Sunday, August 19, 2012

Community Arts Center to host two birch bark workshops

HANCOCK -- Join artist and fine basket maker Karen Tembreull as she instructs two separate September workshops at the Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) in Hancock. For either workshop, register before Saturday, Aug. 25, for a discounted rate.

Tembreull will teach Athabaskan Birch Bark Basket Making from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. Students will make a basket with bias plaited sides and a spruce root rim and foot sewn with waxed linen. The basket is a double layer of birch bark, which is then fitted and laced into place, completing this functional and appealing basket.

From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23, Tembreull will teach a Birch Bark Patchwork Journal Workshop. Design your own unique patchwork journal using a variety of colors and textures of birch bark. Several embroidery stitches will be taught using waxed linen. Learn to make a birch bark button as well as a five-stitch book binding over leather. The journal will be edged in sweet grass. Embossed bark will also be available. 

Call the Copper Country Community Arts Center at 482-2333 to obtain more information, including workshop fees, or to register before Aug. 25 for a discounted rate. The CCCAC is located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock.

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