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The Net Loft Classes & Events

Woodland Paint & Papercut Workshops

Classes will meet on zoom or on Instagram live as specified.

Click on Title of Workshop below for registration page for that workshop.

No registration needed for Live Instagram feed.

Small groups of 4 people within their “bubble” may be arranged for an in person class experience (masks required). Call for more information on scheduling your small group class.

All  Paint & Papercraft workshops taught by Dotty Widmann

FOR ALL WORKSHOPS: Helpful to have mushroom guide available and handy

 

Introduction to Mushroom Field Sketching and Journaling

Saturday September 5: 1:30- 2:00 Alaska time  (may go longer if questions)

LIVE FEED ON THE NET LOFT INSTAGRAM featuring brief introduction of ideas for recording your mushroom hunting adventures, and creating a mushroom/lichen journal.

SUGGESTED MATERIALS:  (available at The Net Loft)

Linen journal

Travel watercolors (also available in traveling sets)

Water filled brush (medium) or regular brushes  (any or all sizes 2,4,6, 8) and small container for water

Small square of cotton fabric towel or cloth for wiping brush

Pencil

Permanent pen (fine felt tip or fountain with water resistant ink)

Small cellophane and/or glassine envelopes

Washi tape

Artist Trading Card Packs

(if you are a mushroom/lichen dyer, a hole punch may be used for incorporating yarn samples. Hole punch variety packs available at the shop. Items not yet on website may be called or emailed in until those items added to website.)

 

Woodland Diorama

Create a woodland scene incorporating painted papercut mushrooms and natural materials.

Sunday September 6.   12:30-3:30 pm Alaska time.  ZOOM information will be emailed to students.

$35 includes 5x7 (or 5x5 ) shadowbox frame (scissors extra) ($25 materials, $10 class fee)

Order kit on website for local pickup.

Class will be repeated September 20.  12:30-3:30 pm for those out of town to allow time for shipping materials kit.  

Participants will need to collect moss, lichen, and small sticks to incorporate into their shadowbox. Collect ASAP and dry before class begins.

Ages 9 and up

  

Woodland Garland

Create a woodland garland incorporating painted papercut mushrooms and natural materials.

Monday  September  7.   9:30-12:00 pm.   OR

$17.50 includes all materials including paints for one large and one small garland (scissors not included, but available on website)

Order kit on website for local pickup.

Extra pages and hanging string available for siblings for $4.50 each available for those registered in class

Class will be repeated September 19.  9:30-12 pm for those out of town to allow time for shipping materials kit.   (Colored pencils may be used, but not included in kit)

Ages 8 and up

 

Woodland Specimen Shadowbox

Create a shadowbox of a variety of mushrooms incorporating painted papercut mushrooms and natural materials.

Monday   September 7   1:00-4:00 pm Alaska time.   ZOOM information will be emailed to students.

$39 includes 8 x 10 shadowbox frame (scissors and gluestick extra)

Order kit on website for local pickup.

Class will be repeated September 20.  12:30-3:30 pm for those out of town to allow time for shipping materials kit. 

Participants will need to collect moss, lichen, and small sticks to incorporate into their shadowbox. Collect ASAP and dry before class begins.

Ages 9 and up

 

Painting Mushrooms in Watercolor & Gouache

This class is best achieved with actual mushrooms.

Photographs may be used, by ideally it is best to work with actual mushroom examples.

Saturday September 12   1:00-5:00 pm Alaska time.   ZOOM information will be emailed to students.

Class fee $30. Includes materials for practice and final illustration. Suitable for framing, but frame not included. Frames available at The Net Loft.

Ages 12 and up

 

To see the set of zoom workshops click HERE.

WORKSHOP SPECIAL!       

Save $10 Sign up for all 4 classes and receive $10 discount. 

 

Net Loft Fish Knitalong

Net Loft Friends,

In light of FisherFolk month here at The Net Loft, AND our Cordova Salmon Jam, we are having a fish knitalong!

Make a fish for yourself or join in to help us create a fish garland to hang in our community center.

These are trying times for us all . Our community, which is isolated and has minimal medical facilities has had an increased number of cases, as we know in many other areas as well. It is sometimes hard to keep our spirits up, or even have fun or celebrate when we have so much concerning us. Our Salmon Jam is a festival of music in our community where local musicians, as well as a band that is brought in, play in a large tent at the base of our ski hill. Art, food, music, and a salmon run generally take place, but because of the current international situation, this year our local event will be held virtually.

First, I invite you to listen in to the concerts and program they are planning for Salmon Jam. The event is made possible by the Cordova Arts and Pageants, the Copper River Watershed Project. and many volunteers. 

 https://www.facebook.com/salmonjam

Second, I invite you to create a fish that would perhaps be a fish migration to Cordova that we can put together and hang to celebrate the gift of friendship and fellowship that has brought us together in the same way the Fisher Lassies of the past were brought together by the fish. I remember how for some, the friendships that were made became lifelong.

In Cordova, each year, there is a hope.

As we prepare for fishing during the winter and spring, there is a hope that the fish will return. It is something out of our control, but it is the hope of their arrival that causes us to do those things we would need to have done to be prepared for their coming. In the same way, there is a hope in me that one day this will pass. In many ways, I hope for things to change for the better, and hope means that there is an anticipation for it to be so, even if not completely visible at the moment.

I believe that these fish that would be made and put all together like a school of fish that come together from various places and people, would represent that hope somehow, for healing and a better health of bodies, of communities, and cultures, that we so need right now.

All are welcome to participate, wherever you are.

The Plan:

1.  This week with any yarn you have or yarn from the shop, create a fish using the following pattern.  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gansey-herring

We will be participating in the Salmon Jam event by having our Wednesday Zoom session be open to anyone who wants to join us as we knit fish together.  You do not need to attend the zoom session to participate in the knitalong. If you are joining the zoom session be sure to gather your supplies ahead of time.

Yarn may be something local,  or left from a gansey you have knitted in the past, or, if needed, purchased from The Net Loft                             

RECOMMENDED SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED:                            

For  those who need to purchase yarn for their fish, we are offering a complimentary fisherfolk removable marker  with your purchase for the KnitFishAlong. This marker clips to the side of the start of the rounds to help you keep track of beginning of each round.

      2. Create a tag, and on it write your name, where you are from, and a message if you like, some thoughts, a quote, a drawing, poem, or whatever you like (totally optional). Pin this on to your fish,
      3.  Drop it by the shop in our bin out front on one of the days we are open (write on the bag "save for Dotty", OR Mail it to us at:

        The Net Loft. attn: Dotty

        PO Box 880

        Cordova, Alaska 99574 USA

        As part of the festivity our Wednesday Zoom session on July 15 at noon will be a Fish Knit Session. See Zoom description below for how to link in to the meeting. 

        We are asking that the fish be knit and received by July 31. 


        My hope is that for now we can string these up and hang them for the community to see, knowing that they are symbol of friendship and fellowship, regardless of our distances or differences, and a hope for the future, on so many levels.

        It is also our hope that there will be a FisherFolk event in the future where they can be hung with our next gansey exhibit, and that there will come a time one day where virtual connection will once again be physical connection, and in that hugs all around. Thanks to Nita Bruce and Time and Tide Museum for this great pattern.

        Net Loft Needlefelt Workshop

        Virtual Class Anytime Anywhere

        Class Registration Link
        https://thenetloftak.com/products/net-loft-needlefelt-nest-virtual-online-workshop?_pos=3&_sid=c49d28e00&_ss=r

         

         Zoom Gatherings

        All Welcome!

        The Net Loft VIRTUAL HANDCRAFT GATHERING.

        Wednesdays 

        12 noon Alaska time


        Follow the link and sign in on Zoom to join the group from your home computer or phone.

        Gather your knitting or craft and a cup of tea in your favorite teacup, and let's get together online! 

        to Join Zoom Meeting, please email us and we will send you link and password. 

        The Net Loft Gansey Knitting Group

        Thursdays 12 noon Alaska time

        Gather your gansey project and join us for an international gansey gathering online each Thursday.

        to Join Zoom Meeting, please email us and we will send you link and password. 

        Thursdays 12 noon
        ALL WELCOME!

         

         

        For more information on any classes call or email:

        The Net Loft     907 424-7337      thenetloft@gmail.com

        140 Adams Avenue   Cordova, Alaska