Fiber Art in the Upper Valley


Submitted 2 years ago
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Katie Donovan

Looking for art that’s not just painting or drawing?  How about more crafty art?  There are a lot of places you can try your hand at craft art like sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, felting, and more. This website has a list of locations and groups.

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Sewing and More

Upper Valley Coop

Looking for a group that supports any skill level?  The Upper Valley CoOp in White River has classes for adults and kids are $25 for non-members and $30 parent/child combo.

They also have open hours for a couple hours once a week for people to work on their sewing or craft projects where you can use the sewing machines and supplies. People are available if you need help too.

They have basic sewing classes for adults and kids, quilting and crochet.  It looks like a fun and something I hope to try soon.  You can register online, by phone, or in person.  You can see their latest classes on their facebook page.

Scratch

This awesome new business has great activities for all ages.  Their classes page has pictures of the product to inspire you, and most cost between $25-$45.  You can learn to knit, crochet, felt, or sew.  I'm excited to check this new business out.  They also have an active Facebook page.  I especially like the crocheted exocist image and the felted Christmas gnome as images that really grabbed my attention.

Artistree

This nonprofit in South Promfret offers so many wonderful activities to the Upper Valley community, which I mention in this previous post on art in the area.  They offer collage cards, clay sculpture, felted elves, and even a writing class.  I especially like the gift making section.

League of NH Craftsmen

In Hanover the League of NH Craftsmen offers classes on a variety of topics: jewelry, basketmaking, beading, and felting.  You can even try different media like paper, clay, wood and paper.  Most classes run multiple sessions so you really can get immersed in the craft and learn a lot.

AVA Gallery

In Lebanon AVA has mixed media classes too.  I provide more specifics here.  This is a popular location among teens to explore their artistic talents in their afterschool programs.

Court Street Arts

Court Street Arts in Haverill offers a range of offerings to the community including theatre, dance, music, and visual arts.  They have quilting and painting classes too.

White River Craft Center

If you're looking for more unique crafts, then White River Craft Center in Randolph is the place to go.  You can try your hand at felting, weaving, basketmaking, and rugmaking!  It doesn't stop there though - they also offer classes with glass, ceramics, woodworking, photography, and cooking.  You could call this a one-stop-craft-class location!

If you already know how to weave, you can come weave for free.  A lot of weavers donate their wares to sell to help the craft center.  There's also a group that meets in the mid morning on Friday too.

Quilting

If you're into quilting you can trythese stores: Four Pines Quilting in Claremont; Barnyard Quilting in Fairlee, which has retreats too; and Gail Peck Quilter's Workshop in Newport, which has embroidery too.

Making Crafts to Sell

The Lebaon Arts and Crafts Association makes goods to sell at their annual Christmas Show if you're looking for an outlet for your crafting skills.

Happy crafting!

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