Oatland Island Wildlife Center is hosting workshops on fiber arts and open fire cooking throughout January and February.
The fiber arts workshop is hosted by the Fiber Guild of the Savannahs and offers knitting, spinning, crocheting, weaving, felting, beading, tatting, quilting and dyeing. Dates for the workshop last through the end of February.
"This is the third time we've had the workshop for the fiber arts," said Suzy Hokanson, workshop leader and weaver of 38 years.
"I organized it as a way to encourage the community to learn more about fiber arts and to draw them into the Oatland Island nature center, which is our home."
The Fiber Guild of the Savannahs has a room on the second floor of the center, where they have a studio, four ballrooms and spinning wheels.
"There are 11 different classes taught by eight different guild members," Hokanson said. "Each one is an expert in that technique and each has a desire to teach it."
The workshops include the taste of knitting with Nel Adams, spinning with Sally Kroehnke, quilting (foundation technique) with Kroehnke, beaded jewelry with Doris Grieder, weaving (on cardboard looms) with Hokanson, nuno felting with Hokanson, dorset buttons with Mary Bass, discharge quilting with Jody Wigton, tatting with Beth Eastham, filet crochet with Eastham and dyeing with Julie Rittmeyer.
All of the techniques can be learned in three hours, Hokansan said. The small groups allow for hands-on learning in a tight-knit environment. Children 8 to 12 years old are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
Each class is $20 for members of the Fibers Guild and $30 for non-members.
"A lot of the money we make goes back to Oatland Island," Hokanson said. "We want to pay back the space that they give us as a guild."
The first workshop begins Jan. 10.
For more information on the fiber arts workshop, contact Hokanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a complete schedule, information about the teachers, the workshops and registration, go to fiberguildsavannah.homestead.com.
The open fire cooking workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 31.
This workshop takes place outside at the Oatland Island Heritage Home and is open to those 12 and older.
The day includes a five-course meal that participants will have created throughout the day, lessons on cast iron cookware care, firewood selection and curing, cooking techniques and recipes.
Prizes will also be available for participants, including a chance to win a cast iron Dutch oven.
The cost is $35 per person. Space is limited to the first 25 paid registrants. To register, call 395-1500.