Saturday, February 3

Aquinas College Donnelly Center

157 Woodward Ln SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Textile Exploration Day offers a scheduled day of “sampler” classes or beginner-friendly hands-on
short workshops for members of the community to explore various textile arts.


9:00 am – 10:30 am

10:45 am – 12:15 pm

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm 

2:45 pm – 4:30 pm



Signup Deadline January 19

Limit 2 classes

Please bring a $10 contribution for each class to offset supplies on the day of the event.

Cash, CC or Check.

Signup link is below class schedule


1. Multi-harness Weaving: (4 Shaft Loom)

Instructors: Cindy Root, Heidi Bukoski, or Gloria Stevens

Class times  9:00-10:30 am, 10:45 am -12:15 pm, 1:00-2:30 pm,  & 2:45- 4:15 pm

Class size: 4 students each

Introduction to Multi Harness Loom Weaving. Learning by weaving fabric on a loom. You will weave a twill structure sampler on a 4 harness table loom and take home your work. Learn how warp & weft intersect to make this sturdy fabric. 

2. Spinning Wheel

Instructors: Margaret Jager or Chaille Chilcote

Class times  9:00-10:30 am, 10:45 am -12:15 pm, 1:00-2:30 pm, & 2:45- 4:15 pm 

Class size: 1-2 students each

Learn how to spin on a spinning wheel in a one or two person class.  Each student will leave the class with his/her own skein of usable yarn. At the end of the session, each student will be equipped to extend their spinning knowledge.

3. Drop Spindle

Instructors: Katie Olding

Class times:  9:00-10:30 am, 10:45 am -12:15 pm ONLY

Class size: 4 students each

Perfect for beginners, this class explores the basics of spinning using a drop spindle.  Instruction will cover many topics, including: understanding your equipment, starting with and without a leader string, different fiber types and preparations, the park and draft method and how to navigate twist.  Students will have time within this class to spin a yarn single and learn how to troubleshoot problems that may occur while spinning.  This is an excellent and inexpensive way to try out the art of spinning!

4. Foam Core Weaving

Instructor: Lin Culver

Class times:   2:45 – 4:15 pm ONLY

Class size: 6 students 

Using  a pre-warped foam-core loom, learn how to weave a pouch that is closed on three sides and slides off the loom as a finished piece with no seams or sewing required.

5. Wet Felting 

Instructor: Kelly Brandt

Class time: 9:00 – 10:30 am ONLY

Class size: 6 students

This lovely little bag will introduce you to the magic of making felt from loose fibers.  We will shingle roving around a non-felting insert and then we will decorate it with remnants of yarn and roving.  By wetting, rubbing, and rolling this little felt package, we will consolidate the fibers into a sturdy fabric.  After we release the insert, we will finish the little bags into phone bags or keepers for small sundries.

6. Wet Felting 

Instructor: Heidi Bukoski

Class time: 10:45 am – 12:15 pm ONLY

Class size: 6 students

Nuno felting attaches wool fibers to a piece of fabric using the wet felting method. We will lay out colored wool on a piece of silk. We will also incorporate glitz and nubs and other decorative additions. Once laid out, we will put them in a ziplock bag with some soapy water and turn it into a solid, cohesive piece that can be used as a mug rug, sewn onto a garment as a pocket, or framed and hung on the wall.

7. Wet Felted Flower Pins 

Instrutor: Mindy Schertenlieb

Class time: 1:00-2:30 pm ONLY

Class size: 4 students

Participants will make two felted flower pins, a sunflower and a daisy, using commercially prepared wool “prefelts” and unspun wool fibers. This type of prefelt is a sheet of wool fibers (usually merino) that has been lightly machine needle felted.  It is not structurally sound on its own, but can be cut into precise shapes and then wet felted with soap, water, and friction to create a tight felt fabric. Participants will felt two layers for each flower, as well as a leaf shape. These will be taken home to dry and the layers can then be hand stitched together and a pin back attached (supplies to do this will be provided). The pins look great on a jacket, a hat, or a scarf.

8. Wet Felted “Stone” Paperweight

Instructor: Kathy Forzley

Class time: 2:45- 4:15 pm ONLY

Class size: 6 students

Learn the basics of wet felting by creating a real-looking “stone” paperweight to use as a desk accessory or decorative art object. Students will learn about the different types of fiber that can be used in the wet felting process by applying layers of wool and embellishments over an actual stone, then felt it with warm soapy water using wet felting techniques. This class requires the handling of wool fiber and the use of mild soap. Not recommended for people with sensitive skin.

9. Finger Loop Braiding

Instructor: Jean Hoin

Class time: 9:00-10:30 am ONLY

Class size: 6 students

Fingerloop BRAIDING, also known as loop manipulation braiding, has been done for centuries by various cultures and the braids used for useful and decorative items. We will learn what I think is the simplest fingerloop braid, considered an unorthodox method by some braiders, and sometimes known as Slentre Braid.  We’ll start with five loops, 3 colors, and our hands will be facing down when we braid.  Adults and children can easily learn this braid.  Once you get this braiding method down, you will want to explore the more intricate finger loop braiding patterns.

10. Needle Felting

Instructor: Masha Kakhova

Class time: 10:45 am – 12:15 pm ONLY

Class size: 6 students

Learn how to needle-felt a flower that can be used as a brooch, corsages, hair piece, etc.

11. Tapestry

Instructor: Rita Swartz

Class time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm ONLY

Class size: 6 students

Students will experiment with basic beginning tapestry techniques on a simple cardboard loom. The project may be just a  take-home sampler or used for a mug rug or a small art piece for framing.

12. Disc Braiding

Instructor: Jeanne Hoin 

Class time: 2:45 – 4:15 pm ONLY

Class size: 6 students

Braiding with 8 strands on a small foam disc is a good introduction to the art of kumihimo.  A disc and yarn to choose from will be provided.  You will thread the disc, learn the S and Z patterns and how to read the point of braiding; and braid with even tension.  Your  project, depending on your finished length, can become a bracelet, necklace,  bookmark, or beautiful cord for embellishment.  We will compare disc braiding with braiding on a marudai.

13. Card (Tablet) Weaving

Instrutor: Jocelyn Shaw

Class time: 9:00 – 10:30 am ONLY

Class size: 4 students

Card (also known as tablet) weaving is one of the oldest forms of weaving and has been done around the world for centuries.  Often used to create narrow bands, card weaving can also be done to create wide fabrics.  It can produce simple to complex designs.  In this class we will make a narrow bookmark with what is known as a threaded-in design.

14. Pin Loom Weaving

Instructor: Kelly Brandt

Class time: 10:45 am – 12:15 pm ONLY

Class size: 4 students

Weaving on a hand held loom is a satisfying and uncomplicated method of weaving on a small scale.  Pin looms come in many shapes and sizes and are a fun way to experiment with colors and weaves.  We will warp a small pin loom and weave a bookmark for you to take home.

15. Inkle Loom Weaving

Instructor: Julie Daniels

Class time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm ONLY

Class size: 5 students

This class will introduce you to weaving on an inkle loom. We will begin by looking at and discussing different patterns and how to read the patterns. A short discussion on warping the looms and then time to weave on the pre-warped inkle looms.

16. Diagonal Weaving (Continuous Strand Square )

Instructor: Chi Chi Van Dyke

Class time: 2:45 – 4:15 pm ONLY

Class size: 4 students

 Try weaving on an 4” wooden frame loom. Using cotton yarn and a crochet hook you will weave a single strand continuously on the diagonal to create a square that is complete & ready to pop off the loom when you weave the last row.  Take home your own homemade Dishcloth!

17. Finger Spinning

Instructor: Kelly Brandt

Class times: 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Class size: 4 students

The movements of spinning loose fibers are the same no matter how fast you go!  We will slow the basics down so you can see how the fibers move and what happens when you twist them. You will finish this project with a small skein of yarn to fondle, display, or incorporate into a knitting or crochet project.  You will receive a guide for knitting a mug rug with your first yarn.

Register for Classes

Deadline January 19, 2023

Limit Two Classes: If your preferred class is full add your name to the waiting list. If there is a cancellation we can notify you of an opening.

Cancellation Policy: If you are unable to attend for any reason please notify us as soon as possible. We have a waiting list with other people eagerly waiting for an available spot to attend. 

Children ages 12 & up MUST be accompanied by & in the presence of a parent at all times. 

Please bring a $10 contribution for each class to offset supplies on the day of the event. Cash, CC or Check.



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