Oklahoma Contemporary offers the very best in fiber arts classes, workshops and opportunities for independent exploration. Located in The Studios building, the Fiber Art Studio features many floor and frame looms, as well as materials and equipment for dyeing. Fiber Arts instructors also offer courses in embroidery, sewing and other creative and contemporary applications of fiber traditions.
Members at all levels receive early access to registration.
Discounts: Members at all levels will receive a 10 percent discount on Studio School classes and workshops for the named cardholder and teens in their household. If you are not a current member, join today.
Teen registration in adult courses: In addition to offering classes and workshops for teens, Studio School invites high school juniors and seniors to register for select adult courses. If you wish to register your teen in an adult class or workshop, please submit an application here.
SPRING SESSION | March 30 - June 6, 2020
Member registration opens | 10 a.m. Feb. 17, 2020
General registration opens | 10 a.m. Feb. 24, 2020
Registration closes | 11:59 p.m. March 22, 2020
Class | Introduction to Floor Loom Weaving | Sherri Dudeck | $295
6-9 p.m. Thursdays, April 2 - June 4, 2020
Learn the fundamentals of weaving on a four-shaft loom, focusing on loom setup, understanding basic weave patterns (plain weave and twill variations) and weaving terminology. Creating sound structure and developing good weaving habits will be emphasized. Reading drafts will also be covered. Each student will have the exclusive use of a loom for the duration of class and will produce both a cotton sampler and a bamboo scarf. All supplies are furnished for this class, including the warp and weft.
Class | Introduction to Frame Loom Weaving | Rachel Denbow | $195
10 a.m. -12 p.m. Saturdays, April 4 - June 6, 2020
Planned with beginners in mind, this project-based course will teach students to create their own woven wall hangings. Students will design and complete three woven wall hangings while learning how to warp their looms, choose fibers, design from inspiration and use fundamental stitches and finishing techniques. Repetition of weaving basics will build confidence, and critiques and group discussions will offer constructive feedback and further inspiration.
Class | Introduction to Natural Dyes | Rachel Denbow | $195
1-3 p.m. Saturdays, April 4 - June 6, 2020
Whether you’re interested in dyeing your own yarn for knitting and weaving or just love the science involved in extracting color from wildflowers, this course is for you! Students will learn to tend a dye pot, prep fibers, keep a dye journal and explore color shifts using pH levels and modifiers. Projects include dyeing a cotton market tote and linen napkins and steam dyeing a silk scarf.
Class | Thread Painting | Darci Lenker | $195
6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 31 - June 2, 2020
Learn the basics of embroidery while discovering thread painting (also known as needle painting). Though paint isn’t actually used, many of the stylistic techniques used in painting are applied to this approach. Threads are blended while stitching to suggest not only color, but also movement, light, shadow and dimension. Students will use their own photographs or sketches as the basis for their embroidered art.
Class | Visible Mending | Darci Lenker | $195
4-6 p.m. Saturdays, April 4 - June 6, 2020
Discover the basics of embroidery through visible mending, a set of techniques that extends the life of well-loved items and helps the environment and human rights through more ethical consumption of fast fashion. Students will learn the Japanese Boro technique of Sashiko to repair and embellish clothing as well as other visible mending approaches, including making patches and darning, plus how to repair buttons and replace zippers.
Class | Intermediate Floor Loom Weaving | Sherri Dudeck | $295
1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, April 1 - June 3, 2020
Want to chart your own direction in weaving? In this class, intermediate students will refine their warping and weaving skills with a project of their choice while exploring new materials and techniques. Students may choose from pre-designed patterns or develop original designs with assistance from the instructor. Each student will work at their own pace, but group discussion and instruction will be an integral part of the classroom experience.
Class | Intermediate Frame Loom Weaving | Rachel Denbow | $195
6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, April 1 - June 3, 2020
Intermediate fiber students will learn more complex stitches and stitch variations used in both historic and contemporary fiber designs. Together, the class will explore traditional Navajo, Guatemalan, Peruvian, Mexican and Moroccan designs, with an emphasis on how many of these stitches were used in different cultures. Students will experiment with modern points of view and fresh color stories to produce four woven wall hangings that each contain beautiful samples of the intermediate techniques learned. Students should already be comfortable performing basic weaving skills on their own, including warping their loom, plain weave, rya knots and soumak. Introduction to Frame Loom Weaving is encouraged before taking this course.
Workshop | Exploring Indigo and Shibori | Aaron Sanders Head | $150
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2020
Students will learn the basics of dyeing with a natural indigo vat and discover several approaches to shibori dyeing. The instructor will address Itajime (shape resist), Kumo (tied resist) and Kanoko (twist resist), Arashi (pole wrapping) and Nui (stitch resist) techniques. Materials will be provided and participants are highly encouraged to bring their own small, natural fiber items to dye. Students will leave with dyed cotton fabric and dyed goods from home.
Workshop | Exploring Sashiko and Hand Stitching | Aaron Sanders Head | $150
12-4 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2020
Learn the basics of hand stitching as well as the stitches and patterns of Japanese Sashiko stitching. After learning the basic principles of Sashiko, students will then be encouraged to develop their own “stitching voice.” Students will discover the meditative and mindful properties of hand stitching and learn to read Sashiko patterns. Together the class will then play with scale, color and thread weaving techniques to create bold geometric patterns based in traditional Sashiko.
Workshop | Cast Paper and Typography | Delaney Smith | $250
12 - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, August 1-2, 2020
What do you want to say? In this workshop, students will combine cast handmade paper with typography. The instructor will address and demonstrate the basics of paper making, from beating abaca fibers to pulling sheets of paper. Together, the class will then cast handmade sheets of paper on molds to create words and phrases. No experience necessary. All materials included.