Darkover® Grand Council Meeting

November 23-25, 2012


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Hands On

DarkoverCon features workshops on assorted arts and/or crafts. Past workshops have included regency era dances, spinning, stained glass, working with amber, Japanese braids (Kumihimo), making perfumes, scrimshaw, wax sculpting, etc. The workshops are limited in attendance and require signing up in advance at the convention. Some of the workshops require a materials fee.

Workshop Schedule
Greenspring Ballroom 2


10:00 AM - Spinning.
Bring your wheel and spin. Bring your wheel if you're not sure how to use it and get some brain-storming help. Learn to spin on a hand spindle. This can be the beginning of providing your own yarn for knitting, crochet, weaving, etc. Spindles and fiber provided for class, available to purchase if interested.
NOTE: Spinning all day in atrium.
Class Fees are $3 for class, $8 for class and take away materials.
Sarah Fiedler.

11:00 AM - Portable Kumihimo (Japanese Braiding).
Learn a fancy cord for costumes & jewelry. New pattern suitable for all levels.
Limit 10. Materials fee $4.

12:00 NOON - Drawing Animals in Motion.
Do you have the basics down but want to put more movement into your art? Bring your own sketch book and learn ways to bring life to your pictures! This will be an informal discussion and workshop, so bring questions and your own thoughts to share.
Limit 12. Open to all ages. No materials fee.
Nancy Janda.

1:00 PM - String Voodoo Dolls.
Make string voodoo dolls to take home.
For children age 5 and up. Class limit 15. No materials fee.
Denise Schwartz.

2:00 PM - Pop-top Chain Mail.

Pop-top mail (373 KB) You know those little aluminum tabs from soda cans? Thomas Atkinson, master costumer, will teach you how to turn them into chain mail that's light, attractive, and (best of all) free.
Limit 15. Open to all ages. No materials fee.
Thomas Atkinson.

3:00 PM - Simple Freehand Embroidery.
Learn simple freehand embroidery techniques enabling the embellishment of most fabrics. Basic tools, fabric with design, handout with reminders will be provided. Reference books and samples will be available for students perusal.
Limit 5. Materials fee $5.
Sarah Fiedler.

4:00 PM - Omiyage. (2 hours)
Omiyage is a Japanese word that means "small gifts". (Like many words from a foreign language, it means more than that, but it's a good place to start.) In this class, you will work with two pieces of fabric to create a lovely flower-shaped drawstring purse that you can give to a friend. Japanese kimono silk, thread, needles, ribbon for drawstrings and instructions will be provided.
Limit 10. Materials fee $5.
Must be 12 & up, and be able to handle a needle & thread.

Nancy Janda.


10:00 AM - Why Art? Why do you make art, buy art, look at art?
Tristan Alexander, Halla, Samantha Press, Vonnie Winslow Crist. Jan Whiteley, Moderator

Guest of Honour

    Nalo Hopkinson

  • Nalo Hopkinson
  • Artist
    Guest of Honour

    Samantha Haney Press

  • Samantha Haney Press
  • Musical
    Guests of Honour

    Clam Chowder

  • Clam Chowder
  • and
    Special Guest

    Katherine Kurtz

  • Katherine Kurtz