Party packages are available for birthdays, meetings and bridal showers. Day care is available for children for $12 per child on Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Located: 2807 W. Broadway
Call: 777-5121
Store Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. noon-6 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.

Pouring Greenware

Teacher Lisa Gromer teaches the basics of ceramics using slip, which is the technical term for clay before it has been fired and hardened. Students choose a mold for their clay and learn how to make clay into slip, which is the process of adding water and churning the clay so it is pourable.
When: Jan. 12, 7 p.m.
Cost: $20
Experience: All levels

Cleaning Greenware

This cleaning class is usually a follow-up to Gromer’s Pouring Greenware class. Students who have an already-made piece learn how to smooth clay blemishes without breaking the greenware. Gromer supplies tools for this cleaning process.
When: Jan. 19, 7 p.m.
Cost: $20
Experience: All levels

Painting Greenware

Students who participated in Gromer’s pouring and cleaning classes usually attend the Painting Greenware class, but newcomers are also welcome. The process of painting the pieces is pretty, Gromer says, and almost looks like porcelain.
When: Feb. 9, 7 p.m.
Cost: $20
Experience: All levels


Teacher Gromer show students how to properly use acrylic paints on greenware items. Hands-on Ceramics provides bisque for purchase, or students can bring their own. Only non-food items, such as flower pots, vases or frames can be painted with acrylics.
When: Feb. 16, 7 p.m.
Cost: $15
Experience: All levels

Creative Days Art Studio

Owner Katy Hammond McDonald and her sister Cristy Hammond Lillig constructed the Creative Days Art Studio idea based on the theme of art from the heart. The Hammond sisters believe childhood learning takes place via exploration and therefore, sometimes classes get messy. Combining their knowledge of early childhood education and their artistic instincts, Katy and Cristy offer playdate classes, birthday parties and open studios. Creative Days Art Studio also sells retail items such as lollipop beads, puzzles, sketchbooks, colored pencils, Wearable Art t-shirts and loom kits.

Located: 1204 Rogers St., Suite 102
Call: 777-9278
Store Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,

Precasso (Preschool + Picasso)

The Hammond sisters teach youngsters the basics of artistic expression. Students learn how to mix colors, how to use shape and how to create collages. Parents must stay with their student.
When: Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 21, Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Cost: $7
Age level: 3-5

Home School Tuesdays

Home-schooled students can either walk in or buy a one-month pass for regular attendance. The Hammond sisters provide art materials such as colored pencils and paint for students to freely use.
When: Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 21, Feb. 28, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $10 per session; $64 for one-month pass
Age level: 5 and above

Saturday Sessions

Students attend month-long workshops and study a medium of art, an artist or an art movement and then create their own masterpieces using their chosen medium.
When: Jan. 14, Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18, Feb. 25, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $75 for one-month session
Age level: First grade and older

Family Nights

Each family night session includes a specific art project designed to incorporate each family member. The Hammond sisters assign clay-building, painting or drawing projects for each family.
When: Jan. 19 and Feb. 16, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 per family
Age level: Any age

Other crafting hubs

School of Service: Access Arts

As a non-profit charitable educational organization for 41 years, the School of Service focuses on art as a fundamental catalyst for human growth. The school offers art classes including drawing, weaving, pottery, sculpture and photography for any age, any demographic and any background. Scholarships are available for child, adult and special needs classes. Their winter semester has two sessions and students can choose from a variety of classes. Session one started Jan. 6, but Session Two begins Mar. 12 and ends Apr. 28. Anyone with artistic curiosity is welcome to apply. A $10 late registration fee is applied after January 2. Check Access Arts' website for updates.

Located: 1724 McAlester St.
Contact: 875-0275;
Store Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Closed Sat. and Sun.

Check online for updates in Hobby Lobby’s and Michaels’ craft class schedules. Each store offers classes in scrapbooking, card making and cake decorating.

Hobby Lobby

Located: 2001 W. Worley, #150
Call: 445-4443
Store Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.


Located: 2001 W. Ash St.
Call: 445-6009
Store Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Did we miss an event? Have questions about any of these? Call the Vox office at 573-884-6432 or email us at

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